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  1. My only Lancero was also from the Christmas sampler. It was AMO JUN 16. Far and away the stud cigar of the sampler. It outshined the Esplendido, Siglo VI, Sir Winnie, etc. I agree with your review, but I got more of a tangy lemony flavor in the second third instead of black coffee. Loved the transitions throughout each third. I had no construction, burn issues until the very end. I found it hard to pace myself and could never make it last for three hours. But I am a believer, the hype for this cigar is real.
  2. Yes, when I was there last year we stayed in the Boardwalk area right outside Epcot. Every night after the family went to sleep, I would go out and smoke while sitting on a bench or walking around the lake. It definitely made the days more tolerable. They actually sell cigars in many of the general stores but as expected I didn't see anywhere you could smoke indoors.
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    Question to the board

    Is there any consistency to factory codes/date within a mastercase? Could you figure out at least an approximate date based on the other boxes in the case? My answer is similar to what others have said, if it is from you, no, it is not a faulty product. I would be quite comfortable purchasing an HQ 50 cab RASS with an approximate date late 2016 - early 2017. If I'm buying blind from somewhere else, everything needs to be tip top. Same goes for bandless cigars.
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    Aristocrat help

    I went with the temperature control in my M Plus. Glad I did. I got full length glass doors and keep the cabinet in my basement. I believe the local environment in your home is as important as the climate you live in. It has been hot and humid in New Jersey for several weeks now. I keep the temp set to 68F and the coolers are running all the time. My Nest thermostat turns off the air conditioning automatically when no one is home. I don't want the AC running all time. Also I've had a tough time keeping the humidity down. I want it around 60%. This summer it's been hovering between 64-67% usually on the higher end. I've taken the humidifiers out and put in some damp rid. I have a dehumidifier in the room. This helps but the exhaust from the dehumidifier heats up the room. So instead of chasing my tail, I've accepted the higher humidity, slightly softer cigars. Hopefully by September things will stabilize. Bob initially tried to talk me out of glass doors with the temperature control. When I told him the cabinet was going in the basement, he thought it would be OK. I wonder how full length wood doors would affect the internal environment. No regrets though. I like sitting in front of it and staring at my collection.
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    Cigar Man Cave/Humidor

    Before I finished my basement, I knew there would be a separate room from my office. I decided to turn it into a smoking lounge. I had an in line duct fan (~900 cfm) for exhaust put in. A separate duct for return air with a duct heater. I use a rabbit air to help clear the air. With all this, I found a scented candle works surprising well to eliminate any lingering odors. When everything is running, my wife and daughter will come into the room while I'm smoking and not complain about smoke, odor, etc. (And they do not like my hobby at all.) The following was my inspiration for the project: https://player.vimeo.com/video/14319197. This guy used to have a website with detailed plans, list of equipment with prices and vendors. However the website seems to be down. If you google his name (Ryan Deyer), you may find more information.
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    Question on period ageing.

    The Waiting is the Hardest Part:
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    Almost had a Coronary...

    Value, customer service, grading by condition, packaging, shipment tracking, civilized online community from all other world - FoH is the best vendor by a mile (or 1.6 km depending on what language you speak).
  8. Value: RASS Everyday: Lusitania (I'd certainly have the time for one daily) Special: Lancero
  9. You're my idol!
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    Packing cigars for vacay...

    I always bring a fully loaded 10-count Xikar travel case as it easily fits in my carry on. I've never had an issue with security or customs but I rarely travel outside the US. https://www.amazon.com/Xikar-Cigar-Travel-Carrying-Count/dp/B001CZF1ZG/ref=sr_1_9_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1531106004&sr=8-9&keywords=xikar&th=1
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    Recommendations 4 A Newb

    When you have two hours of distraction free time, smoke a Lusitanias with at least 2+ years on it. It will change your life. Also Upmann #2 and JL2 are almost always fantastic.
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    Cigar burn issues

    I agree, lower the humidity and see if that helps. It definitely helped me with my burn issues. I used to get a lot more tunneling and canoeing when my humidity was in the high 60s. Also make sure you're not smoking too quickly. Otherwise, since you know what you're doing, I always chalk it up to construction issues.
  13. I don't believe there is a difference. I do not like to store my cigars in cardboard packs and will leave them loose in my humidor. One of my nicest boxes is a 25 ct dress box of RASS. Quality seems much better than the 50ct cab I have.
  14. I am an orthopedic surgeon. I am not not a hand surgeon and do not specialize in carpal tunnel releases. But I think I know enough to help. If you already have muscle atrophy (the muscles, particularly in your palm beneath your thumb, are smaller and weaker because of decreased nerve input), that indicates advanced disease. Have you had a nerve test (EMG/NCS) to objectively document the amount of nerve damage? It may tell you how much recover potential the nerve has. However in many cases, particularly advanced ones, the goal of the surgery is not to relieve all numbness and muscle damage, but simply to keep it from getting worse. The surgery involves cutting the broad ligament in the wrist that is putting pressure on the median nerve. It is this pressure that is causing the nerve damage and your symptoms. The surgery is usually successful. It depends on how you define success and having realistic expectations is important, especially since you've had it for so long. But as in life, nothing is 100%. Complications are uncommon, especially with experienced surgeons that do a lot of them. Sometimes the ligament is not cut all the way, and the portion that is left intact continues to compress the nerve. (This can happen when the surgery is done endoscopically, as apposed to open.) A less common complication may occur if someone has atypical anatomy of the nerve. Nerves are simply electrical wires that usually split and branch out in the same pattern in almost everybody. This is why we dissect cadavers in medical school, to learn this anatomy. However a certain percentage of people have a different branching pattern to nerve. If this is not recognized during surgery, a branch may be cut by mistake. This can be a devastating complication if the cut branch controls the muscles around the bottom of the thumb. This may be what happened to the officer you met. However, it's usually not a good idea to delay a treatment you need based on one other person's experience. You rarely get the whole story from people when they talk about their medical conditions. The people with bad outcomes are usually the most vocal about their experience. (Have you ever read online reviews about, well, anything?) I agree 100% with getting another opinion. If a doctor can't be honest and upfront about your situation and give you realistic expectations as to the outcome of the surgery, you should see someone else. They need to give it to you straight and not sugar coat things and simply just say, "you will be fine". If you do not have confidence that a surgeon will do right by you, run away. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have other questions. Feel free to PM me.

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