Cracked beads work just as well as whole ones, Viper has made several posts affirming this. There is no problem using a plastic container, but you will switch over to bags, pantyhose or a tube the first time you spill them. :dr
9 months is a resting period, not true aging. Buy something you like and put it down. There is very little information on aging NC's more than a few(3-5) years, mostly these are just old leftover cigars and not truly intentionally aged. The main reason is that many NC's are made with aged...
:tpd::tpd:Different bands increase costs. I use a Sharpie if I really want to know what I am smoking several month's after a purchase. Its not too hard to come up with a shortcut to know which Taboo you are smoking. SFO, SFBC, HSG, EBII, etc. :2
#7 was on the menu last night. A Belicoso, approx 5 1/2 x 54, with a pointy taper. I like Beli's or torps with a more gentle taper, not the pointy ones. I had to make a few cuts to get a decent draw. First cut at about 1/2" only left an open end of about 3/8" so I made a second cut hoping the...
Yup, happens sometimes. Pretty random for me, it may be because the wrapper leaf was too thin or stretched too much. You only need to worry if it occurs regularly or with the same stick. Then it could be a humidity problem or a bad batch of smokes. :2
Kind of hard to tell due to focus. It appears the tube is from a Cuban Upmann. But who knows what is inside. Take a picture of the actual stick with a closeup of the band. Use the macro feature on your camera.
Here is a resource, http://www.cubancigarwebsite.com/brand.aspx?brand=15