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  1. Draw was open but with some resistance. Paired with first a beer and then 12y/o Bowmore single malt. It opened with a slight sweetness but no other real defining flavours. Maybe there was a vegetal edge to it but there was also a bit of harshness that I wasn't expecting. There wasn't much evolution, except that the second third had the least of the harshness, so was the most enjoyable third. It had enough about it to smoke for around an hour before I gave up. Not having too much joy with this box though there have been a couple that were better than this. Burn was goo
  2. Nice job @CaptainQuintero! Thanks for taking the time to put all that down. Another stellar bit of writing and wisdom to sit alongside your previous works!
  3. If asking for one specific recommendation: HdM Epi 2. It's a proper cigar but a very pleasant, tasty and unintimidating smoke. Non-smokers tend to smoke very fast and a heavier RG will be better at not over-heating.
  4. There doesn't seem to have been much luck with the PLPCs in the round of reviews so far. I was hoping mine might buck the trend! This was the second I've smoked from a quarter-cab. First one was at least 6 months ago: Badly underfilled stick which is why it was first to go, but very tasty and with caramel sweetness. That gave me high hopes for this stick, which seemed like a near perfect example. Paired with orange juice and later Guinness. The burn was flawless and smoke output high throughout. I ashed in 3 neat 1" chunks. However in terms of taste it was just ok and honestly that'
  5. The Partagas Short is just a fantastic smoke. When I am undecided what to smoke the Short is basically the default.
  6. What a review! Well described as always and sounds a great experience.
  7. Thanks for this. I've just reviewed one too. I found the sweetness that drifted in and out in my stick hard to further define. But I did get the burnt wood / charcoal aspect, also in a good way!
  8. Ramon Allones Specially Selected - MSU FEB 19 (VVRW#1)
  9. I reviewed a stick from the same box a year ago almost to the day: it wasn't ready to smoke then and this is the first time I've touched them since. It's a pleasant, still evening and we are allowed to meet in gardens again (England) as of the start of this week. So I have the rare treat of company in the form of a couple of mates! Construction is good, seems well filled and a good weight. Draw is perfect. It opens well but I'm finding it difficult to label the flavours. The stewed raisin flavour isn't as pronounced as I've had before but the overall package is much more
  10. @Bijan, looking at your point 2) here. Thinking back to the FOHrensics experiment with the dried out Monte #4s, the completely dry one and even the optimum one were outperformed by the dry stick dipped in water. To me this implied that maybe cigars smoked better when the filler was drier relative to the wrapper. Who knows!! 😆 @PigFish, I support you in storing cigars in a perfect state for ready smoking. However, I do understand why people would choose to store at a slightly higher humidity: the cigars look shinier/oilier and the aroma when opening the humi is stronger and more appealing
  11. I have a couple of the Machitos that I've yet to try. Glad to hear you rate them as I love that size. Would have bought a box of those rather then the Grande Robusto except for the nostalgia aspect!
  12. Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 Robusto Grande (FYARW)
  13. Welcome back to the game! Spring weather is picking up now in England and opens the avenue for enjoying a smoke again. Good review, it made me laugh out loud also! That a finish! Thanks!
  14. Many years ago I received a 3-pack of these as an engagement present. All 3 were smoked in different countries, in different company and different circumstances. And all 3 were extremely enjoyable and with immaculate construction and burn. Those memories led to me buying a 20-box a few months ago, wondering whether I'd enjoy these again now I have a more established taste for Cubans! This was the first from the box. A still, cool evening by the firepit and paired with a Guinness. Main aroma at cold is dry cat food with a little barnyard. Opens with dark chocolate, ch
  15. Probably the problem, yes, is that I do want a "real" cigar. I'm not doing it right! Though for that "hit" of taste, I was hoping for something tastier. I still have 35 left so I'll give it a try! Thanks
  16. I bought a 5x10-pack of these last year as they seemed to get favourable reviews from a lot of FOHers. It felt like a good choice for a 15min-ish smoke based on reviews/discussions here. However... having had a dozen or so, I'm feeling barely any more positive about them that I would about a Cafe Creme! What am I missing? Could I have been unlucky? I'm assuming these are relatively consistent as cigars go?

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