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  1. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    MUL MAR 15. A whollop of fruit and baking spices. First half was magnificent, 94 at least. Dropped a bit in the latter half. If I had to guess, I'd say these would be looking great for 2019+. Apropos of a recent thread, sampling these over the last couple years has showcased how a cigar can evolve from youthful standoffishness to something fantastic, with indications of further greatness to come. Maybe with more experience I'll be able to detect signs of greatness even when young.
  2. I have a problem!

    Main reasons to avoid cracking a box (that I've found): 1) You're thinking about selling it down the road. 2) The cigars are rare / expensive, and you want to save them for special occasions. 3) You really dislike the vibrant / mongrel taste of young cigars. Other than some "herd thinning" thoughts I've had, to make space in my humidor, #1 holds little sway with me. #2 and #3 are factors in some cases. Otherwise, smoke 'em, and enjoy! And I agree with @mrmessy -- enjoy them over time to follow the journey as they age.
  3. I bought a box of PCC aged Edmundos a couple years ago, and it's been superb. Consistently great morning smoke, with a cup of coffee. Enjoy!
  4. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    I did indeed enjoy mine! It's was medium or under, with a dominant creamy character, and some interplay in the secondary flavors. Had I been properly set up with a better beverage pairing, I would have liked it even more. Next time! Thanks for the call, and I hope you enjoyed yours, too!
  5. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    HDM DC. ROE SEP 15. Black coffee (at my preferred strength) was too strong a pairing over the duration!
  6. Northern California has a fair number. http://projects.sfchronicle.com/2017/brewery-map/ Safe bets for my taste include Lagunitas in Petaluma, Russian River in Santa Rosa, Anderson Valley in Boonville, and Bear Rebublic in Healdsburg. Some of these have gotten large enough that I they might not qualify as micro -- but they do remain indie.
  7. Not interested in cigars of this size by default. Really needs to be something special to garner my interest, e.g. Mag 56, and even then with reluctance.
  8. Fun topic! Cigar - Dip 2, Edmundos. Music - Not much. A little bossa nova, JS Bach, and the new Lana Del Rey as a guilty pleasure. Reading - Dan Simmons' Hyperion sci-fi series. Initially skeptical, but the first two books have grabbed me. TV - Current on GoT. Watching the second season of The Man in the High Castle (good so far!). Twin Peaks is next. Cinema - Dunkirk was a very good in media res war film. Atomic Blonde will scratch your 80s cold war itch. Beverage - Ramos Pinto 20 year tawny port. Hobby - After a decade, I'm delving again into the world of poker chips. Designing a custom set themed after the new (in the last 10 years) house.
  9. Stopwatch: Corona Gorda

    Data collection is standing by: here. Hie thee Siglo IV and Punch Punch into yonder dry box...
  10. Headed up to the San Francisco office last week. Gorgeous day! I need make a habit of working from the city office more often.
  11. Aging Cubans at 62%?

    Those of you with larger humidors understand that the conditions aren't described by a single value, but a range. I find that my tightly packed wardrobe-sized humidor experiences variation of approximately 5-7 degrees RH. I tend to place my set point so that the maximum humidity level doesn't exceed 67% -- thus keeping the majority of the volume in the low 60's.
  12. Video Review - Cohiba Piramide Extra

    Video feedback! Great first effort, Lauren! Audio quality is very good. The glorious lack of Bruce was observed and appreciated. I appreciate that Rob's "Welcome to FOH!" occurs over the "Join FOH today!" transition. Nice touch. Some variation in framing would add visual interest through the review. Not a problem by any means, but something to keep in mind for later. Excellent taste in outtakes. Always love a bunch of outtakes! Video has a(n unnecessary) black border around all sides. Going full-width/height is better, in future. I'm seeing encoding glitches at 5:52, 6:08, 6:26, 6:49, 7:34, 8:22, 8:30, 9:41, 9:52. (At least on the YouTube 480p stream.) Not sure if I recorded them all. The final third comments ended rather abruptly. Might be ok to include final third with final thoughts together, if the transition would be abrupt. Audio in the Final Thoughts section is out of sync at 6:45 until 6:58. Overall length of 11 minutes is good. I'm quite ok with much longer reviews, for whatever it's worth!
  13. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    I do not, though I have a great deal of respect for the game, and have followed the progress of AlphaGo over the last couple years.

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