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  • Birthday 11/13/1986

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  1. I’m more partial to later albums (especially IV). But as said above, in the timeframe, this is something that must’ve stunned those who heard it for the first time. I’ll score it 8/10
  2. Sunday afternoon, it’s a lovely day out with the sun beaming down on the back yard. Off to the ‘ready to smoke’ humidor. This PSD5 is one of 3 I bought as singles at my local B&M last November. They came out of a BOP AGO 19 box. It’s my first D5, not sure what to expect as far as blend goes. I generally love Partagas (E2, Lusi, D4, P2, Shorts, Mille Fleurs). Grabbed myself a Lungo with a splash of orgeat to have with my cigar and sat myself down. Pre-light: Nice wrapper shade, but kind of veiny and unevenly rolled/pinched. But not too worried about that with this gauge. Straight cut and as expected, the draw is fine. The cold draw is sweet bell pepper, quite nice. First half: It opens immediately with big flavor. I didn’t expect that. Paprika, sourdough and an almondy, creamy sweetness that it all rides on. The almond cream is totally unexpected and might be because I put orgeat in my coffee. Extremely enjoyable nonetheless. The burn is a tiny bit wonky, I attribute that to the slightly pinched roll. It burns fine and only requires 1 touchup to the halfway point. At the tail end of the first half the sweetness is taken over by deep earth, this is more of the Partagas I’ve come to expect. Second half: Dominated by earth, some hints of coffee grounds. Highlights are still the sourdough, but the paprika has turned into something more spicy like a habanero pepper. Very tasty, the finish is long and interesting with the habanero spicyness building up to take over from the earth after the smoke is expelled through the retrohale. Smoked it until it wasn’t comfortable to hold. No bitterness or astringency throughout. Conclusion: Really liked this, kind of like a concentrated D4. A little deeper and darker on the flavor. Very Partagas, which for some reason I didn’t think it would be. Some older reviews from when it was first released into regular production weren’t too kind, which is probably why I didn’t anticipate it smoking as good as it did. This example took about 45 minutes to smoke. 91/100
  3. I’ve been doing exactly that, I’m well stocked on the more ‘premium’ cigars that I like and have been buying volume of the lesser known cigars that I really like. PLPC/PLMC/Du Depute/Demi Tasse/RASCC etc. are all cigars that are still in stock at shops over here. The way the tobacco law and taxation is setup over here in the Netherlands, once a box gets its tax seal it can’t be sold for more/less than is on the seal. No discounting tobacco, which means the less popular stuff sits. So I’ve been buying all that less popular stuff (that I do like), now that it’s still abundantly in stock. Once the price increases hit, I’m sure people will start exploring those less popular cigars and see that they’re really good, leaving less stock in the process.
  4. It’s the same setup I’ve been using for many years. I use 80 liter coolers, the ones with a rubber seal in the lid. A whole load of 65% Bovedas and stored in my cellar where temperature varies between about 15° C in winter to max 18°C in summer. I don’t really worry about them, I sort of regularly open them to put in newly acquired boxes anyway. I’ve got a Govee sensor in each one, I maybe check it once a month if I even remember. Humidity has always been rock solid this way.
  5. I wholeheartedly agree. What I usually try to do is watch them in succession in 1 sitting. The story arc spans both movies, Part II is best enjoyed coming right off of Part I in my opinion. 10/10 for me as well
  6. Probably, yes. Depends on how much more expensive the more regular smokes get.
  7. I don’t buy/smoke a ton of Cohiba as it is (but still smoke them semi-regularly, maybe 1 every week or so), so will continue buying them at the low rate I am currently.
  8. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it. All the elements are there for a great movie, and it probably is. For me personally, it’s a very good movie but not among my all time greats. 8/10 for me.
  9. My favorite is the Drew Estate Undercrown Maduro, I always have a box or 2 around. Regular chocolate bombs.
  10. 9/10 for me, it was my introduction to Tarantino and his way of storytelling. It was entirely new to me. Winston Wolf must be my favorite character, like @BigGuns said: he got there in 10!
  11. A great movie, from a time when not everything was pre-cut and you had to think for yourself when watching. The scale of the whole undertaking, with a cast that wasn’t big stars at the time, amazing that it even happened.

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