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  1. That myth about getting a factura only if buying 50 or more cigars is just that - a myth. You will get a factura for any box you buy if you ask for it and do not accept myths.
  2. Thanks for the additional passport copy info @Ryan very important, I always carry a copy of my passport in my bag. I was still asleep and forgot that important piece of info when I posted the pic ( but covered it up in my Factura ).
  3. As promised, here is a picture of the Factura that you will receive from every LCDH in Cuba for your boxes. If you do not get it, ask for it and insist on receiving one as this Factura is MOST important when taking boxes out of Cuba - you might/will be asked for it at Cuban customs when departing and better show it to avoid confiscation of boxes. It does not matter if you buy one or multiple boxes, always insist on receiving a Factura for them.
  4. Sorry, forgot to scan an original Cuban Factura for you today - will do so tomorrow if no one else has posted one.
  5. Same here, hurts my eyes too ... :-) Several Xikar cutters and scissors here, very happy with them, specially the Multitool scissors.
  6. Old Rega Planar, A&R Cambridge amp and Wharfedale speakers here plus ca. 700 LP's ... Quite happy with the set-up, still working fine after all these years
  7. Same here except for wrapping in paper towel for some minutes, just wipe the cigar dry, cut and light it. First time seen and done it with MRN in Hong Kong years back and I admit it was funny at first but the advantages, as you also mention, convinced me. No harm in trying it out.
  8. I came across this video review and found it most enjoyable as it reflects passion and a very positive approach to cigar smoking. Besides : It shows how to properly use tap water to wet the wrappers of vintage cigars. Well done IMHO
  9. No dog in this race, just happened to find this article from yesterday in Havana Times : Che’s Time in Miami and his “Hate for Imperialism” October 26, 2017 | Guevara would tell his friends that this first stay in a US city served to confirm his negative vision about the United States. By Alejandro Armengol (Cubaencuentro) Ernesto Che Guevara HAVANA TIMES — Very little is known about the time Che spent in Miami. There’s not very much to know anyway. An accidental and forced stop, while he was traveling back to Argentina to get his medicine degree. The delay extended further than expected and Ernesto went around and around in a foreign city, where a language was spoken that the young student hadn’t mastered and who was still waiting for his destiny. The writer Enrique Krauze mentions this in a magazine article, saying that this was a “bitter and tough” period, where he had premonitions. “I will attack barricades and trenches, I will cover my arms in blood,” Ernesto Guevara himself said, according to Krauze. However, during this short-lived trip, nothing happened to Guevera other than normal jobs and mishaps that any visitor experiences, who without money suddenly find themselves in a strange place. For a brief time, Che lived like an illegal immigrant in Miami. It was after the trip that the future guerrilla leader embarked on through some Latin American countries with Alberto Granados, in 1952, which he would write a diary about. Once arriving in Venezuela, Granados accepted a job at a leper’s colony near Caracas and Guevara managed to get a seat on the next plane that transferred race horses from Buenos Aires to Miami, when this landed in the Venezuelan capital to fill up with fuel. The travel itinerary included a stop-over in Miami to leave the cargo and then to return to the starting point. Coincidentally, it was July 26th when Che boarded the Douglas aircraft, with its equine load, and flew to Miami. However, when he landed in this city, the pilot discovered a fault with the engine, which forced him to stay what was thought initially to be a few days, for the necessary repairs to be made before returning. In his biography about Che, Jon Lee Anderson tells us that Guevara went to Jaime “Jimmy” Roca, who was in this city finishing off his architecture studies. Roca is the cousin of Maria del Carmen Ferreyra, the daughter of one of Argentina’s richest families who Guevara had just ended a relationship with. The architecture student was in just as tight a spot economically as the medical student, but that didn’t stop Roca from taking Che to eat out every day at a Spanish restaurant where he had a tab, on the promise that he would pay the bill when he managed to sell his car. Both youngsters spent time on the beach and walking through the city, and they even enjoyed a waiter’s generosity at a bar, who would give them free beers and fries. When the days of waiting became weeks, Roca managed to get Che a cleaning job at a Cuban air hostess’ apartment, who after a trial run fired the Argentinian when she found that he had left the place “dirtier than it was before.” However, the woman managed to get Che a job as a dishwasher at a restaurant. When he returned to Buenos Aires, Guevara would tell his friends that this first stay in a US city served to confirm his negative vision about the United States, as he saw prevailing racism in a place where black people were still discriminated against and where he had been interrogated about his political affiliations by the US police. However, Anderson points out that later Roca would remember that Che only spoke to him about the need for homes for the Latin American poor, that they never talked about politics and they tried to have the best time possible, in spite of not having any money.
  10. Stalin ( or was it Lenin, my memory fails me :-) famously proclaimed : Vertrauen ist gut - aber Kontrolle ist besser :-) Trust/Confidence is good - but Control/Check is better. Whatever - check the boxes you buy in Havana I'd say.
  11. Pleasure Ray, but my apologies as this is way over my head being "just a cigar smoker" and cannot add anything of value ... But I am happy it is a stimulating conversation and we can all learn and exchange all this information. Nino
  12. John, good to see you in Havana soon. Cannot agree more with you on this issue - had friends with same problems in Havana and I would not buy a sealed/unopened box in Havana without opening it first. No need for this when you are back home and open it ... ( did not happen to me, but to a good friend )
  13. This is the scientific reference for the aerosol comments MRN mentioned - hope it can be read clearly : :
  14. Well said and I could not agree more that the primary objective of smoking cigars is enjoyment. Having smoked many cigars with MRN over meals, drinks and conversations I dare to affirm that this is his opinion as well. Personally, I made the decision to enjoy cigars 50 years ago when, at the age of 14 in Spain, I returned weak & pale from using the bathroom after smoking my first cigar ... :-) Thank you for the kind words, I like the KISS principle and I thought it would serve well here to clarifiy and/or expand on comments. I must thank MRN for his time, his openness and for always being approachable and willing to share his vast knowledge. Do ze 多謝
  15. The missing parts explained ... I had a long telephone conversation with MRN an hour ago and he asked me to clarify here on some of his comments from that "interview" for Robert for those interested in a more detailed explanations. PLEASE UNDERSTAND WHAT IS WRITTEN HERE IS INFORMAL Regarding the "Blend Change" that seemed to start from 2003 onwards : The last batch of Criollo tobacco was planted in 2000. From 2001 onwards, Tabacuba used totally new strains of tobacco which are genetically engineered. The Criollo strain was introduced in the 1940’s. Fermentation methods are slowly improved throughout the years with trial and errors. For a completely new tobacco strain, naturally, they need to use different fermentation methods. Of course it will take years to perfect the new methods for fermentation. Right now, I think the Cubans have managed to replicate 70 to 80% of the pre-2003 marca/vitola taste profiles. Adding to the difficulty, slightly different strains of tobacco are planted every year. People should understand how difficult the task is. Blaming is easy. Try doing this by yourself if you were running Tabacuba. Regarding the 72% RH comment : Smoke is actually an aerosol. Burning of tobacco causes pyrolysis which results in water to evaporate. The distilled water in air immediately condenses and form tiny water droplets with hyper-saturated “substances” caused by pyrolysis. These substances may be soluble in water, or non-soluble which are forced into water by the pyrolysis process, which is in actuality a tiny explosion process. Theoretically, more moisture content means more aerosols and more room to carry these “substances”. Practically, too much moisture hinders optimal combustion. By trial and errors, everyone I know of agrees that 72% RH is the optimal. RH is independent of temperature. This is relative humidity, not absolute humidity. Secondary school basic physics. My inventory is built by an engineer. For people who do not have a huge stock, try these: “Boveda 72% 2-Way Humidity Control”. Please note that that these solutions do not state the temperature required. Boveda engineers do understand what RH is. The Boveda solution comes in a lot of different humidity, from 60% to 84% RH. Regarding Oxygen and Fermentation : I have noted one member here states that oxygen has nothing to do with fermentation. Every book about tobacco manufacturing I have read says that fermentation of tobacco requires and consumes oxygen. In short, no oxygen, no fermentation. I would like to see any scientific papers saying otherwise. A Nobel Prize is waiting for you. If the member cannot produce any scientific evidence. Just an “In my own opinion” thing, please do not waste people’s time.

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