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  1. Came home yesterday to find my bundle of rosado Carlotas awaiting me!!! Felt like a kid in a candy store, and am going to do my level best to let them rest. Pretty sure that won't happen, but they're in my 'dor now adjusting to their new home. Thanks for making this happen, FoH! Grateful for the opportunity.
  2. May he RIP, but John Madden (NFL Super Bowl winning coach & longtime TV commentator) would have made for a great cigar reviewer. Leslie Nielson from Naked Gun fame would have been hilarious. For those still living, I think Bill Murray could bring some interesting observations & perspectives to a cigar review. I'd watch Charles Barkley review a cigar, too, even though he kind of brings a "love him or hate him" opinion as a public figure.
  3. Well I had to fake my glee in opening up this one from my wife this morning... I'm blessed in so many ways but this one may land on eBay. Merry Christmas/happy holidays to all here!
  4. Very well played, @Bijan . Quite a palate you got there... Thanks for allowing me to be a part of this comp. LOTS of fun!
  5. Oh yes, very fond memories... The Punch Double Corona was pretty fantastic in it's own right, too. Sorely missed.
  6. That is WICKED cool!!! Thanks for sharing! The pistol is for the trading partner who tries to pawn off a "Fauxhiba" Pyramid for one of your Nudies, LOL.
  7. Me, too... Also, wouldn't the condensation in the summertime get your cigar all wet, too?
  8. Happy Tday @coug28! Nice topic, and here are my "most Thankful three": --Partagas Serie E2; --SLR Regios from TGA JUN 13; --PSD4 Hope everyone has a safe & festive day.
  9. This year we'll be with the wife's parents & sister at their home about 30 minutes away. They're VERY low key and still into board games like Phase 10, etc. That is like shoving toothpicks under my finger nails to me, so I'll probably end up asleep on the couch in front of an NFL game. Will bring a cigar and probably just deal with being judged for courting cancer, etc. If it were up to them we'd be encased in bubble wrap 24/7... But I am grateful to be a part of their family & lucky as hell their daughter said yes, LOL.
  10. 100% agree, and will definitely consult my chosen medical professional before making a decision. Just didn't know if somebody here had been (or is) in a similar position and would be willing to share some knowledge. Not at all recommending a cigar forum for medical decision, and appreciate your guidance here.
  11. Honest question about boosters... I'm a 51 yr old male, healthy (no underlying health conditions outside of liking beer & grilled animal protein), got J&J shot end of March '21. Considering a booster, should I get another J&J or Pfizer? Or, not do anything for the near term? Feel great now, but don't need a possible problem down the road. Thanks!
  12. My cigar #2 must have been a bunkmate to the cigar smoked by @RDB as my tasting notes are nearly identical. The only additions/observations I'll make: 1) Right off the bat I got 5 minutes of a nuttiness that is akin to the almond flavor that is sometimes found in cigars; 2) Middle third transition unmistakenly bitter chocolate, like what you'd experience with a porter beer; 3) Got the nicotine hit, too. Cigar as a whole was medium bodied but with some strength on the final 3rd; Really enjoyed this cigar and outside of just a touchup or two upon the ash falling the construction & draw were perfect. Thanks FOH, really enjoying this blind tasting!
  13. I do not, and have avoided that flavor profile for a long time. Seems like a lot of folks from the NC community differ from me, but that's their choice I reckon...
  14. I strongly encourage you to give the Illusione Epernay line, and the Leaf By Oscar Corojo version, a try. These are not pepper bombs and offer a nuanced smoking experience that doesn't just consist of nicotine & in your face pepper. Try a format you like similar in size to your favorite cuban & light 'em up.
  15. Well, I feel like an idiot. So I'm inspecting cigar #1 and I pull out a petite corona from my humidor to do a side-by-side comparison. My competition cigar came with a defined box shape, but didn't look to have a 42 ring gauge, especially when comparing to the cigar I pulled from my humidor... a Bolivar Petite Corona! So, I literally compared #1 to the SAME CIGAR from my inventory and STILL missed the guess!!! The lack of distinct earthiness, and the slight honey in the middle third, definitely threw me off. Oh well, still a lot of fun!
  16. For my palate... '20 E2 '20 Especial #2; '21 JL2 '21 D4 (the PSP thing is REAL!)
  17. I'm pretty sure I stand as good of a chance of guessing this cigar as blindly throwing a dart & hoping to hit the bullseye. My palate just isn't that refined, but I really did enjoy this smoke. What has me confused is the box press (my example definitely exhibited this characteristic), which had me guessing whether this ring gauge was actually a 40 and not a 42. I've emailed my guess to Lisa as to what I believe this cigar to be, but I could be WAY off if I didn't correctly assign the ring gauge. Anyhow here are my thoughts... 1st Third: Coffee & cedar at the onset, which morphed into some sweetness (cinnamon?); 2nd Third: Sweet spice, then I get a little bready flavor with a faint cedar hint. Occasional tannin/tar on the tongue so I slowed down a touch; Final Third: More of the middle array of flavors, but the sweet spice was replaced with a little honey. Put it down after 58 minutes; Overall thoughts: Excellent construction with my cigar, and the burn was flawless. Draw was firm but not difficult in any way. My drink partner was a Lone Star (adjunct lager) tall boy, which was a great match. Looking forward to the reveal here!
  18. This is me to some extent, too. Upside is the aging potential of my Cuban inventory improves, but there is a gamble at delaying future acquisitions if pricing or inflation doesn't correct from the current environment. Bottom line, I'm definitely watching the dollars spent on C & Cs and the price/value proposition isn't what it was a couple of years ago...
  19. Congrats on the upcoming nuptials! Have a big time at your bachelor party, too. You're going to need Sunday for recovery LOL.
  20. This is my daily, a 1993 Nissan Safari. It's the Patrol for the Japanese market. It had about 100K miles on it at purchase (August 2020) and very clean. Took a few weeks to get used to the steering wheel being on the right hand side. Get LOTS of looks in traffic, and catch people taking pics of it at stoplights & gas stations almost daily. It's a beast off road, too!
  21. LOVE Corona Gorda format! That would be my vote. Thanks for your efforts, and removing money from my bank account LOL!

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