mgcrunch

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  1. Topes. Not sure if its worth the $, but its lovely.
  2. Tunis, as of 2014, was a cigar paradise. Oddly enough, I couldn't smoke in my hotel room. But the balcony, lobby, even the hotel elevator were smoking friendly. You're right in thinking I had a blast there. Seychelles was pretty good for outdoor (not indoor) cigar smoking. Doha, at least at Souk Waqif, had lots of outside cigar options.
  3. Can't speak to Cuba --> USA, but landing from other countries has not been a problem for me. 100 cigar pp, $800 duty free limit. Just came back with a stuffed suitcase and no issues. "Do you have any alcohol and/or tobacco?" Yes, I have both. "How much alcohol?" A fifth. "OK." Going from US to Canada (I've done both flight and drive, multiple times over the past few years), it's a breeze. I believe 50 cigar pp, I forget DF limit for visitors (and it sounds like you're a Canadian resident anyways.)
  4. I had bought some from other vendors at release or was kindly gifted the others. Our host sells some very interesting things as well.
  5. I'm working on a book matching every Habanos to positions in Karma Sutra. Quinteros Favaritos is a drunk night alone after the pub.
  6. Some (maybe just me?) refer to Padron as the 'missionary sex' of cigars. They are consistent in their flavor, construction, and experience. It's certainly a great cigar, but sometimes you want more excitement. ? That JSL4 is the same, I know I'm going to have a great time, but there are no surprises in store.
  7. Returned from ten lovely days in Seychelles. A big thanks to @SokaKiel and @Aardwolf for the counsel about things to do out there. Wife and I had a blast. Anse Georgette is my new favorite beach, absolutely incredible. Go early and it's yours for a few hours. Much less crowded than Source d'Argent (which was also windy this time of year.) Wish we spent a day or two less in La Digue and turned that into time at Anse Georgette, but otherwise La Digue is a really relaxed place to be. Mahe was alright. But onto the cigars! Doha Layover 1.Gold and Souk Wakif. Thought the Embajador would totally blow my mind (I thought it was fantastic, even fresh, and the best days were ahead), but instead it was just a very good cigar. Bonus experience of great weather. Praslin 2. Estupendos. I know @photorob knows what's up, these are amazing! Bought a couple bottles at Duty Free, this Bowmore 15 is okay. I'm a peathead and this was a delicate change of pace I was not expecting. The fun citrus finish saves the bottle. 3. Lusiadas. It was enjoyable, but not memorable. Aberlour 12 is decent, but once you've had a good batch of A'bunadh, you can't go back. 4. Talisman (2017 box). Ugh, the humidity in Praslin killed my cigar smoking experience and this was one of the ones that took a big hit. Burn looked like a shipwreck. I had a nice time, but didn't see the greatness I had heard about. I also don't like cigars that are this expensive. 5. Monte 2 (2008 I think). Always a good time. 6. Forbidden Fruit. Another challenging day with humidity, I think this was the same Talisman day. Rare Opus are rarely worth secondary and this fell somewhere near that characterization. Good, but not worth the fat stacks people are buying this for. La Digue 7. Pacificos. The Padron of cigars. Consistently good. I think this was on Grand Anse. That was a great day, trekking from our Air BnB on the west side an hour to Grand Anse, then another hour to Petit Anse then Anse Cocos (which was beautiful and found respite from the wind.) 8. Invictos. Anse Severe. Fantastic cigar, really enjoyed. Would love to smoke more! 9. Cohiba Lancero (2012 box.) This was a very good day, evidenced that I was puffing on this at 8:30 AM. 10. Poderosos. Excellent. This was a late breakfast. 11. Fonseca No 4. After lunch. I really though about getting in a fourth, but we left the beach and went gallivanting elsewhere. Mahe 12. Gold Medal for breakfast, thanks @RawkStar. Beau Vallon was a nice beach and this was a great as I followed up this cigar with... 13. Eslavo. LOVE this cigar. On my wedding day I cracked a bottle of Laphroaig 18 and smoked this. I won't be sad when I finished the last of the fiver I have, as it's been a great time, every time. 14. Regalias (2011). Started raining, but thankfully took shade under a little umbrella. Smoked nicely. It was a great holiday. Recommend Seychelles as a place to visit.
  8. Two days notice, rough. Regret I can't make it out there to support them. Their shop got chopped at the knees as well, no smoking inside (for now.) Great guys that own and work at the WCD family, hurts to see them losing ground.
  9. Everything is chill in DC. Hope you're doing awesome Brent!
  10. Started with the cigar on the bottom of the bundle so it's got a little flat spot and some chipping on the foot. Cuts clean, aroma at cold is hay, a little pepper, and breadiness, slightly restricted draw. Wonderful flavor in the first third, a lot more body than expected. Falls off for a moment then right back. Engaging. Drinking this with a barrel aged coffee stout is wonderful, but really throws the palate. BCBS Coffee 2017 are falling off a cliff. Spice, bread, hay, a touch of saltiness. Wood notes present, higher at some points. This was a great cigar. Probably wouldn't pay what it costs to buy it now, definitely not for a box. But should you have the chance to acquire a few singles, it's worth it! Thanks for reading.
  11. First rolled 1999 (I think), the usual premium and beauty of a big, beautiful wrapper. Opus doesn't box date (aside from certain yearly limited editions, e.g. Opus 22 or Toast), nor do they release information about how much age before release. Retail is $30, at least the last time I bought, market is about 50% more. They pop up every so often, I bought two boxes (10 count) at my local shop. I think they're nice cigars, but you're either into gran coronas, or you're not. There's a certain ceremony about smoking one and best served with friends in my opinion.
  12. Oct 18 from our host. Surprisingly good, even fresh.
  13. Eslavos and Short Boli Estupendos in third place, if anyone is keeping track?
  14. Nieuw Statendam had a section for smoking outside at the stern. Comfortable couches, but could be a bit windy. Ran into one other cigar smoker. Regal Princess [Churchill Room] was nicely decorated, but ventilation was mediocre; found myself enjoying more secondhand cigarette smoke than anything else.
  15. I have an 05 box that smoked beautifully; been a year since I had one. Could not believe the spunk it still had, just rounded out the sharp corners.
  16. 2016-03 Toogie's Invitation. Not hot, even at 64.5%.
  17. I was there in 2016 summer. Based on current exchange rate, prices will be in your favor! [And so will everything else. I remember we had to work hard to break $100 for a meal.] I bought a box of 1966 and a few boxes Emperadors; you can PM me to talk specifics. There is an Arab guy who worked there at the time who was kind and helpful. If there are two LCDH, I went to the one that is out of the way and it was worth it. The Davidoff store sucks, service was cold, stock was uninspired, etc. I had some weird, almost third world experiences in Russia. Notable was my Uber getting pulled over five seconds after he picked me up. He left the car to talk to the cop for 10 minutes, came back to get his wallet, left again... I was thinking, am I about to get ripped off? Amazingly another 10 or 15 minutes later, everything worked out fine and Uber later gave me a credit of a couple hundred Rubles (which I never used.) Russian customs was a real hassle on the way out. I must have been at the guy's counter for 20 minutes. He kept asking me "did you make any donations?" No joke, he got out a jeweler's loupe to look at my [US] passport. But got out and back A OK. I'm envious of your trip, hope you have a blast! I'm amazed that they didn't yell at me for taking a picture holding a cigar up like this in Hermitage. (It is a must see.)

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