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    Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui, Aotearoa

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  1. Ah interesting. That would explain the reaction to plugged cigars on review sites. Mind you when you're smoking a 4" by 64rg cigar, what do you expect!?!
  2. ... in halfwheel / NC reviewing? do you mean to say wind tunnel cigars get A++ marks for smoke delivery on these websites? or just that NCs have a large proportion of wind tunnels
  3. There is a game called Tropico - you get to be the dictator and choose how to rip the people off, take the bribes from overseas multinationals, and imprison activists etc...
  4. I agree. The NC market tends to be novelty-driven, full-bodied cigar-centric, and construction flaws are not acceptable. Halfwheel reflects that and that's fine with me. Helps to keep NC smokers away from my habanos for one. Well that and the prohibition, may it live forever and ever, amen. 😉 Also it is absolutely fair to knock cuban cigars for bad construction, that's why we shop at Czars right? Similarly, I don't like 7" 60rg nicotine bombs, but love your mild cedar-y cuban tobacco, totally accept that is a matter of taste. if I feel like an NC excursion I may well che
  5. I bought a box of Mag48 ELs, maybe off you Rob, that was about 3-4 years old and it was a cracker, lots of sweet cocoa. So i bought another one a year later, still good but around 6 years of age they lost their vigour. I think the Bolivar Gold Medals hung around for a few years... great young, tasted of tinned peaches from memory !, but lost everything within 3 years
  6. Just realised, this is what i'd be thinking:
  7. sent this printed on a card to my brother with a bunch of cigars before day 1 of our Covid lockdown last year ...
  8. I doubt these all come up for reasonable pricing or in some cases can be found at all ... not enough research ... but I enjoyed boxes of these over a decade (as in yes i had a box and carefully took 5 to 10 years to smoke my way through them, because they had that potential in them) La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or no.1 Vegas Robaina Clasicos Trinidad Fundadores Partagas Serie du Connaisseur no.1 Le Hoyo des Dieux Punch Royal Selection no.11 Sancho Panza Bachilleres In any case, I'd prefer a box young and age my way through them again over a decade.
  9. Thanks for sharing Nino, entertaining, full of ironies, and of course a touch sad - this is how you do hostile takeover, in any semi-corrupt country, "phone a friend!" ... and also, what a great house! almost as nice as Boris Johnson's apartment?? 😉
  10. Going back in time to early 2000s for two of the best epic multiseason narrative arc series that havent yet been mentioned: - Battlestar Galactica (scifi - leading lady just popped up in Mandalorian) - Deadwood (best western tv series of all time)
  11. Thanks for posting, the last box i had of JL no1s some years ago definitely had graham cracker/vanilla sugariness for the first 18 months of its life, big clouds of white smoke, just beautiful. Possibly had nicer wrappers though. After that it lost the sweetness altogether and turned to cedar, more complex but pretty typical as cubans go and less satisfying. So ymmv but that's my tip, maybe leave for 2-3 months and see if it softens the 2nd half, but beware that rare sweetness may soon depart forever... enjoy!
  12. lies and damn statistics - i'm in between. if it's really cold or i'm hungry after a few beers, ok, otherwise i'll pass on them. i'm sure someone somewhere makes high quality ones, better than the usual stodge they chuck around at sports stadiums, but i've yet to taste an HQ!
  13. This will not help the rest of us that don't have those boxes, but... I hosted a poker game just before we went into lockdown here, kicked off with cocktails, then lit up a couple of cigars to go with some whiskies during the game (in other words, a lot of noise and interference for your palate). Including a Bolivar special edition small torpedo, not bad, forget the name (or who cares, as the mighty Pigfish would say, "Friends don't let friends smoke E.L.s...") My friend then pulled out a Cohiba Secretos from a box I sourced from Czars for his wedding about 7 years ago... There was s
  14. Front Rowers Around the World, you're in luck , if you want it to they can programme for it to keep going on your face. Prettify you into a poncy first five.
  15. i tend to miss that lecture... i'm always careful to arrive too late for it.

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