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About SigmundChurchill

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  1. Funny story to go with this cigar. I just left the coffee shop, got into my car, stuck my unlit cigar in my mouth and looked down at my phone to check the notifications. I was startled by a tapping on my window. I looked up to be startled again to see Alec Baldwin was the one tapping. For a second, I didn't know whether to open the window or not. I thought maybe I did something to piss him off. So I open the window, and said "Hey Alec, what's up?" He points his finger at my cigar and says "It's been a long time since I've had one of those in the morning. He then walks away saying. "A long time. A long time." 😂😂😂 The strangeness of my day continues. In town, the only place that sells cigars is a very upscale Jewelry store called London Jewelers. They have a relatively small walk in humidor that always is stocked with a large selection of Opus X, Padron Anniversario, Davidoff, and a whole bunch of other expensive cigars that I rarely smoke anymore. Back in the day, I used to smoke them about 25% of the time and Cubans the other 75%, but I guess that 25% was enough for them to offer me a locker. well, that, and I have bought my wife jewelry there on occasion. So I said sure, put my name up there with all of the famous people’s names on the other lockers. They don't charge me anything for the locker, so why not. Now to the important part of the story. I haven’t gone to my locker all summer, but I decided to go today, in case I didn't bring enough with me to last me the whole 2 weeks I am here. They open my locker for me, and there is an extra box of cigars, that I know are not mine. The box is about half full. So I explained to the manager that these belong to someone else, and gave the box to him. ....well, except this one. Here is the box.
  2. It was a 5 cigar day, starting off with a CoRo and a failed attempt to get my hair cut. Novedosos E2 50 And whatever the fuck this Mexican thing is called. Mighty tasty, but the name is too hard after a couple of drinks.
  3. Yeah, been a while. I went by a different handle back then. I hear ya. Some of the best smokes I have had have been regular production, including some Monte 2s, which are always in my regular rotation. But I will say, a few months ago I bought a Monte 2 GR at Turmeaus cigar shop in London, and damn if it was one of the best Monte 2’s I have smoked. But special circumstances require special cigars. As to these cigars, at this point I think I’ll just smoke the light ones and save the dark ones to sell in a few years. Maybe I’ll recoup some extra money to cover part of the boxes I smoked. ....though I think this thread of mine is counterproductive to that endeavor.😂
  4. You probably don't remember who I am, but I remember sending you one of those early Cohiba ELs, back when it was a new release, when we were on the old CA forum. I dont remember whether it was the Pyramid or the DC. You sent me a vase that you made. I still have it back at my house in Jersey. No joke, unfortunately.
  5. But then, how do you account for all the high end cigars that they DO get right? I don't mind paying a premium for those. As I said, I love the Reservas and Coleccion books, so I don't think it’s that. With EL’s I think they probably believe they are creating something special, and you can charge more for “special”. A new shape for the marca, add an oscuro wrapper and a second band, and then charge more for it. It is marketing. And since we keep buying them, they keep making more.
  6. I woke up to a foggy morning at the beach. I am hopeful it will burn off later. I started the day with a 1966. And then a BBF. And the sun is out!
  7. I want to start this (possibly) controversial post by stating, the only thing I claim to be an expert in, is my profession. I don't claim to be a cigar expert. When I smoke a cigar, I don't usually taste apricot with hints of gooseberry, and essence of myrrh. To me, a cigar tastes nutty, or fruity, or floral, etc. So maybe my palate isn’t as sophisticated as some people. And I don't really care, because I know what I like and what I don't like, and that is really all that is important to me. The only claim I do make is that I have smoked many cigars over the past 30 years, and that I have smoked everything from Dunhills and Davidoffs, special humidor cigars, etc, to inexpensive, regular production cigars. This morning, I smoked one of my Cohiba 1966, 2011 ELs. A cigar with a lot of hype that many people rave about. But to me, it tastes very similar to most other ELs, with those dark wrappers, which all seem to have a predominately toasty, coffee flavor to me. They start out with this flavor, and they finish with this flavor, so they are rather one dimensional. They are pleasant cigars, that I would be happy to pay $10 or $15 for, but not nearly worth the premium that we pay for them. I found this to be the case right from the beginning. A time when I bought all of the ELs, because they were new, and exciting, and “limited”. And I still find this to be the case now. When there is a lot of hype about “this EL” or “that EL”, I buy a box thinking “This time, it will be different.” But it rarely ever is. I want to love them. I try to love them. But I am almost always disappointed. With a very few exceptions, they all have that similar flavor profile. If I buy a Cohiba, I want it to taste like a Cohiba. If I buy a RyJ, I want it to taste like a RyJ. To me, the ELs should just be their own Marca, and be done with it. Don’t call a cigar a Cohiba EL, and have it taste the same as a Partagas EL, or a RyJ EL. As to other cigars we pay a premium on, I love many of the Reservas/Gran Reservas. I love the Coleccion Book cigars. I love many of the special humidor cigars. To me, these are often some of the best versions of the Marca they are supposed to be. When I smoke them, I am often blown away by the amazing flavors coming out of these cigars. They tase like what they are supposed to taste like, only, in their best versions of themselves. That is what I am getting from these light wrappered Talismans. They are more like Coleccion Book cigars than ELs. I first went through one of the dark boxes, and was underwhelmed, as they tasted like ELs to me. Then I went through one of the light boxes, and was so amazingly surprised about how much I liked them. Then, another dark box, with the same experience as the first one. And now I am on one of the light boxes, 2 cigars in, and I loved them both. Some of the best cigars I have ever smoked. So back to the 1966 I smoked this morning. As much as I tried to love it, sadly, it wasn’t much different than the dark Talismans I have been smoking. I really tried to pick up Cohiba flavors, but the toasty, coffee flavors drowned out anything I thought I might have faintly tasted. It was just a pleasant, one dimensional cigar.
  8. Beach, cigars, and golf. I just did a little BBQ. It’s a 50 oz Tomahawk steak, that my wife mistakenly thought I bought to share with her.
  9. Just copy and paste from It often doesn’t work if you do it from the app, so you have to do it from the actual site. Good pick. I love this song too.
  10. I’m not from the south, nor do I wish they had won the war, so I don't know why this song has always been so moving to me. Especially the last verse. Maybe because it sadly reminds me of a time of Americans killing other Americans. Virgil Caine is the name, and I served on the Danville train 'Til Stoneman's cavalry came and tore up the tracks again In the winter of '65, we were hungry, just barely alive By May the tenth, Richmond had fell, it's a time I remember, oh so well The night they drove old Dixie down, and the bells were ringing The night they drove old Dixie down, and the people were singin' they went La, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la, la Back with my wife in Tennessee, when one day she called to me "Virgil, quick, come see, there goes Robert E Lee" Now I don't mind choppin' wood, and I don't care if the money's no good Ya take what ya need and ya leave the rest But they should never have taken the very best <chorus> Like my father before me, I will work the land Like my brother above me, who took a rebel stand He was just eighteen, proud and brave, but a Yankee laid him in his grave I swear by the mud below my feet You can't raise a Caine back up when he's in defeat The night they drove old Dixie down, and the bells were ringing The night they drove old Dixie down, and all the people were singin', they went Na, la, na, la, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na
  11. Funny, I don't know if this is really an anomaly, but the other day when I removed the LCDH band from my Bolivar Libertador, inside the band was 2 hand written numbers. “106” in red, and “159” in blue. I was wondering if it meant anything significant to the cigar. I was going to take a picture of it, but then I thought “What possible use would I have for it?”. So I didn’t bother.
  12. UAO OCT 17 Siglo VI this morning for the ride home from a very busy 24 hour shift. Also celebrating being off for the next 2 weeks. I’ll be headed out to the beach in a couple of hours. Esplendido La Fuerza

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