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  1. SP Molinos RA898 Partagas SDC1 Hopefully they will be on BR soon...
  2. Hello, I intend to kick off this box pass by the end of next week. Therefore, those who are interested shall PM me asap, so that I can put the logistics of the pass together. Here are the guidelines that I am proposing - it's pretty much a copy/paste of Chris' set of rules (@ChanceSchmerr). He mastered the art of box passing, so no need to re-invent the wheel here. PM me with any question. Cheers! ____________________ Box Pass Rules/Guidelines A Box Pass is pretty straightforward – it’s a fun way to try a few cigars that you havn’t been able to try be
  3. Glad to see that there is some interest. Those who wish to participate can shoot me a PM. I will likely have time to ship the parcel to BC the week of the 5th, which will give us the time to finalize the details this week. Thanks! -Bertrand
  4. We could include some aged/high end cigars, I could definitely throw in a few to start. Members who wish to use the pass to trade on very high end cigars would be welcome to. We can focus on regular production cigars: we grab the ones that we normally would not buy a box of and throw in the ones that we believe other members may enjoy. Thanks Frank, really appreciated. Chris' box pass was a lot of fun and well organized - you'd think he was in the navy or something 😉
  5. Hello fellow Canadian members, Testing the waters here to check if anyone would like to be part of a Canadian box pass, to make the last stretch of Covid a little more fun. I'd like to keep the rules really simple so that participants can trade what they fancy and discover, re-discover, compare (aged vs non-aged, years, factory codes, dark/light wrappers, etc.), not necessarily aim to trade really rare cigars (although that would be totally acceptable). I'm hoping to get 15-20 members on board. I'm based out of Montreal. The pass would start on the West Coast and make its way Ea
  6. Such a cool place. Really impressive work. I bought one of his paintings once at a friend's request. I dealt mostly with his son who was saying how his dad was obsessed by the mosaics.
  7. Having a rooibos now, with a touch of buckwheat honey and a slice of lemon. Paired with a RAS. It sober February for me. Great combination and it's perfect to smoke outside in the Winter!
  8. I was going through some old boxes and found this book - which I thought I had lost a long time ago. Some beautiful and brilliant cartoons in there! Here's a sample... Sent from my SM-G950W using Tapatalk
  9. My kind of lunch. No mention of the food menu? If it was half as good as the wine list, it was probably epic as well. ?
  10. I share a lot that has already been said. I would say that the only silver lining in 2020 is that a lot of people realized that they were living for their work instead of working to afford living a happy life. We hopefully all learned to slow down a little- it's all relative to how fast-paced each individual's life was pre-Covid. Buying local will also remain, imo. The role of technology in our daily lives will change the very foundations of our economies forever, or at least until the next major crisis. Necessity is the mother of all inventions: who would have though
  11. Is or normal to see so many discontinued cigars listed or did I miss something?
  12. JR Cigars on 5th Ave was selling these about 20 years ago... they were in the basement "vault" - it was an old bank. Jerry, my favorite JR "advisor" to whom I would bring CCs to on every single visit, gifted me with a few of these Farachs (mine were like perfecto size). I was disappointed. It was cool to smoke 1958 cigars on New Year's Eve, but I thought they were really bland. I remember that my 5 pack was wrapped in cellophane. Anyways, a tourist purchased about 10 box of 50. They were 750USD each. I thought it was insane to spend so much on cigars... I was about 23.
  13. "the traveler will quarantine at their hotel for a maximum for 24 hours for test results" ... in the hotel room for 24 hours or socially distanced within the hotel / resort? Does anyone know? Thanks
  14. Great review. Would be interesting to do another one with a 10yo Cazadores soon ? thanks
  15. Ken, This little escapade of yours just seems like the remedy that a lot of forum members would need. Thanks for sharing.
  16. Totally agree with Ryan's and Ken's views. I will add that instead of using the cult of personality as other authoritarian leaders have, Castro used what I would call the 《Revolucion cult》, the Us vs Them notion. It was the stepping stone of his policies. Combine that to what Rob described - a State/Corporation model - and your regime can thrive for decades. Perhaps the revolution was a necessity. How the aftermath of the revolution was handled by the international community may have helped the regime to build its credibility and stronghold for the long term, IMHO.
  17. Personally, I would take a box of aged Cazadores (5-10yo) over many other aged CCs. Its profile is gamey, leathery, earthy, in-your-face when young. After a few years, from my personal experience, it transforms into an elegant cigar, with strong notes of coffee, leather - yet some kick to it. It could just be that I really enjoy that flavour profile, but I do believe it is a very underrated cigar. Just like the HU Connie 1 was a 8-10 years ago, or more recently the PLPC.
  18. I have been using floral foam bricks (that I cut in 1 inch thick pieces) for years in my tupperdors and it works great. My basement is consistently around 40-45% rh. I keep my cigars at approx 17-18C & approx 60% rh. No complaints.
  19. 1) RAS @ 5.75CUC, VR Famosos @ 5.40CUC & PL Picadores @ 5.70CUC & the RGPC @ 3.90CUC 2) Alex's coronas (65CUC for a bundle, great smoke!) and Reynaldo's robustos are excellent with some age on them, imo
  20. Just read your review as I was finishing smoking my GM. I think that you nailed it with the latakia. Couldn't put my finger on it. Thanks for the review.
  21. Sadly only 4 left of my last box, purchased in Havana in 2011. It's not a bazooka, but I've always really enjoyed this Bolivar. I have always thought that it was packed with flavors, smooth yet powerful: everything a good CC should be. Stored in a desktop humidor at 60% rh, so perfect for my taste. 1/3 I get earth and leather notes at the very beginning, but then smell & taste sweet cereal. Milder than what I remembered - haven't smoked one in 3-4 years - so the age could be a factor here. I remember that many GMs that I have smoked were a bit too tight. This one is
  22. I have no idea what the exit plan will look like in Canada, the US or elsewhere. However, I just read a recent post by Mister Money Mustache - some of you may be familiar with his blog - and I think that he summarized very well the crisis and its potential outcome (the guy doesn't like cars hence the comments a): In the more compassionate case which we are currently following, we drastically reduce the amount of contact we have with each other for a few months, which cuts the number of deaths in the US down from 3-6 million, down to perhaps 200,000. In exchange, our economy shrinks by se

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