Brandon

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About Brandon

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  • Birthday September 15

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    Atlanta
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    Flyfishing and cigars

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  1. Forgetting to turn the exhaust on before I take a dump. I don’t like getting off the toilet seat when a steamy one has already dropped down the chute. If I ever build another house, the damn exhaust switch will be wired in right next to the toilet at eye level.
  2. That sucks the big one!! I had a run in with my flint and butane lighter when laws changed in the US. I even printed out a copy of the regs from the TSA website. The A**hole didn’t care. He kept telling me it was a torch. I was traveling with a friend on the way to a herf in SoCal. When my friend came to back me up, a second TSA agent came and told him to back off to prevent any problems. I now never fly with anything I can’t lose. Those with few qualifications and too much power are dangerous. I trust those people like my wife and mother in law going shopping for the kids with my credit card...
  3. El Rey Del Mundo Demi Tasse FR NOSO (Oct 1990) I don’t have a whole ton of ERDM’s in my stock. I was looking for something to smoke, and this was the first ERDM box I found. I prefer the Lunch Club, but I totally forgot that I have a box of 98’s… until I started smoking this one. Someone once said that there were 2 slightly different blends. This was indicated by yellow band, or a band with a more orange coloration. One blend was supposed to be lighter, and one slightly fuller. I never investigated to find out if this was true, or made up. Appearance was good, and fill was solid. Draw was spot on. The cigar started out mostly woody and citrusy. After it settled in, a little more sweetness came out. There was a floral note also apparent through the nose. For a cigar of this ring gauge, there is a good amount of flavor… although the smoke output is marginal. You have to pay attention and resist over puffing. This cigar will become a bit papery and ashy tasting when overheated. Gentle sipping will reveal more sweetness and complexity. I don’t tend to purchase the Demi Tasse anymore. This cigar really has to be smoked indoors in order to enjoy the aromas. Without a basement, and small kids… most of my smoking tends to be outdoors… until I get the garage setup. I tend to prefer a HUHC for a “quick” smoke. The core flavors remain the same overall, while building in intensity slightly. I laid it to rest after about 20 minutes. It was an enjoyable smoke, but not quite as good as I remember. Overall… I give it a score of 3.5/5.0 points.
  4. Brandon

    Do you tie?

    Started tying and building rods in the early 90’s in high school. All my rods and tying equipment are just collecting dust in the garage. Dang work, wife, and twins are dragging down my hobbies. Hoping to slowly pick things up soon.
  5. Unless you age them yourselves, there are no “deals” to be had anymore. Internet exposure and easy access to sales and auctions sites has greatly increased competition amongst buyers. Simply look at what HSA has been doing with the banding and selling of aged sticks. It’ll be interesting to see what boxes come up and their pricing.
  6. You betcha! I don’t drink much rye straight except for older, overpriced stuff (my very last Sazerac 18 bought 15 years ago). Sazerac and Old Fashioned are my top 2 favorite cocktails.
  7. I’ve only sampled one stick from the box quite a long time ago. I really don’t recall the details. I gifted one to a good friend a couple weeks ago, and he had all good things to say about it. I retreated to the patio once the kids were quiet and down for the count. The cigar’s appearance was good, smooth Golden-Colorado wrapper... as all Cohibas should be. The cigar was well packed with no soft spots. The draw was perfect with a slight resistance. First light revealed some baking spices, herbal sweetness, and light cocoa flavor. Everyone likes to say grassiness, but I’m not seeing it. Grab a handful of grass (fescue, Bermuda, zoysia, centipede), rub it in your hands, and plant your nose in it. Tell me if that screams Cohiba. As the cigar settles in, the sweetness comes out as a more complex brown sugar/caramel quality. Lip smacking flavor for something that you’re not actually eating. The cocoa becomes more of a dark chocolate quality. The baking spices and herbal quality is still there and blends beautifully with the other flavors. Towards the end of the cigar, the sweetness transforms to more of a molasses type sweetness. The richness remains until the very end. I laid it to rest as soon as the heat became apparent. Overall, a solid 4/5 rating. The cigar smoked and performed perfectly without touch ups.
  8. You can’t define balance until you define what happiness means to you (car, house, clothes, job title, bank account, airline status, 7 course meals, Cohiba and double banders, post card vacations, open relationships with kids, being home for holidays, home cooked meals, sitting with family without a phone in your hand, not having to schedule family time, etc). I’ve learned that life means nothing without physical and mental health. One should never let outside influence, false perceptions , and others define your own happiness. Don’t build a work life around your lifestyle. Don’t place value on things that your kids won’t even remember when you’re gone...
  9. An inexpensive mixer and an inexpensive sipper
  10. These lists are not unlike CA ratings... to be taken with a grain of salt...

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