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  1. Thanks to a PM from @Queens88 was able to purchase another box. Thanks mate! These are my son's favorite Cubans and very often I get salt and charred steak - what a unique stick. So sad that they are discontinued. But, every once in a while, with the help of friends, you find that 4-leaf clover ....
  2. The family came in for a week to honor my wife's mother who passed away. All 3 of our children and spouses along with all 7 great grandchildren came in for the ceremony and celebration over Easter. True to her wishes after the ceremony at South Florida National Cemetery she wanted one big party. Dad is ex-Army and still kicking at 86! That's him with the great grandchildren and cousins after the Easter Egg hunt. Great picture of the first order at the bar was for the ladies. The "boys" doing tequila shots in honor of Mom. That's the way I would like to go out - a big party with the entire family! The boys did some serious damage to the humidor, > 40 cigars burn't in less than a week. Of course I had to assist in the effort -- all for mom !!!
  3. Started this hobby seriously in 2018 and now have over 3000 cigars in the collection. I'm probably pretty rare cigar smoker and apparently pretty lucky- why? Because I have never smoked a Cohiba and never wanted to buy one because of the price. Every time I looked at the price differential (even pre-covid) I ended up buying a box of Boli's, JL's, PLPC's, RGPC's, Dips, SCdlH, Monte 2's & 4's and building what I thought were really tasty cigars 4 to 12 boxes deep. Now I find myself with many Cubans approaching 5 years old and really enjoying the flavor progression as they age. I've slowly kept buying favorites or to fill a few holes in the collection but, now, even slower over the last year. Sure the few boxes of Lusi's I managed to get from our host were $17 to $18 a stick. But overall the collection still averages $8.43 / stick. That's what I think about no matter what stick I grab from the humidor to enjoy or share with friends. Never tasted a Cohiba and at today's prices, probably never will -- and that's pretty lucky. Can't miss something that you have never experienced or actually even wanted.
  4. Wow, what a box - don't remember what the ranking was when I purchased these from our host, but if these aren't PSP it's just because @El Presidente has been so busy he couldn't look at these. There is a slight mottled wrapper effect between Rosado and a darker Colorado; with a real sheen. Amazing and thank you! (EBO OCT-21)
  5. It is. Always wanted a custom humidor. Had a specialty cabinet maker put it in after I built my retirement home. At first all of the shelves were angled like the bottom one but I've converted it over to flat shelves over time to hold the CC's and NC's that are ready to smoke. The rest of my collection are stored in coolidor's until they're ready to smoke.
  6. Second favorite size is the petit corona! Perfect morning coffee smoke.
  7. Love these - down to only 3 boxes. Smoking the 2017's right now and they're good. A lighter smoke that you puff and take your time with. Smoking a cigar is about relaxation and enjoyment. Don't have to think about these much: generally bread, and very light caramel. At the old price these were stupid easy to buy. I sure hope they come back in a big way so I can pick-up another 10 boxes. Downside of the "skinnies" is they can be a tight draw but these seem to rarely need the perfect draw.
  8. Don't have a lot in my stock. The older ones are a dream to smoke - savory spice, sourdough and sometimes a sweetness. There an easy smoke to grab but they're much better if you let them go to the 5 year point - hard to do though ...
  9. Just came in today - wow - these dark, oily wrappers remind me of the Punch Punch of old! The first one I ever had was playing Merion. I was with a member and he offered me a Cuban Punch Punch. It was the darkest, oiliest cigar I'd ever seen. By the Par 3, 9th hole I was almost high on the nicotine kick. Putting these away away a 3 to 4 year nap!
  10. I tend to weigh about 50% of my cigars - depending on how they look and feel. Heavyweights or very firm cigars go back in the box with a label to "hold". The variability in a single box can be amazing. See my post below. 3 boxes of Boli PC's that should weigh ~ 8.46 gm's that went from 7.0 gm's all the way up to 11.2 gm's. I still haven't finished the "experiment" because the heavy weight box is still sitting in my long-term storage aging away. I probably won't touch them for at least another 1 to 2 years. When I was new in this hobby, I obsessed over learning all that I could. Now I'm a lot calmer about overweight and underweight cigars. I tend to smoke the underweights early (ROTT to 2 years old) and just leave the heavyweights alone (>4 years) to gracefully age. I believe that by the time I smoke them they will be phenomenal cigars that are much closer to ideal weight (but probably still a little over-filled). They may take a little prodding with a PerfectDraw but, I would rather smoke an overweight cigar than a "wind tunnel".
  11. Thought I'd revive this thread - The Lancero maduro's (ebony) are getting better every day. Haven't yet tried the Lancero ivory or the N3 Rosado Carlota's Also did some aesthetic rearranging of a few of the CC boxes and gave my favorite NCs the bottom and the top of the humi. All the CC's get the middle where your eye is naturally drawn. But, in keeping with this thread, thought you guys might like to see the new place of honor for the Nudies in my Humi.
  12. Haven't posted in a while - went back to work. My second time coming out of retirement. Working in Maryland I've found a great bunch of guys to smoke with at a local cigar store - always buy their NC's while I'm visiting the local B&M. With the high price of Cubans I've found a few interesting NCs that I've bought some boxes to allow for those humid days in Florida. At least it is giving the CCs in the humi time to age back in Florida!
  13. Only have 3 dress boxes, 2 -20 & 1- 21 all PSP from FOH. They are a "feeling-good, think I'll smoke for over 2 hours tonight cigar" for me. Usually 2:15 to 2:30 that I take my time and really enjoy. Mine are still very young and developing - they get better every time I pull one which is not very often. With only 3 boxes in the collection I'm waiting for them to develop and hope the first box will last until they're >5 years old. I get the high score above. When a few of my cigar friends come over for a smoke and I offer them anything in the humi ~ 80% go for the Lusi's. The knowledgable ones always ask me if I'm sure it's ok and I love saying "sure help yourself"! Gotta get some more ....
  14. The N1 Maduro Lancero's are still developing. The first one ROTT started off smooth leather, almost no spice / pepper but turned a little bitter in the last half. After 40 days my second was way better! Really smooth, burned phenomenal, lite leather sort of a Boli PC flavor with our the malt, no flavor progression - pretty consistent - smoked well throughout the cigar. No bitterness at all and stayed smooth. I'm going to wait another 3 to 4 months before trying another. Boli's are one of my favorites and the N1 Maduro Lancero reminds me a lot like a 3 year old Boli. I have not even tried the N1 Lancero Colorado-Rosado yet or any of the N3's. Going to give those some more time as well based on the earlier FOH reviews. These have a lot of potential especially given their price-point.
  15. Arnold is quoted as saying that when he gave up smoking it cost him one or two majors.
  16. Loved the Maduro Lancero at > 30 days. Still a little of the ROTT edge but much smoother which allowed much more flavor to shine through. Went back and ordered 3 of the Rosado Carlota's. Thanks for making these!
  17. THE TEN BEST CADDY RESPONSES ON THE GOLF COURSE: Number :10 Golfer: "I think I'm going to drown myself in the lake.” Caddy: "do you think you can keep your head down that long Number : 9 Golfer: "I'd move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course.” Caddy: "Try heaven, you've already moved most of the earth.” Number : 8 Golfer: "Do you think my game is improving?” Caddy: "Yes . . . You miss the ball much closer now.” Number : 7 Golfer: "Do you think I can get there with a 5 iron?” Caddy: "Eventually.” Number : 6 Golfer: "You've got to be the worst caddy in the world.” Caddy: "I don't think so . . .That would be too much of a coincidence.” Number : 5 Golfer: "Please stop checking your watch all the time. It's too much of a distraction.” Caddy: "It's not a watch - it's a compass.” Number : 4 Golfer: "How do you like my game?” Caddy: "It's very good - personally, I prefer golf.” Number : 3 Golfer: "Do you think it's a sin to play on Sunday? Caddy: "The way you play, it's a sin on any day.” Number : 2 Golfer: "This is the worst course I've ever played on.” Caddy: "This isn't the golf course. We left that an hour ago.” And the Number : 1 . . . . Best Caddy Comment: An old favourite . . . About the Golfer who has been slicing off the tee at every hole . . . He finally gives up and asks his long suffering caddy, Golfer: "Can you see any obvious problems . .?” Caddy: "There's a piece of s**t on the end of your club.” Golfer: He picks his club up and cleans the club face. Caddy: " . . . other end."
  18. Did my first fill-up yesterday at over $5 / gallon in Florida. $100 only filled the tank on the pick-up truck ½ way.
  19. Good review, I have a 2017 box of the petite lancer's that are still getting better. Less and less pepper and more cinnamon and nutmeg as these progress. They're fine little NC smokes as they get some age on them.
  20. I have a small shoe box ½ full of lighters. It's amazing how much we accumulate when you either forget your lighter or see something cool that you want to try. Even bought a Xikar years ago that the striker looks like a golf ball. It's green with a gold ¼ golf ball for the striker switch - still works and it's in the box gracefully aging. There are still Prometheus lighters that have lifetime warranty's in the box - that no longer work. Also, they stopped honoring the warranty years ago - need to throw those away but I paid like $35 to $50 for some of them and I loved the heavy metal feel of those lighters in your hand. The majority of the box is filled with $3 to $6 lighters from Amazon. Other than occasionally having to clean the jet section - they all just keep working and who cares if you occasionally leave one in the front cubby of the golf cart! Now I see a cool MegJet that I want to try and I would rather have another box of cigars! Priorities change over time.
  21. Glad to hear that you really enjoyed the first two-thirds. I bought two boxes and put them away for a nap. After reading your review, I think I'll let them sit for a while and hopefully the last third will come around. Thanks!
  22. Going to try and give them at least 3 years. Then I'll try one and we'll go from there. Of course as soon as I read a review with a similar box code that says "their smoking great right now"' I'll probably pull one.
  23. 2 new deliveries today both Punch 48's (RAT JUL-21). Beautiful rosado wrappers on these.

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