Bomb Squad: Assignment No. 1
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Posted 7/13/2009 9:09 PM (#34069)
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Let's use this thread to post the first set of reviews. Looking forward to reading them!
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Posted 7/15/2009 7:53 AM (#34192 - in reply to #34069)
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Alrighty then!!!!!!! I'm gonna have mine tonight and submit a review. I got mine Monday but had my daughter that night so I really didnt want to spend that time with a cigar instead of her and last night was garden night, not the best time to focus on a smoke but tonight...ITS ALL ME!!!!!!!!!


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Posted 7/15/2009 5:49 PM (#34235 - in reply to #34069)
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I am with Bob hopefully as soon as Jo gets home from work tonight its just me the garage, cable, and a wonderful looking cigar
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Posted 7/15/2009 6:07 PM (#34236 - in reply to #34069)
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Okie-dokie, looks like I'm the lead batter. I was rather intrigued by the shape of this cigar. I've never had one with this exact shape before.

Pre-light: this cigar was fairly light in the hand, almost weightless. The draw was very open and tasted of earth and raisins. The clip was very clean with maybe just a slight crack about a 1/4 of an inch long.

17 out of 20 points possible


Light and burn: This cigar lit very easily, it took to a flame like a fish to water. It burned very straight with no corrections needed other than wetting the aforementioned crack at the head. The draw was very generous, which I really dig but burned very cool and slow in spite of the open draw. I didnt have to correct the burn at all.

15 out of 15 possible


Construction: It appeared to be very well rolled and fairly smooth with only slight veins. I did have to spit glue the small crack at the head every 3rd or 4th draw to keep it under control but the crack did not spread at all. The ash was a silvery-white and held well and burned straight as a arrow. The shape as I mentioned before was different than any cigar I have had before. It was slightly oval at the head but was almost "flat pressed" at the end...very odd

25 out of 30 possible


Flavor: I really liked the flavor of this cigar, it was mild but tasty at the same time. The initial flavor was peppery and earthy. It soon picked up a nutty and sweet flavor about a half inch in. Towards the middle the flavor seemed to pick up a spicier note with the sweetness more pronounced. At the last half I had to slow down on the draw so it wouldnt overheat and get bitter because I was diggin' the flavors. It developed an almost caramel-mocha flavor edge that I liked. It remained very mild to the end but very flavorful as well. I nubbed this one out, maybe smoked it down too small till it got bitter.

30 out of 35 possible


Summary: Me Likey! I found myself staring the the unique shape much the same way you would a attractive woman with exotic features you strike up a conversation with at a bar. The flat press at the end was a different experience for me. It was darker with a maduro, maybe Sumatra wrapper...?????????? I really liked this cigar and would keep them in my humi. Could this be a FLD? I know they have some funky shapes. It was like a No.2 with a flat press towards the end, I think El Rey has a "bugle" shape as well...


OVERALL SCORE: 87


Thanks Eddie!!!!!!!!


Edited by Bob Cordell 7/15/2009 6:30 PM
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Posted 7/15/2009 6:47 PM (#34240 - in reply to #34069)
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Great review, Bob! Thanks for taking the time, and I'm glad you liked it. Stay tuned for the answer to your questions . . .
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Posted 7/15/2009 7:07 PM (#34241 - in reply to #34069)
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Posted 7/15/2009 7:08 PM (#34242 - in reply to #34069)
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Posted 7/15/2009 7:23 PM (#34244 - in reply to #34069)
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Oh oh oh I think I have a good guess on this one.
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Posted 7/15/2009 7:44 PM (#34247 - in reply to #34069)
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Posted 7/15/2009 8:04 PM (#34248 - in reply to #34069)
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Sorry I was already told that I am wrong but then again I haven't seen or smoked the cigar. Maybe if someone could post pictures of the cigars? I would be interested in seeing what they look like.
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Posted 7/15/2009 8:17 PM (#34251 - in reply to #34069)
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Posted 7/16/2009 11:18 AM (#34279 - in reply to #34069)
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I have been gone for several days and my wonderful wife placed my bomb in the humi w/o any instruction. What a gal! When I returned home it was waiting for me, so here goes. I used BC’s format so we would have some uniformity.

Pre-light: The aroma was tobacco, a hint of cinnamon and just the slightest coffee smell. Not a hefty cigar but absolutely a beautiful stick none the less.

18 out of 20 points possible


Light and burn: This cigar took off like a roman candle. Very little toasting produced a bright red ash almost instantly. The draw was very smooth and easy and the burn was perfect throughout. It held an incredible gray white ash and when ashed, the burn was very conical and well centered.


15 of 15 points possible


Construction: The cigar spinner who put this baby together knew his trade well. The construction was absolutely flawless with no noticeable flaws. I guillotined the cap and it cut like hard butter, perfect separation. At no point during the smoking process did the cut cap ever unwind. My description for this cigar would be a small torpedo.


28 of 30 points possible


Flavor: What a treat. Initially I got a cinnamon and semi sweet dark chocolate taste that lingered for about the first inch. Then the mocha/sweet tobacco flavors chimed in and continued for the first half of the smoke. The mocha was almost buttery in taste and was just exquisite. The second half morphed into an espresso flavor that was very rich without being overwhelming. I also detected a miniscule vanilla flavor coupled with the espresso. The last third of this smoke got quite interesting. There was a prominent spicy taste coupled with just a hint of white pepper and caramel. What was so nice about this combo was that there was absolutely no tongue bite involved, just a spicy caramel/espresso taste that lingered on the palate.


33 of 35 points possible


TOTAL POINTS: 94


I love this cigar. I want to say it is a LFD but not sure. I am anxious to find out because a box of them will be in my humi ASAP. You picked a real winner Eddie. Thanks so much for the opportunity to be a member of the Bomb Squad. What a pleasure.



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Posted 7/16/2009 11:47 AM (#34283 - in reply to #34069)
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I finished my Cigar yesterday, but left my notes at home. I will have my review posted by tonight. Great cigar Eddie
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Posted 7/16/2009 2:09 PM (#34301 - in reply to #34069)
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I hope to smoke mine tonight.
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Posted 7/16/2009 6:11 PM (#34311 - in reply to #34069)
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First off I must say thanks again to BlackIrish very cool idea and I am honored to be a part of the first one !! Alright first off this is a beautiful Pyramide about six inches long and a variying ring gauge. Wish I would have saw Tim's post before I lit up, because I should have taken pictures. I believe it was a Maduro wrapper.


Pre Light:

This is one of my favorite category's, as I like to cut my cigar and then spend time rolling it in my hand and inspect its beauty before I light. I have always thought that Padron cigars have a distinct smell. One I compare to maybe pipe tobacco?
Anyways that was exactly my first take on this cigar.

20 of 20 points possible



Light and Burn:


The draw was a little tighter than I like, but was never a problem. I used my Ronson JetLite and she welcomed the flame home. Great smooth even burn that never needed correction. Each Puff welcomed beautiful gray blue smoke that filled my garage nicely .


12 of 15 points possible


Construction:


Earlier I mentioned that I enjoy the pre light category a great deal, well I may like this category the best. I am never ceased to be amazed by how skilled a roller must be. One day I hope to see a live cigar roll. Anyways back on subject What a well rolled Pyramide I could barely notice the lines from the wrapper leaf over lapping. Cutting was a breeze with my double guillotine cutter.



28 of 30 points possible




Flavor:

As i mentioned this cigar on pre light had a wonderful padron esque smell, well upon the first couple puffs I was not disapointed. Wonderful full flavor explosion right off the bat. Well balanced without being harsh or bitter. Gourmet pepper and hearty tobacco flavors followed by woody flavors YUM !!. This stayed until about an inch in, then pulled a fast one on me and became much more subtle and milder. Earthy Creamy flavors took hold at this point. I was intrigued by the curveball and smiled as I puffed on. I wana do this for a livin !!!! Smoked right to the finger tips. Definatley a great cigar.


30 of 35 points possible


Total Points:

90


Summary:



Wow this is fun




I thought for sure this was a Padron cigar of sorts, but after it mild down I am not so sure.
Regardless an excellent selection Eddie. Loking forward to hearing what it was.

P.S. Maybe from the La Auroa family
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Posted 7/16/2009 9:46 PM (#34331 - in reply to #34069)
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well, I won't be smoking this tonight. Too late and I'm too tired. Hopefully I'll get to it tomorrow. I will try to post a picture before I smoke.
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Posted 7/16/2009 10:34 PM (#34336 - in reply to #34069)
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Wow, you guys write great reviews!

I'm psyched that Bob, Dennis, and Brian enjoyed this cigar so much. I can already tell that this is going to turn out to be as fun as I'd hoped.

I won't say anything more about the guesses until the last two reviews are posted. Watch this space!
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Posted 7/17/2009 5:23 PM (#34433 - in reply to #34069)
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This cigar is on my agenda for tonight. Attached are the pics.



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Posted 7/17/2009 5:32 PM (#34437 - in reply to #34069)
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This is really cool.

Bob, Brian, Dennis and Rich are the first four mad Bombers. Who is the 5th?
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Posted 7/17/2009 7:41 PM (#34442 - in reply to #34437)
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Guess that I can answer my own question now. The package was waiting for me when I got home.

Thanks

I will let it sit a couple of days in my humi so that it can recover from its arduous cross country trek. I hope to smoke it either Sunday or Tuesday and I will post my review post haste.

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Posted 7/17/2009 10:01 PM (#34451 - in reply to #34442)
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Jackal - 7/17/2009 8:41 PM

Guess that I can answer my own question now. The package was waiting for me when I got home.

Thanks

I will let it sit a couple of days in my humi so that it can recover from its arduous cross country trek. I hope to smoke it either Sunday or Tuesday and I will post my review post haste.



Glad it made it to you -- your question got me worried. Looking forward to your review.
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Posted 7/17/2009 10:21 PM (#34455 - in reply to #34279)
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Prelight - I stuck this cigar in front of my nose and smelled it up and down. The only scent I got was some faint hay. The cold draw was interesting, some hints of floral taste which was not a foreshadowing of what was to come. Overall I wouldn't say it was out of the ordinary. 17 out of 20 points.

Light and burn. The light and burn on this cigar was near perfection. My lighter actually ran out of butane and only lit the middle of the cigar, it wasn't even an issue. It just corrected itself and burned evenly the whole way down. It also produced generous amounts of smoke. I couldn't ask for much more. 15 out of 15.

Construction - The shape was interesting. It was a pyramid that really looked like it was half box pressed at the foot. The roller must have done something right because the draw was perfect and the ash held firm. I have no complaints in this department whatsoever. 29 out of 30 points.

Flavor. This was an interesting cigar in the flavor department. Upon lighting I got some caramel and some sweetness. This didn't last long. In the first inch the flavor settled into a toasted nut flavor. Sometimes it would taste more burnt, sometimes more nutty but a really nice flavor. At about the halfway point the cigar had some pepper, just hints, here and there. Also the flavor evolved into a more creamy flavor that I really enjoyed. The pepper was a bit stronger in the last couple inches but the creaminess remained. Good stuff. 30 out of 35.


Total 91.

This cigar is a winner. There was no harshness whatsoever and the flavor was enough to keep me interested throughout the smoke. It burned at a good pace for a 6 inch cigar. It took over an hour to smoke (I was enjoying to much to clock watch.) I would recommend this cigar. Thanks Eddie for sending, truly a nice treat.

I'll send a PM to BI to guess tomorrow. I want to sleep on it.
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Posted 7/20/2009 11:30 AM (#34612 - in reply to #34069)
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Whos left, just Jackal?


Where we at on this...I'm curious!


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Posted 7/20/2009 12:16 PM (#34616 - in reply to #34612)
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I think that I am the last one.

The cigar arrived on Friday, so I wanted to give it a few days humi time to let it even out before I lit it up.

I plan to smoke it tomorrow (Tuesday).

Sorry to keep everyone waiting.
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Posted 7/20/2009 2:58 PM (#34632 - in reply to #34616)
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Jackal - 7/20/2009 10:16 AM

I think that I am the last one.

The cigar arrived on Friday, so I wanted to give it a few days humi time to let it even out before I lit it up.

I plan to smoke it tomorrow (Tuesday).

Sorry to keep everyone waiting.


Fire that puppy dog up Jason!! I am dying to find out what it is!! Whatever it was it is on my list of "buy now".
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Posted 7/20/2009 3:13 PM (#34634 - in reply to #34632)
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Just from appearance and pre-light aroma I got a pretty good guess. If I am right Black Irish is a very generous guy.
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Posted 7/20/2009 3:23 PM (#34636 - in reply to #34634)
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Jackal - 7/20/2009 1:13 PM

Just from appearance and pre-light aroma I got a pretty good guess. If I am right Black Irish is a very generous guy.


I would be VERY surprised if this was a $2 cigar. If so, it is the best deal out there, but I think not!
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Posted 7/20/2009 3:37 PM (#34638 - in reply to #34069)
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I have what appears to be its twin in my humidor, and I was saving it for a special occasion.

I am looking forward to lighting this bad boy up
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Posted 7/20/2009 3:49 PM (#34639 - in reply to #34636)
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Just from appearance and pre-light aroma I got a pretty good guess. If I am right Black Irish is a very generous guy.


I would be VERY surprised if this was a $2 cigar. If so, it is the best deal out there, but I think not!


I hope it is a $1 cigar.
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Posted 7/20/2009 4:03 PM (#34640 - in reply to #34639)
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Just from appearance and pre-light aroma I got a pretty good guess. If I am right Black Irish is a very generous guy.


I would be VERY surprised if this was a $2 cigar. If so, it is the best deal out there, but I think not!


I hope it is a $1 cigar.


Me too!!
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Posted 7/20/2009 9:52 PM (#34670 - in reply to #34069)
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Alright Jason I guess us Eastern time zoners will have to wait till tomorrow. Enjoy, I know you will. Man the anticipation is killin me !!!!
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Posted 7/21/2009 8:35 PM (#34751 - in reply to #34069)
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Thanks again Eddie for letting me be in the first wave of this brave experiment.

Here is my report.


Pre-Light: A fairly light weight cigar. Scent was mild. It had just the hints of tobacco and a bit of a grass/ hay kind of undertone. The initial pre-light draw was a bit tight, but opened right up upon lighting.

17 out of 20

Light and burn: It lit very easily. Burn was a bit uneven at times due to a fairly large vein. However, it never got out of control and was very good at correcting itself. One thing that I did notice that was unusual was that the wrapper wanted to lift up along the line where it overlapped itself. The cigar constantly produced a long stream of blue smoke when I was not puffing on it, and it produced voluminous white smoke when it was being puffed. Ash was salt and pepper and held firmly for a little over an inch before dropping off. The cigar stayed cool throughout the smoking.

13 out of 15

Construction:

This is a beautiful pyramide. The head was perfect. Very nice box press shape. The wrapper appeared to be wrapped very smoothly and the foot had no apparent tears or any defects. The leaf was very rustic looking and had mostly small vein lines, although it did have a few water spots.

28 out of 30

Flavor: Surprising light for a maduro. It opened up with just a hint of pepper and some wood along with a dark chocolate taste. There was a little spice when exhaled though the nose. As it burned down to the second third, it picked up a bit more spiciness, not quite a taste, but more of a feeling on the tip of my tongue. It then mellowed out again and picked up more of a creaminess and some earth, leather and coffee. In the last third the creaminess went away and I got a bit more spice and leather. After I was done, it left a coffee flavor on my tongue.

30 out of 35

Summary: This is a very well constructed cigar with a fairly mellow flavor. It has nice chocolate and coffee flavors. It burned cool and never got harsh even at the nub. This cigar gets an A.

Total score 88

Since I am the last one to do the report, I will put my guess right here. I think that it is a Padron 1964 Anniversary Torpedo.
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Posted 7/21/2009 9:20 PM (#34760 - in reply to #34069)
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Great reviews, all. I picked this cigar because I liked it a lot and it's a bit under the radar. I regret to inform you that I'm not as generous as some of you might have guessed, but the good news is that this cigar is cheaper (a lot cheaper) than what some of you guessed.

To recap, here are the guesses:

Jackal: Padron 1964 Anniversary torpedo
LowPro75: Puro Indio pyramide
smoke1: Padron or La Aurora
MountedShriner: LFD
BobCordell: LFD, maybe ERdM
Podman, guessing solely by description: LFD chisel

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Posted 7/21/2009 9:22 PM (#34762 - in reply to #34069)
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What was it ??????????? AHHH I GOT TO KNOW !!!!!!
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Posted 7/21/2009 9:23 PM (#34764 - in reply to #34069)
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BlackIrish
Posted 7/21/2009 9:25 PM (#34765 - in reply to #34069)
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Oh, yeah: you probably want to know what this cigar is.

Well, none of the guesses was right. The cigar was actually a

Romeo y Julieta Viejo 'B'
http://www.cigarsinternational.com/prodDisp.asp?item=CS-URA

I tried a 5pk of these via CBid and liked them, so I picked up a box on CBid about a year ago. With a year of aging, they've gotten REALLY good.

CI price is a bit high, at $140/bx, but you can usually pick them up for about half that on CBid (although maybe not any longer, now that I've turned you on to them).

Thanks for playing.
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Bob Cordell
Posted 7/21/2009 9:32 PM (#34766 - in reply to #34069)
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You have got to be s**tting me!!!!!!!! I dont remember if I reviewed this cigar or not, but I didnt like it the first time I tried it...





It was rather dry and harsh, maybe it was a dud.


Anyway as the lowest scorer at a 87, still a respectable number, I stand by my review.


C-Bid, come hither!






Thanks again Eddie!!!!!!

Edited by Bob Cordell 7/21/2009 9:32 PM
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Posted 7/21/2009 9:50 PM (#34767 - in reply to #34069)
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Wow I love R&J's, but have never had the Viejo's wow thanks again Eddie very cool of you. I am going to have to send you a surprise in the future
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Posted 7/21/2009 9:55 PM (#34768 - in reply to #34069)
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Awesome. I like the 1875 line and have wanted to try the veijos. Thanks for the try. I have to imagine that guessing what a cigar is seems like it may be easy but it is probably a 1000 to 1 shot with all the blends out there.
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Posted 7/21/2009 10:00 PM (#34769 - in reply to #34069)
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Very interesting. I have a few floating around about that old. Maybe I will have to dig one out for a morning smoke. Probably too light for my evening cigar at this point.
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Posted 7/21/2009 10:00 PM (#34770 - in reply to #34069)
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Bob panned this cigar in his review last year. Going to do an update Bob?
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Posted 7/21/2009 10:01 PM (#34771 - in reply to #34069)
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Our first day on the bomb squad and we all blew ourselves up

Guess it is time to send in the next wave.

Thanks again Eddie
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Posted 7/21/2009 10:21 PM (#34773 - in reply to #34069)
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I really enjoyed your reviews.
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Posted 7/21/2009 11:34 PM (#34783 - in reply to #34069)
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Great cigar Eddie!! Thanks so much, and yes, it had me totally fooled!!
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Posted 7/22/2009 7:07 AM (#34792 - in reply to #34768)
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lowpro75 - 7/21/2009 10:55 PM

Awesome. I like the 1875 line and have wanted to try the veijos. Thanks for the try. I have to imagine that guessing what a cigar is seems like it may be easy but it is probably a 1000 to 1 shot with all the blends out there.


I would have been stunned if anyone guessed this one. Really just wanted to have some fun.
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Bob Cordell
Posted 7/22/2009 7:39 AM (#34793 - in reply to #34770)
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lowpro75 - 7/21/2009 11:00 PM

Bob panned this cigar in his review last year. Going to do an update Bob?




I guess I should, I have passed over these a hundred times on C-Bid thinking "shooooooooooo, nasty"


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Posted 7/22/2009 9:52 AM (#34800 - in reply to #34069)
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I did go back and update my review, it dosent show up below though. Thats only for cigars you havent reviewed yet...




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Posted 7/22/2009 9:17 PM (#34851 - in reply to #34638)
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One he found that rolled under his dresser

Edited by lightone 7/22/2009 9:19 PM
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