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  1. I have a few different vintages of this one. One of the batches I have in the box has a much darker wrapper than I’m used from this vitola. And that’s what I’m reviewing here. This is a refined light to medium bodied cigar with tons of smoke output. One of the best, most consistent Robustos you can buy. The wrapper on this is a medium milk chocolate mottled wrapper. Smooth and slightly oily. Rich sweet hay and barnyard on the nose before toasting. The predominant flavors are rich black tea with a touch of cream evolving slightly into a walnut with a hint of black pepper. Awesome Robusto. easily a 92.
  2. Change of seasons is upon us. I put a hygrometer in my dry box and it virtually matches my humidor. 😂 My ambient room temp and humidity is apparently perfect for Cubans. My entire house is now a walk in humidor. I can’t wait to let my wife know I now have storage for about 10 million sticks. Cheers!
  3. This was my first one. I’m a huge Bolivar fan so I don’t know what took me so long. Great smoke!
  4. Keep watching 24:24 or if you don’t mind paying a big premium try Bellhopcigars
  5. Need to change my vote. I’m smoking a 9/10 D4 right now and I don’t know what I’d do without it😂
  6. Had an amazing night with the family heading into a crushing week at work. I’ll be in meetings with the land of Oz from the east coast of the US every night this week😅. I decided I’d take a time out to celebrate an amazing weekend of football and Halloween (the Spartans are 8-0!). This TUA JAN 20 Libertador is every bit of a Bolivar with big bold leather and a hint of cinnamon and clove. Paired it up with one of my favorite bourbons. Fantastic evening…. I hope yours was as well! Cheers!
  7. Great pumpkins sir. And a great choice on the Bolivar! That was my choice this evening as well. Happy Halloween 🎃!
  8. I have promised myself to keep it under 400. I’ll let you know how it goes. I may be fighting a losing battle. 😂
  9. Prior to 24:24 usually kept around 100 cigars in my humidor… today I’m over 200 and I still have another 25 PSP SD4s coming Wednesday. I must reevaluate my storage situation😀 Long story short, I’ve never had so many great cigars I’m excited about enjoying. So it’s a small trade off.
  10. I’ve never had 3 separate orders show up on one day. The global supply chain backup is apparently real. Good thing I was working in the garage when the mail truck pulled into the driveway, avoiding some unnecessary raised eyebrows from my bride. This is my holiday stock up. Some for aging and some for holiday enjoyment. So, I’m sitting at the bar playing with my new toys, watching Saints sneak this away from the Seahawks and I pull out a Hoyo de Rio Seco… Dear Lord… I just realized in all my years of cigar smoking I’ve never purchased a 56 cigar. THIS THING IS HUGE. I wish they’d take all that fine wrapper and make some more double Coronas! Anyway, I’m clearly a fan of the 24:24 format. Great place you’ve got here:)
  11. An awesome Saturday night by the fire. Fall in the southeast US brings perfect temperatures.
  12. My wife bought me the Flaviar membership as a birthday gift last year. I love it. To me the tasters are a fun opportunity to try things I wouldn’t normally buy. I drink a lot of tequila, rye, and bourbon, so I’ll get the cognac, vodka, and other whisky samplers. Plus, like you mention I can order stuff like Buffalo Trace and Sazerac Rye directly to my door with free shipping. No brainer.
  13. I wasn’t done with work until very late this evening so I went after a D6 for my evening smoke. Paired up with a premixed cocktail called Hercules Mulligan; an 86 proof blend of aged rum, rye whisky, ginger and bitters. WOW! Fantastic combination of the D6 with its sourdough black pepper nuttiness and the spicy rye and sweet rum cocktail, was unreal. It hit all the buttons. Check it out if you get a chance (the PD6 is a MTS MAY 20; easily a 92 in my books) enjoy ladies and gents.
  14. Well said. Cuban double coronas rarely disappoint me. That reminds me. I need to start hunting down a box of HdM. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen them.
  15. Yes for sure. It’s a beautiful cigar. Just needs some time. I’ll check In again next summer!
  16. Okay… I smoked this one WAY too early… I hope I win:) I decided to crack open my May 21 Salomones to try one out with hopes of greatness, but in reality these sticks need another year or two before they start hitting their stride. This smoke was very one dimensional with no real transition. Right of the bat through the end a solid nuttiness with salty finish. Not bad but not great, yet. These will no doubt be better with age, but right now I’d give it an 85
  17. On a special few cigars, certainly in recent years on double coronas, It’s hard to separate the cigar from the hype. Is it scarcity or are you truly smoking something great and unique? For me, it’s easy when it comes to the Lusi. They are one of my favorites and this July 2019 box is no different. Opening a box of these with a few years of age is a treat. I love being greeted with the warm hay aroma. I dry boxed for a day before lighting up and had no burn or draw issues at all. Perfect construction on these. She started off low to medium body with a nice warm cinnamon and a bit of crisp fruit quality or sweet pepper. The cinnamon evolved into ground pepper and crisp fruit into a smooth rich leather with great smoke output for a solid 100 minutes. overall a 92

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