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About chris12381

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  1. Buying blind Cuba

    Hate to throw a wrench in your plans...but personal experience is REALLY slim pickin' this soon after the festival. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  2. The demise of HDM

    @ElPresidente, if you to start going through boxes of HdM Epi 2 50 cabs that just arrived your werehouse...and you were a betting man, which factory code(s) would you most likely gravitate towards in the hopes that when you open the box, you see some PSP or HQ worthy cigars? Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  3. The demise of HDM

    One of my "go to" cigars, the Epicure No. 2, is my girlfriend's absolute favorite. We're waiting for its return to glory. "They just don't look as good as they used to. Even in the 50 cabs." - Said last week by my girlfriend, as she hunted through the boxes of Epi 2s Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  4. By the way the YUL cigar blog lists the Talisman at 331CUC. I've found the pricing to be quite accurate. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  5. I'll skip past the questions regarding the boxes and go straight to the currency. Here are todays, gone tomorrow's exchange rates. The CUC is tied to the USD. Everyone pays a 3% tax/fine/service charge/whatever you want to call it for currency exchange. Ever since 2004, there's been 10% penalty on USD so don't forget to figure that into to your math.
  6. Probably a tie between Ramón Allones 898 and Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2. Though I have been buying quite a bit of Juan Lopez Selección No. 2 lately.
  7. I only ask because your storage sounds just fine, so I'd look elsewhere. It's been my experience that a cigar will forgive frequent overdrawing in the 1st half and right around the 2nd half, the heat that is generated can cause wrapper splits and/or tunneling. Some people say no more than a draw a minute. You could also turn your draws into shorter "puffs" to reduce the heat generated. You can try this "training tool" to help you slow down (if that is the problem). I have had friends swear by it when I sent them the link after they told me all the cigars I gave them tasted bitter.
  8. How frequently do you draw on the cigar? Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  9. Palio Cutter

    Palio was acquired in 2015 by Quality Importers. Production was relocated from USA to China. Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  10. When did this start?

    I have a nice box of Upmann No. 2s from you with no stamp whatsoever.
  11. We've used an LRAD at our airport for bird scaring and abatement. Pretty effective. Cost / benefit ratio is way out of whack compared to regular non leathal shotgun cracker shells. Sure was fun to use though! Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  12. Help with exhaust system

    As much as increasing the cfm outflow is good, don't forget to ensure you have have a fresh air or "make up air" source. Without that, as you start pulling more and more cfm from the room, it's like sucking air through a plugged straw. Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
  13. DING DING DING!!! This is all you need to know. I've been hearing this rumor for over a decade. Which would mean that for over a decade, "hundreds of thousands of pounds", many times over would have had to have found their way from Nicaragua and Honduras into Cuba. Boat after boat, clandestinely loaded with tobacco, floating their way into Cuba. And in all those years, no one has been able to produce a single photo of a bale of tobacco with "Hecho en Honduras" or a Bill of Laiding/Guia de Carga describing such a shipment. Even a photo in a factory during any step of the production process of tobacco that looks like it doesn't belong in Cuba? Nope. Exposing this would provide enough incentive for the non-Cuban cigar industry to compensate anyone on the island handsomely with such evidence...should it exist. And yet? Nada.

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