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  1. Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with Opus. Some have been among the best cigars I have ever smoked, and others have left me completely befuddled. I think what it comes down to is the sheer difficulty of growing the tobacco for the cigars, as the richness and depth of flavor can vary wildly year to year. I see you enjoyed your first taste at Cigar Inn, go there often? I tend to stop by once every couple of weeks.PM me, maybe we can meet up sometime. I'd be glad to bring you an Opus with a bit of age on it so you can see how the hands of time affect the flavor.
  2. Smallclub, Thankyou for clarifying that and for your patience with my lack of knowledge on the subject, I had not realized fermentation was handled by a seperate entity. Rob, Thanks for your input as well, I greatly appreciate the insight. It's interesting that vegeuros would use the process for their own private cigars. I know that here in the states, if a manufacturer acknowledged the use of bethume it would be perceived negatively by "aficionados" (though likely ignored by the mass market), but to know those in Cuba who are responsible for growing some of the finest tobacco on the planet sometimes utilize it for their own pleasure is kind of ironic.
  3. Smallclub, I had come across that information as well, but it leaves me a bit puzzled. If for instance you are sourcing tobaccos from different farmers, and some of those farmers utilize bethune for the fermentation of their crop, wouldn't you then have to allocate that farmer's crop to the same marca year after year in order to maintain a consistent blend? I can perhaps give credence to the notion that the main intention of bethune may not be to alter the flavor of the tobacco (and this will likely vary given the various recipes used), but I have a hard time believing that it would not have ANY impact on the flavor of the tobacco. For example, certain non-cuban manufacturers admit to the utilization of a tobacco stem and water solution during the fermentation of their maduro leaves, stating that this aids not only the darkening of the leaf, but also adding a spicier taste. If simple tobacco and water bethunes can affect flavor, then wouldn't concoctions containing other ingredients such as fruits or spirits do the same?
  4. Hi Everyone, Stumbled across a topic I have very limited familiarity with today and was wondering if perhaps anyone could shed some light on it. I've read about bethume before, namely in relation to the Royal Jamaica cigars, which reported the use of bethume in the filler tobacco in order to increase sweetness and at times with reference to non-cuban maduro processing.It generally seems to carry negative connotation with consumers, though I don't necessarily see it that way. I stumbled upon an old Cigar Aficionado article which mentioned Avelino Lara utilizing an old family recipe for bethume when he began making cigars in the Bahamas, and I would assume he did so prior to leaving Cuba as well. So how frequent a practice is this? Especially in the Cuban cigar industry? Forgive my ignorance, but perhaps the practice is partially responsible for the diversity of flavor profiles among different habanos, such as the fruity nature of Ramon Allones or nutmeg notes in Diplomaticos? I'm not saying the cigars are flavored, simply that perhaps the practice aids in the expression of flavor notes that may otherwise become lost within the strength of the tobacco. If anyone is familiar with the actual practice and how cigar makers utilize the concoctions (e.g. is it something added when the tobacco is fermenting in the pilones, before or after?) I would greatly appreciate it. As I've said, I really know nothing about this and would love to learn more. Thanks
  5. As Colt45 said, the issue isn't so much that cigarette smokers are switching to cigars and pipes. After all, the more of us there are the merrier. The biggest problem I think, is that manufacturers, aware of the more lenient taxation on cigars and pipe tobaccos, begin re-packaging cigarettes and cigarette tobacco as cigars and pipe tobacco. This leads to products such as Djarum, known the world wide as a clove cigarette, being sold as a cigar here in NY. While personally, I'm all for the freedom to choose one's own habits in life and would like to see governments take a back seat, this blurring of what was once a clear line between fine tobacco products as cigars and pipe tobaccos and cigarettes, means that governments now attack on all fronts equally. As an example, once NY got wind of roll-your-own cigarette tobaccos being repackaged and sold as pipe tobacco, the pipe tobacco wholesale tax went up astronomically, well over 1000% in fact. So in the end what you have is cigarette smokers paying the same taxes they would have payed anyway, and cigar and pipe smokers made to suffer higher prices for the indiscretion of others. I guess the only good that may come of this trend is that perhaps some cigarette smokers are introduced to the finer side of tobacco and have their eyes opened to a completely different world outside the binds of nicotine dependency.
  6. Thank you everyone for the warm welcome. Did not realize there were so many locals here, a pleasant surprise. nikesupremedunk, I live in Brooklyn, but spend much of my time in Manhattan. How about yourself?
  7. Hello Everyone, Like quite a few people it seems, my introduction to FOH came from stumbling upon the video reviews which I've enjoyed heavily for quite some time. Naturally, I felt that I might as well take the plunge and join the forum as well. A bit about myself, I'm a native New Yorker, currently in college pursuing a psychology degree, and have had the pleasure of working part time for a local cigar retailer as well for the past two years, a sublime side gig to have while in school. I've had relatively limited experience with Cuban cigars due to circumstances everyone is no doubt aware of, but have had the pleasure to sample quite a few. Some of the more memorable were the San Cristoba de la Habana la Punta, Diploaticos no. 2, Boivar Coronas Junior, and Partagas Shorts. Simply put, I find the world of fine tobacco, be it cigars, Cuban or otherwise, pipe tobacco, etc. fascinating and it has turned into one of my great passions in life. Looking forward to sharing in that delight with all of you and excited to be part of the community here. Cheers!

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