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  1. I’m guessing there are a few choice nicknames in Spanish for that machine.
  2. definitely see the connection there. The one and only I sampled was pretty good, but expensive as hell if I recall.
  3. “Around my house, this here's a varmint round"
  4. I foresee constant run-ins with Greenpeace, but I guess that’s why they built it so tough.
  5. Whoa, original release Behikes...and Robusto T’’re sitting on some gold right there. Well done!
  6. My first CC purchase was in 2016, it was 3 boxes, one was AMO Abr 16 Esplendidos. I made a serious effort at making sure I took most of the box to the 5 year mark, often thinking I’d never make it along the way. Still have about half the box, and they’re definitely something special now.
  7. about a loaded question, the responses will likely be all over the place, leaving the poor guy more confused than ever. I know very little about the historical documentations of “sick periods” that I’ve heard exist in books such as Min Ron Nee’s, but I’ve definitely observed a distinct, temporary change in taste for the worse, generally in years 1 ½ - 3, in roughly half my boxes. I can’t really offer any empirical evidence that “sick periods” exist, or what may cause them, other than observing what I’ve described. It may simply be subpar storage conditions on my part, who knows. But the majority of boxes affected pull out of it and turn their taste around for the better sometime after year 3. To further project just how crazy I am, I’ve noticed a common undesirable taste element that almost always signals this temporary decline - if you’ve ever been around a monkeypod tree when the seed pods are going off and falling to the ground, there’s a sickly-sweet odor that I assume comes from the fermentation of these seed pods. Me no likey this smell, and this is often the overriding taste I get. At least I’m crazy in a harmless way.
  8. Haha...I read stuff on other forums when I want a few laughs but no facts, and I know to come here when I want both
  9. This makes perfect sense to me. I’ve recently read testimony from at least one source of so-called “expert” insight that suggested all of the superior product from any given farm goes to HSA, and what’s left for the farm rolls is low quality. I just chuckled when I read palate knew better.
  10. Thanks! I find it fascinating that he can put out his own blends that taste nothing at all like anything in the HSA catalog, while using the same leaf presumably.
  11. Cool post as I await delivery of more of his creations today, thanks! Excuse my ignorance on the subject, but does he supply Habanos with tobacco as well, or is this all for his own rolls?
  12. This helps explain the unmistakable grin they always seem to have.
  13. I see what Rob is talking about. I’m with Ray, can mine come in a box too please? 😁😁
  14. There’s also a flip side to this. I’ve certainly been the recipient of a box on many occasions that completely exceeded my expectations. An El Laguito box without requesting it, a box that blows you away with its aroma or wrapper shade. Being surprised, both pleasantly and not so much every once in a while, is one of the things I really like about this current mode of CC purchasing. A poor tasting cigar makes a good one taste great.
  15. I agree that you don’t always receive the perfect box and that’s just part of the game, the vendor has little control over taste beyond a simple visual inspection. But I have had several boxes that tasted off when I first got them so I threw them in the back of the humi and forgot about ‘em, only to come back 4 or 5 years later to some pretty decent cigars. Doesn’t always work out that way though, but kind of fun when it does.
  16. And here I thought this might be an important update on Rob’s bout of covid...I guess in a way, it is.
  17. Wife and I are both fully vaxed and boosted, she came down with mild cold symptoms on Dec21, tested positive Dec24. I quarantined in the house with her over the holidays, didn’t even try to stay separated. I never got it. She doesn’t smoke cigars, I do the math.
  18. RATs have become the latest workplace essential here, our office manager has somehow been successful ordering them to keep 4 or 5 on hand. Of course these aren’t accepted for travel, so if you’re a local here who tests positive with a RAT and now need to verify with a PCR, good luck lining up with all the tourists for hours...and hours.
  19. I don’t even want to think of how much worse the world would be right now if the vaccine hadn’t been developed. Perhaps it should be renamed the Covid shot, like the Flu shot, which needs to be administered on a regular interval to be effective at keeping influenza from becoming a pandemic, but does not eliminate it.
  20. Construction in Hawaii has been steaming along this whole time, picking up steam even. But material availability and lead times have been steadily worsening, all while costs are rising. So far this hasn’t seemed to discourage our typical clients (high-end residential and hospitality) from entering into contracts - we’re fully booked out at least 2 years - but things are getting downright scary in terms of having the materials to keep projects moving. A Fleetwood slider door is now 9 months out from time of order, we’ve had a bunch of Bosch dishwashers on order since March 2021 and they can’t even give us a projected ETA today. At times it seems it's become way too convenient for suppliers to become complacent in simply saying it’s out of their hands with a shrug of the shoulders, but this is something we can only pass along to our clients as the new paradigm shift in the industry.
  21. Good honest review. I too am having disappointing results with a couple of CoRo boxes I’ve been sitting on, patiently awaiting the magic - PUR Jul 16 and AMO Dic 16. The PUR box has tasted like absolutely nothing from day one, and still does, but I was really expecting the El Laguito box to shine. Sampled one last month and...meh...I’ll stick to the always tasty Juan Lopez #2.

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