Dmpotocek

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  1. The short answer: No. The longer answer: There are a few shops in Panama City. Arte Puro is at the Trump Hotel, and there is a Habanos Point in Casco Viejo (The old part of the city) Selection is ok, but you won’t find anything HTF or with more than a year or two of age. I did manage to find a box of Sir Winston a few years back. Taxes on tobacco are high in Panama, so cigars are expensive. The owners of the shops are all very friendly and welcoming. I go to Panama every year, but I always bring my own sticks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Unfortunately I have not Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I’m currently in Rome and unfortunately not too much selection. I checked out the LCDH (Fincato) and while the shop was gorgeous, and the staff was very helpful, selection was primarily regular production with under a year of age. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Bummer. I found out yesterday that I’ll be in Rome this October, and was looking forward to checking this place out. I’ll still go, assuming I can get in. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I pulled this stick out of my desktop humidor that I keep at 60%RH. Wrapper is a nice milk chocolate color, paper thin and has just enough sheen to get your attention. Pre-light: leather and barnyard. Draw is about as tight as can be while still being acceptable. Construction feels pretty good. First 1/3: leather is very pronounced, mixed with a little mustiness and some light pepper on the retrohale. Plenty of smoke output and the burn is excellent. Second 1/3: leather turns into a creamy coffee and sweet cocoa. Incredibly smooth on the retro Last 1/3: strength starts to pick up, and dark chocolate dominates. Still smoking very smooth and burning perfectly. Thoughts: the snug draw forced me to smoke this slower than usual and allowed me to really pick out flavors. Burn time was a marathon 1 hr 20 min as I took this to the nub. The flavors were very pronounced, but at the same time this cigar showed a lot of restraint. A classic Cuban smoke. 95/100. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Step one of smuggling (I assume) is knowing where you intend to send your wares. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Probably not drugs. It wouldn’t make sense to use contraband cigars as a vessel to smuggle other contraband. (Assuming this occurred in the US) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I typically go to Panama once a year, but don’t spend much time in the city. There is a LCDH/Habanos Point in Casco Viejo run by a Cuban named Yurien. Selection is decent, but you won’t see any HTF stuff. Cigars are expensive due to high tobacco taxes. That being said, Casco Viejo is considered the “historical” part of town, and worth checking out. Lots of cool bars, restaurants and things to see. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. My dad was big on outside the box punishments. I dug a lot of 5x5x5 holes, only to have to fill them back in upon completion. Walking around the property from 5 am till 5 pm was another favorite. At 15 when the undesirable behavior wasn’t cured it was off to military boarding school. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Mumbling, stuttering (due to failure to compose your thoughts prior speaking), not speaking at an appropriate volume given the surroundings. I could probably get along with just about anyone as long as they speak loudly, clearly and concisely. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I was topping off my HUPC stock and noticed that one of the boxes (actual box) is different than the rest. The bottom left box is several shades darker than the others. The code checks out, the vendor is legit and I have no reason to doubt authenticity. Has anyone else seen this before? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I forgot about the cash “Discount” at the LCDH. Also the reason you never saw a paper balboa is because Panama uses USD paper currency. They only mint their own coins. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. My favorite: 35 day USDA Prime Ribeye. I got tired of paying the premium for dry aged, so I parlayed some of my wineador knowledge into building my own dry aging rig. It’s a compressor cooled mini fridge with a salt slab, charcoal air filters and a UVC light. I have also used this setup to make duck prosciutto, and have dry aged tenderloin and NY strip as well. I buy a whole roast from Costco for about 130$. It goes in for 5 weeks, and then I trim off the edges. From there it’s salt, pepper and cook to mid rare. I finish with butter, garlic and green onion. You end up with a decent amount of usable scrap pieces from trimming that I like to grind up, and make dry aged burgers. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Panama is a fantastic country and is really unlike any other Latin American country. My mom grew up in the Canal Zone, and I have a whole extended family down there. I make the trip to Panama at least once a year and I spend most of my time at the beach, but usually do a day or two in the city. Panama City is huge. The skyline changes every year. Because of the “loose financial regulations” there is a ton of money invested in the city. You can find any type of cuisine in the downtown area. Casco Viejo is the historic part of town, and where I would spend my time. Cascomar is a great Tapas spot and worth checking out. The LCDH is run by a Cuban guy named Yurian. Selection is pretty good, I found a box of Sir Winston there a 18 months ago before production ramped up, but taxes on tobacco are pretty high so sticks are pretty expensive. If you get out of the city, Panama has some of the best beaches in the world, and great fishing too. The people are very gracious, and extremely proud of their heritage and their country. The president declared the day after Panama qualified for the World Cup a national holiday. Enjoy your trip, and if you get hassled by the law, the police do take bribes. (Advice my lawyer Uncle gave me after a brief run in) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I can also attest to the effectiveness of scuba diving. My brothers and I did a week long trip in the Virgin Islands where we spent our days diving, and our nights trying to consume every drop of alcohol on the island. I’d jump in the water, praying for death and surface feeling like a new man. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. I’m with you on that. I appreciate the aesthetics of a large, impressive humidor and one day would like to have one but it’s tough to justify the cost especially when you realize how many boxes you can buy with the same $$. Maybe one day I’ll finally have enough cigars tucked away and will be able justify the purchase. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. I initially bought a whynter setup that was half wine storage, half cigars. My wife got the wine side and I got the cigar side. Worked great until I outgrew my side and ultimately took over her side. When I ran out of space in the wineador, I began using a large cooler as temporary storage while I researched another option. I realized though that the cooler more than suited my needs and I abandoned my search. I’m now getting started on my second cooler and will probably continue to use them. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. I’m logged in, I’m sure it’s user error on my part. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  19. Anyone else having trouble viewing the results PDF or accessing the forum link? I keep getting an error. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  20. I’ve got about 500 sticks that I have earmarked for mid to long term aging. I usually buy these boxes with the intent of putting them away for a while. These are typically high end HQ and PSP level boxes. For the boxes I intend on smoking in the short term, I generally purchase 2 or 3 at a time, and employ the buy more than I can smoke strategy. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  21. Add several boxes of glass top Cohiba’s to your collection. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  22. I’m in. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. 28th is good for me Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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