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  1. yep. My most anticipated regular cigar event is early Sunday morning roll-out with a Reyes, a rustic stoneware mug of fresh-brewed strong black coffee and the news out on the deck with the bloom of the new day coming on.
  2. Hot ash invariably finds its way to a place where hot ash is most unwelcome. Any purported benefits notwithstanding, I don't risk much buildup and keep the hot end clean.
  3. Rob, I recall that the 2019s were released very fresh and benefited from some extra initial downtime to breathe off some gremlins. What do you think for this batch? Typical 60-90 days' rest to start?
  4. Kudos to all of the staff and management. Merry Christmas to all.
  5. If I reach for something newer, these are where I go most often: Trinidad Coloniales '19 Monte 1 '19 Punch Short de Punch '20 Trinidad Media Luna '21 RyJ Petit Royale '19
  6. Thanks, Ken. I must admit that I struggle with these soaked barrels. I readily admit to age-induced crankiness on my part but where do we cross the line into flavorized adulteration? Selection of barrel material, charring techniques, blending between old and new barrels—no issue from me. I can even get past the fake color additives-sort of- but this seems to me to be a step out of bounds.
  7. I got some of this from one of my few remaining 2012 HUPC the other night, so HUPC is my WAG.
  8. Great job! Glad to see you back on here, even if just to brag.
  9. I'm fortunate to have temperate great outdoors year-round now but back when I was in Chicago it seemed the challenge was not just in air exchange but also smoke residue gathering on all surfaces, causing the room to smell like a dirty ashtray, even if the air is refreshed.
  10. I bought several boxes of RyJ PC in the 2015-16 timeframe, including a box of EAG May 15 from FOH, which still has a handful of sticks remaining in it. I always enjoyed them, in a snacking sort of way. Workmanlike cigar that I consumed regularly, mostly during warmer weather. Looking back on my notes, I am compelled to report that I paid $109 for this box, graded by Rob as HQ, in early 2016. As for RyJ as a marque, I find them consistently inconsistent and the lineup needs judicious pruning. Having said that, my humidor will always contain a supply of Churchills, Cazadores and Petit Royales if I can find them at a decent sale price.
  11. I think the early game (Thursday night US) looks like a pretty solid lock for Carolina over Houston.

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