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    Golf, Cigars, Scotch, the Arizona Wildcats and New York Yankees.

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  1. I have a box but below is NOT my personal review of the Capuleto so it doesn't obviously count but I thought it would be of some interest to those reading this thread. It came back from a good friend over the summer who is a very experienced smoker with a good palate. I recently sent him some of my stuff to get some thoughts and other validations of my stock and see where his thoughts are compared to mine. I sent it as part of 15 or so cigars I sent to him completely blind and below is his blind review of the Capuleto. Colorado wrapper shade promises big rich smoking experience; solid feel without any soft spots or apparent flaws offers hope that performance will not be an issue; closer exam reveals veiny, toothy character and curiously dry quality -- but not in the sub-par storage way, just that this particular wrapper isn’t oily at all. Pre-light, the cold draw smacks me with light, bright fresh-cut greens sweetness --- excellent promise for what’s to come. The draw is fine, flirting with tight, but perhaps that’s the ring guage? As expected by a solid feel and good draw, the burn is proper and develops without much blister and, wonder of wonders, the first puffs are light and airy, with citrus-fruit highlights. Aroma is toasted nut-like, walnuts maybe, and then marvelous just-baked bread pops up, that yeasty note wafts about. Once I hit cruising speed I’m getting a chewy mouthful of smoke, easily matching the promises of the aroma. Overall, performance ranks near the top: holding a steel grey ash well, virtually no blister, and nice cool draw with big flavor! If all of that keeps up, ladies and gentlemen we have a winner! But, please hold your tickets, as we have a ways to go before the finish line...if the first 1/3rd gave me sweet floral and barnyard notes, chased by just a hint of green-ness ( youth ) it was balanced and full enough, ending the phase with lip spice and some power rising, while the retrohale remained almost soft -- baking spices! I was enjoying the mix so much I had to force myself to slow down, otherwise I’d be overheating the smoke, even one this fat. Nearing halfway mark, I still notice clean floral top notes but now I’m tasting and smelling plenty of big earthy ( not muddy yet ) wood/ wet leather/ nut-oil mixed in; surprisingly, these elements are all playing nice! Completely unforced, I find myself making comparisons to past examples of Cohiba/Trinidad and Behike : solid company for any brand/size to fall into ---but can these flavors be sustained? Let’s find out, even at the risk of tainting what has already happened ( hard to be excited about a cigar you only want to smoke part way through, no matter the price. ) Nearing the final third, the smoke is still clean, deep but not (yet) overstrong or one-note; new flavors creep in, leathery and oily, but near silky, not the gummy, overbearing mouth-coating effect so common in recent years. Forest fruit, dark cherries, dried raisins and some pleasant mineral notes come in and out -- those are hallmarks of a successful, complex blend. If you have to chase them, look for, and hope for, their return, then you certainly cannot be bored or disappointed by a cigar offering such a dance. The retrohale has a powdery, almost talc-like quality, and the aroma is now all-enveloping, so I get up and leave, stay away for moments. On return, I find it lovely, warm and toasty but not rank, sour or foul. By this time though, some burn issues have arisen, but the burn corrects itself without a touch-up and I simply ash the end, and the wrapper holds -- not tearing or splitting. Now comes the moment where humidor time earns extra thanks: and sure enough, yet more complex notes emerge. Almost like reaching the center of malted milk ball, but these are far forward on your palate -- dark honey, chased by ginger, more mineral elements: this is a meaty smoke, only somehow it’s also showing me echoes of the floral and cream notes that marked the very beginning. Nothing lasts long enough to dominate, and as it comes down to the end, it’s mostly muscle, but far from overpowering. I force myself to slow down once more, because I don’t want this cigar to end - what other changes can it offer? There are still sweet, syrupy tastes, and the mouthfeel is rich but absolutely clean - nuances come and go, but no one aspect takes full control, and by carefully pacing my smoking rate it hasn’t overheated. What a pleasure and how I wish it would last just that much longer -- but to avoid ruining the experience, and souring my taste buds, I lay this one to rest. While the tastes that highlighted the beginning are some of my favorites, the changes that followed were welcome, and never left me bored or let down. This is a cigar worthy of plenty of humidor time, and one that will continue to improve almost certainly. If you have more than a few, count yourself lucky -- if you only have the one box, try not let yourself smoke them too fast, otherwise, one day soon you’ll look down and see the last one --- and realize you won’t ever get to enjoy that mix of flavors again.
  2. Tiger Woods

    I am sure I could never understand what his life is like but I do have sympathy for him as a human being despite and all the self inflicted mistakes he has made. Still I will never understand the very wealthy that get behind a wheel and drive in any circumstance impaired when having someone available 24 hours is an easy thing to do. Having said that it is not like he takes his money and fame and does nothing. His tournament raises a lot of money and his foundation has helped, and continues to help, a lot of children so far. For the children he is helping his family and himself I am hoping he gets his life and health (mental and physical) in order. It's possible now he can do more to help others by being an inspiration in a different sense but good person on not at least his work in his foundation is more admirable than anything he has accomplished on the golf course so I will continue to root for him as a person and hopefully a success again. Arnold and Jack did it differently but lets hope when he gets to their age we will be talking about this part of his life as the exception not he rule.
  3. Rob, Never heard Petula Clark? Have you ever seen a show called Seinfeld?
  4. When the rules weren't as clear I had a bit of an argument about a lighter in an approved container taken from my golf bag that was being checked in Phoenix. The JetBlue lady behind the counter interjected what was starting to be a bit of an argument between me and a few TSA guys and eventually mailed it to my address. I never forgot that and wrote them a nice letter about her after I received it. Sometimes you get lucky I guess.
  5. Buying Cubans duty free

    I came through a Duty Free in Mexico a few years back (maybe 8-10) and got a very good fake Sig VI tubos. I even sent it to someone who is well known on the boards who opened it up and confirmed it was a well done fake. It happens or happened but regardless be happy you can take care of the collective knowledge of the Board here to help you out.
  6. Super Bowl Competition

    1) Atlanta 2) Freeman 3) Ryan 4) Edelman
  7. Locked and Loaded.....

    Election night in one of the most watched areas of the country I am guessing it should be pretty quiet down there! Have fun Prez! :-)
  8. Exodus 180

    Very interesting thread! I hope when the dust settles the people do better than the Native Americans did at least originally. I can certainly say that I have "donated" more than my share back over the years. On to cigars I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't just put a ban on the export of non rolled tobacco, assuming they had an interest in allowing private companies to conduct business in the Country. If you want to make Cuban cigars then they are grown, rolled and packaged by Cubans in Cuba etc etc Just my two cents.
  9. I freeze everything mostly because my cabinet in my unfinished basement can get a little warm. In the hottest part of the summer it gets to 72-73 degrees so I just sleep better but I never had a problem and know plenty of people that haven't had any problems as well.
  10. Punch Aguilas (instead of RJ ) Perfecto 50 x 143
  11. I use the Avallo with the 4 canisters and additional fans and have no complaints. I went a little overboard and put a canister (two likely would have worked) on each shelf along with the additional fans and best I can tell I have a pretty stable humidity throughout. I also like the ability to easily adjust the humidity accordingly which this time of year is great with my temps in the 58-60F range.
  12. I don't agree with the process but 3 Cubans in the top 25 makes some sort of sense only when you look at the way they say they rate cigars. First, I don't know the number but a guess would be maybe 15-20% of the cigars they rate are Cubans (13 out of 77 in last issue by my quick unofficial count) if that many. Second, they supposedly buy them at retail and then if they score well buy them again for the final tasting. So it seems they are buying the Cubans blind and since a large part of the scoring in the top 25 relies on consistency it makes sense to me that for this type of testing Cubans don't score as well as we would think. That is not to excuse 3 in the Top 25 of course but it's just my attempt at a rational explanation. I know I am very happy I don't have to buy blind and I suspect that if CA did the same things might change.
  13. Since about the age of 12 I have always wanted to be Hugh Hefner's replacement and for over 30 years nothing has changed.
  14. I suck compared to some of you guys (12 handicap :-) ) but I also enjoy smoking on the course as well but I stick to NC's as I generally as I don't have time to concentrate on them. My old tobacconist used to ask me where and when I was playing the next day and select a few for me. I used to think that was a bit much but I did actually find that certain wrappers smoked better in windy conditions.

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