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  1. Me too. Such a bummer when you get one that is plugged.
  2. To me there are a few cigars that exemplify Cuban taste. - Sir Winston - Partagas 898V - Bolivar CE (yes I know it's discontinued) - Cohiba Robusto - HdM DC Each of these kind of represent the different ends of the spectrum. Sir Winston is just pure, possibly the perfect cigar. 898 is earthy leather Partagas goodness. Bolivar CE was just everything that a Bolivar should be. Cohiba Robusto has a nice happy spectrum of flavors. Makes me think about orange blossoms, even though I don't taste them. And the Hoyo DC is a mild beauty. There are lots of other cigars that I really like, but I think those five cover a lot of territory of the Cuban taste. I would include M2's but that is a hit or miss proposition.
  3. Great pic of the Privadas! The '97's were so freaking good!
  4. I had carpal tunnel problems due to repetitive motion at the computer. Had a car accident that shattered my arm and had the carpal tunnel surgery at the same time they repaired my arm. After the healing period my carpal tunnel has not returned (9 yrs). Very positive experience. I think you need to find the right surgeon. Mine was in San Diego and he is very good.
  5. When you get back, go to Costco and get a 150 qt cooler for a hundred bucks and call it a day. Been using them for nearly 20 years with some beads from a place that probably doesn't exist anymore. Anyway, it is a very low maintenance method of safely storing quite a few boxes of cigars.
  6. avaldes


    Yes....yes you are. I hate the things. Absolute abomination on formula one car. Total afterthought and knee jerk reaction.
  7. Interesting topic. Frankly I don't associate cigar flavors with food. I think that limits your ability to enjoy the experience. A Bolivar tastes like a Bolivar, which is completely different than a Sir Winston. In my mind I can taste them and think about the experience. But I don't try to assign food flavors since they are not food....was that a pork fat or duck fat flavor? With that said, I do understand what people are trying to describe. For example the "grassy honey" taste of a young Cohiba. But again, that is just "Cohiba" in my mind. Each size and vintage has unique nuances that are special and just thinking about trying to assign Madagascar vanilla vs. vanilla extract sounds exhausting.
  8. If you take some cut off caps from other cigars, you can wet them out and unravel the wrapper to use for patching damaged cigars. You may need a couple for this job but it should work.
  9. avaldes

    Formula 1 - 2017

    Ughh.... Halos....hate them!! Three engines....hate it!! BS piping exhaust sound into the broadcast...hate it!! I'm starting to think Nikki Lauda is right about the new owners. I actually think the new engine formula may not be too bad if they completely lifted the RPM limit and did away with the hybrid system. Yes I would prefer to go back to screaming V10's, but it sure seems like that ship has sailed. Perhaps there is hope for refueling in the future?
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    Freezing Vessels

    Using a "food-saver," which is one of those vacuum bag food storage devices. Makes it easy to vacuum pack a box or a bungle of singles. I have done this many times and just have to be careful not to crush the cigars with too much vacuum.
  11. Some GREAT covers on this thread!! That Enter Sandman bit reminds me of being in my buddies college dorm room recording a similar cover with whatever "instruments" we had at the time...including a teaspoon tapping on his...uh..."water pipe." Personally I think Disturbed has some killer covers. Land of Confusion And Living After Midnight:
  12. avaldes

    An 898 voyage.

    My boxes of RA-898 from that last batch in 2002 were very much like this. Smoked in 2005 was a surefire trip to GAK-ville. Fastforward to 2012 and it was a tolerable but very strong cigar. Fastforward to 2017 and they are still strong but starting to produce killer flavors and aromas. I still have a few left and it is incredible that it took 15 years to develop into a great smoke.
  13. There is a lot of filler tobacco in a #2. Takes a long time to dry out.
  14. IMO it depends on your definition of "aged." I think it takes a couple years for cigars to acclimate to a lower humidity like 63%. So you may be experiencing the wrappers being at a lower humidity than the filler. So the filler expands and causes splits. Over 5-10 years, that humidity will become more uniform through the cigar and the 63% cigars should smoke great!

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