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  1. Good Shocker - Every RA Gigantes I've had with two years or less on it. I've gone through a bucket of them in the last year and not one plugged, disappointing or tasteless cigar from various boxes. It's my favourite DC now (the Hoyo DC only pips it when you get a rare holy grail hoyo). 

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  2. I've found NC's 6-12 months down after purchasing really smooths them out. My limited experience has shown Drew Estate, Foundation, Davidoff and AF cigars age well. I've left a few of these alone for 2-3 years and they've become better and better. In the case of the Drew Estates it took almost all the pepper away just leaving chocolate and cream flavours. 

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  3. The Davidoff Winston Churchill was terrible on arrival but after a year was a cocoa and cream delight that I found hard to believe I wasn't smoking a Cuban. Nice and mild with plenty of flavour. The Davidoff Late Hour Churchills were amazing straight out of the box. If Cuba never shipped another cigar I'd just buy boxes of both. 

    It's been a long while but the only OpusX Double Robusto I smoked left a very favourable impression. 

    Otherwise I've enjoyed Foundation Cigars offerings and the AJ Fernandez Enclave Broadleaf which also after a year lost a fair bit of pepperiness (I hate pepper in a cigar) became a chocolate, coffee, earth and spice treat. Great golf cigar actually. 

    First NC I had was a Liga Privada t52 which paired amazingly with tequila but again at least 4 years ago so I can't say more than I enjoyed at the time but the palette's been through a bit since then. 

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  4. I smoked my N3 Carlotta Rosado on the links today with a hip flask of Dead Rabbit Irish whiskey. Was a perfect golf cigar. The whiskey worked well with it.

    Got some dark bitter chocolate, a hell of a lot of spice, some mushroom and toasted sourdough notes. Draw was perfect but had to relight a fair bit after half way, that may have been the golf getting in the way though. Whilst I knew it wasn't a Cuban, and it didn't smoke exactly like a Cuban, there was still a Cubanesque twang throughout. 

    Personal impression was very young tobacco vibes and reminded me of smoking a Partagas very very young just after it arrives from overseas before resting. To me it has huge aging potential. Will let these rest at least a year but I reckon they could go years and only gain. 


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  5. On 4/19/2022 at 8:40 PM, 99call said:

    If you ever find yourself in Kushiro, Hokkaido.   check out the "Zangi" chicken in 'Torimatsu'.   It's basically the same as Karaage but with the extra dimension of a bit of heat/spice.

    You've got to love the Japanese, they wrap an order of fried chicken, better than I can wrap my missus Birthday presents.   No detail left unrefined!!!. 


    Thank you sir, I'm thinking of a trip there next year so will certainly wack this on the list! 

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  6. For me it's a very rich smoke, full of flavour and one I usually reserve for after a few course dinner in the middle of winter. 

    I love it, but as DC's go I think RA Gigantes are at the top of my list right now. Consistently superb and very easy to smoke. 

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