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

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  1. What is the retail on these? They are sizeable enough (unlike the Israel release from 2011..).
  2. Hello from the cold twin cities MN

    Welcome! I lived in the Twin Cities for a few years when I first came to the US, it is an interesting place. Hope you have a place to smoke during the winters, it was one of my main complaints. Sitting on the porch with a stick when the storms were rolling in during warmer seasons were one of my favorite things up there!
  3. Really looking forward to trying some of these down the line. RA is my favorite marca and there have been some gems in recent REs (the XXL in particular). Hopefully the price point won't be excessive, the Russian Bolivar was pretty expensive.
  4. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Had to finish the night with a CC. 14 Partagas Short. Can't imagine a better bang for your buck. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  5. FOH'ers Daily Beer

    Arkansas is surrounded by states in which Dogfish Head distributes. Visiting TN, I had to pick some up. However, the biggest surprise I had on tap was Bearded Iris - a brewery from Nashville. Just as good out of the can. Their Homestyle IPA was one of the best IPAs I've had in recent days. Definitely something to look out for if you're nearby. Spent too much on the DfH to get any other but they do have two DIPAs that I'd love to try. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  6. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    HdM Palmas Extras from FEB16, not ready yet but showing promise. Viaje 5th Anniversary, I think these were released in 2012 or 2013. Quite a bit of spice (more than I usually go for) but this time it provided a nice break. Pairings probably should have reversed but hey.. I'll get it right next time. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  7. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    At my local B&M working, after a couple of CCs I decided to show some support with a Padron 4000. The Natural is really good, one of the greatest consistencies among NCs no doubt. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  8. Cheap and cheerful. Have been keeping my eyes open for some Shorts with a few years on them, managed to lure these off a friend. Also some Palmas Extra, these probably won't catch a flame for another year but.. There is still a little bit of space left in the bin. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  9. Usually more of an MC guy but these Panatelas were the darkest I've ever seen in the PL format (not sure if the photo does them justice). Couldn't let them be. SOM FEB17 boxes but I might have to light one up soon to see how they are doing. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  10. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Past few days: the RA XXL and an 05 Partagas Presidentes. Both fantastic smokes. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  11. Johnny O's

    I received a bundle of lanceros a few months ago. Flavor wise they were spot on but I did have some problems with extremely tight draw on quite a few, combined with soft spots in other places.
  12. LFD Andalusian Bull

    There are so many NC choices out there that I don't see the point in chasing. I have a really hard time with the LFDs in general but I do enjoy some of their "off-brand" releases (the 1992 Vintage e t c). I haven't had an Andalusian Bull for quite some time (end of 2016 I'm guessing) but I remember it being a decent smoke. Not mind-boggling and not really worth the hype. Give me two RASSs for the same price any day of the week. Give me one even.
  13. How do these Talisman boxes look?

    I can't for the love of me find it but I think I saw some sort of two letter and several numbers serial on the back of some cigars posted. You're right regardless though, there ought to be some new feature on the back of the band. Maybe some time I'll have this pleasant problem myself..
  14. Very nice observations, thank you @Fugu! I have very limited experience with pre-1998 stuff (and even more so pre-1990) but I agree that it looks like there could be a difference in age between the boxes (I assume they come from the same LCDH). The fact that the Cubatabaco logo is not on mine but is on the other could still mean that they both are from 1985 (according to CCW, it was introduced in March 1985) but who knows.. I measured the HeC stamp to 69mm (for what its worth). No idea regarding the warranty seal but that's another good spot. If it isn't Cuba being Cuba, then I wonder what it could be.
  15. Sick and probably won't even be able to smoke anything tomorrow, but at least I can still answer the door when the mailman comes around. One of the best REs over the past three years hands down. Perhaps because it is so true to the classic flavor profile of RA, just a little bolder. The ones I've had have smoked fantastically despite their relatively young age, must be some aged tobacco to them. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk

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