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About Jose_A_Rodriguez

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    Münster, Germany
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    Cigars, wine and craft beer.

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  1. @shlomo Yesterday, I was at Schiphol Airport and for the most part the duty free options are nothing special. No RE or LE anywhere. Not sure if you're interested, but I saw many boxes of Hoyo de Monterrey Hoye du Prince selling for 176 euros.
  2. LCDH at Düsseldorf started off as cigar world, then it got awarded the "Habanos Specialists" award in Germany. I'm assuming sometime later, they bought the rights to be called LCDH. Maybe there's a "grandfather" clause that allows them to continue to sell NC cigars.
  3. They have them here:
  4. FWIW, this is just my first impression based in three months living in Germany. I've noticed that NC cigars seem to be have a big share of the cigar distribution based on the western part of Germany, where I'm currently living. In Düsseldorf, LCDH has way more NC than Cuban cigars in the walk in humidor (not sure if that's the case in their downstairs humidor). You can get an idea of what they offer at their website. Notice that they categorize their cigars by country and Cuba is one of many that they offer.
  5. 👍Couldn't agree more with your comments. There's no point on telling lies. I was ready to tell them that I paid over 5000 dollars for the nine boxes; I had receipts with me to show them. I agree that customs just don't think it's worth their time to deal with cigar taxes.
  6. Two weeks ago when I visited my hometown (Illinois) from Germany, I was asked by customs if I was carrying less than 100 cigars and I just answered "I'm bringing 9 boxes for personal consumption". Then, they replied "then, you're ok" and didn't care to ask me about the value of the cigars. All I can say is that I didn't lie to them. 😂
  7. Against my better judgement (cigar being only 9 months old), I decided to light up one of the CCS from one of my two boxes that I recently purchased. But for cigar-aging-sake, I gotta get a reference point. Impecable contruction and beautiful chocolate wrapper. First 3rd: Quite muted at the beginning of first third showing mainly oaky and cedar notes and some coffee notes. The only thing going in the right direction for this cigar was the lack of any ammonia signs. First impression was that it was just too young. In fairness, I was just going to leave it unrated and put the boxes in the "do not touch for a minimum of two years" category.Middle 3rd:Wow! During its transition from first to second third, it suddenly opened up turning itself into a creamy and semi-sweet smoke. Wow! Very pronounced cream coffee that was quickly being complemented with tons of nuttiness, more specifically hazelnut and pecan notes. The finish had persistent Nutella-like notes. Wow, what an unexpected transformation! At this point, I unrealistically wanted this smoke to remain this way until the very end. Final third. The Creaminess and specially the nutty notes continued into the final third. At this point, it was hazelnut galore with vanilla lingering in the background. Oak and vanilla notes were now dominating the finish. Again, I truly didn't want this experience to end. And just when I thought I wasn't going to be surprised anymore, it suddenly revealed its well-hidden full strength when I experienced a big nicotine rush at around 10 minutes into this final third. 95 points and I might be under rating it. I rarely smoke a cigar into the lip-burning stages, but I just couldn't put this one away. Not sure which factory is "LAU", but I'm going to seek a couple more boxes with the LAU code to age. Due to its young age, I was speechless when it finally did open up. It's going to be really hard to stay away from my current boxes.
  8. I'm going to seek out a few more for overcasted days with short smoking windows...
  9. It's definitely worth seeking out. Highly recommended. Congratulation on your 100 posts since you might now qualify to join the FOH trading forum.
  10. Originally, I wanted to smoke a Corona Especial, but it started raining and my 90-minute smoking window was shortened to only 30 minutes. This turned out to be is a solid 25 minute cigar. Outstanding contruction that resulted in a nice draw that prevented any major overheating during the smoking duration. Although I was expecting this cigar to be a one-dimensional smoke, I was pleasantly surprised that it actually delivered some complexity. It primarily showed medium-roasted coffee notes through out its length with a consistent cedar finish. There were also some hints of cream on the first half. 85 points. Surprisingly, this little cigar turned out to be an enjoyable medium body and strength smoke.
  11. I know the feeling! Most of us has done it one time or another.

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