ComancheKeen

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About ComancheKeen

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  • Birthday 12/20/1986

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  1. Newbie Box PASS 2017/2018

    That’s cool if your willing to accept that risk. I’m just a bystander in this all anyways and was just letting the OP know about the real risks with shipping up here. I have had parcels disappear before. I know that I am not willing to give CBSA the chance to bend me over any more than they have in the past. I’ve got better things to do with a few hundred dollars.
  2. Newbie Box PASS 2017/2018

    It’s does get complicated when the Canadian receiving the box gets a massive bill from Customs. Or the box gets seized. Marking the box as a gift does not exclude it from taxes/duty.
  3. Your Cigar of November

    ERDM Infantes and it wasn’t even close.
  4. Congrats Chris! Enjoy a cigar or two while you can! And thanks again for organizing and running this pass.
  5. LCDH in Varadero?

    Correct. Look for him upstairs. Plaza also has a roller as well just outside. However on certain days they may not be around.
  6. LCDH in Varadero?

    As mentioned, go with a long list and be prepared to not be able to purchase what’s on or near the top of that list. That said there is plenty to choose from in Varadero. Also be prepared to not be let into any of the humidors in Varadero. Plaza Americas has some boxes within the store (not in the main humidor) which you can rummage through. They should all let you open the boxes before purchasing for inspection. If they don’t, steer clear. I prefer Calle 31 and Plaza Americas. I found some nice aged stock at Calle 31 in January. Plaza Americas had a very good selection of regular production stock when I was there. I would only go to Calle 63 to grab some custom rolls from Alphonso. No issues with overcharging on my trip. Good luck!
  7. I only smoke in the garage or car when it’s thats cold! We get the occasional day (or week...) of around -30C or around -45C with windchill, but I wouldn’t dare to smoke outdoors then as not worth losing digits over!
  8. I’m usually smoking in the garage from mid October to April. Anything below 0C and I won’t bother smoking outdoors as I find the low humidity and temperatures does not work well with cigars. We’ve had a bit of an early cold spell the last week or so. -15C to -20C. Not outrageous for here (Canadian prairies) but if the wind is blowing, look out. My attached garage (no heat) has been staying around 1-3C in this weather. Winter coat and hat and I can tolerate it for an hour or so. My little fan assisted electric heater will bump it up to around 8-10C if I let it run for a few hours before hand. Any colder than -20C and I’ll head for the car if I really want to smoke. That said I normally just stick to shorter smokes in this weather. Usually 30-60min smoking time until spring hits.
  9. Hate to admit it, but the Magnum 56 (TOS DIC 15) has been unbeatable for me in terms of flavour and consistency in this last year. Definitely a much larger cigar than I normally smoke (Petit Corona/Corona Gorda/Robusto are my ideal sizes), and the price is absurd, but I am very glad I invested in a box to smoke through over the next several years. My other top performer this year has been HdM Du Prince (RAE AGO 15). I'll admit I am not much of a Hoyo fan and I smoke fewer Hoyos than any other brand. They just aren't my jam. This box of Du Prince is straight up ugly. Light, spotty wrappers with zero sheen to them, but every one of them has been lights out. Even though they are now discountinued I will enjoy every last one of them and have no regrets doing so.
  10. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Putting the first of my grabs from the FoH box pass to flame. 09' Diplomaticos No. 4. Thanks @ChanceSchmerr for the great stick and the well run pass!
  11. PerfecDraw

    I'll add to the positive feedback. Just came in the other day and tonight it saved a Monte 3 from a box that has had some very tight draws. I wouldn't have even attempted to smoke this one before, but after using the tool this one smoked like dream. Go get one now!
  12. Box pass will be moving onto @shlomo this afternoon. Please note - Space within this box is very limited. I had to add a few of the pass cigars into the "gift/side trades" box to alleviate space in the two main boxes to allow them to close comfortably. I also rearranged a few cigars in the finger bags so they have more uniform size within the bags. This allowed me to stack and stagger the cigars more comfortably within the boxes. This now means that the labels on some of the bags "regular/discontinued/RE/LE" now mean nothing. It was a sacrifice that had to be made for the sake of protection of the cigars. If anyone is able to replace one of the cigar boxes with a larger box please do so. This also may mean changing the outer cardboard mailing box as it is quite tightly packed as it is. As mentioned in my previous post, the Cohiba Siglo VI Tubo (which contains the 2008 Cuaba LE) needs to be replaced with appropriate sized Piramide Tubo. To summerize - space is limited - two cigars (Cuaba LE and Partagas Corona) are now in Cohiba and Bolivar Tubos for protection purposes. See my previous post for details. - "gift box" now contains normal pass cigars - categorical labels on some finger bags now mean squat Clear as mud? Thanks again to Chris for putting this on!
  13. Ok time to get down to business. Sorry no time tonight for posting pictures of boxes with the codes if you want to take a look at them feel free to PM me. I also have to grab the code tomorrow for one of my Puts as the box itself is at my Dad's place. Thanks for putting this together Chris! Takes La Escepcion Selectos Finos RE Italia LEM OCT 11 Diplomaticos No. 4 OPM FEB 09 ERDM Infantes RE Cuba LAR MAY 13 Diplomaticos Excelencia RE Cuba SGA DIC 15 Robaina Farm Roll Torpedo Nov 13 Puts Diplomaticos Bushido (Czar) RE Asia Pacifico TOS OCT 15 Cohiba Siglo IV LUS NOV 09 Ramon Allones Gordito de Allones RE Canada 2010 (Will update with code tomorrow) EDIT - LRE ABR 10 San Luis Rey Marquez RE Cuba SGA OCT 16 Alejandro (Alex) Churchill - Comodoro, Havana April 2017
  14. Hi folks, Before I post my puts/takes I need to post a few pictures. The box pass arrived today and although there was no damage to the outer shell a few cigars inside had been "box pressed" by the lid of the boxes they were in. Neither of the cigars had wrapper damage as a result of this but the foot of the cigars was flattened a bit. The Cuaba Piramide LE 2008 had the worst squeeze. I managed to reform the foot enough to fit it into a Siglo VI Tubo for a little extra protection. Unfortunately the Siglo VI Tubo is just a hair too short for the cigar so can someone down the road please replace this Tubos with one of the proper size. I have moved the lid of the tubo to a "snug" location for the cigar and taped it down so it shouldn't slide down anymore. I left a note inside the 5 finger bag to be careful with this cigar and especially with the tubo and cap! The other cigar that had similar damage was the 02' Partagas Corona but thankfully it wasn't squished quite as bad. I have repacked this cigar into a Bolivar No. 1 Tubo and labeled it on the outside of the tube. Unfortunately I've got nothing similar in terms of age/rarity/category to replace these with otherwise I would work them into my puts/takes. Any additional packing tips for these are welcome.
  15. I'll throw my hat in if there is room for another Canadian!

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