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Oxford cigars

30 Apr

Smoked 16 April 2010 on the way to and in Oxford for a night out with friends.

First up was a Por Larranaga Montecarlo (box code OPM AGO 09;  in humidor since 8 May 2010) for the drive. The sizing may look a little effeminate but I think these are an absolute delight! Much better value than the Por Larranaga Petit Corona, as I’ve found those to be too inconsistent for my liking. The Montecarlo gives me the taste that I believe to be typical for the marca, with perhaps a more floral hint than the Petit Corona.

MUCH later on that day evening, I shared (heresy, I know…) a Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto (box code GEA OCT 08; in humidor since 23 September 2009) with one of my accomplices. Whether it was the insanely hot burrito I ate at around 7pm or the inordinate quantities of flat lager I had consumed, there was definitely something lacking in this cigar. I suspect smoking another very soon to check might be in order!

 
 

Saint Luis Rey Regio

21 Apr

Smoked 14 April 2011. I’ve had two pairs of these and they got mixed up, so it could have been a NOV 08 in humidor since 10 January 2010 or a 2007 that had been in the humi since 31 August 2010. I apologise for my slack record keeping…

This was an interesting cigar to follow the earlier VR Famoso with as I find the famoso profile to be like creamy mocha, and the SLRs profile of those I’ve smoked to be more ‘chocolate orange’. It went better than expected as SLR aren’t really to my usual taste but I thought I’d try again. Not sure I’d buy any but a change is as good as a rest!

 
 

Vegas Robaina Famoso

21 Apr

Smoked 14 April 2011. Box code LPM ABR 08; in humidor since 20 Jan 2010.

This was a bit heavy for the morning without breakfast, but enjoyable none-the-less. I experienced burn problems with this, though I was driving at the time so the breeze from the window likely had something to do with it.

 
 

Jose L. Piedra Petit Cazadores

21 Apr

Smoked 9 April 2011. Box code AUS MAR 10; in humidor since 30 August 2010.

This was smoked in the beer garden at the start of a LONG day doing a bit of a pub crawl. Very pleasant, perhaps a bit harsh to start the day with though.

 
 

Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo du Depute

05 Apr

Smoked 25 March 2011. Box code OPM OCT 09, in humidor since 3 February 2010.

I’d punched this a while back using a punch that was too large for the cigar, unfortunately damaging the cap. I’d put it back thinking I’d leave it until I wanted something good (but not that good). It was a nice sunny day and it was warm enough for a walk in the park after work so I picked this one out.

Considering I’ve had these a while now they don’t seem to have lost much of their youthful bite. Compared with something like the Bolivar Royal Corona, which seems to settle relatively quickly the difference is quite marked. I can only speculate that it’s something to do with the type of chemicals that are responsible for the flavours characteristic to Hoyo (as compared to Bolivar) are more stable and hence take longer to break down.

 
 

Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 2

04 Apr

Smoked 3 April 2011 on the way back from the christening! Box code GAS JUN 08; in humidor since 6 October 2009.

This was a typical example of a JL2; no more to say yet again. I’ll do a proper post soon I promise!

 
 

La Gloria Cubana Medaille d’Or No. 3

04 Apr

Smoked 3 April 2011 on the way to a christening. Box code OSU AGO 02; in humidor since 26 June 2010.

Beautiful soft flavour due to the age, but I don’t recall anything standing out particularly. Will have to investigate another one this weekend in the sun perhaps!

 
 

Rafael Gonzalez Petit Corona

03 Apr

Smoked 2 April. Box code SEM NOV 08; in humidor since 28 June 2010.

Apologies for my slackness at keeping my blog updated lately but I’ve had a lot going on AFK. I’m just going to rattle off a few quick notes about the cigars I’ve smoked, just as I promised myself I’d do it for every one I smoked.

This was smoked while walking round the beaches of Barry Island which is where the TV show Gavin & Stacey is set, and bizarrely, also the birthplace of the the current Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard.

Well, onto the actual cigar… It’s a while ago now but I do recall that it got a bit harsh towards the end. That’s it I’m afraid!

 
 

Bolivar Coronas Junior

30 Mar

Smoked 19 March 2011. Box code TEB JUL 07; in humi since 14 March 2011.

Thought I’d give one of these a try to establish a baseline. How glad I was that I did!

From the first puff this was classic Bolivar taste; a touch sweeter than the Royal Corona I reckon. Probably took about 40 minutes to smoke but then I try not to rush my cigars. Only a touch longer than the perla size that I’m a fan of so this would make an enjoyable pub smoke I think.

I’m REALLY going to struggle not to get through these at a ridiculous rate. If the second one I smoke is of a similar standard I think it may be worthwhile getting some more in and hope the box code is similar.

 
 

Ramon Allones Small Club Corona

22 Mar

Smoked 8 March 2011. Box code TEB AGO 08; in humi since 29 January 2010.

They say things always come in threes; I think it’s drivel personally. In this case however, it was true. This was another disappointment but in this case I consider it entirely my own fault.

I smoked this while walking by the river which unfortunately acted like a wind tunnel causing the cigar to burn away. Also, after a poor light with matches I proceded to smoke it too fast. Consequently the flavour was mostly ‘BURNT’. Ah well, better luck next time…