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  1. Probably not, it might sink! And not comfortable to step on, or have land on the unsuspecting. However, diving for retrieval could be an opportunity. Hold on a second, is that smokestack a bowl for shisha? Wait, wait a minute here, this is a hookah, isn't it?
  2. Hmmm, interesting decision and pros/cons. I'm wondering if the #4 rosado will have any cherry and an adventure factor, and conversely if #1 would be more to your current preference/tastes for enjoyment, with the possibility of falling short when compared to the past..
  3. I like it, and immediately imagined framing it and hanging on wall, it’s beautiful!
  4. I don’t know enough to answer with fact. my current hypothesis is a tighter/denser roll may be better dryer Looser may be better with more moisture I like the fridge technique also and have been using it
  5. Not I! Nice lot Any ideas on make and model of the black and gold lighter, top right? I like it Found a vintage rollagas a few days ago, looking forward to it
  6. Gee the cigars themselves...🤤 I can almost smell them from here, look delicious. For the code, I'm going 20 final answer, honest mistake and an effort to correct it with a second stamp.
  7. Wood grain is so oddly satisfying! Fantastic!
  8. You guys have friends? 🤣 I have work to in nature...improvements in order. BBF, Epi 2, JLP Petit Cetros, Partagas Shorts and Serie P#2, Cohiba Shorts, Esplendido, Don Alejandro, the short Monte roughly 3.5" I forgot the vitola - media corona?, H Upmann Half Corona, Padron 6000 (9000? I can't remember,) OpusX Churchill though they call it something else, Siglo IV, there are others, SanCristobal El Principe, Oliva Master Blends Churchill, Fuente Exquisitos, Cohiba Medio Siglo, maybe a couple others I'm forgetting. Perhaps I'm more generous than I thought, I'm surprised to write more than 3, I guess I don't think about it much. The gift cigar choice is more about whatever I think the other person will like, hasn't had, or seems to fit them. Sometimes it's an occasion of a birth, new home, birthday, or simply a day to share time and the experience of a couple cigars together.
  9. @LordAnubis Could you both be correct, in your own minds? The petit corona is a nice size, and smoking two sounds enticing. I have not tried all Cohiba vitolas, so far my experiences with Medio Siglo has really good flavor, consistency, construction - in the few I've had. They last a while, longer than they appear, but I still want a bit more time, they fit a certain time span perfectly. Siglo II, mine have been rolled a bit tight. Drying them out an extra bit helps a lot, and alleviates this enough. There is certainly nothing to really fault the few Siglo II I've had for flavor, aroma, or smoke time. Had one last week and can see where you are coming from. It was a delightful cigar. Could take the same position on Siglo I, though having not tried them, I won't. The bit of extra length on Siglo II is nice and I can see the value proposition. My choice for size, cost, enjoyment, with only being allowed one box: Siglo IV.
  10. Yes, light contact is intended and no contact lighting can be done. I don't know how many cigars per charge because I don't use their battery. It's pretty good. Couldn't tell you about the entire system. I bought two burners (coils) only, then attached to my own battery from a different company. I damaged the first coil by overheating it by doing repeated no contact lights, eventually got the insulator hot enough to melt and deform. Would it do that with their battery? I don't know. Yes the heating element is thin metal, it has to be thin in order to function with a battery small enough to fit in the hand. Thin metal bends easier than thick metal. When metal heats up and glows red, it gets softer. I can see these Amazon reviewers jamming their cigar forcefully into the heating element and severely deforming it. Some deformation happened with my first one, but it still worked until I got it too hot. There is a learning curve. I think it is reasonable to replace the burner head periodically - we have to replace butane and flints. Relighting I did not try, the ash would need to be tapped off first. For touch ups on an uneven burn it gets hot enough to radiate heat and you can put the burner perpendicular to the cigar. This is the first generation of a one of a kind product. We are looking at the portable facsimile of an automotive cigarette/cigar lighter - minus the 35 pound/16kg lead acid battery under the hood/bonnet. It lights a cigar without a flame. I gotta hand it to the guys that brought this to market. They made something that didn't exist by combining multiple technologies together, in a new way.
  11. My strategy is multiple tries over time. My dad said tastes change also. Often I think one cigar experience may be tainted by what I ate before, or some other non-cigar related variable, so I'm fairly open to repeating. I keep a mental log and sometimes make written notes too. Over time my averaging approach seems to work for me as I'm finding just about every cigar I smoke now to be good. PLPC was almost a write off, unbelievable after reading about them. The first was not for me, it was a fine example, just didn't work for me personally. I knew I had to try again. Time passed, maybe had two more, still wondered what people liked about them. After the third or fourth, this time with a couple years of age, I finally had an a-ha moment and am now happily on board the PLPC bandwagon. They evolve. Partagas D4 was a one time experience, and I've had opportunities for a second, third, and fourth and passed on them. But, many people like these, and they are fine cigars. Today, I want to try another, because I love Shorts, Lusi, and culebras. BBF - I went from loving these, to not. My tastes changed. They are waiting for me the day I revisit. It will be fun, I'm looking forward to it, sooner than later in fact! This will happen in October! Thank you for the reminder!
  12. @BeerPimpHahaha! Yes, my answer was short and without any detail! What would you like to know about it? How can I help elaborate?
  13. Enjoyed reading your review, thank you. Beautiful scenery with the green grass, gentle waves on the water, and clear blue sky.
  14. Beautiful! Almost a box to make both! I’m counting 23 bands. I bet they were great smokes, labor of love!
  15. H. Upmann Connoisseur No. 1 Top smoke of the month, without a doubt. Fantastic memory.
  16. Beautiful! And I see the point about ambient conditions being considered. From this method, I can see you finding the optimal storage for your conditions! Perfect! A loose band is also generally a positive indicator for me and something I like to see, after drying the cigar out a bit.
  17. Clearance Rested for a year and four months at 65rh/67F Dryboxed for about two weeks at 58rh/67F. Estimated average ambient smoked outside with 22rh/97F Band is slightly loose, telling me this cigar is dried out enough, perfect! Beautiful looking cigar with noticeable box press. Wrapper like tissue paper, feels a little separate from the binder/filler, like a wrapped gift in a box feels, however, the wrapper is mechanically strong and stays together for the duration. Straight cut with common double blade guillotine. Lit gently with bottom half of soft butane single flame - held to one side, while gently rotating and puffing, to allowing any soot to be carried off above the cigar into the yellowest orange top of the flame that extending past the foot. Initial charring half light to blacken the entire foot, let cigar rest to cool a few moments, then repeat flame a second and third time for full ignition. Straight away, fantastic start, delicious toasted tobbaco. Remembering cream, mocha, baking spices, nutmeg, hint of yeast with bread, cinnamon, delicate then progressively becoming richer. Good construction, mostly even burn. Only the first third needing a mild correction pressing the wrapper into the cigar in one spot, and a single flame torch touch up. I’ve enjoyed a number of these and really like them. I can see beverage pairing covering up what this cigar offers. Black pour over coffee working excellently here to provide a canvas for the cigar to shine. I’ve had a few of these before today, and look forward to each and every one. My experience - they start out light. Then seamlessly and imperceptibly become richer and stronger, approaching medium full at the very end where some pungency then appears, finishing with leather and pepper in and out - all the while retaining that mild core sweetness toasted bready tobacco and hints of baking spice. There is complexity and variation that keeps a meditated interest. Perfect beginning on Saturday. I think these are beautiful, I’d love to have a large supply of these. They could easily be my only robusto. Nicotine strength here is spot on at the finish. Well done! I am grateful for the opportunity to enjoy today. Had not planned to review, it was an afterthought when the last third was reached, remembering H upmann review weekend. It’s a rare occasion for me to find nubbing enjoyable, and when I do, the cigar is standout great. This was a nubber Looking forward to reading others experiences, hoping all have equal, or greater, experiences themselves, this fine long weekend. My individual experience does reflect 97/100 here. If I had a second cigar dryboxed and ready to smoke it would be gone before sunset, no reason for further delay.
  18. High 50s to low 60s seems best. My method isn’t suited to answering your question directly because of lack of precision. What rh are you shooting for now and whats your assesment after taking in each person’s advice?
  19. A sealed container with multiple vitolas/marcas held at 65rh/67F for months. Then recently replaced 65rh with 55rh humidity pack. Now I pull something out and smoke it as days go, sometimes multiple per day, while monitoring rh/temp with wireless sensor with history graph. When smoking, judge ability to stay lit, burn even, and still taste good Goal is to keep everything at one rh/temp ready to smoke and not hastle [email protected] was too wet sometimes spongy halfway through and won’t stay lit
  20. Still figuring it out, and trying to learn by feel/appearance as well. Testing 58rh at 67F Ambient smoking conditions outdoor, between 55rh/70F and 20rh/105F, depending on time of day.
  21. @PaulPower beautiful, with the extra pictures and recommendations, and yes, I forgot about the 75% wet salt, been a long time since checking a hygrometer with this - my first humidor, nice memory! I'm going to experiment with this and see where it goes. I'm getting hungry! 🤣
  22. Results look fantastic. I've considered dry aging a couple times before today after watching a few videos. Thanks for the reminder. Half the time, I do refrigerate my steaks uncovered for 24 hours or so, in a regular refrigerator to remove some moisture before cooking, it doesn't do much for flavor, though I like doing it. I'll add a wire rack next to try for a bit longer. Maybe I could use the vegetable crisper and a bowl of water with a digital hygrometer/temp sensor. How are you keeping your separate fridge at 70-80% humidity? Purported to mimic dry age flavor to some degree, I tried the Koji rice ground up and rubbed over the steak, then left for two or three days in the refrigerator. It adds a mild flavor. The starch from the rice also browns quickly and will easily burn while cooking on anything over medium heat, fun experiment, though not something I do regularly. If I try this again, I'm adding some Miso paste with the ground/powdered rice, and I'd describe it more as a dry rub than mimicking dry aging.
  23. Definitely noticed what you mention about smoking technique being different for different cigars, and still consider limiting myself to my favorite marcas and vitolas so I don't have to re-learn each time. Maybe I need more practice instead! Thanks for the info, curious about PLP myself.

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