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  1. I’ve heard great things as far as the V, but never tried one. I imagine a number of people are in the same boat based on availability.
  2. Went Lancero, as the ‘best’ cigar though I’m more interested in CCE and Robustos on a regular basis (due both to format and price). Have never tried a Behike, so perhaps my answer would change if I had.
  3. I have a wishlist, but it’s just a word document. I found it helpful to keep track of cigars I wanted to try still and ones I need to restock. I don’t really keep it up to date anymore to be honest though. I found it most helpful when I was super new to CC’s and still smoked NC’s as I wasn’t really familiar with CC offerings and there are so many NC’s that I wager even seasoned smokers can’t keep track of all the up and coming brands and new offerings. These days the NC’s I purchase are generally the ones I already know I like, and I am more or less familiar with the Cuban catalogue - at least enough so to mentally track everything I want to purchase in the near future. Thus I don’t find the wishlist particularly helpful. Maybe if I had a much larger collection, but as is, somewhat unnecessary.
  4. Bond films are some of the classics by every measure, (don’t think the books hold their own in the literature world) but I think Star Wars had the more important cultural impact. It was hugely ahead of its time and for better or worse, it advanced the art of filmmaking through the use of CGI and enabled countless worlds to be conjured in ways that they previously could not. Even though I’d have no issue erasing any films after the first 3, I had to choose Star Wars. Bond may be the archetype of its genre, but it didn’t spawn it, and honestly I don’t know that I’d say they even did it best, though I remain a huge fan.
  5. I love the idea, would definitely be interested! I certainly think there would be a lot of action, and limiting to once a month might get people excited and motivated to actually putting stuff out there!
  6. I remove the band beforehand unless I specifically know that I want to take pictures of the cigar. I’ve only ever damaged a cigar trying to slide the band off, so I always peel them these days. Often destroy the band in the process, but haven’t really had any issues damaging the cigar itself even with one box of secretos where they seemed to have just drizzled glue all over the cigars as a topping before closing the box. Like there was seriously glue on the cigar half an inch from the band. i agree with those who have said they enjoy the tactile feel of the nude cigar. I also don't want to deal with trying to get the band off a lit cigar while I’m smoking it. Kind of a pain and also just breaks up the mood. I always smoke past where the band was, so why not get it off before there’s an ember attached to it?
  7. Yes, thanks for the confirmation Prez! Difficult to describe as well, but not dry or rough at all. I hesitated to use the term hairy as that conjures up images of coarse thick hair, but it’s more like smooth peach fuzz. Velvet was certainly the best term I could think of. Glad it’s not just me or a fluke, and may be a characteristic I can rely on when I do see them. Thanks again!
  8. Any thoughts on velvet like wrappers? I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten a few fantastic examples of cigars I often smoke with a soft, velvet like, almost hairy wrapper texture. There was definitely some oil content to them, but they tended not to be as shiny as the thinner smoother wrappered examples that I often see pictures as ‘dream boxes’. Across the board, compared to other examples of the same cigars, I found them sweeter, richer, and better balanced and melded in flavor. I’ve noticed this on both Cuban and non-Cuban cigars and have found that with a few Padrons and Olivas in particular these velvety wrappered cigars stood head and shoulders above the rest, but I’ve also found that many of my favorite LGC’s have had a similar texture. Has anyone had a similar experience or is this perhaps more of a fluke or something specific to certain cigars. Or is it perhaps just the beginnings of mold and indicative that I may be getting older cigars than I usually do? Interestingly I have never had a super recent box code of Cubans with wrappers like these, and since I’m usually not aware of the box age of NC’s it seems like this could be a possibility. I haven’t been aging my own cigars long enough to have an idea of whether this is a wrapper characteristic that can develop over time on an already rolled cigar or if it is more inherent to the actual leaf used. Thanks for the help!
  9. Could also do to replace to PLPC or something else with a Reyes
  10. CoRo (1 expensive one I feel is justified if the others are more reasonable, and I feel is probably one of the most accessible cohibas to a newbie) HdM Epi 2 PSD4 Monte #4 PLPC LGC MdO 4 Either BBF or BPC (BPC being a more approachable size, but BBF perhaps being a more approachable flavor profile, I will say I didn’t have much trouble with the BBF when I was pretty new to cigars) Something from Upmann, HUHC, Connie 1, or maybe a magnum 46 or 54. I think such a sampler gives a good representation of the breadth of Cuban tobacco and introduces a newbie to most of the major Marcas (or at least those I like the most). It also utilizes mostly popular, manageable, and familiar sizes (Robustos and PC’s) while throwing in a few odd ones to see if they appeal to the individual. I shy away from a sampler of all small cigars as I think particularly in the U.S. there can be a sense among non-smokers and casual smokers that anything smaller than a Robusto isn’t a real cigar. So I like the idea of bridging the gap between the novice who can’t handle or doesn’t want a large cigar and the novice who doesn’t want to spend money on diminutive vitolas.
  11. I’d say that the cigars I’ve found most offensive were all Partagas, though a few vitolas seem to generally be decent or more to my taste. In contrast, I’ve never had a RyJ that I really hated, but I’ve also never had one I liked. I will probably try different partagas vitolas at some point. I would be fine if I never smoked another RyJ for the rest of my life. Hence my vote goes for Romeo.
  12. Someone with more experience, please correct me if I’m mistaken, but I believe the primary idea behind purging relates to the smoke which lingers in the cigar after puffing. Since smoke is drawn from the ember through the length of unsmoked tobacco, when one stops drawing, the cigar itself is still filled with smoke. Presumably the smoke which passes through the unsmoked tobacco, and deposits particles along the way, contributes greatly to changes in flavor from beginning to end. So that seems consistent with your experience @Jequan_sparxxx. I think the idea is that: if the development tends toward harshness, presumably purging could arrest or slow the process. I used to purge a lot, particularly when smoking young CC’s. Like once after every set of two or three puffs, to attempt to stave of harshness. Unfortunately, I found that purging can also have an undesirable consequence. Since you are presumably increasing the airflow through the cherry over just puffing, the cherry tends to heat up with frequent purging... which, you guessed it, can also lead to harshness. I still purge occasionally, but much more sparingly. Say never on some cigars, and 5-7 times on cigars that are getting unpleasant. I think it does make sense after lighting, both to even the burn and to blow off any excess lighter fluid or match particles which may have entered the cigar. I feel like this is likely less of consequence if one lights with a torch and does not puff during lighting, but that’s just an assumption. Just my thoughts. Great topic btw, I’ll be very interested to hear other’s thoughts.
  13. I wish marvel and dc would be erased from the past present and future. Then maybe studios would get back to making decent movies and we wouldn’t have to put the protagonist in a cape and spandex to sell tickets.

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