umbzp44

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  1. What's in your glass today?

    I had the 1985 yesterday. It was very good. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I'm shocked that LCDH sell NCs Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. The 70% (by volume) and 80% (by revenue) numbers are from Habanos SA directly. I know that in many non-US markets, CCs dominate. But since we are an international forum and have some retailers on here as well, I was looking for some info on exactly what is being sold in non-US markets and how much. A lot of NC producers denigrate CCs, which is totally ridiculous if you ask me. Badmouthing a competitor's product is a no-no from Sales 101.
  4. Hi FoH'ers, I was hoping that some of you can help shed some light on a debate that I had with a friend of mine. He claims that a few of the bigger NC producers are making big inroads into Europe and taking significant market share away from CCs. I asked him where he was getting his info from and he told me it was from a NC producer. I mentioned that this would be a biased source, but he was adamant. From what I can find, CC hold about 70% market share globally in units and 80% in revenue. Has there been any significant shift in the market in Europe, where some of the NC producers have been trying to increase their share? I know that Ashton, My Father, Padron and Fuente are all selling cigars in Europe, but to my understanding, it's a very small share of the market. Personally, I find NC cigars to be quite different from nearly all Habanos, with the Nicaraguan cigars being the strongest and the largest difference in flavor profile. I just don't see the demand for NC cigars outside of the US, so I figured the community here could give me some insight on that, as I am in the US and have not visited cigar shops in Europe.
  5. expensive rums

    I've had Diplomatico Ambassador. It's cloyingly sweet and not worth the high price. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Opus X

    I don't like most of the line extensions, but the Oscuro Oro was phenomenal. Great cigar, truly great. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. What's in your glass today?

    For national scotch day: Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Opus X

    I like the Casa Fuente when they are fresh, but they fall off a cliff around 6 months. Opus X age very well. They are really good after 5-6 years. I guess the people that complain about the price must be paying a big markup. I have boxes of Opus and never paid more than $12-14 a stick even for the larger sizes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Opus X

    I think all of the variations are kind of ridiculous, with all of the ridiculous names as well. That said, I like Opus X quite a bit. I don't buy the weird/rare stuff, just the regular line, which I buy for a normal price ($8-15 each). I think the petit corona, corona, corona gorda, robusto, double robusto and pyramid are all great sizes for this cigar. The smaller ring gauge ones can be pretty punchy when young.
  10. Opus X

    I guess I was misinformed- they're '95 Opus! I'm definitely going to smoke them- they're at that age where they might have already turned into a faint shadow of the original cigar.
  11. So I was at my local lounge and was talking to a guy I know, he pulls out some very old Opus X. Then the following week, he gives me these. Original release 1994 Opus X. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. So, what are your recent acquisitions?

    Dark Cove at a fraction of retail?!? Great deal. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. So, what are your recent acquisitions?

    Yeah, I wanted to know what was in the blend. If it was a blend of several malts or just grain and Springbank. It's gotta be produced by Springbank judging by the packaging. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. So, what are your recent acquisitions?

    Seng, do you know if there is grain in the blend or is it a vatted malt? Does it taste like Springbank? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

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