DSegal

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    Upstate NY
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    Music, gardening, cigars, business, Cuba
  1. DSegal

    Split wrapper HELP

    where did you find those in Cuba by the way??
  2. 4 come to mind: HU Regalias always seem to pack a lot of flavor and fairly complex taste into a nice quickie. And they're reliably delicious every time I've smoked em. I know this is a SLR Regios crowd, but for $150 a box in Cuba, I am not sure there's a better cigar overall, when you factor in that it's not a little cigar. San Cristobal El Principe--another little one with surprising amount of nuance and depth without overpowering. Similar in this regard to RG Perla. Trinidad Reyes--despite the hype around Vigia, which I mostly love, and Topes which I haven't been impressed with, this small vitola is my favorite. I introduced a new CC fan to these and after about 1", he just said "this is perfect".
  3. H U San Cristobal Vegas Robaina Trinidad Monte As with everyone else's comments, you tend to pick a marca for this list based on a couple of vitolas...
  4. DSegal

    Cuba Trip Report- 2nd Hand

    The 2nd floor of the Manzana Kempinski has a nice cigar lounge that is like many things in Cuba--elegant, ornate, and usually empty. It's not really promoted much and most people who stop in at this hotel to visit are going up to the 7th or 8th floor roof terrace. The 2nd floor cigar lounge had a pretty decent selection, lots of singles available, and a nice lady who was very knowledgeable working there. We stopped in on two separate occasions on my last trip in Jan. 2019 and it was pretty much empty both times. The room also has individual balconies every 8-10 feet with double doors so you can pull a few chairs and a table over to your own little balcony, and enjoy views of Parque Cental and the surrounding buildings. The cigars here are sold at a 10% mark-up over LCDH prices, so I was warned,..it seemed like maybe 15% or so to me.
  5. First thing I checked was the cigars and they look good. Assuming they don't need more than 30 days rest to try one, given they already have some years on them.
  6. I look up Renapur. Obviously want to avoid imparting any odor to the leather or the cigars...thanks guys. Dan
  7. I like the robustos and smaller size but sure, there would be times I'll want to pack something bigger. I find the most useful walking-around size is a 2 or 3 stick case and this is obviously too big for that too.
  8. Thanks for the info. I use Boveda packs in my humidors so I have some on hand. Since it's mid winter, the whole thing was cold when I opened it and I'm hoping a few days of acclimating to room temperature (humi temps) will perk up the aromas. This is the first time I've bought any CC product from a distant 3rd party retailer...I have only bought CC in Cuba myself, or from a friend who goes regularly and buys select boxes from a few good shops. Not sure if I should name names here but I am confident they are known for authentic CC, just the presentation is a little rough. The creases around the zippers look kind of dusty, or that some of the sponge material may have begun to break down a little, and that's why I was asking about cleaning. These are 12 years old I guess, so it makes sense they've sat a long time. Anyway, they will be a pleasure to smoke on a spring day coming up here soon.
  9. Just received a 2007 HU Travel Humidor. I am assuming the little plastic sponge-cartridge thing is just meant to absorb a little distilled water, and that's pretty much it? And does anyone use anything to condition the leather on a travel humidor, or just wipe it down with damp cloth occasionally? Last ?--Has anyone smoked one of these 2007 Robustos recently? Thanks--Dan
  10. DSegal

    USA / customs limits

    I have had my carry-on suitcase opened and checked when leaving Jose Marti Terminal 2, one time out of all the times I've been there. But I think it was because I had a loose bottle of rum in there, and they were looking for liquids over 3.5 oz. So they said. Then they saw 7 boxes of cigars and asked if they were for "all for you?" and I said yes, and showed them receipts and they were quick to zip up the suitcase and just take the $8 bottle of rum. Fine with me. I bought more in the duty free shop. BUT...the part I'm never sure about is what to tell the US customs people--I fly in and out of Newark when visiting Cuba.When they ask if I have alcohol or tobacco, I always say no, and they just say welcome home, and let me thru. I'd rather tell them what I have and be honest, and don't mind paying 4% duty over x amount, but I never want to spend the time, and don't want them to even consider taking anything away.
  11. DSegal

    Melia Habana Hotel

    I really don't think it's worth changing USD into other currency before your trip. IYes you pay 13%--after the 10% penalty for having USD, plus 3% in exchange fees--but there is some cost in first switching to another currency, then some cost in switching that to CUC, and by the time you add in those incremental losses, plus your time running around beforehand...maybe you've saved $30 per thousand? A few percent at best. A friend of mine just did that with USD to Euros before our visit, and when we compared my USD to CUC, vs. his USD to Euros to CUC, I was about $20 ahead of him per thousand. Remember this is because every time you change currencies each bank takes a cut--this is often left out of the equation in online forums where people just focus on the straight currency exchange rates...each time you exchange any currency you lose some money, at your local bank or in an airport, etc--before even considering the conversion to CUC in Cuba...I have also changed $ to CUC in Cuba thru various contacts outside the banks and this always saves 6-7% total. You have to do this with someone you trust, and they will take care of it. It's a very common under-the-table gig in Cuba now. Of course I don't recommend that to your parents on what sounds like a first visit for them...
  12. DSegal

    Tobacco Plantation/ Farm Tours

    Keep in mInd that Vinales is the casa particulares capital of Cuba--there are unlimited rooms and places to stay. And it's a small town so location isn't critical. Once in Vinales, a short walk from town (10 minutes) takes you right into the active tobacco farm fields and you are literally surrounded by tobacco farms. Everyone there will make it very easy for you to see the fields, the drying barns, the processes, etc. From what I could tell in Vinales, there is one LCDH shop, and it seems kind of overlooked and not well stocked. I found a 50 cab of PL Petit Coronas in there for $203 and bought it, but they have all been plugged at the head. So I have been cutting off about an inch and they burn almost normally that way, but it was disappointing. Farm rolls--all the tobacco farmers want to sell you theirs, so unless there is some kind of shortage at the moment you're there, you'll have plenty of opportunity to buy some. I agree with other comments that Vinales can be a day trip but really shouldn't be. We spent 3 days there and still didn't get out to the coast or into the surrounding mountains too much, but we did get into the Valley and took a long hike and if you do this--or by horseback--you pass through endless tobacco fields and barns, in a surreal landscape.
  13. DSegal

    Favourite Cheap and chearful

    San Cristobal El Principe, RG Perlas, HU Regalias, RA Small Club Coronas...RyJ #2
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