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  1. Which NCs do you currently like? which NCs do you currently dislike? What is your budget per stick?
  2. OP wrote that he “traded” it, rather than “sold” it. I wonder what he traded it for. A box of cigars he likes better? Did he trade knowing that the receiver wasn’t going to smoke them? If the understanding was that the receiver was going to smoke them, but sold them instead, I would be bothered. I’d feel like I was tricked, which isn’t a good feeling. Friends don’t deceive friends. If it wasn’t a friend, then there isn’t much to do but avoid any future interactions with that person. Or at least be on guard for any future deals.
  3. I took the poll to mean a marca I’ve yet to try. In that case I try one right away and the rest of the box (or handful) will go into the stash. If it’s one that I know, it could be 6 months to 5 years (or longer). This applies to CCs and NCs.
  4. I thought they already did such a thing as seconds or bundle cigars. This seems like just marketing it differently. Was going to insert a joke that they’re still better than most Cubans. However, I’m on a pretty good run. Been a while since I’ve had a poorly rolled one.
  5. I thought the most shocking news of the week was when I found out that the Easter Bunny is governing the USA. Not so. Even more shocking is that more than 50% of respondents, 46 people at the time of this response, keep a spreadsheet detailing their cigar inventory. Didn’t see that one coming.
  6. Is it possible to make a 44 x 7.5-8 inch cigar that is capped at each end? One that can be cut in the middle to make 2 cigars. Or a long smoke if one wanted. I know you floated a similar question a few weeks ago, asking who had cut a cigar to make 2 of them. And i’ve done it a few times. It made me think it would be really cool if a cigar was made to do it on purpose if desired.
  7. If Mitch likes it, then give it to him. Otherwise, toss it. You’ve already made up your mind on it. If it is infused, it can affect other cigars it’s stored with.
  8. Smoke is not an “artificial object.” It’s something that is very much an occurrence of nature. In fact, per rule 4.3a(3) if an adult golfer doesn’t light a cigar by the end of the 3rd hole, they are assessed a 1 stroke penalty.
  9. Only a couple of my dress boxes have them. The vast majority of the boxes I get have been opened and inspected. I guess they are completely removing the nail. For NC boxes that have nails, I never bothered removing it. I just cut any stickers with a knife, loosened the edge a bit with the knife, then pulled it open. Now I want one of these. I’m also envisioning a modern version with something other than a bottle cap remover. Definitely don’t need that. Incorporating a poker and screwdriver for lighters would be useful. But what for that fat end?
  10. Thanks for the info. Glad they aren’t meant to remove the cigar cap or cut the head somehow. I could only think of the most medieval methods to do so…. I don’t see many boxes nailed closed anymore. Never thought about replacing the nail either. They are cool as a display or novelty though.
  11. What does one do with the bottle cap removers with the screw in them?
  12. March had some awesome cigars. Nubbing one now that I mentioned in the rotation thread. The Tatuaje black label corona gorda. It is from the jar release about 10 years ago. These have none of the traits, like pepper, that cc lovers find unappealing in Nicaraguan cigars. See below for what I really think about it. Another is a personal reserve from a blender/maker (nc) that is not available for sale. They’re about 15 years old and might contain crack cocaine they are so addictive. Best Cuban was an old-ish (10-12 years) Behike that is related. I gave one of the personal reserves from above to a friend to smoke when he was over. He wanted more so I traded a few for a few of his Behikes. I don’t smoke BHKs very often, but I do love them.
  13. Looking at the boxes that have migrated to the front of the humidor lately: AF Don Carlos #3 Tatuaje Black corona gorda HDM2 Nestor Miranda Special Selection short robusto Monte4 Partagas Maduro 1: Had my first Party maduro today and I was blown away. I’ve had this box for a while and mostly forgot about it. (EPM SEP19). I wasn’t really all that excited about them for reasons I’m not sure of. Probably because they don’t seem all that popular here. I imagine these are going to scratch the Partagas itch for a while.
  14. You have 120 boxes, each stored in a ziplock bag? Then stacked up on a bookshelf or industrial style shelving?
  15. Definitely went my way. Won the coin flips, which is usually what it takes. Well played!
  16. I recommend cooking it directly on the coals. Alton Brown claims skirt steak is his very favorite cut from the animal. Nice to learn from someone who is so passionate about it. Googling “alton brown skirt steak” will fetch some worthy recipes and videos, including cooking directly on coals. Not many “reasonable” wrong ways, but Alton’s is my favorite. Btw, Alton is a cigar lover.
  17. On a serious note: the soil is important. Starting with pests and/or their eggs can be a cause for a lot of frustration. I recommend you source some good, clean soil meant for the application you intend. Pretty common frustration for many an indoor gardener.
  18. Just follow the instructions in the first post of this thread and you should be golden. Once registered for the game, if the app is open, the game and table will automatically pop up.
  19. The embargo is because of the Cuban government stealing of US property in Cuba. (late 50s, early 60s). Just like if the US government were to confiscate all airplanes and hangars currently in US airports that are owned by foreign companies. It has nothing to do with the government/economic system Cuba claims to have. The US and Cuba are enemies. Just ask the Cuban leaders. Over 100 countries in the world embargo the sale of arms to Cuba (and many other places as well). Cuba seems to be able to sell, somewhere in the world, almost all (all?) that it produces. Food and medicine are not embargoed by the US. Cuba can buy as much as they like from the US or any other country. Since “the revolution” Cuba has never been self-sufficient. They required “gifts” from other communist allies. Gifts on the scale necessary to make Cuba whole are never free in the long term.
  20. Freedom I get that as an “ultimate” goal. But that is vague to a degree. How do the protesters intend to accomplish that? Are they wanting the party to replace Diaz-Canel with a different party member? Are they wanting free elections with parties that can challenge The Communist Party of Cuba? A new constitution focusing on individual rights? Do they have a leader/government that they believe to be more benevolent that they wish to install? Do they want the top 100k “revolutionaries” to swim off to Mexico and Guatemala? Do they want the UN or some foreigners to rule by mandate until a more permanent solution is decided? The point is, expressing dissatisfaction is just part of a plan. History is replete with ineffective uprisings and failed coups.
  21. What is the goal of the protesters? They’re getting shot and likely worse, arrested for it.
  22. Medicine and food are not embargoed. Cuba can purchase them at will from the US.
  23. RASS - MSU OCT 18. Fabulous box. Only a couple left that I’m kind of saving for a friend to verify they are special. A have a few other boxes (different codes) that are also very nice, but just one notch below. This box has made me a huge fan and I’ll be chasing them for a while. My buddy better get here soon… Monte 4 - I’m always down for one. Mine are all ‘18-‘19. Tatuaje Black Label Corona Gorda - I have old and new releases. Awesome cigar Rocky Patel Decade Robusto - One of the few Rockys I like all that much. Padron Family Reserve 50 Natural - Get some

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