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About mtapia3

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  • Birthday 05/03/1984

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  1. Looks like HSA is at it again! Producing more "Edicion Limitada 2018" with 2019 box codes. What's the point of spending the extra coin on something that's clearly not limited? I guess they won't stop until people stop falling for this gimmick.
  2. Did you at least live up to your name and hot box?
  3. Good luck with that one. From what I've heard, the Cuban government has tight control over their coffee distribution. You would probably have to buy them directly from the farmers in Cuba.
  4. A varnished cabinet of 25 ELs = Guaranteed hype and a very hefty price tag.
  5. I don't always drink soda, but when I do its Mexican Coca Cola...with a splash of lime and Havana Club Anejo Especial.
  6. I'll be at work, dealing with all those who decide to misbehave.
  7. With piramides and belicosos being my favorite vitolas, I had plenty of options to choose from. For this review, I decided to revisit a cigar I first tried over a year and a half ago. To be honest, my first experience wasn't the greatest, but I'm interested to see if these have mellowed with a little bit of age. A V-cut revealed a nice open draw that produced some heafty smoke output. First third was mostly cedar with some deep earthy flavors. Second third the cedar toned down a bit and the earthiness ramped up. Not much changed in the last third all the way down to the nub. There was a floral note that appeared here and there throughout this smoke. This cigar also had a subtle bite that made its presence felt every 3 or 4 puffs. I think this is what El Pres describes as "mongrel". This is definitely a unique tasting smoke that doesn't compare to any other Habano I've tried. How did this one compare to my last experience? Well it definitely still has all the full flavored woody/earthy notes that I remember from my first one. The bite that I mentioned has toned down considerably, but is still present. With that being said, this was an interesting smoke, but I'm still not a huge fan of these. I didn't think it was a bad cigar, just not quite my cup of tea in terms of flavor and strength. I rate this one a 7.5/10 I paired this smoke with a couple Cuba Libres. Sorry for posting only one pic, but there was some intense domino action going down and I got sidetracked...
  8. Although the Sir Winston’s come in beautiful lacquered cabinets, I kinda like the fact that they still humbly sport a low-key regular production band. A cigar doesn’t need a special band(s) to make it a special smoke. On another note, I hate to imagine how special bands would effect the price and hype on these. They are already expensive and hard to come by as it is.
  9. Growing up, my all time favorite video game was GoldenEye 007. So for that reason alone I pick Brosnan.
  10. I’ve only tried a handful of ERs and so far the most memorable one has been a 2015 Diplomaticos Excelencia (ER Cuba). 9.5/10
  11. I can definitely see these being an excellent morning cigar with coffee. I aim to keep at least 1 box in my lineup.
  12. Yes it is sometimes difficult to get consistent shots of the wrapper shade. The actual shade on this cigar is closer to the second (darker) photo. And yes they came individually wrapped in tissue. I removed the band and tissue and then slid the band back on only because I like the old school look of these bands.
  13. For this review I sampled this beautiful lonsdale from a PSP quarter box purchase. I thoroughly enjoyed the first stick I sampled from this selection, so I was excited to smoke this one. First off I must mention that these sticks have some of the finest smelling wrappers I’ve ever come across. This one had a distinct aroma of peanuts and chocolate. Think Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup. Applied a V-cut, lit, and it was a very smooth, creamy, slightly floral smoke, with a sweet aftertaste. There was also another flavor that I could not put my finger on. Whatever it was, it was pleasant. There wasn’t much change from beginning to end with this cigar, but I wasn’t complaining. No harshness or bitterness as I smoked this one down to the nub (Which doesn’t happen too often for me). It also had a good even burn throughout. I enjoyed this smoke with a couple refreshing Cuba Libres. An 8.5/10 cigar for me. This is a very mild/mellow smoke, but at the same time it had enough pleasant flavors to keep me interested. Definitely an underrated cigar in my opinion, but if you’re into powerful, complex smokes, then you may not appreciate this one so much. Thanks for reading...
  14. I had a lot a let downs in May, but the diamond in the rough for me was a SCDLH La Fuerza LGR MAY 18. Incredibly smooth with distinct pancake and oatmeal cookie flavors throughout.

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