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  1. Interesting piece on a cool spot. I’ve gone back a couple times after work. A very convenient and short walk away and makes for a nice way to unwind before heading home. While I lived in Northern California, I found a handful of good lounges from Santa Rosa down to Fremont. Squire (Santa Rosa), Telfords (Mill Valley), Napa Cigars (Napa), Cigar Bar & Grill (SF) and Ohlone (Fremont) were all places I’d go back for a visit.

    Haha. Minor inconvenience to have both women and cigars in my life. But to each their own.

    Yup! The apple after smoking definitely helps. For retrohale, I just put a little soap up in the nostrils then rinse it. Easy peasy. I switched to Dr. Bronner’s castile soap awhile back and it works wonders at getting rid of the leftover cigar off my hair and body. I’m finding the more natural the remedy, the better the results. These also. That Thera-Breath is also amazingly good. Works very well.
  4. @CigarNerd your username is very appropriate. And it’s true that in these cases the numbers tell the truth that our mind likes to distort. @TheGipper mentioned cutting the caps of the penalty box smokes. That’s a great way to help them get where they need to be quicker than with just one end opened. Lastly, I think it’s worth mentioning that tolerances for tightness are a factor here. I look back on cigars with tight draws that I gave up on too early. My definition of plugged has changed over my time of smoking cigars. I’ve also found that the best way to do battle with a tight draw is with slow puffing. Putting all your strength into the draw only makes it worse.
  5. That’s a lovely lever you got there @Jeremy Festa
  6. Looks like you’ve got some free space in there. Could fit a couple boxes of demi tasse at least maybe some du deputes!
  7. Your post is like reading the transcript of a @PigFish video. but I’m sure there are many of us feeling the same way.
  8. Glad someone mentioned the Nikka Pure Malt 17. I’ve got half a bottle left and it’s lovely. I find it a bit more woody/oaky than the 12, but doubly complex.
  9. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Partagas Serie du Connaisseur No.3 from 2003 with special thanks to @Ginseng Thank you kindly for the opportunity to smoke this classic!
  10. Bold to smoke the small club coronas in the morning hours! Nice review!
  11. FOH Mould Study

    While “plume” may hypothetically exist, is there anyone that can clearly define what it is? I’m not even worried about the how, but merely the definition of what it is, is non-existent. Through these two rounds it’s clear to me that what I’ve heard/seen/read from the cigar community both in real life and on the internet is that what people speak of as plume is quite definitely mould. Unfortunately, these wive’s tales will not die quietly.
  12. Beautiful afternoon here with a slight breeze as we kindly welcome fall in my neck of the woods. Was planning on smoking this Famosos for a few weeks now, so what better weekend than this? This comes from a lovely box from our host with great looking wrappers and solid construction. I typically tend to like lighter shade wrappers, but find this shade to be very complementary on Vegas Robaina. Clipped with a standard cut to see a dimple looking back at me. Draw is excellent with just the right amount of resistence for my preference. The pre-light reveals an earthy grassy aroma like walking in the woods with the early morning fog. Here’s where my notes trail off. I ended up enjoying the cigar greatly and didn’t really bother breaking down thirds or evolution or any of that. This cigar has an overwhelming chocolate, cocoa, baker’s cocoa, malty flavor and that’s what I really enjoy about them. It’s much more on the bitter/dark/savory side of chocolate and not the sweeter side. There is also an earthiness like the smell of freshly dampened soil and trees. Kind of a mustiness that is pleasant in that is gives some heft or weightiness to the aroma. Hard to describe, but to me it’s a characteristic that I find in Medium plus cigars. An thickness and weightiness of body in the smoke. I really enjoy the VR Famosos and would suggest people try them if you haven’t. A fantastic cigar from beginning to end.
  13. Nice review and some good pics. Looks like a fun time!
  14. Here we have a Trinidad Vigia up for review I’m not certain if this is OG box code, but I know it’s very close to some of the first boxes. Nearing in on 3 years and I’ve only sampled a couple. I’ve got half a box left after giving away several. Time to check in and see if these are worth restocking. Construction - Loose draw, slightly pinched off the pigtail as my “cutting” method and still a very loose draw. That has been my experience with 54rg cigars is that too often they are too loose draws. Makes for a crapshoot when purchasing and at the vigia price I’d rather not gamble on windtunnels. Pre-light - lovely sweet hay, grasy, sweet, spice. 1st half - spices, shortbread, lemongrass, some floral aspects. I’m liking the flavors and the burn is maintaining steady for the most part. 2nd half - crap burn, have to puff more frequently than I like to prevent improper burn. The flavor is quite tasty and buttery smooth. I’ve found Trinidad to be fairly consistent and unique in the Habanos portfolio and this cigar is no exception. I very much enjoy the Trinidad profile! Conclusion - I do like the flavors of the vigia and find it similar to Robo-T of old, but every one I’ve had has been too loose draw. I’ll be sticking with the Reyes from here out as I get twoce the cigars for the price and nearly the same smoking time per cigar.

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