ajgagnon

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  1. Wife didn’t make it back from her business trip in time so I took the kids for pizza anyway. So as karma, this happens at 6:00 pm. (I joke, she was happy I made the kids happy) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. What fun would it be without vintages to worry about in addition to rolling, storage, and provenance? I just like them when they are ‘on’ and appreciate that brands stick with regional tobacco and processing to stay true to their nature. The rest is up to the angels! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I don’t think I’m anal about coffee, but my daily routine starts with walking downstairs in the dark and switching on my Elektra Microcasa a Leva, preferably without speaking or being spoken to, and making a good old espresso from beans roasted locally by an old Polish craftsman. Funny thing is that it doesn’t taste anything like the espresso they make from the same beans in their shop... my machine seems to have lower temp and pressure and I love what comes out. I’m not a chaser of God Shots, but like cigars, I sure love the magic moments that I get to experience. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I’m partial to wines like that but I have to say it’s got to be a bit of a tough pairing. Lots of jam and tannin could be part of the youth you were experiencing. Just a thought. In the end, I’m a firm believer that you smoke and drink what you want! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Yeah, it was something like 50+ cigars. We made sure to help him out. The only thing was that some of them seem to have been rolled shortly after he or his wife put on the perfume. Clearly the home blend! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. The farmers often smoke some rustic cigars. I once had a groundskeeper give me a bale of cigars that were half long and half short filler. He said just smoke half! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Try the Ron Allones Specially Selected or Partagas 898. Or, milder, a Punch Punch. Or a Por Larranaga Petit Corona (bold). As said above, The Partagas P2 is also amazing. So many great choices. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Those little Punch half coronas are amazing. Maybe not the mildest, but awesome and small. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. PL seems to punch above its weight. Takes days for the aftertaste to fade, but probably my favourite cc brand.
  10. Along with a civilized Monte #1 Good break from the screaming kids!
  11. Awesome. Think your tastebuds will be shot by the end, but don't let that slow you down!
  12. I think it's great to have the right to soil a ballot, and if that's what someone wants to do, that's great. However, if anyone doesn't show up to vote, I think they should have their tongue stapled until the next election (no offense, Pres). In fact, I feel better about it because it shows up in the stats as a F-U. On the flip side, I think there should be some screen for voters, whether based on education or something. How can a vote based on unfounded opinion be worth the same as one that's rooted in reality?
  13. My home town! Welcome! Been in Calgary for 20 years but still not a Calgarian.
  14. Interesting. If you have ever seen a torcedor at work, they often place the leaves in the hand, rip bits off and replace them while in a loose bunch before rolling the bunch into a roll (mostly for evenness, but maybe to focus the different tobaccos to different places in the cigar). I can imagine sometimes that might get a bit exaggerated. I had my first Punch Punch the other day and it was a bit like that too, come to think of it. I got refined Cuban twang with little smoke, leading to woody, aromatic, apricot, etc and normal smoke volume. Just awesome.
  15. I have experienced it, and it's not fun. In fact, I would like to see studies that look into the hormone interactions/implications it may cause. Many of the women I know who were exposed reported having spontaneous periods.
  16. That's what criollo and broadleaf are all about. Besides the main categories, I think the strains are considered proprietary information.
  17. Haven't they changed the seed pretty dramatically over the last 15-20 years? I thought the transition from criollo (sp?) to '99 to other hybrids might have had something to do with it too.
  18. Listen, fancy GR and regionals are novelty cigars in my books, even if some of them sound sublime. Just can't touch them due to price. I can't even justify Lanceros mostly, even though I love them. I'm mostly stuck in petit corona/corona territory with some belis, the odd robusto, etc. Two kids, short of time, humidor space etc. However, I am drooling over some Punch Punch and may scrape up some coin soon. I agree that I expect a cc to be a reliable, damn good experience. I have patience because I appreciate all the steps and hard work that goes into making cigars, but if the price creeps up, the satisfaction has to deliver. Like Piggy, I don't want my choice to smoke a cigar to come with pain and torment. And I wish I could try more vitolas and 'special' cigars. I have never had a Sir Winston (let alone GR or 520 etc), mostly because of the price, and that makes me sad because it sounds like a wonderful regular production smoke.
  19. Prez thinks of every angle to serve us better. Brilliant pusher, uh, I mean service. Seriously, he helps us become knowledgeable, picks great stock, provides a place to hide the booty, and will even help liquidate if the terms of life demand it so. Best way to keep aged stock is to stick around here. It will happen on it's own.

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