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  1. I find RyJ to be the most inconsistent marca by far, across all their vitolas. Every now and then, one has a nice tart/sweet cherry palate with perfect construction, but then the next ones fall flat--the flavor not there, or just an ashy empty taste. The last few I have smoked (2019 Belicosos) have been tasty but underfilled. Better than plugged, but it seems hard to find a RyJ that's consistent. **Comparing RyJ Belicosos to BBF, BBF are much more consistent but also consistently a bit boring and underwhelming. Not a bad cigar but not one I reach for. By contrast, consider the consistency of,
  2. Anyone smoked these yet? I have smoked 2 from a friend and they are exquisite. Best cigar I've smoked all year :). But really they are the best I've smoked in a long time. 2018 ER and I think they hit shelves late in 2019, but it's surprising how little info I am able to find on these cigars--reviews or otherwise. Smoked this one n the garage/shop...but I will enjoy a few of them in the hot tub over the coming weeks. I have about 15 more but they did not arrive in the box so I don't have box code details, sorry.
  3. Grilling on the way out of Havana? That is odd. What country is he from?
  4. I use a straight cutter on Piramides but cut them on an angle, preserving the taper somewhat. This leaves one 'side' of the head almost intact but the opposite 'side' cut more. Allows more open draw on a cigar that needs it, but the first angle cut is always just a little nip in case the draw is already good.
  5. I know this topic has gone dormant for a couple months, but...since we are all wishing and daydreaming about going to Cuba: the people, the colors, the safety, the music, the food, the rum, the open-ness, the buyer's-market feeling that exists everywhere for travelers, the cheap and beautiful airBNB type accommodations, the glorious grand old hotels, the true neighborhood feeling you get walking side streets that has become mostly a thing of the past in the US at least, the warm nights, and then yes the cigars. For me it is about being in a cigar culture--THE cigar culture. For a cigar lover i
  6. Nice article. As with all of the Covid info, days matter, so it's hard to put anything in print and have it remain true and relevant a week later...what I think is so interesting about Cuba's response, aside from numbers and data, is that they seem to be taking a pretty transparent approach. Highly unlike their government. But they seem to be. I remember a few years ago thinking wow, they have no Zika, even as Zika was becoming common in the Caribbean. Of course later it became clear that Cuba was just not reporting. Here, they seem to be. No country really seems to have it totally under contr
  7. In Vinales, try to eat at Sunset Restaurant (Restaurante Sun Set) Agroecologico. It is a gorgeous rustic farm to table fresh food place with great everything--drinks, meats, salads, sides, service, ambiance, views...a short walk off the beaten path. People in town will know it by name. Make a reservation if you want to eat there during the sunset. But its pretty any time. You will eat lots of delicious food for less than what you pay for a good meal at home, wherever home is. It's not dirt cheap but it's really not much more than eating anywhere else. I don't find Vinales to be a great cigar t
  8. Nice set of notes. Agree with the food comment--am always surprised when I read comments that the food in Cuba is uninteresting or just bad. I don't know what those people are eating, or where.
  9. Agreed that age probably won't help them much. I was hoping for some of that peanut butter Punch flavor...It raises an interesting question. Yes, some cigars are disappointing and then they turn into gems with time, but a cigar that smokes great without having to rest is a winning attribute. I know I can enjoy my 5 year old cigars now, but it's so nice when something smokes well right away. I do find most cigars smoke nicely in Havana--the warmth and humidity tend to bring out the aromas and allow the smoke to linger around you in most cases. As opposed to when I smoke at 25 degrees with a lig
  10. I have a box of those Prado and the first one I smoked is excellent. Can't say the same about the ubiquitous Punch La Isla RE Cuba. I have tried a few from a few boxes and all have been bland and underwhelming. Yes they may need time but they don't suggest a lot of promise.
  11. Just got back Saturday. The currency situation feels like it's changing very quickly. In the airport (Jose Marti, terminal 2, the smaller terminal), the duty free shop accepts Moneda Nacional (pesos, the national money of the Cuban people), but not CUC. In my experience this is very rare. They also accept Euro and USD. So the only currency they didn't take was CUC. Another restaurant had USD and CUC prices displayed on the menu--this was not at a hotel, so also unusual and new. I change money with a friend and we got 1:1 in the exchange. I'm sure I could find a higher rate but I am happy for h
  12. Just smoked my first one yesterday, LGR JUL 19. SCDLH is such a tasty marca and this one does not disappoint. It will be very good. Has a bit of edge that I am sure will mellow out over time--how much time being the question...
  13. The quality is there, the draw and burn are great on those, yes the size is handy and the flavor is good, but flavor is where I felt they were a little boring. Still a 10 year old regular production cigar off the shelves, I think is always a must-buy. Especially for $89.00 (same price as I paid 2 years ago). Mine were BAP NOV 10. But I don't think the size is the reason for the lack of complexity or depth of flavor, it's just that Open series from Monte. They seem to have been made a little like a light beer. A good light beer, but still a light beer. Maybe akin to an Amstel Light.
  14. We can all hear the first-time excitement in your exclamation point. It is such a cool place. I found a box of those 2010 Open Juniors in two shops in 2018 and bought one. It is long gone now but was a high quality little ind if slightly one-dimensional.

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