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  1. By far my nemesis cigar. I love PLPC and PLMC. I love small cigars. So I picked up an HQ box off 24:24. This is about my 6th or 7th out of the box, and they are all so GD tight that they could be used as deadly blow darts by the natives. And they are not just plugged at a certain spot. I have rammed the perfecdraw from end to end so hard I can almost see daylight through the damn things, and they still barely draw. It's like they used glue all throughout the filler. The box has been in my possession for over a year, and this particular cigar has been sitting for months at the bottom of a desktop humidor that is rarely opened and maintains a rock solid 61-62RH. I don't care what anyone says, storage conditions are not the issue here. I have completely given up on them. I was going to reach for a RyJ petit royales for a short Saturday morning smoke, but I remembered this comp and figured what the hell. Clipped it, and it's just as tight as the rest. I mean unsmokeable tight. So I start gently with the perfedraw at the head, testing it along the way, until I have finally buried the perfecdaw to the handle, and the draw is just barely acceptable. Light it, and first puffs are a really, really good mix of nuts. Maybe slightly roasted or salted, but just great mixed nuts. This is why I hate these things, because I believe they could be good. It is producing plenty of smoke off the foot, just hardly anything is coming through to me. Less than an inch into it, and it is dying. I pick up the pace, and I'm getting fresh lumber, a bit of milk coffee, flavors I really like. Just before the halfway point, it is dying again, so I'm smoking faster, but that is making it tunnel down the perfecdraw hole, and it is getting acrid. I've been down this road before. I pitch it and put both of us out of our misery. The end.
  2. Love the lady dropping it on herself at the very end, gave me a good chuckle.
  3. Pretty sure I remember seeing it on some poorly faked cohiba boxes 😂
  4. Excellent review, thank you. These have been on my radar for a while, and now you just pushed them to the front of the line.
  5. Breaks my heart, and worries me at the same time. Mine with this code have been excellent so far, but I have two more boxes to go through, and I know the odds when playing the cuban game...
  6. It’s the little guys that often over deliver for me. RyJ petit royales, MMC, HUHC, and BCJ. Usually I reach for them because I don’t have the time to commit to something bigger (which I definitely would rather light up), but I end up walking away thinking wow that was great. Probably why they’re the only thing I go “deep” on.
  7. I have a 50 cab of RASS, REG MAR 18, that is stunning. Also some beautiful Punch Punch with the same code. That said, I have a REG box of PL Pantatelas that are pretty, but so plugged might as well be blow darts.
  8. I use a Pelican 1060 Micro Case for carrying more than a few sticks. They are like $20 on amazon, bullet proof, air tight. Use an extra ziplock or two as padding to keep the sticks from bouncing around. Sistema Klip-it are also great little tupperwares, come in various sizes, are strong and have a good seal.
  9. If you love bolivar, you definitely need some BCJ in your life. They fit right in with RASCC and Principes.
  10. I picked up a box of the robustos, have only smoked a few but really enjoyed them. Got big thumbs up from a couple friends too. Definitely unique. Maybe a bit one-dimensional, but that doesn't bother me if I like the flavors. I'd say medium-full bodied, but medium strength. Construction and burn have been perfect.
  11. RYJ Petit Royales LGR JUN/OCT 18 Cohiba Coronas Especial REG JUL 18
  12. Big fan. There was a thread about them here not long ago I think. The robusto is my preferred, but I got a deal on the toro (I'm guessing same as you) and have been pretty darn happy with them as well.

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