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  1. Ogus
    August 19, 2014

    Interesting. The PSP2 was the biggest letdown of the year for me and the Monte 4 was the surprise for excellence.
    RASS quality was uneven but stellar at times as was Monte 2.
    PSD4 and Parti Shorts always fabulous.
    Trini Rob T is def on the short list to try.

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  2. Ogus
    August 20, 2014

    Where did HUP Royal Robusto rate with you?

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  3. Inspector
    August 20, 2014

    @Ogus
    That’s the “magic” of Cuban cigars. Partagas Shorts is still one of my go-to smokes, always have a stock of these. As for the Royal Robusto, I only smoked one in 2013 and although it was very good I didn’t feel confident enough to include it in the list.

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  4. sportster
    August 20, 2014

    I agree PSP2 is not as good as a Mont #2. Totally different cigar. Each has it’s merits but #2 wins in my book. Just bought a box of Bolivar G’s wanting to see how they are on my humble scale.

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  5. Ogus
    August 20, 2014

    Inspector, how much aging do you find RASS needs? I have boxes that go through various phases of meh to wow.

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  6. Inspector
    August 20, 2014

    @Ogus
    Well I don’t have a very scientific/precise approach, I just leave them for 3-6 month in the humidor, then start smoking :) Indeed, they do get better with more age of them but I haven’t had the patience to age them for more than 3 years. What’s your “wow” sweet spot?

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  7. Ogus
    August 21, 2014

    First few months the got a blah taste after a year they were powerful and rich.

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  8. Ogus
    August 21, 2014

    Thanks for the reviews!

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  9. sportster
    August 22, 2014

    My experience with RASS was after 4 weeks just so – so. I left tjem for a year and WOW! Date code TUB ABR 13.

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  10. Tee
    August 23, 2014

    Nice list; thanks for not omitting 2013.
    Would add: El Rey de Mundo Asia Pacific Regional Edition for 2013. I understand these may not be readily available in North America, but if you can still find one in your travels to the Far East, I highly recommend them. Creamy, cocoa, a medium to full cigar.
    I also believe the Partagas Series E to be better – more balanced – than the Series P.
    Thanks again for the list!

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  11. Shawn Watson
    March 6, 2015

    Nice list! I never smoked the Hoyo. Hoyo is not generally my cup of tea.

    RASS is a great cigar. With 2 years now they open up nicely.

    I agree the Trinidad T doesn’t seem to have alot of legs I’ll have to try another. But I’m a CORO Fan and that is the cigar that killed off the Trinidad T. Imo due to pricing of the Trinidad, I think.

    I also like the E2 over the P2 a richer and more complex cigar to me.

    Boli Corona Gigante, an aficionados dream cigar, lovely with some age on it as you stated. I look forward to your next list. Thanks!

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