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About SokaKiel

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  • Birthday 04/27/1978

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    Tokyo - Hamburg
  • Interests
    Time with my wife and sons. When traveling on business loads of cigars. Due to the job, Yachts, good food and wine.

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  1. I have to second this opinion, took me many phone calls and eventually a not so friendly letter from the family lawyer in Germany until they refunded my money. And that’s a good 10 years ago now. Used to go there regularly when I lived in Hamburg in the early 2000’s. In the shop and in Person it was always ok. But now I’m with Claus! Stay away as far as you can! In Berlin I’ve always been treated very well at ‘Herzog am Hafen’. Even though it’s the same owner as the LCDH I’ve always received great service from the guys, either online or in the lounge.
  2. Awesome! Thanks so much for putting up prices regularly for all of us! Absolutely stocked that I won this time around! Keep up your awesome work! Will post the mystery sticks once they arrive at my door step! Cheers!
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    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Finally managed to catch up with Chris [mention=5835]ChanceSchmerr[/mention] over the last two days in the Seychelles of all places. Both of us sailors, we’ve coincidentally ended up on the same island at the same time! Love FoH for stuff like that! Yesterday we drove around the main island of Mahe a bit, had a good seafood lunch on the beach at ‘Del Place’ on the west coast! Afterwards we enjoyed some cigars down at Anse Royal at ‘Cafe Kreol’. I have spend many weeks down here over this winter season and can highly recommend the islands. There are not just high end resorts here, you’ll find anything from cheap AirBnB’s to $10.000 a night villas. And if you ever cross path with Chris, don’t miss the chance to catch up, what a great Botl! Thanks Chris!
  4. Shopping at Dubai Airport yesterday. VR Don Alejandro from 2014 RA UAE boxed 2016 Diplomaticos Ammunition 2018 Catching up with Chris[mention=5835]ChanceSchmerr[/mention] tonight, let’s see if we can try them all three today[emoji41] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Japanese Whisky - Chichibu

    I was lucky once, about four years ago and got the whole series, wine wood, MWR and Double distillery’s in small 200ml bottles for $20 dollars each. Great stuff! Loved the long skinny bottles. Saw them for the first time in a while again today at Dubai Duty free at $200 per 700ml bottle! Crazy! If I ever come across any other Ichiro Whisky in Japan it’s usually at shops that specialize in buying up stuff and reselling it and the go from anywhere between $500 to $1000 per bottle. Had a chat last year with the owner of a local shop and he said he only sells them to selected customers where he’s pretty sure that they will drink it instead of reselling it! He’s got random Chinese coming in daily and offering him ridiculous amounts of money for the bottles but he won’t sell as they only want to take them back home and resell them. There are guys now flying I to Japan and just hunting down bottle shop after bottle shop searching g for any decent whisky to buy and then take home to resell. Absolutely nuts! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Japanese Whisky - Chichibu

    High jacking this thread about Japanese whisky, sorry for that. Living in a Tokyo suburb and buying Japanese whisky for the last eight years I can’t believe where the prices have ended up! Saw this earlier today at Dubai fury free! I bought two small bottles (180ml) of this for 1000¥ each, that’s about 10$, just about two month ago at my local convenience store! Every day on my way to the gym I pop back in to see if they’ve got more but they’ve never turned up again. Just half a year ago I could get a bottle of 12 year old Yamasaki for around 100$ at selected spirit shops, five years ago it sold for 40$ at every supermarket in the country. Today you mostly find fake Japanese whisky in the local supermarkets (mainly imported stuff from Scotland, stored for a bit in Japan, rebottled and then sold as ‘japanese’ whisky). Every now and then two three bottles of real Japanese whisky pop up here and there but that’s it! I’ve stocked up on a few bottles of ***** from the Barrel, my go to daily stuff, if you can find it it’s about 30$. But I’m sure it’ll be gone soon too. Nuts, nowadays I buy good 12 & 18 year old Scottish bottles in Japan for better prices than in Europe. Will take a break from Japanese whisky until the prices relax again! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Smoking a VR Don Alejandro at the Emirates Lounge in Dubai. Just bought the box SUE NOV 14 an hour ago here at the airport. Was the last one they has, luckily I bought another box here last month! According to the manager they’re out of stock and won’t get any more. Smokes very well, medium bodied, loads of creme, heaps of smoke. So nice that there are still some airports in this world where you can sit back and relax with a good cigar! Stock up if you can still find them anywhere! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. If you only have the late afternoon, evening I’d recommend ‘Del Place’ restaurant on the opposite side of the island, about 25mins. drive from the main harbour. Mahe, the main Ausland, has some 60 beaches but you’ll barely have time to see them depending on when you finish duty. We’ve just spend all winter in the Marina in Mahe, I’ll send you a DM with more information. I’ll be back on the island Wednesday, maybe we can catch up for a drink! Cheers, Leif
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    Video Review - Bolivar Tesoro RE 2016

    Well it’s definitely time for me to get back to Germany and dig out my boxes to try one or two of them! Thanks for the great review! Edit: had a quick look on the German forum, it seems like most boxes over there are ETP August to November. No idea about my boxes, won’t make it back to my basement storage in Germany before May/July😒 Cheers, Leif
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    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Had a busy day, House full of friends, six kids running and screaming around but everybody had a good time. Now time to sit back and relax on my own with my last single Talisman. Can’t say that I’m blown away, smoked the first third by now. Just another proof for me that LE’s are not my thing. I will keep smoking my old stock of various LE’s and try a few of the new ones but won’t go deep on them anymore. So much good regular stuff to be had for a way better price. Just to think I could have had three DC’s for the price of this Cohiba[emoji848] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. SokaKiel

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Was fed up with rain and average weather in Tokyo so I convinced the wife we had to go on a short trip to Hoi An/Vietnam. Had a Mag 54 first and now I’m enjoying a LGC RE Espana on the balcony while the family is already asleep. Tonight we went into town for dinner, lovely place, unfortunately too many tourists around[emoji23] We’ve got three more days, food coma is awaiting us at the end, that’s for sure! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Not sure if this was once the home to a bunch of beetle larvae but nobody was home! My ‘el cheapo’ give-away Cutter sliced right through it. This Mag 54 has no beetle holes on the outside so they all might be dying of smoke inhalation and sudden cremation right now! In the last pic you can see that this pack of ‘eggs’ went a few layers deep into the cigar and I only shaved off the top. In the cap I found another two layers of eggs. All empty but no tunnels or holes to be found. So again, not quite sure if this was tobacco beetles at all. But I rather find this kind of natural stuff in my cigars than the odd piece of plastic string, paper or hair (it all happened in the past)! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. SokaKiel

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Happy belated birthday! Hope you enjoyed the smoke! Unfortunately we won’t be cruising to Cyprus his year, hanging out in the Seychelles all winter and it looks like we’ll be cruising straight up to Montenegro in April😒
  14. SokaKiel

    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    ‘Hard at work’ on the weekend in the Seychelles! Police Bay, Mahe, maybe 30 people on the beach on a stunning Sunday! Awesome! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Picked up at Dubai Airport LCDH Terminal 3 yesterday: 1x VR Don Alejandro SUE NOV14 1x VR Unicos LUB SEP14 They still had two stacks of each on the shelves, mostly ‘14 box dates. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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