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    Arkansas / Sweden
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    Trees, climate, cigars, guns, cricket.

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  1. Howdy from Dallas

    Welcome yaqui, you've found a great place to be. Keep smokin'!
  2. Who here vapes?

    Someone had to post this:
  3. Tallinn, Estonia.

    Was in Tallinn about a week ago so I figured I'd share some of my experiences. There seem to have been a shift in Europe towards more NCs, which is unfortunate, and Estonia is no different. I visited two places in the old town of Tallinn; the Oak Lounge and Sigari Maja ('cigar house'). Starting with the less good.. I walked into Sigari Maja in the middle of a weekday and was greeted by two employees (first in Estonian, then in English). I asked if I could check out the humidor (walk-in of decent size) and walked towards it when the guy stopped me and said "Well, are you going to buy any cigars?". I said that it depends on what they have to which he replied that "This is a shop, not a museum". I was rather shocked, and in hindsight I should probably just have left then and there. Regardless, a lot of different NCs, rather small selection of fresh-to-three year old CCs as well as the most recent LEs. Picked up a VR Famosos with a couple years on it, turned out to have some bad tunnels in it. The lounge is spectacular looking, I can imagine that at night this would be a great place to go if you could bring your own smokes (I assume you cannot). Drink selection pretty decent too. First impression awful, however, I won't return. The Oak Lounge is on a side street from the main square. Smaller lounge but also very nice. Downstairs in the cellar is a walk-in. Smaller than Sigari Maja but significantly better selection of CCs. Quite a few LEs to choose from, not just the more recent ones (Ingenios e t c), and plenty of stuff with 5+ years on it. Found some Fundys from 2010 among other things. Even managed to snag a few of both ERdM Baltico REs in here. Fantastic selection of whiskies and the service (at least at night) was amazing, classy but cozy atmosphere. First stop when I return.
  4. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    First Partagas Maduro ever for me.. Starting out promising, paired great with a porter so far. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  5. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    5 o'clock somewhere (well, it was 4.30 when I took this photo so..). RyJ Cedro #2 from 2013. Liked it a lot. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  6. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    I've seen these go through quite a bit of transformation already (or maybe my first box wasn't as good as the more recent smokes). To me it is Ramon Allones DNA through and through ("dark fruit stew"), perhaps with even bolder flavors. So a suggestion would be smoke a 4-5 yo RASS and then when you get past the halfway point, light up a Partagas Short and alternate puffs Joking aside, here is a great review thread by @JohnS on this cigar, definitely worth a read (and so is the RA history article he links to!):
  7. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Think these might become something great in future years. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  8. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Random cigars over the past few days. Vegueros No. 1 from 01, Sancho Panza Molino from 99, a nasty looking (but quite tasty) JLP from early 15 and a La Estancia given to me. I was told that it had Cuban tobacco in it (by someone who knows his way around cigars) but it tasted very NC to me. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  9. Punch Coronations (T)

    Super Selection Number 1/2, Royal Selection Number 11/12. All discontinued (I believe). Edit: John beat me to it (and with a more informative answer at that)..
  10. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Sweden can be pretty great. If it wasn't for the people, I might move back. Fundadores AGR AGO10. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  11. I had the great pleasure of receiving a large selection of these from the generous OP. Haven't had anything to smoke for almost 48 hours so my palate is as clean as it will be for the next few months . Decided to go with the JL Corona (SCO MAY00), never had this discontinued ('06?) vitola however. First third, black pepper with earth. Perfect draw. Flavors full from the beginning. Floral notes appear out of nowhere for a good centimeter, the pepper on the finish is so well balanced. Second third, the earth is there but less pronounced, more peaty. Green pepper or almost jalapeño-like now, its spicy and lingers, tongue-tickling. Vegetables and herbs. Final third sticks with the goodness of the second but easier to distinguish. Root vegetables. They dominate with the green pepper, now both on the front and retro. The taste lingers for what seems like forever. Towards the very end they dissipate but the after taste is still fantastic. Thank you again @mkz for this treat. The best JL I've ever smoked, best cigar of the trip. Can't wait for what the other ones will have in store!
  12. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    From last night, final night in Estonia. Fundadores from AUG10, a bit of a soft spot in the first third once it finally got a hold of itself it was a Fundy through and through. Followed it up with a Lusi of unknown date. Final third starting feeling a bit fresh so probably a 16. It started out beautifully though. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  13. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Arrived in Tallinn earlier today and decided to tick off this from things I've never smoked before. First inch or so was very unassuming (past its prime?) but once the flavors started kicking it, this was very very good. Finished the day with some veal ribs from across the road. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  14. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    They've gained sooo much just the past year. Gone through a couple of boxes since May. I don't even want to think what they'll be in a few years, it is something I am seriously considering going deep on. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  15. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Sitting at the square in Tartu, Estonia. Warm up (cigar wise) before Tallinn and all they have here are poorly humidified RyJs but.. Damn, this is smoking well. I think I've found the cherry once more. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk

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