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  1. Coloniales from the Corona sampler. Rested 4 months (60RH - 21C/70F). First Trinidad for me. No a lot of sweetness going on here, more of a black tea like flavour. Would love to try an aged version to see where it goes. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  2. Vinyl is nice and all, but I'm not convinced vinyl sounds better than a CD and CDs would just be some much more practical.. Have fun making digital copies of your entire collection from all your vinyls
  3. Cheers Ken, really good read. I'll have to do a side by side comparison of the 2004 and the 2005 sometime soon. I suspect both won't be too far off each other.
  4. First Dip 2 for me. Going to have to stock up on these! Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  5. Stocking up on some good budget malts Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  6. Yeah, all of the bottlings from the Exceptional Cask Selection range seem to be highly praised. I think 'Premise' and 'Dominus' are the latest releases in the series. Worth looking out for 👍
  7. Looking forward to these. I've tried the 2004 Foursquare before and it was insanely good. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  8. F: Ardbeg 1967 Kingsbury 29 Year Old Cask #922.. A mythical bottling, and one I very much doubt I'll ever get to try, not when it's going for £25K+ a bottle at auction 🙃 K: Haig Club. By far the worst whisky I've ever had. Gifted by a relative at Christmas who'd heard I liked whisky.. bless 'em. It couldn't even stand up as mixer, made everything taste like it'd been soaked in damp cardboard and acetone. I'm not even against grain whisky, but this is utter .. That and it comes in a stupid perfume bottle. M: Springbank 12 Cask Strength - released in batches, two times a year (Jan/Aug). Absolutely adore this stuff - dirty, oily, fruity... And it changes enough from batch to batch to keep things interesting... And it's very fairly priced. What more could you ask for?
  9. Total citrus cream bomb, loved it. Perfect draw, perfect construction. Ash kept for another half inch before falling. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  10. First Juan Lopez No1 for me, from the Corona sampler. Rested for 3 months. Really really nice, a solid 90pts. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  11. Undisclosed distillery. Heard some mixed reviews for this bottling, but it's really quite nice. Look forward to trying this with a cigar. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  12. Grabbed a sampler of 6 of these last month, they've only been resting in the tupperdore (62% RH) for about 20 days, but I saw the review weekend and had to fire one up. So not quite ROTT, but not exactly 'rested' either. Beautiful looking stick, nice red-ish wrapper with a little sheen. Felt a little overfilled though. The draw was far too firm, not far away from totally plugged - so I brought out the trusty perfect draw. After a couple of pokes the draw was still slightly on the firmer side, but much better. Opening Flavour wise the opening was very pleasant. Light red fruits, nutty toasted tobacco and a little cream, but I'd be damned if I could get a decent amount of smoke output from it. I gave it a couple of minutes to see if it'd open up but things only got worse, so it was back to using the perfect draw. The draw was now much looser, but unbelievably I was still getting only a tiny amount of smoke from this thing. Very frustrating. 1st Half By this point the cigar was now essentially just a glorified incense stick. All the flavours were muted to the point of being almost non-existent. I was close to ditching the thing, but I persevered for the purpose of this review 😊 2nd Half Not much change - smoke output continued to be whisper thin despite a now loose draw. The only positive points were that the burn line was good and I never had to do any touch ups or relights. The cigar finally started produced some decent smoke during the last half inch, but it was just hot and bitter. Time to ditch it. I reckon this one was maybe still a bit wet - think I'll let the rest acclimatise for 2 or 3 months before trying again. Was glad when this one ended. Pts - 60
  13. First purchase of the year after a whisky buying hiatus. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  14. Nice review. I had a similar experience last weekend with this stick. First one was virtually plugged - threw it after about 1.5 inches. Second one had a very tight draw that resulted in very low smoke and flavour output. Disappointing seeing as so many people rate this stick highly, but maybe we just got unlucky..

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