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Marevas (2/5)

  1. Thanks all! And of course thanks to our friends and hosts (like @MoeFOH) who still endeavor to keep our community together amidst price hikes, supply chain issues, etc. What cigars allow us to share, most of us having never met one another, is special.
  2. Shame you had a bad one (or box). Last time I had these, I got a chocolatey, twangy, bread - almost like a coco puff. It was enjoyable until the back third when I got more middle eastern spices.
  3. Same! So much is situational, what your mindset is, even who recommended (like when someone you don’t appreciate recommends a band that you should otherwise love). That’s why for me, I like to keep things relative rather than with an “objective” number or score.
  4. Had a chance to smoke a stick ROTT from a box procured here. The H Upmann Majestic a Corona 5 1/2 x 40. It has a sweet spice and cinnamon aroma with a little must and earth on the foot. Cold draw is very tight, likely to need the PerfecDraw - but has cherry, peanuts, and spice. Light up is dark and powerful but not harsh, black cherry, cashew, and earth. It is very plugged though, took three passes of the PerfecDraw (and I accidentally pierced the binder/wrapper). It has a surprising cream/butter texture and flavor to the smoke, which is pleasant while tasting darker and earthier flavors. After about an inch, more of the chocolate comes forward, but so does a new black pepper note. By the middle, there is an unsweet cream that replaces the cashew butter, and more of a stone fruit comes forward. If the first third was Mag 46 + cashew, the middle is more Ramon Allones-esque. Was on an empty stomach and this had a strong nicotine hit, so didn’t finish the last third. Even burn and good smoke output. I often score in ways that mirror the bourbon/scotch personal systems that people setup. In that vein, here's a simple scale I often use for myself: 1/5 - Not worth ever smoking again 2/5 - Fine as a smoke when distracted (yardgar, etc.) 3/5 - A good stick, worthy of friends who don't smoke, unexceptional 4/5 - Great! Worth keeping a fiver or box on hand. 5/5 - Exceptionally rare. Truly for special occasions. This stick was a solid 4/5 in that vein. Really good, like a mini Mag 46 at times, stone fruit at times, a great small vitola.
  5. My tried and true B&M didn’t have any leads, but I’ll continue to expand the search.
  6. It’s a classic for sure. Love it or not, you have to admit how many different phrases or references still survive decades later.
  7. My mother in law runs a non profit who puts on a fundraising dinner every year. This year has a cigar/bourbon theme. She’s interested in having someone roll cigars live for guests. Anyone in this community have any leads?
  8. From my perspective: For inventory - we're missing an option below spreadsheet but above "...find cigars I didn't know I had." I don't maintain a spreadsheet, but I have a listing of all the boxes/box codes I have, and a separate list for loose singles/etc. For inspection - the option that would most align for me is "buy from reputable retailers" - I would never feel the need to check a box from FOH for instance, so I don't do any of those things, but it's not like I'm aloof. I'd do all of them if a buddy randomly gave me a box.
  9. Some of my best flavor profiles come ROTT. Not saying cigars that smell like ammonia should be smoked - but one of my favorite Monte 4's came from FOH, was smoked the day it arrived, and had a ton of chocolate + citrus that still hasn't been matched since. Now, they're definitely changing and improving with age (I'm not making a case that aging doesn't matter), but sometimes there's flavors that seem to only show in that initial window. So I always do ROTT, even just to set the benchmark of mongrel.
  10. So far, both have been enjoyable. Chocolate biscuit from the maduro, buttered bread transitioning into powered doughnut spine from the rosado. Maybe not as smooth as the 2019 Nudies, but I didn't acquire my fiver until late 2020 (so my experience with 2019 always had at least a year of age). I didn't realize you were tweaking the blend. I thought you were just rolling out more N1/N3s (while working new blends formats in the future).
  11. Finally got a chance to smoke one of my N3 rosados. Wrapper is not as smooth as in past years (veins). But a pleasing aroma - light barnyard and a hint of baking spices. Chocolate and peanut on the foot. Cold draw brings a spicy, raisin with a hint of something savory. Light up is a little harsh, an ashy bread, but after it settles in it becomes a mellow buttered bread. Very mild smoke with a creamy texture. In the middle third it morphed into a beautiful vanilla, powered sugar on top of the previous bread - making it a kind of powdered doughnut. This is the sweetest cigar I’ve ever had - practically a creamy, vanilla cake by the middle of the stick. As if it couldn’t have gotten any better, a few puffs later a honey appeared. This intense sweetness continued until the back third - where the vanilla bread remained, sweetness left, and the butter returned. The only negative, my draw tightened up, limiting the smoke output, and preventing me from finishing it. Good draw/output otherwise, wavy but even burn.
  12. Met with a buddy on Thursday to enjoy the start of NCAA March Madness. Neither of us knew Mike - but it did lead us to spend some time talking about how brief life is, friends we know that have passed at or near our current ages, etc. We ended up selected a Cuban to celebrate/honor the time together. Chose an H Upmann Magnum 46 that I received in a box pass last year. It's a Grand Corona - 5 5/8 x 46; SOU May 20. Lots of strong barnyard and tobacco aroma with more must, dried nuts, and fruit on the foot. Cold draw is a very sweet and fruity tobacco. Surprisingly smooth opening - peppery bread/cracker. After settling, this cigar has some of the most Cuban twang I’ve had in awhile - tart, almost citrus, sourdough with just enough black pepper to round things out. Middle third ups the strength significantly - lots more leather and a dark wood. Still black pepper on the retro - but sourdough is gone. Halfway through the pepper is back and the flavors have mellowed to a coffee with just a hint of cream. Back third continued to lighten, light coffee, little cream/caramel (burnt brown sugar), and light pepper. Great draw, even burn, but had to relight 3-4 times in the back third. This cigar was solid - not mind blowing, but really good with plenty of smoke, complex flavors, and a variety of transitions. 4/5.
  13. Didn't know Mike - but am blown away by his legacy as it shows through you all and your words/memories. As many others have said, reflecting made me realize there's no reason to be stockpiling for another day; instead choosing to live in the present. While my war chest isn't as deep as your alls, I did elevate above my majority PCs and dipped into a Mag 46. It delighted me with sourdough, brown sugar, and stronger leather and black pepper. Very enjoyable. To Mike.

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