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  1. This was a great idea for a review weekend. Nice to see faces to put with names. Finished snow blowing the foot of snow we got Saturday night, cooled down, and decided I deserved my favorite for a job well done. Reached for an un-opened box of Esplendidos. All of the cigars in the box have perfectly uniform appearance including wrappers, size, and band locations and orientation. I love it when a new box looks perfect. On to the cigar, construction appears flawless, no hard knots, beautiful golden brown wrapper. Aroma at cold is pure barnyard wet straw, just what I expect. Open
  2. There are certain cigars that just work. They give us a sense that this is what cigars were made for. They draw effortlessly, they billow with volumous clouds of smoke and make our palate sing with every puff. This is the experience I have when I smoke the last of these gorgeous Royal Robustos from a box of UPE NOV 12. At first sight, I knew these had potential when I bought them three years ago and laid eyes on the dark, oily wrappers. But it wasn't until I lit up the first sample that I realized what I was holding. The first third starts out with an immediate note of nuts and sho
  3. Last year I won cardbox with 5 of Romeo y Julieta Petit Corona. They are from '08 but I don't know the box code. The cigar has spent four months in box with other single marevas. I used puncher to open and triple-jet to light up. Perfect draw. First puffs were amazing. Perfectly balanced cigar. I've never smoked RyJ PC before (I had few RyJ MF) and that one was very pleasant. A lot of cedar, floral notes, bread and just a bit of cherry note typical for Romeo y Julieta. However almost for all the time I had burning issues. I needed to touch up every 10 minutes. Second third was a
  4. Leading with the important part, 49's win 28-27 Short review, nice construction, mostly got light spices and some coffee with cream. Back to the party, enjoy the game all!
  5. One of my late year smoking goals was to revisit some of the really memorable cigars from 2019. So I am late... as usual! Enter the Monte Esp. #2 vintage 2001. I have noticed a few near '01 vintage cigars showing up in this review series. So, lets talk a little about these cigars. Over and over again I see 99 to 01 vintage cigars maligned over the internet. I realize that I am an 'anti-establishment' smoker, but I have to wonder if any of these people parroting such rhetoric have actually smoked any of these cigars. In my time smoking Cuban cigars, I have to say that year over year,
  6. In the spirit of the holiday season, let me quote from the classic movie "A Christmas Story" as related by our hero Ralphie: "Now it is well known throughout the midwest that the old man is a turkey junky, a bonafide golly turkacnis freak." It may be well known in the Southeast, or at least on my street, that I am a Partagas Short junkie. A bonafide party minuto freak I do truly love these things. This is from my oldest box, which as you see is dwindling. After the FOH video this year about dipping in water, I've taken to doing that with ones that seem a tad ... dry. Maybe not a
  7. PSP example from a quarter box bought here last November. I'm a big fan of Partagas, although I have many more shorts than D4's usually. Nice construction, good aroma (I love opening a tupperdor and getting that waft of cedar and cigar). Typical for me V cut, toast and start the smoke It starts out fairly sweet, which surprises me. Not something I often get from Partagas, but I enjoy it. Short lived, it's just the first third, maybe even a little less. Probably just the first third. Adjusts to more typical cedar, wood, spice and a little bit of pepper perhaps. But about halfway th
  8. The one where our hero froze his arse off - it's 33 in Georgia this morning. But a nice clear morning, I'm over the cold I had, and what better way to celebrate a Friday? Who am I kidding, I usually smoke a cigar Friday morning, it's just colder today Picked this up from an HQ sampler last October, been sitting in the tupperdor for about a year waiting for a day like today. Good construction, a bit squishy up around the band, but overall well made, nice color and smell. V cut, toast it a bit and start. Bit of an uneven burn at the beginning, but blame that on me. Hands may have been
  9. Who doesn't like marshmallow? I'll admit I had been eager to give one of these a try. I added this single among others when I picked up the Blind cigar lot, so no idea date code on it. Had a nice sheen to it, seems well constructed, nice smell. V cut, toast and here we are smoking. I didn't get the marshmallow. Perhaps a bit in the first third, there was some lightness to it, I wouldn't call it marshmallow flavor, but had that hint. Of course that's what I always hear about these, so may be biased to that. But after the first third it was pretty harsh to me, and that lightness went
  10. My first Medio Siglo, and I have to say overall I'm a fan. Good flavor throughout and while perhaps a bit fat, overall the time/size I typically look for. Lots of travel last couple of weeks, and after getting in past midnight last night I was ready to have a coffee and cigar on the porch this morning. Debated a CoRo or Siglo I/II, but decided to try my first of these. Stiff construction, but excellent aroma. V Cut, toast, and right from the beginning honey and hay. Burn got a bit wonky at times, and at first I thought I might have a tunnel, but it wasn't that bad. The initial hit o
  11. My first Trinidad, and I've been eager to try these. I got three boxes from a sale here earlier in the year. Been resting for 4 months or so, and a good time to try one out. Love the actual tubo, it's distinctive and attractive to me. In the world of bands, to me, the Trinidad band is just ok, but the tubo is lovely. Good construction, wonderful smell, firm but not too firm. V cut, toast and away we go. Initial thoughts are some lightness, perhaps some almonds. Good billowing smoke, great even burn, no problems on draw or burn. Didn't time it, but did enjoy it. Overall profile wou
  12. I've been dryboxing this Punch Punch for last 10 days. Today was the perfect moment to light its up. I need to say, it's my third from the box. Today I was seeing with one of my friends, manager in local LCDH. Spontaneously this meeting has grown to local CA meeting (here in Poland we have forum, like FOH but smaller, it has 13 years; we were laugh that it's our small FOCSA, stand for Forumowe Ogólnopolskie Spotkanie Cigar Aficionado - Forums Cigar Aficionados' meeting. Punch Punch is defienietly what I'm looking for when we are talking about size. I prefer under 50 RG. It'
  13. El Rey Del Mundo Kon Tiki 1973 Los Andes Regional Production Vitola: 109 Ring gauge: 50 Cigar length: 184 mm / 7.24' Since I haven't seen many reviews on this special edition, I decided to have a go at it. This cigar was produced in a suitcase-sized box of 50. If you don't have a large humidor, that would cause a problem. The packaging was impressive, but perhaps not as elegant as one would expect for a cost of over $2,000, with a limited run of only 1200 boxes. As I opened the box the odor of fresh grass struck me. The enticing smell mad
  14. I picked up a sixer of these back in June, so they're young, only been acclimating for a little over a month. PSP stick from our lovely Aussie hosts. (speaking of, Tokyo is soon, should there be some sort of wager on aquatics?). I've been trying to avoid Robusto and big thick cigars recently, but this I don't have much else Hoyo and didn't want to go digging around to find something else. V cut, construction good, I dinged up the foot a tad. As is usually the case with PSP sticks from here, the heaviness is there. Maybe not as much sheen now, but heaviness is my term for it. Not dry
  15. Awesome review weekend, Tonight i had the absolute pleasure of smoking this cigar. I kept it at 64/65 since its original purchase in 2016. Amazing burn, heavenly aroma and one of the smoothest sticks I have ever had. The aroma just smelled exactly how a cigar is supposed to smell to me at least. It’s nearly impossible fo Rome to put into words. 1/3-The beautiful stick started with a light coffee and cohiba classic grassiness. Maybe a touch of white pepper on the finish but the only lasting flavor was the light coffee. 2/3-More coffee progressing in intensity with a light
  16. A recent smoke, of which I thought I'd jot down a few unsorted lines to share, although I smoked this one without a review in mind and didn't take detailed notes. So, this is rather from memory. The Clásicos - despite bearing a name exuding class and elegance having never really become popular in its rather short life - has always been a favourite of mine (for me, the best of the line, together with the DA). And when they were announced to be disced a few years ago, I bought up what felt like the remaining stock off all suppliers I could get my hands on. However, this stick here comes fro
  17. Smoked my first La Trova the other day to check out this new release. Will give a brief account: Despite it's ring gauge of 52, this is a release I was really looking forward to. Because I love the complex Trinidad profile, and current Trinis are smoking exceptionally well. The blend is always spot on with great consistency, tobacco of top notch quality and wrappers mostly, too. The La Trova turned out no different, and this time (unlike e.g. for the Monte Dantés), I wasn't disappointed. This is only the second time this format is being utilized. First instance been in the famed Cohi
  18. So here's a Punch Punch (how many times can I get punch into this review?) 5 5/8 x 46 Good construction, somewhat rustic looking. No draw issues and a good burn. Dark grey ash that came off after the first few inches. Smoking time came in at just over an hour. 1/3 - Starts off smooth as butter. Beautiful aroma with a delicate, creamy flavour. 2/3 - Cream is still there but starts to be overtaken by wood. Still smooth. 3/3 - Things start to heat up in the final third. The cream is gone and pepper starts to come to the front. Definitely not an over powering pepper.
  19. . My first JL1 SRO Jul 17 - HQ from this box, has been resting for about 3 months, I've been experimenting with different drink pairings other than my usual Whisky or Rum and found Tea's to be quite a good pairing. I've normally had Earl grey teas but have recently tried Taiwanese Bubble Milk tea and the combination of sugar and tea often works quite well with a lot of the cigars that I enjoy. Getting back to the JL1, cold draw is light, has notes of cedar and light straw notes and great draw, I keep my cigars at 65% RH 1st Third, - Smooth, creamy notes, with a bit of peppe
  20. Cigar, beer and rum session review. Pairing the Partagas D4 with Mountain Goat Summer Ale then moving onto Dipolomatico reserva exclusiva rum. Cold draw gives a light spicy peppery feel on the lips. · 1/3 – light white pepper, cinnamon with an underlying light sweetness. The Summer ale is an easy drinker with subtle noise of tropical fruits and has subtle citrus bitterness which helps to not over power the flavours of the cigar. I like to refer to it as a can of 'fanta' due to the orange colour of the can. · 2/3 – Pepper has packed it's bags and left the sho
  21. Unknown box code because I never bothered to peel the copious amounts of stickers these boxes come decorated in. This cigar is just special... I've found myself reaching for it a little more freely since buying a couple of more boxes. I've had several different experiences so far with it so bear with me but... First one I had this year was a huge burst of citrus out of the gate. Then came the chocolate. These flavors were quite pronounced. Nothing muted here. The last few I've had have teetered more on the chocolate side than the citrus. Regardless, these are very well constructed
  22. 1999 Saint Luis Rey Lonsdale (REO EP00) This was just excellent. First half was like a high class s'more. The predominant flavors vacillated between marshmallow, milk chocolate, graham cracker, espresso, black pepper and paprika. There was always a light, peppery, toasted tobacco base. As one might expect from a lonsdale of any marca, the body and intensity gradually built as I progressed through the length of the cigar. That’s not to say, however, that it started out mild. No sir. I ran into some significant burn issues in the middle, which required some
  23. Smoked a rather interesting one tonight and was thoroughly surprised. Cigar: La Diabla Manufacturer: Traficante Cigars Purchased for $9.50 Size: 4x52 Wrapper: Brazilian Cubra maduro (Cuban Seed) Binder: Equadorian Filler: Dominican from Santiago Construction Not the prettiest looking thing. A weird lumpy rustic looking pentagonal shape. Medium brown wrapper with a nice oil sheen to it. Evenly packed with a good draw. Cool metal band/tag that came with the cigar. Prelight Wrapper smells like licorice and the cold draw also tastes of l
  24. Hoyo De Monterrey Le Hoyo Des Dieux 2011. Sorry, forgot the full box code, I'll head back to the B&M to have a look. Prelight stuff: Stiff and dry wrappers, rustic looking claro. Draw is perfect from a punch cut. Faint aromas from the stick, with a little standard floral grass and hay from the cold draw. 1st Third: Cashews. Cedar. Cream. Spicy cajun finish that lingers around the back of the throat. Retrohale is peppery but not aggressive. Ash is holding on for almost at inch. Solid and chunky, zero flakes! End of first 3rd brings on some coffee. Spice fad
  25. Hello everyone. I brought up a question/discussion in the thread below and found some interesting responses. It seems that there was a general consensus that Cohiba represents the flavor profile discussed in that thread, namely grass and hay. So, I've decided to light up a CORO and see what I thought. This is my first ever Cohiba, so this should be interesting regardless of the results. Box Code: ABR 13 PSM Appearance Nice looking medium dark brown wrapper with a perfect triple cap. Pack is a little on the hard side, but even Draw Very tight draw. Had to do a

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