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    Long Island, NY
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    Hockey, fishing, boating, and spending time with my family

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  1. Oh way too pricey for me too, almost don't wanna open it LOL....I would never spend that kind of coin on myself. We've given him a lot of business this year, it was totally unnecessary but greatly appreciated for sure. Friday night, I might crack it open later and pour myself a couple fingers over an ice cube
  2. A salesman gave me a bottle of this yesterday. Have any of you ever had it? Comes in a real nice wooden box, from the looks of it this appears to be a high priced bourbon and a potent one to boot.
  3. What's the difference between FARM ROLL and CUSTOM ROLL? I always thought the terms were interchangeable?
  4. Do you leave the cello on while smoking the cigar? Asking for a friend
  5. the Panatelas are short filler. All the rest are long filler
  6. Touching up the burn line doesn't bother me unless it's really excessive, and doesn't usually stop me from smoking a cigar. It's the wind tunnels, the plugs, and the tunneling that can just totally ruin a cigar and make it unsmokable.
  7. No such thing as obvious, so I definitely appreciate the response! I am not the type who acts like he knows everything, far from it. I think the smartest man in the room is the one who listens and learns from everyone. I do take great care with lighting the cigar and I did learn that technique of lighting around the edge carefully from a reviewer I follow. It definitely does help. I can deal with an uneven burn to some degree with a couple of touch ups along the way. The cigars that burn perfectly razor sharp are few and far between. But it’s the tunneling that is due entirely to roller error that I can’t tolerate. When you pick out a cigar that looks and feels great, and BAM, 1” into it you know it’s gonna be a failure. I own the perfect draw tool too and it definitely does make an unsmokeable cigar smokeable. But it seems to leave a tunnel in the head of the cigar and it just never smokes or tastes like it should. I realize at the end of the day there are some things I can control (like you mentioned) and some things I can’t. It’s just frustrating because you know how great they can be, but there’s just no consistency. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Like many of you (especially those of you who live in the US like me), I started my cigar smoking hobby with NC’s. We all know the creme de la creme in the quality control department - Padron, Davidoff, Fuente, Warped, etc, no use explaining it further. Also like many of you, my tastes changed. I started with Connecticut wrapped cigars on the mild bodied side, moved to Connecticut wrapped cigars a little more medium bodied. Dabbled a bit in medium/full bodied earthy Nicaraguan smokes, maduros, and the like. Now I have seemed to find my sweet spot in the medium bodied range. Don’t like pepper bombs, or heavily earthy profiles. I prefer the nutty, malty, bready, sweeter flavors in tobacco. Which has led me to..... .....HABANOS! Man, when a good Cuban cigar is on, there is nothing better in my opinion. Medium body straight up - high quality tasting tobacco, complex full flavors. Right in my wheelhouse. But the thing that drives me bonkers and has kept me from getting away from NC’s entirely is the sheer lack of consistency in the quality control and construction in Cuban cigars. Out of my last 5 CC’s, exactly 1 has been acceptable in this area. A Bolivar PC. I am talking about tunneling, extremely tight overpacked cigars, wind tunnels, and fireproof wrappers that just refuse to burn. Overall, I’d say on average 70/100 Cuban cigars I smoke are acceptable. 50/100 are what I’d consider great. I know that this is entirely subjective..... .....but what would you say your average rate of success is? I store at 60-62%, so assume here that storage is not a factor. Rested at least 90 days. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I have a box of Bolivar Corona Junior tucked away from ABR 16 for my son. I figured Bolivar is a bolder blend that should stand up over time. I also don't think that handing my 18 year old a big Double Corona or Canonazo is very practical, so a Corona, PC or Minuto is probably a more realistic vitola to put away. Just my 2 cents
  10. Picked up a 1/4 box of these last year to hold me over while my box sleeps. Broke out a pair of these to smoke with my dad this weekend. Construction is perfect, a medium brown colored wrapper that is smooth to the touch, minimal veins, tight seams. Cap clipped neatly. Smoking characteristics were also impeccable. Draw is right in my sweet spot, one minor touch up to the burn line. Smoked this low and slow, and it responded very well. Flavors were a little more than I was expecting in the pepper department. The main profile was a dark coffee vibe, little bit of sweetness on the finish with a leather aroma (like baseball glove leather). But there was a distinct strong pepper note lingering on the finish and especially present on the retrohale. This was a little surprising. No unpleasant, just unexpected. Overall it worked for me and this was a very tasty cigar. 2-1/2 years of age, I have a few more tucked away and I’m curious to see how they taste next year. 90/100 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Received this for a birthday gift a few months ago, I had been wanting to try one. Discontinued in 2010, this stick was from a 2002 box but sadly I do not have the month or factory codes. This is the definition of a long and skinny. WOW!! I don’t like the big ring gauges but in my hand this 28 ring gauge feels almost a little too thin. No real prelight aroma to speak of. Cold draw seems a little tight with some sweetness. I toast up very delicately and the draw is tight, smoke production is very low. The burn was straight as an arrow, draw and smoke output did improve about halfway through. Ash stays on in 1/2” clips. Would’ve like a little less resistance and more smoke, but all in all the construction is good. Flavors started off almost non existent. Extremely mild, a notch above air. About 1” in to the smoke, the cigar starts to wake up and it’s all sweetness. No transitions, not much complexity to speak of. Generally speaking - a very very mild smoke but a nice tasty sweetness throughout. Overall this cigar did not really impress. The smoke I got was tasty but I wanted more of it. Smoke output was just too thin. 82/100 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. At the end of the day all that matters is if you enjoy smoking them. Seriously. Happy smoking bro. I would love to get my hands on some good Cuban rum too!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Wait so you bought Cuban cigars from some dude on Craigslist who goes to visit his relatives in Cuba frequently....the authenticity code doesn’t match the actual cigars....which you say happens all the time (it doesn’t on authentic cigars)....but you’re worried about what the veins look like on my HDM Epi #2? I guess everyone always thinks they know better than the next guy. Good luck with the rum. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Yes I know that look. However that certainly doesn’t account for ALL Cuban cigars. Just have a look at the FOH daily smoke thread. Typically the thicker wrappers (like this one) have straighter veins and the more “supple” wrappers have the ones you’re describing. Doesn’t make them any more or less Cuban. Perhaps more desirable though. Don’t know what to tell ya though man. Happy smoking. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I’ve had some D4’s with toothy wrappers come from here. I was not aware that the certain look of veins was specific to Cuba. I mean it’s no offense to me, I didn’t make it. But it was bought from a reputable vendor who wouldn’t be questioned by anyone here and it did not taste like it came from anywhere other than Cuba or taste any differently than the other HDM #2’s that I’ve smoked Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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