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About foursite12

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    Chicago area
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    Fly Fishing, wine/spirits, interesting vehicles

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  1. Black Dog--Urbana, IL (near University of Illinois campus) Salt + Smoke--St. Louis, MO (on the Loop near Washington University)
  2. foursite12

    Most recent box codes for:

    La Trova--MUP Oct 18
  3. foursite12

    Your best cigar of March 2019?

    LAU Dic 16 Monte Especiales #2
  4. Gratifying to read that I’m not alone in that thought process; I also have some from 2014 and have concluded that this is a cigar best enjoyed with its youthful slap in the face still intact.
  5. Guys. I suspect calling out specific vendors still in business-true or otherwise-is way beyond the intended scope of the poll and is a clear breach of the site rules. Not all countries have the same liberal laws on speech as you may be used to.
  6. foursite12

    Your last 90 days "go to"

    Previous: Coloniales, PLPC, Vigia Current: Monte ESP 2, Coloniales, PLPC. Gobbling up the Monte Esp 2 like mad lately; they exploded at the 3 year mark.
  7. foursite12

    The Battle Of The Big Boys

    The HDM DCs perform well young. Several of the others would be a waste. I predict the Lusitanias will be the overwhelming poll choice of the readership here but that can be a lot of cigar for someone not used to a two hour trip down nicotine lane. The HDM will consume the same time, of course, but it isn't quite as rich as the Lusi.
  8. Nothing beats a morning cigar; something with some terrier in it. The wham bam thank you ma'am cigars of the world shine as the sun comes up. Partagas Shorts fill the role admirably.
  9. foursite12

    Chicago help, please

    Thanks for the invite! I'm out in the 'burbs and won't be downtown this week but I hope you and the Mr enjoy your time here!
  10. The 8-9-8 remains a long-time favorite; however, it is worth noting that it's pretty clear the raw horsepower to which Ken alludes has been throttled back in the last few years. Prior to maybe...2014(??) if you were planning on an 8-9-8, you were planning on a single-cigar day. Great smoke but much less of a force of nature now. @RDB I would not hesitate to pick up a box to try. Still medium-plus but quite approachable.
  11. This has been covered in Ben's Guide:
  12. foursite12

    Super Bowl Wrap-up

    Belichick took the wunderkind McVay to school, which was fascinating to watch, especially as it was explained by Tony Romo. The Rams' offensive personality was taken completely away and they had no backup plan--Goff had no chance to be any good, since McVay called only straight drop-back passes from very early on--something the Rams have not done all year, other than in the Chicago game (which they also lost for the same reason--learn or die). Brady may have not played his best but the TD drive featured some amazing plays from him. The three successive uses of the same play but to different guys was like watching a surgeon at work. Yes, I missed more scoring but I really enjoyed watching the Pats operate on D, with Belichick pulling the levers.
  13. foursite12

    Chicago help, please

    Was at Iwan Ries Saturday with a fellow FOH-er who was in town for the day. Interesting store with all the goods; very accommodating help who make a point to let you know that you can look around anywhere--main floor, behind the counters, humidors--anywhere you see. Very relaxed. They have three lounges that we saw. One seemed to be for pipes only (IRC is very pipe-oriented), one that was "basic" but ok for cigars and then the "deluxe" lounge, which is in another part of the building. For the deluxe lounge there is a $15 fee for the day for non-IRC members. Exit/reenter is perfectly fine. BYOB but as mentioned above, there is ice and glassware. TV, leather furniture, an array of tables. A reasonable part of the space is reserved for members. Not extreme luxury but perfectly fine. Cigar reek was pretty strong. Nothing said or posted about smoking our own. We paid the fee and each bought a very good cigar from the store. We smoked a couple of 8-9-8 in lieu of what we bought with a clear conscience and without any issues.
  14. Just to play the devil's advocate here...traditionally, momentous occasions--birth of a child, company closes a huge deal, you name it--you might put out a box of cigars to celebrate. Friends/family/employees either take one or don't. If Mr. Kraft had walked in and said, "Dom Perignon for everyone!" and some of the guys did not partake, would there have been this question? Now, if he had gone around personally and said to Brady, "Tom, I want you to have a personal memento from me to you in honor of this great achievement", I think that would have been different from having a bodyguard go around with the box--"Cigar from Mr. Kraft?"--under those circumstances I think you're free to politely decline.
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