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  1. Hi Ken, I grew up in the UK near the chalk streams, and in the late 80’s I lusted after a sleek aluminium fly box with rounded corners and fancy wavy foam. Way out of my pay grade and the height of decadence. Then I grew up and started lusting after different things, and haven’t given one of those fly boxes a second thought until your post. And blow me down if I didn’t walk into a ye olde worlde hunting and fishing store today in northern Massachusetts on my way to a trout stream, and see the following… The Limited Edition Millenium Edition! Honestly, I think this came out before limited edition was invented. One added bonus was that the store was so old school that whenever they got inventory they slapped a price tag on it and that was that. Pre-inflation pricing. So I picked up this 23 yr old limited edition box for £20. And to be fair, the guy was happy to have sold it. Good fishing Ken, and anyone else out there who’s venturing out with a fly rod this weekend. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Awesome article, thanks for sharing Ken. Will be in Cambridgeshire for July; I should look those buggers up Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I’m a big fan and although I own a ton I don’t smoke them as often as I should as I guess I’m too busy trying other cigars. I should just stick to what I know and love! Currently got a few boxes on the go 09, 14, 16. Have a cab from 19 but haven’t cracked it yet, plus a few boxes from 21. Big fan of Hoyo DC’s and RAG. The Punch DC’s I’ve had were all unbelievably boring. Shame, as Punch Punch have long been a favourite of mine for 20 years. D4’s normally bolt out the door for me, but Lusis have a more elegant start. Most of my best cigar memories involve a Lusi - love at first sight, the lady loves milk tray in Havana, the Aperol Spritz disaster… Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. JL2 from 2016. Stonker! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Welcome! I’ve smoked more RyJ #1’s than I can count - my go to outside cigar. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Fishing in the Florida keys. Catching some bait fish with a net before going for tarpon Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Bloody hell, how sad. Legend Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Well you’ve come to the right place! Welcome Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I recently left Hong Kong for several months for the USA and didn’t bring any smokes with me. Had I been in Hong Kong I would have fired up the 1 remaining Lusi I have from a 1999 box I picked up with my Dad in Havana. I didn't know Mike well but did enjoy the interactions I did have with him, and very much respected his demeanour. So I found a 1964 Padron Maduro at a local store, a couple of milk stout beers, and went for a hike with an audio book - The Next 100 Years. It was during working hours, but thinking about the future counts as work for me, so off I went. I didn't think about the cigar too much as was too busy on the next 100 years, but I enjoyed it and being outside on a decent mountain with some sun and some beer. A couple of squirrels and chipmunks hoped in and out of site, and some sort of dramatic looking hawk wafted overhead. They seem to like circling overhead when I'm smoking in Hong Kong - I've always thought they are birds of good taste. Here's to our fallen friend and the contribution so many make to this thoughtful community. Best wishes all Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. How very sad. Sincere condolences to his family. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I’ve made mine into a huge Jenga tower in my office. Gives us something to play with once we’ve finished all the wine, jamon and cheese. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. After a run of wonky weather we woke up to a glorious day so I decided to take an Escudos for a spin late morning whilst doing a bit of work from the downstairs coffee shop. RyJ has always been my brand and “escudos dadda” is what my 2 year old says when she wants to say excuse me daddy, so I want to love the hell out of these smokes. The reality is perhaps a little less magical, but the sun’s out, WW3 hasn’t started yet, so let’s not get too hung up on details. Start - lit well, lovely smoke output, flavours kicked in straight off the bat - the honeymoon phase of this cigar. I was drinking some chai with this, not the Indian sweetened kind but the stuff from M&S. lots of sunlight, lots of wind, lots of work, not ideal but hey ho. The middle part got a bit thin and dry and frankly a bit disappointing. 7 year itch phase. Then the last third started getting downright sexy. Suspenders, twerking, some real body and grunt. Before I knew it I was burning my fingers and wondering where the time had gone. Overall 3 out of 5 on my strict 1 - 3 - 5 rating system (no 4’s or 2’s or half points). Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. These are pretty awesome cigars. Light and dusty in the way I remember my grandmother, the first few puffs had me thinking this was a 25 year old cigar. I was interrupted by a work call and stood under a banyan tree as it started to rain. Classic Partagas that turned a bit hot and bitter towards the end, or as someone said recent “walnut skin”. Quite dark ash. I saw a squirrel hopping along a branch of the banyan tree and tried to take a photo of it surrounded by a smoke ring, but it all proved a little much for me to pull off. 1st half 5/5. Second half 2/5. Setting 4/5 Photography F- Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. My wife only smokes BRC and despite my natural cynicism towards her protestations that she is always right, I find it difficult to fault her on most things, cigar choice included. I’ve bought quite a lot of BPC but haven’t smoked many. The blind #1 cigar was, for my palate, not very enjoyable. So the BRC for me. 80% of them time I’ve found them awesome. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. + another one. Here’s to a great weekend to you and everyone in your entourage! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. RyJ Exh 4 2013 - sadly a bit over filled and tannic. Followed by a 2019 Partagas Short, which was great! Nice to get some sun! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. I’m in! I’ve enjoyed losing 6 kg whilst gaining muscle mass over the past 5 months and am looking forward to keeping it going. Gyms in Hong Kong are currently closed whilst wine at home is not, so thanks for the extra motivation. [emoji41][emoji869] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. This cigar was a regular for me, reminds me of 15 years ago when I smoked a lot of them. That and RyJ Exh 3’s and 4’s. Usually in the evening with half a pint of Hoegaarden poured on top of half a pint of Guinness. I used to call that a Black on Blonde. Don’t Google it. This time it’s mid morning, getting some sun with some tea (M&S chai), reading through some paperwork outside. All good, easy draw, slightly slow/wet burn. Standard punch flavours. A touch bitter, a touch harsh at times, but it’s a young cigar. Overall - great to get out, wish there was more sunshine. Cigar was ok but not great. I’ll give it a C. Revisit in 2 years.

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