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Old 02-06-2013, 09:02 PM   #1131
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That Flor de las Antillas was so good last night with The Balvenie 15 I am enjoying a replay!

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Old 02-06-2013, 10:25 PM   #1132
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That's good...you lose out on the benefits of a well rolled stick but at least get quality leaf.
They aren't pretty but feel like they are rolled right. No hard spots but everything is firm like it should be. I don't care what they look like as long as they smoke and taste good!
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:36 AM   #1133
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A famosos this afternoon in the sunshine doesn't get much better than this.

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Old 02-07-2013, 02:31 AM   #1134
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What can you tell me about it in terms of comparing it to the 15 Single Barrel?

Honestly its been a while since Ive had their single barrel. But as I remember, they are similar yet very different. The Single Barrel has more oak character and less fruityness, which I'd expect from a single barreled whisky, peppery, vanilla, more malt character. The 14year has more tropical fruity flavors, not as full bodied oaky or peppery, with the rum casks adding more of a light rum tone than dark or spiced.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:20 AM   #1135
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I like the Ghurka Beauty. Actually I like pretty much anything they make. If you're looking for a budget smoke. Look at their Castle Hall. It's 39 for a Mazo of 20. Love them.

My new score. My boss was just in the DR and made a little voyage.. Going to save these for my wedding and when the wife pops out children!!!
Mate I don't want to sound pretentious, but those are very certainly fakes. I'm an Aussie and have smoked Cubans for a good 15yrs I'm certain Habanos has never produced a HSA band like that.

That doesn't even take into account that the Piramides is a benchmark Cohiba it would never leave the factory floor looking like that.

It's unfortunate but Cubans are widely counterfeited all over the world including here.

Having said that at the end of the day a good cigar is still a good cigar I hope they smoke well for you !

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Had my first Olivia. It was a V series i believed and really enjoyed the smoke. Not too harsh and perfect after a day of brewing.

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Had my first Olivia. It was a V series i believed and really enjoyed the smoke. Not too harsh and perfect after a day of brewing.
As a first Oliva you picked very well! The series V is an excellent smoke.
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I have both of my daughters for awhile today while my wife goes to Dr. appointments. I'm DEFINITELY smoking a cigar tonight!!

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I should probably research instead of asking, but I keep hearing the term Gurka bandied about. Does this have anything to do with the Indian ethnic group that sided with the British during the Empire days?

Other terms like Summatra, Churchhill, Connecticut, Maduro... all point towards hard and fast concepts (even if Churchhill is a bit... cheeky)
According to the Gurkha website it's sort of a homage to the cigars Gurkha soldiers used to make back in that time period.
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You make some valid points. I know a few very reputable CC retailers but I'm not sure whether or not they are Havana House Certified.
There is one place that I know of (not going to out it) that sells authentic Cubans but is not "Havana House Certified." In fact, I paid them a visit when I was in Geneva Switzerland a while back. It was kind of neat because the "shop" was on the 6th floor of an apartment building/office building complex and the rooms were stocked floor to ceiling of Cubans. I had to get "buzzed in", but once I was in, I was in Cuban Cigar heaven!!!

Ironically, the "special" cigars were not the cubans, but the Domincans and Nigaraguan cigars we take for granted here in the states. In Switzerland, they are much harder to get so they carried a premium price compared to the United States. I remember seeing singles of Casa Magna Robustos selling for $15 USD, which is double what they go for in the states.

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The entrance (photoshopped) to protect the shop.










The place is located just a few blocks from this world famous shop --


Unfortunately, they won't ship to the States anymore (unless you are a house account i.e. visited the shop in person) due to the giant 1001cubans bust at the end of 2011. They too guarantee that cigars arrive and guarantee that they are authentic, so they don't want to be in the same situation that 1001cubans got in and get driven out of business because they shipped to the states. O well.
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