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  1. Very well put. Great concise post. It's a very difficult situation, I think lots of people find it hard to reconcile the well documented haphazard way things occur in Habana, with the product that 'sometimes' seems Soooooo perfect. Lots of people place all of that praise on the natural product, and say "ah well, even a broken clock is right 2 times a day". To me its a difficult conundrum. El Pres wrote a brilliant piece a month or so back, which was a sort of "Ode to Cuba" suggesting that the desire to somehow install a cold and calculating Zino Davidoff type, to turn the rolling houses into a hyper accurate Mercedes-esc production line, would be an abomination. No comment of what you've said. but I think we are often in danger of saying. "These cigars are great....what great tobacco" and conversely "These cigars are awful, bloody hopeless production (people)!"
  2. But thats exactly what i'm saying. Some of the cigars of yesterday were so brutal, that, who did! want those cigars fresh? To me (and I like strong cigars) they would of been completely inapproachable young. I guess what I'm getting to is, Were clients outside of Cuba, suggesting blends and body that was over and above what was already a natural disposition for fresh strong cigars in Cuba .........i.e. was this strength creator driven, or audience driven?
  3. Hmmm Yep, it just puts them under pressure though, which is why a guess they don't do it. Like many of us have said before, there is nothing more uninteresting than reading some Habanos schpiel on the inserts. i.e "this release, is a special release, on the date we have chosen to release, these 10 special cigars blah blah blah Yawn!. it doesn't really communicate anything I see it akin to the write up on back of wine labels that restrict themselves to "this is a red wine, that will pair well with red meats" ?? no! you don't say! I would rather they wrote nothing, As long as they don't commit to saying a certain cigar 'should' present certain charcteristics, the insinuation can always be with the failing of dealer/personal storage or consumer palette.
  4. A nice dollop of on the nose, is always a good sign. One of my favourite reviews, Hats off
  5. Outside of the 24/24, I would suggest cigars bought in haste, are usually poor cigars. Whats the rush? With your current hit/miss ratio frustrating you, I would suggest not "going big" on buying loads of expensive boxes whilst away. It's just my opinion, but I would suggest trying something like a Quai D'orsay Corona, and maybe stock up on multiple boxes of a cheap cigar like that, along with big bags of interesting singles, that will inform your purchases when you're next out of the country. I feel frustrated on your behalf, but like they say, never go to the supermarket when you're hungry. Best of luck, I hope you find a nice stock to take home.
  6. Thanks for posting this. I realised in starting the thread, there would be a host of people coming back with "yeah? No chance" Which is how I imagine it to be. The real question to me is. How do blenders go about making very very strong 15yr lay down cigars (that aren't really made anymore), that are unpleasantly brutal ROTT, if they have little to no idea what the end game is
  7. - "Hey Ernesto! do you want to try some of these Anejados" - "EERrrrr!. No?" - "ERNESTO!!!!..............smoke the Anejados!"
  8. Ha! the best un intentional comedy double act since 'Silon & Garfunckle'
  9. This is brilliant, I cant help but think those experiences, may inform (even in a slight way) how he approaches his blends in the future.
  10. With that established, Would the degree of strength of cigars of the past be a genuine flavour/body preference of tastes in Cuba (i.e the blender) or are they creating "blind" for a customer. With some cigars of the 60s still able make smokers green behind the gills today, surely there couldn't of been genuine desire for smokers in Cuba to have cigars that 'full on'? I like strong cigars, and I don't see anything in the modern day catalogue to be too strong, But if the answer "yes! the general desire of Cuban's was for their cigars to be that strong" then why have their tastes changed in the modern day?
  11. As I think Nino has said on the forum before "you wont find vintage cigars in Cuba". With that in mind, if a blender is putting a cigar together like an old school RA 898, how do they truly get to know whats that cigar intended to be, if it flies out the door the second it's rolled? Do they hold a certain number of cigars back as a sort of 'databank' to train blenders?. or is this just too sensible to be true?
  12. They are no way the same cigar, but have you tried any of the Picadores?. I find them to be great ROTT, and although they may never grow old to put out the degree of caramel sweetness as the PC. They have oodles of flavour. cream, caramel, a sort of sweet pea/cut grass sweetness.
  13. I feel for you mate. Sounds as if you're doing everything right and they look like lovely cigars. If this is taking up your storage and pissing you off, (being faced with them etc) Maybe vac-packing them, and just shelve them elsewhere. You might be moving house in 20 yrs time, and find yourself a little present,

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