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    Grand Cayman Island or Massachusetts depending on the weather

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  1. mi000ke

    Hi from Boston

    If you are anywhere near Watertown, stop into Cigar and Lounge on Dexter St. The owners there are great, very friendly, unpretentious, helpful, and knowledgeable about cigars. I learned a lot from them when I decided to move from everyday cheap cigars to the real deal. They don't sell Cubans, of course, but they will help you to educate your palate and learn more about what you like. It really helped for when I finally decided to start investing in CCs. The downside is that now I'm spending way too much on good cigars
  2. mi000ke

    LCDH Grand Cayman

    They are close enough to each other to check both. Most of the locals I know go to Old Havana, although you may find a bit more selection at LCDH.
  3. mi000ke

    Will zip lock bags hold humidity for a week?

    I stuff my tupperware container with a bit of bubble wrap if there is any loose space, just to make sure the cigars don't get jostled during the trip.
  4. Nothing like a cigar in our "front yard" on the beach, watching the sun set and listening to the waves.
  5. mi000ke

    best rums under US$50.

    I might also consider the following (prices from Total Wine in Massachusetts) Ron Abulo 12 year - $37 Ron Zacapa 23 year - $38 Zafra 21 year - $47
  6. Have traveled 100s of times with cigars over the past 40 years, and always try to bring more than I think I'll smoke - and I usually end up smoking them all anyway. I plan on two a day plus a few for friends and visitors. I now travel to Cayman islands a few times a year, sometimes for more then 3 months at a time, and the gars are bloody expensive there. I have never had a problem getting into any country with my stash. The limit in Cayman is 250g of tobacco products (about 20-25 cigars) but I figure if i'm traveling with my wife we get double that. Anyway, I declare them at the limit, but have never been stopped or checked in any of the many countries I've visited. I pack them in a tupperware container with a Boveda pack and usually some bubble wrap to keep them from moving around. And they keep well in the tupperdor while I'm on the road.
  7. Saw my first show in May 1970 and never looked back. Best show I ever attended was Summer Jam '73. Not in terms of the music (the Dead did not put on a great show) but the scene was amazing. We got there a week early while they were still building the stage and camped out. I had a chance to jam on sax with some folks to a large crowd. Now that I'm retired, I play in a jam band that does a lot of Dead covers. (Note the caption - they were expecting 150,000 and got over 600,000 - bigger than Woodstock. Also nice to remember that I was once "young people" and had a full set of hair )
  8. mi000ke

    Pappy Van Winkle prices

    I had some van winkle 10 and 15 at a bar in NYC recently. I have to say it was some of the best I've ever tasted. The 10 was $20 per shot, and the 15 was $25. I had originally ordered the Weller 12 which is hard to find around here, and the owner gave me a free pour just to compare it to the Van Winkle. While good, it was not in the same league. At those shot prices, a bottle of 10 would come to about $335 and a bottle of 15 to about $415. So cheaper to go that bar.
  9. Forgot to mention, his name is Sir Winston
  10. Tenyata Lake, Yosemite
  11. We told him the bully stick was a cigar, and he seems ok with it....
  12. mi000ke

    LCDH Grand Cayman

    Hey Cayman17 - have you bought anything from the cigar store next to Lone Star on SMB? I haven't, but it's close to where I live. Wondering if they sell anything legitimate.
  13. mi000ke

    top bourbons recommended

    Great bargain selection: Larceny - another Heaven Hill spirit, and at only $24/bottle it's a great value and it's a distant cousin of Pappy's. From their website: Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon has its origins in the long and colorful history of John E. Fitzgerald and the Old Fitzgerald brand. According to lore, John E. Fitzgerald built a distillery on the banks of the Kentucky River in the 1870s and sold his fine Bourbon to rail lines, steamships, and private clubs. The Old Fitzgerald brand was first registered in the 1880s by S.C. Herbst, and was eventually sold to Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle during Prohibition. Pappy moved production of Old Fitz to his distillery where it became the first great wheated Bourbon and eventually one of the most famous Bourbon brands in the world.
  14. This is my go-to cigar bar when in NYC, mostly because I like to smoke outside and this is one of only two places (more below on that) in Manhattan where you can legally do that. They have four small tables that seat a total of about 10 people in front of the store. I was there a few weeks ago, arrived at their opening time, and they were still closed. I waited about 10 minutes, then figured they must have some special dispensation to allow outdoor smoking, so I just sat down and smoked one of my own. Eventually a gentleman showed up and sat down with me to wait. Turns out he was Hudson Bar's attorney and said they often open at random times, regardless of what it says on the web site, and to just wait. The owners eventually opened an hour late. They are very nice folks, by the way. Meanwhile, the man I met also turned out to be part owner of several restaurants in NYC. And the only other place you can smoke outside in NYC is on the patio (but not inside) of his restaurant Brandy Library, 26 N. Moore St. He invited me to go that evening, but I was not able to get there. It looks like a great whiskey bar, though. Actually the third place I found to smoke outside was on the balcony of my daughter's apartment in Brooklyn, if you don't mind getting yelled at by the neighbors sitting on their next-door balcony about 3 feet away.
  15. In 2004 we considered the Boston/New York ALCS to be the world series. The actual WS was an anticlimax.

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