Spaceman Spiff

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  1. RASS was relatively available and has been pretty rich, no?
  2. Even better than LFD? I only ask because probably one of the greatest NC cigars I've ever had was a very well aged Litto Gomez Small Batch. It tasted funky (funky in the best way imaginable) spiced cherry cream and was just one of those cigars that had me shaking my head I disbelief at how amazing it tasted. Granted, I agree Fuente is overall probably the #1 DR brand but I have to recommend LFD as well because they definitely have some excellent tobacco as well!
  3. I can agree with what some others are saying about the branding/design, not the greatest and that's even with green being my favorite color! As far as the actual cigars go, I'm in the fan side of the split. In my experience, they seem to need at least a few years of age before they really show any potential. I have a tin of 2017s that are grassy cream and minerals in the first 2/3s (I like mineral notes) and they seem to develop a sharp buttery character in the last 1/3 that I love. The Centrofinos are my favorite out of the bunch but that's essentially because I don't like formats smaller than that. I get that they aren't everyone's favorite (and that seems to be a large portion of people) but I don't think that makes them a bad cigar. Just an affordable option that needs age for those that *do* love them to enjoy properly.
  4. The most recent Luisi I had was out of a 50 cab I got last year I think? The date was 19 or 20 I believe and I was taken back at how dessert like the profile was....iirc it was all cream, butterscotch and toffee wrapped up in a consistent medium body.
  5. AoC El Laguito Novedosos Custom - i have to say, I am way more impressed by these than I expected to be. I will certainly be getting more!
  6. 19 RASS - easily in my top 3 Robustos, but unfortunately Robustos are far from my favorite vitola. In a perfect world, this blend would also be offered as a Lonsdale in addition to the Robusto....
  7. Aladino Maduro Lancero - Aladino has been one of my top 2022 NC brands, these Lanceros have been just fantastic, doesn't matter if it's the Corojo, Maduro, Cameroon or the Habano, they are all excellent smokes.
  8. Papo Custom Lancero - my first custom and it exceeded expectations. If compared to Habanos marcas? At times I get core Upmann characteristics and at others I could swear I was puffing on an R&J Churchill.
  9. 19 SP Belicosos - salt, wood and cream and then some. Fantastic cigar. Just thinking out loud, think SP would make for a spectacular Lonsdale formatted smoke. I think that's what the Molinos are? If so I need to hunt some down!
  10. 19 R&J Ex#4 - last one from a box and to be honest, a bit of a relief. That particular box was real hit or miss, generally leaning towards miss. If it wasn't for the perfecdraw tool, I can confidently say that only 3-5 out of the box would have been even smokeable. Much like its peers, this last one require extensive reaming with the perfecdraw but ultimately is smoking not great but okay. Here's hoping my next box of Ex#4s will be better because I know just how amazing they can be when they are on
  11. Aladino Cameroon Lancero - from a box I've had resting for only a month and it is just fantastic. I think Aladino is quickly becoming one of my favorite NC companies...
  12. 20 PLMC - I've come across the occasional dud when it comes to MCs lately but when they are good, hot damn are they fantastic. This one is fantastic. 😎
  13. I just had a quick question to those with experience with Custom Cuban cigars which is...what do you find is the best humidity for them prior to smoking, generally speaking? I am curious because I like to keep my Habanos at 62ish prior to smoking (some even lower, like R&J Cazadores) whereas I like my NCS at 65. I suspect they would perform more like Habanos Cubans but figured it couldn't hurt to check. As you can probably tell, I'm new to the world of Customs but I hope to be lighting a few up this summer, and just wanted to ensure the most optimal smoking experience as possible. Thanks in advance for any and all feedback!
  14. Aladino Corojo Reserva Toro - a bit pricier than the regular Aladinos but well worth it imo. If you like Honduran tobacco, I suggest checking out a 5er!
  15. 19 BBF - smoking quite nice, these BFs really seem to benefit from even just a few years down!
  16. Generally speaking, music technology probably. I play a few instruments (guitar, drum machine/sampler and some keyboard) but as I get older I find I have more fun tinkering with guitar pedals, modular synthesizers etc
  17. 19 (I think) Punch Punch - I've heard the more recent Punches have been spectacular but this one is pretty good as well!
  18. 100% agree, that writing always set RGs apart from other boxes. I like the new bands well enough but removing the writing is a bad move.
  19. Haha yes that does make sense, especially the Boo-Berry part 😁 thanks for taking the time to elaborate though, I do find it interesting how some profiles change over time.
  20. @SigmundChurchill how would you describe the difference? I haven't (nor do I ever expect) to smoke a pre-new millennium R&J Churchill but I'd be very curious as to how the old ones compare to the newer ones. My experience has been with '17 to current and while I certainly would not describe them as powerhouses, they are wonderful smokes that gain in intensity in the last 1/2. One of my favorite Churchill's in fact, with the red fruit, toast, rosewater and spice notes galore!
  21. Born and raised in Columbus here, so it should go without saying that you are commended for the spectacular username, Go Bucks!!! It's a shame most of the WW2 generation is gone because both my grandfather and his brother in law were big cigar guys and my great aunt even rolled cigars for a time here in Ohio (somewhere). SO much change has occurred since that time period alone. I was lucky enough to share a cigar with my grandfather on my 18th birthday but it was really more of a customary/rite of passage thing. I didn't truly get in to cigars until decades after he passed & I would just love to have had discussed pre-embargo cigars with him...
  22. This morning I grabbed one of these Aganorsa Leaf Rare Leaf Reserves. Way milder in body than I expected, I'd rate it at a medium at most. A little bit of pepper but not overwhelming. What IS overwhelming (almost) is the nutty profile, loads of hazelnut, almonds and peanuts. Not exactly my thing but I'd recommend it if you happen to be a squirrel.

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