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  1. Had a nice one this evening that I thought I would share. I enjoy a Negroni but I tend to make them with Boulevardier proportions instead (1.5, 1, 0.75) as opposed to the standard proportions of 1:1:1 of gin, Campari and Sweet Vermouth. But after a friend left a bottle of Aquavit here, we thought about how to best utilize it. The Norgroni! .75 Aquavit, .75 Gin, 1oz Campari and .75 Sweet Vermouth. I've been a fan of "split" cocktails forever and have used them for ages in various bar menus but this was superb and the caraway notes of the Aquavit hit up VERY well with a cigar. Just thought I would share. . . Curious to hear opinions from others should they choose to try it.
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    Humidor Conversion

    Sexy as all get-out.
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    Petit Robusto V Corona

    Some friends of mine and I have discussed this topic ad nauseam. I don’t smoke any petit robustos but they make a lot of them so they must be popular. The Monte 3 is one of the only coronas left (and those don’t seem to turn up all that often). I loved the old QdO. Sad to see it go. However, our discussion is mostly “there are certainly a lot of petit coronas out there - not so many coronas.” I believe the corona is the perfect size.
  4. If I have one regret, it’s that I don’t have a whole box. I think these are just great!!
  5. I’ll start this out by saying - I got super excited about using this weekend review to motivate me into trying one of the Bushidos or Eslavos. Fancy sticks that I have wanted to check in on. But. When I opened the humidor, staring at me was this great box of RASS that I was just so curious about. 5 years has been a sweet spot. And this box and code has been good to me. So I figured I’d scrap the fancy stuff and see how a trusty old friend has fared since last visit. Prelight was awfully pretty. Just an even colored wrapper with a wonderful weight. Looking forward. Paired with a Manhattan made with Cocchi. First third softer than I recalled. Admittedly it’s been a year since the last one but it was pretty mellow. Slight fruit notes. Burn was super. m Second third This is the jam. Literally and dad-joke-figuratively. Lots of fruit coming through. It’s exactly as I recall. I believe I have about 10 more from this box but this one makes me feel like they are at a great point right now. final third. This is where the weight of the cigar factored in. There was a lot of tobacco packed in. Got stronger but always pleasant. That said, I might give these another year or three and see how the last act resolves. Ill save the fancy stuff for another day. Probably many other days. Give me a RASS in the meantime.
  6. Great review for a cigar I have been eager to try.
  7. I’ve never been so I can’t comment on the quality of the hotel or its offerings, but its website features cigar related merch quite prominently and it states you can smoke in the Porte Cochere.
  8. Man. That is such a great question. Wondering if indeed there are secrets. Mr. C? Bazaar? Something else?
  9. Wow! Very excited! Thank you so much!
  10. To be fair - this was an absolutely isolated incident as I have never had another one before. It’s possible he just got a bum box. I’m sure other boxes are fantastic. Hecho y Mano.
  11. It was a fantastic afternoon, and I decided to end the day with a cigar. This was a day that extolled friendship. I spent the day with friends. Opened a bottle of Weller bourbon that was given to me by a friend. And was going to a friend’s house to smoke this evening. Oh - and the cigar was given to me by a friend! The Punch Regios is a cigar that sounded great from its description and I have been tempted to purchase a box. Since they are somewhat spendy, I figured I’d try one before committing to a box. First off, it’s REALLY pretty. Not in “silky smooth Cohiba” way but the wrapper has great depth of color, weight was superb and well packed. PRELIGHT Floral. Very floral. I love this prelight aroma. If can be somewhat cloying if that aroma is the only thing present during the burn but it’s a great treat at the onset. FIRST THIRD, SECOND THIRD, THIRD THIRD.... I really wish I had a better story to tell. Construction was impeccable the entire way through so that’s a plus. Cigar was obviously made extremely well. However, the floral top notes present at the onset, left somewhat quickly: left in their wale was a pervasive cardboardiness that persevered for the entire duration. This is something that would normally be fine as the cigar is extremely young and I usually don’t smoke much that’s under one year old. The problem was that since the cigar was already extremely mild, that flavor overshadowed anything else present. The flavor got more complex in the final third but the “wood paste” too note pervaded. Suffice it to say, this wasn’t my favorite cigar. (Trying an MDO 4 afterwards - and it was an absolutely perfect smoke). However it did lead to a great discussion that I’d love to hear others chime in on (if you actually made it this far into this Punch exegesis...) Many of us enjoy watching flavors change over time. There are many cigars that feel a bit rough-and-tumble in their youth but evolve into something special later. That’s sort of a “lateral” flavor move. A flavor was there but changed over time. Has anyone had a cigar hat tasted like nothing in its youth only to blossom later into something special?
  12. The beer-line thing is so interesting to me. I love that there is so much community and enthusiasm for any craft offering. It keeps producers reaching beyond to innovate and refine. But, it’s also a hype machine and creates a fascinating secondary market where people pay 100$ for a 4 pick of IPA. I guess it’s whatever the market will bear.
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    LAX Monday 5th of November

    I’m thoroughly useless in recommending good places to smoke. (I leave that to Senor Perfecto) But I can try to make some recs on good places to eat while here.
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    LAX Monday 5th of November

    Looking forward to this.
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    FOH Weekend Playlist.

    This song is a real earworm. The video is fun too.

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