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JimInks

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PostSubject: Jim's P&C RO Series Reviews.   Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:07 pm

Here's my reviews of Russ Ouellette's RO series.

RO Series Acadian English:
The various Virginias offer a big burst of tangy, fermented citrus with a mild malty tartness, a fair amount of grass and hay, some sugar, a very light dark fruitiness, wood and earth, a slight floral and bare spice note, and a few drops of honey and bread. The smoky, musty, woody sweet Cyprian latakia is a supporting player, and mitigates the sweetness of the Virginias just a mite. The unflavored black cavendish adds a touch of smooth sugar way in the background. The strength and taste levels just make the medium mark. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. Wonít bite or get harsh, and has no dull or rough moments. Burns cool, clean, at slightly less than a moderate pace with a very consistent, rich flavor all the way to the end. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasant lightly lingering sweet, mild campfire after taste. Can be an all day smoke. Three and a half stars.

RO Series Acadian Gold:
The various Virginias offer a big burst of tangy, fermented citrus with a mild malty tartness, a fair amount of grass and hay, some sugar, a very light dark fruitiness, wood and earth, a slight floral and bare spice note, and a few drops of honey and bread. The strength level is just past the center of mild to medium, while the taste is a step past that mark. The nic-hit is a tad below the strength threshold. No chance of bite or harshness, and has no rough edges. Burns cool and clean at a reasonable pace with a very consistent, deep flavor from start to finish. Leaves little moisture in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a very pleasant, lightly lingering after taste and room note. Can be an all day smoke, or a mixer if youíre so inclined.

RO Series Acadian VaPer:
The various Virginias offer a big burst of tangy, fermented citrus with a mild malty tartness, a fair amount of grass and hay, some sugar, a very light dark fruitiness, wood and earth, a slight floral and bare spice note, and a few drops of honey and bread. The plummy, raisiny, very mildly spicy acadian perique also has a touch of stewed fruit in a support role. The strength and taste levels are a hair past the medium threshold. The nic-hit is slightly past the center of mild to medium. No chance of bite, harshness, or roughness. Burns cool and clean at a moderate pace with a mostly consistent, rich flavor from start to finish, and easily burns to ash. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a pleasantly lingering fruity sweet and mildly spicy after taste. Itís almost an all day smoke, and experienced VaPer aficionados may well consider it to be one.

RO Perique Series Blend B-41:
The golden Virginia provides some tangy citrus, grass and hay, with a light toastiness, and forms the base of the blend. The Belmont perique is spicy, buttery, and earthy with a slight stewed, fermented fruit note as a supporting player. The woody, dry, spicy, smoky, savory dark fired Kentucky rises just above being a condiment, and is evident in every puff. The strength and taste levels start out as medium and gets to the the center of medium to strong by the half way point. The nic-hit is closer to medium than it is to mild. Wonít bite or get harsh, but the Kentucky does have a hint of a rough edge. Burns cool, clean and being a shag cut, a little fast. The mildly sweet and more woody, smoky, spicy savory, complex, well balanced flavors are consistent from start to finish, easily burning to ash with few relights. Has a lingering after taste thatís a bit filling. Not an all day smoke, and I recommend a small bowl for this one.

RO Fire Storm:
The tangy, dark fruit sweet Virginias also have a touch of earth. The fire-cured mahogany Kentucky is a little woody with some spice and mild nuttiness. The perique is plum and pepper with some raisin notes. The spice flavor reminds me of cinnamon (it isnít), though itís more noticeable in the first half of the smoke much of the time, you will feel its presence to the finish. The sweetness seems more obvious in the first half as well. I donít think Iíd say this blend gets peppery in the second half of the bowl as the description says so much as it seems to be a little less sweeter, which allows the spice to appear to be more prominent. Burns cool and clean with no dull or harsh spots and a consistent taste. Has a nice after taste. Wonít bite or get harsh, and you'll likely enjoy the spice tingle from beginning to end. Three and a half stars.

RO Perique Blend GP-11:
The lightly grassy and tangy, very citrusy bright Virginia forms the base of the blend. The earthy, fairly nutty, woody, toasty, double toasted burley also has quite a bit of cocoa in a competitive role, and at times, takes a light lead. The raisiny, plumy, spicy perique is a important complimentary addition, and is noticeable in every puff. It also sports a slight essence of wine. You can taste most of the inherent characteristics of the tobaccos in every puff, though at times, some nuances peek out a tad more than the others. The strength is a shade closer to medium than it is to mild. The taste level starts out just below medium and by the time youíre at the last third of the bowl, reaches the medium threshold. Wonít bite or get harsh. The tobaccos are rather dry, so this blend burns a little fast, cool and clean with a rich, deep, complex, moderately consistent and smooth flavor from start to finish as it easily burns to ash. Leaves virtually no moisture in the bowl, and requires few relights. Has a very pleasant, tangy sweet, woody, slightly smoky after taste. Can be an all day smoke.

RO Perique Series Blend P-37:
The various Virginias offer some tangy citrus with a fair amount of grass and hay, and forms the base of the blend. The spicy, woody, earthy, lightly smoky and sour Paulina perique also has very mild plum and coffee characteristics as an important supporting player. The sugar from the unflavored black cavendish adds a smoothing quality in the background. The strength and taste levels are just short of medium. The nic-hit is a hair below the mild to medium threshold. Wonít bite or get harsh, but has a hint of a rough edge here and there. Burns cool, clean, slightly fast with a very consistent mildly sweet and savory, peppery, well balanced flavor which translates to the after taste. Easily burns to ash. Leaves little moisture in the bowl. Needs an average number of relights. Not quite an all day smoke, but experienced VaPer smokers may consider it to be one. Three and a half stars.

RO Perique Series Blend SV-23:
The fairly tangy, citrusy Virginias also offer a bit of grass and hay with a touch of toast and honey. They form the base of the blend. The very noticeable South Vacherie perique provides a bit of white pepper, and is a tad leathery with coffee undertones, and its potency belies the amount used in this mixture. I consider it to be a second lead. The tingly white pepper does seem to get lightly stronger as you go along. This perique is a little less sweeter than what most smokers are used to. The nutty, very woody, earthy, toasty and light cocoa aspects of the burley have a modicum of sweetness in a support role. The strength is medium, while the taste level is just past that threshold. The nic-hit is in the center of mild to medium. Wonít bite or get harsh, and has no rough edges. Burns cool, clean, and slightly fast with a mostly consistent, rich, well balanced flavor all the way through the experience as it easily burns to ash. Has a lot of depth and body. Leaves little dampness in the bowl, and requires an average number of relights. Has a lingering peppery, woody, mildly sweet after taste. Not quite an all day smoke, but itís certainly repeatable.
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PostSubject: Re: Jim's P&C RO Series Reviews.   Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:41 am

Jim, as always an excellent review. A friend is sending me some RO Fire Storm, after reading your review I'm looking forward to smoking this blend.



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PostSubject: Re: Jim's P&C RO Series Reviews.   Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:54 pm

Jim I agree with Lonecoyote, great reviews but one question remains. One that you may not want to answer but you know me well enough to give your opinion. Are these blends worth the high price that's being asked? I know to some price doesn't matter but you know how I feel about them so are they good enough that I would consider the price justified? Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Jim's P&C RO Series Reviews.   Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:04 pm

AJ wrote:
Jim I agree with Lonecoyote, great reviews but one question remains. One that you may not want to answer but you know me well enough to give your opinion. Are these blends worth the high price that's being asked? I know to some price doesn't matter but you know how I feel about them so are they good enough that I would consider the price justified? Smile

AJ

Because Russ used one-of-a-kind tobaccos that cost a lot to produce in limited quantity, they'll never be seen again once they sell out, Firestorm excluded. I consider them to be worth the money if your expenses allow, especially given the fact that once they are gone they are gone. I'm going to savor them.
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PostSubject: Re: Jim's P&C RO Series Reviews.   Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:12 pm

JimInks wrote:
The various Virginias offer...a fair amount of grass and hay
This is what really grabs my attention. McClelland #2015, when new, used to have the most wonderful grassy and earthy notes. I don't know what's gone on in the past handful of years or so, but I've ordered it several times, from various places, never to find those notes again. It's been a big disappointment. Thanks for the reviews. I might have to buck up and give a couple of these a try.
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PostSubject: Re: Jim's P&C RO Series Reviews.   Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:19 pm

Zeno Marx wrote:
this is what really grabs my attention. McClelland #2015, when new, used to have the most wonderful grassy and earthy notes. I don't know what's gone on in the past handful of years or so, but I've ordered it several times, from various places, never to find those notes again. It's been a big disappointment. Thanks for the reviews. I might have to buck up and give a couple of these a try.

Zeno, excellent observation on #2015 and your taste buds are spot on!



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PostSubject: Re: Jim's P&C RO Series Reviews.   Sat Aug 12, 2017 7:13 pm

Lonecoyote wrote:
Zeno Marx wrote:
this is what really grabs my attention. McClelland #2015, when new, used to have the most wonderful grassy and earthy notes. I don't know what's gone on in the past handful of years or so, but I've ordered it several times, from various places, never to find those notes again. It's been a big disappointment. Thanks for the reviews. I might have to buck up and give a couple of these a try.

Zeno, excellent observation on #2015 and your taste buds are spot on!



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Interesting. 2015 is one of my desert island blends and I enjoy it multiple times/wk. However, I have not had any of the fresh stuff. Perhaps I'll have to check that out.

Thanks for the heads-up youse guys and apologies for the jak!


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PostSubject: Re: Jim's P&C RO Series Reviews.   Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:17 pm

JimInks wrote:
AJ wrote:
Jim I agree with Lonecoyote, great reviews but one question remains. One that you may not want to answer but you know me well enough to give your opinion. Are these blends worth the high price that's being asked? I know to some price doesn't matter but you know how I feel about them so are they good enough that I would consider the price justified? Smile

AJ

Because Russ used one-of-a-kind tobaccos that cost a lot to produce in limited quantity, they'll never be seen again once they sell out, Firestorm excluded. I consider them to be worth the money if your expenses allow, especially given the fact that once they are gone they are gone. I'm going to savor them.

On your sayso I'm willing to give them a try however unless they can be obtained from some other company than P&C I'll have to do without. I don't do business with them anymore. I think Russ is a fine gentleman and a master blender and I'm so sorry that he works for a company, which in my opinion, couldn't care less about its customers and treats them with contempt. Evil or Very Mad

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PostSubject: Re: Jim's P&C RO Series Reviews.   Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:21 pm

AJ wrote:
On your sayso I'm willing to give them a try however unless they can be obtained from some other company than P&C I'll have to do without. I don't do business with them anymore. I think Russ is a fine gentleman and a master blender and I'm so sorry that he works for a company, which in my opinion, couldn't care less about its customers and treats them with contempt

I couldn't agree more! Prior to International Cigar owning P&C their customer service was excellent and they answered their phones!



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PostSubject: Re: Jim's P&C RO Series Reviews.   Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:08 pm

Jim, I received two tins of RO FireStorm from a friend today. After just one smoke I will say....tangy...spicy and peppery to the end just how you described. It's a repeatable blend. I will hold onto the second tin for a year or so before opening. Thanks again for your reviews!!



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PostSubject: Re: Jim's P&C RO Series Reviews.   Mon Aug 14, 2017 7:10 pm

Lonecoyote wrote:
Jim, I received two tins of RO FireStorm from a friend today. After just one smoke I will say....tangy...spicy and peppery to the end just how you described. It's a repeatable blend. I will hold onto the second tin for a year or so before opening. †Thanks again for your reviews!!



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Glad you like it. I do, too.
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