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  1. I'm going away on vacation in a couple of weeks, and I wanted to bring a big cigar with me to smoke on my last night at the resort. I have smoked the RyJ Churchill and thought it was just ok. I have smoked the HUSW and thought it was sublime. However this is the extent of my experience with Churchills and Double Coronas. So, my question to you FOH community, is which of the BIG BOYS would you reach for first? To level the playing field, let's say current regular production and nothing with more than 2 years of box age.
  2. Recently, I had GAT Sep 2012 Saint Luis Rey Serie A, thanks to @Duxnutz. About a week later, I had a 2016 Saint Luis Regios, one of the cigars from the Sublime Selfies Weekend prize I was graciously gifted on account of our members. I will post up more detailed reviews of these cigars at a later date, but in summary, the difference between these two cigars was quite evident. I enjoyed them both, however, the best way to adequately describe the contrast in these two Saint Luis Rey cigars is to say that the Serie A showed signs of benefiting from aging, a lovely sweet cocoa, hay, honey and dried apricot complexity that will only delineate more with further rest. The Regios had more toast and tobacco as the main flavours, with elements of bread and honey, it was nowhere near as complex as the Serie A, yet I still enjoyed it. I guess I lament the fact that the Saint Luis Rey marca is now basically represented by the Hermosos No.4, Regios. Both the Double Corona and Serie A are currently either deleted or in a production hiatus and I consider it a shame that they are not available. Sure, SLR is not for everyone, and they can take a long time to mature, heck even then they can be bland, yet on the other hand, they can exhibit a lovely cocoa and honey sweetness when they are 'on'. The current Saint Luis Rey Marquez Cuba Regional Edition has had mixed reviews, alternating between good and toasted tobacco blandness and Regios are not noted as a cigar to long-term age. Can Saint Luis Rey return as a marca whereby you could appreciate a sublime, aged and complex regular production cigar? I wonder...
  3. @Mattb82's recent topic on Petit Coronas got me thinking about longer cigars, especially in consideration of @earthson's reply in that topic. Whilst I don't mind the ring gauge (47 rg on a Churchill, 49rg on a Double Corona) I don't seem to smoke enough of these, I always seem to reach for the shorter and standard ring gauge cigars by preference. Do you do the same? Give me 2 hours to enjoy a cigar and I find I'll nearly always try to fit a Minuto/Perla or Petit Corona in there! So let's have a look at current regular production of Double Coronas and Churchills... What cigar from this list do you tend to gravitate to and why? One common reason why cigar enthusiasts may not reach for longer cigars is due to a perceived lack of complexity for the time it takes to smoke them. Do you find this true or not? (The table above was screen captured from an advanced search at Cuban Cigar Website here) A couple of points to consider... The Romeo y Julieta Churchill topped @El Presidente's 2015 poll after being 'out-of-favour' for a time The Bolivar Corona Gigantes is currently in @El Presidente's top 5 cigars coming out of Cuba at the moment The Quai d'Orsay Imperiales and Saint Luis Rey Double Corona are rumoured to be discontinued The H.Upmann Sir Winston is a seasonal production cigar and I have no doubt would sell out within minutes if offered for sale on an upcoming 24:24 The San Cristobal de La Habana El Morro is currently not available amongst retailers. This doesn't mean it won't return nor it isn't available at your retailer.(Incidentally, the same applies for the El Rey del Mundo Choix Supreme, Saint Luis Rey Serie A and Diplomaticos No.2)
  4. For this review I took the opportunity to revisit the king of kings from Hoyo de Monterrey: the Double Corona This cigar isn't called a Prominentes for nothing the Double Coronas undoubtedly represent the best of their marca's and are time-honored and honed showpieces of what a Cuban cigar should stand for. This particular example was boxed in 1998 and therefore the tobacco is approximately 20 years old. The 1998 cigar was made with the old Corojo tobacco and it shows in the small veins on the wrapper. Spidery and smooth with a slight reddish tint to it. Smoking time 2:30 of relaxed smoking. Tasting notes: Starting off with honey, sweet caramel, and a touch of dark chocolate and black pepper First third wonderful complex mix of: Honey - 2/5 Sweet creamy caramel - 3/5 Dark Chocolate - 2/5 Black pepper - 1/5 Second third the intensity picks up slightly (always does in older cigars) with some earth notes added Honey - 3/5 Sweet creamy caramel - 3/5 Dark Chocolate - 3/5 Black pepper - 2/5 Earth - 1/5 The final third ended intense and with a small peppermint surprise Honey - 3/5 Sweet caramel - 3/5 Dark Chocolate - 3/5 Black pepper - 2/5 Earth - 1/5 Peppermint - 4/5 at the flareup Rating 9.5/10 This wonderfully complex cigar is slightly more full-bodied than the current examples which are similar but a bit lighter in taste and lack the dark pepper/chocolate touch. A very, very enjoyable smoke.
  5. With Spring and Summer coming for us Northern Hemisphere folks, it's getting near that time where we dig to the bottom of our humidors to see how those lovely Double Coronas have progressed after a long Winter's nap. For our brothers and sisters on the other side of the world, it's time to get a DC or two in before Winter hits. This got me thinking, which DC are you most looking forward to? For me, it is the Ramon Allones Gigantes. The one that I had at the end of last summer was 94+ smoke with waves of sweet, stewed fruit, chocolate, and toasted tobacco. Damn near perfect construction and burn to boot. One of my top cigars for 2015 (cigar was from a 2014 box). I'll post a pic and quick review on this thread once I get a chance to light up a RAG. Feel free to do the same. Cheers, Dan
  6. Planning to go with our host for the first time and need some guidance in terms of flavour/complexity bang for your buck. I’ve looked around in threads and have found some info on DC’s and Churchill’s but I specifically would like see the opinion of many and form my decision from there, on what is smoking well now. Looking to get one box of DC’s and one box of Churchill’s and the following are my choices. I have tried and have Punch DC’s (love them) so I have not included it and the 50 cab SLR DC’s are not in my budget. I have already tried the HdM and the SLR and I equally love both as well. I have not tried the others. Would love to hear which of each you would get or if you would rather get 2 from the Churchill’s and not the DC’s or vice versa. Thanks for your input in advance. RA Gigantes HdM DC Party Lusis Bolivar Coronas Gigantes QdO Imperiales HUpmann Sir Winston
  7. Today had some nice warm weather with a slight breeze. Probably one of the last summer days where a DC seems just fit especially after work. I pulled out a stick that had been sitting in my herfador over night; one i meant to smoke yesterday but didnt because there wasn't ample time. The wrapper on the cigar looked on colorado claro side, silky smooth, with one slightly visible vein. The construction was perfect IMO. I used a Punch and it revealed a good draw, suprisingly open for a small cut which i prefer as usually I find with tight rolled cigars a punch is too resistant. Smell on the wrapper - light sweet tobacco Cold draw - dusty old cedar, with a faint hint of sweetness Upon lighting - a non agressive wood burn aroma that is soft on the nasal inhale First lighting notes gave way to flavours similar to the cold draw, woody, smoke is creamy, with a mild med body and light on the palate. About an inch in - Startin to get some tangy light citrus notes and nice sweet bready notes on the finish End of first third - Body is starting to build and the sweetness starts to get a bit darker with grassiness on the finish. 2nd third had to re light; i'm really getting a strong nuttieness, not unlike a fresh cracked walnut Its starts to settleinto a nice sweet faint caramel nuttiness with grassy notes again on the finish The last third, the nuttiness gets toasty with the sweet notes becoming a bit more prominent and darker. In the final parts of the burn i got a bit of that youthful bitter tannin that a good purge fixed. As i nubbed it, i got mainly sweet bitter nuttiness that was enjoyable to the last puff. Smoking time was 2hrs and 20mins. Thanks for taking the time to read. its my second review and i hope my review resonates with what others have experienced.
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