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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.
  10. Punch Punch Punch, the cigar so nice they named it thrice. Someday I'd love to hear an account of how they came up with the name of this cigar. So generic its actually catchy.This 2016 boxes represent the beginning of a resurgence of Punch after years of unremarkable cigars. My 2007 box was pedestrian. My 2013 cab was 50 cigars of almost but no quite. This 2016 box is something special, and I'm glad I have second box waiting. It wasn't until about 4 years in that these really lost their harshness and took off. Fresh they reminded me too much of my days smoking clove cigarettes in college. Now the clove, nutmeg and cherrywood notes feel like they are more in balance. This particular cigar was a pretty representative example of the whole box, well rolled with a slightly toothy wrapper. The flavor profile is something that I don't reach for everyday, but it remains on of my favorite change of pace cigars. With the price of cigars soaring and bond roberts definitely becoming a thing, I've starting things of my stock in terms of sell or hold. I'm rating this one a hold.
  11. RGPC. There was a time when I would have called this a hidden gem, with 4 year old+ boxes just sitting on shelves, cheaper than any other PC, but I'm not sure they are even in stock anywhere any more. The secret is out. I'm not sure how to peg the RG profile. I used to think of it as something between a RyJ and a Bolivar, but this one made me think that it was somewhere between a LGC and a Party Short. It was certainly a good cigar, with notes of honey, gram cracker and pepper. Shame it was the last one of the box. With the price of cigars soaring and bond roberts definitely becoming a thing, I've starting things of my stock in terms of sell or hold. If I had anymore, it would be a hold.
  12. I just reviewed a RGPC with the same box code. My flavor notes don't match up at all, but I sure agree that it was a great cigar.
  13. QdO Corona. Its hard to think of a cigar that has gone so far from afterthought to super premium demand. These boxes with the last of the old paper bands where the signs of a resurgence. The last run of Imperiales was legendary, but the coronas were just as good, even if the lack of a looming discontinuation meant they weren't as pursued. I have been rationing this box because they have been too good to blaze though and every 6 months they keep getting better. Maybe I've hyped them up too much in my mind because this particular cigar didn't quite live up. Perhaps it was just rolled a little too tight. It opened with citrus and cedar, with a creaminess that built over time. By the time it finished it had developed into a pretty nice cigar, but when the last couple were perfect from start to finish even that is disappointing. With the price of cigars soaring and bond roberts definitely becoming a thing, I've starting things of my stock in terms of sell or hold. With the price and the hype of QdO peaking, I'm tempted to sell, but its still a phenomenal cigar.
  14. And how exactly is the CDC getting this information? I'm reminded of The Lizardman's Constant. Nothing scream's accuracy quite like asking kids to give honest answers to random questions given to them by authority figures that have no power over them.
  15. RG Lonsdales. I thought I got rid of them all and then I found another 5 I had stuck in another box. Smoked one on a lark and I'll be damned, it looks looks like after 15 years they might be coming around.
  16. I'm sorry, but if you are smoking a MdO4 in under 40 minutes its probably a waste of a good cigar.
  17. Halfwheel catches the biggest downfall of CC in its review scores: construction consistency. Everyone here knows about this flaw, and most have priced it into our mental picture when we evaluate cigars. We know the tricks to get the most out of our product because we are hobbyists, not just consumers. In that sense, Halfwheel is written for consumers, not hobbyists. I feel like this sort of consumer review catches the weakest point of CCs: the construction, but misses the weakest point of the NC market: year to year blend consistency. Consumer reviews are built to miss them because the consumer is supposed to chase the next thing marketed to them. In this case you can see how Halfwheel is built to ignore that problem by only looking at special editions and new releases. You can read them to find out about how good certain cigars were when they were first released, but it will miss the slow but steady decline in quality since then. This happens over and over again, even with the high end NCs and is why Fuente and Padron are so revered in any NC circle that contains hobbyists in the know.

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