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  1. I had a box of Upmann PCs once, IIRC bought in Dubai APT in the 2000s. Good but nothing to mourn too much compared with other discontinued smokes.
  2. Sadly it is like buying fine wine, it never gets cheaper.
  3. I love smoking DCs when given the chance. These days laptop is usually in hand, there is work to do, but it is so much nicer to have one of the great Cuban cigars of the world to help one's day along. It is a woody / creamy smoke with a lovely mouthfeel, beautifully balanced and a touch under medium bodied for the first half and becoming medium to medium full and right on full at the finale. Really perfect.
  4. No idea because I would never buy a box. I do look at the price of individual sticks and trinis and cohibas are mostlty in the £40s, £50s and £60s. I think I saw a Siglo VI yesterday for around £60 / £65. Also saw wider RG Trinis in the £40s which these days seems to be reasonable value if we adjust to the new price point. In December last year I managed to get 3 CoRo from a UK airport duty free for about £80 which was good value I think. They were nice sticks and the last box.
  5. Wonder if Rob and his cigar mogul mates can get together and pull some HSA strings and revive the Partagas Serie du Connoisseur... 🙄 * *Except the way things are going, could any of us afford it 😒 !!
  6. Prices are not too bad right now in London, at least for singles, yet I have heard that there will be a Q3 price rise here in the UK, so maybe enjoy this temporary period of price alignment. We are used to paying the premium (or not!). Mention this as I smoke a Monte Especial in the sampling lounge at JJ Fox (cue their sole remaining box to fly off the shelves - even for £800!). At £34.50 it was worth the premium to sample. I like the lanceros format, but never found Fundadores do it for me, Monte Especial's - I am not sure either - I am still chasing the fading dream of the Partagas Serie du Connoisseur no.1...
  7. Hi Ken Hope you are keeping well. An all star line up there. Who supplies the wines? Is it BYO? Also what's the general view on Burgundy in light of ever increasing prices? Are folks in AUS still buying EP in the same way? Best G
  8. I have three boxes of cigars in my desktop. Upmann Monarchs (47RG) so just flies under PSD4(50RG) BBF (52RG - but I always snip at maybe 42/44RG
  9. If a cigar is too nicotine light, chew a nicorette at the same time!
  10. Killer nicotine hits I can remember included a young siglo ii (almost unsmokeable). I think a lot depends upon what you have eaten. With a full belly and a whisky or two my tolerance and enjoyment is very different to smoking on an empty stomach.
  11. My local B&M in central London charges a £tenner - no need for me to patronize them. I get mine online in volume from a well known vendor.
  12. 50 in the humi and 25 en route. To those who have uncountable quantities, what is your overall long term strategy? Smoke some of them (all might never happen) /sell / leave to persons named in your will ?
  13. Ken, it is a fun read, but let's face it, Adam Voges is ancient and can't have that much cricket left in him, and lots of his scores - especially his biggest, were scored against below-par sides such as the Windies. Well done to him but if he could say get 50 tests under his belt (if his age allows) then the average would start to mean a bit more. If he was a serious no.2 to Bradman then he would have been selected far early in his career and gone on to properly stake his place amongst cricket's greatest.
  14. Maybe it was a show of "parenting bravado" so that the dad can show how much he cares and try to impress his other half. Either way misplaced and dangerous response from him letting off steam. People who get mad sometimes underestimate who they get mad with. My wife always tells me to back down in any situation, but does the aggressor have any idea what I can do if I go nuts!!!
  15. Just catching up with this thread, what a great read, and fantastic all behaved well despite opposing points of view. I wonder what Liz really thinks about "ruling" over so many peoples. In a way it doesn't matter and our (British) constitution doesn't allow for her to express her free thoughts anyway. But i think being from the generation that lived through World War II, she will know of the importance of the strong bonds of those who fought and died alongside each other and that it would seem a shame to chip away at it. That said that those strong historical bonds extend beyond the commonwealth as they bound Canadians Yanks Brits (think of D-Day) Oz as bros in arms, so do not require a monarch, but a common cause. I was at St Paul's Cathedral in London at Christmas and I was quite moved by the memorial to the Americans who fought in WWII and the book listing the names of all those who served and died and our gratitude etc. Never forgotten. Anyway Republic or not, i think those of us with Western Democratic ideals need to work more closely together as there is still pure evil out there requiring our common cause to defeat, namely today's Nazi's, the so-called "Islamic State".

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