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  • Birthday 06/15/1978

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  1. I'm gonna go with a Connie No. 1 as well for a shorter format. But honestly, nothing beats the SW. If I have to squeeze time I'd rather have a Upmann No. #2 so I'm not squeezing out to much less time.
  2. 100% Agree! My '19 box of sir winnies where definitely in my top 3 from last year. It was one of a few cigars ever that I could completely be happy if my whole humidor was stocked with them. Enjoy those Esmeraldas I've smoked a few and was really impressed, full flavor. I'll love them!
  3. Awesome insight John! I got the privilege to smoke an early 1990's Fundadores (Old Band) and it was the creamiest cigar I've ever smoked. From there I could understand why this marca was so celebrated by cigar smokers worldwide. I can say the Esmeralda is a good step in the right direction for Trinidad. The one I've smoked was amazing and in my opinion better than La Trova.
  4. I've realized a few things out of this. 1)Health is wealth. 2)Everyday is a gift. You could lose it in seconds. 3)Capitalism and Pandemics don't work together. 4)Having a dog became even more important. Having a 1 1/2 year old golden retriever became more of a support animal then ever. 5)I got more time to enjoy more double corona's! Things I regret in 2020 is I didn't get to hang out on FOH zoom calls. My schedule just didn't work with the zoom calls maybe in 2021 I can hop on.
  5. Your Regular Production Cigar of the Year (2017 - 2020 production). Montecristo #2 Your Specialty Production Cigar of the Year (2017 - 2020 production). Ramon Allones Superiores. These have all been good to me as well this year. My 18' La Trova's are good but got lighter as they aged. RAS has been great every time. Your Best New Release (2019/2020 production ) N/A - I have nothing new from this year. I didn't see the need. Your Most Improved (2017 - 2020 production) Montecristo #2. The one's that I had that where pre 2017 to the fresh 19' boxes I have been smoking have been way better. I'd say the biggest improvement is fuller body and not some so muted. I've been really enjoying these. Your Mr. Dependable Award (2017-2020 production) Tie Juan Lopez No. 1 / RG Perlas - 99% of these two have been great this year.
  6. I've had some E2's turn on me like that before it's a shame. I stopped buying them because I was always second guessing if it would start off great and then turn into this harsh mess.
  7. Love to do both. Has to be a small cigar no double coronas on my dog walks. RGP I consider the official dog walking cigar I go with.
  8. I'm finding that a glass of milk with a cigar is actually a great pairing.
  9. Consistent Smoking Enjoyment. 1. JL No. 1 2. RyJ Churchill 3. Sir Winston Best value (bang for buck) 1. RG Pearlas 2. Vegueros Centrofinos 3.VR Famosos Your best smoking experience of 2020 1. Sir Winston 2. CCE 3. Partagas Lusitanians
  10. ^^^ 100% agree with this. I've had LE's that where unsmokeable and wow'd by a simple RG Perlas. In most cases a variety of vitolas aged standard production is my aim these days. I've gotten dimensing returns from LE's for the price. LCDH speciality vitolas not so much. If I was a collector then it would be different. But I buy to smoke them.
  11. 1. A Fresh BRC - The first time in a long time I couldn't even finish it. Box is sleeping for awhile now. 2. A Fresh VR Famosos - These have mellow out a touch since but ROTT the room was spinning. 3. An Aged RASS '17 I was kinda shocked but it was full strenght. All where on a full stomach so no variable there which could sway things.
  12. Interesting, might try some short Piedras. I have the cazadores but there to long for my dog walks. Update on this experiment. RG Perlas is a total keeper. I've been rotating in Vegueros Mananitas & Quintero. So far so good. Perlas are still king. Mananitas can get a little harsh in the beginning and Quintero sometimes loses it flavor in the final half but is enjoyable.
  13. Good question! I find myself pulling different vitolas more now then ever since I'm more on the clock with a kid. Typically, minutos, PC's more. I have to really plan out my smoke times around other duties of the day. But with that I found shorter vitolas I wouldn't even think about kid-less. Kid-less I was smoking huge sticks more and wouldn't even bat an eye. I had the time all the time pretty much. So my vitolas changed being a dad. But, now I kinda like it. I moved towards more budget/value sticks daily and now pull my bigger vitolas out less which keeps them aging longer. Something my younger self never did. With the regards to marcas I'm all over the place. I like variety and why not when there's so many great different options to choose from. I get bored with one marca so switching it up for me is perfect. My father on the other hand is a one marca/vitola smoker all the time. I've tried for years, years for him to test other sticks but nothing phases him. He'll try but will never add it to his collection. No deviation. It's Montecristo No. 2 if he can't get that it's something to mimic it. Years of this. No change. But hey that's what he likes. It kinda reminds me of George Burns the famous comedian. He would only smoke I think White Owls(Yuck!) all the time no deviation.
  14. You do have Smoking Joe's in Tacoma which I've been to a few times on business trips to Seattle and the burger joint across the street which is probably the closest thing to in-and-out I've had up there. It's kinda of a trek from downtown but that lounge is great! I wish it eternal life.

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