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  1. I made a comment regarding this elsewhere but felt this needed it's own thread. It's a very interesting subject to me and I'm interested to hear others's experience and thoughts on it. Not too long ago, I learned that a few companies outside of Cuba, like Davidoff, have more grading categories for their leaves as well as their other stricter quality control measures which produce much greater consistency of good construction and drawing of their cigars. Because they have more grades of leaf from the tobacco plants to fine tune blends, by comparison to these methods Cuban factories are the
  2. Excuse the double post but I find this really interesting and worth being discussed far more often. This is more to do with the flavour and strength consistency than burn issues of course, but still, I felt you guys would be just as interested. Here's a time-coded link to a video at Davidoff where they're talking a little about their blending and categorization methods: "The traditional, normal way of classification of the leaves of the plant had only 3 grades - volado, seco and ligero. What that means is that "seco" is maybe 60% of the plant. Imagine. That means maybe at least 8 leaves a
  3. I've found that to simply be blend/leaf and construction consistency problems on the whole, unless you're doing something drastic with how you're storing them or you're tired, hungover or been eating hot spices. Being from the same box doesn't always mean much (it still can mean a much higher chance of close consistency though, but certainly not always). The cigars have come from all over the factory over the course of each day, rolled by a whole array of different rollers and from many different bales of loosely graded and manhandled tobacco leaves. I even wonder if the odd roller might occas
  4. Yeah, I agree with Rob that they don't tend to change blends, at least of classic vitolas, very much. However, different crops of tobacco can vary quite a bit from year to year. I've found Havanas in general have quite recently become much more homogeneous in their flavours in fact, with a sweeter, caramel type flavour in most of them. I've even noticed a slight hint of a Nicaraguan-esque flavour in many Havanas over the last couple of years - that Padrón natural kind of tinge. Anyone else found this or am I imagining things?
  5. Rob always gives Kenny a hard time about lighting his cigar properly even when he lights it perfectly. When he says that in this video, Ken's burn is nice and even. You really have to do something quite stupid on lighting to cause a cigar to taste bad, and a good cigar is generally a good cigar whatever you do. I used to buy into the whole meticulous treatment of cigars so you don't spoil them thing, but after many years I've found probably 95% of the time what's to blame for bad flavour and bad burning of cigars is the actual blend, tobacco quality and internal construction and moisture conte
  6. Yep. 898s are generally a bit stronger and fuller flavoured. They have more coffee bean/espresso, earth and pepper. Lusitanias are actually quite soft and mellow cigars - cream, wood, hay, sweetness (maybe a touch of caramel). Both are excellent cigars when on form and will age very well, but a good 898 has more legs before they start to soften out too much.
  7. If you guys are going to review D4s again, how about doing a series of doing all the major Cuban robustos from similar 2020 dates?
  8. Cheers. Yeah, I thought they must be as the 2019s are the only ones with that "bullet cap" shape. Looking forward to trying the ones I've ordered myself, but it might be January before I receive them now due to covid/postal service issues. I've heard very good things anyway, despite a few complaints about burn issues.
  9. And bloody fun to read, mate. I've been enjoying you guys' video reviews since only a year or two after you started making them. Only just now have I stumbled upon your Kenfessions. I often find myself fully agreeing with you, and when it comes to these stubby little chodes that cigar companies are pumping out now I certainly do. This bit at the beginning of the review cracked me right up: "Honestly, my first impression was that I was at the dentist. It feels like your gob has been wedged open and something bad is about to happen." Brilliant. Your cigar reviews once lead me to buy a
  10. Nice! I only just ordered a small selection of Warped cigars from the US myself a few days ago. Are the bandless ones the Lirio Rojo 2019? I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on those in particular.
  11. Sadly, greedy profiteering always damages the quality of products. It always happens once some management school team sees that a great product is selling really well, so they decide why settle for making huge profits when we could make enormous profits by cutting corners and selling some junk with a shiny label instead? Especially with luxury goods like fine cigars, you can sell a lot of relatively complete rubbish with a "limited" label and 3 bands for many times it's worth, and by the time people have realised they're not very good, they've all sold anyway and you move onto the next special
  12. My most recent one was a box of 10 Monte 2s. I decided on a whim to grab a box of 10 (if I found one that looked like it might be good). The very first box I opened in my local B&M was oozing oil, dark choc wrappers and loose bunching at the feet. After feeling a few, they all seemed to have perfectly even give throughout (no tight feeling spots). I bought them immediately and smoked one the following day to try out. It was the best Montecristo #2 I've ever smoked in my life. Immediately, I went back and asked to look through their other boxes. None of them came close to the look, fee
  13. Because nearly every great Havana cigar I've ever had has been rolled loose. I've been smoking cigars for over 16 years and always wanted to find good firm rolls that draw well, but more often than not, they don't with Cuban cigars. They mostly will draw adequately, sure, but strangle the flavours off somewhat. These P2s I had were incredible and very loose, but with just a nice hint of "elastic" resistance. Of course you can find complete "wind tunnels" that don't burn well, overheat easily or even are just clearly missing some element to the blend or something and don't have great flavour. T
  14. Fun tidbit: In the very first novel, Casino Royale, James Bond is first introduced as working under the cover of being a cigar merchant from Jamaica. This is the cover he uses to send and receive cable messages from HQ, and his funds for the utterly ridiculous, nonsense assignment he's on are referred to in terms of Havana cigar production numbers rather than francs. Oh, and for me the best James Bond after early Connery (yes, later Connery was a tubby, bumbling, lazy joke) was Timothy Dalton by a country mile. Even though early Connery was my favourite portrayal of the character, my top
  15. Hi all, I am looking for recommendations for Partagás P2 box codes. I've had a couple of P2s lately that were really good. They had very light wrappers (with a nice rosado tint), quite loose and even rolls with easy draws and a rich box aroma. Flavours were like rich cedarwood, coffee bean, baking spices, white pepper and a hint of a creamy Parmesan cheese type complexity... if that makes sense to anyone and doesn't sound pretentious. Can anyone who knows their boxes well recommend any particular date/codes that match this description? Sadly, my cigar merchant just dumps their cigars
  16. My fave lonsdales used to be the Ramón Allones 898s... until, of course, they discontinued them for some more bland little chodes.
  17. I really like this series of direct comparisons of the same vitola. How about prominentes next? The Ramon Allones Gigantes lately have been incredible!
  18. Surely these are just RyJ and Partagás petit coronas repackaged as more expensive cigars...
  19. Whatever people enjoy of course but personally I can smoke a Bolivar petit corona in 45 mins if I want to and it's cheaper and IMO a much better blend which ages really well. @Ken Gargett your whinging in these videos can sometimes get a bit annoying (sometimes it's hilarious) but I have to agree with you on these tiny choad cigars. I've tried and have smoked many, hoping to find something worthwhile but in the end I just don't see the point. They aren't even a faster or even cheaper smoke in the end, so that idea doesn't really hold up. All that happens is they burn hot a lot sooner than if y
  20. Yeah, you need to buy a few boxes right away when they are released. This is curently the reason everywhere here in the UK is completely sold out of Montecristo Supremos, despite them only having gone on sale here a week ago. Absolute pain in the...sorry. But yeah, for cigar investments you have to get in there the moment they're released. That being said the Cohiba Gran Reservas cost an absolute fortune from the beginning, anyone remember what a box cost back then? Something like Cohiba GR in particular is probably the safest bet you can make, but it can still be quite risky buying up brand n
  21. Hi all, I'm new to the forum, but have been enjoying the video reviews for many years. I have never been able to find anyone who can tell me with any certainty whether green spots on some cigar wrappers will fade and become brown with long-term aging of the cigar(s)? I have never noticed any green on well-aged cigars I've had and nor have I had these spots on any cigars which I've aged for more than a year or two, so I've never been able to do the experiment and find out for myself. The tobacco in rolled cigars continues the process of micro-fermentation, which is part of the process of aging
  22. Far more money than sense. Even if I were a millionaire I wouldn't pee away 12 grand on a handful of cigars. Even as an investment at this stage it's not very good, you can make FAR more money a lot more quickly too by investing $12,000 in all kinds of other things. Even just to try them I don't see any point, for less than 12k you could have a luxurious trip to Cuba, pay for a VIP visit to the factories and have a couple of full boxes of the finest batch of Siglo VI personally rolled for you and also source a well-aged box from a good "vintage". Why would you want to waste 12k on a stupi

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