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  1. This little thing caled honesty has worked just fine for me.
  2. Figure out what your tastes are first. You will save money in the long-run. We could all rattle off boxes we would jump on in the blink of an eye if we came across them, but who is to say you would even like them. For example, I could tell you a handful of rare vinyl records I would buy if I ever saw them in a shop, but who cares if you don’t like the same music as me. Learn everything you can if you’re inclined to put in the work. Watch things unfold over time. There is real scarcity, boxes that will never come around again. There is manufactured scarcity, essentially the majority of the RE program. You can also come across boxes that are rare, but are sold and resold over and over changing hands many times and nobody is actually smoking them (wonder if they’re any good?!).
  3. fabes

    ERDM Demi Tasse?

    I enjoy them. These and the Hoyo du Maire. They are not 15min smokes. More like 30 if you rush them, but I can get 45 min easy out of these. They need to be smoked slowly to get the best out of them. That said, like previous posters have said they are pricey for the size. A box of minutos is roughly the same price for more tobacco. Can’t help much with recent boxes as mine are from 2013. If you’re looking for 15min cigars, look at Cohiba/Trinidad Shorts & Partagas Chicos.
  4. To answer your question @JohnS I had to go digging for this picture. These are a pair of RyJ Petit Coronas boxes both coded EAG MAY 2015 both arrived same time from our lovely host as part of a heavily discounted 2-box deal I could not pass up. One box with lifeless yellow-green wrappers, the other with oil-laden rosado wrappers. I decided to smoke the “ugly” box first, the lifeless yellow-green wrappered box. Having recently finished that box I will say they were phenomenal cigars with many being creamy cherry bombs. Flavor for days! A great smoking box all around. I have yet to crack into the rosado box, but plan to later in the year likely in May for their 4th box date birthday. Will try to remember to re-hash this thread with thoughts. All in all, to anyone who managed to read this, appearances can be deceiving. A cigar can only tell its story when smoked. Ugly cigars often have wonderful stories to tell to those willing to listen.
  5. I buy boxes like the one on the left (top on mobile) to smoke. I buy boxes like the one on the right (bottom on mobile) to flip a few years down the line to pay for more cigars. 😉
  6. Highly recommend smoking whatever fancy or not-fancy cigar you want on any given day. What better day? Take them off the pedestal. Share your best cigars with your mates. I find joy in sharing the last 2 cigars from a box with a friend. I would rather plow through a great box and/or smoke that white whale and savor the memories than wait for the “special” time.
  7. fabes

    Travel case?

    I use Cigar Caddy cases. Utilitarian for sure, but at this point it’s all I want in a travel case. I use a 5ct & 10ct depending on situation. 10ct has two layers so you can put cutter/lighter apart from cigars. Depending on what size cigars you smoke you can definitely stuff more in them as the foam accommodates a bit of wiggle room. I take mine camping, business trips and to the local lounge. Very happy with both. I prefer them over a fancier leather case because I can stuff in a backpack or duffel and not worry about any damage. Would personally rather have nice cigars than a nice travel case. Different strokes for different folks of course.
  8. Lots of posts stating “gimmick”. Not saying anyone is wrong, but I view RE/LE in a similar light. Sure some are good and worth it, but many are just a “gimmick” to charge more for the same tobacco.
  9. That does sound good. How do you like the Prismo? Worth getting?
  10. I’ve tried a few different whiskey barrel-aged coffees. It’s part gimmick for sure, but can be dependent of the coffee used. (i.e. sumatra, colombian, ethiopian, brasilian) That characteristic whiskey barrel aspect you find in barrel aged beers comes through in spades in the coffee. It’s too intense for an everyday cup. As achange of pace it’s fun. Put some in a homemade ice cream it could work very well. If you are into fancy coffee, pourovers stuff like that then, sure give it a try! Best if a local cafe has some you can try a single cup, but a bag won’t put you out much money anyway. Looking back, I should have tried some as iced coffee. That might have worked well.
  11. fabes

    Turntables and Vinyl

    Beautiful! I no longer DJ, but would have loved to have a rotary like that!
  12. I always attributed this to the intention of the blend on longer cigars. They generally start out milder and build intensity as they burn along. Would be a little uncouth if they came out sprinting from the beginning. If I’m smoking a longer cigar I’m partly doing it because I want to be romanced or wooed or told a story. Building up to a crescendo is what we’re after and a slow start is part of the journey. Think of it as laying the groundwork for the brilliance to come. For me it is like this with all longer cigars regardless of ring gauge.
  13. fabes

    Quai d’Orsay

    The coronas do turn into something quite special after 5+ years. Worth the wait completely. Good point about the newer 50s and 54s. Nobody knows quite yet when they will hit stride. Previous qdo are generally 5+ and longer if you can bear it, so same school of thought on these. Some people just like younger cigars anyway. Nothing wrong with that. Sample over time and see for yourself. Best way to learn your preferences.
  14. That’s what I’m saying! I did get my barber a gift. Great dude and excellent cuts. Gotta maintain that relationship!
  15. Especially with both being rolled at same factory. I’d agree here. I like the whole VR lineup and find the different vitolas have a pretty similar flavor profile across the marca. When on, they are outstanding. Try some Famosos as well if you haven’t yet.

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