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post #10336 of 10897
If you haven't and they still have them, I'd recommend the 1999 H&F Cuaba Exclusivos (I believe that's the vitola) they have at the Dunhill store at 1A St James. One of the best cigars I've had; enough so that I bought a 5 pack. They were out of boxes of them so I just went with the 5 pack. Also the 2001 Cohiba Lanceros at Davidoff on St James and Jermyn were phenomenal, as are their du Dauphins (they were priced regularly but they were 90s products; mine was a little plugged but very good nonetheless).
post #10337 of 10897
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Originally Posted by Krish the Fish View Post

If you haven't and they still have them, I'd recommend the 1999 H&F Cuaba Exclusivos (I believe that's the vitola) they have at the Dunhill store at 1A St James. One of the best cigars I've had; enough so that I bought a 5 pack. They were out of boxes of them so I just went with the 5 pack. Also the 2001 Cohiba Lanceros at Davidoff on St James and Jermyn were phenomenal, as are their du Dauphins (they were priced regularly but they were 90s products; mine was a little plugged but very good nonetheless).
Cheers @Krish the Fish I love the long skinnies, do you remember how much the '01 lanceros were?If I'm back in London I'm definitely heading there too!
post #10338 of 10897
I'm not sure. I'll check if any of the five packs I got have any price tags on them later tonight when I go to add another sponge of dH2O to rehumidify my HCM beads
post #10339 of 10897
Sorry completely forgot to check but I'm almost positive I don't have any prices on them since they were priced per stick. I know they were going for regular UK retail but can't recall how much exactly that was. They weren't H&F vintage product
post #10340 of 10897
I'm beginning to dip my toes into this world of cigars after my girlfriend's father invited me to smoke with him after Christmas dinner. I just wanted to introduce myself here to start!

He gifted me one of his extra 50 count humidors (something he got for free) and I'm starting off with pretty large collection I've ordered over the last few weeks. Overflow going into a cleaned "weathertight" Container Store unit with some Spanish Cedar trays and boxes along with 65% Boveda packs.

My Father, My Father Le Bijou, My Father Conn, Flor de las Anitllas, Avo XO (girlfriend is Armenian so this was a must), La Aurora Preferidos, Ashton VSG, The Griffin's, Aruturo Fuente Don Carlos, San Cristobal, Drew Estate Undercrown and Shade, plus a bunch of Perdomos, RyJ reserve and special editions, Avo Syncro and Signature, AJ Fernandez New Worlds, Montecristo's, and some sampler fillers of Padilla, Partagas, Alec Bradley, Fonseca Serie F, Aging Room, La Gloria Cubana and so on.

Mostly in 5 packs or singles, with several 10 packs and boxes, that I know I can gift if I'm not a fan, as I'm trying to figure out what my taste leans toward. I've been having fun getting the humidors set up and figuring out what humidity I like best. Will get to toasting and tasting on my roof more when the weather cooperates. This below freezing stuff isn't helpful...

If this becomes a hobby/habit I fully get into then I'm sure I will go down the path of seeking out rare, limited, Cuban, and ever pricier sticks. Just what I need, another expensive hobby.
post #10341 of 10897
Smoked the last mc2 from my box, ever thankful this box is done.

Another box of coros almost done and a mediocre box of psd4s done too. I really need to get hand picked boxes from now on. Buddy just got a vintage box of montecarlos he wants me to test out, also some late 80s/90s exhibicion 4s from a cab.
post #10342 of 10897
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Smoked the last mc2 from my box, ever thankful this box is done.

Another box of coros almost done and a mediocre box of psd4s done too. I really need to get hand picked boxes from now on. Buddy just got a vintage box of montecarlos he wants me to test out, also some late 80s/90s exhibicion 4s from a cab.

Always wondered on buying blind vs hand picked as 99% of mine are inspected and picked out even though it's an "online" service.Although funny to mention mediocre D4 as the box I got last year from '14 has yet to impress me.What year on your faves the Montecarlo?After being in London I am getting a real taste for aged smokes!
post #10343 of 10897
Not all aged smokes are what they are cracked up to be. I've had old montecarlos and they taste like old lady handbag which I don't mind but they are not something very desirable. You have to remember the plant is a living thing and crops vary from year to year, strain to strain. I personally think montecarlos with a couple years of age surpass vintage ones but marcas like ryj, punch and bolivar are better in their vintage iterations. I had a 99 or 02 bolivar inmensa that was phenomenal. I've also tasted a 96 partagas presidente (or was it 06?) that was bland as fuck. Presidentes from 2012 and up are very solid smokes and vitola, one of my favorites. I will pretty much only buy what I know I like instead of buying experimental boxes from now on or something I've only had one or two of. I don't care for ELs and refuse to smoke them.

The best D4s I've had are very old ones and 08s we smoked through, have yet to find some similar so I may stick with only partagas factory versions since it's such a mass produced cigar. I can pretty much look at a d4 now and know how it will smoke. You want that smooth complexioned, buttery, medium dark colorado wrapper on them which usually only come from partagas. When they're on they got that christmas spice, like cinnamon and nutmeg sort of like how cohibas develop that vanilla profile over time. Same with cohibas albeit a shade lighter. Some cigars don't matter the wrapper though. My current shorts from a cab are pretty lackluster and not like past shorts so I will be getting a hand picked box next. However my lusis are smoking bloody great right now so I don't want to blow through the rest of the box even though I wouldn't touch previous lusitanias because they were boring as fuck. Most consistent are probably partagas 898, presidentes and shorts imho. The p1s are one of my favorite smokes but good luck finding those, that should have been a regular release.

Finally received my ra 898s from deutscheland.
post #10344 of 10897
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

I'm beginning to dip my toes into this world of cigars after my girlfriend's father invited me to smoke with him after Christmas dinner. I just wanted to introduce myself here to start!

He gifted me one of his extra 50 count humidors (something he got for free) and I'm starting off with pretty large collection I've ordered over the last few weeks. Overflow going into a cleaned "weathertight" Container Store unit with some Spanish Cedar trays and boxes along with 65% Boveda packs.

My Father, My Father Le Bijou, My Father Conn, Flor de las Anitllas, Avo XO (girlfriend is Armenian so this was a must), La Aurora Preferidos, Ashton VSG, The Griffin's, Aruturo Fuente Don Carlos, San Cristobal, Drew Estate Undercrown and Shade, plus a bunch of Perdomos, RyJ reserve and special editions, Avo Syncro and Signature, AJ Fernandez New Worlds, Montecristo's, and some sampler fillers of Padilla, Partagas, Alec Bradley, Fonseca Serie F, Aging Room, La Gloria Cubana and so on.

Mostly in 5 packs or singles, with several 10 packs and boxes, that I know I can gift if I'm not a fan, as I'm trying to figure out what my taste leans toward. I've been having fun getting the humidors set up and figuring out what humidity I like best. Will get to toasting and tasting on my roof more when the weather cooperates. This below freezing stuff isn't helpful...

If this becomes a hobby/habit I fully get into then I'm sure I will go down the path of seeking out rare, limited, Cuban, and ever pricier sticks. Just what I need, another expensive hobby.

Welcome to this thread,cigars are interesting and like you said could end up an expensive hobby although doesn't necessarily need to be.There are so many non Cuban cigars to try and it sounds like you've got a head start with being gifted that humidor! Also you've ordered a good variety to start trying. Everyone's tastes are different and what you like will be different from anyone else, make decisions on your judgement and also remember they are hand made products and like jet said above there will be variations in plants/strains etc so even the same marca can taste different.Enjoy the ride! Check out Tatuaje - my fav non CC of 2015!
post #10345 of 10897
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Originally Posted by Torsion View Post

Welcome to this thread,cigars are interesting and like you said could end up an expensive hobby although doesn't necessarily need to be.There are so many non Cuban cigars to try and it sounds like you've got a head start with being gifted that humidor! Also you've ordered a good variety to start trying. Everyone's tastes are different and what you like will be different from anyone else, make decisions on your judgement and also remember they are hand made products and like jet said above there will be variations in plants/strains etc so even the same marca can taste different.Enjoy the ride! Check out Tatuaje - my fav non CC of 2015!

Thanks! I've read good things about Tatuaje and have been eyeing the Cabaiguan and El Triunfador. These two are made by Jaime Garcia at My Father which has an excellent track record and I've made a good number of selections from.

Do you have any specific lines from Tatuaje to try?
post #10346 of 10897
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

Thanks! I've read good things about Tatuaje and have been eyeing the Cabaiguan and El Triunfador. These two are made by Jaime Garcia at My Father which has an excellent track record and I've made a good number of selections from.

Do you have any specific lines from Tatuaje to try?
I've only ever tried brown and black labels so can only comment on those, I loved the brown label petit cazadores reserva and J21 which both surprised me with great flavors.
Reminds me I still have a few others to try in my humi so should pull them out soon!
post #10347 of 10897
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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian View Post

Thanks! I've read good things about Tatuaje and have been eyeing the Cabaiguan and El Triunfador. These two are made by Jaime Garcia at My Father which has an excellent track record and I've made a good number of selections from.

Do you have any specific lines from Tatuaje to try?

Tatuaje makes so many fantastic cigars, but the plain old brown labels are my favorite. I have also been smoking the Tatuaje Fausto a lot lately, and it is a great smoke. Very powerful though, so I'd save this one for late in the day. The new line, Ambos Mundo, is very good for the price and well worth checking out. One of my favorite cigars right now though is the Rocky Patel Super Ligero. I smoked one last week on a whim, and was blown away. Definitely worth a try. Also check out the San Cristobal line. Most are made by Pepin also, and won't disappoint. As for CC and non-CC, I travel fairly extensively and have had the opportunity to smoke hundreds of CC over the years, but there are so many amazing non-CC on the market, that I don't miss them enough to buy them stateside. If/when the embargo ends, I would likely add them to my shopping list, but I'd probably still favor non-CC..
post #10348 of 10897
Thanks for the advice, fellas!

I definitely have been keeping an eye on that San Cristobal. I might jump if they go on sale anytime soon, but for now I'm in no rush as I have way too many sticks in my humidor and overflow to try out. Same with the Tatuaje blends.
post #10349 of 10897
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Originally Posted by jet View Post

The best D4s I've had are very old ones and 08s we smoked through, have yet to find some similar so I may stick with only partagas factory versions since it's such a mass produced cigar.

The p1s are one of my favorite smokes but good luck finding those, that should have been a regular release.

Finally received my ra 898s from deutscheland.
LRE 09 D4's are awesome, worth seeking out. And speaking of Partagas factory, COH just got in some ULA 15 D4's....if there are still any left.

Love P1, such a perfect smoke, more complexity and nuance than the P2 for me.

Have you tried the 898 yet? Just got my 2 boxes as well.

Nice little bonfire of old boxes last weekend:

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post #10350 of 10897
After some missed opportunities to smoke over the holidays, I took a break this weekend and dug into the collection to pull something special that brought back good memories and was an appropriately contemplative smoke for the start of the year.

This was a H. Upman Tang Monarcha (a special Monarch made for David Tang of Pacific Cigars). Monarchas were boxed specially and sold exclusively in Asia. These were produced one month in one factory (Nov. 2002).

Those who have smoked these all agree the blend is different and much better than the non-Tang Monarchs.

They were hard won by the time I got the one I smoked last. These were the result of scouring Hong Kong -- every single LCdH -- and resulted in the purchase of all of the remaining Monarchas in the country, and all of the then known available Monarchas anywhere. That, I suppose, is the sign of a collector.

The profile is, well, exceptional. I could write it up but you know what the end result would be.



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