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  1. WTMBRGO (what embargo?) SIGLOVI (Siglo VI) CGARVET (cigar ‘vet)
  2. Excuse the malt
  3. In no particular order: 1. Connie 1 2. RyJ Ex4 3. MCPE 4. Padron 1964 Maduro Exclusivo 5. PSD4 6. BBF 7. PLMC 8. Mag 46
  4. DC area herf?

    Does NoVA count? If so I’m game!
  5. Tuesday NY for me please. Thanks Prez!
  6. Mould Study Update

    It is, but it doesn’t typically identity molecular species, just composition.
  7. Mould Study Update

    By chemical analysis do you mean atomic composition (e.g. C, O, inorganics, etc and composition thereof, commonly done by emission spectroscopy ) or molecular structure (e.g. C-O vs. C=O vs O-C=O, etc, commonly done by absorption spectroscopy)? Since the mold/plume are both organic, molecular structure will probably be more insightful, but there is a wide spectrum of absorption techniques that vary greatly in price.
  8. Putting together a wrapper study

    This one I’d do blind - literally. Blindfold the tasters so they cannot see the color of the wrapper as visual cues often precondition our expectations. Sensory deprivation also heightens the un-deprived senses so the tasters can really focus on the taste, aroma, and mouthfeel of the cigar. Have non-smoking attendees help by taking pictures and replenishing drinks (water or seltzer to not skew taste), obviously. Of course taking notes might be hard blindfolded, but the average smartphone is great at dictation (the technophobes can use a tape recorder). If you want to prevent groupthink or sheep mentality, hand out different shades to different tasters (a pseudo double blind) and have the tasters rate each cigar and guess what wrapper shade he/she had on each day. This sounds incredibly fun, actually. How about a 3-pack (one of each shade) of the Puntilla if you use this suggestion so I can run it with the group too, prez?
  9. Putting together a Dry Boxing study

    I would add an objective measurement in addition to subjective tasting. If you can find an accurate scientific scale (out to 0.00001 grams or so) weigh each identical cigar right out of the mastercase, sans label (to remove any moisture uptake of the label). Place into your humidified storage for the standard 30 days. Weigh each cigar again after storage to document humidity intake for each cigar. Place cigar into respective control environments for a set time. Weigh again just prior to smoking to document weight change from dry boxing. Smoke, rate on scale of 80-100 (let’s be honest, you don’t want to do this experiment with a cigar that’s going to rate less than 80 to begin with). Repeat with other storage conditions. I’d do this with at least a 5-person tasting panel. 5 cigars per condition x 5 conditions = one box or cab and you’ll get a decent amount of data. Then you can plot the ratings vs. moisture change (in weight) and see if there is any trends. You could get quite a bit of data (moisture uptake with time if you measure at regular intervals during storage, moisture loss with each dry box condition, variance of ROTT weight vs humidified weight, etc.). If you wanted to be really controlled, the weight measurement should take place in a controlled environment (but immediately upon removal from drybox/storage to prevent unintended uptake), and with minimal exposure to non-controlled environment after removal. This of course assumes moisture uptake will be more than 0.00001 grams.
  10. 1. SCdlH La Punta EML 15 2. Cohiba Magicos SOM 16 3. Upmann Connie 1 MEG 17 4. Cohiba Siglo IV AMO 16 5. Upmann Mag46 LUB 15 6. Trinidad Reyes RMU 16 7. Padron 1964 Exclusivo Maduro 8. PSP2 ETP 16 9. PLMC EML 15 10. Fonseca No. 1 UME 15 The La Punta and Magicos were both sublime, but the former had me dreaming about it for weeks. The Connie 1 I had ROTT and made me ecstatic that the 3 blind boxes all had the same codes and were PSP quality.
  11. Preferred Style of Cutter

    I used to be exclusively a Punch with the straight cut for figurados. Now I’m 99% V-cut (Colibri gives the deepest, cleanest cut) as it’s foolproof, razor sharp, and perfect every time, with the 1% being punch.
  12. Top 10 for 2017

    Having 8 of the top 10 (missing the Tubos) and 10 of the 14 posted (missing the presidentes and E2), it’s nice to know I’ll have some beauties to smoke in a couple years!
  13. Cigars at their them.

    Woohoo I won something! Thanks Prez (and team)!
  14. Your 2017 best "Bang for Buck" cigar.

    PL Montecarlos. Any box code, any vendor (of course those from our host are a step above), and fresh or aged, they deliver an hour of creamy, caramel, vanilla goodness.
  15. How Many Boxes

    More than I need but not nearly as much as I want. But numbers wise, 106 CCs and 2 NCs.

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