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  1. Here are a couple of my dad... Aka 'the Havana Mule'
  2. So, who has flights booked? I have flights for Nov 27-Dec 2 that I booked back in May. 2 of the 4 of us on the trip have backed out (wisely perhaps). But, I'll likely put caution to the wind and give it a go.
  3. That was my thinking as well. I spoke with my friend in Havana this week and specifically asked about currency. She claimed that bars, restaurants and the LCDH's still trade in CUC, and that people are buying USD for upwards of 1.5 CUC : 1 USD. I'll be curious to see the 'real' USD prices. I'm not exactly sure if she has the whole story.
  4. Every Monte I have smoked this year from 18-20 have been outstanding. Everything from 1's, 3's, 4's and all the Edmundos. Something about them are just hitting what I am craving at the moment. Last year I was all over Partagas, this year it's all Monte. I just received a fresh box of 2's that I hope are equally delicious.
  5. Those shoots in Argentina are something I'd love to take my son on soon. He's 15 and out shoots me something fierce.
  6. I had a hell of an itenary for 2020. Mexico in February (done), Italy in March (exchanged for Egypt as things were shutting down in Italy, great decision), Peru and the Inca Trail in Sept (cancelled), Hawaii in 10 days (cancelled), Havana in November (cancelled). The Inca Trail has been rescheduled for Sept '21. Add in Havana a couple of times, and either Italy or Greece for post covid plans. Gonna try the American Southwest in a couple of weeks (Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, maybe a day or 2 in Vegas ) Looking forward to a reboot.
  7. My initial guess (Kerouac) was not one of the choices listed, but I think I have this one.
  8. 2nd cigar out of a 10 CT box picked up last November in Havana Cold Draw is perfect Aroma pre light: leather, honey, a touch of floral 1st third: Creamy on the Retro hale, maybe a bit of caramel. well below medium. Cream continues to build. Absolutely no edge to be found. Floral notes and an odd sweetness in and out 2nd third : Partagas spice begins to show, the sweetness is beginning to fade. Starting to approach medium. Burn is a bit uneven, but self correcting for the most part. Final third: Ash finally broke after 3inches. May have just touched the medium mark, still no edges to it at all. Creamy spice is still in the fore front, but beginning to fade back into the sweetness and floral notes that were present earlier I continued to smoke until I had about an Inch left and it began to get hot. The floral sweetness was just starting to return and I hated putting it down. Overall, I'd give it a 92. It was medium bodied to me, and it had to work to get there. I'll admit, I was a bit caught off guard by the floral sweetness in the first third, something I love. That's an anomoly for me when it comes to Partagas.
  9. I think there are a few of us here in the Atlanta Area.
  10. I'm a Database/ETL architect. I got into it a bit later in life after nearly 20 years in Supply Chain management. 3 years into the hobby, I am currently sitting on roughly 1700 sticks (all CC), another 200 or so in 'transit'. Relatively modest, mostly Montecristo, Partagas and H Upmann.
  11. When you travel with giants (6'8" & 6'5")and the locals have to stand on chairs to make conversation. Luckily, the red giant grew up in Panama and speaks Spanish. I wish I had the pic of the 4 of us plus the driver wedging ourselves into a lada for a ride downtown.
  12. I was fortunate enough to spend a day with Hector Luis Pietro (and Jorge). I can't wait to get back and repeat the experience.
  13. I have a trip on the books for late November. I am not holding my breath that I'll actually get on the flight. I stay in regular contact with my B&B hostess and promise to be on one of the first flights down when things open. Being from Atlanta, its a relatively short/cheap flight among several airlines. But, I am curious if it will indeed be a true buyers paradise after the shutdown. Will one be able to walk into an LCDH and see stacks of Siglo VI, CoLas, Talisman and the other nearly impossible to find boxes stacked to the rafters? Have they already been promised to certain folks, and not much changes? Will the secret handshake still work or will it even be needed? Like I said, I'm really just curious as to other's thoughts. But, I'd like to think it's gonna be a target rich environment. Pipe dream?
  14. Partagas, with your subtle spice, Better than those at twice the price. Other sell more, and cause undue mania, But I, for one, desire Lusitania.
  15. BB fans should check out his animated show on Netflix. 'F is for family'

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