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About Philc2001

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    Family, Investing, Stock Picking, Fine Cigars, Scotch, Computers, Blogging, Travel, Cars... too many vises!

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  1. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    That's quite a range of flavors. Better get herding as many of those as you can for the long-run.
  2. Agreed, hate is too strong. Dislike is more appropriate. @FatherOfPugs - I second your dislikes for ELs and Regionals. Some early ELs were very good cigars, but in the past 7-10 years the regionals and limited editions have skyrocketed in pricing but I don't taste or feel anything superior versus regular production cigars (except double bands of course, which are pretty but don't enhance the flavor). Maybe the difference will be more evident in another 10 years, but at >50% premium prices I'm not going to wait and find out. On the H. Upmann and Cohibas, I almost always feel like I'm missing something because so many members seem to rave about them, but every time I try them I think "WTF? I don't get it". I can only attribute this to different palates, different tastes.
  3. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Du Depute with coffee this morning. Really enjoying these. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Regardless of the shape or size, which cigars in current or recent production do you find most satisfying and addicting? Which ones do you Dislike (or hate)? And which are meh? It is always surprising to me when someone says they enjoy a specific vitola, which I also like a great deal, but then the same person enjoys another very different cigar, which I find awful. You would think there would be more similarities between people's flavor preferences. I always try to equate my tastes to others in an effort to explore other cigars and expand my horizons. I find I tend to gravitate to the mild / medium bodied cigars, with a rich and tangy aroma, flavors of mild cooking spices, and the essence of brewed beverages like tea or coffee. I like very flavorful cigars, which is not to be confused with strong or powerful cigars, in fact quite the opposite, I like cigars that have a very mild reaction in the mouth or on the tongue, but which have very distinct flavors. I equate cigars to a treat, like a dessert. LIKES: Montecristo No. 1, 3 and 4, and the Monte Especiales No. 2, RyJ Cedros De Luxe No. 1, Hoyo De Monterey Le Hoyo Du Depute and Le Hoyo Des Dieux, Por Larranaga Montecarlos and Panetelas, LGC Medaille D'Or (all of them). DISLIKES (or hate if you feel strongly): Cohiba (virtually all but the Esplendidos), a number of Partagas with a few exceptions, Robainas and most RAs. MEH: Bolivar, Cuaba, Diplomaticos, H. Upmann (most, except Mag 46, which is great), Quai D'Orsay, Trinidad (except Fundaores), SLR, SCDLH, Juan Lopez, Fonseca. Yours?
  5. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    I rummaged around in my humidor for a quick, short smoke and found a Rafael Gonzalez PE, circa 2000 or so, blew me away. Shockingly good cigar! Wow, I was not expecting that. It was terrific until about an inch and a half then bits of tobacco started to come loose in my mouth. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Price sensitivity

    Price is always a consideration before buying, but much less after. However, scarcity is often the greatest concern. It seems from time to time I stumble into a near perfect “10” buried deep in my humidor, only to realize I have just a handful left. The nature of Cubans as they are, they are most likely discontinued or completely different by the time I realize what a gem they were, and I think - why didn’t I load the truck up with these?!?!?! When I’m down to 1 or 2 left I don’t want that “10” experience to be wasted, so I keep the last couple for special occasions when conditions are just right for a parting smoke [emoji20] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I totally agree. Smoking time is finite for me, and I seldom have time for more than one cigar at a sitting, so I want to be satisfied with my cigar choice. The more expensive, the more I expect, after all the premium price should equate to a premium experience, plain and simple. Whether I paid out of my own pocket or not is immaterial, I know what they are worth, but more importantly I know what a good smoking experience is and what it should cost me.
  8. So, what are your recent acquisitions?

    La Madrid single vineyard Malbec 2014. I was quite surprised to find these at my local Costco for $11/bottle. They sure went fast. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I keep smoking until it doesn’t taste good, or I can’t hang on to the nub any more, whichever comes first. I nub most cigars because I tend to smoke what I like most. I don’t have time to waste on cigars I don’t appreciate. Of course, this also implies I trade, sell or give away the cigars I don’t like. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. My experience has been that most Domincan cigars wrapped in Connecticut shade are generally milder than most other NCs, and for the most part they have more nuanced, creamy, and milder flavors (i.e. less peppery) than most other NCs. The Griffins robusto is one I keep on hand, which you can buy on CB for about $3/cigar. It's not an everyday cigar, but a good yard gar for those that prefer Cubans. Then again, it's tough to beat the PLP, which are often available for $65/box.
  12. Down to my last one from box code MOB MAR 15, they were delicious. Haven't had any 16 or 17 in my humidor right now, just a few sticks of older (09,11).
  13. The demise of HDM

    Oh Des Dieux, what a sad loss [emoji20] Du Depute and Du Marie are filling in for Du Prince 🤴 I suppose. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Monte No.1 and No.4 have been super reliable for me this past year. I can't get enough of them.

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