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  1. Exactly. RyJ today isn't what it used to be in yesteryears and it can't be explained merely by tobacco shortages. With production peppered among various factories, I feel there's no central QC oversight particularly when it comes to blending. The Capuletos aren't being rolled at the H Upmann factory based on everything I've seen so far, but admittedly I haven't followed them as I generally eschew from ELs.
  2. I feel that the RyJ marca has slipped into a slow demise over the years and is pretty moribund now. When H Upmann was moved into the RyJ factory in 2011, the decline has only accelerated. Looking across the RyJ portfolio, I don't come across any vitolas being rolled in the RyJ factory (now known as the H Upmann factory with current code MEG). RyJ production has been spread across multiple factories. What are others' thoughts on it?
  3. That's what I was thinking! With three letters, they can go for close to 200 years without needing to repeat any factory code
  4. Thanks brother! Makes sense.
  5. I have LEP for H Upmann Mag 50 and Montie 1. LEP is not LC. Most PLPCs are filled at LC. As an aside, how are the early (ENE-MAR) 2015 PLPCs?
  6. Sorry my brother, I misconstrued your post. I wholeheartedly agree with you. While there are multiple factors behind the woeful QC of HSA, one of the drivers can be low wages, which hampers drive to excel individually, methinks.
  7. As long as enough people are willing to buy the overpriced ELs and REs, HSA will willfully continue to lean in that direction. HSA will happily focus on these super-expensive "specials" because the demand is there. ELs and REs represent ~10% of my cigar portfolio because the price point is just not worth it, IMHO. A $30 cigar usually doesn't provide me 6X satisfaction over a good petit corona (I look at you BPC), but then again I've always been a value guy.
  8. I'm my experience, there are many underfilled cigars coming out these days. Wind tunnels is an apt description which is how another brother described the phenomenon. In short, it may not be a problem specific to this RE. As an aside, SGA is the code for ERDM cigars these days.
  9. I'm curious to see the effect on taste of the wider (200 hectares) planting of Corojo 2012, particularly what cigars they are used in.
  10. 46 and under for me
  11. You'd be surprised how resilient cigars are. I've traveled for two weeks with multiple boxes in just Ziploc bags and they were just fine. Think about the fact that we all get cigars from Rob that can take 2+ weeks to arrive and mine have always arrived a bit more moist for my taste. I, for one, believe that we give cigars too little credit for being able to regulate their own microclimate. As long as you're not traveling through somewhere where it's consistently 90F+ with very low ambient humidity, you'll be fine with just Ziploc bags, in my humble opinion.
  12. So I smoked one from my GAS MAY 07 box last night. The distinctive SP saltiness was very much there. The cigar certainly wasn't past its prime.
  13. I feel that Andorra used to be THE place for aged/discontinued cigars but as more and more people found out about it, it got cleaned up of aged stock. To compound the problem, you can legally only bring back 75 cigars back into Spain from Andorra which precludes from bulk buying. The prices, however, are quite low. I paid €132 for a box or SLR Londsdales, as an example.
  14. I love this cigar. Normally I'm not a fan of petit robustos, but this I make an exception for. Get it in the 3x5 cartons rather than a 25 cab. Maybe it's just me but the 3 packs have always smoked better for me than the cabs.
  15. I can't speak to the LUB NOV 13 code, specifically, but 2013 was generally a good year for cigars.

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