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  1. As long as the RH and temp in storage are fine, the ambient humidity during even a 2+ hour smoke isn't going to make a meaningful difference. I live in a place with 70%+ humidity (frequently 90+) year-round and have never noticed a burn or flavor difference, regardless of format. Now, when the temp is 91F/32C and the sun is beating down with that sort of humidity, I tend not to reach for anything larger than a minuto unless I am floating on a raft 😎
  2. 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
  3. Welcome, Nick! Indians fan and/or Browns sympathizer?
  4. 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?
  5. Is that a CFA study guide? That would ruin any good cigar.
  6. 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
  7. 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...
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Looks like a wood mite to me. They won't harm the cigars, but they aren't the best pets to keep.
  11. It's kinda like eating an M&M while blindfolded and picking its color.
  12. 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/
  13. 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!
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  15. 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
  16. You have been more than patient and understanding. If you haven't already, maybe you could send one final e-mail to lay out the facts and let him know that without any response, you will feel compelled to caution others publicly about your experience. I have no idea where to draw the line with things like this, but giving advanced warning and a reasonable deadline to respond prior to airing your grievance publicly is usually a good place to start, IMO.
  17. The Edmundo is one of my favorite cigars to share over cocktails... unless they look like that. I would be selfish with those.
  18. Maybe they didn't dry out as much as you think. The average humidity in most of TX is somewhere between 55%-80% through most of the year. I'm sure West Texas is a bit drier, but I'm not sure how much. If your sticks were packed away in cedar in the garage, I would think they are still ok. Half of this is 90% mental. Mix a few fresh cigars in with a few of the old ones and smoke through them blindly. See if you can tell the difference.
  19. Love it when a review makes me hungry... Well done! Just curious - what does age do to those flavors? Is the sweet spot inside of 3 years?
  20. I would gladly take whatever time works best for Rob & Di, but last week was a nice change of pace. Rather than changing times every week, what about the possibility of moving up just one week a month? Maybe the week starting on the first/last Monday of the month or something?
  21. Not to be too Confucian, but the biggest challenge over my first 6 months in this new world has been not knowing what I don't know. I started my journey with one of Rob's "New to CC" samplers in order to try to pin down all of the flavor profiles that I have been reading about on the boards. I really couldn't taste much of anything in those, either because I have too few taste buds, or because I just don't know what I'm looking for. I would have even settled for just understanding the differences in taste between each of the cigars, but that is nearly impossible because I couldn't light all of them up and try them side by side (well, I guess I could...). On a whim, I ordered a box of aged PSD4s from the 24:24. The first one of those that I smoked had a taste that was remarkably different than anything else I had smoked. So, I bought an aged box of Ramon Allones, and... BAM!... another new flavor. I still wouldn't say that I can identify those favors as anything specific like Rob uses in his 24:24 descriptions, but I can definitely pick up on the fact that the flavors are different. So, I am buying up boxes when I can and stashing them in the OLH to age in hopes that the aging enhancement is the ticket for my palate. in a perfect world, the two things that I wish I could have had 6 months ago were: 1. A sampler consisting of aged sticks (unless the ones in my sampler were aged, then I'm back to square one); and 2. A beginner's guide to the cigars that maybe suggested a sequence in which to smoke them and the different flavors to look for in each. Both are prob. unrealistic, but thought I'd put them out there. Thanks to all of you who make this community such a wonderful place!

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