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  1. HdM Le Hoyo du Roi DDRW contest. Here is the review.
  2. I actually smoked this a couple of weeks ago. It was a straggler in my singles drawer that I most likely received from someone in the 2010-2012 time period. The band is surprisingly new-looking. It measures 5 5/8 inches long and low 40s ring gauge so it does match the du Roi size. I was very surprised this was discontinued in 2009. This was such a wonderful cigar that I smoked it down to under an inch which is more than what I usually do. The predominant profile is aromatic woods, but the aftertaste is on the sweet side as opposed to tannic tea-like flavors. There was only one point where there was a buildup of guey tar at the head of the cigar that gave every puff an aluminum/soapy taste, but after a cut, the flavors went back to being enjoyable. I would give this a 8.5/10.
  3. You hate to see someone in the top 5 miss a week in the Pick'em league when we are counting all weeks. That looks like what happened to jacktarnold.
  4. One more thing to add is that I bought this box a month before getting married. Now, we have two beautiful daughters and are in our third house. More than just a cigar, it just makes me reflect on all the ebb and flow of life since I've had this box.
  5. This is a box I bought from FOH back in 2009. The fact that these are twelve years old plus the fact that the Partagas 898s have been rarely seen these days make them precious, not to mention this is one of the great examples of the aromatic wood tasting cigars out there. I smoked this on a cool 58° mid-morning here in Central Texas. Prelight, the cigar had a great sheen to its wrapper with some tooth. My cut of choice was the punch. The cold draw was too loose to my liking. After lighting, the draw tightened up and was perfect. I was hit with a ton of smoke that coated the mouth with thick, musky, earthy woodiness. There was some spiciness that lingered. I was very pleasantly surprised by how intense the flavors were right out of the gate! After about an inch, the intensity calmed down to a cedary smoothness with some minty taste. At the end of the second third, the cigar went out inexplicably and required a relight. This ended up being a good thing as I got some great tastes of roasted chestnuts. In the final third, aromatic wood started to build. I double-puffed, hoping for more toasted nuts, but didn't get much of that. It ended with slightly more mintiness along with the wood. Overall, this cigar did not disappoint. If memory serves me right, the cigar lost some of its intensity, but is still very potent. I give it a solid 8/10. I only have two more left from this box. 😕
  6. Here is a bookmark I made with cardboard, Elmer's glue, and cigar bands.
  7. There were two releases for the Cohibas Talisman.
  8. Here is a useful link if you are interested in various reviews of the different vitolas.
  9. I just got an Alec Bradley The Burner a few months ago. I am surprised how much butane it holds. It's been great so far, but I am wary of the flimsy plastic which feels fragile. For the price, I would say it's worth a buy.
  10. What you said in bold is a very good summation of this cigar! Thanks!
  11. Ha thanks! I just got that plant about two weeks ago. I don't have a green thumb, but want to give it another go after my last bonsai died a year or two ago. I typically keep it indoor without direct sun. I only brought it out for the smoke. I picked up the Robert Burns box from an antique shop. I use it to keep my cutters, lighters, matches, etc for when I smoke.
  12. This is my first review in a long time, so bear with me. I got this LGC Tainos back in 2008 as a single from an online retailer. It has been in my wineador all these years. Prelight, this cigar had a nice shiny wrapper with some slight tooth. I dryboxed it for a day in my 3-cigar leather pouch. After a punch cut, the draw was perfect with prelight aromas of tea and floral notes. I lit the cigar with a table lamp. The initial flavors were tea and floral notes which is especially pleasant on a retrohale. These flavors were very light and pleasant for the first half of the cigar. At the halfway point, there were slight tingling on my tongue with some cedar notes coming through. Towards the end, I started double-puffing which led to aromatic woods. Right before I finished the cigar, there were slight mint and roasted chestnut notes. Overall, this was a very elegant cigar. It was not very strong or dynamic, but it was very enjoyable nevertheless. Final smoking time was 1:20, 9/10. I smoked this on my back porch. You can see the oily wrapper. You can see the age of the cigar through the back of the band. Again, the wrapper was a pleasant sight.
  13. Well, well, looks like this is turning into the JLP2 fan club! These are GRM ENE 20.
  14. SNOW ended the day at $254 which traded between $231 and $319. It's down from the opening of $276, but considering just a week ago, people were saying this is an $70-80 stock, I'd say it did very well!

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