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  1. Wow amazing de long ash for such a de short cigar!!!
  2. Decided to jump on the trend here but I went for a side-by-side comparison. Here are two Monte No.5 that I had put away for a bit due to really liking the wrappers. I admit I've done a similar comparison before since the FOH video about dipping cigars in water. So here we go. I started with the dry cigar, which gave me the expected chocolate notes from this cigar. In the meantime, I dipped the second stick into the water, let it rest for a bit and then pat it dry gently. The first third of the dry cigar: chocolate, some woodiness but still mostly c
  3. Oh I meant smoking in general (I recall you can't smoke outside on the streets in Santa Monica anymore?). There's definitely tons of cigar bars and lounges in CA.
  4. I like dress boxes. The reality for me is half of my SLBs are a total pain to open and that's enough for me to prefer dress boxes.
  5. @El Presidente Rob, here's one of your Nudies N1 at Casa Casco ? Thanks for the recommendation! Excuse the potato quality pic.
  6. My favorite cut of beef is the beef rib--plenty of fat, relatively affordable cut, and tons of beef flavor. The only downside for me is you can't have it too rare and need to make sure the fat is rendered (medium-rare, which is similar to how I like Wagyu). Second to that would be a nice grilled ribeye, tons of flavor, some fat--I firmly believe the beef flavor is all in the fat and you need some amount of fat for the best steak. The key to good steak is fear. You have to make sure the steak knows you're in charge and scare it into submission. You have the cigar and you're master of t
  7. If this happened in HK, it doesn't surprise me. We've had people sit down next to us (large group with probably 6-8 cigars going on at once), at 11:30pm, at outdoor bar, with blasting music, and they asked us to put out our smokes because they had a baby with them...... Next time, you should start loudly complaining that YOU CANT SMOKE WHEN THERE'S SOMEONE BEING A LITTLE *****
  8. Amazing, thanks guys! Will definitely check out those spots!
  9. Anyone have any recommendations for local Panamanian cigars and/or cool lounges, smoke spots, etc...? I'm headed there soon and was wondering if there are any places not to be missed for cigar people.
  10. At one point, I was seeing so many of these I thought it'd be funny to get a couple sticks just to show people...but at 8USD a pop, no thanks... I was also saddened that Graycliff Cigars, a supposedly reputable cigar company/hotel/restaurant that makes their own non-Cubans, were selling fake Cubans in their 78usd a piece...
  11. There were a multitude of hilarious fakes in the Bahamas, but this one was my favorite...
  12. I just use 3-4 ziploc bags and bag my boxes with bovedas in the bag. No problems, I think everyone is just too fussy about storage here (especially the people trying to justify expensive fridges/coolers to themselves). Bag it, throw a boveda in, and just leave it in similar conditions in which you live. If you haven't been to Cuba yet, please go and you'll notice the numerous air conditioning units and beer coolers they use to keep their cigars cool and away from the Cuban heat?
  13. Vegueros doesn't get much love but I was introduced to this cigar by our very own @nKostyan when I was in Moscow and had the great opportunity to meet a new FOH friend! Since then, I've purchased a box of these and smoke them every now and then. I still haven't been able to put my finger on exactly what the flavors are but I like them every time. I love the size, I believe this is the same as a Lancero. The cigar starts with a good punch, medium-strong but also soft at the same time like you would expect an aged cigar to be (I believe OCSU is July 1998). The start is woody, salty, and
  14. The Esplendido was the cigar that started it all for me. I don't smoke it often due to the cost but it has a lot of memories from my travels to Cuba and on special occasions. I decided to revisit this from the Christmas sampler this year despite being very fresh. Excuse my potato-quality picture, it was dark and I was about to climb into a hammock for a smoke so I wasn't too concerned with the photo. For me, the Esplendido is what Cohiba is all about (that, and the Lancero/Coronas Especiales). I've never been a huge fan of the Robusto and the Robusto still tastes different to me than
  15. Thanks for all the input guys! Sounds like I will be bringing my own stash as usual but will check out Graycliff!
  16. Any good cigar spots not to miss in the Bahamas? Will be based in Nassau and wondering if it's worth checking out any of the lounges.
  17. Escogidos have been delicious, I can't seem to get my hands on a box! The flavors are more intense and it's tastier overall than the DC.
  18. I didn't take any pictures as the cigar store owners weren't very friendly so I didn't want to take pictures, but every single cigar they had was in cellophane...lots of glasstop, obviously poor quality cigars, and fake bands...
  19. Well, in case anyone ever goes to Belize, bring your own cigars. I went to about 4 stores in different parts of the country and it was fakes galore and Cohiba glasstops. Could not find a single legit Cuban anywhere--it was pretty crazy how entire stores were full of fake cellophaned Cubans with low quality fake bands.
  20. Overpriced crap, I've played with one and didn't like it. It didn't cut all that well for me and it's awkward to use as either a cigar cutter or a knife, which defeats the entire purpose to me. They look cool but when I found out the cost...I lol'd.

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