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  1. Wow, I am honored! As Rob said above, this is truly a great way to start the week! Thank you to everyone for all the help and support that has been shown to me. This is a great community and I am proud to be a part of it! Have a great day everyone!
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    Newcomer (Newbie) Q&A

    Hi all, I have a quick question about tuppedors. Let's say I have 100 singles. If was able to get my hands on say 4 old, wooden, cigar boxes, could I break them in half (i.e. separate top from the bottom) and use them as trays in my tupperdor? For example, instead of breaking them apart and lining the tuppedors, could those boxes potentially be used as 8 trays when separated and have cigars stored in them separately? Or, would it be better to use the old box as is, full them up with the singles, close them and store them in the tuppedor?
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    Successful Pairings - Spirit + Cigar

    For rums, has anyone tried Ron Cartavio XO? It's very nice as well! I've recently tried beer with a cigar but I'm not sure how to pair or choose them as yet (i.e. what to pair with pilsner/lager, ale, stout, etc.). As for ice coffee, I never thought of that!
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    Successful Pairings - Spirit + Cigar

    Nice - thanks for the suggestions! Okay I'll look into them. Another tequila brand that I've really liked is Casamigos. George Clooney used to own part of the company but recently sold his shares I believe. Anyhow, all the expressions are very nice but I personally enjoyed the reposado and more specifically the anejo the most! My top tequila so far has been Clase Azul Reposado - I'd love to try this with a nice cigar - although it is now SUPER expensive... but just so delicious!
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    Successful Pairings - Spirit + Cigar

    Agreed - lot of people don't have that appreciation for "true" tequila whether that be blanco/plata, reposado, anejo or extra anejo. Unfortunately, when most people think of tequila, by default they refer to mixto (i.e. spring break, bottom shelf, shoot it down and burn your chest stuff). Another great expression is mezcal if you can get your hands on it as it's also made from agave but not specifically the blue agave which is the requirement of tequila. I've had a few good tequilas that I'd love to try with a nice cigar. So far, I've tried Corralejo Reposado with an Oscuro wrapped cigar and they went very nicely together. However, I've never had a chance to pair any with a Cuban yet!
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    Successful Pairings - Spirit + Cigar

    Oh wow! "Kenfessions"!? I didn't even know what that was but it seems there is a website dedicated to it - interesting. I just thought I'd ask and hear about people's success stories and what they've liked to pair. Nonetheless, I'll keep an eye out for more articles on there. Thanks @Ken Gargett
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    Successful Pairings - Spirit + Cigar

    While I might not have much experience with cigars as yet, I know my spirits! In terms of Rum... based on what you've mentioned, you should try a pairing with the Venezuelan rum Ron Diplomatico Exclusivo! ** just realized you mentioned Diplomatico above! My bad.. **
  8. To all my SOTL and BOTL out there, good morning/afternoon/evening!! Unfortunately, I'm not experienced enough to truly contribute to my own post but I'd love to hear about all of your successful spirit + cigar pairing stories!! For all of you who enjoy a nice drink along side of your cigar, what remmeberable experiences have you had? For example, in general, I've seemed to enjoy a maduro cigars along side some good Bourbon. I find the sweet characteristics presented with maduro cigars pair very nicely with a nice bourbon! Recently, I've had the chance to try a Partagas Maduro cigar along side some W.L. Weller Antique 107 and it was wonderful! How about you? Please share your success stories!!!
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    Newcomer (Newbie) Q&A

    Yeah, I understand. I wonder if you could use something like this to assist with the aging in a jar... Finally found something similar
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    Must Pick Up Cuban Cigars in Cuba

    Thanks so much @Ryan for that response. That is some great information! I've shared that with them. Hopefully they see it!! Love the support here!!
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    Newcomer (Newbie) Q&A

    So on the above note, does this mean that you do not require wooden / Spanish cedar boxes, slabs or vaneers to assist with the aging process and they can be aged without them? Also, would you put the boveda pack on the top of the feet or at the bottom of the jar? And, since the jar maintains the rh levels, would you look to use the small boveda packs? And, how many would you look to use per cigar? If I understood correctly, the small ones are usually good to maintain around 3 to 4 with the larger pack maintaining about 25. Never thought about using a mason jar or a large clamped lid jar but that sounds interesting. I forgot where I saw then but online I ran across these cedar twists (look like twizzlers) you can use in jars like that.
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    Must Pick Up Cuban Cigars in Cuba

    Honestly speaking, this has been a great conversation full of details, insights and suggestions. I can't express how much I appreciate and the help and support I received in this thread. I've shared the information and only hope they can make me proud and bring me back some nice custom rolls!!!! Thanks again everyone!
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    Must Pick Up Cuban Cigars in Cuba

    So... all these cigar shops are in the hotels? And anyone can walk in and purchase? SoAs of now it sounds like I'd need a few bundles between how ever many people are going to be within the limit for... 1. Puntillas from Alex at the Hotel Cubanacan Comodoro (3rd Ave and 84 St, Playa, Miramar, 11300 Havana, Cuba) 2. Monsdales at Club Habana (5ta avenida y 214, Reparto Flores, Playa, Havana) 3. Anything from Yolanda/Juanita at the Melina Cohiba (Avenida Paseo y, Calle 1ra, La Habana, Cuba) 4. Monte Dumas At Hotel Nacional (Calle 21 y O, Vedado, Plaza, La Habana) Does this summary sound about right??? Googled the addresses to be sure haha 😊
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    Must Pick Up Cuban Cigars in Cuba

    Wow! I didn't expect that the recommendations would be so much in the favour of the custom rolls!! Now I'm really curious to try - especially Alex's roll! When compared to say a typical, commercial Cuban cigar (I.e. Monte, Hoyo, etc.).... How would the custom ones compare? How would you describe the characteristics of the smoke? Again, im new to cigars and I'm still learning about them so please forgive my ignorance.
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    Must Pick Up Cuban Cigars in Cuba

    Don't mind my ignorance... But if the bundles seem to come in 25's (based on some pics I've seen), would they potentially confiscate the additional 5? Nonetheless, it sounds like the safest way around this is maybe pick up 20/25 custom rolls and then use the rest of the bandwidth for commercial products. No? Hearing about these custom rolls has me thinking how they smoke and taste! There is a shop downtown Toronto where I work that has some house blends that are made with Cuban filler, binder and wrapper. I wonder how they compare.

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