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  1. 1st Third: Morning smoke, good breeze going outside, beautiful day. Smoking this ROTT, love the corona size. Nice light Colorado wrapper, box pressed feeling hefty in the hand. Initial flavors of sweet & salty sourdough bread, plentiful smoke output, under medium, very pleasant and smooth to start. 2nd Third: Consistent flavors, slight uptick in strength, still pleasant. Last Third: Solid all around smoke, performing very well ROTT, nice background stick. Overall Score: 88/100
  2. Cold Draw: Perfect start to a Sunday morning, cup of black coffee ready to go, beautiful day by the beach, ready to relax into the day with a Reyes to offer a shorter morning smoke experience, however, definitely won't be my only cigar of the day. I usually start with something shorter on the weekend mornings and work my way up to the bigger RG sticks as the day progresses. Twisted off the pigtail and have a perfect draw. Here we go. 1st Half: Starting off with burnt bread & sugar, cedar with a bit of twang. Nice plumes of smoke, cigar feels soft in the hand. Nice Trinidad flavors to start, good level of strength to pair with caffeine for that morning boost. Flavors settle into toasted tobacco with a hint of lemon zest. Already thinking about what cigar to smoke next When it comes to the experience of smoking a Reyes or other short format morning stick it's to pair something with a large cup of coffee that will both finish around the same time that will also provide enough time to get the old motor running for the rest of the day; sometimes to also take the hair off the dog from the previous night. A stick that can hit the 30-45 minute range is perfect for these occasions. 2nd Half: 20 minutes in and we're in the home stretch. The Reyes is kicking up in strength a bit and the experience has been very nice and relaxing with the sound of waves in the background on a cloudier day. The 2nd half of these cigars sometimes can put me on my ass so have another 5-10 minutes to go before wrapping it up from lessons learned in the past. Thoroughly awake at this point of the morning. Thick viscous smoke, flavors are holding from before, coffee is almost done as well, can't ask for much more. 35 minute runtime. Overall Score: 88/100
  3. Cohiba Esplendido 2015 Monte #4 2016 Punch Punch RAT JUN 2020 Cohiba Siglo ll ESL JUN 2017 Por Larañaga RAT MAY 2020 The Esplendido’s are pure heaven, the Monte’s are the work horse, the Siglo ll’s are a treat, Punch’s are always reliable, and the PLMC never disappoints. Honorable mentions to Monte #1 & #3’s, Cohiba shorts, and Padrón natural 1964’s.
  4. Montecristo #4 Perfect draw at cold. First third: beautiful chocolate, cocoa, cream and light cedar flavors, this is going to be a good one. Got the ash to an inch and a half before it giving me a Cuban hug falling on my lap. Delicious, flavors picked up a bit in strength, solid medium body. Second third: next ash holding up very well, the longest I’ve ever had for a Monte #4. Tasting and smoking great. Few minor touch ups needed to keep things even as it is a bit windy by the beach. Final third: luckily I saw the ash slightly detach and wobble at around 2 inches so was able to properly ash it as one Cuban hug was enough for me. Nubbed this bad boy, best out of the box so far. 94/100
  5. Nice open cold draw of earthy hazzelnut. 1st Third: great start of light hazzelnut latte with earth and that Nicaraguan sweetness. I’ve been able to get the ash pretty long on these, but am outside on the roof today so anything can happen. Medium-light in flavor and body. Pairing coffee mixed with hazzelnut creamer. Fave morning pairing outside a classic Monte or PL-anything. 2nd Third: just when I thought I was off to a great start...a little gust of wind beheaded the first ash at a bit over an inch. Good thing this thing can regenerate extremities like an Iguana. It’s a Padron 1964, you know what’s going on here. Consistent flavors persist with a hint more body and flavor coming out. Burning very fast, at this rate it’ll last a mere 30 mins. Got a good 2nd leg going on this one that detached around 1.5inches in. Since these are so loosely packed that about as good as I’d expect. Final Third: not burning as fast in the 2nd half, but got here in a mere 28 minutes😂🤣🤣 Good last third, all-in-all 50 minute burn time. Ready for the weekend. TGIF! 93/100
  6. Picked this up through the Christmas sampler, RAT JUN 20. Cold draw: wind tunnel, which I don’t hate with light cocoa and leather. Have never had one I liked since I started smoking Cubans in the last couple years, all from different boxes and mostly youngish. Very light in weight, weighs less than most of my Monte #1’s. Let’s see how this goes. 1st third: Woah, lots of thick smoke, nice cocoa and hay flavors to start with a bit of cedar and leather. I like what I’m tasting so far, it’s like they removed all the filler tobacco from these compared to other ones I’ve smoked, going to try to smoke this slow, but no guarantees. Very smooth for such a young stick at 6-months old and really like the thick plumes of smoke, but at this burn rate this is going to go by fast. 2nd third: 20 minutes in and the flavor goes to cocoa dustings, some Cuban twang, some hay and cedar, all nicely blended and smooth to the pallet. Burn gets wonky, but no big deal, enjoyable stick nonetheless. Last third: 40 minutes in and flavors are consistent, overall enjoyable, smoked it to the nub. 60 minute burn time. Will definitely try one again sometime soon, glad to see these have improved over the last couple of years. 91/100
  7. 2nd of the Christmas sampler lot. 1st thing I notice on this stick is the delicious looking wrapper and compared against some older Trinidads it really sticks out like a sore thumb in a good way. Setting the tone early, I know this is going to be fun to smoke. 1st third: Very nice open, almonds, leather, butter. Lots of thicker smoke output, solid draw, very smooth, great start. Forming into toasted buttered sourdough with almonds sprinkled on top, straight mid-bodied. 2nd third: Ash holds on for a long time, turns more leathery than butter, still smooth with a hint of bitterness and youth showing. Very enjoyable as you can tell this stick has plenty of legs to improve with age thinking the sweet spot would be 1-3 years from now. Loving that so much recent production is good young these days. The aroma is really nice. Last third: very smooth, smoother than the middle, really happy with this stick, hour burn time, would definitely smoke again. 92/100
  8. Cold draw: punch cut, wide open draw just the way I like it, with hints of leather and spice. Conditions tonight outside are dry (16% humidity), windy and warm (74F). 1st third: Very interesting open, chocolate flavors mixed with a bouquet of light spices, light-medium in body. I immediately think if Monte #4 and Juan Lopez #2 had a baby it would be a Maduro #1. This is the 1st Partagas maduro stick for me of the line and I'm the opposite of a Partagas fan, but this is palatable for me and even enjoyable, a pleasant surprise. Razor sharp burn, very white ash, super easy to draw, no aftertaste bitterness, smooth with viscous smoke, very strong start. 2nd third: Ash falls off after an inch or so, chocolate flavors fade a bit and it's mostly mellow spices, all continuing to perform very well. No adult beverages tonight, just pairing with water and practicing some puts on the turf with my putter that I got extended and regripped today because golf survives on the short list of acceptable activities to do these days in California. Last third: flavors remain consistent, very smooth, no bitterness towards the end, very enjoyable, hour burn time. I see this appealing to anyone into Montecristo and a step away from the Serie D No4 flavors. 91/100

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