JohnS' Smoking Diary 2021


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On 9/10/2021 at 8:57 AM, JohnS said:

In my view, they're best enjoyed within the first 12 to 24 months.

Do you think they lose complexity over time? I have a box, first few were very interesting - interplay of spices that was really unique and exciting - then I had one recently after a year or so, and just - a peanut creamy flavour. I didn’t dislike it but seems to have lost the bite. Maybe just a bad one, but am wondering about the long term for these…

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21 minutes ago, karp said:

Do you think they lose complexity over time? I have a box, first few were very interesting - interplay of spices that was really unique and exciting - then I had one recently after a year or so, and just - a peanut creamy flavour. I didn’t dislike it but seems to have lost the bite. Maybe just a bad one, but am wondering about the long term for these…

In regards to the Punch Short de Punch, as they are a new release, one can only speculate about their general development into the near future. Suffice to say, judging by their performance thus for, at least for me, I simply think that they are smoking really well now and there is little to be gained from aging them in comparison to how well they are smoking at the present time.

However, I wouldn't begrudge anyone putting a box or two away for long-term rest as Punch has a recent tradition of benefiting from aging.

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On 9/26/2021 at 11:37 AM, JohnS said:

I bought this box for $US72 and in my mind that still represents, by far, the greatest return in smoking pleasure for the price over the last two-and-a-half years I've gone through with this box. I'm elated (yet sentimental) that I have only 3 sticks left!

Well said @JohnS, for me that sweet spot period of time where;

PLMC =       $US72

QDOCC=     $US140

RGPC=        $US120

LGCMd2's+ $US150

God, if only I could turn back time, it felt like it would be this way forever.....how wrong I was.  I did manage to hoard a few boxes of all, but nowhere near enough.    I'm glad prices on PLMC are still reasonable. and yes maybe THE best bang for buck cigar out there. I cant think of worthy contenders. 

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18 hours ago, JohnS said:

If my last Nudies N1 Lancero was somewhere in the vicinity of 94 or 95 points, then this one was around 89 to 90

I'm finding this.  My bundle of N1 are a mix of high scoring, very accurate Partagas connie series clones, with a big dollop of buttermint placed on top, and the others are a little erratic, overly tannic and frustrating, not bad cigars but your just wanting them to hop up to where the others in the bundle are. 

When they're on though!  jeeese!..... they truly shine a light on how vacant a hole HSA have left in their gourmet blending. 

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7 hours ago, 99call said:

God, if only I could turn back time, it felt like it would be this way forever.....how wrong I was.  I did manage to hoard a few boxes of all, but nowhere near enough.    I'm glad prices on PLMC are still reasonable. and yes maybe THE best bang for buck cigar out there. I cant think of worthy contenders. 

Let's not start on the prices of Cohiba stock in say...2015. I'm glad I stocked up around then. I guess currently one has to look out for specials which spell out a good deal where they can. If you're diligent enough they can be found, even in the present period where the Covid pandemic has caused a supply issue.

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On 9/26/2021 at 11:23 AM, JohnS said:

Nudies N1 Lancero

For those of you unfamiliar with the Nudies releases, the Nudies N1 Lancero was blended with the intention of replicating the 2010 discontinued Partagas Serie du Connaisseur No.1. The Partagas Serie du Connaisseur No.1 was a lancero size with 38 ring gauge by 192 mm (or 7½ inches) in length dimensions, which the Nudies N1 Lancero shares.

I thought the flavour profile was meant to be a blend between a SdC#1 and SdC#2? Maybe I'm remembering wrong.

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1 minute ago, Fuzz said:

I thought the flavour profile was meant to be a blend between a SdC#1 and SdC#2? Maybe I'm remembering wrong.

Actually, I think you are right. 👍

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