Leather and dark chocolate you say...A stupendous OR 2007 San Cristobal Maestros. A leather and dark chocolate bomb that was sent to me by Infinity’s wife several years ago. I felt a little guilty smoking it, thinking I should have sent it to Boar (@Not A Nice Person). But, not that guilty! View attachment 29375View attachment 29376
I don’t smoke enough San Cristobal to really say, but pretty much all Pepin creations start with a very peppery profile before morphing into something else. While most NC cigars don’t age very well, this vintage example was outstanding. Very smooth/refined while full of flavor, and multi dimensional.
I scored a "yellow cello" bundle of Fabulosos a few years back that had gotten lost in the depths of my local B&M's humidor & they were a bit smoother, richer & somewhat less intense than fresh. But that's my only experience with aged San Cristobals, since boxes usually don't last very long around here!
Yeah, that's why I've moved away from Pepin blends, not a fan of the pepper, agree with Jorge on that one. Leathery and dark chocolate are always winners though.I don’t smoke enough San Cristobal to really say, but pretty much all Pepin creations start with a very peppery profile before morphing into something else. While most NC cigars don’t age very well, this vintage example was outstanding. Very smooth/refined while full of flavor, and multi dimensional.
Has time been good to the AM line? Back in the early part of last decade AJF was trying to sell these (some of the core line, anyway, not sure when the Argentum was introduced) for $10-$15+ per stick in the big box "periodicals". A pretty band is not worth quite that much, and in my (limited, but growing) experience every Ave Maria I've smoked has never lived up to the artwork. The Argentum is supposed to be the powerhouse of the line, no? How was it?
Ok, question: Anyone have any experience with the UC Sungrown? In Hawaii, I never had any problems with them. However, once I broke into the cooler shipment I mailed here, the wrappers of each and every one of them had split while smoking. At first I just thought that it was due to damage during shipment, but I carefully examined some of them afterwards and saw nothing of note before lighting. Those, too, split while smoking. Ok, so, there was a humidity issue and/or the temperature fluctuations during the mailing process did something to them, I figured, even though it was over a month here before I even cracked the seal on the coolers. Whatev. Chalk it up to the move and cut my losses.Finally restocked with one of my favorite NCs. Undercrown Sun Grown corona. Great start to the weekend!
Also, I’m on a deep-V kick for some reason, too. Been making good use of the Colibri George sent you me in Hawaii.
*EDIT* We're upside down for some reason... :/