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  1. I get stuck in Europe because of this stupid virus and now also get stuck between decent herf times. Ha! Hope you guys keep it up, I'll stay up late one night and join.
  2. The early releases of the JSK were pretty damn good. I had one a couple of years ago and it didn't reach the same level (maybe I had hyped it too much in my head). That is the main reason I haven't smoked more (plus I have plenty of things I know will smoke well). In terms of the "virus" name tag, I couldn't care less. If they've used it in the past, and he enjoys being edgy, so be it. Maybe not the greatest PR tactic but there are much worse problems out there in my mind.
  3. Just out of interest (not doubting that there are such estimates), but do you have a source for this?
  4. I landed in Sweden Tuesday for a visa appointment with the US Embassy in Stockholm. Apparently they have cancelled most of the appointments so I was one of only three appointments Wednesday. All went smooth but now I can't return obviously (had planned to return to the US next week). Fortunately I have a humidor here and also brought with me some extra cigars. Oh, and I guess equally important, I can still work from here and have been reassured that I'll continue to get paid.
  5. Guess my palate is poor or I've gotten some decent LGC Serie D5s. They haven't been bad. Sweet and spice. I wouldn't put them among the best Euro REs in recent years but.. The Casanova on the other hand, not a big fan. Something that hasn't been mentioned is the RA XXL. Hands down my favorite European RE from the past four years, maybe even my favorite RE from the past four years period (maybe).
  6. I clicked the thread to read Ken trash talk petit coronas. I was disappointed, 0/5.
  7. 68 degrees in Ohio must be considered exceptional. Marking the high temperatures with a ED gifted [email protected] - starting out fantastic! Haven't had one for quite a while (first of the decade..), its come a long way already. Sent from my LM-Q710.FGN using Tapatalk
  8. Have nothing to say about the actual question but I can definitely concur that the RACA were very good within the first year/18 months of release and since then I have been disappointed every time I've picked one up. ?
  9. ENSO is a double-edged sword.. A La Niña phasing does bring dry and warm conditions (although the teleconnection to temperature is weaker over Cuba) for the tobacco we so cherish but it can also mean severe drought in the US Southwest and Texas.
  10. Isn't Wanderlust by Roma Craft a Euro/German only release? Heard good things. I smoke very few NCs nowadays but Warped has produced decent stuff in the past. I prefer their lighter selection, Corto and the La Colmena (at least the ones of old, I think it is a rotating vitola/blend) would be worth a try.
  11. Have only had one so far, my experience was not far from you. Doubt I'll pick up more than the one I have left. I have to say though (in defense of the Anejados), the Upmann Robusto has been fantastic IMHO. Already on my second box. You forgot the "bubblegum"! ?
  12. Geez, sorry to hear that. Had a great time last year when I was up in Toronto (largely because of fellow FoHers who came out in force to welcome me), the LCDH is a real nice place.
  13. From this weekend, big shout out [email protected] for giving me a very generous pour (or a few modest pours) of Ardbeg Drum. Such a lovely liquid, the pineapple on the finish is superb. Let me know when I can pay you back bud! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  14. Love this tread, true underappreciated B side of FoH. Mikkeller (which I've posted on earlier) is a Danish brewery that recently started their first US brewery in San Diego. Passion Pool, only brewed here in the US, is probably the best beer I've had in 2019. If you find it, buy it! If not, and you're a fan of fruity goses, shoot me a PM and I might be able to get you a can. Other highlights in the last couple of weeks include: Omnipollo Fatamorgana (not nearly as good as the EU brewed though), Omnipollo Neb (probably better than the EU brewed??), Omnipollo Poli Mango (first time, Brazilian style IIPA, very good), Deschutes Abyss Brandy (second in my mind of that series), and Evil Citra Slacker (not bad at all). Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  15. Not that big of a deal but just pulled this one out of a box. Second band was not part of the cigar next to it, or if so, it had two on top of eachother.. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  16. Thanks for the info, sounds interesting. Am I reading this right? We will have a new, regular production PL? Woo wooo!
  17. A couple of years ago, I sat down for a smoke with someone who purportedly had been the distributor for a smaller region (which now is no more from my understanding). I got the sense that there was a lot of politics involved, and I think some of the changes might be coming from HSA. Obviously, with the bigger regions, the distributor probably has more say. I lived in Belfast for four years and the only physical place I could get Cubans was a non-LCDH establishment. Never did I see an RE there but.. Maybe things have changed.
  18. Great stuff John. It can definitely be a bit confusing in the RE jungle, this is a great example by Trevor (as listed above):
  19. Haven't been able to watch much as my bathroom ceiling crashed down due to a leak but.. Very happy to see Rory Burns get his first century, looking forward to see some highlights. Heard a comment as I checked in on the game: "England used to be 100-1 in the 1990s too but that was referring to the odds." ?
  20. Wow @Markspring1978 those Lunch Clubs look fantastic. Bought a partial box a year or two ago and have been on the hunt for more ever since. Good find!
  21. Small package. Will need to try to hoard a few boxes of these (San Juans), I really like the fresh ones I've had this year and think there is still more potential. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  22. I have a week of starting the day with Mr. Ramon behind me. Some of them were quite disappointing.. Especially the Canadian ones. The RASS was a MUR MAR13, very good. The Andean wasn't bad and the H&F was probably the best Ramon RE I've smoked. Glad I finally got to try it, its been on my list for a couple of years now. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  23. Some recent good beers. Epic again, they do their expensive stuff very well. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk
  24. Rob uses stickers to indicate the quality grading of specific boxes (e.g. PSP).
  25. Red sticker day. Thanks gang! Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G891A using Tapatalk

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