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About Kevin48438

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  • Birthday 06/10/1976

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    Michigan, USA
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    Cigars, coffee, whiskey, poker

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  1. I hope this is all friendly banter, as I highly doubt we’ll solve the problem here. In that spirit I offer the following: The mafia was hardly the only enterprise investing in Cuba in the 50’s. It may be the most salacious and thus headline worthy, but there were many others. The land and property wasn’t returned to “the Cubans.” It was assumed by Castro and the party. While Batista was a &@!$, Castro wasn’t/isn’t the best solution. Or even one at all. I generally support the idea of the embargo as an imperfect option, but would also love to change to a better
  2. The embargo was a response to the nationalization of companies and properties owned by US companies and investors. The subsequent “diplomacy” further cemented the policy. Foreign relations is messy. It’s like working in a sound booth trying to record a live orchestra performance and you get one shot at it. As you are getting the levels right and the speakers balanced: instruments are breaking, novice players are coming in, and the pianist just puked his bottle of vodka into the piano. So the CD sucks and we’re all disappointed. Realistically, the best one could do was
  3. I think of CCs as another company/portfolio of brands on the market. I’m mostly a NC smoker, but I am buying boxes of CCs To put in the daily rotation. Which for me, means about $12 and below. Partys, Bolivar, and RA should be smoked often. Also the $6> CC “cheap and cheerfuls” are better than NCs in that range. Right now is a golden age in cigars worldwide. The availability, creativity, and quality is the best in history. A person can skip (trade away?) the stuff they merely like, and smoke the stuff the love. And there has to be a NC out there to match any cigar lover.
  4. Here are some pics of what I do in Michigan, USA. The locking tupperware with the rubber gaskets costs $3-9 USD. Top one will hold about 50 sticks, bottom 20. The cheap igloo cooler about $35. With the coolers, I use 65% beads. I recharge them with distilled water about once per month. Because humidity can settle toward the bottom a bit, the bottom layer I put empty boxes. Also, notice the hygrometer. Another option is the armored, Pelican style case. The picture is a 10 count (they go past 40). It is my main to-go humidor. A mini Boveda pack lasts 3 months+. Notice th
  5. Hi Danny, fellow newbie to the forum. Just to throw a couple more thoughts around: if the Montecristo was a bit overwhelming, I would recommend a Hoya de Monterrey Epicure Especial, or a Romeo y Julieta short churchill. If the Montecristo felt like a 7, these will probably be more like a 5. Cigar opinions are as varied as human beings are. There are a zillion factors that influence the enjoyment of the experience. Pay attention to those. Also helpful is to look for those (reviewers, cigar makers) who seem to have a common palate. Their recommendations weigh more with me.
  6. Hi everyone! I’m from Michigan, USA and have been smoking cigars for about 10 years. I usually smoke about 10 per week. The vast majority have been non-Cubans, thus I’m looking forward to learning about them. I like virtual herfs and am looking forward to giving those a go. I’m experienced with Bourbon, Tequila, and coffee (the best flavor pairing with most cigars, imo) varieties. Also knowledgeable of Nicaraguan and Dominican cigars. Hopefully I can be helpful and contribute in those areas. Cheers!

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