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  1. At a certain point can you really even call them fakes anymore?
  2. Still have a few of his Wide Churchills laying around. They are really starting to shine now that they are at the 5 year mark.
  3. That would describe the roll on my last Connie B to a T. I squeezed the foot and thought wind tunnel, clipped the head and thought plugged. End result was a cigar that was light for the size but smoked great for a full two hours. The performance was there, so I'm not complaining as long as the rest of the box is this well rolled. I know not everyone feels this way, but I'm paying for quality cigars, not grams of tobacco.
  4. "Hey, would you guys put this in a box for me?" Sure "lol, look at all these people trying to put things in boxes" 🙄 You've just moved the goal posts so far we aren't even playing the same game anymore. I don't think its unusual that people want some things to change and others to stay the same. That describes almost everyone. I have no doubt there are some dyed in the wool socialists who are 898 lovers, but you asked us to pigeon hole the general discourse of this forum into one of three boxes while also explicitly saying "This is not a question on politics but rather general discourse". The most common topic of discourse is cuban cigars, and on that topic, the most common sentiment is one the pines for the old days and applauds things that seem to mark a return to the old ways. Given the options, I'd code that sentiment as 'right' or 'conservative' or 'traditionalist'. I don't think that it is overwhelmingly so, and I think the board has been more positive about recent CC innovations than it was even a few years ago, so I guess you would say its on the right, moving leftwards. People came here for the cigar talk, this is the sample group that you are pulling the other opinions from, so I would expect other opinions to be slightly more conservative just on account of sampling bias, with the most extreme of the left wing most likely to be filtered out. That said, the idea of someone smoking Cuban cigars solely as a sign of solidarity their island comrades is a little amusing. If you're out there, speak up, I'd love to hear that take!
  5. Cuban cigars are an inherently conservative past time in the sense of valuing things like tradition, legacy and patience. Think about how much time this board spends longing for the good old days when cigars where they way they liked them. Every new 58rg release is a travesty and every discontinuation a heartbreak. These are all tendencies of the traditionalist part of the right. The left is excited about new things because it believes change will make things better. The best cigar is yet to be rolled! How can we know the latest Gurka 8x80 Fleur de Bite d'âne won't be any good unless you try it? See, its also a little anti-capitalist too. Not in the sense that Cuba is full of commies, because Habanos SA is absolutely profit driven no matter what the party line is. Rather, this board bemoans some of the pitfalls of capitalist profit seeking like over-production and advertising hype constantly. A full embrace of a neoliberal position would applaud selling Seco filled status symbols to China at insane mark ups, maybe with the cope that this would leave them with more money to make the cigars that we like too, but you really hear a take like that.
  6. I like the size, but something about that box just screams 'out of my price range'.
  7. Some ligero packed NCs can mellow out over time. Some of the old Don Pepin blends got really good after 3-5 years of age to take off the rough edges. With CCs its usually the ammonia. I have some 2016 Punch Punch that took 3 years to really taste right.
  8. I've been priced out of the market for now, but with a 5+ year supply stock, I'm not too bothered. I don't see a scenario where retail prices keep skyrocketing but secondary market values tank. So in a couple of years, prices will either get more reasonable or I'll sell my aged stock to fund more purchases.
  9. I think I paid $130 for my last box of 2015s. Those were that days.

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