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Everything posted by bundwallah

  1. I'm looking for a way to preserve/save cigars I have smoked as a memento. Sort of how some restaurants preserve their dishes for display in their window. Does anyone know what they use? Is it shellac? Varnish? I want to be able to seal it in otherwise it will just be a smelly old cigar and not a keepsake.
  2. Nice photos. The stogies look suspect. You better send 'em to me for inspection. But seriously. Excellent cigars the SD4's. They just get better over time. Mine are a little over 2 years old. Very rich in flavour, lots of dimension to the cigar. Never boring. A true classic.
  3. Yes $100 is a bit much. But considering that folks on this board are chasing down Cohiba GR's and the new Behikes above that price point its not too crazy. For me, the Davidoff's represent something that is never going to be made again.. a Davidoff cigar made with 100% Cuban tobacco that ceased to be made in 1991. Getting one of these is like smoking a piece of history. And I enjoyed every puff. My No1's are from 1970 and they are delicious. I did a video review. I just need to get off my lazy ass and edit it down to something usable. Cigars are luxury items to a degree. I might never chase down a Behike but these Davidoff's really piqued my curiousity.
  4. Yes. I have several. MSG me and I can tell you where. They're worth every penny. I smoked a No 1 recently and have a couple of No 2's, Dom Perignon and a Chateau Margaux...
  5. Haven't had the "pleasure"...yet! As restrictive as Toronto/Ontario's anti-smoking laws are I light up my stogies at the two places I do know that support it and my backyard deck. So I haven't had my first confrontation with the Tobacco Police yet. When I do, I will tell them to **** off nicely and if they want it out it they'll have to buy it from me and it will cost them $100. And even then, I wouldn't do it. Oh and great clip. Thanks!
  6. Great link! Just what I've been looking for!! Thanks!
  7. I find that Port or Cognac goes well with most cigars. Typically I try to pair the cigars strength to the drink. For me, strong cigar = milder drink. You don't want them to overpower each other. They should complement. Also, for aged cigars, champagne goes well. It helps clean your palate and enjoy the subtle flavours of an older cigar.
  8. Sort of a FOHCC (Friends Of Habanos Canadian Contingent) ? I'd be up for something like that. There are a few places in Toronto I can recommend that have nice patios and encourage cigar smoking. There are a few other Ontarians on this board too. Maybe we should start a thread, see who is interested?
  9. One of my best friends got me into cigars, Habanos especially and we see/saw back and forth from our places as spots to enjoy a cigar. Once a while we'll hit trendy rooftop patios in Toronto's ritzy Yorkville neighbourhood. I have several friends that indulge once in a while. And on a road trip to Montreal for a hockey game two winters ago, my brother surprised me telling me that he smokes cigars a few times a year. We stopped off at cigar lounge there and he walked into the humidor and asked me what I recommended. I expected him to drink while the rest of us smoked. And just recently, to celebrate his birthday I had him over for a stogie. A nice Monty 4. He dropped a casual hint to my wife that for next year's birthday gift he'd like a small humidor with some cigars. (This year I bought him a case of wine, so it works budget wise and it gives me one more person to enjoy cigars with.) My wife is an ex cigarette smoker, who quit 10 years before we met through hypnotism. So I've tried to keep this hobby out of her face for fears of re-igniting her old habit. Much to my relief, her willpower to resists cigarettes is strong. However, once is a while she partakes in a RyJ Purito. So I keep those in stock for her. A couple of good friends of mine smoke when we go to the cottage for a week. I supply the stogies and they gladly pay their way. I'll toss in a few Fonseca Delicias or Por Larranaga Panetellas for free but for bigger gauge cigars, they pony up the $'s or supply some top shelf Port, Cognac or Scotch. One of them used to live in Miami and he speaks fondly of the cigar culture there. As big a city as Toronto is, cigar lovers are really spread thin. Anti-smoking laws make it impossible to setup lounges, which due to our climate shortens the smoking season. There is no way I will ever step outside in the winter to rush through a cigar. I'd rather wait until spring when I can really enjoy it. Though this January we did have some uncommon balmy weather. About 12C, so I opened the garage door, setup a few chairs and enjoyed one then with my friend while a warm misty rain fell.
  10. An article on the rise of cigar smoking in England, despite new anti-smoking laws. http://www.newsweek.com/2010/07/23/smoked-out.html My favourite quote from the article. “There is a strong distinction between cigarette smokers and cigar smokers,” says Freeman. “What we hear from bars and restaurants is that cigar smokers are civilized people who spend money and spend time.”
  11. Sounds interesting. For about $3 I get this. And its' not bad either. http://www.perfume.com/cuba-paris/cuba-gold/men-cologne
  12. Fantastic! Great place to enjoy some find food, wine and especially cigars! Thanks for sharing. Excuse me while I go plan my trip to Italy. Can't wait to go there again!
  13. My favourite Cohiba!! The Lancero is a great smoke. Great pictures and review.
  14. I love the idea! What you listed sounds like a great start. Being able to download it would be great. Though it you air it in Oz prime time I would technically be watching a show from the future.
  15. Thanks for the review! I just picked up a box of these. Letting them rest for now. Very hard to resist smoking one out of the box. So far this cigar has reviewed very well.
  16. I've been storing a couple of Cuban Davidoff No 1's for quite some time now. Yesterday my friend and I made a night out of smoking them. The cigars are from 1970 and I must say, I am impressed! People that have reviewed them have either praised their virtues or were disappointed to end up with a musty dry smoke. I am happy to report that mine were out of this world. 1st third Started off smooth with immaculate burn. Subtle tastes of cedar/leather. By the end of the 1st third it really started to come alive. 2nd Third. Tobacco toastiness started to come alive. Dry walnut tastes, more leather, light coffee. The burn was still beautiful. Of note was the ash. It was white and "light". It fell on to me without warning and pretty much turned to dust. Nonetheless it was good for 1.25 inches of ash at a time. 3rd Third. The cigar gradually got stronger. Adding some coffee ground notes, wood, pecan/walnut flavours. I had to take off the band and keep going. It was that good and when dealing with such a cigar artifact, you have to give it the respect it deserves and see it through. Good or bad. Fortunately, it was more than good. Conclusion. Expensive. But cheaper than CGR. I've never smoked a CGR but I felt I got my money's worth by smoking a little piece of Cuban cigar history. These babies will never be made again and the supply is dwindling rather quickly. I feel I was very fortunate that mine tasted so damn good. My friend also smoked his to the nub. Overall smoking time was a little over an hour. The draw was smooth. Lots of cool smoke. Worth every penny. Sidenote: I filmed our Davidoff adventure. With the right editing I'll see if I can churn out a video review. We paired the cigars with a bottle of Pol Roger Champagne. Which was just wonderful and complemented this fine cigar. Cheers. BW
  17. Hmm.. smoke fine cigars and drink wine for a living and retire? That equation does not seem right. It's too bad. I enjoyed his insight on the Cuban market and a bit on the wine side too. Sure, I found him to be a bit pompous at times but overall he seemed to enjoy what he did and shared his thoughts with us eloquently. I must admit I'm curious as to why he'd retire. I did find an article with a bit more info. http://www.decanter.com/news/news.php?id=300137
  18. For me, Cohiba Lanceros are fantastic smokes. A nice non-Cuban Lancero is the Casa Fernandez. Great price, very flavourful.
  19. So for those of you that have smoked the CGR's and Siglio VI's with some regularity. Is it really worth the 5x price differential? (roughly $30 vs $150)
  20. Greetings fellow Torontonian. Welcome to FOB. You'll like it here. I'm in the same boat, due to our climate I smoke when the weather is nice. With most of Fall/Winter being what it is in Toronto, that leaves precious few opportunities. Sounds like you have the same bug I do. And that is starting with just a few Cubans and then watching that collection grow exponentially. Enjoy the hobby, but be wary of cigars in the Caribbean not purchased within Cuba. There are plenty of fakes. At the very least, they'll still be enjoyable cigars, but they might not be Cuban. Over time, you'll learn of good sources that are legit. LCDH purchases can really hit your bank account hard. Don't mean to be a downer, just some friendly advice. And once again...welcome!
  21. Nice review. i have a box of these. Great little cigars! Very underrated and relatively unknown.
  22. Welcome from Toronto. Home of the current G20 debacle. Pray this never comes to your town.
  23. I sense a trend. Next up. All photos of Hitler will have his mustache removed and the swastikas on his uniform will be replaced with Hello Kitty buttons. (hmmm..I just might fire up Photoshop when I get home and try it.)

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