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    Texas, USA
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    5Fs: Faith, Family, Friends, Freedom, Firearms #2A; also Habanos, Whiskey, Rum, College Football, Independent-craft Beer, and Pugs.

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  1. For the Hoyo de Monterrey Review Weekend, I chose to review the Le Hoyo de San Juan, my favorite cigar from this line. Box code SGA DIC 15. Paired with iced Black Rifle Coffee, Freedom Fule Limited Edition Texas Roast blend. Nice colorado color wrapper to the cigar, cold barnyardish aromas from the box, been aging at 65% RH in the coolidor. Punch cut. Cold draw has notes of sweet cedar, almonds, and a light leather note. First 3rd: produces tons of creamy cool smoke; sweet cedar, leather, little cocoa, and some sweet spice notes cover the palate. Second 3rd: sweet cedar and spice are very dominant now; slight cocoa with a lingering leathery note on the palate. Final 3rd: still rocking some nice cedar notes, leather is coming more into play, a coffee bean note has snuck in, and cinnamon and cocoa linger on the palate. Very nice. Final smoke time: 95 mins Overall: a great cigar. Almost 4 years of age on this and it is smoking fantastic. Really enjoy these, wish I had way more boxes of this particular code.
  2. FatherOfPugs

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    On the patio with the pugs, enjoying some iced coffee and working on my HdM Weekend Review of this deliciousness, HdM Le Hoyo de San Juan SGA DIC 15.
  3. I think that it's the blending, they can add more of a certain type of leaf to achieve a profile HSA wants, or the people buying them want. More of certain tobacco leaf combined with less of another is going to give a different profile, also provide more smoke time. Whatever they put in the HdM San Juan, does it for me, I love the blend; the other cigars in HdM line don't have, for me, what the San Juan does flavor wise. Take for instance the Monte Sublime EL '08, absolutely astounding cigar. Wish they made more, same for the RyJ Duke, I bought many of those boxes because I loved the flavor profile. You may be right, it might be the logistics of a larger RG I am tending towards lately. Make no mistake, if this is a long and skinny (lancero or other), and it's a great cigar, I'm in.
  4. You're right with the RE for Asia Pacifico, and it may be for other REs as well. My point of status quo is you keep following the same thing (RE, LE, or regular production) eventually somethings have to go and new sizes and shapes need to be made or you'll cease making money. Folks like what they like. There have been plenty of threads on ring gauges and cigar sizes. I just don't understand demeaning those folks who like larger RG cigars, which seems to be a common thing I'm finding. Making snide remarks like "I'll never understand people who want large RG cigars" and the like. I've stated this before, long and skinny, short and fat, medium and medium, etc., if it's a good cigar, it's a good cigar; if it's not, it's not. Plain and simple.
  5. FatherOfPugs

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    On the patio with the pugs this afternoon, an Alex custom Talisman. Wish I would have brought back many more of these from my last trip.......so good.
  6. I would say sheep is following the status quo......if you don't try the new shapes and sizes how do you know they're not as good or better? Seems pretty closed minded to me. They may be worse, but how would you know if you don't even give them a chance?
  7. Because they're different than you and enjoy those cigars???? Oh no! Someone with different tastes!?!?!?!? And they don't see cigars as phallic symbols.
  8. FatherOfPugs

    What's in your glass today?

    Most likely, LOL!
  9. FatherOfPugs

    What's in your glass today?

    More Texas goodness last night.
  10. Loved Penn & Teller BS! Wish it was still on!
  11. Diplomatico Sublime and QdO 898 for me!
  12. I think there is both good and bad coffee to be had pretty much everywhere. Most little mom & pop shops I've been to no matter where, have the best coffee because they take the time to brew it properly, select good roasted beans, etc. Yeah, if you go to Denny's or Starbucks you're going to get a cup of crap.
  13. FatherOfPugs

    Your last 90 days "go to"

    My go tos over the past 90 days has been, judging by the pics I've taken have been mainly CoRo/Esplendido/HdM San Juan. My go tos last year at this time were RASS/Monte PE.
  14. FatherOfPugs

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Out in the new backyard with the pugs, another solid day here temp wise. Lit up a H.Upmann Connie A MEG SEP 16, coming along very nicely.

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