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    God bless her. Birthday weekend. The starting gun has fired Have a great weekend!
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    SGA May 16 El Rey del Mundo Demi Tasse
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    Just got back from Cuba. I wrote a post about my trip here. Box of 25 - 2016 Romeo y Julieta Limited Edition Capuletos (Marking "TOS FEB 17") - Purchased from LCDH Varadero Box of 25 - Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios (Marking "SUM MAR 17") - Purchased from LCDH Varadero Cabinet of 25 - Cohiba Robustos (Marking "OBM FEB 17") - Purchased from LCDH Varadero 2 x Box of 15 (Small boxes of 3) - Montecristo No. 2 (Marking "SAT MAR 17") - Purchased from Romeo y Julieta Factory Store 2 x Box of 15 (Small boxes of 3 tubos) - Partagas Serie E No. 2 (Marking "ETP DIC 17") - Purchased from LCDH Hotel Nacional 10 Metal Tubos - Cohiba Siglo VI - Purchased from LCDH Hotel Nacional 10 Metal Tubos - Cohiba Piramides Extra - Purchased from LCDH Melia Habana 2 (Individual Cigars) - 2016 Trinidad Topes Limited Edition - Purchased from LCDH Habana Libre 2 x Box of 5 (Individual Boxes) - Cohiba Siglo IV - Purchased from LCDH Club Havana 2 x Box of 5 (Individual Boxes) - Cohiba Siglo III - Purchased from LCDH Club Havana 2 x Box of 5 (Individual Boxes) - Cohiba Coronas Especiales - Purchased from LCDH Club Havana 12 x Behike 52 Custom Rolls from Yolanda at Melia Habana LCDH 6 x Behike 56 Custom Rolls from Yolanda at Melia Habana 12 x Piramides Custom Rolls from Yolanda at Melia Habana 1 x Montecristo 80th Anniversary Custom Rolls from Yolanda at Melia Habana - She threw this one in for free and said I have to try it, it's a great cigar. 12 x Lanceros Custom Rolls from Jorge at Club Habana LCDH
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    Came home to some great boxes today, but this one I am the most pumped about: 50 Cab of 2003 Des Dieux. They smell great. Definitely won't be waiting long to smoke the crooked one under the ribbon. About 15 min.
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    During my travels through Austin I took the time to find a man who fascinates me. Richard Overton at 111 years old is America's oldest living WWII veteran. Besides helping defeat Japan in the pacific Overton credits his longevity to smoking cigars and drinking whiskey daily. He was not that hard to find as the city of Austin, TX recently changed the name of street he lives on to "Overton St." As I drove up he was sitting on the porch of the home he has lived in since he returned from serving. As one would expect he was burning a stogie. I introduced myself and presented him the cuban cigars I brought (10 Boli #2/ 10 R&J #2) and a bottle of TX blended whiskey. After introductions were complete I asked if I could sit and listen to his story. He was all too happy to oblige. In his soft spoken voice he told me about his time in the service. When I asked about where he went to training he informed me he didn't need training. As a country boy he already knew how to shoot. At his age he is alert but sometimes changes topics without any notice making the listener pay attention. I listened to him for about an hour as he spoke of WWII using the colorful language one would expect from a Soldier. Unfortunately I can't recall all that was said as we sat there smoking however I will leave you with a few quotes below: "Bullets would come between us, like you and me sitting here. You didn't dodge because you might dodge into a bullet" "I don't know how I made through all that" "You just kept moving forward. You could get killed just as easy going back as moving forward. So you never looked back. Just keep moving forward." His home health care nurse was sitting with us (as well as his son) and she was a little concerned about the heat and some stomach distress he was experiencing. So I figured I had taken enough of his time and excused myself. We shook hands and he thanked me for the cigars and whiskey. All I can say is that I was overwhelmed having the opportunity to sit with this man who had seen so much and lived the full life he has. Below are some images I took of him this afternoon. Also if anyone is curious his smoke of choice is a Tampa Sweet Perfecto. I would love to stop back by and see what he thinks of the cuban marevas I gave him some day.
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    Some stuff... Can you tell I like CoSho?
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    Late this week (on Friday afternoon), it was confirmed. The Project I'd been working on the last 10 months, what had basically been my life at work for almost a year, has been cancelled, through no fault of my own. Aside from my brief sojourn to Cuba in November, I feel like I've barely talked to friends and family alike these last ten months. I can't even remember the last time I sent a note to Guy, visited with my cousins or Aunt&Uncle who moved back to town last year, chatted with my brother-in-law, and hell, it takes me weeks just to reply to a regular email from Rob or Keith. This project had held my year hostage, and while I had gotten a short trip to the Pacific early this year to prepare for it (without much time to enjoy myself), it had held the promise of over a month overseas this summer, with high-profile engagement and visibility, and a chance to really shine in my career - while at the same time allowing me and hopefully my wife to enjoy some time in an overseas spot, not to mention some much-needed extra dineros in my pocket. All shot to hell. Nothing I can do (or could have done)......but I'm gutted in the extreme. The one silver lining (and it's a shiny one to be sure) is that I now have the entire summer to spend with my lovely wife (well, when I'm not at work, anyway), and even if we can't really afford to go anywhere this summer as a result, time spent with her is priceless to me, especially because I feel like I really haven't had too much of it since this project started. Nonetheless, I'm still incredibly disappointed. What an opportunity this was, stolen away from me. Only one thing left to do. Crack open a rare whisky. Light up a special cigar. Kick back on the deck. Sigh heavily to myself. Express the word "F*ck" slowly, pensively. And move on with life. Onwards and upwards. You know what? It's a brilliant cigar. It's a complex, fantastic whisky (though powerful at 65% abv!) And my wife's smile still lights up my heart like nothing else. Sometimes, things aren't so bad as they seem..... Take care, my friends!
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    From our host... PRA DIC 10. I think I've done enough damage for quite some time! The scent is wonderful, even before you lift the lid.
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    If I would have that kind of money to dish out $4000.00 for 6 cigars than I could have flown there to get them personally and bring them home.
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    '98 Cohiba Siglo V Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    In regards to other more significant acquisitions above, these aren't a big deal, but boy these are handy to acquire for your home humidor in a split!
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    Today's mail call courtesy of the Czar HUPC (TOS NOV 16) - Almost maduro dark wrappers BCG (PUR NOV 16) BHK 54 (BTO OCT 13)
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    The latest acquisitions: Don José LFDC Casanovas RA Gigantes Another box of HUPC
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    Thanks to a swell forumite, majority of a 50 cab of HdM des Dieux (RSE March 2003):
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    Hello FOH community. 3 days ago I received my 4th order from 24:24. It was Montecristo No 2 HP (25). I couldn't believe my eyes when i opened it! But before i did it i felt such a strong barnyard aroma which came from closed box. The taxi's driver turn towards to me to see what is that smell. We almost got into an accident. But he came to his senses in time Friends, i wanna share you what i saw when opened the box. I've never seen before such beautiness! These cigars looks amazing, oily maduro wrappers, awesome construction along all sticks & of course strongest aroma which blows my nose! I think about how hard to find such a great quality box of Monte#2, because i tried to find it at all Moscow dealers & they are failed with quality. I created this topic to say some lovely words for Rob & all crew. You're the greatest Habanos dealers in all world. You make my life & i believe every FOH member's life better. It's pleasure to open 24:24 just for reading Rob's thought about anything & feelings about cigars in list. I love it. And finally let me tell you: HUUUGE THANKS FOR YOUR HARD WORK! GOOD LUCK, BE HEALTHY & BE HAPPY ROB, DIANA, GREG & ALL CREW!!! Alex. Photos of Montecristo No 2
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    From our host. TOR OCT16
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    Understanding a cigar. Having read a comment about the Hoyo Coronas this morning got me to thinking… That’s bad, I know! The comment was, and I am paraphrasing, 'one of the few cigars in MRN’s book that got trashed.' I scoffed at that comment, and got to thinking about it some. Why should I scoff at panning a cigar? Many of us ‘pan’ cigars. I am certainly one of the worst perpetrators… These ELs and REs are favorite targets of mine. I suppose it is because it comes from the lips of a collector, and my obvious bias against them as a group. More on that another day… I know, many think these guys are gurus and gods but I don’t share their sentiments. Smoking was designed as a pleasure, not a competitive practice. (MHO). I cannot say that I like the direction smoking has gone since the 'collector community' has come to the forefront. I give you the topic at hand. How well do you know any cigar? As for me, there was a day that I smoked several cigars a day. I no longer smoke like this. I rarely have a cigar a day, lately anyway. I may go on binges where I smoke everyday for a few days, however that usually subsides within about a week. I also largely smoke from one box, but that too is getting less common. As I smoke less often, I have been picking away at the decades growth of my singles and strays. I have no ‘rotation’ as some put it. When I used to smoke this often, it was largely done from one box. That open box, might just travel around with me in the car as it would not last longer than a week or so. It was more habitual and little time was put into 'thinking about what to smoke.' When I wanted to smoke, I just went to 'the open box' to smoke from! That was more or less a time when I considered myself largely a ‘this is my cigar’ smoker. Let me explain. Those days were largely filled with Coronas. Punch Coronas and Partagas Coronas as well as others, and of course plenty of Petit Coronas and sub-Petit Coronas cigars. My favorite back then was the Partagas PC, generally in 50 cabs. Another 50 cab cigar that was a staple, was the du Depute. These were the days when I was consuming 1000 (or so) cigars a year. At that rate, I felt I got to know certain cigars pretty well. I mean if you smoked say 300 of one cigar in a year, you got to know them pretty well… Yesterday as today, cigar quality would ebb and flow with the trends in cigar manufacturing, both good and bad. I felt connected to certain cigars back then. I called those cigars, 'my own.' I brought this up in a thread recently about considering a cigar, or a brand of cigar your own. While I cannot comment on the habits of others, there were certainly signature cigars that were really my staples. While I was certainly smoking other brands and sizes of cigars, I wanted to pick my way through the entire Cuban cigar catalogue back then, there was simply never the time nor smoking experience to call ‘every’ cigar I owned or tried, my signature cigar. As cigars have changed so much I am a bit of an anachronism. I still know my favorites better than any made today. There are of course some of my favorite cigars that are still made, such as the QdO Coronas, but since I am not consuming over 100 of them a year, there is no real means for me to claim to be an expert on them. I certainly know more about the ones made 15 years ago, than I do today. So this brings me to the point. What is ‘your’ cigar, if you have one? How well do you know it? How long have you known it and what does it take in your mind to be an authority about it? Reading an 'expert's' tasting notes on hundreds of cigars got me thinking more and more about this. Who is kidding whom here? How many cigars must you consume in a day, a week, a year to be an expert? Can there really be an expert on all those cigars? For me the authority days are pretty much a thing of the past. I likely know more about the Grande de Espana than the RASS. I certainly know more about the Diplomaticos #1 than the Monte 2…! As those cigars are no longer available, calling them 'my own,' categorizing them as such has more or less become an obsolete notion. So I have come full circle. How many cigars a day does an expert need to smoke to become intimate with the entire Cuban catalogue of cigars? Can there really be an expert on them all, or even just a few? As cigars change over time, how many of them would one need to smoke and need to keep smoking over time in order remain current? I proffer there are no expert smokers. Even with the limited catalogue today, one simply cannot consume enough of more than a few cigars to really know them intimately. Intimately, meaning having a continuing depth of knowledge about their past and their current trends… As for me, I know more about humidors than the cigars that most people keep in them today! I suppose as long as I have one more RA PC to smoke, I will know more about that one (and a few others) than many will ever know. Yet it is only due to the fact that the cigars is no longer made and there are not newer vintages to become familiar with and no need to keep current. Perhaps as cigars are cancelled from the catalog, that act makes some of us who have smoked them 'experts?' After all, who is going to argue? Now that is collector logic for you!!! Thanks for reading. -Piggy
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    Although they were still pricey, the deal was too good to pass up on some recent 24:24's I'll probably try one or 2 Dante's in the next 6 months, but don't really plan on cracking into the first box until next summer. The second box will probably go down until sometime north of 2020. I'd also like to get a few years on these Genios before diving in. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Has my sister mule me back 25 pyramides and 25 canonazos from Alex. Really looking forward to try these. Quite a big difference in wrapper color. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    For Father's Day a 50 year old Dunhill Punch Seleccion Suprema No. 192 Provenance: http://sticksanddrinks.com/post/33890896766/a-rare-dunhill-50-cab-of-punch-192-being-opened Cuba to the Dunhill shop through Ajay to a "good" customer to me - excellent cigar, spicy and with great strength especially in the second half. A review by Ajay: http://video.cigaraficionado.com/play/id/1078394795001/name/Tasting the 1960s, Part Two Have a great Father's Day all y'all Dads out there!
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    An 85-year-old man was requested by his doctor for a sperm count as part of his physical exam. The doctor gave the man a jar and said, "Take this jar home and bring back a semen sample tomorrow." The next day the 85-year-old man reappeared at the doctor's office and gave him the jar, which was as clean and empty as on the previous day. The doctor asked, what happened and the man explained. "Well, doctor, first I tried with my right hand, but nothing. Then I tried with my left hand, but still nothing. Then I asked my wife for help. She tried with her right hand, then with her left, still nothing. She tried with her mouth, first with the teeth in, then with her teeth out, still nothing. We even called up the lady next door and she tried too, first with both hands, then an armpit, and she even tried squeezing it between her knees, but still nothing." The doctor was shocked! "You asked your neighbor?" The old man replied, "Yep, none of us could get the jar open."
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    Apologies in advance to our Irish brethren.... Paddy died in a fire and was burnt pretty badly. So the morgue needed someone to identify the body. Paddy’s two best friends, Seamus and Sean, were sent for. Seamus went in and the mortician pulled back the sheet. Seamus said "Yup, he's burnt pretty bad. Roll him over". So the mortician rolled him over. Seamus looked and said "Nope, it ain't Paddy." The mortician thought that was rather strange and then he brought Sean in to identify the body. Sean took a look at him and said, "Yup, he's burnt real bad, roll him over." The mortician rolled him over and Sean looked down and said, "No, it ain't Paddy." The mortician asked, "How can you tell?" Sean said, "Well, Paddy had two arseholes." "What? He had two arseholes?" asked the mortician. "Yup, everyone knew he had two arseholes. Every time we went into town, folks would say, 'Here comes Paddy with them two arseholes....'"
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    Psychology 101 You start with a cage containing four monkeys, and inside the cage you hang a banana on a string, and then you place a set of stairs under the banana. Before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana. You then spray ALL the monkeys with cold water. After a while, another monkey makes an attempt. As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray ALL the monkeys with cold water again. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it. Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new monkey. The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs. To his shock, ALL of the other monkeys beat the stuffing out of him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted. Next, remove another of the original four monkeys, replacing it with a new monkey. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm -- because he is now part of the "team." Then, replace a third original monkey with a new monkey, followed by a fourth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked. Now, the monkeys who are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs. Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey. Having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana. Why, you ask? Because in their minds, that is the way it has always been! This is how today's House and Senate and Opposition in Australia, operate, and this is why, from time to time, ALL of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME! DISCLAIMER: This is meant as no disrespect to monkeys
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    Cigars I've had lately... 1. El Rey Del Mundo Demi Tasse (thanks @Luca) We had a Sydney catch-up Cigar Get Together and Luca graciously offered me this cigar to try. I must admit that I had tried it before, but that one seemed a bit 'rustic' or plain, you know, a tad youthful. This was sensational though, shortbread, 'citrusy' (like fruit) and floral, I was so enamored with this cigar when I visited my brother-in-law down the coast that I regret that I didn't have another. I rectified this by ordering a box soon after! 2. Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto (thanks @Luca) Again, another cigar offered to me to try from Luca, and likewise, another vitola I hadn't tried before. Upon smoking, I was surprised at how fuller-bodied in comparison to other Hoyo de Monterrey cigars this was. Also, it had a dominant cocoa flavour which put any other cedar/wood and cream flavours in the background. The best way to describe this, in my opinion, is that this vitola is the Montecristo Petit Edmundo equivalent petit robusto within the Hoyo de Monterrey marca. If you are looking for a stronger Hoyo de Monterrey experience lasting 45 to 50 minutes in smoking time, I'd say, go for this! 3. Cuaba Divinos TOS Mar 2016 The last of a split I did with this box last year, it was sad to say goodbye to this. I picked this up from a 24:24 sale, and this is important as these are prone to tight draws if not carefully selected. This was certainly not the case with this split, these cigars offered a nice intense shortbread, toasted tobacco and nut hit in half an hour. Perhaps I'll re-visit them once my current infatuation with El Rey del Mundo Demi Tasses subsides! 4. Montecristo No.2 OPG Jun 2015 I apologise in advance but I just can't help waxing lyrical about how fantastic this box has been. I picked it up awhile back...a humble, non-descript 'Hand Picked' selection from El Pres form 24:24, a box of 10 Monte No.2's that just serenely tempted me into purchasing them. Now I'm left with but one! They've all had those wonderful Montecristo flavours you know and love...cocoa, coffee, cream, sometimes nut, sometimes leather depending on how intense each cigar was. I think the next time El Pres puts up on of those 'name that box you don't want to end' threads I'll offer this one up. 5. San Cristobal de La Habana El Principe EML Abr 2015 EML '15 San Cristobal de La Habana El Principes were hot weren't they? Alas, I think I'm down to 3. Sure, I have another box lined up, but for me, these just go so quickly. I know what to expect from them...cocoa, molasses, coffee, sometimes a hint of spice, they just satisfy. Hence, why I think these are a forum favourite. 6. Montecristo Tubos PMU Sep 2014 I've smoked 4 of these from a box of 10 and overall I've found them a little 'strong' in flavour profile for my liking. I guess I just prefer my Montecristo less fuller, except Montecristo No.5's where I quite enjoy their more flavoursome qualities. So, I've decided to let these rest and sleep for awhile. If you don't mind the classic Montecristo flavours, alas with a little toasted tobacco or wood in profile at times, this may be for you. 7. Partagas Serie D No.4 MEG Abr 2016 I continue to try to sample these 'younger' but I still find that I prefer them with at least 5 years of age on them when I look for that creamy texture to come out to the fore. If you love full-bodied cigars that are a little earthy, toasted tobacco, leather, sourdough and has pepper through the nose, then this cigar is definitely for you. And not just you, it seems many of you quite love this because this is now the number one selling vitola for Habanos S.A. When this Robusto was first produced in the 1960s Simon Chase remarked in an interview that they barely registered or sold amongst aficionados. My how times have changed! 8. Cohiba Siglo I '06 (thanks Trevor) I must thank you again Trevor for allowing me to sample a 10 year-old Cohiba Siglo. This was definitely more towards medium-bodied than other aged Siglos I've sampled. The grass/hay, honey and creamy texture was there, plus a mix of mild mocha core throughout. Smoking this reinforced how I need to let my Siglo I's and II's rest to allow the flavours to develop to my personal liking.
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    Just can't have symmetry sometimes - 'cause Cuba
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    Recent standouts
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    I drove on the Flüelapass and Albulapass today. Totally amazing and still snow up there. While I was driving down, I stopped and smoked my last HdM Anejados.
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    Some recent arrivals from our host in Oz - Nappy time kiddies #thisiswhyimbroke Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Im always a little sceptical when I hear people say "I've just bought a Cab and I'm not going to touch it for 5yrs". Now I realise that the majority of these people know exactly what they're doing i.e these cabs are probably being tucked behind one they're smoking through and they know exactly what they like, and how they like it. But it got me wondering, like many pursuits that cost a lot of money, I hope there arnet newbies out there that are too afraid to burn through a few fresh as daisies, as the results can be fabulous. Just got through a 2016 Monte 2, and I can honestly say it was a wonderful rollercoaster. touches of toasted cumin, bitter cocoa, sweet and sour damp cardboard, thats right damp cardboard!!! There is a wonderful sweet almost confectionary paper smell when you open packages. Many refer to this sweet smell in Monte 2's as milky chocolate, and I get it, but for me it's more acerbic and sour twang that only registers in that heady fresh sweet smell of damp cardboard. I realise, like always, I'll get a raft of s**t from those who's descriptors have to fall into a catagory of "hmm that sounds nice" Anyway I'll get back on message, I think it's absolutely essential as El Pres says, smoke through a box periodically until it hits it's sweet spot. I guess my point being, sometimes that sweet spot can be ROTT. My preferred taste in a cuban cigars is quite Spanish, i.e I like amplitude, searing flavour, and whilst its not to everybody's taste, its a dynamic of the cuban cigar experience that shouldn't just be side stepped in preference to certain truisms of ageing tobacco. Like some who say "mmm cant wait to see where this goes in a couple of years", I have smoked vintage cigars and thought, "God, I'd love a time machine to see what this tasted like at it's brutal best". I guess it's a very simple statement, I just hope there aren't any new enthusiast to CC's that collect in an almost idolising approach, staring at them through the glass for ten years, then crack them open in retirement and go "hmm these these are a bit muted". (i know there will be plenty of those lying in wait for the the big sell off) Anyway just saying, sometimes being uppercutted by a cigar and lying on the canvas with you teeth knocked out, can be a wonderful thing
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    I am in Miami International Airport about 100 times a year, but spend little downtime there. I barely have enough time for free bud lights at the AA Club. Today I had a flight delayed and so am now enjoying something I have waited years to do: smoke a cigar (past security) at MIA's "outdoor" smoking-friendly bar: TGI Friday's. TG is right, whoever your God is. Located inside of an open-air/ceiling fish bowl kind of thing about 30 feet from my gate I've never had a delayed flight I was so content with! Went with a Sig II, perfect size for the situation!
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    A young man was eating in a diner when an old couple walked in and sat in the booth behind him. After their meal, he overheard the old man say to his wife, "Darling, do you remember the last time we were here 40 years ago, when we made love against the fence behind the diner?" His wife replied, "Yes dear, I do remember that. It was wonderful." The old man asked, "Shall we go round back and give it one more go for old time's sake?" The wife agreed and the couple quickly paid their bill and left. The young man, surprised and a little shocked to hear such vigour in their voices thought to himself, "I have got to see this for myself". The man leaves the diner and sneak around the back to see the old couple slowly walking round back, holding on to each other. Finally they get to the back of the diner and make their way to the fence. The old lady lifts her skirt and the old man drops his trousers. As she leans against the fence, the old man moves in. Suddenly they erupt into the most furious sex that the young man has ever seen. This goes on for about ten minutes. Finally, they both collapse panting on the ground. The young man is amazed. He thinks he has learned something about life that he didn't know. After about half an hour of lying on the ground recovering, the old couple struggle to their feet and put their clothes back on. The young man, still watching thinks, this was truly amazing. I've got to ask them what their secret is. As the couple passes, he says to them, "Excuse me, but that was something else. You must've had a fantastic sex life together. Is there some sort of secret to this?" The old man shakily replies, "Yeah, forty years ago, that wasn't an electric fence."
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    Monte Tubos (PMU October 14):
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    24:24 [emoji16][emoji5]️[emoji16] Sent from my SM-G935F using Tapatalk
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    Had a long day out and about. Some BBQ when we got home and now some WiFi, water and more importantly a 2004 Siglo VI
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    Arrived just in time for Memorial Day..... 🤠🙌🏽🇨🇱
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    My Heart and prayers go out to all those killed and injured in the Manchester arena attack this is my home town and to target young people mainly young girls it totally abhorrent but they breed them tough up North they will stay strong these terrorists/anti Humans WILL NOT WIN Love to all ❤️
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    How about we leave this thread for condolences to those who have been injured in these attacks, and not bring it down to politics and personal opinions.
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    First order in awhile. Singles from our host!
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    A man decided to go on a safari. He took his faithful dog along for company. One day the dog starts chasing butterflies and before long the dog discovers that he is lost. So, wandering about, he notices a leopard heading rapidly in his direction with the obvious intention of having lunch. The dog thinks, “Oh boy, I’m in deep stuff now.” Then he notices some bones lying nearby on the ground and immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap, the dog exclaims loudly, “That was one delicious leopard. I wonder if there are any more around here?” Hearing this, the leopard halts his attack in mid-stride, and slinks away into the trees. “Whew”, says the leopard. “That was close. That dog nearly had me.” Meanwhile, a monkey who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. So off he goes. But the dog sees him heading off after the leopard and figures that something is amiss. The monkey soon catches up with the leopard, spills the beans about the dog’s ruse and strikes a deal for himself with the leopard. The leopard is furious at being made a fool of and says, “Hop on my back, monkey, and see what’s going to happen to that conniving canine. “Now the dog sees the leopard coming with the monkey on his back, and thinks, “Oh boy, it looks like I’ve really had it now.” But instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to the leopard and the monkey and pretends that he hasn’t seen them. And just when they get close enough to hear him, the dog says… “Where is that monkey? .. I sent him off an hour ago to get me another leopard and he’s still not back.” Sent from my XT1585 using Tapatalk
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    Last night I killed most white whales during a puff puff pass with a friend, things I could dream of. Starting off Davidoff Château Yquem and Don candido, then 80s upmann monaraca dress box, 94 upmann no2, upmann Sir winnie green box from early 90s, and 25th Cubatobaco, Dunhill Malecon, and 1492. Best of the bunch was the 25th with the Dunhill a close second. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G920A using Tapatalk
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    A very nice Partagas EL SD 1 2004 to celebrate a friend's new place...these still have some more years left in them.., Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    The main characteristic of the Siglo line (Linea 1492) is the quintessential Cohiba grass/hay element that many aficionados have alluded to over the years. The Classic Line (Clasica Linea), which includes the Lancero, differs in emphasising a light coffee/mocha core flavour instead, in my opinion. Furthermore, when aged (I'm talking over 5 years as a minimum) the Siglo line develops a creamy texture whereas the Classic Line cigars go 'buttery'. The Siglo VI stands on its own within the Siglo Line, in my opinion, because its blend is a mix of the grass/hay of the Siglo Line and the light coffee/mocha of the Classic Line and when aged I find the Siglo VI tends to evolve with more of a buttery texture rather than the creamy texture of the rest of the Siglo series. Finally, with the Siglo line, the smaller the vitola, the more intense the flavours and stronger in body, but this is generally true of many minutos and perlas. These are just my own thoughts on the similarities and differences within the Cohiba marca, don't take them as 'gospel', so to speak. The best way is always to develop your own views based on your palate.
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    With a Zaya mojito using mint from our enormous mint patch in the back yard.
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