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post #16 of 27
humidorS (that's plural). Another great trick is what is calles a coolerdor, essentially a giant cooler filled with cigars. it does not use as much humidity as a humidor since plastic does not absorb moisture. I have 2 of the Coleman 150 qt marine coolers plus 6 humidors. the hard part is deciding what to smoke. I have some stuff that is about 10 years old now.
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by dirk diggler
humidorS (that's plural). Another great trick is what is calles a coolerdor, essentially a giant cooler filled with cigars. it does not use as much humidity as a humidor since plastic does not absorb moisture. I have 2 of the Coleman 150 qt marine coolers plus 6 humidors. the hard part is deciding what to smoke. I have some stuff that is about 10 years old now.
You need to just bite the bullet and get a cabinet. THEN your grandkids will really appreciate you.
post #18 of 27
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Originally Posted by dirk diggler
smoked a dominican monte #2 last night from a box I was gifted by a VP at Altadis. I used to smoke 5x per week, but with the baby and work travel, if I get 1 a week, I am lucky. With that said, I have over 3,000 cigars at home and I keep buying more (boxes of padron anniv and cubans as well). My wife thinks I am obsessed. I hope my grandkids appreciate the sacrifices I am making for them! LOL.
Grandpa, is that you???
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by Chicago
You need to just bite the bullet and get a cabinet. THEN your grandkids will really appreciate you.

It is on the shopping list, son, but first, we have to finish the basement. I want to install an air handling unit, temp controls, a wet bar, the works. Make it a real MAN cave. Unfortunately, it will run me about $20-30k and wifey and I have a rule about non-essential home improvements: Wait for a fat bonus! Fingers crossed that we get one in January!!!!!
post #20 of 27
Thread Starter 
I have found smoking a cigar to be very good for stress relief. I have been a bit stressed these past few days as University started back, and I wasn't quite mentally ready: the motivation doesn't seem quite present. So I decided to chill out a bit tonight and went for a Partagas Corona Senor. I wanted to try something different than the RJ/Montecristo that I always smoke.

It wasn't a bad smoke, though I prefer the RJ/Montecristos. Very woody. I had some problems getting it to burn properly at first and the cut wasn't very good (my 'cutter', I have left in the Townships and not brought with me in Québec City). However, the second half was very enjoyable.

It got me very relaxed. I'll finish some reading assignments and then go out and party with some Townshippers. Nice feeling.
post #21 of 27
Somebody I trust offered me a box of genuine Cuban cigars purchased in Cuba for $200. I turned the offer down. I'm wondering if I made a mistake.
post #22 of 27
Thread Starter 
Well, under these circumstances (i.e.: it being a fair price for genuine cigars), there's only one question to be asked: was it worth that price to you and the appreciation you have for it?
post #23 of 27
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Originally Posted by Histrion
Well, under these circumstances (i.e.: it being a fair price for genuine cigars), there's only one question to be asked: was it worth that price to you and the appreciation you have for it?

Well, not to me personally. I don't smoke cigars and generally don't approve of the practice. But, I think I could have made a profit on them.
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by odoreater
Well, not to me personally. I don't smoke cigars and generally don't approve of the practice. But, I think I could have made a profit on them.

I think you did a right thing since you know nothing of cigars or cigar market.

As for duty free cigars:
Buy them in any Duty free walk-in humidor at the Frankfurt, London, Barcelona, Geneva etc airports.
If you on adventurous streak you can order Cuban cigars from Hong-Kong or Canary Islands and hope that customs would not detain the box. If they don't catch your box you will get Cuban cigars cheaper than Dominican.

As far as brands Dominicans have US only to sell their brands with Cuban names. The rest of the world would not allow this travesty. Just shows you how political US is, allowing this travesty to happen.

Cuban cigars are the best. You just need to know which one to buy and how to age them. Just like with wine there are better years and worse.

I am currently enjoying Monte N1, Partagas Series D N4, Bolivar Royal Corona, Cohiba Robustos all in my automatic humidor.
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by dkzzzz

Cuban cigars are the best. You just need to know which one to buy and how to age them. Just like with wine there are better years and worse.


To each their own but you'd better throw out a disclaimer with a statement like that. Cuban consistency/quality has greatly gone down in the last 20 some-odd years while the myth and lure has remained steady.

What's better than a cigar? An "off-limits" cigar.

Everyone has their own taste preferences and I'm not saying that you don't know your stuff, but "Cuban" doesn't denote quality, it denotes country. And just like wine, one can't say that French is better than American simply because of France's well-established wine tradition.

You look at any cigar magazine such as Cigar Afficionado, Smoke, etc. and you'll note that countries such as DR and Nicaragua consistently score better than Cubans while being at times half the cost and claiming a wider variety of shapes and flavors.

I tend to smoke Cuban R&J's when I'm out of the US not really out of preference (although I can't complain about the taste) but because of a lack of availability of other brands/countries which I attribute to living in a tourist-centric environment that buys into Cuba's myth.

Do I enjoy that R&J as much as a Nicaraguan CAO? Sure. I just get a little peeved when I hear people throw out a blanket statement like "Cubans are the best" when all they have to base that on is the legend...and the embargo.
post #26 of 27
No offense, but you are assuming too much.
I have been to Cuba many times. I cannot care less about embargo.
I smoke Cuban cigars for over 20 years.
The only non-Cuban brands that could compete with Cuban cigars are:

Padron Anniversario series.
Fuentes Opus X
Davidoff Millennium or special edition cigars.(for mild taste)

All of above mentioned cigars are non-Cuban and excellent in taste and construction. The question is: Why the hell they cost more than real Cubans?
The answer: Because of the embargo.
Could these brands compete with Cuban's? Sure, but not at current rip off rates.
US consumer is getting ripped off by embargo and denied access to one of the pleasures of life.-Nothing new here though.

"Cuban consistency/quality has greatly gone down in the last 20 some-odd years while the myth and lure has remained steady. "

How would you know that? From Cigar Aficionado? Please do yourself a favor and stop relying on that magazine for the info. on cigar quality.
It is not a professional publication, but IMO, marketing tool for Shenkin's investments.

Take a wild guess.  What do you think fat bastard Shenkin has in his personal humidor?
Macanudo? Dominican Partagas, Gurka? 
I wish FBI ransacked his personal humidor and confiscated all those vintage Cuban cigars that fat BSer has.
post #27 of 27
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Originally Posted by dkzzzz

"Cuban consistency/quality has greatly gone down in the last 20 some-odd years while the myth and lure has remained steady. "

How would you know that? From Cigar Aficionado? Please do yourself a favor and stop relying on that magazine for the info. on cigar quality.
It is not a professional publication, but IMO, marketing tool for Shenkin's investments.

To each their own flavor, but if you'd look at production output coming from Cuba over even the last 10 years, you'd see that they're only pumping out more and more and more cigars than the previous year. You can't tell me that if they keep upping exports by 5-10 million cigars a year that you're going to get the same quality as before. Just isn't possible. Factor in Cuba's growing economic woes that are only growing more dire as the years go on, you really think QC at a factory is going to give a crap about strict standards when they know that worldwide demand is endless and the government is pressuring them to roll out more?

Not to mention the fact that something like "Montecristo" isn't just a single factory: it's several. They can pick and choose quality in the shipment to the point where Austria might get a better shipment than France.


So like I said before, to each their own in terms of preference. Taste is all in your head anyway.
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