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    Following almost a year of bad cigars, after smoking another horrible cigar( all cigars from many sources, even tried using a number different RH - tried 60, 62, 64, 66, 68 and 70; and different temperatures 15,16,17,18,19,20 degrees Celsius; using 5 different hygrometer that were calibrated using the Boveda kit), as of now I have decided to quit smoking... I just can't take it anymore. I think in this last year I must have smoked around 100 cigars, a hundred too many, with not one good cigar... Initially I thought there was something wrong with me, so I went to many doctors, got checked out and all was fine. Then, as a sort of test I started handing out these cigars to see if I was the only crazy one or if others felt the same way... Granted all were cigarette or pipe smokers... And aside from one who would smoke anything(hell, the guy even smoked a filter accidentally) they all agreed they were terrible... I miss a good cigar... The joy of writing with a cigar, alone with no one to bother me was one of the few pleasures I had... And yet, same location, same humidity, same temperature(and others), over 3 months rest and nothing... Just terrible... I want to thank this wonderful community for all the carefully thought out advice(cigar related and otherwise). I want to thank Rob and Dee, and all the other members of the staff who have had tremendous patience with me... My last good smoke was a box of ERDM Demi Tasse I managed to get through EU customs from Rob... Had I still been able to get cigars in from him, I doubt there would have been any problem. I might still try... Unless magically I get some cigars from Rob through, or I actually get a good cigar from an LCDH in Europe(which hasn't happened since it all went down at the end of 2017) this is sadly over... When cigars range in flavours from hot air, bitterness, just roughness that makes one want to scrape your tongue it is just not worth it. I hope I will be back, but who knows, the good part, while short, was a ball... Just loved it. Thanks again for everything. Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk
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    ERDM Demi Tasse?

    These are some of the last great cigars I have smoked. I bought a box from Rob about a year ago with an SGA MAY 17 box code. When they arrived, I smoked 1 and it tasted like dirt, it was harsh and pretty much unsmokable. I put them in humidor at 17 degrees Celsius(63 fahrenheit) and 67 RH and let them rest until my patience took the best of me, two weeks. The next one I tried was nothing like the first, it had notes of coffe, nuts, fruit,(quite citrusy), sweet and it also had a very great nutty and flowery(almost parfume-like) aroma with hints of burned sugar... They got progressively better until the box ended. To me they were amazing. One night of working I must have smoked 8, and no matter how amazing they were, after about the 4th, the aroma was so intoxicating to the point I started blowing it away from my nose, so as not to pass out. Then again, I did order from some sources in Europe, and no matter the rest they were unsmokable, but then again, everything was. But I thing it is a source problem, not a cigar quality one. Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk
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    Happy New Year!

    Happy New Year! The joy is upon us... Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk
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    Irreversible Damage to a Cigar

    My apologies gentlemen over the use of the word "anxiously" which, indeed does come across a lot in my writing, both on the forum and otherwise... And yet, oh, and yet the point of this post was harmless... Just to quip, or rather more innocently, discuss the possible motives behind a whole box of cigars that for one year had not come to fruition, that was as bad and as stale as when they first arrived...(Even though I kept them in the same exact condition as what I usually enjoy).Cigars that fluctuated between the unassuming and harmless taste of air and the overly pungent one of an ashtray and tar... A box of Romeo y Julieta Churchills(a cigar I ordinarily love) that I forgot to mention, along with so many others that were vapid, irrelevant and a waste... Moreover I struggle to comprehend how they could inherently look and feel fine, but not have any soul in them. It was certainly not in one's interest to shake up the whole agora, to bring on a debate regarding the efficiency of SSRIs or SNRIs... And inevitably, mental illness... No, no, it was much, much more innocuous than that, the slightest touch of a wondering corner of my imagination and, of course, obsession that were just hinting at history repeating itself, though with different names and dates... I would brush off the idea of prejudice as being rather extrinsically, as prejudice has no empirical roots, but instead point to experience. As much as one wishes to bring everything into its life with fresh eyes, with the ingenuity and curiousity of a toddler, it is quite difficult and idealistic. But I digress. The point of this thread was purely cigar-related, as even in the few moments of bliss I had acquired , the cigars were just as bad as in my worst days... In some way, gentleman, I feel a great gratitude for your concern, but not need to worry... Had I had no anxiety I couldn't write. Writing is my livelihood. Writing, a task that certainly requires a contact with the one's obsession, or monomania, for lack of a better word, and the void(in the form of anxiety). This gives me my minutiae... Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk
  5. I finally got myself 2 boxes of cigars, one ERDM Demi Tasse, one of Choix Supremes, now I am waiting a till New Year's Eve to smoke one... As I was inspecting them anxiously, in constant fear as to whether or not they will be good, I was wondering, from past experience of all the terrible cigars I have smoked, what could they do to a cigar that would prevent it from ever coming back, even after a year in good humidity conditions? Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk
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    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Smoking the same Toscano Garibaldi... Haven't had a Cuban in almost 3 months... Awaiting an order from Rob, and then another month of Toscanos and then finally the moment of joy will be upon me... Tried some Cubans from Bucharest, and as always they were beyond terrible, ranging from a cheap Quintero to a Cohiba Siglo VI... I'd say the Quintero was the best but the Siglo was horrible... Just pure bitterness and harshness for around 50 dollars... Not worth it. At least these little things are cheap and sweet... Too bad they have a stale aftertaste... I bought these since they don't require any humidity, so there is no way someone could have messed them up... Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk
  7. Great review. I think the expression comes from Rudyard Kipling's poem "The Bethrothed" where he says : "There's peace in Laranaga, there's calm in Henry Clay." Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk
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    How old were you?

    I had my first cigar when I was 12... My father had these Romeo y Julieta no.1, and some Partagas Chicos, and I loved the smell... So I went to a shop and bought a Partagas Serie D No.4 and a Serie P No.2. and they were great, though I must have smoked them too fast... Anyway, good times... Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk
  9. Here's a couple I laughed my ass off (hope no one will take offence at the Australian soap one): Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk
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    Daily Quotes

    "Journeys, like artists, are born and not made. A thousand differing circumstances contribute to them, few of them willed or determined by the will - whatever we may think. They flower spontaneously out of the demands of our natures - and the best of them lead us not only outwards in space, but inwards as well. Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection...." -Lawrence Durrell "Two things spread quickly: gossip and a forest fire”—Cypriot proverb. Both are from the same book, "Bitter Lemons" (of Cyprus) by Durrell Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk
  11. Ray, I have to say my outlook is very similar in that respect, I wouldn't say I celebrate it necessarily, but rather I take advantage of the "complementary fondling" generously offered by others... I don't drink much, I avoid drunkenness with all my power(hate the feeling), at most I become tipsy. Generally when I am I become quite jolly, but once in a while, whether 'tis by a shifting state of mind or a bad batch of alcohol I get horribly bitter and incoherently sad... As was the case... Once I sobered up, I was fine, and purely jolly... Anyway... Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk
  12. Thank you all for the thoughtful and kind responses, I expected nothing less of you gentlemen... I did see your posts on my birthday, and I really appreciated them, and my father is slightly better I suppose. Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk
  13. Well it is my birthday today, and this year unlike the past 12 years I won't be in Greece(it boils down to my father having a bout(first time) of acute pancreatitis, aside from his chronic one). Anyway as I was enjoying a great lunch of Llomo, Iberico Pork, seaweed salad with a glass of beautiful Rioja wine, I couldn't help but feel both very satisfied and on the verge of bitter tears. I began to fester through the the scornfully blissful years I had gone through, all the planning, the disillusioned contempt, my youth, the illness, the writing, the anguish, all moments I wouldn't give away for anything... The joys, the cigars, love, especially the infatuated unrequited one, the limerence, reading, talking to great friends. They were all juxtaposed in a sort of a perfect beauty that completes a life... Which made me wonder, with what feelings do you associate a birthday with, the passing of years, and all the misery, or a great celebration, pure joy? Or both?
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    FOH'ers Daily Smoke

    Work at its finest. Until the cigars from Rob acclimatize, I will only smoke cheapies. Today I had a Quintero Panatela and Por Larranaga Panatela(in the picture below, still smoking). Suprisingly, I enjoyed the Quintero more, so far. It was much sweeter... Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk
  15. It would have to be the Double Corona, maybe, around 45 ring gauge. When I smoke something shorter I often find myself grabbing another cigar, which as much as enjoy is annoying as hell considering I don't have a huge budget. The reason why I am choosing at least a 45 ring gauge(even though I do love a good lancero) is because the incidence of having a tight draw would be much more common than a double corona size... Sent from my Moto G (5S) Plus using Tapatalk

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