Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur - some limited edition corona shape I got on closeout from JR for 2 bucks a piece a while back. They're a larger corona - similar to the Excalibur #4 but they came in gimmicky packaging and they called them something else, a name some other line(s) uses but that Excalibur doesn't normally. I want to say maybe almirantes?
Either way, it has a decent bit of age on it, and it's just a fantastic smoke.
Well, I know I'm not the most prolific poster, but I honestly haven't smoked much lately. Seems I've been "too busy". However, last night after supper I did get to enjoy an AF Short Story. Seems that's been my "go to" smoke as of late and last night it certainly reminded me why that is. Really nice cigar that doesn't require an undue amount of time to enjoy. Happy Thursday!
Principe to start the morning on a mild note with my morning tea. I figured it's my birthday so even if it's not a fancy one I ought to have a cigar this morning before class. On deck for later: Bolivar Gold Medal. Also likely a Bolivar Cofradia belicoso
Just got in about an hour ago, and just snipped and lit up the Bolivar Gold Medal about one or two minutes ago. So far so good - very smooth, tasty smoke...anxious to see how it develops! This smoke is thanks to Spillproof, who sent me this cigar and the Bolivar Cofradia belicoso to try back in October...I decided pretty quickly that I ought to save them for birthday smokes
I only have a guillotine cutter and only have the one "BGM"
About an inch, inch and a half into it and I have to say it's pretty close to perfect. Silky smooth, medium-full bodied despite the total lack of harshness, gorgeous, ruddy wrapper, slight nutty underflavors and some wood in there, and being a narrow ring gauge the flavors are building and getting more intense and complex pretty quickly...this is sure to be a heck of a birthday smoke.
It's a little early to call it, but I suspect it may beat the Cohiba Siglo III or the Montecristo No. 4
A very slightly uneven burn is my only complaint, but it's still in the earlier stages of the smoke, so it may very likely rectify itself
Edit: it did. And holy moly, just now got a strong taste of maple - like maple syrup would taste if it wasn't sweet. This is one crazy good son of a gun
What I don't get is how it can be so strong in nicotine, be definitively medium bodied in flavor, and be so smooth all at once. I hate the adjective "smooth" to describe smokes in general, but nothing else fits. This is among the very best cigars I've ever smoked, up there with Cohiba, Cuaba, Montecristo, and Partagas ccs, and Opus X, VSGs, the better Gurkhas, Tatuaje and other fine smokes.
I thoroughly enjoyed all three previous cigars of the day (one Principe, two Parodis), but needless to say this is just a totally different animal. Down to the last few inches and the cedar is really exploding.
See, to me it seems like something which should be common sense to anyone other than non-smokers or special-occasion smokers.
Usually mild cigars are also weak (as far as nicotine) and full bodied cigars are also strong...Macanudo vs. Joya de Nicaragua are good examples...but there are some obvious outliers - including plenty of maduros which, while fuller flavored than most Connecticut wrapped smokes, often use the same mild fillers.
I actually ventured out to the cigar bar for the first time in months. I had an illusione mj12 and a L'Atelier Surrogates Crystal Baller. The mj was a little to mild for me and I prefer the skull breaker over the baller. Both not bad, just not my cup of tea.