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  1. My QC was good... My first. From the xmas sampler. Pretty dang tasty.
  2. ‘Only the cigars that were released less than two years ago were eligible for selection.’ So most regular production is not eligible on their list. But the ones that they did roll out, should have been on the list like punch short de punch.
  3. So the MdT 6102R is out right now at Warped retailers. ~$13/stick or ~$1200-1300/box
  4. 2016 El Laguito PSD4. Warm before the storm. Getting one in before the cold and rain hits Enjoying the fall smokes. Most of the sticks are burning amazingly well for me.
  5. Box of Cohiba Espys, Lanceros, or Siglo IV. A walk-in humidor attached to a waterfront or mountain chalet home. (home included)
  6. City of Chicago has a quarantine/travel ban. https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/emergency-travel-order.html If you are coming in from 'red' state then you must quarantine 14 days. If you are coming from 'orange' state then you can get a Negative COVID test 72hr prior to arrival and you do not have to quarantine for 14 days. There is a monetary fine for the violation of these quarantine rules. There is also an exemption rule if you are deemed essential. Having said that, the city does not have the capacity/willingness to enforce these rules. ( if you are dealing with a government entity, these rules may apply.) You cannot eat indoors in IL. There are places with outdoor seating but its kinda cold and windy and spotty as to places which have outdoor seating. You may get take out, get food delivered, etc., so you will have no problem getting food that is already made. I don't think there is a curfew that I know of. On the website, Iwan Ries in the loop seems to have their lounge open. I have not looked into other cigar lounges lately.
  7. The Onion is the only news I trust. Their headlines are way ahead of the game.
  8. Lucked into getting some discontinued SLR DC. Love my Serie A and I also love my DC’s so expectation was high. Cold draw: Oaky aged tobacco. Firm draw. First third was Cream, coffee, and baking spice. Very crisp flavors. However was missing the stone fruit that I was expecting with SLR marca, specifically from the Serie As that I’ve smoked. Burning quite nice, a bit slanted ash but no touch ups were necessary up to this point. Second third was now Charred Wood and spiced cake. The wood flavor was taking over. Last third was more Wood, with hints of coffee and cream. Some floral notes in the retrohale and would sometimes get the distinctive SLR stone fruit flavor but without the Sweetness. Towards the end, the wrapper was cracking and few touch ups were necessary but overall an enjoyable experience smoking my first SLR DC.
  9. I heard that Warped was re releasing the limited edition MdT 6102r, the one with the medio tiempo leaf. I had few of the original release and it was really good. My local tobacconist love it too before it sold out. It also came in a Cajon so buying a box was a bit pricey.
  10. Got theses year and half ago from the host. Got a half box of PSP offer and had a few within the first six months....and they were a bit rough in terms of flavors. Haven’t smoked any of these since and was looking to smoke cigars with sweet chocolate flavor profile. So here I am trying to see if these settled down. Wasn’t prepared to write a review but this was an enjoyable smoke and wanted to praise it. My recollections were that these used to be darker in wrapper color but again it’s my recollection and that’s not saying much. I prefer lighter wrappers because I associate montes with lighter to be closer to milk chocolate and a bit more sweeter profile, so these were a tad darker than what I prefer. I think it goes without saying but, can’t judge a cigar only by the wrapper. Construction is good and I used a v-cut. The pull is just right and didn’t notice any specific tastes in the cold draw. I also didn’t notice anything special in terms of aroma at cold. But once I lit it, the smoke arising from the foot was heavenly. Very aromatic and not harsh at all to sting the olfactory senses. First third consisted of semi sweet chocolate, not overwhelming, but enough sweetness for me to scratch the initial itch I had when I decided to pull this stick. This is what I like about the #2. Second third got a little more dry in terms of sweetness and tasted more like bitter chocolate. But this only happenEd for about half an inch and the sweetness returned. I particularly noticed the retrohale here to have a spicy undertone. Last third was the continuation of the first third with the body building a bit but still on the medium full side. Also adding some coffee notes as well. The retrohale now has a floral component without any spiciness. Only the last inch showed a bit of elbows but I think these are turning the corner now. A little touch up with the torch here and there but it smoked well, no tunneling or having to relight. Been having rains for the past week and this was a nice addition to a gorgeous fall sunny day.
  11. My guess is Heat and Scarface (1983) is gonna be in the top 2.
  12. The A team miami vice X-Files The Simpsons Walker Texas Ranger married with children And so much more... it dawned on me that I watched too much TV back in the day. Probably have a shadow behind where I used to sit to watch tv at my parents house.
  13. I listen to podcasts more than music now. 1) JRE... I like the comedic guest episodes more than anything else. 2) This American life. 3) the Daily by The NY Times 4) Serial 5) freakanomics radio 6) Kill Tony... open mic comedians get one minute spots and the panel critiques the set. Since the pandemic tho, it’s just been with the panel Talking and not the same. 7) Radiolab 8 Behind the bastards... talks about worlds worst people. 9) Ari Shaffir’s skeptic tank...good conversations with interesting people and topics 10) The Legion of Skanks. Raunchy comedy.
  14. After my first Serie A from a box pass, I’ve been on the hunt for them and was lucky enough to have the winning bid on the FOH Auction. The price was comparable to what I had seen on the secondary market so I felt very lucky. Even more lucky that every single one I’ve smoked has been stellar; construction, burn, and flavor wise. Punch cut to find the draw to be my liking with a slight barnyard. 1st third: wood, cream, and a floral note at first. Then after a 3/4 of an inch in, the sweet sweet stone fruit made its appearance. This was the flavor profile that got me hooked on these treats. 2nd third: tangy stone fruit and spicy wood on the retrohale. It was a back and forth with tangy stone fruit, cream, and wood. Last 3rd: The stone fruit had disappeared and it was mainly a wood flavor profile but that of an oak cask that had been used to age whiskey. The construction, burn and flavor development was great. Razor sharp burn and consistent flavors from the previous sticks from the box. Enjoyed the ride and will savior every single stick left in the box. 93/94.
  15. Mini polar vortex on the way so a bit chilly but this stick is burning the house down.
  16. The most memorable RASS was from the blind tasting pack a few years back. I got the stewed fruit flavor but based on the size (closest to Hermoso #4), I thought that it was the SLR Regio. Should have trusted my palate. A few other RASS here and there from box passes and they all had hints of the stewed fruit but they were all pre 2016. However I never got around to buying any until recently. I bought a 1/4 of 50 cab PSP grade RASS that was advertised as a 2019 box. Great looking wrappers with sheen and aroma to boot, but lacked the flavor in question when I fired up a few. I hope it develops the flavor profile as it ages. Currently smoking a Gigantes from 2018 with a lilting of stewed fruit finally.
  17. I love the stewed fruit profile of Ramon Allones. But most of the RASS or other RA vitolas for that matter has not scratched that itch recently. The Silver Jubilee came close but it was brief. Only box that consistently delivered was the Superiors from an DEC 2016 box. Chasing the dragon since.

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