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Everything posted by ndhaon91

  1. Okay I'm missing something...awhile back I picked up 4 aged RyJ Churchill tubos from El Pres, and prior to this post I'd have sworn they were Anejados. They were excellent smokes well worth the $30 price tag. They tasted nothing like other Churchills I've had. What was I smoking?
  2. RyJ Tacos. Had my first recently and I found it to be very deep and rich line a chocolate dessert. Sounds line the dude has the coin to stock up on these.
  3. Two boxes of Tainos and a box of Sig II. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild for Wii U (only because everyone else had purchased every Nintendo Switch in the USA.) About half a dozen books I won't get to for who knows how long.
  4. Same. Just downloaded the trilogy. Btw, Ken... regarding Erickson... I had the exact same experience with Book 1 of Malazan. I've had several people since mention that you can actually just skip book 1 entirely and not really miss anything.
  5. If you like the "Muslim Fantasy" vibe, I highly recommend "The Lions of Al-Rassan" by Guy Gavriel Kay. One of the best one-volume stories I've ever read.
  6. Well my "blown away" response pertains to the Partagas Lusi Reserva Cosecha 2007 at $80/stick (box price average). Technically that's the most expensive smoke I've ever had. But if it weren't for that particular stick, my answer probably would have been "as expected." And if the question were about my average super premium experience, I'd say "let down."
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Down to 119.2 kg this morning. 6.4 kg lost. I think I can hit 13kg total.
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Atabey. I agree with your assessment. Outstanding cigars, but at $30 per stick, I'd rather be smoking a Sig VI.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.

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