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  1. There is now sun grown wrapper grown in central Florida, it's used in FSG cigars (Florida Sun Grown). Granted FL is nothing like NC...
  2. Glad to hear it was not just my impression that there are a lot more smaller RG NCs now in spite of the push for big RGs! To be honest if the end result is that most cigars end up being small or big at the expense of "medium", which would make sense with how super polarized pretty much everything is nowadays, I'd be totally fine with that because today's "medium" is still pretty big IMHO. Nothing wrong with having a few jaw-breakers in the portfolio if people ask for them, as long as there is also plenty of small RG cigars too!
  3. 1) It's not all the same tobacco leaf inside a cigar. The simplified version is every cigar is a blend of different kinds of tobacco leaves. Hence it's normal that flavors change throughout the cigar, plus stuff from the first part of the cigar accumulates in the last part of the cigar which contributes to flavor changes too. 2) Different cigars and different blends. No such thing as "better" when it comes to taste. 3) If you want to age cigars and you are not already very familiar with them, your best bet is to buy a box and smoke a cigar from that box at regular intervals. 3 mont
  4. I wonder if the explanation for these sick periods can be found with abnormal bacterial/mold activity that produces unpleasant byproducts...
  5. @Cigarsmoker81 I would be very wary of increasing the RH if you have some cigars with a cracked foot as I usually associate a cracked foot in the box with over humidification not under. Plus you say that the cigars have some give and don't crack when handling them, which again points to the cigars not being too dry. I'm concerned that by putting them in a 69% RH environment you might make the problem worse not better... No idea about what could make the wrapper change color, I've never seen such a thing happening and short of being bleached by direct sun (which you say is not an issue) I
  6. Favorite size: definitely corona gorda by far! Just the perfect balance of RG and length IMHO. Etiquette: buying from online trusted vendors is a necessity being in the US. But then again, I haven’t had the best luck when buying in B&M stores in Europe when visiting friends and family, and the prices are higher. So I’m gonna stick with the community’s trusted vendors for the foreseeable future!
  7. I expect the big RG trend to reverse in the future but it will take some time. Everything is cyclical, and in order to keep coming up with something “new” companies usually keep bringing back something old. Plus with trends it seems like the standard MO is to keep pushing something until it reaches a stupid level that makes the product close to unusable or un-enjoyable, then people/companies get a wake up call and go in the opposite direction. I remember in the very early 2000s the trend for cell phones was smaller and smaller. My friend got a Nokia phone in 2002 I believe that was so sma
  8. Coconut oil is a great option. I use it to lube various things where I want a food grad lubricant and it works great!
  9. I read the review you linked and when I saw this: "Recently, Tabacalera Tropical relocated the operations for the Casa Fernandez brand to Miami, Florida" I thought that meant that it was rolled in Miami, and since the Titan is pretty much the last real cigar factory left in Miami I was wondering if it was the same. Now I’m thinking that maybe they are talking about the office HQ and not the factory? You are right about the price point, $9 is a bit cheap for being made in Miami, although we are talking about 2011 money, and I’m pretty sure when I visited the Titan de Bronze in 201
  10. @Cigar Surgeon do you know if the Casa Fernandez Miami was rolled at El Titan de Bronze? That could draw a connection with the Medio Tiempo used in the La Palina Goldie rolled at the same place in 2012…
  11. Not that I remember. From my memory in 2010-11 the main trend in the NC world was Corojo seed tobacco, followed by Connecticut Broadleaf the next 2-3 years. The first NC Medio Tiempo I remember was the La Palina Goldie in 2012 but I wouldn’t say that it became a trend in the NC world until more recently.
  12. I mean, based on where it grows and how they treat it, it could definitely be considered a high grade ligero. And if you are thinking what I'm thinking, I agree, it's not the most obvious choice for wrappers although it's not unheard of (I remember a triple ligero NC that had ligero for wrapper, binder and filler). It definitely makes more sense in the filler. I also have to admit that I'm a bit skeptical about the medio tiempo claims when they are coming form a big brand, also claiming to make heavy use of it, VS a small boutique brand like Warped that claims to use "some" medio tiempo i
  13. A few months ago I smoked a Warped Maestro del Tiempo 6102R (bought in December, my last NC purchase before fully entering the CC rabbit hole), which is a Nicaraguan puro allegedly containing some Aganorsa Medio Tiempo tobacco. Now, we know how powerful the placebo effect is, but I also went into it convinced that I would not like it, since I had been disappointed by another Warped that was quite hyped before. Well, the Maestro del Tiempo had a very noticeable flavor note that to me resembles white chocolate and that definitely reminds me of the same flavor note I tasted in a BHK 52 in 20
  14. Glad to see I'm not the only one who LOVES smoking a good cigar while taking a walk on nature trails! (And I avoid busy trails so no risk of me annoying other people with my smoke or other people annoying me with their presence while I'm enjoying my cigar immersed in nature). The HUHC is on my short list of cigars to try!
  15. I’ve had very inconsistent success aging NCs… Kind of off topic but basically while I agree that aging can greatly mitigate the obnoxious “pepper”, I found that several NCs lost flavors when aged and became very boring. I would go as far as saying that more often than not when I aged NCs I’ve been disappointed. YMMV.
  16. Three months later and 3 more cigars later I wanted to give an update. After the last cigar smoked in March, when I thought I got it, I smoked 3 more that convinced me I actually don't get it when it comes to Media Lunas. All 3 cigars had flawless construction, good draw, perfect burn line, etc. And all 3 I found rather boring and didn't particularly care for the flavor profile. At this point I think it's not the cigars but it's me. Maybe Media Lunas are not for me. I'm also convinced at this point that the first 2 I smoked were just too high in moisture, likely due to shipping and livin
  17. I also have to say unplugging social media and meditation had the biggest impact. I was never into social media and was pretty much using only FB to stay in touch with friends living far away, but I quit using FB during the 2016 US presidential elections and never looked back. Like everyone already said social media is just too toxic and this point and it has nothing to do with connecting people anymore, it's all about getting everybody enraged and polarized. Meditation has been a big surprise. I have to admit that I was skeptical about it, but it proved to be a huge help in coping w
  18. Sample of one, FWIW these are my tasting notes from 2016: Opus XXX Belicoso (3 years aging) Cold draw unremarkable. Upon lighting toasted notes, some spice, mild coffee. Very simple, no complexity. Burning line is pretty bad, several touch ups needed. Draw is good. Smoke production good. At the price point you can imagine why I never bought a second one...
  19. This is exactly what I suggested in the PLPC thread and what I was hoping would happen! Please keep us posted @Bijan very curious to hear your findings!
  20. No argument there, the Eiroa family does make the best Honduran cigars IMHO
  21. Really enjoyed the story! Well written and loved the plot twist at the end.
  22. Unless you need the money to spend/buy/invest on something else, I would keep the boxes. Just looking at the price differences between say 2018 and now you can tell that whatever money you can get from those boxes on BR will not buy you a whole lot of stuff 4-5 years from now.
  23. Yep I'm about 45-50min from Flagler Beach. Might be cool to do an East FL Coast herf at some point! No problem!
  24. I never really go to St. Augustine because it's a bit too touristy for my taste, so I can't speak for the microbrewery situation there. A little bit south of St. Augustine I can vouch for Persimmon Hollow Brewing in Downtown Deland (which is in a cute alley with a fantastic restaurant right next to it), Sanford has at least 8 breweries of which my favorites were Wop's Hops and Deviant Wolfe, plus there is a taproom called Celery City with a fantastic selection beers, local and not local. Further south you have Hourglass brewing in Longwood and Orlando which is awesome and makes really good sto

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