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  1. I find this really interesting as H.Upmann is a strong forum favorite and well, JL is not. I do agree that recent JL1s are much bolder than the 12s and 13s I have.
  2. Similar here, but with around 1500 LPs and 45s. Most from my DJ days. Still pick up the occasional record here and there, but I mostly scratch the itch with streaming services as I don't have to drop the coin I used to when hunting the deep cuts. Musically, it's hard to beat dropping the needle and just listing to your favorite grooves on big speakers! Like @suggs mentioned, there is beauty in the ritual.
  3. So true! While you're at it... go buy some RG Petit Coronas & QdO Coronas.
  4. Same here. Occasionally I'll go back to the oldest page of threads and start working my way back toward the present clicking on whatever threads look interesting. Camaraderie is a good way to put it. "Friends" of Habanos is an apt name.
  5. Congratulations! A celebration is definitely in order.
  6. To me a sublime cuban cigar is the one that catches you off guard by delivering an unexpectedly blissful experience. Why? Because that's the conclusion I've reached from personal evidence. Those "sublime" cigar exleriences for me are never dictated by a specific cigar. True, I look forward to certain cigars no matter how casual or "special" they may be. Often times they are great. But the truly "sublime" cigars... the cigar lets you know. Lastly, percentage-wise it's indeterminable because you only know of the sublime cuban cigar when you are experiencing it. I would be frequently let down if I expected a sublime experience from every cigar. Rather, I expect to have a good, enjoyable cigar every time I smoke one, and am delighted when it is sublime.
  7. Hmmm... this has me a bit startled I hope they haven't messed with the blend. The reviewer seems more enamored with the band than the actual smoke. In addition, I'm not sure the reviewer understands what 'claro' means if stating that the wrapper in their review is claro in appearance.
  8. This sums it up for me. Watching television it's always the older guy that smokes cigars bragging about his Romeo & Juliets "they're cuban"... so yeah plenty of name recognition, little fanfare. Non-smokers even know RyJ, but tell them you're smoking a SLR or Juan Lopez and they will be So demise or decline? Perhaps among enthusiasts and passionate cigar smokers, but why do they have so many vitolas (even redundancies) and yet other marcas are decimated and more/less unknown outside the cigar community?
  9. Agree. This was one of the more interesting releases to me. I nabbed a box, but I am going to have no trouble letting the tobacco take its time to acclimate for some time before sampling. A big smoke like this needs ample time to settle and marry. I am excited however as I think 5ta/Alemania has done a good job with their Bolivar REs
  10. Interesting, I thought these were only coming out of Upmann factory. They look nice
  11. I agree with this. The 15s I had were very inconsistent. Some great, others just not sure what they wanted to be. And too many underfilled for a box of 10. Glad I held on to a box from '12. Almost ready to dip into those.
  12. They will be fine. With the time spent worrying about the shipping, you could be hunting down another box.

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