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  1. I bought a box on sale a few months ago, but forgot to jot down the factory and date before throwing out the box. I do remember it was from 2021 and I want to say it was from April but can't be 100% sure. The draw was good throughout but I did have some burn issues in the latter half of the cigar requiring a few relights. Today was a cooler day with about 84% RH, so that may have had an effect. For tasting notes I was getting a lot of floral and earthy notes throughout. I have most of the box left so I'm interested to see what they become. 2/5
  2. I got these early last year and while I was putting them in my humidor I dropped the box. Most of the cigars have some cracks along the foot but nothing that would stop me from smoking them. Construction was good with a good burn even though there was about and inch crack extending up from the foot. The vast majority of the cigar was floral and vegetal. The second third has a slight peppery note on the retrohale but not unpleasant by any means. Overall a very smooth cigar to smoke on a sunny and 70 F day. 2/5
  3. Your band is missing a few white squares, namely the diagonal cut white square in front of the neck and part of a square behind the neck. And the ridges in the Taino head are supposed to be angled towards the back of the head not the top of the head like those in the standard G bands.
  4. I think you have yet to have your first Behike…
  5. Montecristo Open Junior - pre-2013 (based on the primary band) (JBWP4RW)
  6. I think I got this cigar from another vendor that was offering a fiver sampler for placing an order over a certain amount dollar amount. I received it either late last year or early this year. I think it was pre-2013 based on the primary band, but I may be wrong. Again construction was good with no draw or burn issues, but again it was very bland. No transitions noted and nothing worth noting. Suffice to say that I'm in the camp that does not enjoy the Monte Open Series. 0-1/5
  7. I've heard mostly negative things about the Monte Open series and have never bought them but did receive a couple as gifts and figured I'd smoke them for this week's review. The first one up is the Open Eagle. I got this one earlier this year in a bomb from a fellow BOTL, who seemingly enjoys the Open Eagle. Construction was great, it drew and burned well, and held a fairly long ash. Aside from the it didn't have much going for it. It was the most mild cigar I think I've ever smoked and didn't really pick up on any specific flavors. I was hoping something would change somewhere in the ~6 inche
  8. This has nothing to do with the fact that Arnie is an investor in Lobos tequila.
  9. I’m hoping this is based on the population of the city proper and not the entire metro areas.
  10. This is another cigar that I received in a sampler prize pack from the FoH crew earlier this year. Unknown factory and date, but I can confidently say it was a pre-2022 production. Construction was superb with good draw and burn. Smoke production was good but the mouth feel of the smoke was very light and airy, so much so that at times I had to make sure the the cigar was burning and I was drawing smoke into my mouth. I picked up some generic grass, hay and nutty notes throughout the cigar, but nothing substantial. Unfortunately it didn't live up to its name. 1/5
  11. I don't even watch football. My picks for last week weren't great, so we'll see what happens this week. I might have to resort to flipping a coin.

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