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  1. I did a similar FOH tournament like this in 2019 and the Sir Winnie won so i'm not surprised by the results
  2. A certain Doctor on this forum who is a lover of siglo VI and Esmeralda's is probably in the mix. 😅 Good luck to all. I'm gonna feel guilty when I crack into my box eventually lol oh well.
  3. I'm not sure if i'm ready to see Ken in his underwear in VR....LOLL
  4. From what I heard if there's any on the shelves they are snapped up very quickly. Tough to find.
  5. I started my cigar journey with only NCs very few tickled me too many pepper bombs that were so off putting. The moment i started getting quarter boxes here and sampling CCs I knew this was it. Like others here have said i'm done buying Cohiba and Trini which is a shame because those are def 2 of my top 5 marcas. I can't control what HSA does so I will adapt. I have enough for about 10-12 years might get stretched with kids on the horizon. I think NCs have a golden opportunity...make something comparable to CC combined with the NC consistency in construction and I can switch over but I don't think it will happen. If NCs could they would have already done it. I expect that I will be smoking the more value CC brands....currently having an awesome JL2....also the choix supreme is heavily under-rated. There's options. I'm also curious to try farm rolls like @Corylax18 suggested. That's a wise approach. HSA will soon realize that the CC market isn't a perfectly inelastic demand curve i.e. they can't hike all they want. We will just have to adapt gents.
  6. I have been WFH for the last 2+ years....I enjoy it and get more done. I'm also at a stage of my career where I'm not looking to advance higher up and don't feel the need to "network" and play the corporate game. There have been days where I'm dealing with personal matters that if I was in the office I would have just gone home and got nothing done. Instead by being home and increase flexibility I can manage those situations and still work when I can getting more work done overall so KPIs would be up. I think WFH works but not for all job environments or points in your career. For me it works. I expect long-term my job to be a hybrid....most likely 3 days at home and 2 in the office
  7. ASR SEP 19 Has been excellent wished i had for a 25 count and not the 10 count box. Very impressed.....they are flavourful and are not muted at all. I don't expect much more evolution at this point. They should be good I think 7-10 years before they taper's definitely a lighter cigar so i expect its window to be shorter.
  8. LOLLL Siglo 1 - 775Euros ....Box of Sir Winnies 667 Euros....that makes sooo much sense. They are out to lunch
  9. This is how Oracle of Bijan won the blind cigar competition ...Prez cracked the code
  10. Imagine getting this paint job done and realizing your Aston Martin is worth 3 boxes of siglo VI.
  11. First Q'Dorsay I've ever had. It's from a 10 count box I procured a couple years ago. It's from box code ARS SEP 19. I've had good luck with this box code / factory, quite a bit of my stock is from ARS. I remember when I got the box the cigars had a very pronounced sheen/oil on them. I find that there's a higher probability of it being a good smoke when I see those lovely oils. I would say it's my biggest indicator I will choose a box for purchase more so than the shade of the wrapper i.e. darker vs lighter wrapper. I could be wrong but the way I see it is that those oils turn into flavour when given time to rest. What do you look for when buying cigars? Definitely a medium-bodied cigar with no rough edges. Smooth smoke, getting that almondy/nutty sweetness that I get from a good Connie A. A bit of cream you get from certain Hoyos and finally hints of toasted tobacco. Very pleasurable smoke. Pairing it with a great bottle of Port I procured in Toronto a couple of weeks ago at the flag ship LCBO store. Here in Canada/Ontario alcohol is state controlled and sold at LCBOs, finding good Port can be challenging at times. This from 98 has been excellent, a pleasant sweetness that's not overpowering with dried fruit being the prominent flavour. Great construction with the cigar self correcting itself, not needing any touch ups. Long ashes. No need to join Ken's class on lighting a cigar loll Overall verdict is a very solid 93. If it had cranked up the sweetness it could have been a 95. When this cigar came out it got a bunch of hype but then it kind of slowed down. I wouldn't sleep on them, a 10 count is worth getting to see if it tickles your fancy. I'm curious to try the QDO 50, the 50 ring gauge is ideal but the cigar is shorter than I would like. In an ideal world I would have the QDO 54 length but the QDO 50 ring gauge. What have your Q'Do experiences been like?
  12. Agreed my friend either that or i'm selling all of my trini and cohiba stock and buying a yacht!
  13. Me being optimistic is that Habanos SA realize their mistake when sales plummet in 2-3 years and they change their plan.
  14. Been in this hobby for 10 years and this is definitely the lowest point for the community i have seen. I will say it on behalf of all of us when I say F$C%!!! Me! Let's hope things turn around.
  15. I'd ilke to say it's the first time i've seen Ken in his undies but it's not.....Ken an amateur nudist 🤣✌️
  16. @Tstew75 you're in the area right?
  17. John always appreciate your insight. Your posts are always full of on the ground knowledge. Thanks for sharing.
  18. This moronic strategy will cause many LCDHs and other cigar shops close. Habanos SA will see in 2-3 years that this pricing strategy was a poor decision.....try to revert things but it will be too late those businesses won't come back and retail side will be F$CK3D. Want to see what continuous price increases do? Go check the Netflix stock price dropping 25-30% in one day last week. Longer-term what this means is that online retailers and a handful of elite LCDH will survive. For those who can visit Cuba buying on the island will become even more critical for the hobby. Locally in Canada this means in my opinion the death of Cigars buying from retailers forever....the plain packaging laws combined with these insane price increases on top of already crazy prices it's done. Terrible news.
  19. Sir Winnies have disappeared sadly...have a couple would like a some more!
  20. Love PCs and love the's a go too of mine. It's reliable it's solid smoke...won't wow me but I know it won't disappoint either.
  21. I'm all about the detailed inventory....that also keeps a running tab of the average score out of 100 for the cigars I have smoked from that box...finally some high-level tasting notes.
  22. Got a 50 cab from 2017....great smoke. I definitely dig them.

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