Out of the Humidor: Weekly Cigar Corner: Current Discussion: General Smoking 01/26/07

Discussion in 'The Connoisseur' started by Bogie1943, Sep 6, 2004.

  1. warbird

    warbird One Too Many

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    Well said Pop. I also leave the bands on most of mine until the cigar has adequately heated the glue for removal. Tore many a good wrapper back i the old days trying to remove them cold.
     
  2. Spitfire

    Spitfire I'll Lock Up

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    To remove or not? Over here it's a sign of "show off" when you leave the paper band on...on the other hand the paper was put there for a reason. In order not to get "fat" from the fingers in contact with the tobaccoleaves.
    I tend to do the same thing. Leave it on untill the glue has dried so much, that I can remove it without ruining the cigar.

    By the way - anybody knows the brand: Vegafina? Hecho a Mano in Dominian Republic? Last night I enjoyed a pyramid (A size I truely like. Classic - and lets all the flavours live!)
    I can only recommend this brand.
    Easy to smoke and one after another high quality.
     
  3. RedPop4

    RedPop4 One Too Many

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    Spirit of Cuba is made by Alec Bradley Cigars, they make some very good cigars.Wright Reports short profile of Alec Bradley

    AB has five regular lines, and now the Spirit of Cuba brand. Their other lines, Occidental Reserve, Havana Sungrown, and Trilogy especially, are quite good. I've enjoyed those three I named a number of times.

    Here's their different product guide
    "Brand 411"

    Spirit of Cuba
    If this copy is to be believed, it's a really nice cigar for under $3.00 a smoke.

    There's also a blend with a "Habano" wrapper that's the newer, more refined form of the Havana 2000 wrapper leaf which debuted in 1998 or 1999. It was at the time almost fireproof lol lol but most growers have learned to adapt the plant, and most companies have learned how to work with the H-2000 leaf to make it better. It's a good strain of tobacco more resistant to pests and disease, chief among them being blue-mold. It replaced the beloved corojo wrapper for many companies and growers for those reasons.
     
  4. RedPop4

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    From what I've found so far, it seems that Vega Fina is a Dominican cigar which is marketed chiefly in Europe. From reading this blog entry it sounds like they're not available in the United States. It's unlikely, then, that I would run across them, much less smoke them.

    I searched over on Cigar Weekly and I didn't come up with much.
     
  5. Thanks. I wondered where they came from and what they were made from.
    Its an ok cigar for me. For the price it is better than some higher priced cigars but it just doesn't have that full flavored finish to it when smoked. Maybe I needed more whisky whilst smoking it. ;) :p

    Regards,

    J
     
  6. RedPop4

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    That's interesting because the Spirit of Cuba has a Nicaraguan wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and a filler blend of Nicaraguan, Colombian :eek: (I've rarely seen that) and Honduran tobaccos. It should have plenty of kick with all that Nicaraguan leaf in there.[huh] [huh] [huh]
     
  7. Maybe I did have a whiskey with it then. ;) :p

    Regards,

    J
     
  8. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    Last night in 'Little Havanna'

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    Just me, Andy Garcia and a few friends around to the house. I did a last minute phone around with the promise/carrot of fresh out of the oven baked garlic bread and spaghetti bolonese 'al fresco!' As it was such a lovely evening. The pics were taken at the very end when the cigars and a fine tawny Port was produced.

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    I don't consider myself a smoker. I cannot stand cigarettes.[huh] But I do enjoy an occasional cigar with a fine wine or Port and good company.
     
  9. RedPop4

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    Most excellent. Watch out, there's a guy on the Smoking thread in the news forum who states, AS FACT, that "Cigars and Port are something we just don't need."

    Now, how DARE you contradict THAT?


    Yeah, the same way I do, by having another cigar or pipe.;) lol lol
     
  10. PADDY

    PADDY I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    "Red,"...I always thought that was 'you' in the avatar..

    And I had a great image of you sitting in your chair on the porch with a cigar, portly figure and braces, a real homely look about the scene.

    Then I'm sure I saw a pic of you, and the avatar isn't you:eek: My illusions totally shattered!!! I thought you were the archetypal, ceegar smoking, old 'Pops' type person. Have I really been deluded??[huh]

    So who is the gent in the picture, as it's such a great avatar (one of my favs on the Lounge actually!);)
     
  11. RedPop4

    RedPop4 One Too Many

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    <blushes> Why thank you sir!!!!!!
    That is Menelaus "Pappy" O'Daniel (pronounced "O Dan'l) guvnuh of the great state of Mississippi......

    Taken from the movie "Oh Brother Where Art Thou?"

    I'm a bit younger than that, about 30 or so years younger, and about 30 or so pounds lighter as well with red hair and imperial.
     
  12. RedPop4

    RedPop4 One Too Many

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    That's TaxMan1 on the left, and me on the right, just a month ago on the occasion of my visit to his home in Clearwater FL. and to Walt Disney World. That's at GrillSmith in Clearwater, excellent restaurant.
     
  13. Nice cigar cutter on the table there. ;)
    You mean they actually let you smoke in a restaurant?! :eek: :rolleyes:


    Regards,

    J
     
  14. RedPop4

    RedPop4 One Too Many

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    Oh no, that was outside.
    The cutter is from Cigar Savor I got it in 1998 for $22 off of eBay. Come to find out the seller was a local wholesaler. But it's a double bladed guillotine, self-sharpening and has served me well. I recommend it all the time.

    The link has a nice description along with this photo

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  15. Nice. I think I need one. Mine is getting dull and yours has that nice steel finish. :D

    Regards,

    J
     
  16. geckoheart

    geckoheart Familiar Face

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    :eek: Wow a cigar thread. Let me start reading from the beginning. I'll be back.
     
  17. RedPop4

    RedPop4 One Too Many

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    lol lol
    What we REALLY need is a few anti-smoking bigots to chime in and save us all from ourselves and whine about the smell.

    *cough* *cough* *aaaaaaaach*
     
  18. warbird

    warbird One Too Many

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    Since I usually have been asked to stop smoking a cigar by women wearing some of the most hideous smelling perfume, bathed all over them. I guess the next push should be toward banning perfume. It's a trigger for migraines and asthma attacks. I'm certain it leads to many types of skin, lung and throat cancer.


    Ok. Enough of the this stuff, let the smoker bigots stay out of this thread and other cigar friendly threads and we can get back to talkin' about 'gars and 'gar gear.
     
  19. geckoheart

    geckoheart Familiar Face

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    Nice looking cutter- how do you hang onto a cutter that long without loosing it? 1998
     
  20. RedPop4

    RedPop4 One Too Many

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    Dunno. I have a lighter from about that time, too. It's a Laser Jet, a Blazer knockoff that I picked up for $3. The button is broken off, it still seats, but it's broken. The entire lighter assembly could easily come off of the tank as well. I've been given a couple of Nibos, I've purchased a couple of $10-20 lighters, and none work.

    This guy, with his very soft flame, has his moments, but usually he's up to the task. I'll sit at herfs, and guys with Dupont Xtends, Collibris, Nibos, and others, always reach for my little Blazer knockoff, laugh at it, and light their cigars and wonder what's wrong with their high dollar lighters.

    I simply take care of the cutter. I carry a murse, but since the zipper is broken, it goes in my knapsack. I have a small zip-up compartment with a functioning zipper where I keep the Laser Jet, the cutter, a Xikar scissors cutter and a couple boxes of matches.
     

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