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  1. Went a little crazy shopping in Cuba in anticipation of the price hike, gonna need a bigger cabinet soon 🥵
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  2. Bringing you up to speed In summary. Supply levels globally should improve from mid to late July. Volume of stock will be roughly 50% of 2019 levels. In terms of breadth, 40% of the portfolio will continue to be unavailable at any one time. Large format cigars will continue to be thin on the ground. 2019 stock levels globally may not be reached until 2025/26 and that is assuming no huccups. There are no scheduled international pricing reviews. All distributors are now on the same buy price regardless of scale. July 30 should see the last of the countries/regions changed over to the new pricing regime. Our pricing has been reviewed and will be finalised by early next week. Some wins and some losses.
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  3. Slight bit of sunshine in what has been a pretty terrible day. Both are RAT FEB 22
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  4. H. Upmann No. 2 (BRE OCT17) paired with some Ardbeg Ardcore.
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  5. C&C time. SC LA Punta (2019)
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  6. A very enjoyable Trinidad Coloniales (SLE JUN 16).
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  7. A summer solstice Siglo IV LGR JUN 17 BCJ MSU JUL 18. After the Siglo IV tonight, this held its own. Might be my favorite Bolivar. And from the few days prior, from my "I end some days staring out into space with a cigar" life... A very good Partagas Short UER MAR 19 RASS MSU NOV 18 Tatuaje Miami Especiales. I've had a couple excellent ones. This wasn't quite there but pretty nice, a typical example.
    33 points
  8. A 2017 La Trova last evening. Salty butter coupled with leather, earthiness and creamy coffee
    32 points
  9. Trying out this TPL MAR 21 D4, a psp box from our hosts. Delicious so far. I’m trying to put together my vacation cigars for a trip to Nova Scotia in a few days… can’t wait to smoke them!!
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  10. The global spread of COVID-19 has also severely devastated the cigar industry. Not only was Cuban cigar production and supply drastically reduced, but also Habanos S.A. introduced a new international pricing policy by using Hong Kong price as a reference, which led to a significant increase in worldwide Cuban cigar prices. Even worse, Korean cigar B&Ms were allowed to open till 21:00 only due to COVID-19 restrictions until April. Thankfully, I can resume Kimfessions Series and puff Cohiba Coronas Especiales from Habana Mike’s Cuban cigar gift without rushing as business hours of local cigar lounges have returned to normal from May. Time to move to De la Mano and get back to the Cuban cigar review game. Cohiba Coronas Especiales is a Laguito No. 2 sized Panetela cigar (38 RG x 152 mm) which was one of the three early Cohiba cigars. Like Cohiba Lanceros, it was used as a special gift for VIPs (e.g. diplomats, government officials, and heads of state) by the Cuban government and was not available to the public until the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain. It was also Fidel Castro’s all-time favourite cigar, according to a 1994 Cigar Aficionado interview with Fidel. Cohiba is one of my preferred CC marcas, and I have always been a big fan of long and skinny Cuban cigars, so I am excited to savour the flavour of this legendary classic Cuban beauty. Inside the De La Mano, it had a walk-in-humidor filled with Davidoff cigars and its sub-brands like Camacho; a cabinet humidor with Davidoff cigar accessories and some Davidoff cigars; a cigar rolling table; a bar hall with lots of single malt bottles and wooden tables. Its interior was a 1920s speakeasy-inspired theme with dim lighting and jazz music like Autumn Leaves, which added classiness and poshness to this speakeasy cigar lounge. It had a vast and multifarious single malt whisky selection with rums; cognacs; cocktails; non-alcoholic drinks. Unfortunately, some single malts like The Macallan were out of stock due to low single malts supply. So, I decided to go with Glenfarclas 15-Year Old at its staff's suggestion for the drink pairing. For Cohiba Coronas Especiales, a full honey blast; dominant wood and leather; Cuban twang; slight hint of grass notes appeared at the beginning. Then, its flavour changed to anise; cedar; citrus; hay; spice; vanilla; Keemun with a toasty texture. After that, its aroma turned into bitter chocolate, coffee, and tobacco with earthy notes throughout the end without any changes. Overall, it has every aspect of Cohiba cigars but in a more intense form and less grassy compared to Siglo II and CORO. Although it had minor issues like bitterness at the finale, it is indeed one of the excellent Cuban cigars. I can see why Fidel Castro favoured this elegant Cohiba cigar the most. 4 out of 5 worthy Magnificent Panetela! For Glenfarclas 15-Year Old, Macallan 12-Year Old like bold and creamy sherry; peat; some fruity notes including raisins; sweet butterscotch; leather notes detected at the nose stage. As soon as I sipped this Scotch single malt whisky, I could taste rich and full-bodied oak; wood; pepper; chocolate; grape and orange; cinnamon; liquorice; citrus; nut with sherry and malty tones in my mouth. In the finish stage, its flavour profile turned into spicy cedar; stronger sherry; berry; ginger; tobacco. While it had some similarities with Macallan 12-Year Old, it packed a punch with more variety of aromas which resembled fuller-bodied Cuban cigars. It is indeed a delightful Scotch sherry ride without overpowering, and I now understand why Glenfarclas is one of the Scotch sherry monsters! Habana Mike was one of the FOH BOTLs I met in the late 2010s on FOH. Like most FOH members, he kindly answered when I asked cigar-related questions such as “Does this Cuban cigar taste good” and “Who rolled this Cuban custom cigar”. Also, he showed his generosity by sending a surprise cigar gift to me two years ago and enjoyed my cigar-related puns (e.g. donkey dicks for ludicrous 60+ RG fat cigars) every time I popped on FOH Zoom Virtual Herf. Because of this, I was in deep sorrow when I heard about the death of Habana Mike. I thank him for allowing me to review this cigar, and may the Cuban cigars be with him eternally. Like Led Zeppelin, reviewing Cuban cigars at the De La Mano was a great experience. Despite this speakeasy cigar lounge run by the Davidoff Cigars Korea, they allowed me to bring my Cuban stash by paying a cigar corkage fee. The atmosphere was great too, and its staff helped me pick the suitable Scotch single malt whisky for Cohiba Coronas Especiales. Besides, its wide range of liquors and a perfect ventilation system made this place refreshing and enjoyable. However, it had a cover charge per person, was farther than Led Zeppelin, and its mojito was too strong for my mum (my mum and sister ordered cocktails). Still, I highly recommend De La Mano for those who like Davidoff cigars or are looking for a posh speakeasy cigar lounge with lots of single malts in Seoul. Address: 59, Bongeunsa-ro 44-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul Hours: Mon-Sun 18:00-02:00 (6:00 p.m.-2:00 a.m.) Phone: 070-7778-6476 Cigar Corkage: 10000 KRW/cigar Cover Charge: 5000 KRW/person Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/delamano.seoul/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/delamano_seoul/ Note. When you order a cocktail at De La Mano, you can request bartenders to make a custom cocktail with the blend you would like to have (e.g. Martini with a more sugary taste). There are additional two rooms in the De La Mano that provide more privacy and tables. You can make a reservation by either calling or sending a message to De La Mano. It is located in a sloped area and does not have a sign due to its Speakeasy concept. Therefore, make sure to use map applications like Google Maps if you cannot find it and move carefully when you arrive at this place. De La Mano is the first Asian cigar lounge winner of the Davidoff Golden Band Awards in 2021. It took 1 hour and 55 minutes to puff CCE, as I puffed it slowly to avoid getting too hot issue (I usually puff CCs as slowly as possible). I did the CCE review on the 25th of June but posted it on FOH today since I was really tired during that day.
    31 points
  11. Tasty SLR Regios on a rainy day
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  12. Today's Siglo VI Yesterday's Siglo VI PSD4
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  14. Monty 2. PTG MAY 21 Young but fan-bastard-tastic.
    31 points
  15. 1998 Boli lonsdale CSU-VC3. Always been amazing and seems to still get better. Similar vintage CEs and PCs I bought around the same time are not nearly as good.
    31 points
  16. My Father La Promesa Toro 6 x 52 It started very well. Mid bodied, coffee, cookie dough. some unrefined sugar notes Very little to no pepper. The only problem I had is that this was a one trick pony. Very good trick but I was bored by the halfway mark and couldn't finish. This was the Toro. It is better as a Petit which I tried in the US. I had an Epi 2 and Upmann Mag 50 later in the day and they both blew it away. Still, as a $10 cigar....more than fine and some of you would love it.
    31 points
  17. Saturday mornings are rough when there is no college football on…
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  18. C&C time. Parti 898 from our gracious host. Can't rmbr what year it was from..
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  19. 2020 Rio Seco - great sweet creamy twangy hot weather cigar
    30 points
  20. Grand Cathedral Cigars in Tampa, FL
    30 points
  21. Splendid evening last night with some Mumm brut and a Valiosos. Lovely pairing
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  23. First and last box purchase for awhile most likely! First box of Connie 2’s, really excited for these. Hoping they’ll fill a void left by the price hikes!
    30 points
  24. 2008 Punch SS1 from a trade with @ChanceSchmerr I hope your end of the trade weathers the storm of your upcoming move. Also really felt that first day of summer, 28C, low 80s F at midnight.
    30 points
  25. Little lunchtime Perla from 2015 to make a nice C&C break.
    30 points
  26. Yesterdays 898 and todays Escogidos
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  28. Very fresh Sancho Panza Belicosos from elsewhere.
    29 points
  29. June 2018 Epi 1, anniversary smoke.
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  31. I figured i break FOH with these today.
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  33. I picked up a 10-count of singles of ARS Ene 2019 Vegas Robaina Famosos...
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  34. Some 24:24 mail of Montecarlo
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  35. Opening day of salmon season tomorrow and 7 days out from my bday so celebrating with a TUA OCT 20 QdO CC and some Glenmorangie 18 extremely rare (which clearly isn’t rare but is damn delicious!)
    28 points
  36. HUHC Sent from my SM-G996U1 using Tapatalk
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  37. Generally speaking I prefer the e2 and the d4 to the p2 but this guy is outstanding, last third out of this world
    28 points
  38. This weekend. Monte 2, PSP2 and HU 2.
    27 points
  39. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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