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Everything posted by shippers

  1. I haven't had a No 1 but I have found the Petite to be fuller than the No 2 - given the size they have to hit the ground running and usually do! The Petite has a bit more sharpness to it, the No 2 is definitely the milder of the two. Apart from the change in body the flavours to me are about the same - creamy and woody.
  2. Vienna had many places you could smoke indoors and generally smoking outside was fine. Loos American Bar although small allowed smoking indoors with many cigar smokers and great drinks!
  3. Amsterdam has a great casa inside a hotel and prices are pretty reasonable for Europe. I would definitely check it out. Also, Cigaragua is a really nice shop dedicated to Nicaragua. It had a great lounge in it which I didn't have time to stop in but the selection is huge. Both are must visits for me.
  4. It is nice - quite spicy to my taste with notes of red fruit. But for me the 15 year old is better and cheaper. I did learn at a tasting however with one of the company reps ( that the Cigar Malt was designed to go with a Party D4.
  5. Got caught out on a few fake Cohibas when visited - thankfully not many. Luckily didn't get any issues at the airport. I did see some Cohiba Talismans in the Habana Libre casa but they were only available in singles and I decided not to chance it. Glad I didn't now...
  6. What a nice thing! I picked up a slightly damaged victorian (so I am told) cheroot cigar holder. Its amber at the top on the mouth piece with silver and wood at the other end.
  7. Maybe the official casa ones? I did see a nice looking hotel national model one in there casa but it was expensive.
  8. Thought I would share a recent project with you guys. I went to Cuba last year and thoroughly enjoyed it as expected. But I did one of the things many people say not to and brought a humidor from a local market. I didn't mind. It was cheap and the design was nice even if it was a bit rustic. It would never be used to store cigars as it was clearly poorly made but it seemed nice enough to store accessories in. But over time bits of the wooden flag came loose. It lost some of the little gloss finish it had and just didn't look great. So out came the paint. I am not a handy person but thought how hard can it be! So after sanding it down the painting began. I first coated it in a primer spray paint to try seal up the wood a bit and help the paint stick. Doing it outside the wind occasionally made things difficult but I have now ended up with this... Kept the old hydrometer as I quite like how clearly awful it is - keeps it closer to how it was. Although putting it back in involved much struggle! Overall I am quite pleased with how it turned out even with my imperfect painting skills. So, have any of you ever tried to rescue an old humidor or even built your own?
  9. Great video 👌 - nice way to start the morning commute.
  10. I do sometimes. If I'm at a pub or bar. Sometimes you get people looking and whispering... Not as quietly as they think sometimes! I still do it but I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel self conscious.
  11. On overaging - I definitely think there is a point where older doesn't equal better. It's not just limited to the high end of the age scale either - to my tastes some distillers spirit is better with less time in wood. I did a tasting of Old Pulteney recently and Old Pulteney 12 seemed better to me than there older expressions which took on too much influence from the wood which took away from the briney tastes of the 12. Like cigars older doesn't always mean better!
  12. Ah I didn't realise the trunk was 200mls! Thanks
  13. They do it in a series called The Family Casks but I'm not aware of a bottling from single cask at different ages or in mini bottles. But it would be a great idea!
  14. Also got round to watching it last week. I thought it was pretty good - nice to watch a documentary that is positive about cigars for a change! I found the Cuban debate interesting - I do prefer Cubans but there is no denying the construction and value that can be found in new world sticks. Overall detailed, interesting interviews and the production value was high. Worth a watch.
  15. Boutiquey seem to have become mega popular recently. I do like independent bottlers, some unique bargains to be had at times. Every Kavalan Soloist I have sampled has been wonderful. I have been lucky enough to attend two tastings led by Ian Chang. He is clearly passionate about his whisky - well deserved award to add to there long list!
  16. Having been with my redheaded partner for nearly 10 years.... it is still a confusing feeling 😂
  17. Because they are long and skinny I have always found finding a more traditional leather case for the vitolia difficult. For me a xikar case is the way to go for these sticks. In anything else I would worry about them rolling around and being damaged.
  18. Firebird V Cutter from Colibri. Can be had for around £8 (~$10) and it cuts really well. I have one clipped on my keys. I tend to use it for most cigars now.
  19. I had one of the competitors (forget which) patties at work a couple of weeks ago. You could tell it was different but it tasted a lot closer to the real thing that any other vegan burger I've had before. I preferred it to the cheap patties they usually serve tbh! But agree with others nothing beats the real thing for me yet. Fascinating tech. Hope it succeeds.
  20. Petit Corona. Flavours wise I found them a bit meh young - they were ok but nothing special. But with some age on them (~4 years) they blossomed. On the sweet end of RyJ not particularly complex but some of the cherry profile is there, sometimes floral as the name would suggest. They are not the greatest cigars but they are well worth the price to me. I think they are one of the most popular cigars in France (but I could be making that up...). Alongside the PLMC I think they are a bargain.
  21. Nice review . The ones from my box so far (TSM 06-2017) have had a strong finish compared to other HdMs, definitely a full medium as you note. Love the sweet, creamy coffee notes. I have prefered these to an Epi 2 recently. Hopefully the quality persists.
  22. It's a toss up between a HdM Petit Robusto earlier in the month or the HdM Du Maire I reviewed for the weekend comp. Enjoyed both plenty but it does pose a question... which one to stock in the humidor? They are both a similar ish smoke time and price. Currently leaning towards the Petit Robusto which seems a slightly better smoke to me. But it's a close run thing.
  23. Robusto: HdM Epi 2. A good one! Petite: An aged RyJ Mille Fleur Torpedo: Upmann No 2
  24. My first Cuban ever (excluding a few fake Cohibas) was a Hoyo and many cigars later I still enjoy the Marca. But I haven't really strayed from the Epi 2 so on my lunch break I'm trying the Du Maire. It's a small cigar! Tiny. There is something about the size I quite like. The draw is firm but in a cigar this size that's no bad thing. The first half is a bit peppery and sometimes bitter on the first few puffs but once it opens up it hits that typical Hoyo cedar and cream. Lovely. The final half starts to concentrate on the creaminess. Similar to the Epi 2 but slightly more almond / marzipan to it which is really smooth and a little kick at the end. Paired with a espresso sat in the Dunhill sampling lounge in London it's a wonderful lunchtime smoke. I can see myself having many more.
  25. Also went through Dubai Duty Free recently. They had great stock in terminal 3 and in the connections terminal. Although on both occasions I was rifling through boxes on my own! Ended up with a box of QdO 50 (for a bargain price) from the connections humidor. And a box of RA La Palmera UAE Regional from Terminal 3. Although like @RDB I had to open quite a few boxes before finding a good one. But no one was there to stop me!

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