soutso

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  1. Terrific story! I have not visited this great forum in a long time and just when I do, I stumble on the best post I've ever read. God bless you and your family. It's also nice to see another family in which the women are way hotter than the men lol
  2. I hope the pics come up clearly on your screen. The tunnel was about 4mm wide and forked off into two 2mm ones. Forgive the order of the pics.
  3. Hello Friends, It's been too long since I've last logged on but I experienced something last night worth sharing. Some months ago I received an unopened, uninspected box of El Principes. Sadly they were affected by tobacco beetle. Four sticks were irretrievable. I froze the other twentyone for six days and stored them separately for a few months. The pics below illustrate my experience. Not sure if the pics are clear but you'll see a unique form of tunnelling. One I cannot blame the roller for! At first it was a single tunnel that then forked off into two smaller tunnels. For th
  4. G'day Ray, Well I haven't logged on in a while and I'm glad I did this morning. Great vid my friend. I always enjoy them and I'm glad to see that you enjoyed a smoke that you didn't expect much from. That's always a bonus. My gear looks terrific mate! Interesting that the false back is collecting the moist air from the side. We need to talk!! Let me know when you're on the long drive home and I'll give you a call. Good luck on your construction job! Nik
  5. They should enjoy the memory. We won't see many more players that are that good for so long many times in out lifetime. I hope Billy gives his Clive Churchill medal to it's rightful owner ?
  6. Hello to my fellow EPL fans. Just a shout out to those who love the beautiful game to explain where the EPL team that they love (and probably sometimes hate!) will end up at the end of the season. I only ask that you give a range withing three placings and why you think this. If you don't think your club will be first, tell us who you think will. I think my beloved Liverpool FC will end up 3rd-5th. Why? Our greatest asset is our manager and he will push the team to it's limits. I am confident of making the top 4 which sadly seems to have taken over the desire to only be first. E
  7. Enjoyable vid my friend. Just promise me now that you've hit a hundred you stay humble and not give in the the flashy Hollywood lifestyle that beckons... Sad to hear the cigar wasn't a hit. Was hoping you'd find some improvement in the hole punch method. Just wanted to add that I liked how you toasted the foot to draw some flavour improvement. That's something I do as well and it usually draws some success.
  8. Hey Piggy! Yes it is in my interest to get my cigars to my desired PMC (percentage moisture content) asap! I did describe what I do in a previous post but I cannot locate it easily from my phone. Hi @JamesKPolkEsq I store my cigars in a custom built Piggy special! My set points are 60RH 70 Degrees. Having run my unit for two about and a half years now, I have a feel for what constitutes a 60/70 acclimatised cigar. I mainly smoke Perla and Minuto sized sticks and I have noted that if I receive a box of say, Monte 5, if I place that box in my humidor it will take 6 months to a
  9. I used to vacuum seal my boxes. I once vacuum sealed a box of Dip 2's - a very thorough and tight vacuum seal and this was the result ? That said, IMO it had no affect on the flavour.
  10. Being nervous just means that you care. That is a great start. There was a comment earlier about doing it in front of your wife. (Lol) That is actually a great start but go little further with it. Deliver your speech to someone you know but deliver it in an exaggerated and almost silly manner. Kind of like the late, Steve Irwin but on steroids. Get out of your comfort zone. Really ham it up in any way you can. You will feel foolish at first but very quickly, you will get used to it. It's amazing how quickly you will adapt. You will be out of your comfort zone and just that little bi
  11. I've had stages of where this happens to me a lot and then doesn't for a long time. I have begun to suspect that it's the ambient conditions. (Temp and RH) I actually suspect that the ambient conditions can influence the taste of a cigar too. I've always promised myself to one day record the ambient conditions befire lighting up and take notes of the experience. Clipping the head a little works well and yes slow down how often you draw and make the draw a light one. When I can't clip further I actually very lightly and gently toast the head with my jet flame, careful to not touch the hea
  12. I enjoyed that Ray, thank you. I once had a friend named, Cassandra. If I walk around the house listening to this song too much I'll be able to hear the good wife growling from the adjacent room....
  13. Very true! Though you can enjoy a man's craft, it don't mean you would enjoy his.... oh dear! By the way, in one of your YouTube vids, Queen's song, "Seaside Rendezvous" is on in the background. Very very interesting....
  14. Queens first 4 albums are still my favourite all time albums. They just have everything I could possibly enjoy. Freddy's voice is my all time favourite voice.
  15. Nowadays I don't smoke anything Ive purchased for at least 6 months to a year. With this particular cab, I smoked at 3 months and every 3 months up until 18 months, then I stopped.
  16. That is not good news!! I suspect that mine will be the same as yours. They haven't shown me hints of improvement yet. I'll definitely try one soon as it's been a while since I last sampled one.
  17. Would love that Chris, looking forward to the next catch up. ??
  18. I won't be confirming anything "negative" yet but I have a 50 cab of PCs and after sampling 10 sticks I haven't had a single one that I've liked. They have been harsh, even after storing them to my preferred conditions. I have decided to store them for a while and try them with age. I'm guessing my cab is about three years old now and I haven't had one for about 18 months. I might try one soon and I'll let you know.
  19. Ray, I have often read this word in your writings and have been meaning to ask you what you mean specifically. I interpreted it specifically as small cracks on the wrapper that appear as a "fine line". They can even be missed upon a quick inspection. They split and open up as you smoke the cigar. I suspect the fine lines occur when you store too dry. Finally, I blame you Ray. It's all your fault.
  20. Bitterness to me is a strong sign of a wet cigar. Do the cigars feel soft or spongey? Let them settle and dry out a little. This brings out the flavours in CCs. Before smoking a cigar I look for the following attributes: 1. A hard or stiff feel from head to foot. 2. The band freely moves or is loose. 3. With a very gentle squeeze you can hear crackle sounds These factors usually indicate the the water content has decreased and the cigar will give you its best chance to show you it's true flavours
  21. I'll be honest, I've tossed the bat and run home crying. I'm 0-4 and can't stomach 0-5.... this will put me on the level of a Blues player in state of Origin. Actually, I am on the level of a Blues player! My name is Mitchell Pearce. I'll be smoking mine this weekend.
  22. I advise you to look for the Dr Joe show on YouTube regarding brand history. He no longer posts videos but he goes through brand histories a lot in his cigar reviews. (From memory) As with all cigar info you run across on the internet, make your own decision on what you see as fact or fantasy. Whilst he speaks like an expert and is confident in his beliefs, keep in mind of what is fact and what is an opinion. This is not a criticism of Joe. Just the advice I'd give anyone researching cigar vids and blogs. Cheers
  23. Hey Piggy, Great effort on the vid. FYI I have smoked the odd 500 year old cigar that you've sent me (this is a dig at your age lol... though I'll take this chance to comment on your impressive biceps - there's some big guns there ??) and I just want to add that a lot of what you describe, especially the non-taste but 'feel' elements to the older cigars, can still be found in the odd 2014 ply HDM Du Depute and Du Prince and with Trinidad Reyes. I've definitely experienced this with them, not every stick, as consistency varies but I know that it's there. Cheers! Nik

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