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    Slow horses, irrational women, fly fishing, wine, friends and family.

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  1. I think mine are 2010 last time I looked. I still can't put them up
  2. I remember the days when you could find 10 year old + stock on the shelves. the smaller locales were the best and it was a ton of fun. that has pretty much disappeared however, and it is a shame.
  3. spot on. I age/d my own stock but if there is something I don't want to wait until 2023 for, I will jump on in. Others I am more than happy with one or two year old stock.
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    24:24 Thursday

    correct
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    24:24 Thursday

    There were only a couple unfortunately.
  6. .......people are spending $90 on Talisman. Euro dealers can't get enough. Even at retail, a 5 year old D4 is the cheaper than a Padron 1926 of the same size. To some, the utility of purchasing aged stock at a premium is worthwhile. To others it's not and they would prefer to age their own stock or look harder. different strokes, different folks. no right and no wrong.
  7. Winston arrested, coaching staff fired, No 2 draft pick.
  8. I was asked yesterday about my thought on the aging of current production cigars. 3 to 5….3 to 5. If you have been in the Cuban cigar hobby for some time, you would have developed your preference for the aging of different cigars. 3 to 5 years covers 99% of them for me. That period of time puts most of them right in my personal “flavour zone” where the intensity hasn’t waned and yet the complexity/blossoming has occurred or is well on the way. Montecristo tends to be closer to 3, Por larranaga and Hoyo 5 to 8. I don’t have any current production cigar that I would age longer than 8 years. Additional time does nothing for me and in most cases is detrimental to my personal enjoyment. Then again I have great friends in this industry who would call me a barbarian! You need to find your own “zone”. Enjoy the journey! Have a cracker day Rob 24:24 kicks off at New York 6:30 PM DST Monday and Friday. New York 8:30pm Tuesday to Thursday. * Due to Early starts on Friday and Mondays, Di may not be able to answer your e-mail until 10am. If you order late Friday or over the weekend, Di will come back to you Monday. Tranquilo. *Please provide your full name in all e-mails to Diana. sales@clubczar.com * When confirmed, settle up. Don't leave it until "mañana" * Aged stock has been held by ourselves or sourced from PCC. Provenance is unquestioned. Some boxes may have Health Warning Labels. ** ORDERS UNDER $100 USD WILL HAVE A $10 Shipping Fee Added Juan Lopez Seleccion Number 2 ALL SOLD PSM MAR 13 Mostly Aged Aged Juan Lopez Seleccion Number 2 are a joy. Mind you, current fresh ones are as well. More than a safe bet. $298 USD $750 AUD San Cristobal El Morro (25) AME MAY 12 *Mostly Aged Magnificent boxes of a cigar you are unlikely to see lited again. The forgotten Double Corona. Orange cake and coffee profile starting just under mid bodied but builds throughout to be just over mid. Flawless delivery of delineated flavours. There are no better examples of this big beautiful cigar. $619 USD $1353 AUD Ramon Allones Gigantes (25) Double Corona ABO FEB 18 PSP / HQ (Mix). What a fantastic run. You could do worse than to hold these for 5 years. 3-5 years is the window…..but if you are going to smoke them young…you enjoy that huge punch of fruit…let them rest of for 90 days…please…and if you are a local….INVITE ME AROUND! Stewed fruit/raisins now but that specific profile will reach a crescendo in 3-5 years. I like my Ramon Allones Gigantes vibrant (in terms of fruity flavour) and so would aim to go through them in the next 24 months. Not full bodied by any means (just over medium) but the level of fruitiness + coffee makes them a great post long lunch option. If reaching for a Double Corona in the spring, autumn deck sunshine, the RAG it is. $ 353 USD $1096 AUD San Cristobal Principe ALL SOLD Minutos LGR JUN 17 *Mostly HQ (All Boxes) These few boxes are the best that I have. Be very very careful buying blind on these at the moment. One of the most popular minutos for a reason. Distinctive, complex, elegant. If you could smoke pancakes with a touch of maple syrup….accompanied by a nice strong coffee…..you have nailed the flavour profile of the Principe. Always a favourite among members. Unique, satisfying. $137 USD $ 471 AUD Por Larranaga Petit Corona (50 cabs) ALL SOLD Petit Corona OBM MAY 17* Mostly PSP HQ (Mix) Brilliant. Put them down for at least 6 months to acclimatise. One of the great caramel powerhouses when aged 5 years +. Start your aging program today or add to your existing stock. For aging, you might as well put away PSP and HQ. $289 USD $959 AUD Diplomatico Number 2 (25) ALL SOLD Pyramid AME MAR 13 Aged Cracking boxes indeed. Diplomatico Number 2 possess the cream of the Monte and the sourdough, sweet bell pepper of the Partagas. While medium to just over medium bodied, they are flavour powerhouses. $396 USD $ 922 AUD **** Please provide your full name when e-mailing Diana. No name e-mails with handle only (or nothing) will be deleted. Normally (outside of the week before Christmas), the process for hand- picked stock is that each weeks orders for the prior week are brought up each Monday from the warehouse and shipped that week. If you order on a Saturday/Sunday there can be a few days extra delay (as it falls into the following weeks cycle). Similarly if you order on a Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri then they go out the following week 99% of the time. Public holidays can occasionally throw a spanner in the works. If you have multiple orders then they will be scheduled but the team will correspond with you. Do not contact Diana unless there has been a significant delay outside of the above. · This selection will be up for 24hours. First in first served as quantities are limited. Hand Picked denotes they have been selected by myself and represent a mix of high end PE, HQ and sometimes PSP. We will not cherry pick boxes on request
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    mice-eating trout in new zealand

    .......that would make me into a "stool" pigeon
  10. Ben could use some help comprising an amalgam of reviews for the new carts. I have already given him mine but we all have differing tastes. On this thread and for those that have smoked one, please give us a brief review of your experience focusing on flavour/s, strength, body etal. if you can, let us know your box code. All reviews will go into the draw for a sampler. Lisa will draw it Monday or when there are enough reviews. Many thanks H Upmann Connie B H Upmann Regalias Monte Leyenda Monte Maltes Monte Dumas Ramon Allones Silver Jubilee
  11. Excellent article https://www.havanatimes.org/?p=136121 Between Supply and Demand in Cuba’s Markets July 18, 2018 By Ivett de las Mercedes Illustration by Carlos HAVANA TIMES – In Cuba, there are supply and demand agro-markets, which differ from state-run markets because they always have produce, but prices are much higher. Here the law of “take it or leave it” is applied, and the sellers set the tune, some of which would rather see their produce go to rot than lower their prices. Yormivia Herrera 49, has been working at a stand as a seller for 18 years. HT: Who sets the prices you sell your produce for? Yormivia Hernandez: First of all, the farmer who works the land. The middle person goes with their vehicle to pick up produce from the neighboring Mayabeque province and then resells this at different supply and demand agro-markets. I’m third in the chain, that’s why prices are so high. Many customers are astonished and protest, but the more expensive things are to buy, the more expensive we have to sell them. I always try to put up with customers’ complaining, that’s why I have so many customers. HT: How long do you work? YH: I get to the stall at 8 AM and work until 6 PM. I pay 75 pesos (3.75 usd) per day for this space. Sometimes, I only work until 3 PM and my assistant carries on selling. Being in the same place for so long, nearly always sitting down, makes me dizzy and I have neck and circulatory problems. The weekend is the best time, few people come from Monday to Friday. HT: How often do you receive produce? YH: Monday is our day off selling and trucks come on Monday and Thursday afternoons to sell to us. I don’t buy beans because they are very expensive, they sell them for 12 pesos and I would have to sell them for 15, but I don’t make any profit on them because not everybody buys them. The same thing happens with malanga, they sell it for 6 pesos per lb. and I sell it for 8 pesos, but because they come covered in a lot of soil, I don’t get a good return on it. I sell bananas, oranges, papayas, onions, melons, eggplant and other root vegetables. I buy cucumbers cheap but they don’t sell quickly enough, fruit is what sells quickly. HT: Where do you store your produce? YH: There is a warehouse at the back of the market, we pay 10 pesos per day to keep our produce there. I personally always verify the weight of what I’m leaving before putting it into storage and I do the same when I collect it in the morning, but there’s always something missing in the morning. This has become a bad habit and nobody answers for what’s missing. I also pay for lunch, water, cleaning my stand and for the music they put on at the agro-market, among other things. HT: What do you do when your produce is going off? YH: I very rarely lose my produce. I always try to take advantage of the very last bit but, if it does start going off, I give customers whatever I can’t sell and isn’t rotten yet, or I consume it myself. Although, I sometimes also lower prices. When poor-quality produce comes in, I don’t buy it. Here, there are sellers who let their produce rot until it isn’t even fit for animal consumption. HT: Do you know about sellers’ tricks with scales? YH: Yes, of course. I don’t do it myself, that’s why I have so many customers. I think they put a small magnet on the scale’s arm. At the agro-market, we have a scale which customers can use to verify the weight of their purchase if they have any doubts about what they were sold and if it comes up short, sellers have to give them their money back or make up what is missing. The market manager reserves the right to punish the seller who does this with a 20-day or month-long ban on selling at their stand. HT: There are very few women here… How do you deal with machismo? YH: There are three of us women in total, but we each have our own space. I have an assistant who I pay 50 pesos per day, he helps me out a lot, especially when I have to move produce from one place to another. I have had some disagreements with my fellow sellers because sometimes they stick their noses into my business: If I drop prices, if I give away rotten produce, if I’m nice to my customers… the etc’s are endless! But, to tell you the truth, my fellow sellers are respectful, but there is definitely a great deal of machismo! HT: What happens when it rains? YH: If my produce gets wet, I lose everything. Rainwater is lethal for my products and leaks are our worst enemy. Nobody has come forward and said anything about fixing the roof. It really saddens me when rain and wind get in the way of my work. I always try to keep an eye on the weather, but sometimes we can’t escape unexpected rains, that’s why I always carry a plastic sheet in my backpack in case. HT: Is this work worth your while? YH: I don’t make much, maybe 500 pesos (25 usd) per week. It’s impossible to give you a daily estimate, but I always make something, even if it isn’t what I was expecting. I have been at this stand for many years, lots of people know me, some prefer to but from me out of friendship. I am a very positive person, I always try to be in a good mood. I have seen that nobody comes to buy when I’m depressed. HT: Do you think prices can change? YH: I know that working the land isn’t an easy job, I don’t believe I could do that, first of all because of my health problems and secondly, because agriculture requires care and attention which only farmers know. The world is ruled by the market. Farmers have the produce and they set a price they think it right, buyers can then buy it or not, that’s their choice. The price of quality products depends on what you can afford. Cubans are used to the State controlling every economic action in the country. Many years will pass by before they get used to the law of supply and demand. But, of course, getting used to it with such low wages will be impossible.
  12. Google english translation below the Spanish article. You will get the drift ...I am very happy for the peasants ___________________________________________ Nuevo reto para Héctor Luis Prieto Julio 18, 2018 Escrito por Francisco Valdés Alonso Héctor Luis Prieto, el hombre habano más joven de Cuba. / Fotos: Francisco Valdés Alonso Potenciar la producción de alimentos para el pueblo sanjuanero constituye hoy para el hombre habano más joven de Cuba un desafío que va teniendo ya sus resultados. Héctor Luis recibió en usufructo dos caballerías y media de tierras en la finca Villamil, en el barrio de Lagunillas que se encontraban cubiertas por marabú y que llevaban más de 40 años sin explotar. Con el tesón que lo caracteriza y asumiendo los gastos de la inversión el área desmontada exhibe sembrados de maíz que darán sus frutos para mediados del próximo mes. Además, sembrados de boniato, yuca, calabaza y plátano entre otros ya son palpables en las vírgenes tierras desmontadas. Con solo tres trabajadores el famoso veguero sanjuanero logra además cría de carneros, gallinas criollas y de puercos. Aunque el calor y el sol eran sofocantes el recorrido por la superficie desmontada permitió a este redactor valorar el entusiasmo del joven campesino que sueña con crear allí un emporio productivo. San Juan y Martínez convertido históricamente en un reconocido productor de tabaco, siempre ha tenido dificultad para producir alimentos tanto por el sector estatal como el campesino. Héctor Luis Prieto demuestra con esta finca que se pueden obtener alimentos para el pueblo siempre que la voluntad y los deseos de lograrlo primen por encima de las dificultades. Héctor Luis Prieto, the youngest Cuban man in Cuba. / Photos: Francisco Valdés Alonso To boost the production of food for the people of San Juan constitutes today a challenge for the youngest Cuban cigar man in Cuba that is already having its results. Héctor Luis received in usufruct two and a half hectares of land on the Villamil farm, in the neighborhood of Lagunillas that were covered by marabú and that had been untapped for more than 40 years. With the tenacity that characterizes it and assuming the expenses of the investment, the dismantled area exhibits corn fields that will bear fruit by the middle of next month. In addition, planted with sweet potatoes, cassava, squash and plantain among others are already palpable in the virgin lands dismantled. With only three workers, the famous San Juan vegan gardener also manages rams, chickens and pigs. Although the heat and the sun were suffocating, the journey through the cleared surface allowed this editor to appreciate the enthusiasm of the young peasant who dreams of creating a productive emporium there. San Juan y Martinez, historically a recognized tobacco producer, has always had difficulty producing food for both the state and peasant sectors. Héctor Luis Prieto demonstrates with this farm that food can be obtained for the people whenever the will and the desire to achieve it prevail over the difficulties.
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    How Do Cigar Shops Import Torch Lighters?

    ....do you mean i should really turn my phone to airline mode
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    How Do Cigar Shops Import Torch Lighters?

    I will put some up on Mondays 24;24
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    Ladies

    Now don't forget HSA's effort to lure the ladies. Romeo y Julieta Julieta. I was with a pair of lovely and well know habanos loving ladies at the release. This cigar was touted as made for the female market. With a grin I asked the ladies if they appreciated how thoughtful it was of HSA to release "female cigar" to the market. In unison they provided HSA with some unique storage recommendations for the "feminine" Julieta it is actually a very tasty cigar.

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