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  1. If I could find a Newport, I'd game it. Maybe the putter will go up in value in a few years, but so will stocks and crypto.

    If you like the feel of the Tel3 insert, then play it and have fun for a decade rather than having it in the closet. Value can be assessed in enjoyment as well as in cash.

    I'm going to look again today to see if I can find one around here. If so, it'll see grass for sure.

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  2. On 7/7/2021 at 12:20 PM, fozcycle said:

    Nice review Dave…….I may have to try the Ky Straight bourbon if I can find it.  Right now I cannot get Buffalo Trace, Weller or Blanton in my neck of the woods(central FL). I’ll keep looking and plan on stacking up when I go home to Frankfort KY.

    It's so crazy how the different bourbons show up at different levels in the states. Nearly every grocery store out here has 10+ bottles of Buffalo Trace on the shelves. No Weller at all, and Eagle Rare is rare. I would think FL would be closer to KY and have a better shot.

  3. On 6/11/2021 at 5:45 PM, Fireinthehole said:

    Dave, 

    Just the reading material I needed! Been looking for cigar cutter and a new lighter, lost mine in a recent move and its time to stop borrowing from my friends. 

    Also piqued my interest in trying an Olivia series V.

     

    It's a good stick. I bought it initially because it came in a tube, my favorite for golf. I think that the tube one is a double robusto.

  4. It’s Been A Minute

    Hello all lovers of the leaf. It’s been a while since I have posted anything in the Cigar Lounge. Like everything else, you can blame the pandemic for that.

    I have not had anything to share in the lounge since I had not smoked a cigar in fourteen months. My reasoning was that if this was a virus that infects the lungs, then maybe it was a good idea to keep the lungs as healthy as possible. Is that a true thing? I don’t know, as I am not a doctor. Regardless, I did go for more than a year without a cigar.

    Once I was fully vaccinated though, my new plan became Got the Stabs, Have a Stick!

    New Kit Needed

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    To celebrate the return of golfing with cigars, I figured that I needed a couple of things. First, I would go grab one of my favorite cigars, an Olivia Serie V. While the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro is probably my favorite cigar, it can be a little much for the course. It’s more of a bourbon and bullshitting smoke. The Olivia works better for me on the course.

    The other thing that I wanted was a new cigar tool kit for the golf bag. Nothing like a new cutter, lighter, and case to boost the enjoyment of the smoking ritual. Naturally, I turned to Xikar, knowing that their tools have yet to let me down.

    And so, today I want to share with you these new cigar toys so that should you too want to step up your cigar tool game, you’ll have my takes to reference. First, lets talk about transport.

    Xikar Envoy Case

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    To smoke a cigar at the golf course you first need to get the cigar to the golf course. Now I typically use the Xikar 5 cigar travel humidor for golf, but I wanted to explore something lighter and smaller. The five-cigar case works well but seems like overkill if I’m only taking one stick and not worried about maintaining humidity.

    The plan was to look for something smaller. The Xikar Envoy Case seemed like a solid single cigar option. Sure, I could just buy cigars in tubes, but not all my favorites come packaged that way.

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    This case is simplicity personified. It consists of two sections that connect by the larger sliding over the smaller. It may be simple, but it works great for cigars of all reasonable sizes (up to 60 ring/7”). You just slide the top down until it fits the cigar.

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    Could sliding too far damage the cigar? Probably, but the fit is tight, so it would take a significant impact to move that lid.

    As far as the ritual goes, the rich leather and cedar lining evoke feelings of luxury. Maybe that sounds silly, but the case feels fancy, and that makes me feel like I’m doing something fancy.

    All in all, I see myself using the Envoy case far more than the travel humidor, except maybe for golf trips, then I’ll likely need both.

    Xikar Enso Cutter

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    Cutting the cigar is a big part of my smoking ritual. I think that there is a primal, perhaps medieval glee that comes with the cutting. Maybe it’s a touch sociopathic, but I love hearing that click when the blades sever the tip of the cigar.

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    As I am a fan of Xikar’s round XO cutter, I had to take their new Xikar Enso cutter for a spin. Like the XO, this cutter features two synchronized cutting blades. But unlike the XO, this one only pushes from one side.

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    The double guillotine blades move in sync when you press down on the cutting lever. I’m not sure if this is all gear driven like the XO as this time, as all mechanics are enclosed. To open the cutter, you will need to pull the edge up. Nothing spring loaded here. Once open, this cutter will take on a cigar up to a 72 ring gauge. That’s too much girth for me, but you live your life.

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    Like I’ve come to expect from Xikar, the Enso cuts clean. Amazingly clean. One push and that tip is gone, with not a fray to be found on the edge of the wrapper.

    The profile of the Enso is a little on the large size. I did not expect it to have a diameter larger than the XO. That said, it is thinner than expected, and still fits perfectly for one hand cutting. 

    Xikar Tactical Single Torch

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    Yes, I definitely enjoy the cutting ritual, but it is the lighting of the cigar that I look forward to the most. Something about tapping into the primal element of fire and getting the first tastes of the tobacco as the cigar lights. That’s the best. Unfortunately, this is also where a noncompliant torch can take the ritual off the rails. Fighting for fire is not enjoyable.

    Prior to the trying out this torch, my go to fire source was the Xikar Tactical Triple torch. It holds an ocean of fuel, and lights the first time, all the time. It gives me everything I need, except the being new part, so naturally, I needed to take the Xikar Tactical Single for a spin.

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    The surprising thing about the Tactical Single is that it is a bit larger than the Tactical Triple. Maybe not in width, but it is taller and thicker. The ergonomics are still sound though as its round-ish profile fits easy in the hand. Thumb access is perfect for lid flipping and button sliding. The knob to change flame height is huge and has quite a range. Pay attention to this as on full, this single jet torch produces significant flame. My Turrim single does not pump fire like the Tactical Single.

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    After venting any air and filling the Tactical Single with premium butane, I put the ignition to the test. Ten out of ten times it lit. Granted, this was in my garage and not out in the elements. Not to worry though as once I was out on the course, performance was the same.

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    Now you may have noticed that there is a nice groove on the top of the torch to hold your cigar. It’s a great feature, but I am not sure it’s golf friendly. It should work in a riding cart. Pick any flat surface then balance the cigar on the torch. Just remember it before you drive off. Walking the course, this feature may not work quite as well since the fill hole is on the bottom. I’m not sure I’d try this on the grass or dirt as I don’t want any debris to plug the fill hole.

    How it went...

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    With all this build up, you may be wondering how that cigar was on the course. Full disclosure, it was delicious. I loved pulling the new tools out of my new MGS valuables bag. My Envoy kept the cigar safe. The Enso cut like Hanzo, and the Tactical Single delivered fire like Prometheus. All in all, it was great to enjoy a stick on the course again. As we return to normalcy, one of my goals is to appreciate more the things that I took for granted. A round of golf with my good friends and a good cigar is one of those things.

    BONUS TORCH: Palio Vesuvio Triple Torch

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    As it turns out, I have a bonus tool to share with you, the Palio Vesuvio Triple torch. Though the Palio brand may not as well known as Xikar, I have found that Palio makes solid cigar tools. One of the welcome differences is that most of their tools are on the lower end of the cost scale. This torch, for example, lists on Amazon for $12.99 or two for $19.99.

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    While it may not be as fancy as some of my other torches, the Palio Vesuvio Triple is a fire breather. It has a huge butane tank. It is easy to adjust. It spits triple tongues of fire to the stratosphere. And best of all, it only costs about $10!

    Add one to your golf bag, your camping gear, your boat, and wherever you usually enjoy a cigar. Should you drop it in the lake, or leave it in the golf cart, who cares? It was only $10.

    As far as bang for your buck, or flame for your fuel, this torch gets it done.

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  5. Dave’s Take: EyePromise Vizual Edge Pro

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    Hi MGS Folk. It’s been a minute since I last rolled out a Dave’s Take article, but I thought that this new experiment of mine was worth sharing. You see, that is what makes today’s post a little different. It is an ongoing experiment rather than a review. How’s that for a switch?

    Today is the first day that I will be taking the EyePromise Vizual Edge Pro eye health dietary supplement to hopefully improve my vision. Will it work? I have no idea, but that is what makes this an exploration rather than a report. I am starting with hopes, not data.

    Why am I focusing on my eyes?

    Working remotely over the past year has thrashed my eyes. I can tell that they are strained from working on the computer all day. The excess of blue light and constant focal distance have not been friendly to my eyes. The deterioration is obvious when I drive and the road signs that are usually clear have become blurry. A year of Zoom has fatigued the eyes as well as the spirit. When I see my optometrist this year, a new prescription will be involved.

    Lutein and Zeaxanthin

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    It was a previous visit to the eye doctor where I learned about taking lutein and zeaxanthin as supplements for eye health. The doc talked about baseball players who were taking it to see the ball better, and that it could help reduce the irritation/glare caused from oncoming headlights while driving at night. Charged up with optimism, I went and bought a bottle of supplements, finished the bottle, and promptly forgot about buying more. Ah the joys of a short attention span.

    Padraig to the rescue

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    Anyway, here I was knowing that my eyes are struggling, but not really having a plan about what to do about it. As fate would have it, this video of Padraig Harrington dropped into my lap.

     

    One of my goals in life is to pay attention to what is in front of me. Kind of ironic to say that when this is all about declining vision, but it often seems like solutions are out there if you can see them. So here was Padraig, a better golfer than I could ever be, looking into eye supplements to improve his golf game. It honestly made me laugh a bit as I don’t even think about how my eyes effect my golf game. They are of course involved, especially with putting. If you can see the contours better, you should read break better.

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    Why EyePromise?

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    “Putting comes down to confidence and as I got older, I was struggling with reading the greens. However, I’ve now been taking EyePromise for 4 months, and I feel that I can now pick up the change in contrast of the greens much better, which gives me confidence in reading the putts and my stats have improved. I have genuinely found that using EyePromise has helped me.”

    -Padraig Harrington

     

    Like I said, I try to pay attention to what is in front of me. Although I previously knew about the lutein and zeaxanthin supplements, I had basically forgotten all about taking them in the past to help my eyes. Then along came Padraig and the EyePromise Vizual Edge Pro to remind me. It was life saying, “Hey Dave, remember these?”

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    Disclaimer and Plan

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    First and foremost, I am not a doctor. I’m more of a test subject at this point. While I am not concerned with any of the vitamins and supplements listed in the EyePromise formula, I would suggest that you check with your doctor before taking these, or anything new. At this point, I am sharing the experience and not endorsing the product.

    And so here we are today. Like I said before, I popped the first packet of Vizual Edge Pro supplements this morning. Will they help? I hope so. How will I know? I’m not sure. Regardless, I thought that it would be a fun process to share with all of you. I do know that my eyes could use some assistance at this point. So can my golf game. I’m really hoping for some gains like Padraig discussed in the video.

    I’ll pop in here and there over the next month to let you know how it is going. Hopefully, I’ll have an eyeful of insights to share.

    For now, follow this link to learn more about EyePromise.

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  6. 9 hours ago, Tpoole22 said:

    I definitely started doing that, but it's tough being Louisville. There is such a high demand for all of the good bourbons especially eagle rare and blanton. I usually have to go stand I'm line at the distilleries and hope I'm lucky enough to get one.

    Have you tried E.H. Taylor or Wellers?

    There is a random liquor store down the street that has Taylor for $69. Weller is crazy here at well over $100 for the green label.

    Did grab a bottle of Blanton's at grocery store last night for $61. Wife had the audacity to ask if I already had one at home. Only 2/3 full, babe. Back-up is needed.

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    The Biggest of the BOOMs

    “Apex predator” was the phrase that came to mind when I first saw the ads for the new UE HYPERBOOM speaker. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, here is a quick dictionary.com assist:

    In the natural sciences, an apex predator is a predator that exists at the very top of the food chain. Unlike some other predators, it’s never preyed upon itself. Examples include polar bears, lions, crocodiles, and orcas.

    Granted, that is a strange thought to think about a speaker. The thing is though, the UE HYPERBOOM really seemed like an apex speaker. It’s the biggest of the big. If it was part of a nesting doll set, the HYPERBOOM is the outer, all encompassing doll. It's the Jupiter of planets. In the spirit of our current online education systems, here is a little online quiz.

    Which fish in the image below represents the UE HYPERBOOM?

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    Have I hammered on the large theme enough? Actually, I think that there are multiple largenesses that need to be explored. Sure, the profile is one point to ponder, but the second is the sound. For the past few years, Ultimate Ears engineers have bent the rules of reality by packing big sound into small speaker spaces. The question now becomes, what can they do with a large space?

    My What Big Woofers You Have

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    I wanted to start with the cutaway diagram of the UE HYPERBOOM, because honestly, it’s madness in there! I mentioned above how the UE engineers consistently put big sound in small spaces. Well, they have basically done it again, fitting the wide into the wee. To give you some reference for my awe, let me tell you a bit of a story.

    My first car was a 1967 Volkswagen Beetle. Sure, it was twenty years old at the time, but that was actually an advantage in my mind as it meant that anything that I did to the car was an upgrade. Switch to one-piece windows? Upgrade! Add a stinger exhaust? Upgrade! Build a custom stereo system to blast Eric B and Rakim? BIG UPGRADE!

    Though the components were low quality, I was able to install a pair of dome tweeters in the doors, two 4.5” round speakers in the back seat area, and dual 10” woofers in the back. Add some crossovers, an amp, and a terrible cassette deck, and you had all you needed to give your neighbors more bass than they bargained for. That bug rattled both back and front trunks.

    So why talk about that car? Basically, the UE HYPERBOOM has nearly the same speaker set up as my old VW. If you tone down the woofers, the car stereo speakers and the UE HYPERBOOM speakers are close cousins.

    Maybe now you see the source of my space amazement. Once again, the UE engineers have gone total Tardis on the speaker, fitting much more inside than it seems possible.

    Sound Check (ish)

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    One of the frustrating things about doing these speaker reviews is not to be able to give you quantifiable performance data. I know that all reviews of anything have a level of subjectivity to them, but it would be nice to mix in some objective data here and there.

    To this task, I fired up my decibel reader app. My plan was to compare the myBOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3, with the UE HYPERBOOM sound outputs. After some random scrolling through my audio library, I selected The Cult’s Love Removal Machine as the test song. Here’s a refresher (or introduction):

    https://youtu.be/k6PgftKbQnQ

    Basically, I recorded the dB output at the same part of the big guitar solo using all three of the speakers, each turned up to maximum volume. Here’s the data I collected:

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    “Hey Dave, aren’t all of those nearly the same loudness?”

    As it turns out, the speakers all have a decibel limit. According to the UE website, the speakers should max at 90 dB for the myBOOM 3 and MEGABOOM 3, with the UE HYPERBOOM topping out at 100dB. As you can see from the data, there was not much difference in loudness.

    However, there was a huge difference in sound. It was amazing to compare them one right after another. The obvious, and not unexpected improvement in the BOOM->MEGABOOM->HYPERBOOM progression was with the bass. BOOM->MEGABOOM bass increase is a known entity to me. The larger speaker has deeper bottom end tones. Still though, the HYPERBOOM’s bass rock express was a surprise when I fired it up.

    My daughter and I discussed what should be the first song out of the HYPERBOOM. While Kesha’s Woman was a strong contender, we went with Scream and Shout by will.i.am and Britney (bitch). Lots of different sound textures in that song, and the bass is huge.

    Where the MEGABOOM 3 brings enough bass that you can hear it, the UE HYPERBOOM brings the bass so you can feel it. As I said, I was ill prepared for the boom of the HYPERBOOM. It has that old huge dual-tape boom box bass, perhaps the bass is even closer to car stereo bass. I suppose the speaker arrangement should have clued me into this, but there was no portent for the pounding.

    Naturally, big bass beats are not the choice of all. Thankfully, you can fire up the UE BOOM app on your phone and adjust the levels to fit your preferences. On the topic of EQ, the HYPERBOOM also features a new adaptive EQ. It uses the microphone to change the EQ levels based upon the space, automatically adjusting to fit an indoor room, or outdoor patio. Again, this kind of feature is tough to quantify, but the change in sound as you move from place to place happens. So far, I have never questioned the mix that the HYPERBOOM dials in.

    Not For The Golfs?

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    Ideally, Dave’s Takes are all about sharing my thoughts on products that golfers would be interested in using. Some of these products may be more golf lifestyle products, rather than products to use on the course. Because of its size, I had fully assumed that the UE HYPERBOOM would fit in the golf lifestyle category, but I took it to the course for a fitting regardless.

    As you can see in the photo above, it’s not going to fit in a cupholder, let alone the water bottle holder in your bag like the BOOM 3 can. However, check this shot out...

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    The UE HYPERBOOM will fit in the basket of the power cart. What you do with that information is up to your judgement and conscience. In a casual scramble setting, this speaker could deliver substantial round revelry. Should you be surrounded by anti-music golfers, this one could raise some ire, probably with a three to four hole radius. Basically, you need to remember just how much sound the HYPERBOOM delivers.

    How Hype is the HYPERBOOM?

    So how much love do I have for the HYPERBOOM. While my affection is significant, there is one thing that in certain situations could steer me to another audio option. Before I get to that, let’s look at a few other interesting HYPERBOOM features.

    Simple To Use

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    As soon as you turn on the HYPERBOOM, the speaker is immediately in pairing mode. A short trip to Bluetooth settings on your phone and you are good to go. A new feature with the HYPERBOOM is a second Bluetooth channel that can pair with a different device. No more speaker fighting sessions, or randomly switching to a different user when they use their phone.

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    All of the control buttons are on the top and operation is super simple. Use the plus and minus symbols for volume, and then the standard one touch control to pause and skip. If you are using the other UE speakers, this will all be automatic.

    Great Connectivity

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    The HYPERBOOMs ports are all tucked away under a little rubber flap. Once you lift it, you will see the charging port and other inputs. The HYPERBOOM does not charge by simple USB like the other speakers, likely due to the size of the plays for 24-hours battery. The USB port is not for charging the speaker but rather to charge another device. One needs a charged phone and a charged speaker for the music thing to work. There is also an aux cable input as well as an optical port in case you want to hook this up to a component system.

    Portability

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    The UE HYPERBOOM has a nifty hidden handle that allows you to carry the speaker. It seems to work fine for this, but I’m a little gun shy about carrying the heavy speaker this way. Though these are touted as drop proof, I’d rather not drop it.

    Portability is really the one thing that I don’t glow about with the HYPERBOOM, and it’s not the speaker’s fault. This is a large speaker, that while you can take it from place to place, you are probably doing so by car, or just leaving the HYPERBOOM in the same spot most of the time.

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    Again this is not a fault, but rather a perception incompatibility for me with UE speakers. I can’t count the number of times that I have tossed a BOOM, ROLL, WONDERBOOM, or MEGABOOM into my golf bag, kayak, backpack, ice chest, or basket on my bike. In my mind, UE speakers are the apex predators in portable audio, and the HYPERBOOM is not that portable. It has the best sound by a wide margin, with the bass being otherworldly, but it’s not a toss and go speaker. I feel like I'm getting mad at the speaker for something that it is not designed for, and that's not really fair. The UE HYPERBOOM just challenges my UE brand perception I suppose.

    Dave’s Take on the UE HYPERBOOM: Sounds Like a Winner

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    The UE HYPERBOOM does come with a big sticker price of $399.99, making this the most expensive speaker in the UE line-up. When I played the speakers in sequence, there was no question that the sound of the HYPERBOOM was impressive and well beyond that of its diminutive kin. Like I said, this speaker can rumble a room. I think that someone looking for a home stereo replacement will love this speaker. Though it’s a portable audio product, the emphasis of the HYPERBOOM is really on audio over portability. When you hear the sound, I bet that you will feel OK about the HYPERBOOM being a bit more cumbersome.

    My plan for the HYPERBOOM is to have it anchor my UE audio experience. Though the UE app, I'll pair my speakers together.  Then I will drop the HYPERBOOM at a central location in the house or yard, and place BOOMS and MEGABOOMS where needed to supplement. It still blows my mind that you can run all of these speakers, with nearly endless audio content, from a single pocket-sized phone. Viva the golden age of wireless.

    BONUS BUDGET CONTENT

    I know that a $400 speaker is not in everyone’s budget. Well, I have a great find that will allow you to experience the UE audio and portability for a lot less. Costco frequently has a deal on WonderBooms where you can get two of them for $99. Here’s the link to the product page. Check your local store and check back online if they are sold out. They do restock. The WonderBoom is a solid, dare I say Most Wanted speaker.

    BONUS BIGNESS CONTENT: How Big is the Hyperboom?

    I thought that it would be fun to compare the size of the UE HYPERBOOM to some other things just so you can get a real feel for the size of it. First, here are the BOOM 3, MEGABOOM 3, and HYPERBOOM speakers side by side.

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    Here are the BOOM and MEGABOOM sitting on the HYPERBOOM.

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    The HYPERBOOM compared to a golfball

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    The HYPERBOOM vs. a delicious 12 oz. beverage bottle

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    And the only thing that put up a fight, the 1.75 l Kirkland French Vodka bottle

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    If you've ever bought that vodka, and you should since it's excellent, then you can now relate to the HYPERBOOM's monolithic majesty. Neither are really portable, but both are delicious in their own right.

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