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  1. This reminds me of damage on leaves from leaf miners
  2. We really don't know enough about the interaction between the two parties to really say one way or another, but as a general rule I firmly believe that whenever buying, selling or trading, it's the person's responsibility to be informed about the value of the goods. We live in the internet age so there is really no excuse. If someone doesn't want to spend the time to educate himself and sells/trades under the value, it's his choice and he should not complain afterwards. Just learn the lesson and next time do your homework before trading. With that said, I do find it distasteful for a BOTL to accept a trade that is so far off the fair trading value and then sell the box for a profit, and probably would not trade with such a person myself.
  3. 1) Any cigar that doesn't have mold in the foot is ok to be smoked. Clean the mold from the wrapper, check the smell (if it smells musty, toss it), if it smells good smoke away. Mind you, it might be overhumidified, so it might be tight, burn poorly or not taste the best, which brings me to the next point 2) It's not just the mold in the offending humidifier that is a problem. There is mold on every single cigar you buy, you just don't see it. When you see the mold it's because it's a mold overgrowth and it's usually caused by excessive humidity. You can take any cigar that looks perfect and clean and put it in a sealed container with an open glass of water and I guarantee that it will develop plenty of visible mold. The fact that those Ramon Allones had a split foot points to the fact that they were exposed to excessive humidity. Which is why I think you should be a bit under the optimal humidity level with your Boveda, not over with a 69%. 3) What to do with those boxes? I don't see a point in freezing them. Mold doesn't die with freezing temperature, it just goes dormant. My advise would be to take the boxes with moldy cigars, wipe all the cigars, wipe the boxes if they show any mold, then take those cigars with the boxes (leaving the lids open) and put them inside an airtight tupperware box with a couple of 62% Boveda packs. I would wait a month or two and then if everything looks good smoke away. If they taste good after that you can put them back in the walk in. Hope this helps!
  4. I say give it a try, no way to know that it sucks for sure without trying. If it's unsmokeable, pitch it and make sure to come back with an entertaining report!
  5. I like 10 and 25, 15 feels like a weird half-measure. I don't get the cheapskate problem with 10s, seems like some people worry too much about what other people think, kind of like the worrying that a cigar looks too small if it's a skinny... I've never bought a 50 cab because I would rather have two 25 boxes where I get cigars to smoke from one while the other stays sealed as long as possible.
  6. I think at the moment the punitive aspect comes before the practical aspect of using the proceeds for something productive, whether it's right or not. It would be a shame if the mega-yachts crapped out and couldn't be sold but at the same time imagine the trolling potential: hey here's your yacht Mr. Oligarch, you just have to hoist it from the bottom of the marina. Fresh coat of paint and it'll be mint!
  7. It's not quite as simple as "we don't like you" but rather "you got that money by supporting a murderous dictator". Calling it sanctions might be inaccurate but ultimately these seizures were approved at the same time as other proper sanctions against Russia so they ended up under the same umbrella when they are in fact a lot more like civil forfeiture. And it would certainly be a good thing if the money were used to help Ukraine like Ken said. Definitely makes it less likely that this thing will be abused. Then again as long as it only applies to people affiliated with murderers and war criminals maybe the risk for abuse is not that great... Not zero, I'm not that naive, but maybe acceptably low?
  8. I definitely see what you are saying but this precedent already has its own precedent in the laws allowing law enforcement to seize assets bought with money coming from criminal activity. Oligarchs didn't get rich by being hardworking nice people, so if anything this is more like correcting the worldwide blind eye approach that oligarchs have been enjoying so far. But it is not without risks. The law enforcement seizure of criminal's assets has been abused before... What I find 100% wrong and much more dangerous is situations where the government seizes private property that was legally purchased because the government changed its mind and decides that such products are now illegal. But that's a whole 'nother can of worms.
  9. For me a corona gorda (which is my absolute favorite vitola!) is a very different experience compared to a churchill. I second the suggestion of lonsdales as being a potential alternative closer to a churchill.
  10. Does that include Toscano cigars? It's pretty common to cut those in half but they are made differently...
  11. Isn't it amazing how often a panel specifically chosen to assess and decide on something knows absolutely nothing about the very thing they are assessing?
  12. There is a big difference between an act of defiance/rebellion/non-compliance that only affects the person committing it, and an act of defiance/rebellion/non-compliance that affects everybody. I fully support the former but strongly disagree with the latter unless it's a joint decision of all who would will bear the consequences of such act.
  13. I think we've established with Cuba (or other countries under an authoritarian regime) that when you have a dictator and a population already not doing great, sanctions have the opposite effect to what is desired and they are just used by the dictator to justify anything that makes the population unhappy. Now everything that goes wrong in Russia will be blamed on the sanctions.
  14. To be honest I'm not too concerned about a new prohibition in Europe... The original prohibition in the US got a lot of support from religious groups and women (not the flappers 1%ers obviously but everyone else) who were not consuming alcohol and were tired of their husbands getting wasted and then beating them at home. Now religious groups have less power than in the early 1900s but most importantly women now are as likely to be drinkers as men so a new push for prohibition will be lacking this critical support. Obviously the idea that people have learnt nothing from the past is quite disturbing, but not really surprising...
  15. @Meklown nailed it. Offer something based on her taste not her being a woman. Does she like sweet stuff? Try sweeter cigars or ones with pastry notes like Trinidads. Does she like dark chocolate or black coffee? Try a RG or Bolivar. Most importantly, don't overthink it. The whole point is for it to be an enjoyable activity together, not a high stakes stressful proposition.
  16. Isn't the habit usually initially driven by enjoyment? If small sticks are an issue wouldn't it interfere with the enjoyment in the initial phase of cigarette smoking? I don't know... I guess what I'm trying to say is that I suspect that image and perception plays a substantial role here, more than an actual tangible size issue. After all when cigars are portrayed in the media, they always go for big ones. If that is indeed the case, I believe there would be a great sense of freedom and increased enjoyment is someone were able to break free from that stuff and 100% focus on the actual taste and cigar smoking experience. This is just IMHO.
  17. I don't remember even tasting a NC with a shortbread profile, let alone stone fruit... Coffee, sure. Chocolate, no problem. But shortbread? Nope. Regarding the gentleman's size, here is something that doesn't make sense to me: has any of you ever heard big dudes complaining that cigarettes are too small for their hands/mouths? I haven't. And cigarettes are what in the 20s RG? How is that big guys don't seem to have an issue with smoking something super small and skinny like a cigarette, but then a cigar, which even as a "skinny" is quite a bit bigger than a cigarette, that's not good...
  18. benfica_77 was thinking about the word "troia" (spelled with an I instead of a Y) which means whore in Italian. Also FIY it's Mamma Mia. Double M.
  19. Let's not forget that the exact same seeds of the exact same cultivar of tobacco (like in this case Corojo 2012) will inevitably taste different if they are grown outside of Cuba. Not necessarily worse but different. So even if such plants are being grown in Nicaragua, it means close to nothing in terms of the flavor profile. Yes all the marketing is fairly annoying for people who are genuinely passionate but most people are not like us so it's hard to blame the companies if the strategy works...
  20. The way I see it: year vintage > brief visual/olfactory inspection by the average smoker > factory code > marca/vitola And with marca/vitola I see it as not the flavor or size which is personal preference but rather that in not spectacular years, being force to buy blind (so no inspection and no choice of box code) there are some marcas/vitolas that can be a slightly safer bet P.S. if you are The Prez and not the average smoker the above becomes: expert's visual/olfactory inspection >>>>>>>>>>> everything else 😂
  21. Definitely felt the frost Sunday night, dropped to -1C in Central Florida which I haven't seen in the 10 years I've been here and it wiped out a good deal of my vegetable garden. "It's almost polar" is almost verbatim what we were saying here LOL.

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