Cigar Surgeon

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  1. Pretty easy to calculate using this: http://cigarduties.ca Enjoy, but be warned: not for people with heart conditions.
  2. In Calgary we haven't seen a sharp rise in restaurant pricing, but we've definitely witnessed a sharp rise in the price of everything at the grocery store. Alberta is a major beef producer, and yet finding steak under $22/kg is a rare sight. Our utility bills are through the roof. I just did our taxes and same usage year over year both electricity and gas are up 18%. My wages are lagging well behind the cost of inflation the past two years. And don't even get me started on gas, again despite the fact Alberta is a major producer and refiner of gas.
  3. That was some of the best flying I've seen to date; right up to the part where you got killed. At the time this movie was a game changer. We had never seen fighter jets represented on the big screen with such 'realism'. As a movie, it's a B-, maybe a C+, but at the time it was an A-. The amount of time they spend at Top Gun school was fantastic. The sequences setting up the relationship with Goose and Maverick before the Top Gun school were fantastic.
  4. We review a lot of cigars to get down to a top 25 list, and the 5 gems at the top are typically substantial standouts. Pricing is a funny thing if you go by average score: And yet if you look at our top 5 for 2021, it goes 1-$12.00, 2-$12.00, 3-$8.00, 4-$9.00, and 5-$13.00. I typically find a sharp drop off in terms of dollar for flavor once you get over the $14.00 point.
  5. I do wonder if they "put off" a die hard Cuban cigar smoker, what the likelihood is that they would come back in the future, assuming pricing came back down to planet Earth.
  6. The new Tatuaje Cohete Reserva (broadleaf) and Capa Especial (Sumatras) are top 25 of 2022 material.
  7. Was looking over my notes on this one, I had: The Churchill and Robusto/Toro smoked very differently. The Churchill had that classic Davidoff mushroom note and it was far more subtle. The Robusto / Toro (which smoked very similar) was the preferred vitola for me.
  8. This is Alejandro Gonzalez Arias who was a fairly famous house roller at Hotel Comodoro and has recently departed Cuba to try his hand in the US. He's started his own NC brand, and this lounge project was one of his big achievements out of the gate. Really sad news but I'm confident he'll persevere.
  9. Alex posted that his brand new lounge was involved in a fire last night: https://www.instagram.com/p/CdMBN8BOhmP/ Truly sad news.
  10. Some of the best 3/4s of a movie I've ever watched.
  11. This one is fresh on my palate having smoked it last week. I would describe it as: if RyJ tried to do their version of a Cohiba. Medium minus, strong for a RyJ, balanced, complex, elegant.
  12. I prefer Police Story over The Killers but I suppose you wouldn't really call Police Story an 'action flick'.
  13. Surprised there hasn't been a discussion thread on the NFL draft. What are your thoughts on winners, losers, big draft surprises?
  14. It would. The non-traditional part of Drew Estate's business is the money maker, contrary to what a lot of people think. It would have a significant impact.

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