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2010 Opus X Scorpio Natural - smelled great before lighting, smoked rather muted; too young Frown
My Father El Hijo - such voluminous smoke, pregnant with rich, yet elegant flavors, but such an easy, relaxing draw; thumbs way, way up!
Fuente Añejo No.77 Shark - love 'em, but this one burned erratically - very uncharacteristic, from my experience
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
La Gloria Cubana Serie #7


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PH


Yes, Serie R #7, sorry.


No apology required, w+a! I recently had my first of these in the natural wrapper, and liked it a bit more than expected. Still prefer the maduro myself. BIG cigar!

PH
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
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Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
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Originally posted by wine+art:
La Gloria Cubana Serie #7


R ??

PH


Yes, Serie R #7, sorry.


No apology required, w+a! I recently had my first of these in the natural wrapper, and liked it a bit more than expected. Still prefer the maduro myself. BIG cigar!

PH


I'm a big fan of both, big fan.
After realizing that those of us discussing the "My Father Special Robusto" were not talking about the same stick, I sought to find out the difference. I (and the folks to whom I provided the link to buy the stick) was talking about the Special Robusto - comes in a white, 3-count box, and though marked 5x50, they seem small (48RG max, I believe) and they've got a light orange-tan and white band. Then there's the Special "S" Robusto - comes in a maroon, 3-count box, and is every bit of 5x50, with a much larger band with an "S" on a shield.

Having tried both now, I can say that while the Special is indeed that - subtle, sweet, and elegant, the Special "S" is fuller bodied, more savory, and smokes magnificently, enabling long spans between puffs and providing a smooth, cool burn with more complex flavors. I wasn't watching the clock, but I'm certain it lasted over and hour and a half. This is more similar to the LE 2011 and gets a huge thumbs-up from me. Both are worthy smokes, and each has its place in a legit rotation, but I think the "S" will appeal to more discriminating smokers. Outstanding, to say the least. I intend to age some.
Well, I was unaware of the difference Stickman. I know you had told me you found some "special" robo's but I assumed it was the "S". I have a dozen or so of the "S", had 6 boxes of 3 at some point...its a great stick and not that easy to come by. It was given out if you bought a box of My Father cigars originally...did you buy them from someone?

WIML and W+A, have you had this cigar? Rumor has it that I will be seeing you in a few months... Wink
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Originally posted by marcb7:
...It was given out if you bought a box of My Father cigars originally...did you buy them from someone?...

I bought the Special outright from Famous. The Special "S" were a 'gift' with the El Hijos I bought. (Pretty amazing IMO to be gifted a great cigar for buying another great cigar!) As shown from the links above, I've found places to buy both outright. I'm still deliberating on what to acquire, myself.
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Originally posted by marcb7:
Well, I was unaware of the difference Stickman. I know you had told me you found some "special" robo's but I assumed it was the "S". I have a dozen or so of the "S", had 6 boxes of 3 at some point...its a great stick and not that easy to come by. It was given out if you bought a box of My Father cigars originally...did you buy them from someone?

WIML and W+A, have you had this cigar? Rumor has it that I will be seeing you in a few months... Wink


I do not even know what you speak of. Red Face
Casa Magna Domus Magnus Optimus (a box-pressed robusto extra). So interesting! Starts out with lots of red fruit and a peculiar horehound flavor, turns more to a bitter nut, coffee, and cream, and finishes dark and serious with a kind of blackstrap molasses and toast flavor. Just a touch harsh at the nub. Every puff coated the palate, providing for a long, thought-provoking finish. This stick is very popular on several cigar blogs, and I think the hype is well-deserved. I've not been blown away by most Casa Magnas, but this is something altogether different.
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EP Carillo New Wave Brilliantes (robusto with a Connecticut Ecuadorian wrapper). This wrapper is darker than the typical CT wrapper, and the cigar is a bit fleshier and more flavorful, IMHO. Very smooth and well-balanced throughout. I'm not a huge CT-wrapper fan, but I really enjoyed this, and at $5.25 a stick it gets the thumbs-up from me.
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Originally posted by irwin:
bring back 2 boxes of cigars, which I did, and I just gave them away to some friends.


...and I thought we were friends. Razz Wink


Yes, but I didn't know you in 2001. Actually, my wife and I could have each brought back 2 boxes. But we didn't know how people felt about Cuban cigars.
We went through a cigar "factory". Workers sat at benches for hours hand rolling the cigars and begging the few tourists for a handout.
We were there in Oct. 2001. The Cubans we spoke to expressed their sympathies over the 9/11 events. Virtually no wine in Cuba. Lousy beer. Mostly average to bad food. It's a true 3rd world country.

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