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Everything posted by stogieluver

  1. Dry boxing is generally considered to help flavor and burn. You’re currently in the ultimate dry box. I would guess your ambient rH is in the low 20’s based on my experience of spending many summers and winters in Breckenridge in a previous life. Close to 10,000 ft ASL. i would guess your issue is related to the low rH at high altitude and air travel, which can really dry our cigars. Perhaps the combination has really hit them hard and dried them to the point of no return. Admittedly, that would be unlikely to happen in such short order, but possible. Just a guess.
  2. First of all, welcome to the Dark Side. Another movie line that comes to mind, as mentioned, is "you're gonna need a bigger boat". Smoke one or smoke 'em all. Either way, don't judge any of them that haven't rested for at least 60 days. Enjoy the journey.
  3. Are you talking sipping rums or mixing rums? Can't discuss sipping rums, but rum/diet coke is my daily go-to drink; otherwise known (except for the "diet" part) as a Cuba Libre. Very popular on the island because the sweetness pairs so well with CC's. My mixing go-to's are Appleton Estate Reserve Blend, Matusalem Gran Reserva, and Bambu. All are under $40 is our local ABC stores.
  4. Yep. It’s called My Man Cave. 😜
  5. Brutal! Our heat index today in Mobile is 110 degrees. You walk outside, do nothing but stand in the shade, and your shirt is soaked ten minutes later. The good news is relief may be in sight by next weekend. The bad news, as I'm sure you know, Tommy, is the relief may be coming in the form of a tropical system.
  6. I didn’t see anything in your post about your storage and smoking conditions. Tell us about that. Also, you said you let them “properly rest 4-6 weeks”. It should be more like 8 weeks at a minimum. Try letting them rest at least two months, three is better, at low 60’s rH at around 70 dF. CC’s benefit from aging in lower rH than NC’s, & the longer you can wait, the better. On the other hand, CC’s and the patience required to reap the benefits may not be for you.
  7. Thanks for posting. Looks like y’all are having a great trip.
  8. Our People to People Tour group visited this amazing place in 2012. A must see if you have the time.
  9. Seinfeld, but only if it were a long lost season found. They’d never be able to recreate the magic now.
  10. There was a thread a few months back with nearly the same title. Search may find it for you. I’m sure newer members will still like to post, though.
  11. Well, as you know, it’s really the front porch, but most of these Yankees on here won’t know. 😎
  12. Smoking a 1966 on the veranda (back porch as we refer to it in Lower Alabama) of the Nacional on my first day in Havana on my first trip to the island in 2012.
  13. @madandana, about that adoption...
  14. Bought a generic version for $4 & it works every time.
  15. Happy Birthday, John. I'll raise my glass to you today and smoke a fine Cuban cigar in your honor.
  16. If that’s all you have to spend, you have to go with quantity over quality. The difference in quality isn’t enough to cut drastically into my smoking opportunities. But that’s just me. I pretty much love most all CC’s.
  17. High humidity, Jeff? That’s what that looks like to me. Taking a cigar stored in the low 60’s rH out into 80 or 90% rH will blow up some cigars.
  18. I’d like to know how old this article is. If current, I’m really surprised to hear there are that many lines that offer a lounge for cigar smokers. Prior to our last cruise I searched in vain for a line and ship that offered an enclosed true cigar lounge. You’re more likely to find a “room” for cigarette smokers where cigars are banned. That’s what I found on a cruise to Cuba last year on an Oceania ship. Cigar smokers were given an outdoor open air “lounge” adjacent to the pool. Patio furniture, heat, and humidity while the air conditioned enclosed cigarette smokers lounge sat empty most of the time. Edited to add: I found the article on their website. It is from March, so it is current info.
  19. I can’t imagine why you would only have a couple of hours, but do this. Prearrange Jorge to pick you up and take you to Alex’s shop and Yolanda’s shop, which are very close together. Purchase some of their custom rolls and head to the Nacional for drinks and smoke on the veranda. I also like Fuzz’s suggested itinerary as an alternative. The only thing being there two hours will do is make you have a burning desire to return for a week long visit.

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