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  1. I could really use some advice... My company has asked my family and me to make a permanent move from NYC to Singapore in the next few months. We plan to keep a house in the U.S. in order to visit family twice a year, but with three small children, it's hard to know how often we will be back. I am in need of advice on what to do with my existing CC stock when we make the move. If you have experience with this, could I trouble you to shoot me a quick PM? Also, I'd love to buy you a beer if you feel like meeting up once we arrive in SG. Please feel free to introduce yourself -Rob
  2. Welcome, Nick! Indians fan and/or Browns sympathizer?
  3. I like this line of thinking. Would an original Basquiat have appreciated over 300,000 percent.... if it had to be set on fire in order to maximize its utility?
  4. Is that a CFA study guide? That would ruin any good cigar.
  5. Bolivar Royal Corona (LRE ENE 10) Start 3:32pm End 4:37pm Total: 65 minutes Pre light Dry boxed for one week. Draw is almost too open. Lighter wrapper with a good oil content. First third Incredible smoke output. Lots of black tea, cedar, and aged tobacco. Even burn. Perfect draw. Second third Black tea flavor is almost nonexistent. Pure aged tobacco. Still lots of cool smoke output. Retrohale is sharp, with almost a hint of charcoal. Final third Black tea flavor becoming much more pronounced, especially after purging, but aged tobacco still dominates. Razor sharp burn with copious amounts of smoke throughout. Age has definitely smoothed out this cigar, leaving it with a classy, medium-bodied flavor. While very satisfying, I think I actually enjoy the BRC slightly more around the 2-3 year mark, when the flavors were stronger and fuller. 90 points
  6. Out of sheer curiosity, how do the misting fans work that are used in college and NFL football games? Based on your explanation, it would seem that these machines would be useless in humid climates like Tampa and Miami. Sorry for the tangent...
  7. In spite of storing at 65°/65% and dry-boxing for a day, this specimen was plugged for me. I couldn't feel a knot anywhere, so I fought hard for the first half in hopes that I could smoke through it. Resorted to punching through at the halfway mark, which finally opened the cigar enough to get some flavor. Aroma at cold was leather and hints of wood. First half was a throwaway due to the aforementioned plug. Second half was mostly aged leather with some mild hints of raisin and spice. Purged the cigar in the final third, after which the hints of raisin and spice were at their most consistent (albeit, still light). Not a bad half-cigar at all, but it's really hard to judge based on such a small sample. I might grab a few singles after the reveal to try again.
  8. Freezing should do the trick. Just follow the instructions from Claudius in the linked post. And be sure to keep an eye on any other boxes that came in contact with the affected box, if any. These little buggers can be sneaky.
  9. Looks like a wood mite to me. They won't harm the cigars, but they aren't the best pets to keep.
  10. It's kinda like eating an M&M while blindfolded and picking its color.
  11. This removal of the restriction appears to only apply to cigars and Rum purchased in person outside of the US. I wonder what the broader impact will be? http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/10/14/obama-cuba-regulations-expands-trade-travel-rum-cigars/92042662/
  12. Just reminded me of a box of MC2 from LUB ABR 14 that I buried in my deep sleep tupperdor... So glad to have a new name for them!
  13. Pre-Light Well-constructed, thin colorado wrapper without much oil (did not dry-box). The cold draw was perfect, tasting of toasted tobacco and a slight hint of leather. Paired with a tall glass of ice water, vintage 2016. Initial Third (2:26) Slightly over medium bodied. Started off with tangy marmelade or even apricot flavors, and what nonimurmur described so well as a fizzy cola flavor on the retrohale. The burn stays razor sharp through the first third, and the body settles into medium towards the end. Second Third (2:45) Body settles more to just under medium. Retrohale is less sharp, now mellowing into toasted tobacco and flat cola. Still a generous smoke output. Starts gaining more of a toasted tobacco flavor with every draw. Towards the end, started to pick up more of the hints of apricot I tasted in the first third. Final Third (3:02) The mellowness remains, still slightly under medium-bodied. Very pleasant toasted tobacco flavor, with hints of apricot intermittently popping up. Towards the very end, the burn gets a little uneven and needs one minor touch up. Purged the cigar just at the last 1/4, but no major flavor change; still toasted tobacco with hints of apricot. Nubbed at 3:26 (1 hour, on the nose). Overall A solid medium-bodied cigar with some mild complexity. I would put it somewhere around 85 points, and not sure how much upside it has with more age. I would pick up a box of these on special for reading the Sunday paper on the deck. Hoff

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