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  1. 3 years old and already mansplaining! [emoji38] Seriously, this was funny as hell, thanks for sharing! Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  2. Yeah, nauseous is a good description. On one hand it feels like you're totally crushing someone by telling the truth, on the other hand you just want the person to just stop what their doing. Forever. For me it's such an impossible situation. Good that the took it well tho. It takes skill to drop a truth bomb in that caliber. Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  3. Did you drop the truth bomb on him? Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  4. I'm just glad that the king gets a new vitola. I usually don't smoke anything over 52 but the montesco is on some streak or something. The bolivar and Juan Lopez are very nice imo. But I will let the reviews speak before I'm spending my own money. If it's horrible, I'll probably pass. Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  5. I remember one time at a Chicago airport when I was waiting in line and a tsa agent came up to me and tried to hand me one of these (dont know what they're called in English) it had some card hanging from it to. She just walked up to me and was just like "here, take it" and I just replied "ehh, no thanks" and tried to ignore her, mostly because it was such random and strange encounter, and the last thing I want is trouble at an US airport. Anyway, she insists and insists and eventually I try to ask her what that thing is and what she wants me to do with it and she barley answers. Just something like "give it to the guy behind the counter over there, that's all". After several minutes I take damn thing and she leaves and I just throw it in the nearest garbage can. Even if she was wearing a uniform I don't want to leave some random thing to security that a random person gave me. Looking back though I think they were measuring the time people stood in line or something. But the whole encounter was more like when a homeless person tries to give you a newspaper in the subway "here just take it, only 3 dollars". That was my only experience with tsa and the only time I flew to the US. If you search through the internet and YouTube you'll find all kind of strange encounters, all the way from an agent refusing to manually inspect breast milk and insists taking it in the x-ray (even tho it says clearly that you can request such service) to searching a persons luggage for bitcoins (that has to be the most insane things I've heard of yet). From the stories I've read they remind me of the security guards in the malls we have here in Sweden... Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  6. I almost never dry box mostly because I'm not a regular smoker I don't really plan what to smoke beforehand. I'm one of those who goes from one every day a week or two and then down to a complete cigar-celibacy for 2-3 months. But I dry box sometimes if I'm able to plan a little. I put the cigar in a lunchbox and let it rest for 4-6 days. I usually dry box a stick if the last one tasted a little muted or just "off" and it usually helps. What I discovered the last year or so is that the cigars that have a thicker wrapper usually benefits from this. Not exclusively but usually. The ELs and some of these NCs with a Connecticut broadleaf wrappers are a good example when I think dry box will benefit. Not just flavors but but usually construction as well. Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  7. I think one argument that can be made is that, since the wrapper were used for domestic production, it is the reason it's inferior. HSA seems to be a company that uses the best tobacco for export and uses the 2nd grade for domestic production, cheaper cigars, and for other cheaper stuff like cigarillos. I can't help but think that if they viewed the wrapper to be suited for premium cigars they would've used it before the year 2000, but for some reason they didn't. They decided (or rather reevaluated) it to be used during a raw material crisis. A little to coincidental if you ask me... Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  8. Although to be fair, there is several stories on how the ELs were born so I think it's necessary to point out the fact that people need to make a personal judgment on what they believe. Kind of like the whole culebra thing. Several stories there too. Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  9. Can't see the pic, but it's easy for you to figure out yourself. In this case, check the length of the cigar and look up the length on the RAs that's in production. If it's a regional then just look what country it is on the secondary band and search from there. It may be hard for us to measure the exact rg and length from a pic if you bought a Lebanon regional for example Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  10. As soon as you mentioned this "October 2010 Chicago cigar massacre" I immediately went to google and searched and all I can say is yikes!! That incident is actually something I can't possibly argue with or speculate that there more to it with this no-talk-about-vendors rule. Maybe it's time to take down the poster I have next to my cigar storage Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  11. As pigfish stated, every vendor is accused of selling fakes. If you just google hard enough you'll find someone somewhere claiming they got fakes. Problem is also that some review sites always has a comment or three that they received fakes. And if it's not that, then it's hassle with the shipment and the vendor refuses to return the money or something. It would actually be interesting to know who some of these people are about fakes or customer service... It makes sort of sense that foh doesn't allow discussion of other vendors for the simple reason that it's run by one but I also don't understand why it's such a sensitive topic in a general sense either. In one of the threads (can't remember if it was about the new monte dantes, hdm lcdh or punch 48), people talked about a certain vendor that started a pre order but none would even mention the name, only "a certain famous vendor in Europe" or something was the only description and people were like "oh yes I think I know who you're taking about". The rule of not even mentioning names, why is that I may ask? When I brought it up on our Swedish cigar forum a few years ago people were (very) reluctant to answer. The only real answer I got was that people don't want to disclose their source in fear that the custom have a eye on the forum, or if they discover a larger amount of packages suddenly being shipped from a country and start to investigate it. I can understand that in part but with the amount of packages and letters coming into Sweden, and drugs being shipped nowadays it seems a little unreasonable and weird prioritizing. I doubt that it's the whole explanation of this secrecy. I can sometimes understand it's easier to just have a clear rule and that's that. "no talking about other vendors" with no ifs or exceptions. Then people don't have to wonder what they can or can't say, worrying about breaking the rules, and so on. While I don't agree with the person that sent the email asking these questions, and how he asked them, he touched a subject I've been thinking about for a long time now. It seems like it's part of the cigar culture to not talk about, or even mentioning vendors and I don't understand the reason behind that. Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  12. You're absolutely right. It is different concepts and some of the double band cigars had good pricing. The SLR Tesoro and ERdM PR were sold at 90-100$ if I remember correctly. I think that it was around the same price as the HdM PR and monte PE when I visited Spain this christmas. Like someone mentioned above, the RACA is another example of a reasonable price tag when it came out. But like you said in the post above, they use this limited production, double banded, number plate, unique vitola thing to conceal the fact that they put a higher price. Overall this special/limited production concept is way of confusing us when they're raising the price weather they choose the extra band, numbered plate or anything else. This sales tactic seems to be working so that's why they keep using it. That's my point. They expect people to buy it because this sales tactic has worked before. Regarding if it's a special vitola, I agree it's not so special. Only difference is 2rg thicker then the punch-punch, but many of the ERs have been the same. If there's a robusto in the brand they release a Edmundo (or the other way around). At the end of the day, if it's as bad as people here have described it and the aging doesn't help, I'll pass. If I hear that it turned around after 6 months. I'll buy at least 3 to see for myself. Till then, it looks like I will be spending my hard earned $ on a box of the new HdM LCDH. Regarding the brooch clap thing. It's funny you mentioned the monte 520 box because when I rearranged in the tupperdor to fit in the Boli Tesoro's I picked up the monte box and had that exact thought about the brooch clasp. But you're explanation makes perfect sense. I guess I'm still a little to young to realize some of these concepts and traditions in the industry. Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  13. I'm only 26 so I don't really have a lot of options to choose from. But I guess I would pick the age 7-9. I didn't worry about any bills, about the future or anything really. I had my friends, we played with our lego, played cop and thief and chased each other endlessly through the neighborhood. Or we just hanged and talked about life. It was a simple carefree life. Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  14. I think it's because they sell. As far as I know HSA is the only one who has a true insight in terms of sales, how fast different cigars sell, quantities etc ( and they don't release these numbers as far as I know). If they see that these special edition cigars have good sales numbers, or even sell better then many regular production at a certain price they're gonna charge that. I wouldn't sell my product at certain price if I know people are willing to pay more for it then the price I put, I would raise the price. When I look at instagram it's completely flooded with pictures of special editions, especially regionals... I think many people here can agree that these double banded sticks are in high demand. When I look at many of the quality NCs they have little higher price then most quality cubans. I think HSA knows this and tries to tap into the market of the people who are willing to spend a little more. That's why I think even the new regular production releases have a slightly higher price then I think they should, like the medio siglo for example, it has the same price as the siglo 3 here in Sweden. Imo they're pushing it with a price like that. It's easy to divert the price by showing the extra band, refer to fact that's a limited production, have these numbered boxes, and a unique size (us geeks go crazy for these unique sizes in the different marcas, or is it just me?). Not to get off topic but I just bought a box of bolivar Tesoros (only because of the unique shape btw) and I would preferred if they put a brooch clasp on the box instead of a individual number plate but my cynical side says that it has to be a reason for it. I mean cmon, a individual number plate to show exclusively and then put a simple nail to seal it...? My spontaneous guess is that a brooch clasp doesn't generate the extra money that the numbered plate does. Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  15. Thanks fugu and max! To be fair, I re-read my post 4 times before even posting it but usually there is some errors that sometime makes it difficult to understand. I spent 5 years reading reviews and cigar forums almost daily so it's about time I write something given all the knowledge I been soaking up here and other places. Thanks again guys! Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk

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