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  1. I'd recommend a ginger ale, sparkling cider or unsweetened/lightly sweetened iced tea for a cigar like this. Lightly flavored water like @NotLawReview suggested or water with lemon would be good as well.
  2. Yes, these cigars are referred to as both Coronas (incorrectly) and Coronas Claro (correctly) interchangeably. They are, at least since 1995, the same cigar. I think most people aren't aware that the official name of these is and always has been Coronas Claro as the box lid has only ever shown Coronas and many people associate the "Claro" with the Coronas Claro Claro that was discontinued in 1995. The new bands should eliminate the confusion and confirm the official name of this cigar as Coronas Claro despite the box only ever saying Coronas.
  3. There were actually two different cigars produced simultaneously until 1995--Coronas Claro and Coronas Claro Claro. The official name of the cigar produced today and to which you refer is Coronas Claro. The front of the box has only ever shown "Coronas" but prior to 1995 had the word "Claro" stamped on the bottom, however the new revamped bands for this cigar correctly reflect Coronas Claro. I don't believe the new boxes for these have been seen yet, or whether there will even be revamped boxes for them. Prior to 1995 the other cigar was Coronas Claro Claro and also only showed the word "Coronas" on the front of the box, but had the word "Clarisimo" stamped on the bottom. I believe these were essentially the same cigar but with lighter wrappers and were more popular in the English market. However, both the Coronas Claro and the Coronas Claro Claro were always two separate models.
  4. I've never had the pleasure of sampling one, but these are considered legendary and most agree it's one of the best Cuban cigars ever made, and most who smoke one think it's the best cigar they've ever had. I would say 26,500 GBP is a very fair price for an intact humidor and I would pick that up if I could. Although I would be looking for a non-intact humi as well as I'd probably be smoking many of these up.
  5. 1 Box from Cuba

    Trini Fundys for $261 if you can find them. RA Superiores for $56 is one of the best deals also. The other great bargains IMO are the HU Noellas and Party Chicos. HU Connie A for $203 is pretty good also.
  6. This seems to be a drug that is being taken very seriously in terms of research in the US and some other countries right now but it appears that it's effectiveness could be extremely limited to a very small number of people in particular categories. That being said, there seems to be little downside to taking it so if it saves one person, I suppose it's a success. However if it's effectiveness is that limited chances are the price will be very high due to low demand and insurance may not cover it. Cuba is charging quite a bit of money for one year of treatment. I suppose even if it does work for a small number of people it would be the greatest innovation to ever come out of a communist country. Other than Tetris of course.
  7. Saint Luis rey Serie A

    Somewhat my point. We traditionalists benefited for decades at the expense of the CC industry's lack of profit-maximizing endeavors and sentimentality for maintaining tradition. No private enterprise would have allowed the state of affairs Tabacuba found itself in in the year 1999. If this was anything other than a state-run company it would have gone belly-up long before that. Cigars were almost entirely a product of national pride and I doubt the bottom line mattered at all until the Soviet money dried up. I highly doubt they would have allowed Altadis to buy in unless they felt it was absolutely necessary. I know they had accepted a great deal of money from Altadis leading up to 2000 and perhaps the bill was coming due, but I'm sure if they could have avoided giving away half their interest they would have found a way. When Cohiba Talisman fly off the shelves at $70 each I think we can say the limit has not been reached. I'm sure as prices rise on these super-premium releases they'll find out where sales start to slow and back it off a tad. The margins on these are so high that there's plenty of buffer if and when sales on these begin to slow. Right now the Asian economy is on the upswing and it's just a flat-out huge market with lots of room to grow. And then you have the future USA market at some point. I'd say long-term, HSA's future looks bright. If profits continue to be high and production must be increased it's reasonable to assume some money will be plowed back into QC. They've been doing a pretty good job in the last 5 years with limited raw materials. I think the major QC issues have been generally solved and quality has become remarkably uniform throughout all factories to the point where factory code chasing has become chiefly moot. Sure, overall, NCs have better QC. But I've had and seen my share of poorly constructed NCs. Also, cigars like Opus X and Padron 1926 and 1964 are considered regular production and are priced much higher than almost all CC regular production cigars. Also, many NCs are rolled with the machine--something that will probably not happen anytime soon in Cuba. And lastly, even the very best NCs are still not as good as the very best CCs, and I just don't see that changing anytime soon. The climate and soil of the NC regions are just what they are and that will never change no matter how much capital is poured into the NCs. CCs will always have that special something. I don't think they will ever need to match the tangible factors of NCs like QC, marketing etc. as long as the intangibles exist. They just can't go back to the 2000-2002 levels however. That would be a disaster. But there's no sign of that happening. It's been a solid 15 years with no real major hiccups so I think it's safe to assume those issues were ironed out for the most part.
  8. Saint Luis rey Serie A

    I've always maintained that there's no downside to supporting all regular production models, I think I may be missing HSA's strategy and there may in fact be one. Larger RG special releases represent the biggest margins for HSA. This is just fact. I think they believe that trimming the non-global brands down to 3 or less vitolas allows them to increase the value of special releases under the given streamlined marcas. Some marcas will be revamped entirely like QdO but the new models will be larger RG, higher margin cigars. Let's be honest--the QdO 50 is a Short Robusto that should be priced the same as the PSD5 but it is actually priced 10-20% higher. Sure, HSA could produce SLR A in minimal quantities sufficient to meet the demand of its loyal fans, but to them putting good tobacco in that model is costing them profit when they could use that tobacco for a 54 RG "Serie B" that would fly off the shelf. I do agree, HSA could give a hoot about us traditionalists. And as much as I don't like it, it's as much a function of a state-owned enterprise as anything else. The only thing that maybe would have prevented or delayed this, IMO, is private ownership and production of the Cuban brands. I think this unfortunate trend is actually long overdue. Tabacuba coasted for decades on the miracle Corojo & Criollo, the Soviet Union's largess and virtually no serious competition from NC cigars. Very little changed for CCs from 1962 to 2002 outside of a wave of cuts in the 1970s. Cuba wasn't really too concerned with their bottom line until the late 90s when the Soviets' demise and the end of the cigar boom converged to make them panic and bring in an outside private enterprise to make the operation profitable as any private company would do. Regular production models that have lower margins and sell relatively poorly simply aren't the future and they know it. The only obligation they have is to the shareholders, which is the case for any company in all honesty. The fact that very few of us here "get" the large RG, special production trend should tell us that we are in the vast minority among the world's cigar smokers and cigar spenders. HSA losing money to please us makes little sense, as much as I dislike it.
  9. I've had nothing but good luck with 16 & 17 Monte 2s. IMO, they're the most consistent as they've ever been right now. Much more similar to the 1, 3 & 4 than they've ever been IMO. Not that I've been blown away by any--most have come in around 92 points for me. But I am smoking then regularly and I can't recall when I've done that in the last decade.
  10. So my recollection was correct. I remember not many were too upset to see these go at the time. No one liked them anymore. A huge casualty of the early 2000s quality drop. Of course, no one knew at the time that this was just the beginning of the Churchill purge. Yes, this is a little closer to where they seem to be at. The prices in the $350-500 range seem to be for 1999 and earlier 10 boxes. 2000-onward seem to be in the $250-350 range. But as pointed out above, I'd only be picking post-2000 boxes up to collect, not smoke. They were pretty lousy the last few years leading up to their demise.
  11. Yes, it seems the market value for these is in the 275-325 GBP range as of late 2017. Additional auction and shipping fees factored in you're looking at around 350-400 GBP out the door or about $500, give or take. Not a bad ROI on these as I recall they sold for well under $100 in the early 2000s, although IIRC there wasn't a lot of high praise for these around the time of their demise
  12. Best: Siglo II OBM NOV 16 - honey and lemongrass in every puff, perfect construction Worst: HU Royal Robusto ALO MAY 17 - whole 10 box tasted like a dirt sandwich and had terrible construction
  13. Saint Luis rey Serie A

    True, the Fonseca No. 1 was neither a limited production cigar nor ever gone for more than maybe 6 mos around 14 or 15. All the other known limited production cigars have never been gone for more than 18 mos. to my recollection. Now we have several cigars that are coming up on 4 years MIA: Hoyo DD, LGC MdO2, SLR DC. And three that hadn't been seen since 14 were recently cut--SLR SA, QdO I and JLPC. So this does not bode well for those not seen but not yet cut. But I suppose if there's any chance of any of those reappearing it would be in 2018-2020 after these last two stellar crops where there should certainly be enough tobacco available to make anything they want to.
  14. Saint Luis rey Serie A

    Well, another one bites the dust. One really never knows until it's confirmed but seeing as how the Fonseca No. 1 is the only cigar ever officially cut that never went away the chances are slim and none. @El Presidente Just curious--what was the sales differential over the years between the Regios and the A when both were available? Was the Regios always just crushing the A?

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