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1 hour ago, SigmundChurchill said:

I’m smoking a Monte Maltes in the garage tonight.  It isn’t that cold out, but just had in 2 5000 btu heaters installed in the garage, so I wanted to test them out.

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The ceilings are 15 feet high, so I was a little worried when I saw the size of these units, but they seem to be working really well.

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It is way to high to use the built-in thermostats, so I had 2 thermostats installed on the wall to control them.

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Between the heaters and the 2 iqAir filters, I should be good to go for winter smoking.  I should have done this years ago.

Those electric heaters are awesome. I have had one in the garage stall I walked off and made into my woodworking shop. Keeps the temp above the dew point so none of my cast iron tools rust at all. They are workhorses. 
 

enjoy the warm garage

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I’m celebrating my 10 year old daughter making the travel basketball team.  We got the email this morning. They only pick 10 girls and there is no participation trophy, you either make the team or you don't.  She wanted it so bad, and even though she had no doubts that she would make it, I was really nervous.  Not because I didn't think she was good enough.  I do.  But I was worried about it being political.  A lot of other fathers participate in the league, but since I work so much, I cant.  Also, what if she had an off day at the tryouts?
Anyway, I wanted to smoke some good cigars today.
I started with a Siglo VI, early this morning, before we even got the email, because I always smoke a Siglo VI at the end of a 24 hour shift.  Then I moved on to some other good stuff.
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2014 Monte 2 on the way to the golf course.
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Novedosos 
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80th
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Congrats to your daughter Elliot.


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11 hours ago, SigmundChurchill said:

The Siglo VI.

But, full disclosure, I could smoke Siglo VI’s all day, if they weren’t so expensive.  I love them.  

I really enjoyed all 4 cigars though.  I hate to pick just one because they were really all top notch cigars.

It appears to me you do smoke Siglo VI all day... you're either smoking a beautiful cohiba or at the golf course, I want to live that way....I might have to start buying more Cohiba! ha, keep it up, and enjoy the last leg of golf season

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17 hours ago, Wookie said:

I haven't found any Illusione cigars that wow me.  For me they largely seem to have that sort of bread, blandish flavor. Decent but not great cigars for me.

That was kind of my experience with this one. I like Nicaraguans every once in awhile, and this one started off strong, but overall wasn’t any better than a good Olivia v Melanio which I found it similar to and costs more.

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On 10/23/2019 at 6:37 PM, Nekhyludov said:

BRE DIC 18 Connie B. I think these are gonna be a pass for me going forward.

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What did you taste or did not taste?

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3 hours ago, JohnS said:

For me, these have what El Pres describes as an egg and butter Brioche soft bread flavour and texture to them. I've found that they also have a little cedar and ginger and/or toffee sweetness. The wrappers tends to be silky smooth and a consistent lighter colorado claro to claro wrapper shade on them.

I am still astounded by how much in demand these are, but yes, the reason for this is because the hype is indeed justified.

I must confess, in being a long time QDO fan, i'm not surprised in the least. I think the real biting point was that the last Imperiales and the 2015-16 Coronas really lifted their nose up on the appearance of the wrappers. They always had the flavour.....but then they started to look the part also.

To me when you line up the flavour profiles of Cohiba and QDO alongside one another:

Cohiba,    Honey, Hay, Citrus, Lemongrass, Butter, Cream, 

QDO,       Orange rind, Brioche, Anise, Cedar, Cream, Oats, 

To me the second list, not only sounds more indulgent, but also more intriguing.      I know I'm a bit down on Cohiba, but I think the majority are realising they can get something better, or equal to Cohiba, for less than half the price.     When you put it like that, it's not wonder people go bananas.

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