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    Box count and quality

    I have found that consistency increases the larger the packaging size. Cubans are matched by shade, so in a 50 cab you need 50 wrappers that are relatively uniform, which means they are more likely to come from the center of the bell curve. Petcas and tubos can be whatever. Some of the darkest and lightest wrappers I've seen are from petcas. That said, I once bought a 50 cab of HdM EE with a small factory box code that were the Forrest Gump of cigars. Wrappers looked fine but a swear some of them were folded rather than rolled and I'll be damned if there was any blend to them at all. Funny thing is that they were still good, but good like a bundle custom rolls are. I guess the bottom line is that there probably are some differences on average, but I think you would have to be buying hundreds of boxes to notice.
  2. I've never had one, but I like the occasional long and skinny. What does the Especiales No.2 bring to the table that say, a Monte 3 doesn't? What other Montecristo cigars are most similar to it?
  3. I have had that happen to me as well. Might be that they dry out a little, but honestly, I think some of it comes down to the mood I was in when I clipped the cigar. Some days I'm just willing to be more patient with a sub par draw, or days nothing short of perfect will do.
  4. Notsocleaver

    Stop the Montesco

    Not a fan, but I still would take one over another boring petite robusto release.
  5. Wow, thanks everybody. This might be the coolest thing I've ever won
  6. Notsocleaver

    Tactics for meetings

    Usually, the agenda gets approved at the beginning of the meeting. Get the stuff you care about moved to the beginning of the meeting and politely leave after those items are covered.
  7. I did have one box with lighter, smoother, thinner wrappers. As I recall, that box did burn easier, but the flavor profile that I loved from other boxes just wasn't there.
  8. The Mag 48 was one of those LE releases that ended up being a bit polarizing. I think I can remember seeing them still around at the original price 5 years after release. At some point I remember seeing that they were going for around the same price as Mag 46s of the same vintage, at that point I stocked up. While the RE program has since put out every variation on the petit robusto format imaginable, this remains my favorite 'petit robusto' size: 110mmx48rg. After I smoked through those boxes I looked into buying some more in the secondary market. I saw what they just went for on the FOH auctions. too rich for my blood. But a fellow who didn't like them much offered to trade me his for some cigars I wasn't going to smoke myself, so after that happy trade I now have myself another small stash. On to the review Wrapper on this particular is rough and veiny. Take off the bands and you would think its a $5 Nicaraguan seconds. Rustic to say the least. These do tend to have thick 'fire proof' wrappers, but I dry boxed this one with a 55rh bovida pack for a week so I'm hoping that won't be an issue today. Draw is perfect and construction seems fine aside from it being ugly. As I get started I notice that this particular Mag 48 draws a lot more from the fruity side of the Upmann profile than previous ones I have smoked. With a lot of cigars, I struggle to figure out how to put words to the flavor profile. In this case I know exactly how to put it instantly: Or even more specifically: For those of you who have never been to Hawaii: that is a guava shortbread cookie dipped in chocolate. Fruit and shortbread from the Upmann blend with the chocolate-ish profile added by LE wrapper I guess. Burn is a little wavey on account of the veiny wrapper but the ash hold tight. As it gets close to the band I have to ash it to get the band off. Surprisingly for cigar this size, the flavor do transition, the fruit dies back and a flavor more like light roast coffee takes over. As we approach the finish line, our burn gets uneven. Real shame, since even a small correction on a cigar this size burns off a lot. Smoking these cigar is a bit of a balancing act. You can't go too fast or else it will get harsh, but go too slow and the thick wrapper won't burn right. I'm smoking this on hour 18 of a 20 hour fast, so the nicotine hit is a bit harder than normal. I suspect most would consider this a pretty light weight cigar. I take this one down to the nub for a total burn time just under an hour. Overall, this was a very good example of a Mag 48. I have to dock it a little for the burn issue, and for being too short. but I also give it bonus points for hitting my preferred flavor profile almost perfectly. I'll give it a 90, but this stretched into a perfectly rolled Hermoso No.1 might be what my 100 point cigar would look like.
  9. Note, This Cigar comes from a sister box to the one @topdiesel reviewed here: These boxes (3 in total) came to me from a fellow who was letting go of his churchills collection a while back. I got singles from several other marcas, but no one else was interested in the Sancho Panzas, so I got them all. Ended up being a heck of a deal. The Cigar has a firm draw, but it doesn't take much effort and the construction is perfect. The light chocolate wrapper is smooth, without much oil. I kinda wish I hadn't read @topdiesel's review before starting, but I'll try to not let his words influence my own. This is a 15 year old cigar with a pretty unique flavor profile. It has a fair bit of complexity to it, so between the age mellowing it and the aforementioned complexity, the SPCG demands some attention to really appreciate what it is. The first thing I noticed smoking the cigar was how clean it tasted. nothing seemed rough or muddled. While rustic descriptors like 'driftwood' abound for Sancho Panza, there was nothing about this cigar that seemed dirty. It was crisp and dry, with very little sweetness to it at all. The flavor profile on this cigar is very hard to describe. I took about twice as many notes as I normally do. The Driftwood people talk about was there, along with some floral and herbal notes. I'd call it 'drinking tea at a bonfire at the beach'. As the cigar progresses the flavors 'char'. Driftwood becomes charred driftwood, herbal tea becomes Lapsang Souchong. Hints of other flavors appear fleetingly. I noted almond butter and bitter chocolate for a puff or two. As this cigar finishes, I can find no true faults. It is mellow and complex, demanding more attention to appreciate than I sometimes want to give a cigar. It has an unusual flavor profile that I wouldn't want to smoke every day, or every week even, yet the profile is distinct and not at all unpleasant. If you smoked one and gave it a 98, I wouldn't fight you over it, but for me, I give it a 93 through no fault of its own. Great cigar, could be a back end of the top 10 for me, but just not quite the kind of cigar that would quite make it to 'best ever'.
  10. If its a rare item I have been hunting for, then yes. If I'm looking to get a deal, I just bid my price and forget about it.
  11. I found the old box while we were moving, Box Code was DTF JUN 03. So all three box are the same code.
  12. I'm glad you got a good one @topdiesel! From that box I think 7 were 88-89 and two were 95+ in my mind, all had excellent construction. Since the box pass I actually was able to get a couple more 2003 boxes from the same fellow. I'll have to post up a review from the second box over the weekend and see if the magic is there.
  13. Parti P2s have not be doing it for me, even though these are supposed to be the best they have been in years PL Picadores I have not been able to keep my hands off of though, even though I've heard people saying they aren't as good as they were a few years ago. I guess sometimes a really good cigar can still not be in your wheelhouse, but the right blend can still work for you even if the quality isn't tip top.

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