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  1. Yes, I did not care for the 1914 as the rancio was too much for me. The candied fruit gave way to wood and leather so Abel was the "sweet spot" for me. I do not like Tawny Port over 20 years either. I do have some Dow Colheita Port 1975 as that is the year I graduated from high school. Just turned 65 and enjoyed a 96 Margaux to celebrate that milestone. I see you are into claret and port and now cognac and obviously cigars and you are in Boston so perhaps we can share one or many of those things at some point. Always looking for fellow aficianados of wine, cigars, and of course a fine bourbon or scotch or Irish whiskey to sip while enjoying a smoke. I am out by Worcester so if you want to join me for some libation and a good smoke just ping me.
  2. I love Ferrand and I did a tasting of the line up many years ago including the 1914. I ended up buying the Abel (45 years old) as it had complexity, but not the real deep "rancio" that the 1914 had. I also think they had a cognac that was specifically for cigars and that was good also. Of course I do the other cognac based spirits such as Grand Marnier (I like the 100 for drinking), but the orange infusion is not one to mix with a cigar.😝
  3. Driving an Acura RDX which I later learned will not pull a 2000 pound bass boat - ridiculous. When car prices return to earth will need to get something that tows a bass boat. I am done with German cars as the maintenance costs make zero sense.
  4. I could give up cigars and booze, but I draw the line at coffee LOL. I also have the Mochamaster and a french press. Not a roaster, but whole beans ground as I need them daily. Presently using Sumatra as Celebes is hard to find. Prefer medium (city) roast. You can keep the Starbucks burned beans which they equate with flavor. I use a local roaster called Red Barn in New England, best I have had so far. I used to get Kona, but I loved the Celebes (fuller body and flavor) and it cost 50% less so hooked on that. Sad to see what happened with the disaster for Celebes a few years back. The industry is still not fully recovered.
  5. If your doctor says get one - get one. If the doc says no due to some issue with your medical history then don't. If employer insists well your health is priceless you can do the math.
  6. I had the TI-55. Hey where is the Polaroid camera LOL
  7. I have been thinking about this, but not dry boxing, but smoking environment. I have noted that smoking in cool/cold and low humidity conditions result in poor smoking experience. I am not sure if it is due to me puffing more to finish quicker and get inside to warm up or not, but I am not ruling it out. I have noted recently that my first cigar in some time was outside on a 60+ deg. F day and the humidity was low, but the cigar smoked well. I will note that my best experiences have been outside summer smokes in the evening with 70+ deg. F and below 70% humidity. It seems if the environment is comfortable for me (moderate temps and humidity), the cigars seem to smoke well. I do not smoke indoors so winter is a dry spell for me, nor will I smoke if it is high humidity (my comfort zone), so even if my porch has nice temps, if it is sticky I will not enjoy sitting out there. All anecdotal observations no rigor in this data set. I noted this on both CC and NC cigars.
  8. If the winds are favorable 🤪. I did a lot of joint ops with the Canadian Navy, they were fun to hang with and they had booze on the ships. More civilized than the US Navy
  9. Ha ha, how about 3! Marine Biologist, then Naval Officer, and now Electrical Engineer. Now if I could just merge the biology and EE together, I could study the fishes that generate electric fields 😉
  10. I have observed this in my long wine hobby; however at a certain age, the senses dull a bit and you will find you go back to high octane wine once again, much like you may have to turn up the TV volume 😀. I loved Oz Shiraz when younger, then thought they were too much, now back to loving it (and many of the California high octane wines that seem the norm these days).
  11. One of my favorite NC cigars. I have an NC humidor filled with Oliva, Padron, Ashton, and Illusione. Those are the ones I have found work best for me.
  12. I tried the robusto and toro size by whatever goofy name they call them. I had to see what the hype was all about. Yes, well constructed, great burn, good smoke output, but very muted flavor mostly hay and grass notes. Not worth the cost. My step son had one and we both concluded just get an Ashton for 30% the price and it has some more layers of flavor. Chalk this up to cigar marketing and hype but I had to see for myself. Been through this in the wine world also, so not surprised.
  13. Plume or Bigfoot which is real.....you decide?
  14. Question about strength - I am fairly new to CC (well I smoked them years ago overseas) and I am not a fan of the nicotine strength kick. I have only experienced it once and likely due to smoking a NC 56 RG Churchill with Nicaragua filler and binder. So in my exploration of the strength range I inched up to Oliva, then Padron in Robusto and was fine (also like Illusione). Now I know to avoid LP #9 and the niche sticks that have a reputation for huge kick (CroMagnon by Roma Craft), but I am thinking keeping the RG lower and only smoking Toro length will (and has) keep me out of trouble. So If I can smoke Padrons will any CC "sneak" up on me and kick me? I only smoke after a good meal always and that seems most important. So would a Lusitania kick my butt? A Bolivar Beli? I have been told by seasoned CC smokers that if you can smoke a Padron, then you can smoke all the CC vitolas without an issue. Feedback much appreciated. Then again I will explore to see how far my tolerance envelope goes ?
  15. I believe they were to be included in the 24:24 PSP Siglo VI cabinets in November. Have not received that order yet so can't provide input on the stand being in there ....but I do expect it to be in there?
  16. If you killed the eggs by freezing, then there should be no outbreak even if temps creep up. If you added sticks that were not treated, then that bet is off.
  17. Yes maybe last time to smoke as I do not smoke indoors. My son is doing an Oliva Melanio Robusto and I am doing a Padron 1964 Soberano. Just started into CC again so mine should be ready to try next spring. Happy Thanksgiving all and a shout out to all the New England natives on FOH
  18. Couple more comments. Nick Perdomo states that cello protects against beetles. Based on stuff I read lately and comments here that prompted me to look deeper, that is likely not the case. The little buggers can go through cardboard and even wood so celo is nothing. Now a beetle in your humidor is a sign damage has already taken place. The adults do not eat (they can chew) and if they chew through the celo it is to lay eggs and repeat the life cycle. The larva do the damage and you can't see them as they are inside the cigar. I did read that the insects can acclimate to cold; however, I have seen documents (I think it is even posted on FOH someplace) that 100% mortality happens at -20 C (-4 F for the non metric Yanks like me) and it takes just an hour for all life stages to croak. Now they may acclimate to cold but even 0 C will wipe them out if kept there for a day. I do 4 days at -12 F ( -24.4 C), so pardon the pun, I do over-kill. I am a big fan of margin ?. Margin is an engineer's friend. I think room temp to freezer is likely OK but not zero risk (opinion). I think gradual acclimation lowers risk, by I cannot imagine the thermal expansion/contraction would be much different between the two methods. So bottom line is do what works for you. Likely there is a wide range of correct methods but for 100% kill rate you need to watch both temp and duration at temp. Love the internet - you can get lots of opinions but few answers ?
  19. I freeze CC. I am an engineer so I am anal. I know the concept of thermal shock, but have no idea if it applies to organic material like tobacco ( I know it applies to human flesh - LOL). Thus I do the refer to freezer to refer to room temp method. My freezer temp is -12 F and I leave the sticks in there for like 100 hours. They are in the refer (at 37 F) 24 hours prior to freeze and 24 hours after freeze, then 24 hours at room temp before humidor. The sticks are frozen in the packaging they arrive in, they are just in a freezer bag for the process. If you put in a freezer bag they will not dry out in the refer they just change temperature (and yes you want to avoid condensation). I have taken cabinets that have gone through this process an placed in Tuppador that showed 57 RH and subsequently rose to 65 RH with no other humidity source other than the cigars (and the package). I watch to see RH drop to around 62 RH then drop a 65 Boveda pack in. I store cigars naked if they come in Tubes (keep the tubes though) after the deep freeze. I do not freeze NC sticks. Most NC sticks are in celo so that will protect your other cigars if you have a beetle. The only sticks I get that have no celo are Oliva, perhaps I should freeze those, but I am told most NC producers freeze so I take my chances I guess.
  20. I am sad. I served in the Navy in the 80's and I do not know how we got here. I did my service to ensure this would be the legacy? - No way. I just remember after 9/11 how we united, - what is going on today? I guess we need a space alien invasion to wake up! I see cities boarding up and National Guard at the ready - a strange land we seem to live in now, not the one I grew up in for sure. Peace to all of us in the year ahead.
  21. 6 months is a long time ?. Good I am older and and can't wait much longer than a few years to smoke the CCs.

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