Question number four is from a Richard Venezia: Curious as to what cigar you smoke. Also I take my single malt scotch in a leaded cut crystal glass. Thank you for all of your valuable time to provide a great volume of information. Regards Rick. Rick, it is always a pleasure to eet gentlemen with a common and shared passion. One of the things that I enjoy most about a good cigar and a nice glass of scotch is that most often I'm enjoying it in great company with good conversation. If you're ever passing through Dallas, I'd love to have you at the office for a cigar. Now to your question as to my favorite brand of cigars. Let's go pull something out. So as some of you may have noticed if you watched our office tour, this credenza in the corner is actually my humidor. So one of the things you might be able to tell is that without question, my favorite brand of cigars is Bolivar. I would say that absolutely my go to cigars are the Royal Coronas which is a nice medium to full bodied cigar and just a really good 30 to 45 minutes smoke. I mean this is my go to. It's you know, if I smoked cigars daily, it'd be my daily smoke. I've never had one of these that I didn't enjoy, and one of the things I love most about Cuban cigars is I just find that, you know, they're still the best cigars in the world and they don't leave any type of residue in your mouth after you smoke, so you can smoke one and the next morning you don't wake up feeling absolutely terrible. Now my second favorite format from Bolivar are the Belicosos Finos which is a little bit larger than a Corona and has a torpedo into it and again, absolutely great cigar. I've never smoked this cigar with anyone that didn't love it, it's an approachable cigar. It's smooth, it warms up very nicely, and again, it doesn't overpower the mouth. Now one of the things that I absolutely enjoy is aging my cigars, and so I've got several boxes of these in my humidor. But I also have some other special boxes that I enjoy aging like this Liberador which is one of the larger formats from Bolivar. It's probably one of my favorite cigars I've ever smoked. Now recently, you know, people have seen a lot of the Cuban cigar formats have gotten larger, and so this is a much larger ring gauge and a much longer cigar than what traditionally you would find out of Cuba. But again, an incredible smoke. This box, you know, I've clearly have for a while, because I'm just down to three. So this box right here is from July 2015. So this already has almost three years of age on it. These two boxes, let's see another July of 2015 and then this one is November 2015. So you know, I guess relatively young boxes, two years. You know, I'd like to keep them and age them at least five years before I really dig into these boxes. Thanks Rick for your question. I look forward to sending you a pair of our Sovereign Grade shoelaces and really appreciate your participation here on our channel.
Our next question, is from J.T. Wang on our "How to Strip a Mirror Shine" video. His question reads: Kirby, another great video, if the rest of the shoe is OK, should only the toe box be stripped with Reno'Mat. I've not tried putting Dubbin on the shoes not stripped down. Would you know if that would work okay, or should I Reno'Mat then Dubbin? Thanks. I don't know if anyone else has this problem, but I only get cracking on one shoe. So his question is that if you're removing the mirror shine, should you used the Reno'Mat just on the toe cap or on the entire shoe? And my answer is really, the Reno ' Mat is something that we just recommend using for the entire shoe once or twice a year. You know, it's just meant as kind of like a spring cleaning. We recommend it in our presidential shoe shoeshine video. But if all you're doing is just trying to remove the build up of the hard waxes from a mirror shine so you can start over, I really just recommend using it on the toe cap. You know, the Dubbin should work fine on the rest of the shoe, provided that there's not a significant wax build up that would prevent the Dubbin from being absorbed into the leather. If you're using the Saphir Medaille d'Or products, and primarily using a Cream Polish for the rest of the shoe, you really shouldn't have to worry about having to use the Reno'Mat before the Dubbin. So the only thing that I would recommend is just being careful not to apply the Mirror Gloss anywhere on the shoe that is going to flex or bend because that will lead to cracking and so if you have a crease, maybe across the top edge of your toe cap, when you're applying in the mirror shine, just be careful to come just directly underneath that. J.T., I hope this helps. Really appreciate your question. I look forward to sending you a pair of our Sovereign Grade shoeslaces.
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