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  1. I voted "no" to honor what I thought was the purpose of the poll, which was essentially "do you approve of this practice?" But like most, I did it once and never again. There are two dead giveaways that someone smokes for the nicotine and not out of enjoyment. This practice is one of them. The other is when the cigar cracks and the person peels the wrapper off and continues as if it's the same cigar.
  2. This very much describes me. After getting into Cubans, my palate changed and refined quite a bit, and I was probably 75% CC for awhile. I smoke about 50/50 now, with the intention of allowing the CCs to age longer. I think it has helped that some new players have come onto the NC scene in the last few years with a greater emphasis on balance. I have no problem reaching for and enjoying cigars by Warped, Illusione, Crowned Heads, Caldwell, Regius, La Palina, and a few others, every bit as much as I enjoy CCs. I would still take a nicely aged Cuban as a first choice the vast majority of the time, but good NCs have their own unique profiles that stand on their own just fine. And sometimes that's what I'm in the mood for. Even if I had an unlimited supply of 25 year old scotch, sometimes I'm just in the mood for bourbon and nothing else will do.
  3. Down to 119.2 kg this morning. 6.4 kg lost. I think I can hit 13kg total.
  4. This is the only way to go. Dirt cheap and super effective. They don't work great when trying to refill, but at $3/each, I consider them disposable. https://www.amazon.com/Single-Lighter-Windproof-Refillable-Cigarette/dp/B00GA3U9XO/ref=sr_1_39_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1541108706&sr=8-39&keywords=lighters
  5. 1 in 50 sounds about right. At most. Compare that to cigars that are so under filled so as to be virtually worthless... which for Cubans seems to be about 1 in 10.
  6. Atabey. I agree with your assessment. Outstanding cigars, but at $30 per stick, I'd rather be smoking a Sig VI.
  7. Well, no, I'm not sure at all! My understanding was that Cuban blending consisted of primarily viso and seco, which is why, in general they aren't nearly as strong as Nicaraguan cigars, for example.
  8. With many/most Cuban cigars using no ligero at all (are there any that actually do?), it occurred to me to wonder what they do with it all. Do they sell it under the radar to other countries that are known for using more ligero in their blending?
  9. Yep. Love the Epernay and the ECCJ. The ECCJ 15ths were especially good. The 20th are close, but not quite on the same level. Their latest, the Haut 10, is another home run. If you're looking for similar profiles, I highly, highly recommend the Regius black label. It's incredible close to a PSD4.
  10. I think you're giving my fellow Americans too much credit. I agree with a few others who have stated that the most immediate impact will be a huge boost to the counterfeit cigar market. The cigar aficionados with the money, taste, and desire to stock up on Cuban cigars are already doing that through FoH or other vendors. It's not like you guys are a big secret or hard to find. Most American cigar smokers have no idea that Cuban cigars can only be purchased at authorized retailers. What I think you'll see is Mexican resorts suddenly running very low on stock.
  11. I'm heading to Taipei for 6 days in a few weeks. It will be my first visit to Asia. The trip is technically business, and I'll be travelling with a few colleagues, but there will be plenty of time for fun. Any cigar hot spots I can check out? Shops and/or lounges? I'd also welcome any other general advice on food, fun, night life, etc. Thank you!

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