Por Larranaga Picadores .......5 years on


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The first of the Por Larranaga Picadores is coming into that 5 year period. 

The question many of us have is......"How are they aging?" 

5 years down for Por larranaga and you are entering that magical "caramel" territory.  Is that holding true for the Picadores?

if you have a 2014 box.....take one for the team and do a review :ok:

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Finished a 2015 box about 6 months ago.   Never did have a 2014 box.   I recall I didn’t care much for them initially, but they definitely improved with age.   I liked the last ones from the ‘15 box immensely.  Have an ABR 16 box resting now.    

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I've got a 16 box that's on the 2.5 year mark. I've had half a dozen over the last few months but only one has hinted at the caramel effect. The others were OK but nothing special - might have to put the remainder in the storage bin for a couple of years now. I wasn't aware that the famous PLPC 5 year blooming occurred with the Picadores too.

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Picadores are one of my favorite "go to" smokes. I just enjoyed the next to last stick in an OCT 15 box, and have two more boxes waiting! Of the many Por Larranaga's I've smoked, I would most compare the Picadores to the PLPC's. Why? Plenty of mongrel when young, resulting in greater depth and complexity when aged. 

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9 hours ago, El Presidente said:

Por larranaga and you are entering that magical "caramel" territory

Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I just don't see the Picadores reading in that same PL caramel sweetness picture.  To me they are like the odd lovechild of Cohiba, Upmann, and Vegueros.  They have a buttery garden pea sweetness to them,  aspects of hay, and Upmann shortbread.   The result, is very pleasant.

I'm not sure what the selling stats are for them, but I feel as if they don't seem to move. I don't see them as bad cigars in anyway, I just thing they are a step outside of the PL blend, and people don't expect it.

Just my two pence worth

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9 minutes ago, 99call said:

Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I just don't see the Picadores reading in that same PL caramel sweetness picture.  T

I am finding them to turn late. 15/16 coming around now with the same development as  4 year PLPC. 

You should be able to pick up 4 year old boxes on the market at very reasonable prices. I certainly would based on what I am seeing. 

Still looking for that 2014 review :D

 

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1 minute ago, El Presidente said:

Still looking for that 2014 review :D

I think 15's could be the best I could do.  I have my final blood tests tomorrow, and am free to smoke again, so I may fire one up, if the Uk weather plays ball

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2 hours ago, El Presidente said:

I am finding them to turn late. 15/16 coming around now with the same development as  4 year PLPC. 

You should be able to pick up 4 year old boxes on the market at very reasonable prices. I certainly would based on what I am seeing. 

Still looking for that 2014 review :D

 

Is the Por Larranaga marca made with the same premium leaves that go into the bigger well known brands?

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Burned through my early boxes quickly and still ordering more. It's a smoke I enjoy.

Perhaps time to call home that MOE JUL14 box sitting in the locker?

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  • 5 months later...

picked up a 2014 picadores from muscat duty free. gorgeous looking sheen. nice smoke.as yo mentioned, a perfectly slight tug on the draw. some burn issues in the beginning. tastes woody and a bit tangy. but there's a nasty burnt paper sort of note mixed in which i hate. otherwise fantastic. i concur the end is a bit tannic.

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