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  1. I'm fairly new to this, so take this with a grain of salt: Bolivar Corona Gigante - 2016 Partagas SD4 - 2016 Montecristo Petite Edmundo - 2016 Cohiba Siglo lll - 2016 Vegas Robaina Don Alejandro - 2015 The interesting thing about this list is the top four share the same factory code (PUR), rolled in the same six month period. Is this coincidence?
  2. For my afternoon cigar today, I chose a BPC from our host. It was very humid today, which I think caused some burn issues. Still tasted great though. Total smoke time just over one hour, three minutes. Sorry for the sideways pictures.
  3. I chose a Partagas SD4 for my Saturday morning smoke on this beautiful Chicago morning. I have to say, this is probably my favorite cigar so far, and every cigar from this box has been amazing. I'm not going to offer a review as my palate is probably one small step up from a corpse, and I have no ability to differentiate individual flavors in anything. That said, this might be one of the best examples I've had to date. total smoke time was about 1 hour, 20 minutes.
  4. I should have become an electrician. Always kick myself that I didn't chose that option... We are hiring. I don't think you would like the daily commute though.
  5. Guy, this has been fun, and I feel kind of bad, but I'll be checking out of my own discussion topic. Im heading to Costa Rica tomorrow morning with my kids for the next couple weeks, and if there is a god, there won't be any internet. Thanks for all the help, I really do appreciate it. Al
  6. My initial instinct seems to agree with you PigFish, but Im really hoping you're wrong. If the cigars dry out and smoke well, I'm not out a couple hundred dollars. This being said, I'm smoking an El Principe right now that is absolutely delicious, with a razor sharp burn. It's been sitting in the same winador. Maybe a better comparison due to the size are the PSD4s that are also smoking great. Also stored in the same conditions. As I said, I would love for you to be wrong, but that would mean that my RASS aren't acclimating as well as the rest of my cigars, which, the more I think about it, doesn't make much sense. None the less, I will keep them isolated in my Tupperware for the next half year before I smoke another one and see what happens. If it doesn't work out, I'll entertain myself by bringing a few to a future poker night, give them away, and watch the reactions whilst laughing on the inside. I've got to get my money's worth somehow. Does this make me a bad person?
  7. Agreed. I have started making purchases based on Rob's smoke now suggestions paired with the many reviews here that share the types of flavors I prefer. So far, I haven't gone wrong since I started that approach.
  8. I'll never be able to discount the possibility, but, without going into details on the vendor, I'm as certain I can possibly be that they are authentic.
  9. Based on the comments I've received, as well as yours, I'm not going to give up on them. They are already transferred out of my winador and into a Tupperware container with a boveda pack to see if it is a humidity (storage) issue. I'll try again in six months and see how they taste.
  10. This was an interesting read, and adds one more piece to the puzzle. I ran to the gas station while smoking one several weeks after receiving the box. As I ran in, I set the cigar in my ash tray with the windows closed. When I opened the door, the ammonia smell almost took my breath away. Needless to say, I just let that one die.
  11. I admit, I have smoked a cigar ROTT from every box I received to date and have been very encouraged about my decision to give CCs a try. Most have been really good. It's really exciting to think they will get even better. In a couple months it will be easier to keep my hands off the new arrivals due to having a supply of properly acclimatized cigars. I would imagine this has to do with ring gauge? Most of the NCs I smoke are huge by Cuban standards, so much so that I find I am starting to prefer the relatively smaller size of CCs. That said, I'm really liking the 48 - 50 ring gauge cigars. The cigars feel solid with very little give, and have a firm, but not unpleasant draw. However, they tunnel something fierce. So if I am understanding you correctly, this point more towards moisture content? Al
  12. I have read a bit on the sick period, but it never registered that this could be an issue. The more I get into CCs, the more I realize how little I know.
  13. I'm not really sure how to answer this as I don't have any frame of reference. It seems to me the wrapper is thicker than on most of my other cigars, but relative to other RASS? Here's a picture, what do you think?
  14. Agreed on my storage conditions. I'm working on it, and am more than willing to give the RASS another chance. The love this cigar consistently receives is the reason I purchased them, but doesn't guarantee I will end up liking them. I don't care how many people tell me mushrooms are delicious. I would rather smoke one of my RASS as they are right now than eat one, and no one can tell me otherwise.
  15. I'm building my stock now, and am currently looking for a second job to support my efforts. In the meantime, I will continue to smoke, and enjoy (I hope) the stock I have. 2024 is a long way away.

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