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  1. I was 17 if I remember rightly. I was an apprentice car mechanic at the time and the company I was working for was throwing a Christmas party at a hotel. One could still smoke indoors then. I was already on my way to youthful drunkenness when one of the directors, a twin who dressed like a Kray, offered to buy us all a drink. I stood next to him at the bar as he ordered. He decided to get himself a cigar, a decent one - I remember it costing £9 (this was probably in 2000) although I have no idea what it was other than to say it was Cuban. It was possibly an H. Upmann. I cheekily ask
  2. Completely understandable. Thanks for all you continue to do for us.
  3. Punch Punch picked up in a recent 24:24. I thoroughly enjoyed this cigar. It was a little milder than I expected but overall it was a satisfying smoke. The main characteristics I noticed were a very creamy, almost vanilla element accompanied by a prominent woodiness, a slight nuttiness and a background note of papaya which was very unexpected. A good 2hr smoke for me. I’m glad I have five more.
  4. Sure. I was just making the point that mold doesn’t automatically equal poison or danger. And in fact there is some evidence to suggest that in the vast majority of cases the white mold or fungus we see on cigars is not poisonous or otherwise harmful. I don’t know of a single case of someone being poisoned or harmed by a cigar with “plume”. I agree with everything else you wrote too. I don’t think it’s optimal either and would pick the cigar without it every time. But it really doesn’t bother me if it brushes off, which it always has every time I’ve seen it.
  5. I wanted to add something to this. I see a lot of people, definitely the majority of people posting on places like Reddit who link to this thread (without actually reading it, apparently) advising people to throw out perfectly good cigars because “it’s never plume, it’s always mould”. It’s madness. Habanos themselves make it clear that it’s mould, but the solution is to brush it off: “Prolonged wetness rots tobacco, but you are much more likely to encounter ‘bloom’. This is a white, powdery mould that occurs naturally on a Habano when it is subjected to a sudden increase i
  6. Monte 4 (2010 - these are top of my list for a reason) Juan Lopez Petit Corona (2011 I believe - sadly only a few left now) Por Larrañaga Panatelas (2012 - great on a Sunday morning with a coffee) Oliva Serie V Belicoso (2008 - they’re so smooth after all this time and I’m really enjoying them) Villiger Export Maduro (2018 - sorry I can’t help it, I love ‘em and they’re as cheap as chips. These humble little machine made cigars have become a staple. Swiss made with Cuban tobacco)
  7. I like petit coronas best. Marevas, minutos and perlas for me.
  8. I work in occupational health and drivers medicals, making everything run the way it needs to. Essentially I spend a large part of my week telling doctors what to do while getting paid a fraction of what they’re on. I arrange medical services for some of the major companies in logistics and public transport here in the UK. I also advise HGV, bus and taxi drivers about obtaining or renewing their licences. I have about 200 cigars at the moment, some more than 20 years old.
  9. I do. I see it beginning already tbh. Skinny and medium ring gauges seem to have a lot of fans posting on the interwebs.
  10. Cohiba Exquisitos from sometime between 2003-2005 to finish the day. It’s OK. Not spectacular but certainly a pleasant smoke. Mild, woody. Creamy with a fair bit of tang. Salty. Slightly metallic. Draw is a little loose. Possibly past it’s best I think.
  11. I don’t think these are fake. That’s my gut feeling based on the boxes of Monte 4s I was buying back then.
  12. “By 2030......will 60 + ring gauges be the norm?” Oh god, I really hope not. I’m not interested in anything over 50 RG… at most. I do think the fad will come to an end eventually. I don’t fully understand what’s driven it but I could speculate. It certainly isn’t quality of experience though.
  13. Smoked a well-aged Por Larrañaga Panetela this evening with the help of a PerfecDraw. Turned a wannabe disaster into a great smoke.

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