ironpeddler

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  1. I'm down at the Jersey Shore in Toms River...and my son & I would definitely travel North for a herf. If we get too far into the Summer, on weekends the traffic for us is incredibly congested...especially going North on Sundays as the beach crowd is headed home. Saturdays would be a better travel day....but we're up for it if we're available on the day picked. If we pick a place without food, I'm sure Sanj in Bloomfield would host us, he has a nice shop (Sanj's Smoke Shop on Broad St.) with a new backyard setup that includes a grill for us to BBQ while there. If it's a possibility LMK and I'll give him a ring and ask. ~Gary
  2. Remember that movie where the Father buys that little furry animal for his kid and the guy selling it tells him not to feed it after midnight or get it wet? After they turned into little monsters...it looks like one of them. Or a really bizarre inbred cat.
  3. Another log on the fire of the mold/plume debate. In my time smoking cigars, I've only come across two examples that could remotely been considered plume that I have physically touched. On one of them, I took a thin point Xacto blade and a jeweler's loupe and knocked off a few crystals that were spaced throughout the cigar...no concentrated areas of whatever this was anywhere on the cigar. There was very little in the way of a mark on the wrapper once we scraped a few off. We had no microscope to further view this crystalline entity. They were sort of a amber-ish white in color...and to me, they reminded me of a brown sugar crystal...but super tiny....and not white-white by any means. This was over 20 years ago and the cigars were about 20+yo at that time...so we're talking criollo/corojo tobacco. Since then, all I've ever seen was mold....and I have been in a few private high end humidors in my day both here in the US and abroad. This will get VERY interesting as the sample size grows over time. To those of us in the US, we should also look to find non-Cuban cigars for further testing if said cigar is touted to have plume. It makes no difference where the tobacco originates from...if it's mold, it's mold. If it's plume...let's verify it's composition. Great start fellas...thank you for doing this for the entire cigar community at large.
  4. Also, one would think that after the devastating hurricanes that have ravaged the island of Cuba the last 6-7 years that they would have rebuilt the aging and storage buildings to withstand such storms in the future.
  5. Just worked now...May 12th. Thanks gentlemen! ETA: I ordered this on Friday morning from NJ and I received it following Monday morning via California using the free shipping option. Great service! It has a nice feel of quality to it...and the barbs are very sharp. I think being able to actually remove a small amount of tobacco from the tight area of the cigar versus just pushing the leaves around with a long nail seems like the way to go. Not that we need this every day, but it looks like it will come in handy once in a while.
  6. Unfortunately this seems to be the rule rather than the exception these days....same as it was in 1996-1997 when we saw so many flawed cigars mixed in to each box.
  7. Before the cigar boom that was pretty much how it was...the people I knew that were cigar smokers had a 'cigar identity' based on the cigar they smoked. Each of my Uncles smoked one brand of cigar in one size. Period. If you shared a cigar with one of them and didn't have one of your own, they handed you their signature cigar. I remember their friends by what they smoked. The men that smoked the thin Cuban Davidoffs were the fancy guys. The churchill smokers were the big shots. Men that smoked the corona sized sticks seemed to also be cigarette smokers. I was a rebel, when I started smoking during college I smoked TWO different cigars...the Monti #2 and the RyJ Churchill....then I changed the Monti to the Boli BBF in the early 90s after I had kids and less time to smoke and pretty much designated the churchill to special occasions and BBQs. When I was a kid and tagged along with my Uncles as they conducted business around town, occasionally I would see a 'cigar collector' with a walk in humidor that a bunch of different brands and sizes. But that was the exception to the rule....not like today where many of us buy more cigars than we smoke. Back in the day before the wide spread use of air conditioning, the cigars would be on the counter of cigars shops...very little in the way of large humidors. In the Winter months they would have steam from the boilers streaming into the shop from the ceiling. And all the cigar salesmen wore shirts & ties in the warmer months and suits in the Winter. What Piggy is inferring I attribute it more to the excessive ways we embraced in the 80s that help fuel the cigar boom of the 90s. If a little is good, a lot is BETTER. The CC landscape is so different now...as well are the prices.
  8. La Escepión Selectos Finos 2011 Italian RE. The closest tasting cigar to the Cuban cigars I smoked in the 70s, 80s, 90s. It took me on a trip back in time in just a few puffs.
  9. The bottom line is this. The fact that you've chosen to smoke CC instead of cigars made elsewhere around the world, that means long term storage. Once you head in this direction, these things fill up quickly with cigars you won't be smoking for quite some time. Yes, some will smoke well upon arrival or after a short time, but for the most part, you'll be aging a large number of boxes. As a long time CC smoker, I age about 60-80 boxes at any given time....and that's not that many. As they dwindle down in each box, those get banded with box codes and moved to a singles drawer...then more boxes are purchased. Our humidors are like living, breathing entities that evolve over time like we do...and it also reflects how your taste change over time as well. You may go through months where you prefer smoking fuller bodied cigars and during those times you may buy more of that flavor profile. Then there may be times when you desire more of a lighter, medium bodied smoke over many months...if that's the case, you may purchase more of that profile cigar. All these changes in your preferences will be reflected many years later as your cigars age and come into their own. Also, please consider your commitment to smoking cigars. Is this something you see yourself doing 5, 10, 20 years from now? As a kid growing up in a family of CC smokers, I saw it as inevitable that I would smoke them. It was more than just rolled up tobacco leaves, it represented family, friends, and good times for as long as I could remember. Some of my friends liked my cigars, would smoke with me for some time until they got into them, only to bail on smoking them 7-8 years later because of family pressure of smoking in general. If you're already a seasoned smoker and know this is something you'll enjoy until your last breath, go bigger. If you're not sure, stick with the smaller one...you can always either sell it and upgrade to a larger one...or just buy a second one. So keep all this in mind as you ponder whether to go larger.
  10. An '07 cab of PLPC...they were awful from day one and still are to this day. You know when you smoke a young cigar you can taste the potential of aging? I never got that impression early on and let my better judgement be damned as I kept them thinking they would improve. I break a few out periodically as a joke with my buddies as to how bad a cigar can taste. I still have this one box in my humidor as a reminder to toss crappy cigars when I get that impression again. Not to mention, to have a horrible tasting cigar rent valuable space in our humidors is flat out wrong!
  11. Thank you for the info, I'll check it out. I've had my Aristocrat for over 15 years of flawless operation....the single issue I had was with the original 'set-it-and-forget-it' controller. I chose to buy the new control unit versus having the original re-calibrated. Bob does make a nice humidor...you'll enjoy it for many years to come.
  12. If I may ask, to what is that app connected?
  13. Well gentlemen, it's been over a year now and was wondering if these have calmed down a bit more to the point of enjoyment. The one I was gifted was brutal and unsmokeable.

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