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Symbiote
My humidor was looking a bit lonely with only 4 cigars left in it so I decided it was time to place an order with JR Cigars. I haven't had a Macanudo in a long time so I added a box of the Petit Coronas with a free Calibri lighter to my cart and proceeded to checkout. During the checkout one of the windows asks if you want to see the weekly special. I was curious so I clicked on the link. If you buy a box of Montecristo series IV or V you can get a Barrister book case humidor hobby kit for $48. How could I pass that up? I paid more than $60 for my little chest humidor. Well I didn't pass it up. It hurt me to buy such expensive cigars, but I got a nice humidor out of the deal.

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Look at the size of that thing!!! I doubt I'll ever be able to afford to fill it up. Trying could be fun though. I'm not going to bother to set it up unless I'm overflowing the smaller one.

It felt good to sit down and relax with a good cigar last night.
[sing]These are a few of my favorite things.[/sing]
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Brett
Careful if you ever decide to try and bring Cubans back in to the US. Apparently they are really taking a hardline on that.
Hiram
Word. But they make great gardeners and good domestic help is so hard to find.
Symbiote
Yeah I brought a few back from Italy 2 years ago, but now I'm not so sure I want to try if I go overseas again. With the growing interest in Absinthe I'm wondering if that's worth taking the chance as well.
Symbiote
Hiram, How do I fit them into my luggage? I could use a landscaper or two.
Artemis
Any cigar you can buy from "JR Cigars" did not come from Cuba.

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expensive cigars


There ARE Monte Cristos from Cuba - to fill that humidor with them, you'd have to have the price of a new Toyota. But you can't get them from JR Cigars.

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During the checkout one of the windows asks if you want to see the weekly special.


Supermarkets do the same thing. They put a bunch of crap near the cash register - the markup on those things is about 9,000%. It's for suckers.
Donnie Darko
All the guys who made Cubans legendary left Cuba a long time ago and went to the DR.

I think good Cuban or Nicuraguan seed cigars w/ DR wrappers get you 90% of the way there for 20% of the money.

And I like these better than any Cuban I've had, though I'll admit I don't smoke enough to have that discerning of a palate:
http://www.finckcigarcompany.com/finck/bra...PGJA2SGTKJX2EKB
Symbiote
Artemis, Sorry I'm not sure how you got the idea that I thought that I have any Cubans or thought that JR's had them either. Fear not, I know better. The only Cubans I ever had came from Italy in my luggage. The Montecristos that I just received are 1997 Series V. Not a cheap cigar by far. I don't believe that I got suckered.

Donnie, Correct! I don't believe that anyone really "needs" to seek out Cubans any more. You can get the same quality from DR or other places now. I just read an article in Cigar Aficionado that says basically the same thing.

Smoke em if you got em.

Brett
Punishments for importing cuban cigars into the US (even if they're for personal use and not to resell) now range from somewhere around $10 000 to imprisonment.
Symbiote
Yikes shock.gif
MarKoPoLo
QUOTE (Brett @ Oct 27 2004, 03:25 PM)
Punishments for importing cuban cigars into the US (even if they're for personal use and not to resell) now range from somewhere around $10 000 to imprisonment.

Over kill!
Hiram
Worse.

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criminal penalties, including fines of up to $1-million for corporations and $250,000 for individuals and up to 10 years in prison, the department said.
Artemis
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Artemis, Sorry I'm not sure how you got the idea that I thought that I have any Cubans or thought that JR's had them either.


I never had any such idea. Read the thread from top to bottom and you'll see who said what. Someone else apparently thought you had Cuban cigars, and you didn't bother to correct the record, so I did.

I used to scoff at Cuban cigars too, when I had never smoked any but the Dominican copies. The people might have left Cuba, but the tobacco didn't. Cuban cigars are unmatched.
Donnie Darko
The few Cubans I've tried (4 different brands altogether) do have a unique and powerful flavour, but I'll confess they're just a little too "intense" for me.

After a Cuban (with the exception of a Cohiba I had which I suspect was not the real thing) I feel like I need a nap. The La Gloria's, which are my favourite, are just strong enough to make me smile with satisfaction, but not too overpowering. That has nothing to do with quality though, only personal preference.

As far as criminal penalties go, my friend got caught with a box of Romeo y Julieta's, and is now on a watch list. Every time he flies he gets pulled out of the line and searched.
Symbiote
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For example, Americans are barred from buying a Cuban cigar in other countries, even to smoke it outside the United States.


What the hell? How can that even be allowed to be part of a law? How do they plan to enforce that?
Symbiote
QUOTE (Artemis @ Oct 27 2004, 04:35 PM)
I never had any such idea. Read the thread from top to bottom and you'll see who said what. Someone else apparently thought you had Cuban cigars, and you didn't bother to correct the record, so I did.

I used to scoff at Cuban cigars too, when I had never smoked any but the Dominican copies. The people might have left Cuba, but the tobacco didn't. Cuban cigars are unmatched.

ooops, Sorry 'bout that.

Send me some Cubans and I'll give ya my opinion. user posted image
Absomphe
I'll smoke a Dunhill Esplendido, over any Cuban cigar I've ever tried.

Of course, considering the going rate for one of those, I won't smoke one very often.
Artemis
I agree that there are some very good cigars from other countries, and not all of them are (relatively) expensive. I also agree that Cuban cigars are overpowering, but I've grown to like that. I don't smoke a lot of them, just one every now and then, but the aroma is always very fine, and the roll and the draw are perfect.

I like (Miami) La Glorias also.
Rabelais
QUOTE (Djarum @ Oct 28 2004, 06:09 AM)
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For example, Americans are barred from buying a Cuban cigar in other countries, even to smoke it outside the United States.


What the hell? How can that even be allowed to be part of a law? How do they plan to enforce that?

There are the clueless who would actually obey that poop.gif law.

To them I light a Partaga series D nbr 4, hopefully rolled on the thigh of some sweaty 17 year old chica.

But there are excellent non cuban smokes also, my personal fave is Ceusta Rey, cool and full flavored.
Absomphe
It's the refined mildness that doesn't compromise on flavor, that draws me to the Esplendido.

While I tend toward somewhat overpowering ales, I find that I am a bit of a cigar wuss. Those Cuban cigars almost make me tripbalz, if I'm not ready for them. biggrin.gif
verbal_kraze
There is just something about Cubans. I really like the Romeo y Juliettas, and Cohibas. R y J makes some really good cigarettes that I used to always bring back from Mexico, that tasted just like a cuban cigar. Don't think I'll be doing that again.
Hiram
QUOTE (Rabelais @ Oct 28 2004, 09:08 AM)
To them I light a Partaga series D nbr 4, hopefully rolled on the thigh of some sweaty 17 year old chica.

Like this?

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Symbiote
Meh, she'll have to do.
Absomphe
Thanks ever so much, for your begrudging approval. blink.gif
Brett
At least my country for the most part does not care what I do outside of its boundries. And at least it doesn't attempt to regulate my behaviour internationally.

Talk about communist....
G&C
No, Fascist.
Grim
Not sweaty enough, Hiram, moisten her up a bit.

BWAHAHAHAHAAAA!!
Brett
Sorry, you're right...fascist. Getting my ideologies mixed up again!
justabob
Since Castro quit smoking cigars the quality of state sponsored production has noticeably declined, however as Artemis has stated the quality of the Tabacco has remained unparalleled.
Hiram
They must have fired her:

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I_B_Puffin
QUOTE (Artemis @ Oct 27 2004, 12:38 PM)
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During the checkout one of the windows asks if you want to see the weekly special.


Supermarkets do the same thing. They put a bunch of crap near the cash register - the markup on those things is about 9,000%. It's for suckers.

But that's not the way JR's specials are. The humidor specials are a bargain, selling for cost or less.

Being a luxury item with a high markup, cigar manufacturers don't like their product being discounted. So to give a better discount without lowering the price of the cigar, JR sells the humidor at a loss when running a promotion for expensive cigars.
MarKoPoLo
QUOTE (Hiram @ Oct 28 2004, 11:59 AM)
QUOTE (Rabelais @ Oct 28 2004, 09:08 AM)
To them I light a Partaga series D nbr 4, hopefully rolled on the thigh of some sweaty 17 year old chica.

Like this?

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This ones better looking than the last one you "displayed".
Artemis
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But that's not the way JR's specials are.


ALL attempts to sell you something at the cash register that you not only didn't come to buy, but weren't even aware of before, are for suckers.
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