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  1. You are dead on right about this and I think they still have the video on YouTube up where Simon Chase is inspecting a cabinet found in the cellar of some English gentleman that held 1000 Upmann perfectos. They were stored in bundles only back in the late 1800's.
  2. Yep, nicotine definitely plays havoc on your sleep. I quit smoking cigarettes a little over two weeks ago and made the mistake of putting a patch on before bed, thinking it would keep me from waking up due to withdrawal. Nope, I had the most horrible and vivid dreams I've ever had. Much better sleep without the patch. I'm also staying away from cigars and any tobacco products for at least 3 months so I can free myself from the nicotine addiction. My buying habits have ramped up though as I'll never quit cigars completely. I just don't want to constantly have the nicotine monkey on my back and figured I'll enjoy my cigars much more if I can taste them better and smoke them for enjoyment only and not because I'm addicted.
  3. Because they've heard the noncuban missile manufacturers state that high ligero content cigars will age well and have the legs to go for years. The thing is, ligero doesn't age nearly as well as good seco in my opinion. And the lighter, milder Habanos age well because any of the young, noxious attributes will be pushed aside to allow the actual flavors that are there to come to the forefront. As the cigar ages and loses its hygroscopic properties to a degree, flavors will become sharper and more defined, think concentrated. This is why, I think, people say that some cigars gain strength over time. Cigars DO NOT gain strength nicotine-wise over time for the simple fact that nicotine breaks down over time, becomes denatured, it's molecular structure weakens. That I will stand behind 100% but I can see why people say that strength becomes magnified over time but it is the flavors that become amplified, magnified, and concentrated. Although I can't stand his videos, Dr Joe does get a few things right in his "Aging Series" videos although he's basically parroting what MRN says in his book and he does make the mistake of saying that they specifically gain strength nicotine-wise over time, which again, is wrong.
  4. I would be interested as well. From my experience and from what I've heard others say, they were rather just bland toasted tobacco and that's it.
  5. I only suggested this if the pack was crunchy and completely dried out and wasn't recharging by other methods.
  6. Yes, Happy Valentines Day Diana! You are truly one of the few women who light up my days and nights. Even though I've never met you I feel that you are an important fixture in my life.
  7. After ordering from several "gray market" vendors and getting junk from them for the most part I then went to ordering strictly from LCDH's located in Canada, Luxembourg, and Germany. From the LCDH's I got better product more consistently but for the most part it was PE grade cigars AND you paid for it. And even though I would ask for a certain color of wrapper and request that the box have a strong barnyard odor at cold, it seemed that when I got my boxes from them, my requests had fallen on deaf ears. I'd always meant to order from Rob but at first I was hesitant. I didn't like the fact that I was trusting someone else to grade my boxes AND a add or subtract to the price of that box based on its grade. I don't know why that got to me because it's now one of the major positives of the whole transaction. I also didn't like that you had to scramble before everyone else if you wanted a certain box, I didn't like the "race" aspect of the whole transaction. It is now part of the intrigue and excitement. I didn't like the fact that only certain boxes were available but I now have a better understanding of Cuban cigars and I'm now thankful that only certain cigars are available in PSP/HQ grades. The final results have been that I, who buys at least 2 boxes a week sometimes more, would never even think about buying from anybody else unless it was a box of cigars like the RA 225. But then again, I'm also a guy who doesn't direct my monies towards LE's or RE's. I'm a regular production guy only, in fact I don't have one LE or RE box of cigars out of the 115 or so boxes I have in storage. I know I'm probably missing out as some of them can be quite good from what I hear and read but I'd just rather buy a reg production cigar and let time do its thing to them and see what the reward will be down the road. Everything I disliked about Robs PSP program were things that have come to have great value for me and I don't know that there's an online vendor like him in the entire world. His prices, for Americans, is a lot of times equal to or sometimes lower than you can get them in Cuba for and even the PSP priced cigars are right on par with what you would pay from a grey market vendor. The guys service cannot be beat in my mind. If you're truly looking to get into buying, smoking, and laying down boxes of cigars for the long term, then you would be doing yourself a great service by purchasing from Czar Club! Period!
  8. Yep, I'm waiting on my box also. It always gets to me when I see others getting their boxes yet my boxes have yet to leave Los Angeles.
  9. Happy birthday Rob and thank you for being the best Habano dealer in the world. After going through many vendors, I mean that! Hope you have many many more years of being a positive presence on this planet as there's not many who put out the positivity you do. Thank you.
  10. Just as with fine wines, you take in as much information concerning your cigars of interest as you can, and then lay your money down, basically making a bet that this box is going to be the jackpot. As with wines, no matter how expensive, it's a gamble that usually leaves the bettor left wanting but when that bet pays off, it makes it all worth it. I'd rather have things like this than the predictable and monotonous regularity that is the new world cigar purchase. You pretty much know what you're getting and because of this, rarely are you pleasantly surprised.
  11. I think one of the best documentaries out there right now relating to this sort of thing is the new SOMM: Into the Bottle. As you watch it, you think "They need to make a documentary about Cuban cigars just like this doc." By the way Smallclub, I've always loved your avatar, whatever it is.
  12. Couldn't have said it better. I don't care how rich one is, once this "bug"/ passion hits you, you're spending is only limited by the amount you make each month. We all have "healthy" cigar budgets here, believe that. I sometimes wonder what Diana thinks about me and everyone else here. On one hand she/they have to love it and probably count their blessings for getting into such a livelihood, and on the other hand they must think we have mental problems and a bad case of OCD or hoarding. It's just the nature of the beast.
  13. That's exactly what I've been doing for about the last 2 years, and fervently! I guess I have the foresight to be able to recognize that as a US citizen, we are in a very ripe and advantageous window of time that will only last for a short time. I already missed out on the Davidoff window of being able to easily acquire these for a reasonable price or the pre-95 Cubans. And if there's one thing I've learned from those missed opportunities,it's that I can recognize an opportunistic buying window much better today.
  14. That is one of the main reasons I buy in quantities that would make a normal person think I'm crazy. I have a good feeling that in 20 years time, one will have a very hard time getting their hands on a box of fine Havana cigars without paying an outrageous price on top of it being an illegal product. Cuban cigars are one of my few pleasures that I allow myself. I don't drink anymore, or very rarely, and I don't do drugs nor frequent brothels or the company of women of ill repute so Cuban cigars are my one and only guilty pleasure although nothing about them makes me feel guilty. I will continue to purchase at a maddening pace until the quality goes down considerably or I'm no longer able to acquire them.
  15. Listening to Dr Joe and believing he is an authority on anything except being a know it all blowhard would be ones first mistake. I've also watched a fair few of his videos and the more I watched, the more I realized this guy doesn't know anymore than most 1st year cigar hobbyists. It seems that he's so intent on trying to be the ultimate authority on online Cuban cigar buying, that he's closed his mind down to being able to receive any kind of information beyond what he deems credible. He constantly goes on and on about how this one Cuban cigar vendor is the greatest out there yet I, and obviously others out there since he made a video on it, have received house blend cigars that have short filler in them and not JLP short filler either, but like Swisher Sweets short filler. Absolutely horrible and yet he goes out of his way to make a video on how that person has no clue and is just a dumb person. Anybody who so vehemently denies that any wrong doing on the vendors part is possible gives me room for pause. I would never again buy from any of the vendors he so enthusiastically recommends. But then again, being a customer of Rob's is like being on a warm, calm island beach after having been at a Stormy sea for weeks and barely surviving.
  16. Wait a minute, isn't the Connie A a big ring gauge also, comparable to the LE Hoyo San Juan?? Why the interest in the Upmann A's but say the Hoyo is too big?
  17. You look exactly like Justin Timberlake. Anybody ever tell you that? And yes, I think engraving the Habanos logo would be the neatest idea.
  18. I always hear the hope that people like Pete Johnson or Fuente, etc. would get their hands on Cuban tobacco to see what they could do. I for one, have absolutely no interest in this whatsoever. Why would you want to degrade a superior product by cutting it with inferior product?? It's like taking a Chateau Y'quem and blending in a "great" California red just to see what would happen. It degrades the product, that's what happens.
  19. Oh man, thank you. I always love reading these posts that lets me know how lucky I am not to have a wife or SO. I know the guys here who have great wives or significant others love them dearly and wouldn't have it any other way, but I've just never experienced such a thing and love being able to spend my money as I see fit without some nagging voice of dissension.
  20. My brother and I thought the same thing about a few of those calls too and were big Broncos fans FYI. We immediately thought "Vegas must be on the phone with this one." The game seemed a little fishy to me, a bit contrived in parts on both teams parts.
  21. I think at this point Rob would almost have to beat people back. I honestly can't see myself ever buying anywhere else. I'll admit that I was skeptical at first but after only a few orders, I was off to the races with FOH's 24:24!! It's hard not to buy, buy, buy when you know the quality that you're getting here on a consistent basis.
  22. People are going nuts in the streets here. My brother and I went up to his top deck three stories up in N Highland Park and you can see the whole city and hear the whole city. It's pretty neat.
  23. This should be the sticky outta this thread.^^^^^^^^^
  24. I'm of the view that Cubans taste similar enough to each other that I would rather have a spot on box of Don Alejandro's than a below-PE level box of Punch DC's even though Punch is a favorite brand of mine. My biggest lesson in Cuban cigars was when I went on a Hoyo Epi 2 buying kick. Out of the 6 boxes , each one was different enough in appearance,taste, construction, quality that if there were nothing on the box or the cigars separating themselves from each other, you'd swear that each box was a different cigar entirely . In reality they are all completely different cigars but according to branding they are all the same cigar. I've learned to buy only cigars that Rob puts up on 24:24 and I've only been disappointed once out of maybe 30 boxes so far and that was the PL Picadores but then you see many more people say they're great than say they're bad. And this is coming from a guy who bought nothing but grey market Cubans at first. Then after getting tired of getting poor quality for the most part, switched to buying nothing but LCDH cigars and paying the enormous premium associated with them and in the end, not getting any better of quality than when I bought from grey market vendors. Now after switching to buying only from the 24:24 my hit rate has been much, much higher.

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