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  1. I remember pretty vividly that the cohiba GR went for 950-1000 swedish kronor which is about 100 US$ (usually one dollar is 9-9,50 kronor). From what I’ve seen the different reservas and GR have pretty much the same price around world so $100 can’t be that far of. Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  2. FB cigar groups selling vintage cohibas

    My take on buying vintage cohiba or other rare cigars (like the millennium jars, davidoff etc) is to buy from people who are somewhat known in the cigar community in the country you live in. People who have personal friends there are not likely to put their reputation on the line and risk friendships in said community for a couple of hundred dollars. Regarding the question about people who have these rare cigars that are hard, or even impossible to find as a sole reason to be suspicious I have to agree that it’s reason in itself to check extra carefully. But I also disagree at the same time because I’m most certain that there are many people who actually have these rare cigars and “want” to sell them for several reasons. Maybe it’s purely financial, the wife is forcing them, or maybe they just lost interest in cigars, or some other reason. Some people rather have the money instead of enjoying these rare sticks. Personally, if I had a 25box of 93 cohibas that I bought during one of my cigar-psychosis I would probably sell 15-20 now and keep the rest to myself and use the money to buy furniture for my new apartment. I think far from all people who have these rare sticks are wealthy and have more or less made some financial sacrifices to get them. And maybe they made these sacrifices many years ago when the price wasn’t as high as it is today, when they weren’t as rare as they are now, or when they had more money then they have now. I don’t know. This rambling was just my spontaneous thought when I read this topic. I will finish my post by quoting shlomo who made a good point. “Facebook cigar groups, in general, are full of scumbags, gougers, flippers, profiteers, fakes and thieves”. Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  3. My first reaction was LOL [emoji23] A hybrid of GR and EL that's sold as a regional. But when I let it sink in I would really want to try it if HSA made a real one, is that just me? [emoji14] Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  4. What!? I tried my fair share of cigars that's been discontinued these last 10 years and I think many, but far from all of course, have been good to great. And from time to time threads come up where people express their love and heartbreak for some of these discontinued babies. I think it there's more reasons then "bad" as to why HSA has discontinued these cigars. There are quite a few things that doesn't do well in this world but that doesn't mean they're bad. Movies for example that have been box office bombs that gained a (large) cult following to name one thing. Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  5. 3 years old and already mansplaining! [emoji38] Seriously, this was funny as hell, thanks for sharing! Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  6. 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
  7. apparently the tsa is doing a horrible job. Seems like they're there to scare people from smuggling stuff and to put on show so you feel safe when you're flying. 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". 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 stories 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
  8. Dry Boxing

    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
  9. 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
  10. 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. Oh, to late.. Hehe, the nxs link goes to the same article. But I actually read this story on other places before cigar journal published an article about it. Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  11. 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
  12. 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. In all seriousness, thanks for the explanation. it's a good answer and valid point you made. Skickat från min iPhone med Tapatalk
  13. 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 that complains 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
  14. Punch 48

    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
  15. 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

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