On tobacco strains & 2019/20

Interesting post from El President: “Good thread on the forum about tobacco strains. Much of it has been covered before but there were a few posts bemoaning the fact that current strains are a shadow of previous strains. To be honest, I only really started paying attention to strains and quality since 1996. Now I’ve…

New haul from CoH — Esplendidos

This landed on Friday…the most legendary line in the cigar world — Cohiba Esplendidos. Young box rolled in December 2017, so 3 months old at the moment. Like the Siglos, these puppies will need to go to sleep for a while. Will probably sample one at the 1 year mark next summer. Cigars arrived in…

New haul — Siglo IV from CoH

Mail call today… Intoxicating smell greets as the lid is cracked… Nice dark oily wrappers…Lovely density to the filling…They feel great to hold too. Time to send these ladies to sleep.  USD$372 plus around $170 duty. About $26 each in the end.  No need to pay exhorbitant rates on 24:24.

Cigar Review – H Upman Royal Robusto – MEG MAY 17

#1 — March 17 Age : 11 months Comments : Smooth, mellow cigar with unbelievable complexity. Won’t overwhelm with powerhouse flavours, quite the opposite – lots of subtle notes that require concentration to smoke. This is a smoker’s smoke. Rating 9/10 – boxworthy. 1st third : Opens (primary) wood, cream, leather, coffee, black pepper (secondary) sourdough, citrus,…

6 box haul from CoH

Results from mail week are in… Lets start with the shorties. H Upmann Half Corona — HUHC Smoked one ROTT, this thing is actually quite good for something so small! At the midpoint the youth really shows, but started off with a bang: dried fruits, sweet leather, med-full pepper & mint, that unmissable Cuban twang….

Cigar Review – Ramon Allones Specially Selected — UTE JUL 16

#4 — 16 March 2018 Age : 20 months Comments : This one was intensely leathery, and musky all the way through. Tannic bite has almost disappeared completely. Interestingly, not a lot of fruitiness present but salty, doughy, leathery musk in spades. Intense flavours without ligero overpowering. Downside was a lot of TUs needed. Individual…

Cigar Review – Bolivar Royal Corona — ETP MAY 17

#1 — 9 March 17 Age : 8 months Comments : Pre-light : Loose draw, firmly packed, one small soft spot near the band.Barnyard, grass , hay, that signature floral bolivar scent Opening : (Primary) Leather, grass, hay, cedar, tea (Secondary) Sour dough, floor, and honey sweetness, citrus (Hints) White pepper, white coffee. Slightly acidic…

New haul from CoH & iHav

Ho ho ho…Thursday morning delivery. Partagas Lusitanias This one via CoH, on special. The smell is only slight, so raises concern about the quality of this box. August 2017 box date makes it only 6 months old at delivery, so it might just be going through its sick period at the moment. Juan Lopez #2…

New hauls

These have arrived over the past month. Bolivar Belicoso Finos First up, a 24:24 from Friends of Habanos. This box was priced at $666 and rated as a clearance quality. However, I’m fairly disappointed at the quality. 2/25 sticks were very soft, and a handful of the others was affected by soft spots. Not a…

New haul from Ford on Fifth & iHavanas

Black Honey 2017 First up, these arrived a week ago after sitting in customs for a while. These feel not as rock hard as the two singles I smoked over the past months. Also have less of a vegetal smell to them, which is promising. I wasn’t terribly impressed by how the sweetness fell away…