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  1. Enclosed space made of metal so it can't "breathe" like wooden dress boxes can. Also much less airflow going into the tube.
  2. Wushy

    Large ring gauge

    Personally, if something is larger than 50 gauge, I'd prefer a tapered cap. Of course, if the cigar is 60 gauge, but the flavors are exceptional, I wouldn't hate on it. Just would prefer a size skinnier and longer.
  3. They're stored in a tupperdore. I was on some antibiotics about 2 months ago. During that time I was on a trip and had a cigar and it was fine. I'm pretty confused as to what's going on.
  4. Pretty much what the title says. Took about a 1-2 month break from cigars due to misc. reasons. Decided to light up a Connie A last week and as soon as I puffed on it, tasted like burnt rubber and I had to chuck it due to how bad it tasted. Thinking it might have been a dud, I tried a Monte 5 the following weekend and the same burnt taste. From my own experiences, the Connie A and Monte 5 have been pretty consistent, and that I got the same problem from both tells me it's either storage or it's me. As for storage, they're kept at 62-65% RH, so I'm more inclined to think it's just me. Anyone else experience this before? And if so, any advice? Note: As an experiment, I guess I'll try a NC like a Liga T52 or something that I know is extremely consistent. If it tastes like heinous rubber instead of cocoa and dirt, it's probably me.
  5. SLBs, cabs, and dressboxes for sure because you can make a table out of them eventually.
  6. Wushy

    My First Order

    Buy with confidence from here. I'd buy any cigar blind from Rob and know it'll be good.
  7. I agree. Quad-bands seems much better.
  8. Ordered a 10 box of Party Lusi from NOV 17 from a 24:24 a few weeks back. Got the package this past weekend and found it to be a box from JUN 15. Not the box code I bought from 24:24, but definitely not complaining hehe. Cigars looks great and saves me time from aging. Did I win a lottery?
  9. I can't help it. I was born with my thumb looking this way. Personally, I think it looks great though.
  10. If someone asks me 'cocoa' flavor profile in Cuban cigars, my instant answer would be Montecristo. So what better way to start a morning than with a delicious short smoke like a Monte #5? Cut with my V-cutter, the draw was perfect. 1st Third Combination of cocoa, coffee, cream, and a touch of soft spice on the back of my palate. 2nd Third Not much change from the 1st third, but the intensity kicked up a notch. Final Third Intense dark coffee and chocolate. Thoughts The Monte #5 seems to be ignored a lot compared to the other size in the Montecristo portfolio. They don't have much changes, but that's completely fine with me given the size. Happy Easter everyone!
  11. Yeah lol. It was the good kind of weird though.
  12. Smoked a rather interesting one tonight and was thoroughly surprised. Cigar: La Diabla Manufacturer: Traficante Cigars Purchased for $9.50 Size: 4x52 Wrapper: Brazilian Cubra maduro (Cuban Seed) Binder: Equadorian Filler: Dominican from Santiago Construction Not the prettiest looking thing. A weird lumpy rustic looking pentagonal shape. Medium brown wrapper with a nice oil sheen to it. Evenly packed with a good draw. Cool metal band/tag that came with the cigar. Prelight Wrapper smells like licorice and the cold draw also tastes of licorice. I'm pretty sure this was transferred over from another cigar that was shipped with the La Diabla. Shouldn't be an issue once I ignite. First Third As I suspected, the licorice was a foreign scent from another cigar. No licorice to be found in the tasting notes. Excellent smoke output and a smooth retrohale. Tasting notes are milk coffee, chocolate, shortbread, and a hint of baking spices. Body is medium. Very nice. Second Third Body picks up to medium-full. The flavors from the first third have become richer with hints of graham cracker coming through. Hopefully it becomes more prominent as it smokes through. I love graham cracker in my cigars. Burn is razor sharp. Halfway through the second third, the graham cracker develops further. The milk coffee has switched to dark coffee. Final Third Body stays at medium-full. No strength. Some nice honey sweetness comes in. Combines well with the dark coffee, chocolate, and shortbread flavors. As I get towards the half inch nub, the flavors become much simpler and finish out as dark chocolate and dark coffee. Thoughts For a 4x52 size cigar, $9.50 is not cheap in my opinion. However, this was an excellent cigar. I usually don't like the taste of Dominican cigars, but this was pretty damn delicious. Honestly, if someone gave this to me with no band and said "This is a Upmann Maduro No .1", I'd probably believe them. So much of the flavor profile just screamed Upmann to me. In short, this cigar was like smoking the last third of a Connie 1 or A with lots of chocolate laden into the flavor profile. La Diabla? No, this is chocolate Upmann. I would recommend you folks to try this if it sounds interesting to you. Anyone else try Traficante cigars before? I don't know if they ship outside of the US. I'll give this a 91/100. Very enjoyable.
  13. That wrapper experiment was very interesting to read. It seems that wrappers are used as sort of a "backbone" of sorts to support the blend in the filler. Someone earlier also mentioned that he couldn't taste the difference when he removed the wrapper from a JLS2, which seems to indicate the impact that wrappers make to the flavor profile does not hold equal weight between different marcas and vitolas. In the end, it all comes down to the blend and blenders. I think we can conclude that making blanket statements like "wrappers consist of x% of the flavor" is simply wrong. When wrappers do contribute significantly to the flavor profile, it's simply a part of the symphony.
  14. I occasionally buy 5ers of NCs just to see if there's anything I would enjoy to the point of wanting to buy a box. So far I haven't found any. There have definitely been singles I thought were pretty good like the Crowned Heads La Imperiosa, but I didn't feel compelled to buy a box. So far, I'd say I've loved more than 90% of the CC boxes I've bought, while the 5ers of NCs have been more like 50/50. Not like the NC stuff is cheaper either. Most of the time they seem to be more expensive, it's just people always compare to the premium prices of stuff like Cohiba.
  15. Sounds like a fun experiment. Maybe I'll do that with the next cigar I smoke. Maybe try with both lighter and darker shade wrappers to compare the differences, if any,

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