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  1. Just paid $187 for 2... ok 3 drinks and a shared steak and lobster (special) plus potato side with the mrs. At the madona! Madness!!! Food was just ok. Gas is approaching 7usd in places out here in California, and building materials.... over 100k for a garage extension! We're all doomed
  2. Due to availability and as of recently the price, i smoke more Nicaraguans now then cubans... but this is the best cuban cigar there is if you are wondering over into cubans and enjoy nc fullbody flavor bombs from esteli. I find these to be more medium body than those nc's tho, and richer in flavor. At 100 - 150usd or less this cigar was my perennial cigar of the year, hands down. One could never amass enouph boxes to sate the storage drop out as i ran through a box and a half a month... and thats when i was being frugal!! Im down to my last box and each one of these 4 dollar cigars makes me wonder what the hell my buisness agent is doing as my scale wage has lost step with inflation! The good old days!
  3. If limited time, small commitment, and enjoyment are what the moment calls for, these hit the bill perfectly! I like the 50 cabs to smoke half and set the other down. Young they are lively and go well with whatever you're up to, aged ones need a 40-50 minute window to be appreciated and take center stage. To me they are more akin to the 898 vs the d4, the p2 and the short couldnt be further apart! Hard to imagine the tobacco came from the same farm or factory. One more observation in my experience they are very consistent. Can't recall ever getting a box that was "off" perhaps a tight draw from time to time, but I'd be hard pressed (smokers pallet) to tell the difference between psp and robs preferred economy!
  4. Would like to have seen a waterworld sequel. Movie got such a bad rap but was, and is still, a fun watch for its time Jumper. Watched it servral times (and still entertaining) and really wish that story and cast could have contunued Fast and furious should have drove off into the sunset years ago And i hate to say it, but marvel wont be collecting any more money or time from me... good run but im out on mcu
  5. Another for the corona gordo! Also a favorite size!! However, a ton of ncs make a le in different shapes with fancy packaging and blow up the pricing (sometimes with a fancy leaf tweak). Seems to be a profitable endeavor? So brown bag cgs for those of us who smoke like chimneys and a cs in a ten count logo'd box to pass out as gifts or display in our collection?
  6. I love #2! On my 3rd or 4th box, so bought the #1 ... unfotunately the 1st quarter box or so have all been plugged. The rest are in long nap mode as well.
  7. Bucks28 chiefs 33 Sorry pres, cant root for brady, it would violate the space time continuum Greetings from sunny southern california! 74° f at 4:30 pm! Almost makes up for all the local madness and taxes (almost) Quickly into my cigar hobby i discovered this storied and well documented brand many great reviews and history on the internet far better than my cheap 2cents worth if you are intrested. They've been a staple in my humidor ever since. I found this smoke at a local retailer back in the mid 2000's on liquidation as they were already well aged then and bought (and smoked) the lot, this is the last one. Hopefuly my review does it justice! on the left is current production the right is todays review and the 2004 stick (i believe was made by level 9 rollers in miami?) Prelight : musty tobacco from the body and strong almost overpowering deep chocolate from the foot ( much different then the paper, barnyard, and pepper of the current one). Draw is perfect and has a faint fruitiness to it 1st puff: has a lot going on, bitter chocolate, toasty tobacco, mild pepper (like when its bbq"d into meat) and a medium dry chalky finish. These sticks are known for their massive pepper burst at 1st light so this is very intresting and engaging. Off to a great start!! 1st 3rd: Retro hale still produces the eye watering pepper but there are other flavors just as rich. Chalky chocolate, marzipan, cinnamon, dark sharp coffee... finish carries over through the next pull. Im thinking this could have gone on for another 10 years. Tons of flavor, some sourdough takes over the pepper 1/2 way through the 3rd. Rich is how I'd best describe it even the patio is filling up with the aroma. Great stick!! 2nd 3rd: Ash fell off as i positioned the smoke for a pic but construction is spot on. As the 1st 3rd closed the sourdough started to dominate the profile and a new flavor came in that took a few retrohales to place ... dark chocolate covered raisin with a chalky texture. Cant say if i love it? Its like a rich tasting stout where the 1st few sips are great then it becomes a one and done beer. Great, but too much for a second. Hopefully we get more transitions here... time for a whisky! As the smoke progressed the balance settled down and brought back the cinnamon. Now its a true pleasure to enjoy! -And the jameson black barrel is pairing well Final 3rd (more from the back side of the halfway point, i think) My lads are doing their best to end my review, bless their little hearts Now weve got milk chocolate coverd raisin, cinnamon, a spec of black pepper, and smooth tobacco (with a touch of mustiness) shooting my score through the roof! The retrohales are sublime and carry the sourdough hints into the next draw causing my teeth to water, lol. The chalkiness has vanished which is excellent! What a great cigar!! Oh that i had another box of these aged bastids ??? Ive been fortunate to smoke some greats sticks, some unicorns, & and cigars that just floored me. The best to date was a trinidad robusto extra in 2019, but this 4 dollar smoke was right up there. Prooves we dont have to mortgage the house to sample the joys of life ...just need a little patience, and perhaps a we bit o luck! Now of i could just score another 50 cab of punch punch my life would be complete!!!! ? I missed family game night and in the doghouse now ...... worh it, thanks for the motivation to finally burn light this cigar up time to bring out the overproof burboun and celebrate my solitude!!! Score: 95-97 solid 97 if not for the chalkiness. I dont have a score chart... just damn good dont know how else to grade it?
  8. B for me I too, have little experience with rass but as a general rule I get more nuance from colorado wrapped cigars where the darker ones seem to have more up front power... could be my imagination tho? Can anyone do a side by side review?
  9. Cold draw is sourdough bread and cashew 1st draw- Smooth tobacco, toasted sourdough and yep, bellpepper 1st 3rd- The toasted sourdough is front and center with smooth semi sweet tobacco, bell pepper, and some sort of cooking spice coming up as the third burns on 2nd 3rd- Was that a touch of clove?! I take another pull and its gone. Much the same with more of the strange spice i cant identify. Last 3rd- The only developement is a mint note that comes in for a few puffs somewhere around the beginning of the 3rd but folds back into the toasty sourdough and tobacco. Sourcream was in my notes here as well This box started out amazing and made me a thorough believer in this stick but over the last couple years its steadily made a turn for the worse. I enjoyed the smoke but its a shadow of what I remember it was. I will get another box at some point but I'll plan on smoking through the it in the 1st 3 years. Score- 86/87
  10. Best patio defense ever (for daytime cigar smoking of course. To be fair i cant remember if this was purchased within the last year. *Screenshot, no idea how to add links*
  11. Not sure the date or the box code as this was from a 1/4 box purchase on the 24/24 Starts out a little harsh but with good flavor 1st 3rd Its neither honey nor biscuit but it reminds me exactly of the colonels kfc biscuit with butter and honey.....so honey and biscuit lol! with a lilting citrus essence in the back ground. A smooth and sweet tobacco comes in towards the end of the 3rd. 2nd 3rd The citrus has come up stronger turning into a lemon drop candy sweetness behind the tobacco. Very unique. As the 3rd ends the profile gets heavier and the lemon almost becomes spicy. Last 3rd The lemon spice finally blends into the tobacco and the cigar begins to get harsh again so i let it go out. Final thoughts I really enjoyed this more than i expected, but i still think this profile (and price) is just a change of pace for me. I'll take a bolivar or juan lopez any day over a cohiba. Cheers Chiefs 38 49ers 35
  12. Smoking in the rain 24 hrs brine 1 24lb bird and 1 10lb 6 and 5 hrs smoke time Came out perfect Hope you all had a great thanksgiving
  13. Ive tried a couple of these (a lighter wrapper tho) and they are fantastic, but almost harder to find than siglo 6 and damn near as exspensive. Great review!
  14. This has been a hecktic weekend with little time to enjoy a smoke. I was (kind of) able to fit this cigar in while catching the last half of the seahawks/ bucks game (sorry Rob) and couldnt resist the chance to get in on the christmas sampler....missed the 24:24. There are much better reviews out there on this stick if you're unfamiliar with it, but heres my take. The start is smooth with mild sweet tobaco and some complexity, great draw, and good smoke production. A light cream/ coffee flavor. Very nice 1st 3rd: Very mild with a Graham cracker sweetness to it, along with toasted tobacco. Towards the end of the 3rd the creaminess kind of takes over and impresses with each draw (not what i expected from a pepin made stick) 2nd 3rd Much the same with the sweetness turning to vanilla and at times a clove spice shows up. The flavors are balanced and are blending well. Still a light medium bodied smoke with easy but well defined flavors, all wrapped up in a creamy profile/texture. Very enjoyable! Last 3rd The family went berserk and i had lost the smoke servral times between making dinner and refereeing my boys (and wife) from killing eachother, so this last bit got lost in relight harshness. And i ended it earlier than i would have liked. But this was an impressive cigar that blew me away with the creamy profile -not how i would usually describe nicaraguan tobacco-. I think I'll need to grab some more and see if i can find time to get through an entire churchill. Easy 90-91 score
  15. Ive heard this before (almost verbatim) too, but when asked for proof they almost always dismiss cc's at some point as inferior and promote thier own. Funny how then they go on to use words like "cubanesque" and "cuban seed". I enjoy cigars from all regions and have come to find thier flavors distinctive and unique. But when all things are equal, cuban leaf is just my preference...by a long margin.
  16. 10/4 this will be good, ive a few buddies who will be stoked to see this in action, i think. Cheers!
  17. Quick question....given the privacy of this test , can we allow friends and onlookers who may be intrested to know where it'll be available? Or should we use this product away from onlookers until its live? This may be a redundant question but i already know ill be into my cups and showing off new gadgets unless im under orders, lol
  18. Cant imagine you've any left at this time, but +1 I have been meaning purchase the draw tool and glue for awhile anyway. Didn't even know you all were here on the forum. Now I most certainly will. Cheers brother and good fortunes to you guys!!
  19. I'm not saying petites are the best, necessarily, but they are the smoke I go after/ crave and enjoy the most....I believe out of all cc's and nc's. For the ratio of flavor, size, time, availability, consistency, and of course value! My vote for petite corona Think I'll light one up now!
  20. I got this box back in 2014 and purposed it to be a reward for quitting cigarettes (I mostly kicked it for a year, but, well....ongoing battle). I tossed the box out when I threw the remains in the desktop after my failure. Who likes a quitter anyway? Aroma at cold is bread and honey with a smooth tobacco note cold draw is pretty mute save for a bit of sweet tobacco with a good draw Starts out with a mild pepper, and bitter/sour note that reminds me of lemon. Not bad ....but not great either 1/3: A muted smooth tobacco with a lemony zest through the nose. Draw and smoke production are great. But the burn is going to need attention. After a touch up and an inch in, the cigar wakes up! The flavors are the same but richer and start to catch my attention. Im picking up a bit of cream and a coffee as well. Very tasty, and the flavors are balancing nicely into a complex cigar. 2/3 There is a added rich spice note almost like clove that is really going well with the lemon/citrus flavor. Very unique, I cant recall tasting these flavors before and I'm halfway through this box. I haven't been too impressed with the box actually, but if this is the evolution of this cigar, some more might get on the wishlist. Just needed a 5 year nap ($400 plus a box ought be ready sooner). 3/3 The flavors remain but are a bit harsher with a vanilla note flitting in and out. The vanilla is missing when I look for it but pops up when I'm not paying attention. Score Good change of pace cigar, but for me, perhaps not worth a whole box purchase. I'll stick with samplers going forward. I do love the size & smoke time was 1 hr 15 minutes or so I've had some good cohibas, but I've yet to smoke one that ever screamed !value! Pricey when you still work for a living. There are just other cigars that I enjoy twice as much for half the cost. Cheers and go hawks!
  21. Not sure I am allowed to publicly state my phobia these days...however it's nowhere near as great as my wife's, who's absolutly terrified by wet hair! She once was trapped in a shower for 5 minutes of screaming for me to remove a couple strands of loose hair from the floor and provide her sandals to walk in. I asked her why she just didn't step over the offense? She responded that the hair had "contaminated" the entire floor!???? Shes the only one in the house with hair that long. She also screams if someone tears cotton balls by her ear....not that I would ever. ?
  22. And justice for all, 'one'. Is permanently lodged in my dome....probably because all the important brain cells were lost while that song was cranked up?
  23. This was a gift, so unknown boxcode from 2017 Starts out with a bready toasted tobacco and a nice easy spice through the nose. Good smoke output and a perfect draw. Nice start. 1st 3rd The bread and tobaco stays in the front with a fruit sweetness in the back (raisin) 2nd 3rd The bread flavor has morfed into biscuit and honey. But the profile is dry and is irritating my throat, time for some water. Final 3rd The honey buscuit flavor and dryness continue. The dryness is starting to turn harsh. If this cigar was half the size I'd rate it highly but the dry/harshness has built up too much for me to finish and I put down early with a few inches left. Score is somewhere in the mid 80"s
  24. Figures! Rob, Thanks for taking out the guess work and sending us the gems! I've yet to see a habano in the wild, yet should I have the opportunity one day, I feel equipt to know my way around just from all these great posts. Cheers!
  25. Great stuff Pres! It's a shame those ducks get thrown in with the rest. Does shopping by box codes, months, years, truly make a difference or does it just improve the odds of receiving a decent box?

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