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  1. Took the family on a Carribean cruise for Thanksgiving week which has become something Of a tradition for us. One of the few times of the year we can all be gone at the same time. Always enjoyable and a relaxing week! 2017 PLPC was a nice finish to a great Thanksgiving! They’re getting close, btw.
  2. Going a little unorthodox here. Had I seen this prior to smoking #4 earlier I would have taken some picture. I’m not going to mention what cigar I believe this to be because of the competition but if it’s what I think it was, the last one I had treated me exactly the same way. This cigar was a very nice looking pyramid that I’ve had in a ziplock with a 62% boveda for 3 months so the moisture should have been right in my sweet spot. When I cut it, it was obvious this cigar was going to be trouble. Almost no draw at all.. I did some work with the perfectdraw and got a little airflow going so decided to push forward. It lit very reluctantly and offered very little smoke. After relighting about 8 times to get through the first inch, all I was getting out of it was harsh, tannic flavors. After fighting it for almost an hour, the bottom couple inches of wrapper were starting to crack and peel off. I decided to cut a couple inches off of it to clear the damaged portion and hopefully bypass the plug but this did little to help. It seemed that the only way I could get decent smoke through it was to keep the lighter on it and that wasn’t going to happen. Ultimately, between the way it burned and the little I was able to get out of it, I think I know what it was and would definitely classify this cigar as a constant nemesis.
  3. First time trying one of these. After successfully completing a project at the house, it seemed a worthwhile time to break it out. 1/3: Needed a little draw work but after some time with the perfectdraw, I got her going. Lots of smoke and a good burn. A little cream and sweet spice. 2/3: burn continues to be on point. Starting to build into some really great peanut butter flavors. Still a bit of the sweet spice in there but moving to the background a bit. 3/3: really enjoying this thing! I haven’t had a peanut butter blast from a cigar like this before. Can’t wait to see how the rest of the box develops.
  4. Did t really even need to read this one. Just seeing Seinfeld was all I needed. The guys a riot!
  5. I found Spanish cedar at a local specialty lumber store. It’s expensive... If there’s a cheaper option that will hold humidity as well and costs a lot less, I’d definitely investigate.
  6. I converted a TV cabinet a few months ago. Been meaning to post the start to finish but haven’t gotten around to it. I’m very much a novice woodworker but found it to be a fairly easy project. Made the doors, shelves, etc. Here’s the finished product. I’ll try to post all the pictures in a separate post later. It seals great. I used closed cell foam which is what Bob Staebell recommended.
  7. The vastness of the universe is simply too much to for me to believe that we’re the only intelligent beings out there.
  8. Hot damn!! Just played a really shitty round of golf so this is well timed! Needed a pick-me-up (though the scotch is helping)! Thanks FOH!!
  9. That one is a little tougher but have to go with Bond. It just transcends too many generations to wipe it away.
  10. Very cool piece! I have a trunk that my great grandfather used when he came to the USA in the very early 1900’s that I’m planning to do something similar with. Thought it would be a nice addition to my office and a cool conversation piece.
  11. I’d love to taste a mashup of the original Liga Privada #9 robusto which is spicy with coffee and chocolate, and an Epi #2 that’s all cream and toast!
  12. I always enjoy these little guys. An especially good smoke with steaks on the grill when it’s 102 degrees outside. Full of flavor but quick enough that you don’t catch fire along with the cigar while trying to enjoy it. These things have great sweet spice and toasted tobacco flavor for a little, machine made stick. I always keep some around for days like this.
  13. This will be a fairly short review. I’ve smoked a number of JL2’s over the last year and can easily say they’re one of my favorite sticks. I reach for them regularly as they’ve always provided a consistently great experience and wonderful flavors. As I’m sure has happened to all of you at some point, I finally found a bad one. Not only was this stick completely one dimensional, it had the strongest nicotine hit I’ve experienced to date from a Cuban. Felt drunk when I I finally put it down and got up to go to bed.. Whatever..... The next one will be better.
  14. Just tried uploading a photo to this reply and got the same error message. For reference, I’m posting this from an iPhone through the website.
  15. This is only the second I’ve had from this box as the first one gave me absolutely nothing that I enjoyed. I decided to leave them alone for a while and after about a 4 month break, decided this was the right occasion to give them another try. I had to do a little surgery with the perfect draw right away to get the draw right but after a couple passes, i was able to clear the blockage. 1/3 - Good burn and nice flavors. Already better than last time.. Its a very clean cigar. Struggling to pull anything definitive out of it yet but it’s very smooth and friendly with a distinct sweetness. 2/3 - The sweetness is picking up with more defined grassy flavors. Still struggling to pin down the exact flavor of the sweetness. Just can’t put my finger on it. 3/3 - Boom! Creme Brûlée! It just hit like a ton of bricks! Very defined on the retro but even noticeable without. Unfortunately it only lasted for a couple minutes then faded back to the muddled sweetness and grass from before. Still good but if the creme brûlée was there the whole time, this would be killer. I’ll revisit after a few more months and see how they’re continuing to develop. Picture uploads are still failing..... Sorry..
  16. RASS and JL2. They’re both consistently good and a struggle to pass over every time I open the cabinet.

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