El Presidente

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  • Birthday 02/12/1965

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  1. On the water this morning with Adam and if things are going well I would have already posted some pictures. Either way the day started with a rum and a cigar (Ramon Allones Small Club Corona on this occasion). No…it is never too early Mooloolaba is a beautiful beachside town with a picture perfect bar that when heading out puts you right behind the breakers. Well…most time unless there is a hell of a swell. I have had a few close shaves. Not this morning however. Capt Gav had the boat ready at 6am. Adam was there ready to go and so I strung together my 9 weight Sage and 11 weight Loomis for the battles to come. 30 lb leader on both. Adam is on the custom spin gear. Should be a battle royale between spin and fly 6 knots heading out of the harbour and normally 15 minutes before we see the first Tuna. + Gav has to tell us what has gone on in his life since the last time we caught up and naturally we fill him in as well. Hence the cigar and rum right now is the perfect time! …….yes…..I have done this before. If I have timed it right, by the time we see the first circling birds and tuna tails a diving we will be on the last draws of the Small Club Corona. ….of course a bad day means I could have finished a Monte A before sighting any fish Will keep you informed throughout the day! Have a cracker Rob PLEASE NOTE *One e-mail please containing your Full name and Forum handle. E-mails not containing Full name and Forum handle will be deleted. * If you cancel an order, take a couple of months holiday from 24:24. 24:24 will be posted 10:30am local time Tuesday to Thursday. 8:30 pm New York 24:24 will posted 7:30 am local time on Monday and Friday (9:30 pm London/ 5:30 pm New York) * 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. * 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 $100 AUD WILL HAVE A $15 Shipping Fee Added Hoyo De Monterrey San Juan (25s) ALL SOLD Robusto Extra SOM DIC 16 SGA SEP 16 *Mostly PSP HQ (Mix) A mate of mine popped into have lunch on Friday and a few cigars. It was indeed a looooong lunch! I asked him what was his favourite cigar. He has access to all being based in HK and travelling regularly. His favourite cigar? The Hoyo De Monterrey San Juan. I promised to pick him a box yesterday and while I was there I picked these for members. Sublime quality. Cream and light toast, cinnamon on the edges. Decadent. Viscous tongue coating smoke. Cream, cedar, tea, quality toasted tobacco is all on display but this is predominantly a lay down cigar for a few years to enable the sweet spices to develop alongside the cream present now. $313 USD $810 AUD Bolivar Libertador LCDH 2013 Release (10). Sublimes ETP DIC 15 ETP JUN 16 Mostly Clearance Not many cigars are smoking better. The light on the porch has come on for many as to how good these are. Locally guys like Artie and Sam have switched to them full time. Life must be a lot simpler when you can manage to live with one cigar! Lush smoking cigar starts of light medium and then comes home with a spinnaker. Pure Bolivar. Great Bolivar. Cocoa, leather, touch of wood, earth, honey. It is a big cigar (Sublimes) and not really in my normal size profile. However when a cigar is this good, you appreciate the extra time you have with it. Flavour powerhouse. One Box : $ 159 USD $360 AUD Two boxes: $ 310 USD $695 AUD Vegas Robaina Don Alejandro ALL SOLD BMP MAR 16* Mostly Hand Picked I may have made a slight mistake in my assessment on how long these will be around. None arrived in the last shipment but let’s not panic too much until we seen the next. From the cigars that ken and I video reviewed this year to date, the Vegas Robaina Don Alejandro was up there with the best. I don’t smoke a lot of double coronas but the DA made we wish I smoked more. Ken does smoke a ton of double coronas and he couldn’t fault it. The below flavour description nails it. Chocolate, coffee cream, dried fruit edge, touch of leather (slight). Just a an element of class and a very enjoyable two hours for me. Rich, classy, smooth. Excellent. $ 321 USD $968 AUD Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure Number 2 (50) Robusto ROM SEP 16* Mostly PSP HQ (Mix) The standout Epi 2’s available at the moment. Truly, nothing else is coming close to the quality of these 50 cabs. I recommend them highly as it has been a tough year for Epi 2 lovers to date. There is an army of Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure number 2 fans. When they are done right they are an enticing medium bodied mix of cream, spiced cloves, cocoa and a touch of cinnamon. The problem is that in in 2017 quality has gone backwards. We have to work five times as hard to locate FOH quality Epicure Number 2. If you are in the market, pick them up when they are on 24:24 in order to avoid potential disappointment. Get excellent examples and you will have fantastic cigar experience. $422 USD AUD $1358 AUD Partagas Shorts (25) ALL SOLD Minutos GEO MAR 15* Mostly Clearance Good quality boxes of Shorts in 25’s. They will run the mix of PE to PSP. The cabs have been higher in quality that the dress boxes for much of this year. Not this week. Solid boxes of the faithful Partagas Short. Have been a little thin on the ground of late but we have enough here to see us through the day. Hit’s the spot perfectly when you need that 40 minute Partagas strong coffee, sourdough flavour. Forum favourite for a reason. $118 USD $ 375 AUD E-mail Diana (sales@clubczar.com) to place your order. Do not send a PM as you may miss out *** 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.
  2. Brilliant review! I love this cigar so much...and you just reminded me why
  3. I try not to "assume" they have a clear and holistic strategy You have a JV. In reality a three way JV.....London (Imperial), Spain (Altadis), Cuba They play their cards very close to their chest ....even among themselves. The Cuban side of the equation has formerly been more focused on retaining tradition. That may have changed as more and more of the old school execs have found the door (or been shown it). Going back to the mid 2000's I was made aware by parties involved of the battle at meetings to retain cigars put on the discussion list for discontinuation. The lists were whittled down until presented at the mid year distributor marketing meeting in Havana. I have stopped following HSA politics for years. From an outsider looking in the current scarcity of their prime resource gives them little option than to chase ROI currently. There are listed companies involved and that is their brief. I doubt that upsetting a small % of their client base on discontinued low ROI cigars is even on their radar. Producing Behike and Siglo VI in numbers certainly would be. Still, when there raw material stores come back into balance it wouldn't be out of the question to think that a reintroduction of some discontinued cigars would come back on the radar......just in a different supply manner. It will likely be under a new CEO/VP who can sell the argument to the JV as in the best interests of the business.
  4. An older article that I have previously missed. It warms the cockles of my entrepreneurial heart Makes me think of my good friend Carlos at the nacional who has gone from bartender to part owning and running one of the most successful paladars in old havana (El Rum Rum) http://www.cnbc.com/2016/11/17/these-cuban-engineers-and-dentists-now-make-more-money-with-their-own-start-ups.html?slide=1
  5. outside of the Saint Luis Rey Regio.....all Saint Luis Rey need time. There are no shortcuts unfortunately. It's a blend thing
  6. This is the question that was asked of me Friday on the deck. I tried not to over think it. Current production (less than 2 years of age) Cohiba Robusto SGA MAR 16. Everything that is great about CORO. Smooth, rich with deep cream, light coffee, honey and citrus edge. Can still taste it when I close my eyes. Over two years of age: Romeo y Julieta Exhibicion Number 4. POU JUN 13. Complexity in spades. Just under medium bodied but it screamed morello cherries and liquor. Your two choices based on your experience?
  7. Now we're talking. Some of my favourite cigars! Dalias, corona gorda, corona extra, cazadores.....something for everyone in the flavour realm. I don't believe any other vitola range brings such a kaleidoscope of flavour variation. This week will run 43 to 46 review week. it doesn't have to be special, just find a little time, pick the cigar, select an accompanying tipple, review and take a photo or two. Start a new thread for each review as follows....you get the drift: Punch Punch TOR ENE 16 : Ode to the 43 to 46 gauge review week. three prizes (samplers) drawn Monday the 29th of May. One ticket per review. Please include a photo. All reviews will be moved to the FOH review section upon completion. We love reading your reviews
  8. Target marketing Target market messaging Brand building. They haven't deleted Petit Corona's. Margins on a JLPC would be the same as a Monte 4, PLPC, R&J PC etal. Dip 4/JLPC and others in a 50,000 box run every three years (not released in the same year) would achieve sales, re-engage with a core market and provide market commentary/interest.
  9. Have a great trip mate Regent Hotel has an excellent cigar shop, La Caca Cubana owned by Jimmy Ng. The Connoisseur Divan (207 River Valley Road #01-62 UE Square) is a ton of fun later in the week (Thursday/Friday/Saturday evenings). For a walk on the wilder side of life.....brilliant live band at Brix Nightclub (bottom of the Hyatt hotel). One of Di's favourite haunts. Eye candy a plenty.
  10. Beautiful post Ray I don't seek to address your points directly. I have no idea what an expert is. It certainly isn't me. I have a decent bullshit meter for both others and myself. If someone has extensive experience in certain cigars I listen. I am intrigued. When on the rare occasion I am fortunate enough to be in the company of the Simon Chases of this world, I listen. There is still a glint in their eye as they discuss the cigar. When Foxy (Rob) pulls out a Por larranaga from the 70's to share I love the interaction, again the glint in their eye as they tell the tale as much as I enjoy the cigar. When Stan the travel agent changes from his beloved Especial to a Monte 2 over numerous weeks I ask why? I listen. Intrigued. The Stans of this world teach me as much as anyone else. Today I treat every cigar I smoke as a (largely) referred friend. I limit the expectation but provide the canvas for it to do its work. Some excel, some pass, some fail. Some that pass and fail will excel in the future, some never do /never will. They are but cigars.
  11. Seriously.....if you were broken into the thief would end up with nothing but a hangover, a pile of Springsteen CD's and the need for a tetanus shot.
  12. Spot on. There are plenty of others that would benefit from such a rollout strategy.

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