2017 Cigar of the Year — Casa Langosta

As a new year begins, its a great opportunity to look back on the top cigars that have shaped my aficionado journey since that fateful trip to Cuba in Feb 2017. Here are my top 5 Cigars of the Year for 2017. 5. All Out Kings Gimme Ur Lunch Money Perhaps not as rich as…

Small haul from Reddit and Facebook

Happy to report this small haul got through safely…probably saved about $150 in ransome money. Been after this box of skinny monsters for a while now. Box code says August but not the year…will leave it alone for a year. 5er of Warped Villa Sombra, after hearing folks rave about it over the past few…

Cohiba Lanceros — AMO NOV 16

Fidel’s personal favourite — the legendary Cohiba Lanceros. #1 – 6 December 2017 Age : 12 months Comments : Prelight : Mild but sweet aromas. Barnyard and honey from the shaft. Cedar, grass, hay on the cold draw. 1st quarter : Rating 95. Opening with smooth, rich dark tobacco, cedar, oak, cream, leather and expresso….

Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Corona Viva 2017

#3 — Jan 2018 Age : 2 months rest Comments : Overall: some improvement, but lacking depth and sweetness. Flavours were a little more complex this time [TBC — check notes]. Finish was light-medium throughout. Strength was medium, slightly medium-full towards the end. Burn was good, no TUs. Decent smoke output. Smoking time — 60m….

L’Atelier LAT38 Lancero — SEP 16

#1 — 24 November 2017 Age : 14 months Comments : Overall, great 1/3 falling away to a good 2/3 and whacked by strength in the 3/3. Flavours were quite robust; definate dark coffee, nutmeg & dried orange peel notes, turning more woody and earthy in the second half. Finish was fairly full throughout. Strength…

Partagas Serie D #4 — OMB MAR 16

#1 — 25 November 2017 Age : 20 months Comments : Overall, quite a mellow and smooth performer. I have a feeling I’ll be ordering another box not before too long. Flavours weren’t robust or colorful; but very enjoyable in a modest fashion most of the way through.  Two brief moments of “…mmm this is perfect!”…

New haul from CoH — BRC

This puppy landed late last week. Had the Dunkeld races so little time to update. You beauty! Bolivar Royal Coronas. Box code makes this 6 months old at delivery. A young ‘un! Interestingly, my first scratched off serial code. Delicious. But these will have to go to sleep for a while.

New haul from iHavanas — RASS

New arrival this morning; almost at the end of the current wave now. Box is 16 months old at delivery. Yummy… Holy mother of god… Unfortunately the box saw some rough passage on the way from Switzerland. Two of the cigar have foot cracks about an inch long. The box itself looks like it was…

Epic delivery

So this came in this morning. The missus nearly lost her mind. What she doesn’t realise is I’ve got two more boxes coming in this week. Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especiale First up, the HdMEE from CoH. The smell as I cracked the lid was very similar to the CoRo — a faint, honey like…

New Haul from iHavanas — PSD4

Wicked. These landed yesterday (I didn’t know they courier delivered on Saturdays?)…Girlfriend answered the door but fortunately she didn’t ask further as we were in a rush to get to the races. Box date of OBM MAR 16 — which makes it 20 months old at the time of receipt. Obviously I had to inspect…