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  1. Aroma at Cold

    This is good, I understand it now! I am doing my best to learn this strange language spoken in the former British Commonwealth nations. I don't dare ask what the "unnatural circumstances" would be. Okay, giving my personal opinion on the question asked...a strong aroma usually doesn't disappoint in the quality of the smoke. However, lack of strong aroma is no guarantee of a poor box, either. Some of the best boxes I've ever had were completely underwhelming in aroma. I recall one 2003 Montecristo No 1 box that was so flat smelling I almost sent it back. Just no smell at all, it seemed like the paper in the box had a stronger smell. And yet it turned out to be one of the top 5 all time boxes for me. So you never know. I think our host also hits upon a key ammonia note is a pretty reliable indicator of a box not to dip into at the moment.
  2. Aroma at Cold

    And actually, taking the denotation of this phrase seriously for just a second... Often in the winter when I pull a newly landed delivery out of the mailbox, it's literally cold, being typically rainy Oregon. When I smell a box immediately in that state, it will often be pretty subdued, aroma-wise. But once it's up to room temperature, it can have a much more impressively strong aroma. So I guess I'm confused by the word "cold" and if there's a denotative significance to that, or if this is just a term of art.
  3. Aroma at Cold

    Could be I think it's pretentious because I'm not Australian. 'Round here we say "full box aroma".
  4. Aroma at Cold

    Is this pretentious phrase referring to the pre-light draw, or the full box aroma?
  5. Stealth brag detected.
  6. Well if you think it's the same wood as that Montecristo box, then it's not cedrela odorata. You should be able to tell by the smell. If it does not have that distinctive smell, it's not Spanish cedar. If you smell it and you're not's not Spanish cedar. The real thing has an unmistakable smell.
  7. A little more info I could find: That site states the importation is only restricted from a few countries: Cedar, Spanish Cedrela odorata Appendix III (wood from Brazil, Bolivia, Columbia, Guatemala, and Peru only) 6/12/2001
  8. Hmm, it depends on what he meant by "Mexican Cedar". If he meant Cedrela mexicana, then it's exactly the same thing as Spanish Cedar (Cedrela odorata), just a different name. But that would have the same endangered species status, I'm sure. I just looked it up, and Cedrela odorata is indeed a CITES Appendix III class endangered species; so that means the import to Australia is restricted from countries like Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia (and others). Which probably covers where most of it is exported from. The USA CBP website is rather useless for this info. But I think the USA is also a CITES participant, so I'm wondering if it's illegal for import to the USA now also.
  9. Sure, I accept there is a settled scientific answer. Just not to the satisfaction of cigar forum denizens, which is the context I'm using. Plus all of these threads struggle to identify actual published hard data on how tobacco responds to the relatively small temperature variations encountered in typical household situations. Perhaps interesting as a thought experiment is to consider a box of cigars stored in the antarctic, at the outside temperature but inside a box maintaining 70% RH. Many threads like this have people who tell us that as long as 70% RH is maintained, those cigars would be fine. But 70% RH at those temperatures is a vanishingly small amount of moisture, which would quickly render those cigars completely expired. Anyway, ya'll should move to Oregon where it's easy to keep a house at a steady temperature all year round, without huge humidity variations. It's easy keeping humidor conditions stable here.
  10. Oft debated, never settled. The fundamental question I never see addressed in these threads is at the root of the real answer: Does tobacco's ability to retain moisture vary by temperature in exactly the same way as air? If the answer is yes (or the difference is insignificant), then RH alone should suffice and we should target the same RH at all temperatures. If the answer is no, then we would have to adjust. And presumably tobacco can hold more moisture at below room temperatures, so we would adjust RH higher for low temps, and lower RH for high temps. (By how much is another question.) Personally, I suspect the answer is technically no, but that the delta for 70 degrees F vs 65 degrees F is not large enough to get worked up over. But I suspect if you were to long-term store cigars at 50F and 65%-70% RH, you're going to have dead cigars on your hands down the road. And a logical extension of this is that there are temperatures below which not even 99% RH will maintain the proper condition of cigars.
  11. MRN's book is flat out wonderful. The single most important bit of research in our entire hobby and likely will remain so for a long time. Well researched, precisely edited, and a fantastically generous gift of knowledge to those of us in the hobby. This interview, however, is not in keeping with the spirit of the book. This interview is pedantic knowledge hoarding. "I know something that you want to know, but I decline to reveal it." Well then why grant the flippin' interview then? I love MRN's previous work. I hated this interview.
  12. I love the guy's book just as much as anyone, but holy heck, what a worthless, arrogant, condescending, and pretentious "interview" (but kudos to the blogger for at least trying). 5 minutes of my life I can't get back. Perhaps I should just sarcastically say: "I have some very insightful information I could impart, however I think I will pass on commenting here."
  13. Cubans at the Big Smoke?

    WTF is this, you pay to go watch other people smoke cigars? Those CA guys, they really are geniuses when it comes to getting other people to hand them their money...
  14. Cuba Plans Expanded 2018 Crop

    Pfft. Irrelevant. The folks at Buzzwheel are now pushing what are largely cigarette tobacco numbers as relevant to the relatively tiny market occupied by us hand rolled cigar enthusiasts.

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