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  1. Take a look at the 2016 FOH Humidor Census results and you'll see RA is right up there.
  2. A couple of years into our relationship, I was sent overseas on a work trip. It was only for a week, but I was arriving home the day after Valentine's Day. Not to worry though, as I figured that if I picked her up something nice while away, all would be forgiven. I found a nice, small diamond ring before heading home, and while it was only a few hundred dollars, I was poor and that was the most that I had ever spent on jewellery. So I was paranoid about losing it so I had it hidden away in my carry-on bag to keep it close. Upon arriving home, my beloved girlfriend was there to collect me from the airport. And I was both excited to present my gift (I was proud) and eager to be rid of it (the stupid fear of misplacing it was really getting to me). So while we were waiting at the baggage carousel, I figured this was as good a time as any, and kneeling down I started digging through my carry-on bag to find the ring and hand it to her. And as I was handing it to her it clicked - it was the day after Valentine's Day, and there I am on one knee giving her a diamond ring. So of course I immediately started spluttering something about not getting the wrong idea and this wasn't what it looked like and of course there was no way this was a proposal and all the other "correct" things one should say in this situation. Thankfully she laughed about it all but looking back I can't say it was my finest moment. We eventually did get engaged, but not for another 5 years. And that proposal came as a complete shock to her, no doubt in part thanks to the handling of my earlier mishap.
  3. I feel the same way about short fat cigars. It's important that the cigar feels in proportion, so to me a petit corona feels fine, but a short robusto feels stupid. But I can also see the hypocrisy in this statement, given that a robusto will end up the same size as a short robusto during smoking and I don't have any problems at that point.

    I normally brush my teeth and then follow with Listerine. Using either one by itself is never quite enough, but both seems to work.
  5. speilberg

    Hey, I've always loved that movie, although admittedly I was it's target demographic when it was released. And it can't be all bad - they even went to the effort to include a scene with Hook smoking two cigars using his double cigar holder.
  6. Each to their own, but I'd rather go about it the old fashioned way and burn my fingers if it's great, or skip it altogether if I'm pressed for time. @polarbear I remember spotting someone doing that at Havanathon with a corn cob pipe - was it you?
  7. What can I say - I was making the most of it and never felt any need to go faster. But I must admit that the time did surprise me a little.
  8. The Cohiba Esplendidos has been at the top of my "to try" list for quite some time. But as it's an extremely expensive cigar, it's also something that I have never been able to justify purchasing (not that they have even been around of late regardless). Knowing this, my fiancée tracked me down two singles for Christmas in 2016 so that I would at least have the opportunity to try one. And I have been waiting since then for the right situation to break one out. Tonight is my belated celebration. Back in March, I started taking flying trapeze lessons, because at 32 this seemed like a perfectly sensible thing to do. And I fell in love with it, heading out every weekend and lamenting whenever it was cancelled due to the weather. Despite the fear it instils in most who try it, it's actually a remarkably safe activity for the most part as in addition to the safety net, you are also attached to safety lines so that someone on the ground can control your fall. But unsurprisingly, those safety lines are considered training wheels, and the real fun starts when they come off. In October, I was invited to Byron Bay to attend a flying trapeze intensive weekend, with the goal of the weekend being to perform a trick with no safety lines. This is a pretty big deal, as the trapeze safety net is actually the origin of the trampoline, and just like a trampoline, bad things can happen when you don't land right. My preparation for this started three months earlier when I began training exercises to prepare me for this with things like learning how to swing and how to drop safely to the net on my back. Upon arriving in Byron Bay, I immediately launched into three straight days of training under the instruction of someone who used to perform with The Great Moscow Circus. I first needed to learn how to miss my trick - if there was any problem, I needed to be able to land in the net safely. The issue with this is that my chosen trick, the whip planche, involves releasing the bar while I'm parallel with the ground, facing down. I needed to learn how to twist in the air like a cat to land on my back - a daunting task when you're about nine metres in the air, looking straight down at that awfully solid ground. Next, I needed to learn how to catch it, something I had done countless times already, but always with those safety lines helping me more than I (now) ever realised. And finally, to make it count, I needed to learn how to return from the catcher to the other bar, and back to the platform where I had started. The highlights of this weekend are below: This is one of my proudest accomplishments, and felt that this achievement warranted breaking out my Esplendidos. It took me longer to get to this than I expected, but tonight I have finally had the opportunity to do this. Now that I've smoked it, I'm glad I waited until the time was right. First Third: The cold draw brought forward a sweetness that I have never quite experienced before. The draw is fantastic, with just the right amount of resistance. The cigar immediately opened with honey, producing copious amounts of smoke. Throughout this first third, honey remains the predominant flavour, with hints of lemongrass appearing in the background. Second Third: Throughout the second third, that sweet honey is still the predominant flavour coming through. Halfway through it changed, and now I have honey on slightly burnt toast. I'm still getting lemongrass coming through, but it's something that you have to look for. Final Third: For the final third, the burnt toast is coming through stronger. There is still a sweetness there, but it lingers on the palate now. I got as much out of this as I could, with a smoking time of just over three hours. I really, really enjoyed this cigar. I was concerned going into it that my expectations would overcome it, despite my best efforts to keep them in check. But this cigar proved to be above all that, and is up there with the best I have ever had. Moving forward, I know that I'll always have a soft spot for this cigar, not only from the joy it bestowed upon me tonight, but also for the memories it brought back as I put together that highlight video. I can't wait to visit it again. Nick.
  9. I've really enjoy both, but Hoyo de Monterrey is probably my favourite marca and the Epicure No .2 will always hold a special place in my heart, so I'm always biased towards that stick.
  10. Probably the same guy that designed this light switch:
  11. La Gloria Cubana Medaille D’Or No.4 has been an absolute standout for me. They are brilliant little sticks and I wish I had found them earlier.
  12. I found this old topic that discusses the pros and cons of cellophane:
  13. When I was in that position, I opted for the single box of the Magnum 56. It was truly an exception cigar, and although the Connoisseur A is fantastic in its own right, I also figured that I could easily pick them up in the future.
  14. Yes, she's a Bengal. Five years old now but still thinks she's a kitten. But thankfully she's much better behaved than most of the Bengals you see in videos posted on the Internet.

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