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  1. Went into a B&M today here in the Vancouver area to buy a stick and show some support. Owner said Cuban stock is hard to find as no one seems ready for plain packaging on the Cuban side. He did direct me to the NC side of the shop where about 50% of the stock was already communist compliant. Found it difficult to figure out what was what as the only identifier is small text on the band and I am not that familiar with the NC market. Sad state of affairs and appalling to see freedoms so easily forfeited but seems par for the course these days. As long as the message jives with your social ju
  2. Welcome to FOH! Love to see more Canadian representation. You will enjoy your stay here!
  3. Welcome to the community JC! Always great to see another Vancouverite on board.
  4. While some may view it as a negative, for me I think a real positive would be to see some countries, mine included, start to put more emphasis on re-growing their manufacturing sectors within their borders. I think we have all seen through this, that when you know what hits the fan, it is each country for itself. Don't really fault any country for this approach. However, globalization and things like just in time supply chains have gutted many countries of their abilities to manufacture the goods they need in a crisis. Items such as medical supplies and pharmaceuticals come to mind.
  5. You bring up a very good point of clarification. I meant Italian Sangiovese primarily from Tuscany. Like you, I have tried Sangiovese from some newer regions, even here in Canada and they bear no resemblance to the Tuscan grape. I find even Sangiovese grown in Southern Italy to be quite different and not in a way that suits my palate.
  6. Keep on trying as much as I can but my happy place is definitely Sangiovese. 100% works but I find it really sings with some Cabernet (Sauv or Franc) blended in. Tignanello would be my favourite expression but find as long as we are talking above 80% Sangiovese it will work for me! Finding the heavy oak many new world producers are favouring is not my cup of tea. Similar to cigars, I find I have a more 'old-world' palate.
  7. You think so? Do they put a lot of money into advertising in European or Asian markets today? I don't know either way but don't recall having seen much in terms of marketing material (print ads, videos, or other media) from Habanos out there.
  8. As someone whose palate greatly prefers CC's, I would agree with this from a pure quality/taste perspective that the list should be 75% cc or more. However as a businessman, I would likely say not so fast. This list is tied to advertising/revenue for the magazine so unless Habanos starts to pump massive advertising dollars towards CA in conjunction with the lifting of the embargo, I would not expect to see massive changes in the list make up. Now with that being said, I am different than many here, I don't bemoan CA for their approach here. At the end of the day, they are a for profit
  9. I've long given up trying to understand the actions of most governments but got to say the ban on internet sales seems like a real head scratcher even by their low standards. Got to think it is somewhat intended to prevent it from getting in the hands of the underaged, but as mentioned, there are so many proven ways to get around this. Alcohol, and here in Canada, marijuana would be items with similar restrictions which are all offered online with minimal issues. In fact, the marijuana trade is actually government controlled here and they themselves sell online. Absolutely detest big gover
  10. Just to add some salt to the wound, I saw some video from Monaco from a few years back. Hamilton is in the lead with Verstappen in hot pursuit. Hamilton loses it into a chicane, cuts it short and re-enters the track right in front of Max causing him to slow up and for Lewis to keep the lead. Surprise, surprise, no penalty given then. To be clear, that was the right decision back then but baffled why the same approach was not used today. FIA really dropped the ball today.
  11. Full disclosure, I am a Tifoso, so definitely open to bias. With that said, what an absolutely horrendous decision by the FIA. Complete robbery. Not just robbery of a win from Seb but more importantly, robbery from the fans and the sport. I was enjoying the best race of the year and those last twenty laps would have been absolutely epic, a true battle between two champions on one of the best tracks of the year. I would have obviously been pushing for a Ferrari win, but even if Hamilton managed a legit overtake, there is no doubt this would have a been an excellent spectacle for the sport.
  12. Wore New Balance exclusively for almost 20 years however about 3-4 years ago I noticed their quality fell off a cliff. They focused more on aesthetics and looks at the expense of the quality build they used to have. Switched to Brooks and am now onto my third pair and could not be happier. High quality, well, built shoes...what New Balance used to be. I wear the Glycerin line and highly recommend them as the cushioning is like nothing I have experienced in a runner. Definitely try a bunch and see what works best for you.
  13. Just wanted to take a second to say thanks to all who have weighed in on this topic. No doubt I can appreciate the frustration and feeling of ground hog day when the same questions and fallacies come up over and over but, rest assured, the time you take to respond is much appreciated and is certainly helpful in assisting us in gaining a better understanding of this critical component of protecting and enjoying this hobby. All the instructional videos on lighting and cutting a cigar certainly seem like overkill but delving into this desire to create a relatively stable, ideal RH environment fo
  14. Interesting post and something I have been giving some thought to for a while as well. I have been playing with the relative humidity calculator linked below. You put in a temperature and RH and it calculate the grams of H2O per kg of air. If we go on the assumption that the ultimate goal is to maintain a steady level of H20 in the air the RH needs to adjust as the temperature fluctuates. For example, if we put in 20 degrees Celsius and 65RH it calculates 9.6g/kg of water. Assuming that is the level we are aiming for and the temperature in the humidor drops to 17 degrees, the new required R

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