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  1. I literally just saw it on the list...could be fun and would be up for it if others are... Leepers
  2. The truffles he has growing are more valuable than the cigars.
  3. So I pulled a big gun out of my collection. This was a celebratory cigar. I wanted to do a distanced smoking hang with my buddy @wailbait. I brought my own drinks. My own glass. My own lemon to garnish my martini. And I brought the Diplomaticos Bushido. The 109 format is obviously very popular. Large and good smoking. I’ve smoked three or four of these. Each had the same impeccable construction and that tapering point that somehow resolves to a flat cap. The wrapper is a mesmerizing nearly matte appearance but has some oil to the leaf. It’s a neat trick. The cigar is nearly fi
  4. Such a great memory; that box split was our first. Not to be our last. Yeah, sometime in the future, we will smoke together again.
  5. So bring out the big guns, Rob said. I’ve been refraining from smoking; this is a respiratory disease and I was ill. I’m recovered now (I don’t know if I had SARS CoV2 or not) and decided: If I’m gonna smoke one and enjoy it, it’s gonna be a big gun regardless. Great to see a big guns competition happening so...happenstance. The Mag 56 is pretty legendary in its own right. It’s not so rare, it’s like an Ivory billed woodpecker. But it isn’ a run-of-the-mill cigar. I’d venture most Uppman enthusiasts have tried it but most average cigar smokers probably haven’t. It’s a cigar that’s be
  6. Three years of age in and this box has been smoking like gangbusters since it arrived. On visual inspection, not one example had the ‘look’ of a great cigar (the idea is pretty ill founded and has little merit to it, but we all know what we think). They have a matte, slightly pale look to them. But the smell of the uncut cigar is deep with leather and aged wood. Lighting was easy and smoke production from the first to the last voluminous. Great flavors of medium cacao, coffee, and some mild baking spices. The spices faded in favor of more cacao and deep floral notes. Some reviewers
  7. This is utter nonsense. I live in California, in Los Angeles and I smoke in a lounge daily. If you don't like the politics of a place, fine but we do more harm to each other and ourselves just typifying people and then castigated them falsely for being idiots. I enjoy a good cigar; I've not had trouble finding places to smoke. I also understand that some people don't want to have it near them. Live and let live. We're doing great here.
  8. The Diplo 2 is about as great a standard of excellence as a regular cigar smoker can expect. I’ve never had one I hated. I’ve had some astonishing examples. Some, in fact, out of this very box. This example, dear reader, was not of that ilk. it began with an strange draw. About twenty percent tougher than ‘standard Cuban’ which I always think is just enough restraint so you taste the full bolus of a puff. Keeps you honest. This was too tough. Like trying to pull the proverbial golf ball through a garden hose. Not that bad, but not far off. As a result, the cigar did not burn at the p
  9. I will be traveling to London in March and wanted to know where folks smoke cigars in the city? I've been told the Lanesborough is fantastic (if spendy) and have a notion to check it out. Of course, I will check out JJ Fox. Where else? Always obliged for the great knowhow and where on the forums, cheers leepers
  10. Punch 898 Asia Pacific Regional 2018 What’s not to like. It’s very rare that a cigar presents as both incredible on release AND suggests it could take a long nap and be great with age. This example (again, all caveats, this is but a single example, etc) smoked with earthiness and spice box complexity from first light. I should note that construction was flawless and draw Cuban exactly. The cigar’s first third was baking spices (nutmeg, cassia, clove) and gently glided into some light chocolate notes. Smoke production was excellent and the room note (balcony note) was of cedar and baking s

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