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  1. Agreed and think that it depends highly on the nature of the job. I'm sure everyone has had days where they were in the office for the whole day and having meeting after meeting but not actually getting things done. Wfh helps to prevent all that wasted time. On the other hand, being in the office helps with collaboration. Water cooler talk and office gossip is important and in fact helpful for employees to build better working relationships, spread casual information, maintain morale, etc. I think each job should have between 0-4 wfh days per week, depending on its nature. Also, if someone is not performing, they'd get a bad appraisal at the end of the period. Suggestions for improvement? Return to office. It wouldn't be forced, but if they don't take the suggestion and don't improve their performance, off they go!
  2. 9/10 for me. it is a boys' show, you know? the dreams, ambition, camaraderie, healthy competition, fighter jets, hitting on hot teachers, locker room talk, brotherhood .. did i already mention fighter jets? - lots of cringe in the conversations - action scenes are decent for a show in the 80s - great soundtrack maverick /ˈmav(ə)rɪk/ noun an unorthodox or independent-minded person.
  3. Are we talking continuous runs or will each batch be released seasonally?
  4. If it's something that I have plenty of, I don't try any and it just goes straight into storage. If it's something that I am buying to keep (expensive box of cohibas for example), I take one out into my dry box for tasting on my next "treat" day while the rest goes into storage If it's a cheap and cheerful I don't have that is supposed to go into my daily rotation, I have one straight away and go slow for the first 60 and rip into them after I generally find rott perfectly fine. However they then go to sleep for 30-60 days and then awake back up 🤷‍♂️ just my non scientific observation
  5. Are you serious now? I'm not gonna have any left by then?! On a serious note, I prefer the Maduro because I love all things dark chocolate. Bitter dark chocolate 🍫! One of the earliest sticks that got me intrigued in cigars was the monte grand edmundo '10 cause it was a full on bar of dark chocolate when young. I was slightly disappointed when it got more refined with age and that also took off the intensity of the dark chocolate
  6. Coming out of a 4 month lockdown in 2 days time. 5 guys and shake shack on deliveroo has been my saviors
  7. pretty much the gateway drug to regular smoking for me. Picked "woody" in the poll but usually it's more "cedar" actually. Do you like Hoyo dE Monterrey Epicure Number 2? Yes Where does it stand in the ranks of the other existing Robusto? (BRC/CORO/CX/D4/E4/SHC etal). I find that I can have it much more often on a regular basis whereas the others need a bit more of time in between .. it was pretty much the first cigar where I went "I can do this every day" Have you noticed a blend/flavour/body change over the years? If so, approximately when? Not exactly sure but I find it less creamy and more baking spice in recent batches. Probably in the past 2 years. It used to be 100% sweet cream How long does it take you to smoke an epicure number 2? 1 hour min and if I'm taking it slow I can go up to 2 hours
  8. During uni if I took a bus home it would pass by that crossing. Always made for a nice fun fact for visitors 🙂
  9. wow 59 votes and up at 91%. gotta be one of the highest scoring cigars vs veguero being one of the lowest
  10. no idea tbh. it was like a minuto size .. which don't correspond with any of what prez listed above so i assume it may have gone out of production
  11. they taste like grass and cardboard to me. some weeks ago a buddy offered to change my opinion on them and gave me a ~20 year old one and it tasted like .. sweet tobacco ..?
  12. every day!!! she calls the dry box her vending machine - insert money and take out a cigar. now i wish i had one of those actual vintage cigar vending machines
  13. It sounds like the typical situation during separation where they blame everything under the sun except for themselves. Suddenly they hate everything about the other including exactly the things they loved before. To answer the original question, fortunately for me, she doesn't just "occasionally" smoke with me; she actually smokes more than me 🤣
  14. Loved the original batch of nudies. Needless to say, went deep on this second batch. Also intrigued by the idea of having similar blends but different wrappers. Once upon a time I wondered how much taste a wrapper contributes to a cigar's taste and I read an analogy on this forum - it's like Bolognese + Parmesan on top. It may not contribute to a lot of the taste but it definitely changes the dish to a noticeable extent. On to the cigar. Wrapper looks oily. Some veins running through. There is a stem noticable after cutting. Draw is fine but I still try to pull out the stem but it doesn't come out easily so I stopped trying in case I destroy the cigar. I have had around 2 of each of the desnudo and noticed that in general the construction is slightly worse off than the '19 batch. It was actually an extremely high bar so in a way it's not surprising! On the draw, there is a barnyard flavour. A bit of sourdough, but with a bitter chocolate coating on all that. Smoke production on this stick is lighter than usual. There is some light wrapper damage but I don't think that is contributing to the issue. Minimal taste evolution throughout the entire cigar. Burn remains normal throughout. I am mainly appreciating the bitter chocolate, with a tinge of sweetness. The rest of it provides a simple but effective balance to the smoke. I love this. A perfect everyday cigar. 88/100. Minor points deduction for visuals but which did not negatively affect the smoke in any way.
  15. Monte 4 (down to my last 2 sticks in a dud box so I'm forecasting better weather ahead) Plpc J Lo no1 - had my first stick ever and feel that it's a little lighter than the 2. Great start to this box. HU Connie 1 Rass Nudies Maduro Carlota (think these are still not rested enough but expect them to deliver in the latter half of the month)

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