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  1. Hello from Stockholm

    Welcome, Jonas. As for your topics of interest, just an FYI that those are taboo here on the forum. Please keep conversations to the following topics: 1. "How much money do you make?" 2. "What are the best/worst countries in the world, and why?" 3. "The silver lining of dictatorships." 4. "Global warming? What's with all the snow in the winter..." All kidding aside, welcome aboard. I spend vastly more time searching old threads vs. posting. Enjoy the ride. - Brody
  2. Right now my stock is 23% Montecristo, 18% Cohiba, and 10% Upmann. All other marcas are <10% each. When I started smoking a few years ago, I started with Montecristo (what I read was a "beginners" marca), Cohiba (the "best" marca), and Upmann (the "in the know" marca). I now love these cigars (some vitolas more than others) for my own reasons, but since I started with these three brands, I've naturally bought more over time. I think in 2018 I may try a few different case studies, for science of course. For the first half of the year I'm going to focus on specific marcas and dive deep into available vitolas. This will help me better understand if I can truly pick up on a recurring flavor profile across different sized cigars from the same company. It'll also help me hone in on which sizes I enjoy most. Finally, it'll give me directional information about which brands I like more "overall." Then, I think I'll pick a few of my "favorite" cigar sizes, and grab some sampler packs. After smoking/rating these cigars, I can compare to my favorite vitolas/marcas from the first experiment. And, since I've clearly accounted for every single variable (age, quality, storage, smoking environment, drink accompaniment, stress level/mood, etc.), by the end of this experiment I should be able to choose my all-time favorite cigar, buy nothing but this single cigar, and have a stock of 100% that cigar.
  3. Realistically, I have about 40 pounds to drop. Any interest in a motivational wager? Between now and the end of the year, we do a weight loss challenge. Winner gets a box of cigars of their choice (within reason), purchased by the loser. I've tried a bunch of things as motivation, but never a bet for cigars. Just a thought. Happy smoking, Brody
  4. Apologies for the late responses, haven't check the boards in a few weeks. For anyone who isn't a marathon runner, TBird is being modest here when he says that 3:15 is "not that fast." That's running 26.2 miles at 7 minutes, 26 seconds per mile. Thanks smokin' fast. Tough break on the accident. My best marathon time was 3:39, but that was 4 years and 80 pounds ago. Unlike you, I don't have an excuse for my laziness. In other words, I'll use your accident as motivation to get back into running shape. Thanks for sharing. Happy smoking, Brody
  5. The first Cuban cigars I bought were a Montecriso No. 2 and a Cuaba Distinguidos (singles) while traveling abaroad. For some reason, I've never smoked the Distinguidos. It's now at the point where I'm keeping it for nostalgic purposes, as a reminder of the beginning of the wormhole that has become my obsession with Cuban cigars. I'm getting married next year (going to start/revive a few posts on smoke/drink suggestions), so I may light the Cuaba at some point to celebrate. Happy smoking, Brody
  6. I was browsing the archives and stumbled upon this thread. Any active forum members who are into working out? Since the last post in this thread (2012), CrossFit has blown up, so we can add that to the list too. I'm training for a marathon in November. I won't be breaking any land-speed records, but it's a goal to work towards. In a marathon back in 2012, I crapped out at mile 23, and was passed by a guy juggling. The guy juggled for the entire race, and beat me across the finish line. I almost felt like I should have given the medal back. Does anyone find that cigar smoking impacts longer cardio workouts? I plan my smoking time around my running schedule, so it doesn't really hurt me. But if I have an extra cigar on a Friday night before a Saturday morning run, there's no amount of water and/or gum to get rid of the dry mouth... Happy smoking, Brody
  7. 1. Accountant. Switched majors with two classes left. In the end, the steady paycheck was outweighed by the mind-numbing work. Best decision ever. 2. International Hotelier. I was all set to move to China, but got caught up in some red tape at the last minute. The thought of graduating without a job put me in panic mode, so I settled for my current career. 3. Opening my own brewery. I had the chance a few years ago, but couldn't take the pay cut. Here's to hoping that the opportunity presents itself again down the road...
  8. To celebrate the holiday, I watched my first ever Star Wars movie, A New Hope. I never had anything against the movies, just never got around to them. A New Hope was pretty cool, especially considering that it's 40 years old. I figured that I'd watch the movies in order of release, since that's how long-time fans were exposed to them. May the Force be with you all. -Brody
  9. Has anyone accidentally (or intentionally) purchased counterfeit Cuban cigars while in Cuba (or abroad) and found them as good as (or better than) their non-counterfeit counterparts? Convoluted sentence, but you get the point. While in the Dominican a few years ago I purchased fake Cohiba Maduro 5's (accidentally). I had a few left over and lit one up the other day. It was actually not half bad. No Cohiba, but a decent maduro stick.
  10. The simple solution is to let the kids start smoking at the age of 6 or 7. That way, you'd be less likely to be "on the other side" of a cigar's sweet spot. All jokes aside, to me the "worst-case" scenario still isn't that bad. Let's say you spend the money now, without having to pay the markup for aged boxes, and when you gift them in 18 years or so, the cigars are less than ideal. - It's still a box of Cuban cigars. "Less than ideal" doesn't mean "unsmokable." - You'll still have a really cool story that (hopefully) your kids will appreciate. - If they're not smoking great when you give them as a gift, you could always have them hold onto the boxes and smoke one a year. It could be a really cool annual tradition. - You can always gift these along with current new-production 2035 cigars (weird just typing that...) Fun idea, thanks for sharing. -Brody
  11. One of the many reasons why I love FOH is because of the "no talking about sources" rule. As others have mentioned, there are plenty of other sites where you can discuss sources, and many of those sites end up being primarily driven by this topic. Here at FOH, since the boards aren't consumed by "legit or not?" threads, it leads to a different type (higher quality?) of member, looking to talk about more interesting things. I probably don't post as much as I could, but spend a lot of time on these forums because folks are having (mostly) really interesting discussions. I don't have to filter through 3 pages of "Is this FAKE???" to find an interesting conversation on the new cigar releases, and what others think about what it means. - Brody
  12. I've smoked a few boxes of Monte 2's (some better than others, all bought blind). Hoping for a PSP box so that I can laugh at how poor the previous boxes actually were.
  13. Personal Kryptonite

    Horror movies. Life is too fun to waste two hours on being scared.
  14. I know you said you're anti-tour, but the Don Lucas "tour" isn't bad at all. - It's free. - You don't have to worry about transportation or safety. Some areas outside of the hotel grounds are a little rough. - The tour is inside an enclosed compound, and is pretty loose. If you wanted to skip everything and go right to the gift shop (where the cigars are), I don't think anyone would stop you, though the coffee, rum, and chocolate huts are worth a quick look (in my opinion). They all give free samples too. - The entire round-trip took less than three hours for us. Anyone in the DR will happily take USD if you have them. A few dollars go a long ways. I smoked everywhere and nobody said a thing. Just be mindful of kids and you should be all set.
  15. Question about aging

    Some really good advice/feedback. I'll add a few comments: - I started my CC journey buying samplers. This gave me buckets of "sure, this could be for me," and "meh, glad I tried, but not my cup of tea." - From here I I buy a box of cigars I think I'll like, and after a quick rest I smoke one. If I like how it smokes, I continue through the box. If I don't like how it smokes (I'm still too new to the game to determine if the cigar "needs time," or if it may just be an crappy box), I'll smoke something else and come back to the box a few months later. It may not get better, but in the meantime I'll be smoking other cigars that hit the sweet spot. So you can call this aging, but I call it always smoking what I like, when I like. - To the OP: It seems like storage and funds may hamstring you a bit when it comes to aging. One thing you could do is grab some samplers to find what you like. If you find a "standout cigar," try to hunt down an aged box of those specifically.

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