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Everything posted by ndhaon91

  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!
  12. Damn do we have similar tastes. This could easily double as my list. The Oliva V double robusto was my first true love in the cigar world, and I will always have them on hand.
  13. I've gone from 100% NC to 50/50 in the last year. My palate has changed dramatically, and I definitely prefer the CC complexity and balance. But I will always have a place in my heart for good NC cigars. There are just too many good ones out there to dismiss out of hand.
  14. Believe it or not, a SLR Regios. I had been sick and hadn't had a cigar for over a week. It was like my taste buds were on steroids.
  15. I had to grab a box during the 12:12:12 sale last night. Looking forward to trying them out.
  16. I enjoy reviews from people I trust to know good quality cigars. It's helpful to narrow down the field when I'm making a purchase. But I certainly know not to expect to have the same experience. Case in point: I purchased a box of LFDC Grandiosos based just on your grand review of them. I smoked two, and neither of them did a damn thing for me, so I unloaded the rest. My palate just doesn't pick up the nuance there. But I've also made other purchases based on your reviews that have been home runs for me. Perhaps most importantly, your reviews tell me what NOT to buy. When a cigar falls flat for you and Ken, I know damn well it's not going to do anything for me.
  17. I have the exact opposite problem. Most higher-end watches aren't even possibilities because they look like women's watches on my wrist. Anything less that 47mm looks ridiculous on my wrist. My daily watch is the Swiss Legend Militaire no. 1 with the Valjoux 7750 movement. It's 52mm and looks fairly normal. I'd say 50mm is my sweet spot, though.
  18. I've actually been thinking about this a lot recently a well. Mostly because of my infatuation with the Regius Seleccion Orchant. It is a Nicaraguan puro that tastes astonishingly Cuban. I put it right there with the HdM Epi 2, HU Connie 1, etc. in terms of balance and complexity. It was apparently blended to mimic the PSD4, but I haven't had one so I can't comment. In any event, it's a fantastic cigar and unlike any other Nicaraguan puro out there. It's proof that a lot of the CC vs NC differences do in fact come down to blending.
  19. Anyone that hasn't smoked a Liga Privada T52 because they "only smoke Habanos" is missing out. My palate has shifted dramatically toward CC's in the last year, but I still love a number of NC's. Illusione Epernay Tatuaje Black Label Petite Lancero La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Oliva V (get a few years of age on these things and they are unbeatable) Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown Regius (the core line is very good. The seleccion Orchant I would smoke every day for the rest of my life, and it's right there with the HdM Epi 2 and other CC staples. Unfortunately only 200 boxes were released. I have 3.)
  20. How much longer do you guys think the '03's have under their belts?
  21. This is the way to do it. You guys all have your favorite current box of daily smokes that you know inside and out. There's no reason to even spend the time smoking one dry. You could probably already describe every nuance from start to finish. So you each pick your favorite current smoke that you know like the back of your hand and then smoke it wet.

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