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  1. It’s my duty to post some Hawaiian favorites Sorry for the lousy video on this one, this is John Cruz playing his latin-influenced instrumental Kahala moon:
  2. Yup, we seem to suddenly be back to warp speed here. Well done!
  3. I’m gonna visualize the cigar in question is Dad, not Mum.
  4. I’m in category 1-C, get my second Pfizer shot next week. There’s recently a surplus in Hawaii, so they’re pretty much offering to everyone at this point.
  5. Wow, turning WiFi off on my phone works brilliantly, thanks for the tip. It’s almost impossible to get around the site on my laptop these days.
  6. Thanks. Funny, I often think the same thing about yours, except that it kinda makes my feet tingle.
  7. I have to agree, of the 3, this was the best. Surprising too since it’s the youngest.
  8. I’ve not experienced the lone regular production stick, nor any of the discontinued ones, but I have managed to secure a box each of the Platinum Paises Bajos, Orgullosos Suiza, Britanicas Extra, and most recently, Inmensos. Most of what I read about the LGC flavor profile sounds great to me, but it sure seems like it takes years for it to blossom. Honestly, I’ve not been real impressed by the 2 Platinums/2 Orgullosos/1 Britanicas I’ve sampled so far, which probably makes my recently sourcing of yet another LGC offering seem a bit absurd. I just have high hopes that the slightly off-putting “bubble gum” taste I consistently get will morph into something special with more time. I’m vowing to keep my hands off the rest of the 3 RE’s I have, my samples tell me I’m just wasting them by smoking them now. Now the 2014 Inmensos are a different story, hopefully, and I look forward to sampling one as soon as the 30-60 day rest period is up.
  9. I blame it on all the demand you guys are creating. Knock it off.
  10. I hate to say it, but it was way better than the Sir Winston. Best cigar I’ve had in March/April.
  11. The blurry thing in the pic is a MEL Dic 16 Sir Winston. Cheers! After an amazing dinner of Kobe Flat Iron steak, an amazing after-dinner good.
  12. I like the dual discussion that has evolved here, with both focused on levels of mediocrity and value. Who knew Ben Affleck and RE/EL’s have something in common? I’ve certainly been chasing some RE’s lately, but mainly to have interesting options with some age, while the rest of my humidor gathers some age of its own, so I agree with most of what’s been said so far. And I know I’m in the minority with this, but I’m not afraid to say that one of my favorite vitolas is sublimes, or anything in that range. I’m a rather large fellow, so they don’t seem “huge” to me, and they present a 2 hr smoke that seems to never have construction issues. A lot of RE’s fit the bill. Now, about Ben Affleck....
  13. Given my love for HU Mag 54’s I’d give the size a shot, but I’d prefer to do without the price of the fancy packaging.
  14. 👍 Thanks for the tip, I’ll take a look at this. I’m usually pretty handy when it comes to mechanical stuff, but this one has eluded me so far.
  15. What can I say? I’m a sucker for some stunning sublimes.
  16. I really like the FoH lighter, but every single one I’ve had (got 4 sitting on a shelf) has only lasted about 6 months before suddenly not lighting any more, and for no apparent reason. I see the spark, I hear the gas, but no ignition. They’ve been surprisingly consistent in doing this. I’d love to hear of a solution if anyone has knowledge of a fix.
  17. Some reinforcements have arrived. I’m a little concerned that they have an under-filled vibe about them though. I’m currently going through an MUP Oct 19 box that’s unbelievably good, and every cigar is solid to the touch but draws perfectly. Upon arrival, these were just a bit squishy. Hoping it’s just a temporary "heating up in transit” issue. Anyone have any feedback on GLE Esmeraldas?
  18. Just starting into an AMO Abr 16 sibling of @inter4alia’s Esplendido above. Buttery smooth as silk so far. Aloha gang! The impeccable construction and razor-sharp burn is real. It’s blossomed into something elegant Finger-burning good!
  19. 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!
  20. Absolutely. They magically appeared yesterday, so now it’s just the 30-60 day rest period.
  21. 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!
  22. 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.

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