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Everything posted by Islandboy

  1. Haha, you beat me to it, I was awaiting April 1 with much anticipation, decided I’d wait a few more days ‘till Saturday night. We think alike. Nice!! Glad to hear it was a winner. I think I plucked one out about a year ago and it was already delicious. Now I’m really looking forward to tonight. Aloha Braddah!
  2. Absolutely. They magically appeared yesterday, so now it’s just the 30-60 day rest period.
  3. TES Jun 16 RAG on this Aloha Friday. Funny how I’ve got a box of RASS at 5 years old that I just can’t wrap my palate around, yet these at nearly 5 are always an absolute treat. BOR Ago 16 PSP HdM PR with some El Dorado 12 year rum to round out the evening. My how the PR has come around with its brown sugar goodness. Cheers!
  4. Remember that ERDM Tainos are being released under several different factory codes, so I wouldn’t say this is necessarily cause for concern. And as you point out, who would fake these? I would think this would be one of the most difficult vitolas to fake, and yours look exactly like mine. Unless we both have fakes Just kidding.
  5. I have 3 boxes, all LGR Mar 19. I suppose it could just be a drawn out release, much like we’re seeing with ERDM Tainos and Punch 898? Everything certainly appears legit to me in the photos.
  6. Perfect timing and just what I want to hear, I’m days away from receiving a box of these. Thanks!
  7. Finally a no brainer for me...even sung the tune while reading it.
  8. Makes him hungry....reminds me of some stuff I smoked in college.
  9. I pretty much only have a cigar in the evenings, and club soda with gin and a lime is my go to. I switch to a finger or two of bourbon for the final third.
  10. Same response here, it always catches me by surprise. Guess I should ask for Friday off tomorrow, as things seem pretty calm right now. That’s bound to change now that I’ve said this...
  11. A post-worthy smoke tonight - LGR Sep 18 La Fuerza....fantastic!
  12. Fun things to do on the internet with a Cohiba humidor after you’ve smoked all the original cigars?
  13. We’re here for you man. If knocking your collection down to just 6 or 7 lifetimes will help, we’re here for you. 😁
  14. Since starting collecting in 2016, my plan early on has been to eventually arrive at a substantial amount of aged stock by purchasing more than I consume for some time. And this will also allow me to buy while I’m still working, and enjoy the collection in my retirement. I’m about halfway there, with about a 7 - 8 year stock given one cigar a day. I’m finally consistently smoking sticks with 3-5 years of age, which I consider a nice milestone. I’m mostly interested in stockpiling good regular production standards, but I’ve spent much of the last year throwing money at RE’s and other unique off
  15. At the risk of confirming I’m a fool, I think I paid 400 for my box, almost 2 years ago. Glad I did though.
  16. Kinda overdid it by pulling weeds for 7 hrs straight, which I blame on the last 4 weeks of rain. I earned an Esmeralda and a margarita, dammit. Absolutely loving these Esmeraldas.
  17. Yup, Maui Brewing Co is a few blocks north of me...I look out at S-turns surf spot, very near Polynesian Shores. Papakea is a mile or so closer to Ka’anapali. All in the same area. Cool that you recognize the place.
  18. Nice. How are the Orgullosos smoking? I haven’t dipped into my box since an early sample to determine a base.
  19. Saw A recent post suggesting that the original release Talismans were smoking really good now. That’s all I need to hear to make it a special occasion tonight. Aloha Friday gang!
  20. Very good info, thanks! My pet peeve is sitting down to a cigar only to have the experience devolve into a hot, charred-tasting struggle to enjoy. I have a box of BBF’s that are in desperate need of the squeeze you describe.
  21. I definitely have a story that fits the topic. My dad was a banker, but fortunately I dodged that bullet...for some reason I was drawn from an early age to being curious about all things mechanical and getting my hands dirty actually producing something tangible. Went to Oregon Institute of Technology out of HS, got an Associates degree in Diesel Technology, which just means I was a certified heavy equipment mechanic who had to pass a bit of college english and math. Came back home, got a job at Maui Pineapple Company - one of the Island’s largest employers at the time. After 4 years

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