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  1. Wow, some truly amazing and historical wines Ken! Not bad indeed! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Wow, exact same experience here as well. I thought the same, they need more time. I was underwhelmed and I am thinking that time may not make these any better. FWIW, I usually really like Monte PEs from previous years. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. If I am having alcohol it's scotch, rum, bourbon, whiskey, beer, port, and sherry. Mostly it's coffee, tea, and sparkling water. Never wine as well. I save that for dinner and I don't like the way it pairs with cigars.
  4. I liked the samples I smoked so I purchased a tin of them. I like the format and the grassy flavours and I am hoping these will improve with a little age. Not a "wow" cigar but certainly good with the potential to be very good if the flavours come together. One thing I've noticed is that recent reviews seem to be more positive than the initial ones, indicating that perhaps the cigars needed some rest or there is some production variance.
  5. I find this to be a very interesting topic and I am eager to read some opinions from some more experienced members. I'm sure Ken can attest to the fiasco that is White Burgundies and what has happened with them and I hope this is not happening with these cigars. White Burgundy wines were renown for their aging abilities but for some reason, from the mid-nineties and on, the wines are oxidizing in the bottle at a young age, even under pristine cellaring conditions. Some in the wine communities believe that this is mainly due to a change in winemaking to make the wines more accessible when young. The thing is, the issue was not noticed until about 2005 when a clear trend was seen with oxidized bottles. The fallout from this is that many of us that used to buy these White Burgundies to age, are now regretting our purchases and have stopped buying for the long term altogether, as the wines are just too risky to keep. I can see a parallel here with Cuban Cigars post 2006 and frankly it is something that has concerned me. Are my boxes of CoRo going to flat 10 years out? Should I cut back on my collecting of cigars to age as they are not as age worthy as in the past? It's interesting, ask someone who has been smoking RASS for many many years (read pre 1999) and they will usually say that RASS need time to really shine, but is this true today with the changes post 2006? I have had some RASS from 2013/2014 that are smoking great. Will these cigars only get "better" or am I better smoking them as they are right now? WIll I have the same regrets as I did with my White Burgundies years later? I guess it's heuristics for now as there is not enough data yet but It'll be interesting to see where opinions lie.
  6. I really like PLPs and I think they are one of the best value cuban cigars out there. They do need age but my 2013s are smoking quite well now. Don't get me wrong, there are the occasional duds, even boxes of duds, but one also gets these with any marca (don't get me started with Monte PEs). When on, PLPs can be excellent, surpassing PLPCs and PLMCs in my opinion. I too speculate that some RE tobacco is added back to the PLP and these batches of cigars that are excellent. On average though, I think PLPs represent the PL marca quite well and offer good flavours similar to the PLPC but dialed down. They are excellent with coffee and make a great morning smoke.
  7. I moved back to Canada in 2010 after 11 yrs on the island. I have family there (my mother's side of the family ) and I miss the island a lot. I mostly miss my friends and the golfing and fishing. I also miss the "island" lifestyle and of course, the weather. No taxes was quite nice, though cost of living was high, which was the reason for leaving; too costly to raise a family. I live on Cook Quay in Gov. Harbour and I really miss having a cigar on my back patio while looking out at the North Sound. Best of luck on your new chapter!
  8. Monte #2 - I've had many home runs in the past but I've been hitting singles or striking out over the last couple of years.
  9. I agree with the other about the cigars potentially having too much moisture. Do you have a hydrometer? Vendors like to send their products with more moisture than optimal so that they don't dry out. With a tupperdors, extra humidity has only two place to go, the cigars or the Boveda and perhaps the Boveda is not absorbing the moisture as fast as the cigars, so the cigars may be wetter than 65%. It ould be interesting to see what your hydrometer reads. Given enough time, the Boveda should absorb the moisture and the cigar should start to smoke better. For now, you can try dryboxing some cigars and smoking slower and see if the experience is better.
  10. Go Sens Go! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  11. No, and I just had a look at the site and could not find any more information. In the instructions it does say: The beads are a 100% clay product with no chemical additives and are very safe and non-toxic. They are designed to control the humidity in your humidor and scavenge free ammonia. The bags are made of 100% polyester knit fabric and the canisters are made of polypropylene and vinyl. We use the absolute best and purest products available, chosen with cigars in mind. I do wish more information was provided. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  12. I just had a quick look at these because I use HCM beads, which I really like and these appear to be the same. However, a quick look at the health and safety information looks scary. Have you looked at these? For instance, from the Delta site: Personal Protection Engineering Controls: Use process enclosures, local exhaust ventilation, or other engineering controls to keep airborne levels below recommended exposure limits. If user operations generate dust, fume or mist, use ventilation to keep exposure to airborne contaminants below the exposure limit. Personal Protection: Safety glasses. Lab coat. Gloves. Dust respirator. Be sure to use an approved certified respirator or equivalent. Personal Protection in Case of a Large Spill: Splash goggles. Full suit. Dust respirator. Boots. Gloves. A self contained breathing apparatus should be used to avoid inhalation of the product. Suggested protective clothing might not be sufficient; consult a specialist before handling this product. Exposure Limits: Not available. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  13. I predominantly smoke alone and outside and my biggest pet peeves are the wind and bugs. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

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