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Everything posted by CoryOllis

  1. People don't age them because they can't afford to only smoke well aged Cubans. It's a damn shame and a waste of potential but that's reality fer ya.
  2. I just bought an '08 box of TEB RASCC that are fantastic. No contest compared to any other RASCC I've smoked.
  3. If it were me, I'd smoke the one on the left, assuming it even draws, to see if it tastes any good. It it's terrible, then I would dissect it. I've seen many dissected fakes and they don't do it for me.
  4. I suffer from a rare condition known as "compulsion cigaric", caused by a chemical alteration in the brain region of the cortex, which leads to smoking cigars several times a day to relieve the deep anguish that it causes.
  5. I assume you haven't tried many Cubans. The robusto sampler is $157 US. Not a bad cigar in the bunch. Take notes on each and determine what flavor profile you like. Then you MAY want to buy a box or two. Splitting a box with a friend is a good beginning strategy, too.
  6. I'm doing my part! Dalias, reyes, minutos, and coronitas are always in my rotation.
  7. Excellent critique, Wilkster! It's great to observe critical reading in these uncritical times. Steve
  8. Now you've done it! I'd almost forgotten that I'm out of BRCs, too.
  9. It could be straight forward, like you say. I have trusted vendors that have sent me SOME boxes with no bar code. They were fine.
  10. I agree, if the cigars are no longer available at retailers. Otherwise, it should be simple comparison shopping.
  11. I was pleasantly surprised by an '08 PL Beli Extra RE. A marvelous cigar! Lisa was very patient as I vacillated between, "I think I'll get the Belis instead of the Encantos" then "Maybe I should wait for the Encantos" and finally, realizing I had trapped myself, "I've decided to get them both!" Thanks, Lisa, for putting up with my waffling ways! Steve
  12. I find the Epi #2s are more affected by hydration factors than some. Too moist and it kills the flavor. Do you store at 65%? If so, try dry-boxing at a somewhat lower RH. Of course, age will help, too.
  13. Burroughs might have made Guinness as most subversive but it was a time of stretching limits for the USA and he was part of that history. He's got some good quotes, too! “Most of the trouble in this world has been caused by folks who can't mind their own business, because they have no business of their own to mind, any more than a smallpox virus has.†“Be just and if you can't be just, be arbitrary.â€
  14. Two comments: I set mine up by throwing two pounds of beads in a 120 qt. Igloo. Done! Works fine but disorganized and some boxes on the bottom are harder to get out. I WISH I had bought the cooler with slots built in that allow shelving to be inserted. This allows you to set the coolerdor on end so you have easier access.
  15. Welcome to FOH! Lot's of good stuff here.
  16. Welcome to FOH! You're really diving in, which is great. Have fun!
  17. 05 and 06 were great years for many brands. I have yet to have a better PSP2 than an '05.

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