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  1. As long as it meets this proverb, it's a good coffee: "Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love"
  2. After 18 months away from Havana I was again able to go for a few days with a small group of the cigar gang here in Toronto. This seems like a good opportunity to provide a quick update and also include a few photos from the trip. The photos are mix of phone and DSLR, so the quality will be different. The colour/lighting/exposure are based on my preferences so that may not appeal to some. Considering the weather we've been having in Toronto it was an excellent reason to get away. Here's what I was leaving behind on the day of the flight to Varadero from the back of the cab: I thought for sure that the flight would be delayed quite a bit but as luck would have it we only took off 2 hours past the scheduled time. Of course leaving on an afternoon flight to Varadero with a two hour bus ride to Havana meant we would not make it to the hotel until late Wednesday/early Thursday. But, that's no matter when the thought of Havana beckoned. We got into the hotel around 12:30-1:00am. Check in, drop off bags and head straight to the back of the Nacional for a quick night cap. The next day i got up early, had a quick breakfast and again headed out to the back for the first morning smoke of the day - can never get enough of this place: First smoke all done, the rest of the gang started to stumble out into the 30 degree (celsius) heat (sorry all, that's up to the attendees to post their own photos). We had to figure out what our day was going to shape up to be like, cigars then shopping, shopping then cigars or shopping cigars and food or some other combination. We decided to have a couple of more cigars at the back then head out to the old city to visit Conde de Villanueva. That is a Reynaldo custom sublime - great cigar. That done we decided to walk around a bit and head over to the Partagas store. It's sometimes nice to get there when there's no festival going on to get the fill of the place, and that we did. We almost had the back room to ourselves. A nice small cigar (sorry no photos, and I can't remember what I smoked) and an espresso rested us well from the heavy workout we had with walking over from the Conde to Partagas. Quick update; neither Conde nor Partagas had anything other than regular production cigars. This was true of most everywhere we went. After the walking trip around the old city what could we do but head back to the Nacional for more smoking before dinner. Again, not many photos of this as I was too busy blissing out on the cigars and cocktails. When dinner time came we headed out to La Guarida: (sorry about the cutoff fidel quote, I was too busy trying to get the flag into the frame and missed) And of course, after dinner back to the Nacional for more, you guessed it, cigars (and some music): (like the cut off head?) Onto Friday. The big day. Rent a car and go cigar shop hopping. First up Melia Cohiba for a quick look at the humidor, all regular production. We then went to Club Habana to pick up some customs there (and I found the first stack of 50 cab Punch DCs. Of course I had to get one). Then onto El Aljibe for some chicken. Too busy eating to take photos (mainly). Popped into the shop there, not much to see. After lunch we headed over to 5y16, again mainly regular production but there we a couple of boxes of Libertadors there. After that onto Comodoro for some puntillas and talk to Alex for a few minutes. Then onto Melia Habana for some coffee - a few more Punch DC 50 cabs here too. Then back at the Nacional for a quick drop off the cigars/coffee, and of course another cigar. Then off to Terazza for an early dinner and then back to the Nacional for a cigar and some more music (are you noticing a pattern here?). The next day was a bit lighter with most of our time spent at the Nacional, but we did make a jaunt out to Parc Centrale for lunch as well as a quick stop off at the Cohiba Atmosphere lounge to check out the stock there. The Cohiba Atmosphere was the only place we saw the Monte Maltes and Dumas together, as well as the only place that had an open box of Cohiba Esplendidos @ 50% markup though (32 CUC). Which reminds me, for the first time in a long time there were many more Cohibas in Havana than the last few trips I made in 2016/17 - Robustos, I, II, III, IV, V and VI could be found in most places. There was one shop that had three pack Esplendidos but I forget which one. As for the Monte 1935 line, there were some Dumas at a few spots. Nacional had four boxes of the Maltes, but they were gone within a day. No Leyenda in any shops in Havana. The last bit of the trip was pretty uneventful. Just lounged around the Nacional mainly. Monday (March 4) was the end of the trip so we headed back to Varadero for the flight back to Toronto. What could the trip be without walking around the airport to check the cigar wares there? There were a few boxes each of the Monte 1935s - Dumas, Maltes and Leyenda. There was a lone box of Cohiba Talisman at one of the counters. And, there were boxes and boxes and boxes of the Punch 2017 - Regios de Punch - LE in the main humidor at the airport. Here are the final batch of random photos from the trip as well as the haul I brought back (the same as the one posted in the Cuban Haul thread).
  3. ebhead

    Share your Cuban haul

    Yeah. There were about 8-10 boxes across various shops. Club Habano, Melia Habano and one or two others I can’t remember had them. Can’t remember the full code off hand but it was Jul 18
  4. ebhead

    Share your Cuban haul

    From this past weekend. Hoping to do a quick write up and photo posting on the weekend.
  5. Going back to the original release date, there was a 2017 stamped Talisman box at the Varadero airport on Monday when I went through there. A buddy pointed it out to me. Picked it up, looked at the box and put it right back down again, thinking, I can find better. Sure enough, I did.
  6. Just got back from Havana yesterday and 50s were to be found everywhere, both 10 and 25 counts. Not so the 54s, nowhere to be seen.
  7. ebhead

    Cuban Hotel Star Ratings

    One flush? My toilet didn't even work in one of the rooms...felt bad about leaving gifts for the cleaning staff every morning. But, what can one do?
  8. ebhead

    Cuban Hotel Star Ratings

    Would a -5 star count? At least the water ran, in a trickle.
  9. Here's my current bike, well, my first bike (Honda Rebel 300 - 2018), as recently got my level 1 licence and am still a learner...under powered a bit at the start but once she gets going i never want to get off. And, as is my incongruous nature I ride the bike wearing a HD jacket.
  10. if you're going to Cuba specifically, not only have the above mentioned items handy, do not, I repeat, do not forget to take toilet paper (or any sort of wipe) with you...and if you have a spare one that you don't mind carrying along (😂), a toilet seat might help as well - I've seen many stalls where the seat is not actually present while in Havana.
  11. I should be good to go....
  12. Crom; so grant me one request. Grant me revenge! And if you do not listen, then to hell with you!
  13. They were the cabs of RASS. There were a few boxes of them without in a couple of spots last fall.
  14. As mentioned above, a soapy flavour. That was not pleasant. I've also had Turkish Coffee flavour specifically in the Monte 4 once. I'm still searching to get the flavour again. I guess I should mention that I had polished off a half bottle of Wyborowa vodka before lighting up the monte, so that could have done some psychosomatic wonders to my palate.
  15. Yes, I buy them to smoke them. Sometimes I will let some go to close friends but only at cost.

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