Buck14

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    Peoples Republic of Chicago, Illinois, USA
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    Bourbon, Spanish Habanos, Bulldogs, Guitars, Scotch, Travel

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  1. Buck14

    ron swanson lagavulin ad

    “Average delivery is 7 to 100 days” 😂
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    Cigar storage app.

    I use excel - love having it in a spreadsheet - so easy to manipulate data and organize
  3. Buck14

    Alternative to Angels Envy Bourbon

    I would look for Knob Creek 120 which might be easier to find it is sweet and packs a punch! Also any of these... Colonel EH Taylor (all) Evan Williams Single Barrel  Olds Ezra 7 Year Barrel Stength Knob Creek (everything except their "flavored" shit like Maple) Michter's (most) Willett (everything in their main name brand) Noah's Mill Rowan's Creek Old Forrester (all) Pikesville Rye Russell's (everything) Four Roses (ONLY the high end special bottlings with the 4 digit codes)
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    Kentucky Bourbon Trail

    All, I have 2.5 days to spend in Kentucky in July and am going to hop on the Bourbon Trail starting in Lexington and finishing in Louisville. I will be arriving into KY from Cincinnati and then departing from Louisville back to Chicago. Some questions: 1. I have three nights to stay over? Where should I stay? Cities / Lodging? 2. What are CAN'T MISS Distilleries? 3. Which Distilleries should I avoid? 4. Best place to get good Bourbon other than at Distilleries? I've seen Costco, Kroger, Liquor Barn mentioned on here and elsewhere? 5. Any food recommendations? 6. Smoking laws? Can I light up outside with a drink? Or have the Nazi's invaded KY like they have Chicago? 7. Anything else? THANKS PS - It might be helpful to give you some background on my favorite / least favorite types of Bourbon / Rye. I do not like Wheated Bourbons at all. LOVE Colonel EH Taylor (all) Evan Williams Single Barrel Olds Ezra 7 Year Barrel Stength Knob Creek (everything except their "flavored" shit like Maple) Michter's (most) Willett (everything in their main name brand) Noah's Mill Rowan's Creek Old Forrester (all) Pikesville Rye Russell's (everything) Four Roses (ONLY the high end special bottlings with the 4 digit codes) DO NOT LIKE Angel's Envy Rare Breed Basil Haden's Eagle Rare (one of the least favorite things I've ever put in my mouth - yuck) Huber's Starlight (terrible) Woodford (hate it straight - fine in cocktails) Bulleit (hate it straight - fine in cocktails) Koval (I can walk to this - what a waste - terrible shit) Few (not as bad as Koval and close to me as well - yuck) Maker's Mark
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    Duck

    LOL - wasn't burned at all just reverse seared on grill to crisp up the skin
  6. A new poll has been posted on the Chicago Habanos Society (CHS) for our first HERF! MEMBERS - Please go to the CHS page and vote on the best date that you will attend! https://www.friendsofhabanos.com/forum/topic/139975-chs-herf-dates/ THANKS CHS Presidente - Buck14
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    Duck

    Brined 12 Hours Dried 10 Hours Smoked 2 Hours Reverse Seared on Grill FUUUUUUU$K
  8. Buck14

    freezing cigars

    I freeze every cigar. Period. I use a passive humidification system consisting of Tupperdors and 62F Boveda packs. I cannot accurately control my condo’s temperature which can range through the seasons from about 62F to 77F. So I freeze absolutely everything. In addition I have no more than 15-20% of my cigar collection in any one humidor / Tupperdor as a risk management technique. Here is the definitive paper on the effects on beetles / eggs / larvae / pupal of freezing tobacco: https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/aez/41/1/41_1_87/_pdf One Very Important Note: If you decide to freeze your cigars, NEVER put them in the refrigerator prior to the freezer. Some suggest doing this to avoid shocking your cigars and thus somehow causing the wrappers to crack. THIS IS ASININE ADVICE! By adding a refrigeration stage in between the room temp and freezer stages you allow the beetles / larvae / eggs / pupal / etc. an opportunity to acclimate to the lower temperatures potentially rendering your freezing completely ineffective or at a minimum greatly increasing the freezing times stated in the chart embedded below. My freezer ranges between -2F and -4F but I use the 5F (-15C) guideline for freezing times below to give myself a very wide margin for error. Screen shot below of Temps and Times from the Paper Cited Above.
  9. Very cool! I keep meaning to visit Correnti’s whenever I’m up North but I always keep getting stuck at Smokin’ Cigars!
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    What's in your glass today?

    Old Ezra 7 Barrel Strength Bourbon 117 Proof. Hot. Cinnamon. Full-flavored mouth feel with a nice little burn. A Steal for $40 per bottle. Luxco’s new release sourced from Heaven Hill - I love this!
  11. One of the absolute best cigars in the Habanos portfolio. Under-appreciated and largely unknown.

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