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  1. Yeah, wooden desktops can't seal as well as a cooler. The stuff in the desktop might be gone, but I bet everything in the cooler will be fine.
  2. Yeah, this is pretty much the best case scenario for cigars abandoned for a couple years. If the bovedas aren't dried up yet you are probably in pretty good shape. Add more boveda 65s if they ones in there aren't dry yet. Hell, smoke PLPC now and see how they are. Were the NCs stored in the same cooler? They might not be as dead as you think either.
  3. That's not too bad. Less than the 2017 Punch EL, right? I loved the old Mag 48s
  4. My conjecture: Cuba pretty much uses its tobacco as fast as it possibly can aside from a few special releases. NC tobacco could be stock piled for years before its rolled, and blended from different countries, regions and most relevantly here, vintages. NC cigars are often rolled with much older tobacco to begin with, some blends having different ages on different leaves. So after 5 years you could have a cigar with 10 year old binder, 20 year old wrapper and 7 year old secco. etc making the blend go all out of balance as parts of the blend age out but other stay strong, making the cigars seem bland because one leaf is overpowering the others. With more age, these tobaccos could come back into balance, but there is no telling.
  5. The open market means a much larger range of prices, some more obscene then others. It feels like a lot of manufacturers are just throwing sh*t on the wall to see what sticks. But when you look at what has been about for a while and stabilized, it looks to me like HSA has been raising prices on existing cigars faster than most NC manufacturers have. When I switched over from buying Tatuaje brown label and Illusione Original Documents to cuban cigars I was often saving up to about a buck a stick. With the recent price increase the savings is reversed and I am seriously looking about going back, at least for my budget stick buying.
  6. Cigars: San Cristobal El Principe, Monte #2s and Fonseca #1s. I get why other like them, I just don't Other: High end Bourbon. All I can taste is the impending hangover...
  7. Guys, I just got an idea for the next review contest...
  8. I agree with @Islandboy. No plugs with these new school 52+ RG cigars. I have also found that aging can help. I have a Herf-a-dor with a 49% rg Bovidar pack in it. Snug draws go in it for a couple weeks. That plus the perfecdraw works on almost anything. That said, I smoked cigars for years without needing a draw tool, it wasn't till I started buying cuban cigars. Construction just isn't as good as high end NC cigars, there is no getting around that.
  9. I guess I'm not getting joke here. A 44% mark up on a box of cigars aged 10 years seems pretty reasonable. Is it just that we are assuming the whole thing is entirely fraudulent?
  10. A lot of it is mental. If you don't focus, you won't notice subtle changes. Take notes while you smoke. Push yourself to describe in more detail. When you notice leather, think of leather items you own. Is more like your new leather belt or your grandpa's dusty old leather bound journal? Is the sweetness more brown sugar or molasses? Keep listing things and seeing if they fit, but force yourself to chose, and be specific. Reflect on your notes as you go, at least twice. Are you still tasting the same things? What's different? Is that sweetness still brown sugar, or does it taste more like honey now? By the time you are done with the cigar you will be surprised how much you tasted.
  11. They show up on 24:24 from time to time and are generally available right now, but it can be spotty. Better now than it was a few years ago really.
  12. Good fresh and good aged. I've been enjoying my '14 and '15 boxes of MdO#4 a lot. Just need to make sure you give them that rest time, those thin cigars suffer if they are over or under humidified.
  13. These 2008s don't need a day more of age, if yours is that old I say smoke it now.

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