GaryK 54

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  1. The dividers are not treated with chemicals. Just cedar wood. I use mine as spills. Great way to repurpose them.
  2. Rich leather, coffee… I’m going with Upmann no. 2. I will say, the moist earth in the middle third is throwing me off. That’s more Partagas-like. Interested in the reveal.
  3. In no particular order: RASS PSD4 BRC BBF Monte 2 JL Seleccion No. 2 H. Upmann Mag 46 H Upmann Connie 1 PL Galanes VR Famosos
  4. Your list is a good one. However, I would also look into Sautter on Mount Street in the Mayfair district. The lounge has been a mainstay in London for more than 50 years. You’ll probably catch the owner, Laurence Davis (LD) there. He is a true gentleman and quite a character. The service, the friendliness of the staff and the stock of fine cigars plus cool accessories created by LD all make it a must visit place while in London. You won’t regret it!
  5. Top three not to give to a newbie: BRC RASS PSD4
  6. I wouldn’t take a chance with this in carry on. In my opinion, if they find it (and they most likely will) it will be confiscated. If you’re carrying cigars with you, pre-cut and test the draw at home. That way, any plugged sticks can be remedied with the PerfecDraw before flying. Pop them in a Boveda bag with a Boveda pack and you are good to go.
  7. You won’t be the least bit leas satisfied with 2021 production. RASS is in my daily rota (has been for 10 years) and the 2021 I’ve had leading up to this ROTT gem yesterday have been the equal of 2019 and 2020. Even young, they are smoking great.
  8. Just received my order of RASS TAO ENE 21 and sampled one ROTT. Absolutely outstanding burn, construction and flavor. All of the dark stone fruit and rich tobacco flavor that I love so much in RASS. Not a sharp edge to be found. These will only get better with age. This was just 1 hour and 45 minutes of pure enjoyment. Paired with spring water and Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon. Couldn’t be happier with the leaf from this year!
  9. Great article Ken. Really enjoy your research and writing. I am always looking forward to the latest Quill and Pad.
  10. Beautiful, just beautiful. Looking forward to their arrival.
  11. I love the phrase, “...arrive ready-to-eat but can also be warmed in a microwave or cooked in a pan for added flavor.” I’ll bet warming really perks these babies right up.
  12. Wow, a blast from the past indeed. This was one of my favorite skinnies back in the day. Typical Bolivar flavors along with dark chocolate, cashews, and nutmeg. BRC and BBF are in my daily rotation, but these were an entirely other level. Thanks El Pres for putting these on the auction block.
  13. Alas, so many great films that have non PC lines: would never be made today. Also love the line from the old geezer in the common room of the flophouse where Elwood rents a room... “Did you get me my Cheez Whiz, boy”
  14. The Blues Brothers is full of great lines, but this is one of my all time favorites. Elwood: it’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark... and we’re wearing sunglasses. Jake: Hit it.
  15. A great meal deserves the finest cigar. Sir Winston is my perfect match for that menu.
  16. I believe employers certainly have the right to suggest employees be vaccinated, but not the right to require it.
  17. I like a firmer draw, so I don’t find I use it all that often. Perhaps 10% of my cigars are plugged to the point I need it. Success rate is probably 90%.
  18. I agree with smoking to the band and letting the heat of the cigar loosen the band. I have also used a soft flame to warm the band and loosen the glue. One other tip, if the glue doesn’t loosen enough to peel it with your fingernail, you can usually loosen the band enough that it will slide off easily over the ash of the cigar without damaging the wrapper.
  19. Always a straight cut with Xikar XO cutter. Have been know to use fingernails on Parejos. 🤣
  20. Riding out Typhoon In-Fa in Shanghai. To encourage your recovery, I poured a glass of Buffalo Trace and set fire to a nice Bolivar Royal Corona from our gracious host. Wishing you a speedy recovery, Jim.
  21. Bolivar RC and Juan Lopez Seleccion no. 2 are at the top my list that starts with RASS and PSD4.
  22. What a great post. Recognize every one of those items. The transistor radio, bag phone and reel to reel tape deck really take me back!

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