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  1. I hope "Linea 1942" gets corrected in the printed version... Already corrected in the latest proof.
  2. In a 38 ring cigar, you don't have too much room to play with. I would recommend picking one viso or ligero, and one seco. My personal preference would be the Dominican piloto ligero with the Nicaraguan seco. I would choose either the Nicaraguan or Ecuadorean wrapper (I think Connecticut Shade tastes like burning paper, but that's me...) What are you using to bind??? That will also influence your flavor profile. As Rob said, take notes to keep track of your blends. When you are trying to finalize your blend, be sure you are sampling the entire thing (filler, binder, and wrapper) I once put a lot of effort into 'perfecting' a blend, minus the wrapper. Once I wrapped the cigars, the flavor changed considerably. Have fun!
  3. I just had my first Centrofinos last night, and I was pleased. My petacas are from January 2021. They seem well constructed with attractive chocolate brown wrappers. The example I smoked had a fairly open draw. I found it to be a very pleasing mid-bodied cigar. It did not have the grassy taste that I've found in some of the other Vegueros releases. It didn't wow me with with complexity, but it didn't have many rough edges either. This is my new benchmark for modestly-priced Habanos.
  4. Thanks! Would I expect to find high quality sticks in a box like this, or is it a mixed bag like most boxes of Habanos?
  5. Does anyone know which year(s) these were actually made, and whether they are all from El Laguito? I realize they were "introduced" in 2016, but...
  6. If the filler is moist, it can take a really long time to dry down. You may want to dry box the sticks for a week before putting them in the humidor. The filler should be no wetter than necessary to keep it from cracking badly when you roll. Out of curiosity, how are you rolling the filler? Entubado?
  7. That is entirely up to you! If your raw materials aren't too wet, you should be able to smoke one a day after rolling. They will change significantly over the next month. Beyond that, I have no idea...
  8. I agree with your observations. Most non-Cuban cigars have a "burnt" smell and taste that I don't enjoy. Even the unlit cigars have a different aroma. When I put my nose to a Cuban cigar box, I typically get cedar, hay, and sometimes barnyard. Most non-Cuban cigars have a more pungent earthy smell. I've done a bit of home rolling using commercially processed leaf from a variety of non-Cuban sources, including Nicaragua, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, and Brazil. I always test each leaf individually in a purito, and I've never found any that smell or taste Cuban. I have created some interesting blends, but nothing that would be mistaken for a Cuban cigar. I've also grown tobacco directly from seeds sourced from Hector Luis Prieto's farm. The tobacco doesn't smell or taste anything like a commercial cigar. The soil in the Seattle area is obviously nothing like Cuban soil. Also, it's impossible to pile-cure leaves when you only have a few pounds to work with...The best you can do is to force-cure the leaves in a kiln that simulates the warm, humid conditions in a "pilon." The results aren't the same. While curing and blending methods can vary, I believe these are transferable skills that could just as easily be performed in Nicaragua as in Cuba. The soil, however, is not transferable. I believe that is at the heart of why Cuban cigars smell and taste different.
  9. Curious to hear your opinion of recent BBF. I've had several boxes from 2015-2017, and I've found them to be a bit burnt and bitter tasting. Recent BPC have been superb - smooth and rich from the get-go. Are recent BBF anything like this?
  10. Are you planning to produce the "fatties" in the middle of the pic?
  11. I just posted a review of the Mother Supervisor. Roasted coffee profile... Very nice cigar ?
  12. When Rob first posted about his new line of Cuban custom rolls, I knew I had to try them. While my experience with customs is limited to a handful of rollers, my impression has been overwhelmingly positive. Especially in comparison to factory Habanos, which tend to be inconsistent and often harsh on the palate when "fresh." For the sake of full disclosure, I tend to smoke cigars like a shop vac... Perhaps for this reason, I find large ring cigars more to my liking. They can take the abuse without overheating. When my order of FOH customs arrived yesterday, I could resist trying one right away. As advertised, the construction is very good. The drew was a perfect medium. While it doesn't come through in the pictures, the wrapper was exceptionally oily and supple. This cigar felt like soft soapstone in the hand. The cigar opens with notes of roasted coffee and nuts, and these remain the dominant flavors throughout. This is a decidedly a savory cigar - and a rich powerful one at that. Youth and travel shock show up in the second half of the cigar, which becomes a bit muddled with a touch of ammonia. With more rest, this cigar will be a home run!
  13. Raphael Gonzales Petit Corona I think I got this idea from Rob, and it really is a perfect match for a morning coffee.
  14. Thanks for the explanation! For the purpose of posting reviews, how shall we refer to these? FOH Custom + vitola name?

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