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  1. You can never fail but to be surprised around this place. I haven't been into my office for a few days but on walking in just now there was a small package sitting on the desk from our very own Don Candido. You can imagine my surprise to find a Taboado Custom with an untrimmed foot; a '96 Boli; a '96 Monte 1 and a '95 Upmann 2. Peter, do you wear a red suit a Christmas? You're better than Santa! I suppose I'd better do a review or two over Christmas under the circmstances and share the wealth. Thanks again DC, I'll be there in March on a trip back from Canada so I guess the drinks are on me!
  2. Always trust Wilkey. Always. Putting a humidor into a fridge because it's hot is not a good idea. If it's a termoelectric unit you could hit dewpoint in the box. If it's a compressor it'll dry out everything. Irrespective, it's not good for the box or cigars to "shock" them with rapid temperature changes. The best thing you can do for yourself is follow the KISS principle. Keep the desktop on the desktop out of direct sunlight. If you're going to go with a controlled environment humidor then do some research. There's plenty of info on the web, a lot of it here. All the best.
  3. I've got one that size in the workshop (we've named him Bruce Snakestein for no particular reason). He's bigger, heavier and stronger than I am. The bastard is so big, he beeps when he reverses. We relocated him about 1k into the bush behind me, he was back 3 days later. I'd suggest naming him and keep in mind he will keep other snakes away. As an added bonus, no danger of anyone busting into your wine cellar and turning it over if you've got a guard snake.
  4. About what you'd expect. I'm proud to be a long term member of low standing.
  5. SMITH, YOU BASTARD!! (It's amazing what you can get away with when you look like Jesus)
  6. Welcome Mate. Great Handle! I wish I'd thought of Bunburyist!
  7. The problem is I live closer to Darling Harbour than I do to te Czar Deck. It was a great night. I walked in to Cohibar again on Friday night for a quick smoke and (more) Shiraz. The barman asked me what were smoking the other night and he thought they might have been fakes (because he'd never seen them before). I guess that's fair if you're smoking Por Laranaga Regional Belicosos from last year, Cohiba Seleccion Reserva (was it the Media Coronas Trev?) from 02 or 03 and a Cohiba Pyramid from 2006. Thanks again for the Cohiba Seleccion Trevor. Legendary bloody smoke. Sam, I'm looking forward to the article on the "Magnificent Folly". See you guys in about a months time.
  8. The trick is to remember to not light up in an oxygen rich environment.
  9. Technical, schemnical. I still say it's a proper job Doc and more than worth both congratulations and celebraton. If I was wearing a hat, I'd take it off to you, but I'm not so I'll just have to pour another glass of Turkey Flat in your honour and make do. Get some sleep Wilkey, you're probably overdue!
  10. Great stuff Wilkey, sorry, Doctor Wilkey. A great achievement mate. I'll hoist a drink to you.
  11. Damn straight! Did Ayala tell you I was struck down in my prime with Swine Flu? Have been horizontal for almost 3 weeks. I'm actually waiting for Rob to call back now and I was going to drop in this arvo if you're around.
  12. Sorry to hear it Smooth. It's not just my imagination is it, things really are turning to crap.
  13. G'day folks, I'm going to be in Sydney for a Summit 22-25 (next week). If anyone's up for a smoke and quiet ale, drop me a line. Trev, check your in box.
  14. Id bet the one on the left is fine but Im unsure about the one on the right. It looks more like a mhogany but I could easily be wrong.
  15. Spanish Cedar (South American Cedar) comes in a wide range of colours between pinkish red and off white. The smell is very distinctive but so is the taste. Spanish Cedar tastes different to all the rest of Cedars. Problem is though, I can't describe it exactly. It's very strong and acidic. When I'm picking it I can tell by the weight and grain 90% of the time. If it takes more than that I'll plane a bit off to smell the fresh wood. If I'm still unsure the taste will clinch it. Having said all that there's still an easy way to tell. Only ever order Cederela Odorata from a reputable supplier of furniture grade lumber. I haven't been let down yet.
  16. If it's the Supper Club, I'm sweet. Andy (the owner) is an old drinking buddy. Thanks Rob.
  17. Are there any venues left for a smoke in Melbourne? What's Siglo in Spring Street like?
  18. 1 box of Partagas Shorts. Add duty and taxes, bingo.
  19. Nice job George. I didnt know you were into bonsai. I dont think Id have the patience. Still, let it grow a bit and I can make a nice little bureau out of it for you.
  20. Thanks Gang! I'm sitting out by the spa on a beautiful Queensland Afternoon with a 7 year old Lusitania and a bottle of Mumm. I've got a paper airplane from the boy and tickets to La Traviata from the wife. IT JUST DOESN'T GET ANY BETTER THAN THIS! Thanks to all for the kind wishes.
  21. Thanks Colt, These used to be my regular go-to stick, but I havent had one now in ages. I suppose there had to be one or two bad ones over the years but I really cant remember one. At their best, these are just brilliant. Does anyone know what the current crop is like?

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