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Hello botl and sotl,

Thank you for having me.  I have to admit that I have been lurking for years.  I figured it was time to come out of the shadows.

I first began smoking cigars back in '91.  I still remember my first cigar: a Bances.  I loved those tubed cigars and used to actively seek them out.  I graduated to a pipe in '93 and still enjoy the odd puff, but it tends to be more in the wintertime.

In early 2002 a friend introduced me to the world of online cigar purchases.  I made a few purchases from Uncle Mikey's and then I was introduced to a few online Cuban suppliers.  I quickly fell down the rabbit hole ordering desktop humidor after desktop humidor to store all the cigars I was ordering.  I quickly realized that this wasn't practical and have been rocking the coolerdors ever since.  I'm jam packed right now but I'm happy to report that the walkin humidor is coming this year.  

I purchased $10k worth of Cuban cigars for the first few years, smoking everything almost as fast as I was ordering.  It took the birth of my daughter to slow down.  But like you all know, you can slow down but not ever completely get away from your vice and hobby.

I only smoke Cuban cigars now and usually one a day.  Weekends are when I'll have multiple cigars.  

I'm sitting on the Andaman Sea and I thought this would be a great time to make my first post.  I'm enjoying a Hoyo Epi #2 as I write this post.  JW Marriott has always allowed me to order to the hotel so that I can collect my purchases for my holidays.  Upon arrival here in Thailand, I had HU Mag 46's, Monte Medio Coro's, PSD4's, Punch Punches, Hoyo Epi Especial, and Hoyo Epi #2's, waiting for me.  I grabbed a bottle of Highland Park Einar on the way through Hong Kong and I enjoy a cigar and scotch every night.  ...love holiday time.  Who doesn't!?!

I love scouring tobacco shops while on holiday for gems.  I found some old SLR Petite Coronas in Aix-en-Province last year and promptly bought them all.  My favourite cigar ever was a Cuban Davidoff Mille Series 1000 that I smoked at JJ Fox in London.  It was complete perfection.  Feel free to visit my reviews at http://www.cigars-review.org/users/cookj1.htm .  I try to use this website so I can keep track of everything I smoke but there are many missing entries.  Duplicate entries are only made when there's a difference from a previously smoked cigar.

On a personal level, I'm from Vancouver, Canada.  I came to Canada at the youthful age of 6 months old :huh:, from Perth, Australia.  I'm married and have a 9 year old daughter.  I'm a currency trader and I'm over 16 years into my career.  I have a Norwich Terrier whom I love to death, named Eddie after the lead singer of Pearl Jam.  I am a proud and staunch supporter of Tottenham Hotspur.  Don't hold that against me.  My great grandmother lived a few blocks from White Hart Lane.  My family is from the area and I was born into it, just like my daughter. :D

To me, life is family, cigars, fine drinks, and the friends that make it all so worthwhile.  I hope you all smoke in good health and have the ability to enjoy all that life has to offer.

Thank you again for having me.  Feel free to reach out anytime.

Jay

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Very nice introduction,welcome to the FoH forum and happy smokes:cigar:

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You've been going through some great cigars over the years. Welcome to FoH (officially), hope your posting will even greater than the lurking!

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Welcome to FOH.   Like you, I lurked around here for quite some time and just joined.  My cc journey is not nearly as far along as yours, but I look forward to the ride!

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2 hours ago, hoyopr said:

Sounds like Life is Good Jay, nice to see you here.

Cheers Randy

Hey Randy!  You still on HB?

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23 hours ago, cookj1 said:

Hey Randy!  You still on HB?

Yes there and here are about it and still occasionally will post a review on cigar review.

 

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