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#1 duglynukem

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 03:35 PM

Size:Length: 4 1/4"
Ring Gauge: 39 (110mm x 15.87mm)
Factory Shape: Secretos
Appearance: 8 (a very toothy, very dark wrapper)
Construction: 10 (typical perfectly rolled Cohiba)
Flavor: 10
Value: 8 (very expensive for this sized cigar)
Experience: 10

The wrappers have been aged for 5 years before rolling. These have been in my humidor since 2008. I smoked one the day they arrived and didn't think too much of it. I tucked them away until last year when I stumbled on them looking around the humidor. I was pleased with how it had matured. The draw was flawless and the flavor second to none.

Fast forward to last Saturday. A couple of the guys at the local B&M were discussing the Secretos and the comments weren't complimentary. I added my two cents regarding the benefit of aging these gems. The primary complaint was the draw. This was similar to my observation when I had my first one.

Yesterday, while watching the Daytona Shootout I decided I should try another one to see if it was consistent with my last one a year ago. Simply put this is the best tasting cigar I have ever had the pleasure of smoking. A great draw and very robust. I think the flavor profile of cigars is very subjective and everyone has their preference. For me it's chocolate and coffee and this stick abounds with those notes.

I recently parted with five of them, but I still have plenty left for now. I need to get another box to set aside. If you get the chance and have the patience to let them age, I recommend this gem as part of your special occasion stash.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:12 PM

My wife got me a box of these last year for my birthday. Of course, I had to break into it and smoke one immediately (to make both of us happy). I couldn't tell her after she spent so much money, but I was thoroughly unimpressed. It was absolutely the tightest draw I've ever experienced. The flavor was so-so, but the headache-inducing draw was a killer. I gave a few away (everyone loves a Cohiba gift, right?), and save for one other smoke, I believe, the rest have been in the box in the frigidore ever since. I tried one last week, I think it was, and it was an entirely different experience. The draw still wasn't spectacular, but it had loosened up significantly, and the flavor was like a bomb compared to the previous experience. I'm not planning on touching them again for a while, so I can't wait to see what another few months (and then a few months more, etc...) does for them.

Glad to hear you are having positive experiences with some age.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:33 PM

I can't wait to try one, they sound fantastic!

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:49 PM

My wife got me a box of these last year for my birthday. Of course, I had to break into it and smoke one immediately (to make both of us happy). I couldn't tell her after she spent so much money, but I was thoroughly unimpressed. It was absolutely the tightest draw I've ever experienced. The flavor was so-so, but the headache-inducing draw was a killer. I gave a few away (everyone loves a Cohiba gift, right?), and save for one other smoke, I believe, the rest have been in the box in the frigidore ever since. I tried one last week, I think it was, and it was an entirely different experience. The draw still wasn't spectacular, but it had loosened up significantly, and the flavor was like a bomb compared to the previous experience. I'm not planning on touching them again for a while, so I can't wait to see what another few months (and then a few months more, etc...) does for them.

Glad to hear you are having positive experiences with some age.


This has been my experience too, so perhaps I need to let mine age a bit more. Though I think the few I have left are from 2008... I'll have to try this spring and see if the draw has loosened any.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 06:01 PM

I totaly agree, you have to let those babies sleep for a quite a while, and only then can you truly enjoy what they have to offer. They are worth the wait.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 05:34 PM

Thanks for the review!

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 07:13 AM

My wife got me a box of these last year for my birthday. Of course, I had to break into it and smoke one immediately (to make both of us happy). I couldn't tell her after she spent so much money, but I was thoroughly unimpressed. It was absolutely the tightest draw I've ever experienced. The flavor was so-so, but the headache-inducing draw was a killer. I gave a few away (everyone loves a Cohiba gift, right?), and save for one other smoke, I believe, the rest have been in the box in the frigidore ever since. I tried one last week, I think it was, and it was an entirely different experience. The draw still wasn't spectacular, but it had loosened up significantly, and the flavor was like a bomb compared to the previous experience. I'm not planning on touching them again for a while, so I can't wait to see what another few months (and then a few months more, etc...) does for them.

Glad to hear you are having positive experiences with some age.


I have a box of Sancho's that I've had for 12 years that are almost unsmokable, they are rolled so tight. It's like sucking a golf ball through 50 feet of garden hose. I have the room to store them so I clipped one and check the draw every year or two. I only hope to have the same result with the Sancho's as I did with these.

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 10:18 AM

IIRC, the last one of the Secretos that I smoked, I actually used a jeweler's screwdriver to try and open it up a little inside. So, I guess that would make two smoked since I put the box away, since I recall one of them being un-poked, yet still having a better draw than right off the truck. You may want to try some sort of tool to try and loosen the insides a bit, or to put a shaft through the filler. Good luck with the Sanchos. I don't think I have the patience for 12 years of storage! :p

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 03:43 PM

If the Sanchos haven't opened up after 12 years...I don't think they are ever going to open up. Sorry...

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 05:42 PM

If the Sanchos haven't opened up after 12 years...I don't think they are ever going to open up. Sorry...


Am I being too optimistic? :laugh:

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 04:52 PM


If the Sanchos haven't opened up after 12 years...I don't think they are ever going to open up. Sorry...


Am I being too optimistic? :laugh:


Most likely...yes.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 11:51 AM

According to MRN the Sanchos should be coming in to their peak soon. :thumbs:

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Posted 08 March 2012 - 04:43 PM

According to MRN the Sanchos should be coming in to their peak soon. :thumbs:


I could be wrong here, but something nagging at my gut tells me that he wasn't referring to the plugged ones.




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