2017 FOH Blind Tasting Registration: Fully Subscribed

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Let's start with the Blind Tasting for 2017 !!!! :D

Fully Subscribed (All spots filled)



Welcome to the 2017 FOH International Blind Tasting Competition

I love this competition :spotlight: I love reading the reviews and am in awe of anyone who can pick at least 2 of the 5 cigars on offer. Bloody hell, one is good! I will do my best to make it a challenge without being unreasonable.




Whether novice or experienced in Habanos, the Blind Tasting Competition provides an excellent opportunity to participate in a learning experience. By reviewing the cigars and reading others reviews we all come away with a better understanding of the process as well as the cigars flavour profile. BLIND TASTING cigars is a hellishly difficult process but it is one of the best ways to learn about Habanos (I learned a great deal from many of the reviews)...and have some fun at the same time!

The Rules

First of all thanks to Di and Lisa. Keep in mind with some 100 + participants, communication and re-banding cigars (numbered 1-5) is a time consuming process.

There will be
Five cigars picked by myself . These are Standard Production Cigars (No Regional, Edicion Limitada or Specialty Cigars). I will pick the cigars when in the warehouse this week.

1. Cigars (all 5 and bandless and are numbered 1-5 in order they are to be smoked) will be sent the week of the 6th of February. I will select cigars from same code and aroma/wrapper appearance as best I can.

2. . Cigars selected will be in current production.

The post smoking process

1. First cigar (labelled Cigar Number 1) is to  smoked by April 4th. This will give you enough time to lay them down for 30 days rest minimum. You will e-mail Lisa your nomination for that cigar by April 4th. Lisa’s e-mail is [email protected]




I will have a dedicated thread for 2017 FOH BLIND TASTING Cigar 1 pinned to the forum from  Feb 27th . You are invited to provide a brief review but not disclose the cigar on the forum. You will e-mail Lisa your selection. April 4th (or earlier if you wish). I will post up a spreadsheet of the results and the answer.

For the following cigars it is easy. Cigar 2 by May 2nd, Cigar 3 by June 6th, Cigar 4 by July 4th Cigar 5 by August 1st). Each time I will post the results via spreadsheet on the forum 7 days after the close of date.

To the winner (who can correctly select most cigars sent) A $500 Gift voucher (USD/AUD). In the event of a tie, prize is split.

Entry Cost $89  USD $149 AUD (cigars and freight).




Also: A $25 credit for any cigar you pick right to be used on a box (or sampler) purchase over $125 (USD/AUD) from the carts or 24:24 stock. This must be used within 20 days of the winners of that round being announced (prior to the next round of winners being announced). This will keep the admin process nice and easy...says I ....who will have no part of the admin process

Registration Process:







Two Options:




1. If Diana has your details, e-mail her at [email protected] with your instructions including: Full name, Forum handle and request to be part of this year’s 2017 FOH Blind tasting Competition.

2. International members can also head to Cigar Underground Network International www.cuntint.com and purchase a registration online (top of the order sheet in the Sampler Section). Aussies head to www.cuntas.com.au and do the same. Within your order please put in the address or comments section your Forum "Handle”

When emailing Lisa your selection please include:

Full Name
Forum Handle
Your selection.

I look forward to your picks and reviews :thumbsup:




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I highly encourage you to reconsider--even people who DO KNOW have troubles.  It's a blast.  I participated last year and went 0/5 but had a great time.  I am in for sure.  

It's kinda like eating an M&M while blindfolded and picking its color. 

Just e-mailed Di. I am in for the challenge

And purchased. I love this comp. Did it way back in 2013 from memory when I was fairly new to CCs - failed miserably.

Will be interesting to see if I've become better at distinguishing flavours four years later...

Thanks Rob and team for organising again – it's my favourite comp you run.


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I had fun with this last year.  

Rob, shipping costs for a 5 cigar package really impact the per-stick cost.  Any ability to piggyback these with a new or existing box order to save on double shipping?

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3 hours ago, BuzzArd said:

Don't think I know enough to give it a whirl yet. Maybe next time. 

Jump on in Buzzard, a fellow FoH brother sent me a blind tasting sampler and it was not only a damn good time...it was quite educational as well!  You'll learn to identify flavors and characteristics  you didn't notice before.  And in my case, my eyes were opened to the world of smaller formats like the petit corona.  You won't regret it! 

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3 hours ago, spivey6690 said:

Holy smokes!  I figured at least someone would have nailed all five, or even four!  Quite the challenge...

Nar, everybody is useless at this, part of the charm. The reviews are good though.

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