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24 Yr old H. Upman

I received this cigar from a guy I met at Cigarfest 2019, who sent me a bunch of cool stuff I had never heard of. Philip, Bob and Sarah – all really cool cats.

I know this wasn’t Privada, but I figured because of the age, everyone here could appreciate this. I smoked this two days ago.

The cigar is quite beautiful; reminiscent of a time past. Gorgeous Colorado wrapper that has a slight oily sheen, and is nearly seamless.

The cold draw presents a very exclusive flavor. It is the flavor of an aroma that I have only smelled in tobacco shops that are 50 years or older (there are a number of them back east). I’m a little worried at first that the cigar may have lost its flavor, however when I light it up it is extremely smooth, yet has lots of flavor. A mild cigar for sure not even medium by any stretch.

The draw is a little tight, but I seem to be getting enough smoke through it. The prominent flavor is Cedar – very old Cedar, with a very mild white pepper right behind it. The retrohale is so smooth, I barely noticed it going through my nose.

One inch in, I’m getting flavors of light roast coffee and molasses. Burn is off but the ash is holding superbly, and I am really surprised by the kinds of flavors that I’m getting.

At two inches in it’s starting to get a little bit sour. The draw is more of an issue now than it was initially, but there’s are still some really good flavors – good white pepper, and still a little bit of molasses. I think the sour notes are the Aged Cedar; this thing must have sat in a tobacco shop for a very long time. The flavors remind me tons of some very old tobacco shops I’ve been in in Pennsylvania.

Last 1/3 – I’m being careful not to work the cigar too hard, because it feels like it could start getting bitter. However the slavers are really interesting nice and still lots of white pepper behind that aged Cedar; molasses is still there but it’s an undertone and for just a moment, I got just a hint of Tabasco sauce.
The retrohale is still very very smooth. The cigar has now developed a little bit of bitter orange zest. Not so much orange, but more of the Rind part.

Overall, the cigar was not terribly complex meaning there were no great transitions. It kind of kept the same flavors throughout but each of those flavors was distinguishable, and very noticeable. I’m glad I didn’t refuse this via video. It was nice to just sit back and enjoy it, and focus on the flavors, especially for something that I likely would not have chosen for myself.

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Cigar Obession, Drew Estate Manifesto Review

Was looking back at some of CO’s reviews to see if there were some cigars I should add to my list of cigars to try, and I’m glad I did! Have you guys ever seen a cigar that long?! Is it technically a Lancero or something different? To be quite honest I feel that this cigar may have a very nice flavor to it. I bet you can get some seriously good tasting notes off this cigar!

Let me know what you guys think about this cigar!

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Top 5 Cigars of the week from Cigar Vixen #17

Cigar vixen has been doing a segment where she talks about her favorite cigars of each week. I’m assuming she smokes off camera as often if not more then she smokes on camera, therefore I think it’s safe to say that you can trust her taste buds! Occasionally I take a look at her videos and just make connections between the cigars she mentions with cigars other people mention and kind of throw together a list of cigars I have to try.  This video caught my attention because in both this video and in the podcast by @BovedaRob, they all mention Southern Draw, and this name has been ringing through the cigar world more and more it seems. So with that being said, I think its a sign that some of you guy and I should definitely get cracking and pick up ourselves a Southern Draw Cigar, whether it be the ever favored Quickdraw, or the Cedrus mentioned in this video!

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The Cigar “Reviewer” & Influence| Just look at me as your flavor wheel!

So, often we are inspired to do things whether we know it or not. All day I kept thinking, “This is what I’m smoking tonight, I’m smoking a @romacrafttobac cigar!”
And it’s not that I never get the urge for something specific, but I truly felt drawn to smoke Roma!!
Then it hit me…. I was subliminally inspired by @seanvad3r @prissymarissyjoe & @whiskeyandkicks_ig & the clip from their podcast!
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This also led me to thinking deeper about suggestive influence on us as smokers. For example, I write cigar reviews, not as to say I’m a professional Aficionado or writer even. But more of a creative, expressive way to document what I smoke, while sharing the experience with y’all…. “The Homies”
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However, one should consider himself in total denial, if he thinks hearing someone say wood and chocolate 100 times won’t have an effect on what your brain picks up. My suggestion, is that you consider reviews as a flavor wheel of sorts. Sometimes you just can’t figure what that flavor is and then you see it or hear it and you’re like, “Yes, Raisin! That’s what the fuck I’m tasting!!”
……………………………………… Lol…. So give your brain and your tongue a little more credit. You aren’t always being tricked into tasting things, you just needed a reminder, Dummy! Cheers ?????

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Cigar Vixen: AVO 30 year Anniversary!

Cigar Vixen uploaded a new video of the AVO 30 year anniversary the other day, I haven’t had the chance to get my hands on this cigar, but I’ve only heard great things. After watching this video, I think I’m going to pick one up for my dad and I to smoke sometime soon! A handful of people have won the Churchill and Robusto of this cigar in giveaways held by Privada. If you were one of the lucky ones comment and let me know how you liked it! If you’ve had any of the AVO 30 year cigars let me know! It’s sad to see an amazing guy leave us, but his legacy will live on through all cigars lovers alike!

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Cigar Vixen: Partagas Legends Review

Cigar Vixen has some phenomenal reviews. She does an awesome job reviewing this Partagas Legends cigar! If you haven’t seen her video’s check her out!

Have you guys had the chance to try this cigar? Did you guys like it? or not? Comment below why!

Citation:

CIGARVIXEN. “Partagas Legend Cigar Review.” YouTube, YouTube, 26 Mar. 2019, www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOFpvPqwa44.