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  1. So cigars are the new fortune cookie?
  2. Mine works well down to about 50°F. Thinking about getting a 2nd unit for 40°F days. Added some 5% roller blinds to the deck this year to provide some additional wind break too.
  3. I have the single stack. Have been debating about the twin, but I already go through propane super fast on a single. EDIT: Oh yeah, a standard milk crate fits a standard bottle really well. Makes the tank/heater much more stable. Just in case anyone else is using.
  4. I tend to drift in and out of cigar forums (as evidenced by my year and half break here), but I do love even the passing interactions of trades, bombs, splits, and passes. The only "hands-off" drawer in my humidor holds all the cigars I've received from others. The cigar I'm reviewing today is from the very first bomb I ever received that included a CC. Technically, it is also the very first CC I've ever owned. I don't know the box code or it's age, just the date I received it (11/21/13). At the time it was a unicorn to me (like pretty much all CC), so I hid it away to savor the anticipation. Since then I've smoked several CC, but still never a Trinidad Fundadores. While I know these are old hat to many, it is something that I've been holding on to for far too long. Feels a bit tight near the foot, so let the cigar sit on my counter for a few hours since I never dry box (too much planning). Most of it feels mildly springy, so fingers crossed. The humidity was ~63RH when pulled from the humidor. According to WU it is 60°F and 28% outside as I get ready to light this up. Scissor cut just above the cap lines. Prelight, it smells VERY mild. Hint of cinnamon, but it’s so light it may just be my imagination. I’m starting to worry I may have hoarded it too long. Cold draw flavor is similarly mild. Just a hint of green tea. Upon first light, it’s missing the “wow puff”. When I take that first puff on a cigar after slowly toasting the foot, I usually experience a fantastic mix of flavors. It’s one of my favorite parts of smoking a cigar. Even crappy cigars tend to have a “wow puff” for me. The fact that it’s missing here is not a good sign. First Third Starting out, the draw is perfect. My concern about it being plugged is happily unfounded. Surprising amount of smoke. Definitely heavy compared to most of the cigars in my rotation. Very mild start, aroma mild as well. Dominant flavor of shortbread biscuit and woody, but have to really fight to find it. A bit of a musty burnt grass pops in and out. Flavors are almost non-existent and I find myself retrohaling on every puff to find them. Occasional sweetness on retro, but I’m definitely worried it is too old and lost it’s flavor. Middle Third Strength of flavor picking up, mostly of toasted tobacco. Shortbread flavor gone. Noticing a heavier amount of oils coating the throat than I get with most of the cigars I smoke. Maybe from all the retrohaling. Started to tunnel a bit at the dense spot requiring a touch up. Other than that, burn has been pretty even. Sweet cedar sneaking in some nice flavor. Still, super mild and I feel like I’m working to find flavors. Final Third Sweet cedar picking up, tinge of cinnamon on retro comes and goes. Sweet cedar is dominant, and while nice, it is still way too mild. Bit of a musky sweetness creeps in and develops into a creamy sweetness. Hands down the strongest and best flavor so far. Really is a great flavor. Unfortunately I’m at the end of the cigar. 3 out of 5 -- Smokeable, but disappointing Smoking time was a little over an hour and a half. Construction wise, the mild tunneling between the first and second third was the only issue and corrected easily. The rest of the time it burned very well. No cracking or bursting. Overall, I’m really kicking myself for sitting on this so long. That final “goodbye” flavor was fantastic. If there had been more of that and more pronounced flavors earlier on I’m sure this would have been a great cigar. The flashes of what it probably was 5 years ago makes me really regret having hoarded this. I’ll have to pick up some fresher examples to try again. I didn’t nub, but it was pleasant enough to take to the band.
  5. lol I've never had any of the upper market Cohibas, so I'm hesitant to spend that kind of money on a box. I did buy a box of HQ CoRo and Sig IV a couple years ago from our host that I plan to crack next summer when they hit 5 years, but they were considerably cheaper than the current prices. I have a Sig VI single from my very first purchase from our host that I keep forgetting about. Still, the only Cohiba I've ever smoked is the Sig II. Wow. I'm just realizing that I probably shouldn't get a vote until I try more. Guess I'll start watching for some 24:24 non-Cohibas in my wheelhouse that also offer 5/6 packs of Cohibas!
  6. I've always preferred smoking 2 or 3 smaller vitolas in a session than one larger 2 hour smoke, so the Sig II is definitely my preferred Cohiba. I am deeper on the them than any other brand PC/minutos, but don't smoke them nearly as often as PLPC, BPC, ElP, etc. Basically I'm cheap, so the Sig II fits my occasional splurge.
  7. I usually squish the boveda packs inbetween the foam and the sides of the case. Takes up less room and seems more evenly distributing.
  8. Just slightly smaller, but cheaper and pre-built... I got mine from cbid for ~$20 several years ago. Just checked and they actually have a few units up...
  9. So I guess I would consider myself a light smoker at ~1 cigar a day.
  10. Por Larranaga 5ta Avenida last October. Super raw straight from the vendor's humidor, shouldn't have bothered. Only bought 5 and will not be touching the other 4 for 3+ years.

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