StalinisBallinn

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About StalinisBallinn

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  • Birthday 02/22/1998

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  1. I’m actually surprised white claw is a better tasting seltzer. Not a fan of tonic water in general. I miss scotch 😭
  2. Today I have a 2 year old Trini Vigia pair with a Pure White Claw. The white claw is a low calorie drink I’ve been enjoying since I’ve stopped drinking beer and dark liquor. Takes just like tonic and vodka. Best part about it, it doesn’t pack on the pounds. 😁 I definitely see the hype on the Vigia. With a couple more years down, I feel as though these will be a perfect stick. The burn is razor sharp and even, a problem I’ve had with other cigars. I’m big into the short and wide sticks at the moment so this is a favorite. The flavor notes I’m getting off this stick are spectacular. I’m tasting coffee as well as a strong nutmeg flavor. Not a pepper bomb what so ever compared to the last couple sticks I have had. I’d rate the white claw 75/100 just because it’s nothing special, but gets the job done. The rating for the Vigia I’d say is an 85/100. It wasn’t a life changing experience, but a great stick overall. sorry for bad format, I’m typing this up on mobile!
  3. Great review, The only young siglo I've ever had was the siglo II and i pretty much aligned with your review points. Definitely needs the age on them I'd say.
  4. Today I picked the Bolivar Petit Corona in the humidor. Decided to pair it with some cold brew coffee. This stick smells amazing. It has a tight, spicy cold draw. First third Spicy & leathery right out the gate. Fantastic. Clean easy light and good burn line. Surprised with the thick clouds of smoke that pour out. And it smells delightful. Second third It's burning faster than I'd hoped. Maybe my fault, maybe the cigar. Either way, going down smoothly. The spice intensifies and the leather seems to fade, being replaced by some earthy tones. The spice is becoming more peppery, which I find enjoyable. It compliments the bourbon too. Final third Not quite a pepper bomb but I did get a really peppery draw. More earthy tones, laced with a little bit of creaminess, rounded off with some pepper. The burn has slowed down to normal pace, so I'm able to enjoy it for longer. Smoked it down to the nub. Final thoughts: I always enjoy this stick given the chance to smoke it and sadly, all good things must come to an end with the hour long smoke time on this stick. 8/10
  5. First impression: very neat and tidy roll, clean well placed label, cap was a little rough around the edges Decided to go with a punch cut, worked well enough, draw was just a tad tight above perfect but still good. Cold draw: nutty, earthy, maybe some graham cracker, maybe some honey Got a little bit of a buzz about half way through, flavors continued to get more intense but the level of spice was consistent throughout. Ash was holding on the entire time. great construction, burned mostly evenly with just two quick touch ups. Final thoughts: quality short smoke at about 35 mins total. Creamy, medium body with a touch of spice, coffee, and graham cracker. At the prices I've seen, I could definitely see myself grabbing a box or two and aging them for a while to see how they progress. 7/10
  6. I am pretty new to the CC world but very much enjoy the ones I have smoked.I received a couple no 2s from a friend of mine who had previously brought them from Cuba. It seemed like the burn was wonky along the mid point through the band. There were a couple of transitions subtle and no so subtle, the pepper popped at one point. It never was out of balance however and I'd definitely like to get more of these to form a comparison. Straight cut and pre light draw brought on a sweet tobacco flavor. First third lighting continued a bready/nut sweetness with a creamy mouth finish that was pretty long. Smoke output could have been better but wasn't horrible. Burn line was a bit off but did not require any attention at this point. Finish is like a razor thin hunk of dilute sugarcane dissolving on the back of my tongue, quite pleasant. Mid stick the burn started to ease somewhat but it might have been the slight breeze. Seems like the sweetness started to back off just a tad and there was a increase in pepper that was a great transition. These two played well together. Perhaps a bit of cocoa. Final third didn't bring a lot of changes other than some slight bitterness that didn't stop me from finishing. I'd rate it 85/100.
  7. It lights well but the burn is uneven from the start. It never becomes unsmokable because of the burn (which I consider a success), but without a doubt, the burn was the worst part of this experience. And so far, an uneven burn has been the consistent black spot on each of my CC smoking experiences. So to step out of review mode for a second, does anyone else see this problem in the Cuban cigar world? Are uneven burns a common thread, or am I doing something wrong here? Regardless, though, the construction is nice and the ash is a bit delicate although it holds on for a fairly long amount of time. I smoke this cigar slowly and methodically, because the flavors are just so damn rich . . . Right from the get-go it is meaty and full with strange nuances I don't believe I've ever experienced in a cigar, such as rye, mint, and lightly baked dough. It's very complex from the beginning. In the second half, the mint and rye disappear and are replaced by notes of caramel and cashew. The smoke reflects this by being rather smooth and creamy. It's definitely not a very strong cigar, but that doesn't bother me too much at all and you can tell that the strength is gradually picking up throughout the smoke, as it should. Finally the strength picks up to the point where there is a nice, even-tempered black pepper finish following the warming baked goods and general nutiness. I nub it at the end and enjoy every second, even as my fingers burn into nothing. Id give this stick a 8/10
  8. Decided to treat myself with a Cuban. Picked out the Bolivar Petit Corona in the humidor. Decided to pair it with some cold brew coffee. This stick smells amazing. Used a punch and has a tight, spicy cold draw. First third Spicy & leathery right out the gate. Fantastic. Clean easy light and good burn line. Surprised with the thick clouds of smoke that pour out. And it smells delightful. Second third It's burning faster than I'd hoped. Maybe my fault, maybe the cigar. Either way, going down smoothly. The spice intensifies and the leather seems to fade, being replaced by some earthy tones. The spice is becoming more peppery, which I find enjoyable. It compliments the bourbon too. Final third Not quite a pepper bomb but I did get a really peppery draw. More earthy tones, laced with a little bit of creaminess, rounded off with some pepper. The burn has slowed down to normal pace, so I'm able to enjoy it for longer. Smoked it down to the nub. Final thoughts: I always enjoy this stick given the chance to smoke it and sadly, all good things must come to an end with the hour long smoke time on this stick. 8/10
  9. I listen to mostly The Police while I smoke. They’ve got some relaxing stuff!
  10. Decided to treat myself with a Cuban tonight. Picked out the only Bolivar Petit Corona in the humidor. Decided to pair it with a dram of Makers, neat. This stick smells amazing. Used a punch and has a tight, spicy cold draw. First third Spicy & leathery right out the gate. Fantastic. Clean easy light and good burn line. Surprised with the thick clouds of smoke that pour out. And it smells delightful. Second third It's burning faster than I'd hoped. Maybe my fault, maybe the cigar. Either way, going down smoothly. The spice intensifies and the leather seems to fade, being replaced by some earthy tones. The spice is becoming more peppery, which I find enjoyable. It compliments the bourbon too. Final third Not quite a pepper bomb but I did get a really peppery draw. More earthy tones, laced with a little bit of creaminess, rounded off with some pepper. The burn has slowed down to normal pace, so I'm able to enjoy it for longer. Smoked it down to the nub. Final thoughts Quite enjoyed this as a start to the weekend. Would smoke another given I get more. 8/10
  11. Got this box last year, most of those I've smoked out of it had been a bit of a disappointing experience. From what I've read that can be case for Reyes, when they're young they get an ammonia aspect which is certainly something I picked up on those from last year. Added to that this stick has quite a loose draw so if you're not careful they'll heat up quickly. Thankfully though I think they've turned the corner, this one was a cracker, a mix of sweet tobacco and dark caramel, absolutely delicious. Trinidad when done right really is a treat. 7/10
  12. Do they require some age on them? Or are they good right out of the box

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