BenW

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  1. BenW

    What's in your glass today?

    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
  2. 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
  3. BenW

    So, what are your recent acquisitions?

    First purchase of the year after a whisky buying hiatus. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  4. BenW

    RASCC ESL AGO 17 (RARW)

    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..
  5. BenW

    El Blunto

    Classy! When are they up on 24:24? 😁
  6. BenW

    What's in your glass today?

    Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  7. Arrived today from a couple of recent 24:24 sales 😊 JL2 - UTL JUL 18 - PSP/HQ Monte Edmundo's - GOS OCT 18 - HQ HdM Petit Robustos - MLU NOV 17 - HQ Monte A - MOL OCT 18 And a few singles..
  8. Trinidad Fundadores - long and skinny 😁
  9. BenW

    What Coffee are you drinking?

    Been eyeing this one up - what did you think of it? Seem to remember having an El Salvador washed SL28 from Steve's Super Secret Stash Subscription last year and was very impressed
  10. Actually had my first Trindad short today - was just OK. Slight harshness throughout. Last half got hot and cigarette-like but the first half had a nice coffee and roasted nuts character. Can't complain too much for a 20 minute smoke. Still yet to try the CoSho's!
  11. BenW

    CIGAR REVIEW: H. UPMANN CONNOISSEUR A

    Nice review - just grabbed some of these on 24:24 also from REG MAR 18, very happy to hear they're smoking well!
  12. BenW

    Take 5

    There should be NSFW tag on these posts. Pure filth!
  13. BenW

    What's in your glass today?

    A very fruity Linkwood. Hidden gem of a distillery [emoji4] Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk
  14. Nice review - and welcome to FOH 😊
  15. Nice review! Big fan of Foursquare's Exceptional Cask series too, some really good rums.
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