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by Jason Hagen
March 28th, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Macanudo Icon Robusto
A nice satisfying smoke. The only drawback was as the flavors became more intense and complex, the cigar also got hot. Creamy and woodsy. = B+

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by Jason Hagen
March 28th, 2020, 10:16 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Lockdown Mail Call! - Aladino (Corojo Reserva) Guardian of the Farm (Claude de Chien - Made by Kyle from Warped) Casdagli Traditional (formerly Bespoke Cigars but had to change their name thanks to Alec Bradley) Warped (Flor del Valle) Warped (Serie Gran Reserva 1988) Casa Fernandez (Miami from 2012...
by Jason Hagen
March 28th, 2020, 10:13 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Nice. One of my all-time favorites. But I don't have those fancy Corona gloves. Thanks for the note.

Jason
by Jason Hagen
March 27th, 2020, 6:31 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone really into drinking Tea?
Replies: 210
Views: 13154

Re: Anyone really into drinking Tea?

So gentleman, did you enjoy the tea? Sometimes there is trial and error in figuring out the best way to brew. Of course, you can always bug the folks at Floating Leaves for advice. Jason I’m enjoying the Crimson Lishan. I think I was brewing too cold at 180F, 6 grams per 170 grams of water about 6 ...
by Jason Hagen
March 27th, 2020, 2:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Montecristo Platinum Toro The last time I had this cigar it was pretty much fresh off the truck and the burn was uneven and jacked up. With a little rest in the humi this has straightened out. The draw is still a bit tough but I hit it with The Perfect Draw and it was fine. Nice bold full-bodied fl...
by Jason Hagen
March 27th, 2020, 1:55 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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Sounds fun. I have never had one of them green wrappers. Can't decide if I find them attractive or ugly.

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by Jason Hagen
March 23rd, 2020, 10:34 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

EP Carrillo New Wave Connecticut Divinos $2.85 - Very enjoyable. On the mild side with a touch of kick. Toasty and earthy but not overly dry flavors. Great morning smoke when you have the time. There were tiny sections where the draw was a bit vacant but with a few strong puffs is was back to a mou...
by Jason Hagen
March 22nd, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Jud Reis wrote:
March 22nd, 2020, 5:58 am
Had a lovely H Upmann Banker Toro yesterday walking the beach with friends - amazing how cigar smoke helps enforce social distancing! Crisp sunny day was lovely to have a smoke and a conversation in the midst of all this craziness.
Sounds perfect.

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by Jason Hagen
March 22nd, 2020, 5:05 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Randy Bowman wrote:
March 21st, 2020, 7:43 pm
Jason Hagen wrote:
March 21st, 2020, 5:34 pm
Randy Bowman wrote:
March 21st, 2020, 3:02 pm
Hunkered down in the cigar lounge with a My Father La Opulencia and a bottle of water. Both are excellent.
Nice. I have wanted to smoke one of those.

J
Good luck getting that water lit. neener
There was a time when I smoke with water .... a lot [wow.gif]
by Jason Hagen
March 21st, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Randy Bowman wrote:
March 21st, 2020, 3:02 pm
Hunkered down in the cigar lounge with a My Father La Opulencia and a bottle of water. Both are excellent.
Nice. I have wanted to smoke one of those.

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by Jason Hagen
March 20th, 2020, 6:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

The first day on full California quarantine so I sat outside and did some recovery reading. Guardian of the Farm Campeon by Warped $5.99 What a terrific cigar which is always expected from Warped. Upon lighting the aromas were fantastic. Rich medium/full cigar. Chocolate Latte, nuts and a bit of ear...
by Jason Hagen
March 19th, 2020, 11:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: NEW TIME: Video Offline #2! Thur Mar 19, 5:30 pm PDT/8:30pm EDT
Replies: 59
Views: 1120

Re: NEW TIME: Video Offline #2! Thur Mar 19, 5:30 pm PDT/8:30pm EDT

Way to go Berserkers! Shouldn't this be called an "Online"? I'll try to pop on next time to say hi to everyone.

Cheers,

Jason
by Jason Hagen
March 19th, 2020, 10:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Jason, you had problems with the AB Esteli robusto being nothing like the torpedo and I don't have the answer but maybe a thought. For me, the Oliva V Torpedo was killer, yet the robusto was questionable, twice and the draw was a little tough. Doubt it is different tobacco, but possibly who rolled ...
by Jason Hagen
March 19th, 2020, 5:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Ave Maria Immaculata Toro $3.20 Purchased Feb. 2020 Right when I sat down it started raining ..booo. But it cleared quickly. Still tough to believe this cigar is made by AJ. A very nice mild cigar. Easy smoking. Dry flavors of wood, nuts and about halfway through some white pepper comes in. Not a h...
by Jason Hagen
March 19th, 2020, 2:00 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Going out during breaks in the rain. Alec Bradley Black Market Esteli Robusto 5X52 Not sure if this is just AB inconsistency or the Robusto just doesn't hold up to the Torpedo but this cigar was just okay. Some pleasant flavors but the draw was pretty tough even after hitting it with the Perfect Dra...
by Jason Hagen
March 18th, 2020, 6:35 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

On lockdown but have these on deck.
AVE MARIA IMMACULATA TORO, GUARDIAN OF THE FARM CAMPEON, CROWNED HEADS LUMINOSA TORO, PADRON 1964 ANNIVERSARY CORONA, CROWNED HEADS J.D. HOWARD RESERVE HR48, EP CARRILLO NEW WAVE CONNECTICUT DIVINOS

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by Jason Hagen
March 17th, 2020, 9:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Hey all! I'm back. I enjoyed catching up on what is being smoked.

Southern Draw Kudzu Robusto
Another excellent smoke from Southern Draw. Easy to smoke with great richness. Not too complex but downright tasty. Happy to have more in the humi. Sweet spice and chocolate. Nice finish. = A

Jason
by Jason Hagen
February 23rd, 2020, 9:33 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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Caldwell Dos Firmas Rothschild Robusto @ $4.21
This was a pain in the ass to smoke. Hard to get let and went out multiple times. Fairly boring flavors. Nothing off or tasteless, just simple. Pales in comparison to less expensive sticks. = C+

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by Jason Hagen
February 23rd, 2020, 6:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Another nice day in Chicago. I’m the Byron, my wife grabbed the Opus. The former comes across as Cuban in texture and character... just a perfectly constructed cigar. I've never heard of Byron. Interesting. Looks like they are on the pricey side for me but I'll watch for a 1 off or a sale. Crowned ...
by Jason Hagen
February 23rd, 2020, 1:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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Wow $4.85 is almost half the wholesale cost in CA. You can buy three at your price cheaper than one at keystone pricing in CA. [swearing.gif] That is a bummer. That siad I did get these off cigar bid. Normally those cigars do not go that cheap but I got in the right auction. And that price includes...
by Jason Hagen
February 22nd, 2020, 7:10 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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Oliva Serie V Melanio Robusto - @$4.85
Very easy draw. Close to being too easy. A very full cigar. Dark chocolate and coffee. Rich and smooth for the most part but at times it was harsh. Right now, it is a blast of power. Smokes pretty fast. = A-

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by Jason Hagen
February 22nd, 2020, 6:21 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Randy Bowman wrote:
February 22nd, 2020, 3:44 pm
My friend who does pen turning sent me her first one featuring a cigar band. Their business is 00Turners and will probably appear on Etsy first.

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Nice. This would be a great place to see these pens http://huckleberryspen.com/index.html

Jason
by Jason Hagen
February 22nd, 2020, 6:19 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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Padron 50th anniversary natural. I don’t smoke much during the winter in Chicago, but today is a welcome 50°. I also prefer the maduros of the same release, but this is a fantastic cigar if a bit on the pricey side. Nice. And you probably had to break out the sun tan lotion [wow.gif] I don't own ma...
by Jason Hagen
February 21st, 2020, 9:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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Southern Draw 300 Manos Habano PIRAMIDES @$5.00 This cigar gets some plus points because it smokes and burns very well. Woody and somewhat simple. At the start, it was more like a great cigarette. It then started to develop but I was missing some cream and fruit. Wood and leather were the dominant ...
by Jason Hagen
February 21st, 2020, 9:46 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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ROOM 101 THE FARCE CONNECTICUT ROBUSTO @$3.05
A terrific cigar. Such a nice smoke. The draw and burn are perfect. Mellow mild/medium smoke. Nothing harsh or distracting. Taste is uncomplicated but very pleasant. = A

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by Jason Hagen
February 20th, 2020, 6:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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Where did everybody go?!? grouphug Alec Bradley Black Market Vandal Toro $3.95 I said I was going to wait to have my next Vandal but I just wanted to re-visit. This stick looks great, smokes great, and burns perfect. Full throttle and rich. Dark flavors. Every hit completely fills your mouth with fu...
by Jason Hagen
February 20th, 2020, 6:04 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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Arturo Fuente Magnum R Rosado Gran Reserva Thanks for the note. Sounds pretty good to me. Montecristo Platinum Toro $3.74 Elements of greatness but major knockdown for the burn which was uneven and went out a few times. The flavors were very good. Full-flavored cigar. A nice richness along with dri...
by Jason Hagen
February 19th, 2020, 8:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Comfortably Numb by Espinosa Vol. 1 Toro - $3.14 Nice mild flavors. Lots of burn issues. I had to relight a few times. The draw lacked a bit of tension. Nice flavors and if it weren’t for the burn and draw issues, it would be a very nice easy smoke. I will wait a while before having another. 115 mi...
by Jason Hagen
February 18th, 2020, 11:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Randy, thanks for the notes and pics on the Filthy Hooligans. Cohiba Red Dot Churchill $5.50 I recently had the Robusto, pretty much fresh off the truck and it was very good. This one got a couple more weeks in the humi, and I loved smoking the Churchill. It did smoke fairly fast, at 90 minutes and ...
by Jason Hagen
February 17th, 2020, 5:15 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve Barrel Fermented Robusto Unwrapping this from the cellophane was like walking into a will stock humidor. Even outside the aromas were so strong. The cap was intensely strong as well but that went away. I found this cigar a bit one dimensional. Enjoyable but for somet...
by Jason Hagen
February 17th, 2020, 3:17 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

I still have never tried a Villager but just realized I have a La Meridian in my humi that a friend gave me.

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by Jason Hagen
February 17th, 2020, 3:13 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Randy Bowman wrote:
February 17th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Look what showed up today.😀

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Nice. I heard the Filthy Hooligan was about to make an appearance. Is the Shamrock new?

Jason
by Jason Hagen
February 17th, 2020, 3:11 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

The Crowned Head sounds like it is in my wheelhouse. None of my wholesale cigar reps, nor reps from Crowned Heads have visited and promoted the product. The funny thing is: Is it because they know our clientele wouldn't embrace the cigar; Our clientele has no clue about the cigar; the cigar is spec...
by Jason Hagen
February 17th, 2020, 1:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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SOUTHERN DRAW ROSE OF SHARON TORO $6.10 Great looking cigar. Lights up fast with a good draw and great burn. I wasn't getting quite enough smoke so I hit it with the perfect draw and it began to give me all I need. Mellow but complete and complex. Creamy, peppery. Hints of citrus fruit and toast. = A
by Jason Hagen
February 16th, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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Alec Bradley Black Market Vandal The Con Toro - $3.13 The construction was poor and it did go out a few times. Very mild. A fine smoke if I was by myself but I was with a friend and it was a little distracting. Flavors of wood and nuts. This stick just seemed a little off its game. I'll try another...
by Jason Hagen
February 16th, 2020, 4:14 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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A J Fernandez Last Call Genialas Maduro Quick smoke in case it gets busy. Flavor stick. Coffee, cocoa, cinnamon, smoked meat, vanilla, berries, leather, earth, even some citrus on the finish terminating in white pepper. The combinations, order and dominate flavors change regularly making the experi...
by Jason Hagen
February 15th, 2020, 9:59 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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CAO Black Storm (Robusto) $3.58 Very nice looking cigar. Medium body and flavor. First draws are very interesting. I can't place it but it is vegetal and enjoyable Dry flavors with some café latte, caramel and at the finish black cherries. A great cigar that still needs some time to rest. 60 minute...
by Jason Hagen
February 14th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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Room101 Ichiban Connecticut Churchill – Purchased Jan 2020 @ $1.70 A nice and simple cigar. At $1.70 (taxes & shipping included). It did burn uneven at times a little bit of ash flies everywhere so it is a little messy. This is a great stick to have in the humidor for when you want something easy o...
by Jason Hagen
February 14th, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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Southern Draw Jacob's Ladder Toro Purchased in January 2020 @ $6.80 I am working my way through the Southern Draw cigars and the Jacob's Ladder was described as the biggest of them all but I found this cigar to be quite an easy stick to smoke. The complexity is not there yet but I think short to me...
by Jason Hagen
February 13th, 2020, 3:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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Nice. If it is a regular customer maybe this isn't an issue but I wonder if it is a humidity problem

Jason
by Jason Hagen
February 12th, 2020, 9:01 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Ave Maria Immaculata Gordo Purchased in Jan. 2020 @ $3.19 A wonderful cigar. Smooth rich and mild with a medium body. Almonds, roasted rutabaga, and white pepper. All in a mild fashion I think over the last 3 months I have smoked more "power: cigars than I have over the last 5 years which has been ...
by Jason Hagen
February 12th, 2020, 8:51 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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Kristoff...For a time I felt so highly of them and then I then had a string of underwhelming cigars. I just my first Kristoffs in years but not the Pistoff. I'll report back after they rest for a while.

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by Jason Hagen
February 12th, 2020, 1:03 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Alec Bradley Black Market Esteli Torpedo 6.5 X 52 Purchased in Jan 2020 @ $4.88 Oily. At the very start, there is boysenberry and cream. Pleasantly sweet Followed by wood and coffee with cream. Rich big and bold A great smoke. Looking forward to having another in 6 months. I had to leave for a meet...
by Jason Hagen
February 11th, 2020, 7:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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El Rey Del Mundo Oscuro robusto is today's pick. We've carried them as long as I remember but I never tried one. The cigars are tissue wrapped and they have a noticeable and tantalizing aroma of tea. The wrapper is oily and black. First up, coffee though I expected tea. The coffee is joined by dark...
by Jason Hagen
February 11th, 2020, 7:23 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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Don Pepin Garcia Blue - Invictos (Robusto) Had a a cigar lounge. My first Don Pepin. Not great Draw was a little tough and not much to distinguish on the flavors. Wood and pepper. Later there is a bit of cream. Okay cigar but not something I would buy again although I have a few left. Maybe with so...
by Jason Hagen
February 10th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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Man O War Robusto 5.5 X 50 Purchased in January 2020 @$3.20 A good casual smoke @$3.20 But I would best describe it as simple. Wood, bitter espresso, a small amount of almonds. The finish is long but again, simple. I enjoyed smoking it, but it didn't move me. We'll see what a little more time will ...
by Jason Hagen
February 10th, 2020, 4:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

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OLIVA MASTER BLENDS 3 CHURCHILL Bought at a lounge. Started by watching the XFL (St. Louis vs Dallas). Snoozefest. So I shut out all the banter in the room and went to my book. Nice. Nutty and spicy. Dark fruit and leather. Nice long finish. Draw and burn were even and pretty good. I did get nailed...
by Jason Hagen
February 10th, 2020, 11:22 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Randy, thanks for the note. IIRC I have never had an SL Rey. Looking forward to an update.

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by Jason Hagen
February 8th, 2020, 7:16 pm
Forum: Wine 101: The Basics
Topic: How do you control your alcohol intake?
Replies: 80
Views: 10431

Re: How do you control your alcohol intake?

Cirrhosis and being an addict in recovery [cry.gif]

Jason
by Jason Hagen
February 8th, 2020, 5:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?
Replies: 532
Views: 21433

Re: What Cigar or Pipe Are You Smoking?

Villiger La Flor Ynclan robusto. An interesting blend. Hard to get it lit and packed with black pepper at first. Settles down pretty quick. The pepper fades and cream comes to the forefront. The burn is straight and clean. The ash looks like concrete and sticks to the cigar like cement. A hint of c...

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