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    5 Vegas Series A Archetype and S&W 1911

    In light of so many BOTL's being firearms enthusiasts as well, here is a review of a 5 Vegas Series A "Archetype" and a S&W1911. Vital facts: 5 Vegas: Wrapper: Costa Rican Maduro Binder: Nicaraguan Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaraguan, Honduran Body: Medium-Full, according to website Size...
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    South Portland - Calabash

    Calabash Jetport Plaza 425 Western Ave South Portland, ME 04106 (207) 774-8673 Interesting little shop. Kind of a cigar shop/sandwich shop. Walk in humidor has decent selection. Regular store has humis, lighters, etc. You can get food and coffee and I think wine and beer as well. It has...
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    Johnston - 3 Guys Cigars

    3 Guys Cigars 1465 Atwood Ave Johnston RI (401) 369-7447 I found this place while traveling for business and stopped in. I went in looking for Olivas, just by chance because I had found not much luck locally. Turns out they were the only supplier in New England for a few months before...
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    Which Olivas

    Looking to buy a selection of Olivas at the local (and a couple nonlocal) B&Ms. I've never had them and they seem very popular here. Oliva gurus, what would you suggest to buy as a good representative sampler of them? Obviously I'm going to get something in Series O, V and G.... but which...
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    Rocky Patel Signature Toro

    Time to do a review. My palette is not what I'd call advanced, so take this as you will- a review by a n00b who may or may not know what they are talking about. Where I might find subtle hints of sage and elderberry, you may find indistinguishable one dimensional crap. Hence the name of the...
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    Rocky Patel Fumas

    Time to do a review. My palette is not what I'd call advanced, so take this as you will- a review by a n00b who may or may not know what they are talking about. Where I might find subtle hints of sage and elderberry, you may find indistinguishable one dimensional crap. Hence the name of the...
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    My cigar is harder than your cigar

    I'm a confused n00b. Ordered a box of cigars, they came in, and pretty much every single one is hard. Really hard. Rock hard, like they are made of concrete. Gently squeezing one is like trying to squeeze a sapling. I've never run across anything quite like them. Decided to let them rest...
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    Hygrometer frustration

    How is it that I can individually salt test and calibrate 3 hygrometers (one digital 2 analog), yet when I put them in the same humidor, they read ten or fifteen percent apart from one another? Salt testing was done with damp (not wet) non iodized salt in a bottle cap, sealed in leakproof...
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    How do I protect a single cigar?

    I have one particularly nice cigar (Partagas 150) that is kicking around in my humidor. It's wrapper is not in the best shape, and I'm not ready to smoke it yet, and I feel bad that every time I lift out my tray it gets rolled and scraped around. What's the best way to protect it? Sick it in...
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