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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!


Por Larranaga Montecarlo

13 Oct

Smoked 8 October 2010. Box code OPM AGO 09; in humi since 8 May 2010.

The first couple of these I had were really enjoyable, so I was dismayed that this Montecarlo tasted more papery and bland than the others. Whether this was a one-off or all of them are currently like this I don’t know. The draw and burn were both excellent, as I would have expected with the smaller gauge. It did get more flavoursome towards the end but the papery unpleasantness was still dominant.

I do normally smoke the Por Larranaga marca earlier on in the day as they are more delicately flavoured. I had this about 21:00 so it may have just been too mild for the time of day i.e. my dinner overshadowed it. As Cuban cigars go though, this one was not up there with the finest…

Hopefully this was an isolated example and subsequent tastings will be improved. They’ve had a little time to rest and they’re over a year old now, so I don’t reckon they should be getting worse! I am still a relative newcomer to cigars so I may just be being naive in that belief? Tell me what you think!


Por Larranaga Montecarlo

08 May

Box code OPM AGO 09. Received and smoked 8 May 2010.

Considering its youth and the fact that it had just arrived in the post, this was remarkably enjoyable. Long and slender, I was expecting draw problems. It was a little tight, but going on the way it smoked I suspect that Read the rest of this entry »