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  1. Has anyone seen any BLE boxes? I just got a BLE ABR 21 box of Coloniales from 24:24 . Never heard of this code before.
  2. Absolutely. Basically with high humidity if everything is not perfect with the cigar, there will be issues. Still, in spite of all that, I love smoking outside. It's just a more relaxing, meditative experience for me.
  3. It really is! @Bijan mentioned before that the effect that ambient air has on cigars being smoked is much stronger than cigars in storage and it's so true. The amount of moisture that gets into the cigar as you suck moist air in is huge. Basically if a cigar has a perfect draw you end up with a snug cigar after the halfway point, and if it was snug you end up tossing the cigar after the halfway point because it becomes plugged... The dry season cannot come soon enough!
  4. Between this conversation and the dipping in water experiment, I wonder if it's not as simple as higher/lower RH in the cigars, but rather higher/lower moisture content in different parts of the cigars. Specifically, what if the best result can be achieved by having a drier inner section of the cigar (which could help with burning) with a wetter outer section (which could help the flavor)? I personally never found dry boxed cigars to be exceptional. It certainly helped making some plugged cigars smokable, but the flavor profile was always a bit underwhelming. So, across the board lower RH
  5. I would suggest, if you plan to make meads to sell, to have a broader spectrum of meads and not just dry ones. All the meads I tasted in the US were dry and fairly delicate, around 11-12%, several of them did not have an obvious honey note. On the other hand full bodied meads, around 15-16%, sweet without being cloying and with a powerful honey note, are almost impossible to find here even though they are very common in Eastern Europe where there is a strong mead culture. By offering both styles of mead you could definitely set yourself apart from all the other mead producers. Plus, from
  6. The RH poll from the Pres the other day made me want to post a question that I've been wondering about for quite some time: how did the Cubans control the RH of their cigars in the early 1900s when there was no air conditioning to remove moisture from the air and lower the temperatures? It's my understanding that the weather in Cuba is characterized by a wet hot season and a cooler dry season, quite similar to the weather we have in FL so it's something I'm very familiar with. For the cool dry season the solution was obviously to use water based humidifiers, but what about the hot wet sea
  7. You would think, but everybody in FL is running A/C most of the year. I'm in FL and the RH inside the house since the beginning of the summer has been a steady 45%. Way too low. Then if I were crazy and left the A/C off and the windows open it would rapidly settle between 70% and 80%. Way too high. Then comes the cool dry season (mid-October to mid-May) when I personally keep the A/C off (but most Floridians still run it). Traditionally it rains very little (last year was an anomaly) and the weather is beautiful, but the humidity drops significantly. It oscillates between 30% and 50%. Again wa
  8. No offense taken! Unfortunately there was (and there still is) a lot of misinformation about absinthe both on the internet and even more so with word of mouth, so it's totally understandable that some people can be misled.
  9. Thank you! Do you find that 6-7 years is the sweet spot with the Fonseca No1 or does it still have legs after that?
  10. Wow glad to see that it's not just me!!! I've been trying all sorts of avoidance strategies... a few months ago I waited until 6:30pm on a Saturday because I thought that one neighbor mowed the day before so there was no risk and the other always calls for a mowing company which would NEVER come out after 6:30pm on a Saturday right??? Within 3 puffs the lawn mowing company arrived and was mowing until 7:30pm at least... Guess the neighbor employs the hardest working mowing company on earth...
  11. Has this ever happened to you? You go outside in your backyard to enjoy a nice cigar and relax. It's a beautiful sunny day, there's a slight breeze and the humidity is surprisingly low for being in the summer. You look around and everything is quiet and serene. The only thing you can hear is the breeze in the trees, some birds signing and cicadas in the distance. So you light up the cigar you brought out, take a couple of puffs and suddenly the neighbor on the left starts the gas lawnmower and starts mowing the lawn. A minute later the neighbor on the right comes out with a screaming baby. And
  12. Let me preface by saying that the absinthe market is a bit of a giant mess right now; distribution has always been an issue with absinthe due to it being a super niche product and distributors not wanting to invest into stocking it, plus just a week ago one the main international absinthe online stores in Europe closed down. So, finding them might not be the easiest thing. I don't want to post links but you can always PM me and I can try to help you out. As far as pairings, I really like wine based absinthes like the Combier Enteté with a full-bodied cigar like a Bolivar. It also works we
  13. Really don't want to invalidate your childhood memories but wormwood is NOT hallucinogenic and the whole thing is a myth that was debunked years ago. Wormwood is used in a bunch of other stuff like vermouth and you never hear of people calling vermouth hallucinogenic. People were also talking about thujone being the chemical in wormwood that was causing these "special" effects, but common sage also contains thujone and again you never hear of people getting high after eating sage. Over the years I've had probably over a hundred different absinthes, all with different recipes and different
  14. Upmann Sir Winston desn't get enough praise? Did I understand that right? 🤔

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