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    Texas, USA
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    5Fs: Faith, Family, Friends, Freedom, Firearms #2A; also Habanos, Whiskey, Rum, College Football, Independent-craft Beer, and Pugs.

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  1. Made that correction in the title.
  2. Much like @Derboesekoenig said, I've found the whole Partagas line to have an element of pepper in them, some lighter, some much heavier. The PSE2s, PSP2s, and PSD4s really seem to have a pepper element to them that shines, peppery in a good way. Now, I can add the 8-9-8s to that as well.
  3. This is my best cigar of 2018 so far. It was part of a trade with @cfc1016 that we completed. This was my first ever 8-9-8, just never got around to smoking one. I compared my notes with some other cigars I've had this year, and this by far, so far, is the one I rated the highest, so it is my best of 2018. I can see why these sell out so quickly on 24:24. The H.Upmann Connie A I had today, was a close second. On the cold draw the cigar had some spice, cocoa powder, light pepper, and a little cedar. Once lit, the cigar demonstrated the same spice, a darker chocolate note, light pepper, some cedar, and left a finish of coffee bean on the palate during the first third. The second third the chocolate and coffee really picked up, the spice dropped a little as did the cedar. Pairing it with some Balcones Brimstone was a great choice. The smokiness in the whiskey is complimenting this cigar in a fantastic way. The final third, the cigar has now turned into the Partagas pepper bomb, more heat, still some coco and coffee, but mostly a nice peppery note. Wow is all I can say about this cigar and I must add it to my collection.
  4. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Out at a neighborhood BBQ/Ice cream social this afternoon, enjoying my first H.Upmann Connie A compliments of @awkwardPause and pairing it with some Balcones Texas Rye. He added it in as an extra on a trade, thank you! This may be my best cigar of 2018, will do the full review later, as I'm taking notes here, this is just a great cigar. I can see why these fly when up on 24:24.
  5. Pappy Van Winkle prices

    Bourbon by definition describes the mash bill, must be at least 51% corn, so it can be distilled anywhere, and there are some deviations on bourbon: 1) Bourbon, by law, must be aged in a brand-new, charred white oak barrel to be called straight bourbon whiskey—that means, a barrel can only be used once for bourbon. 2) Nothing can be added to bourbon in the distilling process except water. So, that means that all the flavor comes from the charred oak barrels. 3) The angel's share. By law, bourbon must be aged in barrels for at least two years. As bourbon is "sleeping " in the barrel, it loses some to evaporation every year and that's called the "angel's share." A sign at the Buffalo Trace distillery explains why: "Because we like to think it is the bit of bourbon we are sharing with the angels." To be a Kentucky Straight Bourbon it has to meet certain requirements including the above, and someone correct me if I'm wrong, it has to be aged at least 4 years for the designation.
  6. Iced coffee question

    I use my French press, make the coffee very strong, and then when I pour it over ice it dilutes it just enough. I put in double the amount of coffee I would for a hot brew, let it sit in the fridge for 48 hours, and then ready to drink over ice. Not too much to it. Having a good French press is key.
  7. Pappy Van Winkle prices

    Unfortunately, you are so correct.
  8. Daily Cup O' Joe

    I have yet to have a 'bad' cup of coffee from Black Rifle, I find their beans to be roasted just how like them, but that's me. I think a lot has to do with the quality of water people use as well as brewing it at too high of a temperature. I think that is where a lot of the bitterness and acidity really come through. Coffee doesn't need to be brewed at piping hot temps. I really enjoy using my French press and cold brewing with it, you really get some great flavors from the beans that way, you just have to have more patience. I love dark roasted coffee, just my preference. I only use Waiakea Hawaiian water in the coffee maker, a little costly for water yes, but the flavor, I've found it to be totally worth it. I love how it turns out.
  9. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Just finishing up a Partagas Coronas Senior while getting some lawn work done.
  10. If you're a coffee drinker, what's in your daily cup? Anything kept special for weekends or special occasions? During the week, the wife and I drink Black Rifle Coffee Company blends, usually Murdered Out blend, Freedom Fuel, or Beyond Black. They just moved their offices to San Antonio, TX, and celebrated with a Freedom Fuel Limited Edition Texas Roast. I couldn't resist and got a few bags. Delicious! Usually on the weekends and when we have people over, we break out our limited stuff, either real Cubita dark roast, Serrano, or a type of Kona coffee (Mountain Thunder dark roast or Makua medium or dark roast).
  11. Pappy Van Winkle prices

    I miss those days too! Unreal how the markets have changed. I could go into a store and pick up a case of Buffalo Trace no issue, now when it comes in they limit it to 1 bottle per person. I would add the following to the list of good bourbons for not the high price point, all are prices I've paid in Texas: 1792 - 1.75mL ~$50 Buffalo Trace - the regular brand ~ $45 for 1.75mL Russell's 10 Yr - 750mL ~ $35 per bottle J.Henry & Sons Wisconsin Straight Bourbon Whiskey - 750mL ~ $35 Basil Hayden Kentucky Straight Bourbon - 750mL ~ $35 Balcones Texas Blue Corn Bourbon - splurge 750mL ~$65 Russell's Reserve Single Barrel Bourbon - splurge 750mL ~ $50
  12. I recently added a bottle of 1792 Kentucky Straight Bourbon to my collection, and I'm glad I did. This was reported on the early afternoon news: http://www.wlky.com/article/collapse-at-barton-1792-sends-bourbon-barrels-crashing-to-ground/21769369 Looks like I will be heading out and getting another bottle or two.......
  13. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Wife called to say she's about 2 hours from home, traveling back from a conference. Time for one more out back with iced coffee, VR Famosos SLE AGO 16. Happy Friday!
  14. Exactly, and well said! My hope is that some newbies or vets get to try some cigars that I've been fortunate enough to add to my collection and can now share them with others that may not have had the chance to try those. It's a great community and I'm glad I was able to participate.
  15. FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Just got the Newbie/Vet boxpass box on its way. So, a pre-lunch iced C & C before we hit triple digits today:

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