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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. Agree. On E's recommendation I got some OBSV Single barrel at a local, and have been quite impressed with it, very, very smooth. I'm more a scotch drinker, but this is a bourbon I could drink any day. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. What is the box code? If they are from recent production (under 18 months) then it's possible they are still melding (my term), and they may go soft or bitter for a period of time. This has happened to me several times. Of course, having a clean and ready palate also helps, so depending on what you ate or drank before or during your smoke could color your taste buds. But since you smoked 2 or 3 it is unlikely to be your palate... unless of course you burned out your taste buds with ghost pepper chillies or a blow torch As stated, the MC#4 is one of the most massively produced vitolas, and prone to inconsistencies, so it is possible the blend may be off. I'd give them a few months and try again. If they're still bad in a year, dump them on your unsuspecting friends
  3. Joe Bonamassa... modern day blues virtuoso in the stripes of SRV - The Master. Gary Hoey... a decent guitarist also, with some blues soul. BadBadNotGood... a little more jazzy, easy to zone out to.
  4. I haven't had SWs, love to try. But I wouldn't let the greenish wrappers bother me. I've had some fantastic Punch SS2s in years past with greenish wrappers, and they tasted as good as any I've ever had. Sometimes the ugliest sticks taste the best, and I'm not sure why, maybe because my expectations are low??
  5. Mareva-ish size, right? Monte #5 and Cuaba Divinos for me have been delicious, though not all that cheap. Now, for cheap, but not mareva size I would point you to the PL Montecarlos.
  6. True that! My only concern is the likely violence that will spill over if/when the people try to take back Cuba. Already anyone who opposes the party disappears. Any significant threat to the communist regime will likely be met by military might. The revolution, should there be one, will have to be led by brave souls willing to risk their life and limb unless other countries are willing to commit to a protection force to prevent the party from murdering any uprising. Regime change is never easy, and often bloody.
  7. I hear this from time to time, but then I read and hear about the same old communist policies being reinforced as when Fidel was in his prime. No apparent changes in human rights - forced disappearances are still happening. No apparent changes in business policies, private enterprise doesn't exist, only state. No political reform. No constitutional protection for private property. Not a single step toward reparations for the theft and murders during the revolution. And frankly, the recent gouging in tourism costs are anything but a move toward welcoming Americans or any kind of tourism. It sends the opposite signal. Cuba remains as unfriendly as ever towards private enterprise, so no business is going to make any kind of significant investment in Cuba as long as they have no assurances that their investments aren't going to be stolen by the state. The Cuban communist government still retains completed control over any kind of enterprise in Cuba, from farming to lodging, to banking, to transportation, to communication, to utilities, etc. You would hope and possibly expect that reintegration or normalization with the US would, if nothing else, lift the Cuban people and encourage them to press forward on human rights and political reformation. But Raul is no fool, he doesn't intend to relinquish control that easily. By jacking everything up, he's hedging his bets - the cost gauging either keeps Americans away (keeping Cuba isolated), or he lines his Swiss accounts with a few more $billion. Either way HE wins. When he passes, then the Cuban people will have a choice to make; either fight for human rights, or welcome the next dictator and another 50 years of oppression.
  8. All valid points in above posts, but overlooking a key factor... COST! Compare cost today to 4, 5 years ago. What's the difference? The Cuban communists jacked everything 300%-400% higher in anticipation of US tourism. But nothing else changed. How do you go from $100 per night to $400, but offer nothing in return? Canadians and Europeans used to vacation there for years. Tour companies used to operate there. Cuba sacrificed them and it's choking the life out of tourism with their greed. Everything else is business as usual for communist Cuba. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I think the counterpoint is not that infrastructure hasn't caught up, it's a given that it might take a while. But the Cubans jacked their rates (more like gouging) as though the infrastructure and all the best luxuries of modern European or US cities already exist there (which they clearly do not). Thus, a tourist can find a much better deal elsewhere, with better amenities, more luxury, and superior value. Take a look at some of the beachfront, all inclusive, high-end resorts in other parts of the region and compare. Why would you pay $300-400 US / night in a Cuban hotel when you can get a far superior experience for half that in Mexico, Bahamas, Barbados, St. Lucia, etc.? And that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface in South America. Have you been to Costa Rica? Ecuador? Or Asia - Thailand, Malaysia? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Had a cracker weekend, worked my but off in the yard, then had some nice smokes. Hoyo Corona (ORE JUL 03) Montecristo No 3 (ATO MAR 2012) RyL Cazadores (ORG MAR 16), young but flavorful. These will get better with some time. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. One of my favorites in recent production. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Interesting discussion. The physical aspects change when you age, for sure, but it's not something that should hold you back. Physically you can work on it and get in shape. I believe I feel I am in better shape today then 27 years ago, half my current age. As much fun as it is to fantasize about immortality, or turning back time, the fact is time is fleeting so make the best of it.
  13. Judging from recent posts, I think he is currently in Saudi Arabia.
  14. The ERDM Tainos was one of the best cigars I've ever smoked, definitely ranks in the top-3. Unfortunately, they stayed with us for such a short time and I had too few of them. I only had a fiver from 2002, but it has stood out in my mind. I wish I could more.
  15. Agree on what @PigFish wrote. Aging cigars is neither mandatory nor economically advisable for enjoying cigars. Unfortunately, it gets strong support from many enthusiasts, and as such it drives behavior. it's very easy to get swept up in the culture and enthusiasm. If you become a regular smoker, say 3-5 cigars/week, you can easily get by with a desktop humidor, or even just a tupperware container. In fact, you could easily just buy a box, put it into a ziplock bag with a boveda pack, and skip the humidor all together. But, back to the OP's questions: 1) How do you decide what to age? I never intentionally determined to age cigars. I just buy what I love smoking, and I can't smoke them fast enough, so they get old. There are folks who seek out specific brands or vitolas they anticipate will appreciate in value, and they may pursue those. I have no desire to be a cigar merchant, so that never appealed to me. 2) Do you base you decision on your love of a certain cigar or if it comes from a certain factory or if it has a certain flavor profile? Yes, for me it's about what tastes best to me. I sample different cigars all the time, but I don't buy in any significant quantity until I find one that really rocks, and then I stock up on that vitola. Codes/factory are secondary or even tertiary to me, I try to seek out the same factory/date that hooked me if I can. 3) Why do certain cigars age better than others? I don't think they do. Tobacco is an organic product, it starts to decompose the moment it is picked at the farm. When cigars age, in effect they are decomposing, and in the process a certain chemical reaction occurs. As a cigar ages (decomposes) the flavor and intensity may change, which some prefer over what it tasted like when it was young. It's all a matter of personal preference, nothing more. No one can really tell what the cigar will change as it ages, so for me when it tastes good to me I smoke the heck out them until I get tired of them.

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