TheGipper

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  1. Yep, had the same with a 2020 Especial No. 2 recently. Have seen it on a few other various sticks over the years. It's rare, but it can happen with Cubans.
  2. Weird, the poll choices have only "thumbs up" answers, with "Tacky as hell" naturally being the highest form of praise.
  3. Pfft, we've been set up. HSA: <deletes almost all the Lonsdales> Me: <frowns> PCC: So what would you say you smoke a lot of? Me: Well, not a lot of Lonsdales anymore. HSA: See, we were right to delete them!
  4. Yep. Wait 'til they find out how many billions of mold spores they inhale every day.
  5. Hint for the voters: There is a whopping great difference if the purchase price was an in-country price for the Regional vs. typical out of country (secondary) price.
  6. When I see an absolutely perfectly aligned band, and it comes off easily without tearing the wrapper leaf....that's when I wonder if I have a fake.
  7. I like the fact that Mr. Cufflink is somehow getting a razor sharp burn without having clipped the cigar yet. That's style!
  8. I had one a few weeks ago from a box I've held since '03. HSA told us the early ELs were intended to be aged. They were right. They are outstanding now. Curious aging profile much like the 2000 Montecristo Robustos. Universally hated early, but transformed into something special after many years. Board-boss quote-debating will be ignored, it's just my (more recent) opinion.
  9. I have been vacuum sealing boxes for long term aging for almost 20 years. I think your method is similar. Over the years, I have found that I prefer to remove a box from vacuum seal about a year before I will smoke them. I find that a box taken out of a long term vacuum seal will go into a sick period for several months after coming out of seal. You are on the right path. Don't let anybody tell you any nonsense about "air circulation" or "you need to let them breathe occasionally". MRN was on to something good.
  10. I needed a third option for BBF: "I used to get it (before 2007 or so) but I don't anymore."
  11. The 2019 text of the bill is here: https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/428/text?format=txt Appears to essentially be a full repeal of the embargo, despite the typically misleading title. It did not have 100% Dem support in 2019. In a 50-50 Senate, that would be necessary to pass this, of course.
  12. I think this is the shelf-sitting, dust-collecting world champion of all time.
  13. The fact that this seems to take a step *away* from entirely killing off the Ramon Allones and Rafael Gonzalez marcas is good news to me.
  14. Them's fightin' words! I loved it, but I can see how people don't like it. It's definitely got a different feel and pacing than typical Hollywood "action" movies. Maybe that's why some us liked this movie so much.

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