Van55

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  1. The only Marevas that I would personally not buy are Montecristo #4. This is simply because, as the top selling Cuban cigar, they are made and distributed whether the tobacco for the best blend is available or not. Hence, they are inconsistent -- moreso than the less popular ones. If I had only one Marevas to buy, it would be the Por Larranaga, so long as I could age it adequately. Trini Reyes are not Marevas, but they are consistently excellent even when very young.
  2. I'm with others who wonder why in the world you want to smoke a Cuban cigar for this occasion when you find you don't much care for them. Stick to what you know you will like -- Tatuaje, Cabiguan etc. If you MUST smoke a Cuban cigar on your 40th, I strongly recommend the Bolivar Coronas Gigantes based on what you say you like and are looking for.
  3. Any vendor who would try to convince you that that is plume should b put out of business.
  4. I will be happy to embarrass myself again this year. Thanks Rob.
  5. Now THERE is a handsome pair! Nice to see mom and Dom.
  6. For me, they don't hold a candle to the Reyes or the Robusto T. Not bad, but not exceptional.
  7. Good question. And Ken.... did the cigar make your urine smell peculiar?
  8. Ah yes!!!!!! The famous leptokurtic negative skew. I would have guessed that immediately!
  9. KG has already posted his new year greeting in connection with his medical ills over Christmas. I want to post my own thread, though. So happy new year to each and every one of you. May 2012 be the best year for you ever! And may you keep every resolution you make (which is why I never make new years resolutions).
  10. One cannot help but conclude that the name of the organization was adopted with knowledge and aforethought what the acronym had to be. Thus, admonitions to the contrary notwithstanding, I think use of the acronym here is inevitable and excusable. I do like the Minnesota acronym very much.
  11. Anyone else lose the video at about 8:24?
  12. I'm not sure what causes the phenomenon, but opening the foil around a new box of Cazadores releases the most incredible aroma of Cuban cigars. Nothing like that smell. I'd buy a box just for that experience, but the cigars are good too. To my palate they're not as "strong" as they are reputed to be. I have smoked much stronger non-Cuban cigars.
  13. Oh. I should have told Rob thanks for reopening the Suckling DVD thread. I appreciate it and I think it was the right thing to do.
  14. Understood. But here are two questions for you or the Aussie lawyer members: 1. Is the owner of the internet website legally responsible for what members have posted (in the USA, the owner is generally not liable for members' statements) and 2. Is the same standard applied regardless of whether the subject of the defamatory statement is a public figure or an ordinary Joe? (I am not lobbying for any particular answer or "rule". I am just interested in whatever the answer may be.)

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