MrGlass

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  1. And here is the instruction sheet from a different (but similar) model. "fill with good grade gasoline" made me laugh.
  2. They look like bots. The responses are typically only vaguely related to the topic, and often have external links embedded within the response text.
  3. Regular cigars can still be high end to you. My cab of 2015 Por Larranaga Petit Coronas are amongst what I consider my high end sticks. The most special cigar in my collection is the last Des Dieux from the first box of Cubans I ever bought, above all the other signficantly more expensive cigars in my collection.
  4. I have a bunch of reward sticks that I put aside for when I managed to do a series of specific trapeze tricks. Now that my rig is closed, I'll need to reassess those goals. Monte A has become a staple at New Years Eve for me. Apart from that, I usually reach for the older/more expensive sticks if there is something to celebrate.
  5. Two of their cigar offerings. Those bands look strangely familiar.
  6. Fun fact - after this comic, the term "thagomizer" was adopted by palaeontologists as the informal anatomical term for the spike arrangment on the tail of a Stegosaurus, which previously had no distinct name.
  7. I bought a few singles of these earlier this year as it had been quite a while since I had one. The cigar had a firm draw, and the opening third was just crazy. Nutmeg and cloves, slightly sweetened black tea, straight black tea, pure cream, espresso martini, espresso with cream - the cigar just jumped from one to the next, sometimes lasting a few minutes before moving on, other times only lasting for a few draws. The middle third was a similar story. Salted cream, savour, light cream with spices, cream increasing in intensity. The final third was a bit of a mess and let the cigar down overall. From the start, the cigar required a few touch ups to correct a wonky burn, but the burn issues became more of an issue in the final third and the cigar had to be relit a few times. Flavour wise, there was salt, cream and spices, but it was all a bit muddied and nowhere near as enjoyable. No cigar triggers memories for me as strongly as this cigar. This story starts on May 2, 2009 - the night I nearly died and the catalyst for my cigar journey. On this night, I was out in the city with a friend and we were walking home. We stopped to talk with a girl who was stumbling behind us, as we thought she might have mistook us for her friends. As I was handing her a card she dropped on the ground, she started to fall and I caught her. Next thing I knew, I was being thrown through the glass shop front window we were standing in front of. Two guys who were nearby helped me out of the window, looked at me, and suggested I lie down. It sounded like a good idea. I knew my left hand had been cut badly by the broken glass, but what I didn't realise was that a two foot shard had gone through my chest and was still hanging there. Police and paramedics arrived pretty quickly, but it took them a while to figure out how to move me. After arriving at hospital, the doctors spent the next few hours working out how to safely extract the piece of glass. The glass had pierced my armpit, and came out the centre of my chest, but amazingly had stayed outside of my ribcage. The guy who attacked me was the boyfriend of a friend of that girl. He fled, but came back to see what had happened when someone spotted him and the police arrested him. The CCTV footage showed it was an unprovoked attack - he simply came charging in out of nowhere and threw me against that window twice. The second throw sent me through. I had always been interested in trying Cuban cigars, simply due to the mystique surrounding them. But it was always something I was going to get to eventually. I had tried a few cigars at this point, non-Cubans predominately but never anything special. But this experience was a trigger to finally do something about this. So a few months after the attack, we were heading away for a family weekend, and I decided to pick up a few proper Cuban cigars to take with me. There was a coffee and cigar shop in South Brisbane - the Paladar Fumior Salon, and I went in looking to pick up the three cigars I had decided on. While Fil didn't have those cigars, he picked three alternatives for me, then asked if there was any particular occasion I was celebrating. I said "being alive I suppose". Confused, he asked for more details, and I told him the story of what had happened. He was taken aback, then asked if I was in any rush. When I said no, he made me a coffee, told me to take it out the back, and he'd be with me in a few minutes. I sat outside, enjoyed my coffee, and got ready to leave when Fil came out with two Epicure No. 2's and said "Nick, I'd like to buy you a cigar." And together, we sat there and smoked a cigar together, in what became the first of many during our friendship. He has always said that that was the only time he ever gave a cigar away to a stranger. That Epicure No. 2 was absolutely fantastic and I still remember how overwhelmingly sweet and creamy it was. I've been chasing that dragon ever since. The other cigars that I bought that day simply paled in comparison, as I approached them with the expectation they would be just as impressive as that Epicure No. 2. When I got back, I went back to that shop and bought another Epicure No. 2, which was the last of that particular box and just as impressive. This cigar will always hold a special place in my heart. Every time I think of them, it takes me back to the start of my cigar journey, that afternoon I spent with Fil and all the friends and experiences this led to. But they also inevitably take me back to that night as well. I don't smoke many of these anymore. I've tried repeatedly over the years, but none of them have ever lived up to that first one. Tonight's example showed promise from the start, but it's hard to compete with a memory.
  8. Even in our office, I was essentially working remotely as we connect to a server in the US. Whether I do that from home or the office makes little difference. Moving forward, I won't be surprised if they make the decision not to renew our office lease this year. Unfortunately my apartment is quite small, so the working from home conditions aren't exactly ideal, but I am enjoying the commute.
  9. Vegas Robaina Don Alejandro 16 that I smoked for the Slot Machine Review Weekend on Monday. First one I've smoked in a long time, and an absolutely sensational experience.
  10. This cigar is from the 2017 Christmas sampler. The double corona in general has always held a very special place in my heart, as they were always my cigar of choice at the monthly social cigar nights that I took place in for the first 10 years of my cigar journey. While I don't get to smoke as many of them now as I used to, they never fail to bring back those fond memories. This particular cigar was a perfect example with a smooth, oily wrapper and a perfect draw. The cold draw was earthy with cocoa. On lighting, the cigar opened with toasted tobacco which straight away transitioned into an earthy mess of mushrooms and chocolate. Throughout the first third, the mushroom became more pronounced. The cigar really lent itself towards being smoked extremely slowly, and any change from this pace quickly introduced bitter notes. Going into the middle third, the earthiness came through much stronger, along with chocolate notes that constantly drifted in and out. The final third kept those earthy notes, but chocolate started to become much more pronounced. Overall, this was an absolutely fantastic cigar, and one of the best cigars I have smoked all year. All throughout this cigar, all I could think of was how disappointing it is that this cigar has been discontinued. Given how time poor everyone is these days, it's not surprising that the double corona has fallen out of favour - this cigar took me 2:40 to complete. But boy did it make for a special afternoon, and I'm glad I took the the time to really let it shine.
  11. I kind of regret not picking this up when I was transiting through Johannesburg, but I was already at my allowance with gin. The original purple party shooter. A great tasting alcohol, caffeine and taurine party starter! 750ml 24% ALC/Vol - $10AUD
  12. 07 Cohiba Robusto with Johnnie Walker XR 21. Last year, I wrote a list of personal goals I had, and cigars assigned to those goals. Last weekend, I finally managed to hit the first two of those goals. This cigar is celebrating taking my double tuck out of safety lines on the flying trapeze. For a hobbyist flyer, this is a pretty major milestone, before you begin to factor that I did this two days before my 35th birthday. It's time to celebrate.
  13. The vast majority of the time I'm alone. When I first started, I was part of a group that met on the first Wednesday of each month for a social cigar night. But when that shop closed three years ago, those nights stopped as well and everybody drifted apart. These days I try to make it out to the deck when I can, but these visits are less often than I would like.
  14. Your question reminded me of this post from Ray a couple of years ago on his technique for dealing with tunneling:
  15. I have a hard enough time cracking regular boxes. They just look so pretty when they're whole.
  16. From the article: "As a bonus, the inside of each band has a fortune that comes courtesy of snarky brand mascot Mr. Punch." Fortunes were also included on the back of the Punch Egg Roll bands and included: Age is a high price to pay for maturity You are cleverly disguised as a responsible adult Hard work will pay off in the future. Laziness will pay off now. Gimmicky box aside, it's nice to see a long skinny.
  17. Like many others here, my fiancée will often take a puff or two of whatever I'm smoking, but isn't really interested in a cigar of her own. Generally speaking, she prefers something milder. The single Cohiba Secretos I tried seemed to stand out as a favourite for her.
  18. I smoked a Magnum 56 back in November for a review weekend and it was one of the best cigars I had of 2019. I'm not dissapointed with how I invested my tax return that year.
  19. I end up with three Christmas celebrations for family, in-laws and friends, and each one ends up with a different rough plan. Family: We are holding my family Christmas on Saturday, and I will likely start with something big like a Ramon Allones Gigantes in the morning before my brothers arrive with their various young children, and a La Fuerza for the afternoon/evening when they have (finally) left. In-laws: Christmas day itself (along with the days before and after) will be spent with the in-laws. My cigar smoking is an unspoken secret - they know of it but don't acknowledge it, and I don't mention it. No cigars. Friends: Christmas with friends will be on December 29, and the morning will definitely start with a Montecristo A, then a couple of cheaper sticks throughout the day which will all be smoked in a swimming pool.
  20. This cigar had a perfect draw and presented cookies immediately from the start. The smoke all through the first third was smooth and creamy, and all round fantastic. Going into the middle third, the cigar transitioned to shortbread, alternating between little pockets of sweetness and cream. It was only as it moved into the final third that the cigar began to show signs of its youth, with black coffee coming through, becoming stronger and more bitter towards the end. The final third was also the first time any burn issues presented, requiring a couple of touch ups to correct but nothing major. I have to say that this is a cigar that continues to impress me. They just perform so well from such a young age, they have become my go-to stick for those times when I can't be bothered playing the normal Cuban consistency game. I know the size probably puts some people off, but with that length I find it feels nicely proportioned and wouldn't change a thing. I just wish I had more of them.
  21. It's interesting to see that this list is nearly identical to the one you put up at the end of April:

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