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    The idea behind the mould study was to shed some light into the world of mould and plume. Earlier in the year we asked for examples of both from members and then selected 10 representative cigars for testing. Testing was undertaken by the team at Australia Biotech Laboratories. In the event that a substance other than mould was detected, that substance would be further tested by Biotech laboratories or their partners in order to determine the nature of the substance. Let us begin. Lot 1 - Candida Parapsilosis Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleurs Candida parapsilosis is a fungal species of the yeast family that has become a significant cause of sepsis and of wound and tissue infections in immuno-compromised patients. The immune system is a major player in Candida parapsilosis infections. Candida parapsilosis is not an exclusive human pathogen, having been isolated from nonhuman sources such as domestic animals, insects or soil. Candida parapsilosis is a normal human biological relation and it is one of the fungi most frequently isolated from the human hands Lot 2 / Lot 8 - Penicillium ascomycetous Bolivar No. 2 Penicillium ascomycetous fungi is of major importance in the natural environment as well as food and drug production. Some members of the genus produce penicillin, a molecule that is used as an antibiotic, which kills or stops the growth of certain kinds of bacteria inside the body. Other species are used in cheese-making. According to the Dictionary of the Fungi (10th edition, 2008), the widespread genus contains over 300 species. Diplomatico No. 2 Lot 3 / Lot 4 / Lot 5 / Lot 7 / Lot 10 - Aspergillus Partagas Lonsdale Aspergillus is defined as a group of conidial fungi - that is, fungi in an asexual state. Members of the genus possess the ability to grow where a high osmotic concentration (high sugar, salt, etc.) exists. Aspergillus species are highly aerobic and are found in almost all oxygen-rich environments, where they commonly grow as moulds on the surface of a substrate, because of the high oxygen tension. Commonly, fungi grow on carbon-rich substrates like monosaccharides (such as glucose) and polysaccharides (such as amylose). Aspergillus species are common contaminants of starchy foods (such as bread and potatoes), and grow in or on many plants and trees. In addition to growth on carbon sources, many species of Aspergillus demonstrate oligotrophy where they can grow in nutrient-depleted environments, or environments with a complete lack of key nutrients. Por Larranaga Petit Corona Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure Especial Lot 6 / Lot 9 - Wallemia sebi H Upmann Magnum 50 Wallemia sebi is a dry fungus of the phylum Basidiomycota. It is commonly found on highly sugared or salted materials, such as jams, bread, cakes, sugar, bacon, salted meets, and salted fish. It is also found in indoor air, house dust, and soil. One distinctive feature of W. sebi is its relationship with water activity. Most fungi are profoundly affected by the availability of water. The ability to tolerate environments with low water activity has been found mostly in Ascomycota, but rarely in Basidiomycota. However, W. sebi. can adjust its morphology and physiology to adapt to different environmental conditions and survive osmotic stress. Wallemia sebi have lower limits for growth below water activity of 0.75aw (water activity), while most microorganisms are limited to 0.95 and above. Wallemia sebi has been isolated from hair, hay, textiles and man. It can grow slowly without additional solute in the growth medium, and form small, reddish-brown, powdery colonies. Montecristo No. 4 Conclusion There were two cigars that showed potential for being something other than mould. That proved to be a false hope. All 10 cigars in this sample testing proved to be one of four mould types. The positive to be taken from this testing is that we now have the system set to test into the future. With that in mind I will put up a store credit of $250 USD $350 AUD for any member who provides a cigar for testing that proves to be of crystalline substance and not mould. If you believe you have that cigar, take a photo or two and e-mail them to Greg or myself and upon review we will give you the shipping details. We will only take one to two cigars for testing at a time. We only need one cigar for testing from any individual. Many thanks to all who have contributed to this exercise! Rob & Greg & Jer BioTech Report - Biotech Report 713806.pdf
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    I attended a big gala dinner a few weeks ago. Great wine, great food, great friends and off course I´ve brought some good cigars. Standing out smoking a Dip#4 later in the evening I started a conversation with an elder gentleman quickly realizing he was a true Brother of the Leaf. Tried to offer him a cigar but he regretfully told me he had quit smoking some years ago due to health issues. Then he told me that he had some boxes at home that he had tried to give away without luck. "You wouldn´t be interested to check them out some day? Maybe you find something of interest." So long story short, I took up on his offering calling him the week after. Stored in a humidor in his cellar, neglected for the last two or three years but still in a surprisingly good condition I found some Cuban orphans. He offered me to take what I was interested in, he just wanted the cigars to go to a new home. Now they are sleeping away in my humidor for some slow re-hydration. Bolivar Belicosos - OSO JUN01 White mold. Intoxicating aroma. Cohiba Coronas Especial - CLE LL00 Fonseca KDT - AEL JUN00 ? Fonseca No1 - TAECCLL HdM Double Corona - I have no idea on the code. Anyone? H.Upmann Monarchs - SLA AGO 0? Juan Lopez Coronas - SCO MAY 00?? La Flor de Cano Selectos - EOG CCUI La Gloria Cubana Medaille d´Or No.2 - Box code unknown These ones looks and smells like a dream come true. Oh Gloria!! Partagas Lusitanias - SUA 99??? Montecristo Tubos - RPO E??? Partagas 898 - Unknown box code Spotty mold. Smells terrific. The color of the bands has smudged over the years. PL Panetelas - VISU ????? Smells like a dream. Punch Double Coronas - ASU VC 3 ?? Punch Punch - REC?? Quintero Londres Extra - NISU CFGOS RASS - OSU JUL00 El Rey del Mundo - Grandes de Espana PEL LE00 RyJ Churchills - PL OSSU Oh the aroma in those tubes!! Pure love!! Saint Louis Rey Coronas - ??? Trinidad Fundadores - PLE? LRO00 Troya Universales - DGC CCUT strong barnyard smell. In one of the boxes I found a hidden gem... Montecristo Robusto Riserva del Milenio Please feel free to comment on the boxcodes. The notes on some boxes are my own best-guess from surfing Trevors site looking at codes. Note to self: If I some day (God forbid) end up quitting cigars I´ll be shure to pass whatever I have left to some new BOTL just the way this gentleman did. Cheers!
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    hehe .... here's my latest CC purchase.... just got back from 2 weeks in Cuba... epic trip! Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
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    It's great to see this thread with so many great selfies...(I)love it! @Joker I like what you're thinking mate, I had the same idea on Friday afternoon. After a long week at work, I tried to get home to get the last of the afternoon sunshine and enjoy the Winter Solstice Sunset against the surrounding bush of my suburban Sydney home. A glorious 2006 Partagas Lusitania with my backyard pool over my left shoulder, my neighbour's house over my right, and the scenic serenity of nature behind me. 2 hours of bliss to start this weekend!
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    The "it's still Ramadan so here's a selfie of me with my humidor after doing some more clearing out with a 6 cube skip bin" Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Both from 1997. Two white whales. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Enjoying another sublime drive theough Sedona. Juan Lopez selection number one
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    Well, haven't got the hospital bill yet, but the best thing I've brought home is my new baby daughter! Even brought her home on Father's Day!
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    '97 Partagas Serie du Connoisseur No3 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Seems like we're toward the end of submissions, so here are the (potentially) final stats, with 42 robusto entries. (Two non-robusto entries were submitted, but not included, for rigor.) The data is here. Mean 70 minutes Median 71 minutes Mode 80 minutes Std Dev 17.81 minutes Average age: 3.8 years Average score: 90.1 points The cigars chosen were: With an average of 70, the actual distribution of scores looked like this, with a normal distribution plotted for reference: Finally, I noticed a weak correlation between time of day and the duration of the smoke. For every 3 hours which pass during the day, a smoke tends to last 5 minutes longer -- an observation which we should take with a grain of salt... Hope these rough findings are of interest. There may be a bit more buried in here, but the data set is limited. Cheers!
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    The real question is how many cigars does my wife think i have, and how many do i actually have?
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    Stocking up on Monsdales Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    2 boxes of ERDM Lonsdales from 2000:
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    I believe the proper english is you're.
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    . . . and three further boxes which i couldn't leave back A box of Bolivar Tubos No. 1. Hope they are near as good as everything else Bolivar TEB 07 i have had. And two boxes of Sir Winston ( cardboard missing, so presumably between 1994 and 2004 ). After opening the boxes and smelling the aroma there was no way back ;-)
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    Down in the middle of nowhere (or as my local colleague phrased it "one of the ends of the world") in the Amazon basin. After two days of traveling to get here I smoked a 2012 CoRo yesterday, and after sweating my balls of today I am enjoying a RASSC from 2013. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
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    Recent arrivals from our host.
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    My 50th Birthday, a pic with the epic cake the wife had made, and some other cigar related stuff I got. Can't wait to cut into it tonight!
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    Beaver by cement pond with Blue and Mr Beaver. Partagas 2.
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    SOM Dic 16 Rafael Gonzalez 88 Asia-Pacifico Regional Edition 2016. I intend to split this box with some fellow Sydney FoH members. The aroma was not your typical cocoa-refined barnyard smell that I'm used to from Limited Editions and recent Asia-Pacifico Regional Editions, the Diplomaticos Bushidos and La Gloria Cubana Revolution. Rather, it was more of a natural, pungent grass/hay barnyard smell which nevertheless exuded 'class and quality'!
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    I can send this one with this unknown crystalline substance on it.
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    My haul from my trip to Havana Siglo II Epicure deluxe Du Prince Coro Punch 48 Royal Robusto 2 Marquez Petite Robustos Noellas BHK 56 Monsdales
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    Depends on whom you ask. If you ask a Liberal/NannyStater, they will say nowhere. You are killing yourself and your second hand smoke, no matter how diffuse, is killing everyone else. If you ask me, I say smoke away anywhere. Screw 'em all. Now, as to your wife's opinion, she's right.
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    Always worth a shopping trip, especially if traveling inside EU ;-) Also got me some boxes of my dailies Petit Cetros from '11 and '12 Delicias from '14 Epicures LUB '14 Demi Tasse from '13 and '16 and some RG Panetelas Extra from '12, '14 and '15
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    Couldn't resist bringing one of those cute Hoyo Epi 2 Retro Tins back from a short vacation in Spain and thought it's worth showing.
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    Friends please be careful We had our annual Independence Day party on the 4th. I had a few beers, followed by a few cocktails, followed by a few shots. I still had the sense to know that I was over the limit. That's when I decided to do what I have never done before; I took a cab home. Sure enough, there was a police road block on the way home, and since it was a cab they waved it past. I arrived home safely without incident. This was both a great relief and a surprise because I had never driven a cab before. I don't even remember where I got it from and now that it is in my garage, I don't know what to do with it.
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    SOM Dic 2016 Rafael Gonzalez 88 Asia Pacifico Regional Edition 2016. A quick review? It's very mild and refined, but in my opinion indicative of the Rafael Gonzalez marca. If you expect a powerhouse or Limited Edition 'chocolate-bomb', look elsewhere! I have posted a more detailed review in the Review Section.
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    Assorted Canada Day camping companions....
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    Zino lost me at “Don’t smoke more than half the cigar”.
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    I have enjoyed a few cabs of Connie A's and have a LUB ABR 14 cab currently open I've really enjoyed so far. Today I decided to open up a special cab of Connie A's. This one is different, can you see what's different on this picture? Back in the fall if 2014 I was in Havana on one of our guys trip and my friend Hamlet did something special for me. When I asked him at the beginning of my week there if he could find any Connie A's for me he said he would try and see what he could do. Later in the week I saw him again at Partagas and he said he was still looking and may have something special. The last day I was again at Partagas and Hamlet was busy but had some staff in the back room going through cases of cigars. He was getting frustrated and finally went and started looking himself. He came out with the two boxes I asked for but these had been rolled for humidors for the festival and had been re-boxed. The fact that he went to that much trouble for me and went the extra mile as Hamlet so often did has me cherish these. I am about half way through this first cigar from the cab and like many Connie A's this one is excellent. I am however enjoying it and the memories much more than any other Connie A's I've had to date. It is no wonder he has done so well since he started the next phase of his life in the USA. LUB NOV 13 with an Americano. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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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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    Before I begin. This thread will be locked. I'm not looking for likes or condolences. I just hope you read it and that it has some value to you should anything you read herein give you pause for caution IRL. This won't be the most eloquent read as I'm still heartbroken. But I need to get this off my chest. I hope you don't mind. If you plan to read beyond here. Thank you. If you suspect someone you know is having mental health issues and worry that they may do something drastic. For God's sake intervene even if they'll resent you. My friends and I just had a horrible day. We couldn't reach a friend for 3 days and went to his apartment to check up on him. I banged the hell out the door to no avail. We convinced the superintendant to unlock the door, which fortunately she did. The door opened but the chain lock on the inside prevented us from getting a good look around. Plus the door was barricaded with some heavy bins. We knew our friend was in there because that chain was engaged and moreso due to the acrid smell that came out. I slammed the door shut and took his GF down to hall to make the 911 call. Firefighters were on the scene in minutes, bolt cutters in hand and face masks on. These poor guys probably have been to so many of these types of calls that the face mask is standard practice. They opened the door, cut the chain and pushed through the barricade. The fire fighter who did that warned us to stay back He the poked his head around the door, got a good look and informed us that our friend, that we'd known for 15+ years was dead and had been so for a few days. We were crushed. The EMS, police, coroner and body removal service folks came and did their part, with dignified professionalism I will add. We waited outside for seven hours from the time of discovery to the moment they wheeled his, large, crumpled body out in a body bag and placed him in the van for his ride to the coroner's office. His family was estranged somewhat and lived in different provinces and countries. They were the next of kin, they would need to be notified. Our friend rarely talked about them and certainly didn't leave us any full names or contact info. My good friend loved a beer or two..or six. He was a tall, strapping athletic guy. He could handle it. Feb/Mar 2017 was bad for him. He was anxious, depressed and started hitting the hard liquor. Non stop. He'd had few falls, stumbled and cracked his noggin real good, but survived that. A four day stay in the ER and a confrontation with me days later seemed to have set him straight. He did some detox, he visited his doctor often, took some meds to calm him down, ease him off the liquor and even tried non-alcoholic beer to satiate the craving for the taste. He appeared to have received the message. He set some goals and met them. Came out for BBQ's, parties and weekend stays at our friends' cottage. What we didn't realize was that one of his goals was to hang himself. That was to be his final act and from what the police said, it looks like he'd been planning it for some time. He'd avoid having us come over to his place due to it being a mess or that he was busy studying to maintain his professional accreditations or some other reason. He rarely had us over as we did a lot of hosting at our house or we'd meet up at pubs. He was a chill, disarming guy and he managed to make us believe that he was turning things around. Not only from what he told us but from the way he acted. He had a rough childhood and some setbacks but seemed to persevere. We believed he was going to come out of this. In the end he lulled us into a false sense of security and executed his secret plan. The tough guy we knew gave into some long standing demons of which we were aware of and I suspect many more which we were not. We're left feeling empty and crushed. He was my friend and he was also my neighbour as he lived a 5 minute walk away. We'd have him over for the odd BBQ a beer and cigars. He loved a Cuban now and then. He's helped me with a dozen or so home projects too. He was dependable and always willing to lend a hand. He was the "chillest" guy we knew. We called him "The Dude" ala Big Lebowski. Only he was cooler and a lot smarter. These past few days we're picking over what we may have missed, what we could have done better and wondered should we have tried to pry harder. Most disconcerting was how well he misled his girlfriend nevermind the rest of us. They've been on/off for years but have always had a solid friendship at the core. We go back and try to recount what signs we missed, what things we could have done further. We tell ourselves that his stubborn ass made his mind up and Project Managed the way he was going to go out. Everyone loved him but in the end he really didn't love himself or feel deserving of it. He tells me of the ways his family disappointed him over the years, how he yearned for some positive encouragement, not constant criticism. To hear him talk and to see him handle things lead me to believe that he had this. We all got fooled. Or did we not see the signs? We're racking our brains over what we may have missed. Perhaps it's not what we missed but what he hid from us. We thought it was just the booze, that he had a moment of weakness and that he was fighting to get better. And it appeared that he was. We saw the improvements, we saw the drive, but he had an ulterior motive which I can only surmise was a deep sadness in his core. He took himself out ina violent way during a time of year where a lot of us were not around or assumed he would have other stuff on the go with other friends. We were wrong. He left the world and whatever pain it was causing him and left us to pick up a mess. I'm sure he would apologize if he could. But he can't. I wish he were here so I can chew him out. Goodbye Dude. I'm fucking pissed off at you! But we all love you too damn much to let that sit. Farewell brother. I hope you found your peace. We will never forget you. END.
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    I can see the next trend: Hey guys do you think it's Candida Parapsilosis or Aspergillus? Dude, that's Penicillium ascomycetous! You're joking that's obviously Wallemia sebi!
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    CoLa arrived just in time for my 7th wedding anniversary... 7/10
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    PLA NOV 14 RyJ Churchill. Very mild, but a really pronounced cherry/cream profile.
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    Have been collecting vintage postcards since 1970. I would like to share an occasional card from my cigars collection and scans. Here is a beauty from the Cuba Propaganda Commission Pavilion at the 1939 World's Fair in New York. Have attached the postcard back, though it has album damage.
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    Enjoying a Nov 99 VR Clasico on a hot Sunday afternoon.
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    Enjoying a beautiful RyJ cazadores MOE JUL 15 courtesy of@canadianbeaver Wow this thing is med-full in body and full flavour. This cigar could age for 15 yrs easy [emoji15] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Absolutely phenomenal RA Allones Extra. Easily my cigar of the year so far. Layers of fruit and spice on the palate. Copious volume of smoke. Just leaves this wonderful vicsous aftertaste in my mouth. I love a good corona and other "skinny" formats. I'd score it as an easy 97/98. Just wish I'd been smart enough to go long on these 5 years ago.
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    Spending a long weekend in the mountains. Right now I'm watching a rainstorm while enjoying a MUR Jun 12 RA Allones Superior. Had to build a ghetto ashtray as there were none in the condo. Pretty nice view from the deck.
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    Hand Picked Bolivar Petit Coronas. Gorgeous aroma. I wish these were still sold in 50 cabs.
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    Some smokes from last couple of days 13 Upmann #2....very tasty 15 JL #1.....good DIC 2014 ERDM Choix...have had very good luck w these 16 Boli ....very young, needs to sit 13 MUR P2.....enjoyed it but have bad luck w this cigar usually AMO Sig 4....ROTT, wrapper is meh but blend is there for the long haul 13 Serie A....because no one ever posts these and no vendor currently has them, loved it! Orig Release Picadores....continues to get better and better 14 Famosos....enjoyed it! AMO PSD4.....ROTT, smoked 3 so far, 1 dud and 2 very good ones ERDM Anniversario RE.....loved it but no where near where it can be
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    2013 Boli Libertador. Running low. Great stick, like most LCDH releases.

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