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    Cigars, whisky and whiskey, craft beer, vintage watches, food, dark chocolate, cricket

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  1. As much as LGC MdO #2 is in production
  2. As sacrilegious as this will sound, as a NYer, I've always found the beef at Montreal's Schwartz's to be no match to Carnegie, 2nd Ave Deli, Katz's.
  3. Those look horrific. This is from a La Corona Q4 16 box. The QC was having a bad day.
  4. I can verify the second point: lots of TOS 16 Bushidos in the past few months have been seen.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. That's what I was thinking! With three letters, they can go for close to 200 years without needing to repeat any factory code
  8. Thanks brother! Makes sense.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 46 and under for me

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