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  1. Ah yes, that's very well spotted! Thanks for that - it's always useful to know how to spot these fakes, even though it's one thing I don't have to worry about now that I only buy from Rob.
  2. Thanks for the replies. It pretty much confirms what I suspected. What's wrong with the bands though? I know the photos aren't great, but the bands looked reasonable to me. Also, could it be that they were available in the past in boxes of 25?
  3. Hi all, A friend of mine just received a box of these as a gift. The reason I am questioning the authenticty is that I thought that Piramides were only available in boxes of 10. Do they look real to you?
  4. I noticed that Google has stopped indexing pages for the forum in 2020. If you try putting this into a Google search: site:https://www.friendsofhabanos.com - it should return results from the site, which it does, but nothing newer than 2019!
  5. What an absolute pleasure to have finally met Rob, Di, and several of our friends from here at FOH! I really enjoyed the event - great atmostphere, great company, and thank you to Rob for the amazing Bushido! I wish I could have tried some of those Rums, but alas I was driving. I've been away from here for a while due to personal commitments, but meeting everyone today reminded me what a great forum and group of people we have here. If there is a meet anywhere near you, you should definitely try to get to it! Here are some short videos from the event: Pan of the JJ Fox Cigar Lounge Some kind words from El Pres (caught the tail of it on film) Sorry for the poor audio and camerawork, but my excuses range from the lighting, to the smoke, to the phone, and to even blaming other members where possible. ? I also had a Bushido in my mouth...as the geisha said to the bishop. Note: I have a 2GB limit at Dropbox, so I'll leave the videos up for a few weeks, but will eventually have to remove them. If a mod can embed them somehow, that would be nice. Oh, and finally.... Dreams really DO come true!!!!? Ok, it's not RIGHT outside, but it's across the road, which meant I could sit and watch it being sideswiped from up in the cigar lounge!!! (Well, the car didn't actually get sideswiped in the end, but that didn't stop me checking on it every 30 seconds lol. If anyone wants to drive to JJ Fox, parking is £4.90 per hour for up to 4 hours, which is a good amount of time for some browsing and sampling! I chatted with some of the staff while there, and they were as knowledgeable, professional and welcoming as always. What are you waiting for?
  6. I store mine without the tubes. When the cigars arrive, I always examine each one to find out what I've got. It doesn't seem worth the effort to put them all back into the tubes and have to take them out again later to smoke. Now, when I want one, I can just grab it out of the humidor. Some marques sell the same cigar with and without a tube, and I suppose there should be some difference in the taste of the 'tubos' version, because it has been stored differently (usually wrapped in cedar). So by taking the cigars out and storing them without the tubes, I suppose you could be altering the taste, and losing the uniqueness of the vitola. On the other hand, I like the idea of each cigar having a little space to breathe.
  7. I have always felt that plume/bloom/mould on cigars is generally mould, and not desirable in any way. But I think there is more hope with pipe tobacco.... This! I'll be fascinated to see the results of this. Personally I think there is a good chance of finding sugar crystals. Pipe tobacco often has sugar added during processing - even in brands that are marketed as being 'uncased' and 'untopped'. For example, Escudo/Dunhill Navy Rolls has several added sugars, including prune juice and licorice extract, along with dextrin, glucose and fructose. I agree that the plume/bloom/mould that appears on pipe tobacco is more often something that appears to reflect light as a crystal. Isn't there a 'thing' about mould not being fluorescent under UV light? Wouldn't that be a quicker way to check if something is mould or not? EDIT: Didn't mean for this to sound like we didn't need this experiment carried out - it's excellent that we're finally getting some concrete scientific data. I just wondered if people at home could quickly check for mould using the UV method (if it actually works). I'd love to see another test....blind testing of cigars that have, or have had, mould on them. I've heard people say that one should just brush off the mould, and they will not notice any difference. If you believe this, then you probably will not notice any difference. If you believe/believed that the mould was beneficial, you will probably have an improved smoking experience. However, if you're like me, and believe that a mouldy cigar is not a good thing, then you'll probably taste mouldiness while you're smoking. The point is, each of these could be our imagination, and it would be nice to see some solid tests around this!
  8. I agree that having the face on the inner wrist is unusual. But I'm interested in knowing the origin or reasons for people who wear their watch on the outer wrist. Some have said that it's easier to scratch the dial if you are resting your hands/wrists on a desk or keyboard.....hmmmmm. I personally don't find this to be the case, but I can see what they mean. Still, I believe it is more natural to look at something on the inside of your wrist. Imagine you had a pocket watch...you would look at it with your wrist turned in. In fact, when we put anything in our hand to look at, we have our wrist turned inwards. I think the main reason for the outer dial being conventional is because that is how watches appear in advertisments (advertisers tell consumers what to do). Over time, people just copy each other, as that is what appears 'normal' or 'correct'. Also, regarding the Rolex forum....I think most poeple who buy a Rolex probably want everyone to see it. So this could be biased data.
  9. Are you a dentist? To those guys who wear their watch on the right wrist.....don't you have difficulty if you need to wind the watch, or adjust the date etc? I guess you take it off for these tasks?
  10. Glad you had a lucky escape! I was involved in a similar situation a few months back. As inconvenient as it is to go through all the motions with the insurance and police, it's obviously better than what could have happened! It has taken months to have the 3rd party insurer admit liability (luckily he had insurance). Now, just waiting to see if the police are going to prosecute him for failing to stop at the scene of an accident.
  11. Someone called Mr Glass flying on a trapeze. This has disaster written all over it!
  12. Hahaha, this is what happens when you combine single-barrel bourbon with late-night browsing. Ok ok, I want to change it to a Bolivar Cañonazo (Siglo VI size). And let's hope nobody noticed that earlier post.
  13. After seeing a watch-based thread, I realised that almost nobody seems to wear their watch with the dial facing inwards. I do this for two reasons. The first is that I find it more natural to look at the inside of my wrist than the outside (less turning of the hand required). Secondly I believe it protects the dial from being knocked or scuffed as easily. Historically, I think the wearing of the dial facing outwards, was pushed by manufacturers so that their watches would be 'advertised' to others. Does anyone know more about these origins? My own watch is only worth around £500, but if I had some of the high-end watches featured in the thread above, I would be even more inclined to be discreet, and keep the identity of the watch concealed. After all, I wear it so that I can see the time, not so that other people can look at it! Ok, so I guess that's 3 reasons to wear the dial on the inner wrist. Where do you wear yours, and what is your reasoning?
  14. I usually steer clear of LEs, so I'm not sure what's been done before. But as I'm getting a box for free....let's have a Bolivar Campanas (52 x 140mm).
  15. Yeah yeah...first the members map, and now this! This explains why Monday is clearance day...there's suddenly a load of extra boxes lying around!
  16. You know he's feigning illness right? This thread is created, so that Rob can find out who's going to be away from home this weekend. You'll return to find your humidor has been ransacked! That whole 'not leaving home' story was just an alibi setup. The good news is that this is going to produce plenty of PSP for 24:24 hahaha
  17. I have quite a bit of work to do, and some E-mails to send....loose ends etc. I might even chase up my cigar merchant for some PSP boxes....this is what happens when you purchase from a guy with only 2 trader feedbacks on his profile. But my highlight of the weekend is going to be watching Joshua vs Klitschko! Can't wait to find out if Klitschko still has it, or if he's going to be fighting one of his boring 'back foot' fights, and get beaten to the punch by the younger, faster Joshua. I'm also hoping that Rafa makes it to the final of Barcelona, hopefully to give Murray the thrashing of a lifetime.
  18. Cleopatra is considered Macedonian (i.e. Ancient Greek, not to be confused with today's 'FYROM'). There is no evidence that she was 'black'. One reliable source: https://blog.oup.com/2010/12/cleopatra-2/
  19. Daniel Craig as Bond! Along with several bond girls, especially Maryam d'Abo, Tanya Roberts, Sophie Marceau, Halle Berry and Rosamund Pike. To compare Halle Berry with Ursula Andress, in any context, is quite ludicrous!
  20. It's true that I prefer larger pipes...group 5 and up, this is because for the amount of bullshit that has to take place, it's not worth it for a tiny pipe! I want that pipe to last an hour at least. But yes, I suppose the larger size is probably why they're not comfortable in the mouth. Mind you, I do have a few smaller ones (that I never use) and I think I also found them uncomfortable. What about moisture build-up, and having to use a pipe cleaner whilst driving? Wind cap would be a must for sure - never tried one of those, but then I never smoke my pipes outside the house.
  21. I tend to keep the cigar in my hand, but it depends on the ring gauge. Smaller gauges are more comfortable for hands-free. A really uncomfortable one to hold in the teeth is a Salomones/Perfecto/Persidente shape - being front heavy makes it really weird. I don't really care about the shape, as I tend to cut quite deep anyway. However, Dip 2s & Belicosos Finos are two of my favourite cigars ever!
  22. This is just what I was looking for...a comparison between the 3 Maduros. I have some PSP Secretos from March 2014, and I find them extremely powerful - one of the strongest cigars I have smoked. I do like powerful cigars, but I probably wouldn't want anything much stronger. So, before shelling out for an expensive Magicos or Genios, I was hoping to get a comparison on strength. However, I noticed that your experience was quite different to mine! You found the Secretos to be Mild to Medium, but this was a review of aged Maduros, so maybe mine will eventually reach that point? Can someone share a comparison of strength for these 3 cigars when young?
  23. I smoke a pipe daily, but I have never tried this away from home. It seems like a lot of inconvenience to have to carry a pipe, tobacco, tamper, and pipe cleaners. It's quite an operation to pack and light a pipe in the first place, then I will usually need pipe cleaners at some point throughout the smoke, due to the build up of moisture. Also, I've never been comfortable holding a pipe in my mouth (hands free), which makes it even more tricky during driving. How do you manage all of this in the car? 1 - I agree with this to a certain extent, but then there are different cigars for different purposes. I do tend to smoke smaller/cheaper cigars in the car, and wouldn't be going through my PSP box of BCGs for example. Also, I don't get so many opportunities to enjoy cigars in the ideal setting, at least lately, but still have the craving for them. 2 - True, it is gross. But I really have not experienced this. Like JohnInCleveland, I find that the smell is totally gone within 24-48 hours. Although this is dependent on making sure the car is well ventilated whilst smoking. Although my seats are leather, there is cloth upholstry in the headliner and a few other spots, so perhaps after many years the smell may linger more. Then there's the yellow staining...haven't seen that yet thankfully. 3 - This I can understand. It's time to find a new job. 4 - The only accident I am concerned about is finding myself in the car without any cigars hahaha. Well, I suppose you might have a point, if there were a collision and the cigar found its way onto the back seat or something. On the other hand, we're talking about driving, and smoking. If you take part in either of these activities, you probably enjoy taking some risks in life! I tend to keep the cigar in hand until I am about halfway through, and then keep it in my mouth after that. My 30 year old car also has an ashtray if I need to put the cigar down for a longer period (note: my hand manual actually refers to the car lighter as a 'cigar lighter'!). Do they still put ashtrays in new cars? I guess there is no call for them these days? Years ago I was a driver on London Underground, and on the older train stocks there was an ashtray built into the driver's cab! How times have changed.
  24. I find this all quite interesting. First, I should mention that I get through, and replace most of the cigars in a few weeks generally, and have never noticed any issues with the cigars, so perhaps my temperature fluctuations are not so huge, or maybe it takes longer to notice the ill-effects. I take your point, that in a sealed container, the moisture will leave the cigars as the temperature increases, but this means that any humidification system fails unless there is temperature control! This should be a concern for me, as I do not have any temperature control in my regular storage. About the mould though...what actually causes this to form? Doesn't some foreign bacteria need to be introduced in order for mould to form, or are all the necessary elements continuously present? Why does moisture moving around cause mould to form? I thought that increasing the moisture was a major cause of mould forming? Since joining this forum, I have noticed that there is little concern for cigars drying out. There are even suggestions to 'dry box' cigars before smoking. I am always surprised by this, as I have not had good results, over the years, with dryed out cigars. The cigars seem really harsh to me, along with the fact that the wrapper becomes brittle and easily cracked. There is also the opinion that fully dryed out cigars can eventually be saved by storing in humidified conditions. Again, I tried this years ago, and never found the cigars to be as good as they were originally. Still, I see it time and time again, so there must be something to it! I need to look into the whole 'cigar desiccant' subject. When are you going to write us a huge sticky on this topic?

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