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  1. Great review, the Monte 1 has become one of my favourite cigar lately.
  2. Mosquito

    Not ideal, but I use a large oscillating fan when the mosquitoes are out in full force. It's annoying but it works.
  3. Aging Cigars

    Actually, I wanted to trade them away a few years ago, thought I had a bad box. Really glad I didn't do that.
  4. Aging Cigars

    I had one a few weeks back and it was glorious, the richness of the flavours really made this cigar shine.
  5. Let's talk Steak

    Favourite Dry aged rib anywhere from 30 to 180 days, prime or AAA in Canada, first steak on the chuck end, a good 2 - 2.75 inches, usually about 1 kg+. Another thing to point out is that I like it when the fat nut is round and in the center of the steak, with a tiny curved bone and the smallest eye possible, all top. I can also do a chuck steak (4th or 5th rib) if the meat is really good. How do you like it Rare. Any secrets to your prep Salt, grill on super hot, finish off on indirect to probe temp, 8 minute rest on rack, finish with fleur de sel and a bit of black pepper, no pre-slicing not a fan of that. Then I have to fight with my 3 year old daughter to see who can eat my wife's and her sister's leftover bone, we usually split 50/50. Everyone eats it rare in my house. Also fan of bavette and hanger and sometimes porterhouse (although never my first pick) Not a big fan of filet
  6. A Visit to Montreal

    Liverpool House? That's a really good place also, can't go wrong. As for walk-ins at Joe Beef, good luck but could happen I just wouldn't expect it to happen on a given night. They do however have an app on the site for same day reservations (due to cancellations), but it's a gamble. You have to book well in advance to get a table but WELL worth it if you enjoy meat and foie gras. Just checked and they have a 6:45 tonight! aside from that next availabilities are in May.
  7. A Visit to Montreal

    Another favorite is Joe Beef, damn that place is good. There are so many great restaurants in Montreal, strong culinary culture.
  8. Same here. As per the lifestyle, to me it's just part of the broader sense of really enjoying things that taste good, be it cigars, food, wine, whisky, etc. It's the pursuit of sensory experiences that shape who we are as individuals. Some people could care less and some people will to great lengths just to taste something amazing, that's a lifestyle to me. As for the magazine cigar lifestyle bit, all I see is the marketing department.
  9. you mean like this? I also smoke as long as it's good and am able to smoke it. Sometimes everything is perfectly aligned and you don't want it to end. This is a custom Lancero rolled 2 months ago I picked up on my last trip to Cuba. One of the best cigars I have ever had.
  10. Best: Upmann Mag 48 2009 LE, don't know why but I was not expecting much, it was simply amazing. Worst: Monte Edmundo SMO Mar 12, wind tunnel, lacked the core Edmundo flavours I usually get from these.
  11. When I started smoking cigars, I was pursuing a masters degree in Toronto while my wife was pregnant with our first child in Ottawa. I was tough, every week I would drive from Ottawa to Toronto on Sunday night and back on Friday's to spend a bit of quality time. Who am I kidding, I was mostly studying on the weekends, but at least I made an effort to be there and do what I could. During the 4-5 hour drive, I needed something to take my mind off everything. I smoked cigarettes back then and was sick of it. I decided to get a few cigars for the road. One of the first cigar that blew me away is the Monte PE, I was stunned, the richness, the cocoa, the cream, I was hooked. That is the day I decided that I would smoke gigars for the rest of my life. Whenever I smoke a Monte PE, I am brought back to those days. Anyways, this is how this cigar just brings me back to that moment, it was the one of the hardest time, but worth it. I learned a lot of things that year, sacrifice, work ethic and the sheer determination to accomplish my goals. Now I have to admit that I am cheating a bit here. I am reviewing the Edmundo instead of the PE. I needed a longer smoke on Saturday night and figured it would be quite the same... boy was I wrong. I do have to say that this box has been solid, a bit under the PE, but great nonetheless, but not this one. Prelight draw is a bit loose, hints of coca. First few puffs reveal cocoa, milk coffee, but it's lacking a slight sweetness I often associate with the Edmundo/PE. the draw is way more open than I initially thought 1st third: Unfortunately the loose draw is affecting the cigar negatively. Well under medium body. It's lacking the usual richness, dry coca and milk coffee dominates but the smoke is thin and dry. It's definitely missing something. Cream shows up for a few puffs but dissipates quickly. 2nd third: Body has gone up a notch, sitting just below medium. Cream is completely gone, so has the milk coffee. Straight black med roast coffee, no sweetness whatsoever. I recall the other cigars from this box where much better and way better constructed. The loose draw is really affecting it. Last third: Dark roast espresso, bit of burnt toast, cocoa has faded away. Not bad, but that's it. The cigar was definitely affected by the draw although I did smoke most of it. Some parts were promising, but it fell a bit flat in the end, this box has had some great performers. I would have had a bit more time, I would have fired up a PE just to end the night on a good note.
  12. Monte No.4 is one of my favorite cigars when on. Had a few No.1's lately and I think I just found my new favorite.
  13. when you were young...

    Always wanted to be an entrepreneur. I spent a lot of time with my grandfather and he instilled in my the entrepreneurial spirit, the good and the bad. growing up, I didn't know what exactly what I wanted to do but I knew it didn't involve a traditional career path, I wanted to stick it out on my own. Win or fail, no matter the outcome, I was determined to start a business. I Dabbled in a few things before finding out what I wanted to do with my life. Kept at it worked hard and it payed off. Things are starting to look up, finally found my niche, it's tough but I would not trade it in for anything in the world. It's fun that I am still young, lots of time to develop things further.
  14. Alfonso Custom Rolls

    Definitely worth buying. Bought about 120 cigars from him, went early and he had rolled them all by the end of the week. He was not very busy when I was there and had a long conversation with him, great guy. His coronas, robustos, pyramides, laguito No.1 and robusto extras were excellent. To my tastes, I would describe his blend as a mix of Monte and Upmann to a varying degree depending on the vitola. Right up my alley! My suggestion is go there first day of the week you are there, try what he has, then buy what you like. If he doesn't have enough stock, he will probably roll what you want over the week. He might be in Milan on a rolling tour at the end of Feb if I remember correctly.

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