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  2. Answer the question asked, not the the question you wished to be asked! Sent from 47171 Lempo
  3. Do it.......they are supposed to be punchy. Nice bit of deep mahogany rosado on those.
  4. This poor devil suffered greatly on a rip home from the UK but I could neither smoke it or dispose of it until Rob’s challenge. The cap and most of the head were hanging on be a thread and the shaft was unraveling. I did not expect much of a draw and was sure it would simply disintegrate after a few puffs. No need to cut it, I was able to get a reasonably good pull out of the stick and was able get it lit. The stick held its ash over halfway through. Flavors were nice though muted and never evolved. There was some spice and leather notes. It had medium to light body. I don’t know how much was due to the cigar or the thunderstorm raging overhead but not an overly impressive stogie. Bonus joke: why was the leper’s hockey game halted by the ref? There was a face off in the corner...
  5. I was wondering what cigar to have this evening and you've just made the decision for me. Thanks for doing the thinking for me and have a cracking night! N Sent from 47171 Lempo
  6. A pint with Her Majesty [emoji41] - ERDM La Reina
  7. I am with you. They never make it very far for me. My biggest regret is having gone through 5 boxes of Cohiba 1966 with less than two years on them! I feel your Pain!
  8. Finally decided to take a punt on some Petit Cazzies, BOT MAR 15. Price on these was too good to pass up. The aroma is lovely. May fire one up ROTT.
  9. Something a little different today. HVC is a NC brand I still enjoy. First half was a little peppery on the retro but it’s settled down in the last half. Nothing spectacular but a solid cigar while I was repotting some plants.
  10. Love me some RG Perlas. Even better when they are already 7 years old. Original release maybe? And some cheapie JLP Petit Cazzies. Also surprised to find them with a March 15 date.
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  12. I worked for the U.S. government and have two friends I met when I was working on Fidel Castro’s detail back in 1995. I’ve maintained a good relationship with them over the years and they even helped me during a big counterfeit Cuban cigar investigation I worked back in 1998. Back in 1998 the US Attorney General for the southern district of Florida contacted our office and asked us to initiate an investigation into the countless counterfeit Cuban cigars floating around the Miami area. I have always found it rather comical that the reason the Attorney General wanted this investigation initiated was because every time he purchased a Cuban cigar in Miami it was counterfeit. He didn’t have a problem that the cigars were illegal to buy or possess, but that they were counterfeit. My friends in the Cuban government sent me a dozen boxes of genuine cigars to use as comparatives in my investigation. They have always been extremely kind to me and have shared a wealth of knowledge about Cuban cigars with me over the years. I can comfortably say they are also the reason why I got into Cuban cigar smoking and collecting. Anyway, the story behind these cigars is that I was gifted them from a family in Spain who had ties to big Cuban business. My friends father worked in Cuba in the 40’s and was gifted the box and other cigars over the years in Cuba. The box has no warranty export seal nor a Spanish import seal. This wasn’t common to see, as virtually all boxes have the Cuban warranty seal. However this box has no warranty seal and was filled with unbanded montecristo cigars. From what my Cuban government friends told me, in the 40’s it wasn’t uncommon for some cigars to come unbanded due to shortages associated with WWII. I have smoked other pre-Castro Montecristo and other cigars in Cuba that were unbanded. They came directly out of boxes owned by my government friend. If you look at the branding on the bottom of the box I believe you might be able to see that the Menendez Garcia brand is an older version than the same brand from the 1950’s. My friends also explained that before the industry was nationalized by Castro, owners would grab a box and fill it up with cigars to gift to friends. (I suppose the same could be done today, but I never asked that question). Because these boxes were not intended for sale (inside or outside of Cuba) they didn’t have to put warranty seals or even bands on the cigars if they chose not to. I suppose for me the biggest way to determine a cigars authenticity is to smoke one. I have had pre-embargo montecristo cigars before and I feel comfortable saying these are the genuine article. As you are aware, the cap on many pre-embargo cigars was finished differently, without the triple cap so well known today. These cigars have the same look, and smell of pre-embargo montecristo cigars I have tried before. The smell of old pre-embargo cigars is certainly unique and once you smell it I feel you won’t mistake cigars with that kind of age on them for something younger. They still have good strength and a myriad of complex spice, flowers and earth notes. These cigars were not box pressed but still maintain their round appearance. They could originally have had somewhat of a box press to them, but several cigars were smoked by the owner over the years. This fact has allowed the cigars more room to breathe and maintain their rounded shape. I’m certainly not a pre-embargo expert and always welcome the input of fellow aficionados. Many Thanks, Patrick
  13. I have to disagree! The daunting aspect of this hobby is that you have no real control of the quality of the cigar you buy. With respect, you suffer from peer pressure. @Buck14, and some others have it right. I am not blaming others for their opinions, they are due them... The problem comes from blind following. You may well find that in a year, your favorite cigar is no longer that good. Luck of the draw, poor construction, changing tastes, etc. The fact is, Tabacuba, while making the best cigars, does not do a very good job at making them consistently good. ... no cigar is worth driving into a ditch for...! -LOL -the Pig
  14. I've had a couple of these...the profile for me was nowhere near traditional cohiba flavors. You must be a transactional attorney with some of the hours you work?
  15. I recently ordered a Prometheus lighter. I went with the Ultimo X Black Lacquer. I can't comment on durability, but I've been very pleased with it so far. It's very premium feeling and has a triple torch flame that is directed to a single point. Also has a built-in punch. Not too expensive either at US $90.
  16. This. One of the high points of Western Civilization
  17. 2015 lunch on Mrs. Wookie’s 44th birthday and also our wedding anniversary. Big ass party tonight. These cigars are consistently wonderful.
  18. What WAS that? Hi all. Being a Cuban cigar newbie is a lot like being a detective without many solid leads and a bunch of witnesses contradicting each other. The cigars themselves are often confusing and the vendors never give me any info worth a damn. I just had a Montecristo No.2. I picked up a pack of 3 40 days ago, and it's been resting in my humidor since then at about 65%. In the interest of brevity, won't get into the details regarding the flavor notes save to say that if the quality of the first half had also included the last half, it would easily have placed in my current top 3. A veritable array of different yummy caramelized flavors and incredibly smooth and pleasant overall. Then something happened, and I'm specifically interested in this one flavor that is a first for me and that left me kind of shocked and befuddled. A distinct taste of what I would characterize as acetone or perhaps glue. I guess a general description would be some kind of solvent. Luckily, the solvent disappeared quite quickly, but the cigar never really recovered. I picked up distinct notes of ammonia and it got gradually harsher and less interesting and it also started burning pretty badly and hot too, even though I smoked it slow and with veneration. What a shame. So what WAS that solvent thing? And how in the world can a cigar go from that good to that bad in the same cigar? Help a brother out. Thank you.
  19. Try an H.Upmann Connie No. 1 with at least 4-5 years of age on it and it will completely change your mind.
  20. The most daunting aspect of this hobby, the patience required to stock up enough cigars to wait so many years, whilst still enjoying when you want. I’m trying to get there myself
  21. Party short hitting on all cylinders Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. Something new, a 2000 horsepower electric Lotus
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