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From: Farmboy12/5/2012 10:06:23 PM
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Okay, you herfers ... surely you are enjoying some good smokes, and need to let us know what they are!

I just made my 'winter order' and it was very heavy on the Gurkhas. I am liking them more and more, the more I smoke. Ordered some 'Beautys", "Titan IIs". and others ... be glad to see 'the box' arrive!

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From: Farmboy1/19/2013 3:23:50 PM
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Had the opportunity to fire up a Gurkha "Beauty" last night, in the 'saloman' shape/size. I had ordered mine as part of the box of 10, from Cigars International auction site, I ended up paying just under $3.00 each for my box. Cigar International's usual price is $69.95 per box of ten for this saloman. Retail in a Bricks-and-mortar retail shop seems to vary somewhere between $12.00 - $ 17.00 each. MSRP for a box of ten is $350.00 (Gurkha is always a bit on the high side (can we say extravagent?) in their 'suggested retails'. I was very pleased with the deal I scored in the auction, for sure.

This is a mild - medium bodied smoke, with a light colored, tightly wrapped 'seamless', Equadorian Connecticut wrapper, which I found to be very fragile. Binder ans filler were from Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, respectively. Pre-light inspection revealed the Beauty had very few, very minor, veins showing, and a light, very pleasant aroma. The construction was great, and the saloman shape just presents a very pleasing and 'expensive looking' cigar. As most Gurkha bands are, this one is a cigar-work-of-art.

I found myself wanting to hurry through the lighting, but knew such a nice looking stick deserved the proper 'ceremony'. After cutting, the cigar lit easily, and burned evenly throughout. The draw was just a teeny bit on the tight side, but not excessively so, and the cigar produced a generous amount of smoke. I didn't have to relight, even though I was certainly taking my time in smoking this one.

Gurkha apparently rates this as one of their better smokes and I would have to agree. After the initial 'big kaboom' of flavors, the smoke settled down into a good balanced mix of tastes, with predominately (to me) bread and nutty flavors, with some woody tinges as well. . I also could detect what I could only describe as a slightly salty flavor (and no, the dog didn't pee on it before I lit it!) There was a very minimum of spices, too, in the final third. All in all, it was 'rich' and the flavors blended very well.

This was a true pleasure to smoke. It was one of those cigars that I was enjoying so much, I truly found myself wishing it had been longer. After about 90 minutes, I had pretty much 'nubbed' it, and another good draw or two would have come very close to producing some very warm fingertips. As I finally laid the nub to rest, I admitted the cigar was appropriated named, and I was pleased in thinking I still have nine more of these saloman 'beauties' in the humidor. along with a few in the toro size as well. This is one of those 'special occasion' cigars, and worthy of any celebration calling for an 'upper crust' cigar.

I highly recommend this cigar. I would have to give it a 93 rating.

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To: Farmboy who wrote (40)1/19/2013 6:52:07 PM
From: longnshort
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looks good and a great price

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To: longnshort who wrote (41)1/19/2013 7:40:26 PM
From: Farmboy
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It is a good one. The site is great if one has a little time and is willing to do the 'auction thing'. I get most of my smokes from there. Plus they have loads and loads of Gurkhas.

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From: Farmboy2/22/2013 5:00:04 PM
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The Florida Senate Regulated Industries Committee, by a unanimous 10-0 vote, advanced SB 258 that will allow Florida local governments to enact their own outdoor smoking restrictions. It must be stopped. Now.

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Florida State Senator Charlie Dean, R-Iverness, and Senator Alan Hayes, R-Umatilla are the chief sponsors of SB 258. Joining them in the Florida House of Representatives with HB 439, which would also allow local government smoking bans in Florida, is Representative Rob Bradley, R-Orange Park.

These legislators need to learn what cigars mean to the Florida economy, with over 200 premium cigar establishments, cigar company corporate offices, and dozens of cigar themed outdoor festivals that stimulate local economies.

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      To: Farmboy who wrote (43)2/22/2013 5:38:19 PM
      From: FUBHO
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      What kind of pinko, commie, rat bastards don't like the smell of cigars. This calls for mob action... <G>

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      To: FUBHO who wrote (44)2/22/2013 8:34:50 PM
      From: Farmboy
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      It's the pinko rat bastards .... commies usually enjoy a good cigar!

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      To: Farmboy who wrote (39)3/12/2013 10:03:20 PM
      From: Woody_Nickels
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      My regular rotation is San Cristobal, La Riqueza and Fuente Hemingway.
      Usually robustos, unless golfing.

      One of my buddies likes the Gurkha Centurion, a larger perfecto.

      Gottfried said he smokes Dutch Masters, but he knows a better smoke
      from a yard 'gar.


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      To: Woody_Nickels who wrote (46)3/13/2013 12:00:44 AM
      From: Farmboy
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      I've never had a bad San Cristobal .. and I willingly fight for the chance at a Hemmingway .. my favorite there being the 'short story'. It's small, but packs one hell of a good punch in that small package.

      5X50 Robustos are just a good all-around size.

      I like pretty much every Gurkha I ever smoked and especially the large ring gauges if I really have ample time to spend to enjoy one. The "Beauty" is a favorite as is the Vintage 2000, but just about everything they make is good IMO. They also have a 'Park Avenue" that isn't banded as a Gurkha, but is the same blender.... and I truthfully had just as soon have one of those as a Dominican Cohiba - at a much lower price too..

      Just smoked a Hemmingway Signature Maduro a couple days ago ... SWEEEEET!

      Don't recall ever trying a La Riqueza.

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      To: Farmboy who wrote (47)6/19/2013 11:42:59 AM
      From: Shoot1st
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      Started buying via free falls on

      got some Fonseca's that I used to pay 6$+ a stick for under 2$.



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