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Everything posted by PapaDisco

  1. Yes, and the differences are that the supply of bitcoin is limited by the algorithm whereas the NFT is limited from the outset (in this case a single cigar design, but like art prints you could set the number at whatever you want). Advantage of the bitcoin is that it's designed to be a medium of exchange; generic as Bijan said. The NFT is trying to be a unique store of value, like a painting, but virtual.
  2. Good point. Lots of counterintuitive economics going on these days. Raging home prices in the U.S. Raging prices for collectibles and luxuries.
  3. Most of the other marcas seem pretty close to gradual inflation of some level. And many of them are still hovering around the $300/25ct box level; a bit more, a bit less depending on the stick. Cohibas give one the impression that there's a deliberate marketing strategy at work, but when has Habanos ever had a deliberate marketing strategy?? J/K. Maybe it's just the supply issue El Pres speaks of. Bourbon in the last 5 years has given the consumer a painful lesson in price inelasticity: $80 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle going for $500, then $800; Weller's follows suit 5 years later, et
  4. I would have thought this had already been discussed, but I've searched FOH and haven't found anything yet. What's up with Habanos' pricing strategy for Cohiba over the last couple of years? Was this originally (originally, not currently) truly demand driven? Or were they deliberately marketing to a "Pappy's" strategy: create demand by using price to indicate exclusiveness? Or was there something supply side driving this? Truly just curious about the marketing 'art' on display with this. I don't want to make this a Cohiba gripe thread or anything. Just wondering. Raising price
  5. In my experience it takes a really long time to season a desktop humidor with your target rH. I did this once a long time ago, trying to hit 70%rH and it was weeks. I finally gave up and just repeatedly dampened the interior wood with a cloth and distilled H2O. Got it to 70% in two days. Eventually that humidor (like 9 months later) had a mold outbreak which led me to converting from the old "70/70" rule to 65/65, and I've been much happier all around. Cleaned out the humidor, let it air dry and then reseasoned (again with distilled H2O) to 65% and haven't had a problem with it in all the
  6. Even if the boxes are absorbing moisture, they will eventually stop when they hit the Boveda rated level. So it just depends on how many Bovedas you want to sacrifice to get them there. I haven't done this in a while, but out of curiosity I used to check the rH of the boxes arriving from El Pres. Immaculately wrapped and all they invariably kept registering 65%rH on arrival. I'd toss those straight in to my water tight (gasketed) tupperdores with 65% Bovedas and both the rH and the Bovedas would be stable for years. In your case, you've got wood boxes that may be starting at a low
  7. Lots of great choices already mentioned, probably too many to choose from in fact. Therefore, I would start with a cocktail of some sort while you're dry boxing the stick. A Double Mojito, or Capiroska, could be two High Balls. That should segue into a Diplomatico rum for the cutting ceremony. If you choose to punch the cigar instead of cutting, and the draw is too tight so that you have to cut the cap anyway, then have a second shot of Diplomatico standing by for this. As many others have said, Champagne pairs well, particularly with the thrilling lighting of the cigar; bubbles and
  8. That queasy nicotine hit gets me too, but it's very rare and doesn't seem to be correlated with anything at all. A five cigar day won't set it off, but a single stick can. I always assumed that I was getting a cigar with an unfermented leaf rolled in it. Something that had been on the edge of the Pilon and didn't get the fermentation that would denature the nicotine.
  9. Agree. The finer differentiation is useful at the upper end, but useless at the bottom. Whatever you're number is for "Dog Rocket" eliminates the need for any further differentiation of detail below that; unless you find entertainment in that very human of habits, "OMG! This is awful! Try it!" 😛 Now that I think about it, this could be a fairly entertaining review contest: it's bad? Just how bad is it??
  10. Bovedas can last several years, but will eventually fail. You'll see the wrapper/envelope start to fail. It will look sort of like grease stains. All of my storage containers seem to be well sealed and so they go very slowly. In my cellar, 65 rh and 65F, they go years and years, but when I do get one drying out I take it with me on the next trip to our SE Asia office where I have the opposite problem: too much humidity. I bring the soggy SE Asia Bovedas back home and so on. In both the U.S. and Asia all my stash is in water tight bins, so the Bovedas don't have to work all that hard.
  11. My current dentist always works with gas AND novocaine. The gas makes you not care before the novocaine does it's job. Belt and suspenders. ?
  12. And if you can go with a heating unit that requires some sort of out-of-the-weather cover, like a canopy to keep the rain off, they are much cheaper to buy initially. My Calcana units are meant to hang outside in all kinds of weather and that makes their design expensive.
  13. Coverage for cigar smokers could be profitable for companies that offer it. Mortality for those who smoke five or fewer cigars a day is about the same as for a non-smoker (just quoting the Surgeon General here). So if you're an insurance company offering a policy when no one else will, you can charge just a tiny bit more (5%) and it makes a whopping big difference in your bottom line if you make a big enough business focus. Insurance companies are all about slender margins and very good actuarial data. And the scaleability of both. Improving a product margin by just 1 or 2% (let alone
  14. 80,000 BTU should work excellently. I've found the "infrared" advantage great in theory but only marginally better in practice. My last two installations were a 40,000 BTU overhead gas (plumbed in) unit with no overhead canopy and roof, and a 75,000 BTU overhead unit, also plumbed in and also with no overhead roof to reflect the heat. Both were from Calcana and designed for the weather. Most electrical units can't take straight on rain so you have to make sure and keep your canopy in good shape. The 40,000 BTU unit worked fine for a sheltered backyard in San Francisco. It was 12'
  15. "found this article. might be of some interest. please remember i am simply the messenger. " Where's the "shoot" emoticon?? Nice collection and summation of all the usual comments on aging cigars with none of the science (because it doesn't exist) that drives successful aging. In the wine industry there's all kinds of finesse around what will age better or not (tannins vs. acids), but we're sadly left with "buy a strong cigar and hope for the best!" ? There's a lot of opportunity to age cigars to perfection: air vs. no air; age the tobacco before or after rolling or both;
  16. Funny! But in actuality, Cuba does take its medical science seriously. An odd conundrum considering everything else they screw up, but then medicine is far removed from political dogma and maybe that keeps it safe from meddling communist bureaucrats? Sure they can screw up its administration, but at least they're not anti-science like 1/3 of the population in the U.S. Good money maker too! The vaccinating tourist is going to have to hang around for a month to get all his shots! ?
  17. I remember these sticks being roundly reviled when they were reintroduced in 2011(?). Complaints ran towards under filling generally. I bought lots of the 5 stick boxes from FOH simply because they made nice business gifts, but always enjoyed smoking them myself too (hey, you got to check what you're gifting right?? ) I did occasionally find an under filled stick but it wasn't any more often than a poor roll in any other marca. Over the last 10 years I seem to find them very approachable ROTT and anytime in the next 5 years. Past that first 5 doesn't seem to bring any benefit IMHO.
  18. Getting rid of central planning. It was the curse in all planned/socialist/communist societies. Always intellectually tempting, but practically a failure once implemented.

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