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  1. From my locker, OPG Dic 14 Partagas Seleccion Privada 2014 Limited Edition courtesy of our host...
  2. The answer is twofold. One, there is an historical factor which, related to reason two, has induced a favourable market share in the current time to continue production for these cigars. Credit needs to go way back to Don Jaime Partagas for the way he set up and grew his brand in the 19th century. He was an innovator in getting the best leaf for his cigars, then he was active in marketing his brand. By the early 20th century Partagas was the second highest exporter brand for Habanos cigars. During the period prior to the Great Depression in 1929 the bigger brands sought to protect their market share through mergers and conglomerates. Partagas instead grew its brand by buying out other noted brands such as Ramon Allones, Bolivar and La Gloria Cubana (hence why these cigars are rolled in the Partagas factory to this day). This successful marketing approach led to these numerous Partagas 'lower-tiered' cigars above to find a market (mainly in Europe) which they still enjoy today. If they still didn't sell, believe me, they wouldn't be around.
  3. I think Tim Paine was emotionally wound up by the Pant situation. Even though the ICC allows a wicket-keeper to be substituted since 2017, Peter Lalor wrote an excellent article stating how frankly it was unfair for Pant not to field and then get promoted to bat and then affect the match like he did. The ICC need to look at that rule, in my opinion as I agree with Lalor's take on it. Steve Smith does do that shadow batting all the time. Yes, he is not an ordinary individual, even for a cricketer. The Indians should be credited with saving the Sydney test as it was a great effort from them, but in my mind it echoed the Indians-Australia A day-night first-class match last month where both teams struggled to score in the first innings, the pitch settled and both teams scored easily in the second innings for a draw. Australia A even had two players score centuries on that benign pitch. The 4th test, starting today in Brisbane, will not be the same. I think the Indians have practically no chance if Bumrah is out. Even if he plays, and with abdominal muscle issues, I still think the Australians will be hard to beat.
  4. @bundwallah, I was secretly hoping it would be the Montecristo No.2 because 2020 stock has been so exceptional (I think they give it the nod in 2013, from memory). At least El Pres did give it the No.1 rating in his FoH Top 20 list.
  5. Hi @andytseck and welcome to our forum. It's customary to introduce oneself to the forum upon joining at the link below... Thankfully you posted this topic in the Arts sub-forum and in the middle of the night (for our American members) otherwise I have no doubt that this thread would go 'south' quickly, much like the last time KSA cigars were discussed...
  6. From my locker, Asia-Pacifico Regional Edition ROL Oct 13 La Flor de Cano Grandiosos courtesy of our host...
  7. I distinctly remember instances of Montecristo 80 Aniversario listed on 24:24 in late 2018/early 2019 with box codes to match, yes.
  8. It's a good point. I had a Partagas 8-9-8 on Monday and coincidentally a Partagas Capitols yesterday. The Capitols is not in the 8-9-8 class obviously but they are solid. In terms of marevas the Por Larranaga Petit Coronas, Bolivar Petit Coronas and Montecristo No.4 are 'go-to' cigars, as is the Partagas Shorts for minutos. I know, the price point is a factor (in acting as a deterrent for repeat acquisition) in regards to the Partagas Capitols but as a 'change-of-pace' cigar, when one would like to opt for it in the Partagas marca, then the Capitols is not a bad choice.
  9. I second Nino's thoughts. Remember there were two Limited Editions that year (both very late, as usual of course), the H.Upmann Magnum 56 and the Ramon Allones Club Allones. What's unusual about that is that there had been a consistent three releases either side of that year for Limited Editions. Habanos S.A decided to market the Montecristo 80th Aniversario as a special Anniversary release, so hence it was a 'de facto' Limited Edition that year. It was that successful we got more of them down the track up until late 2018, early 2019 at the latest. I wonder if the success and re-release of the Montecristo 80th Aniversario led the way to the 2017 Cohiba Talisman being re-released? Perhaps! All I do know is this...I didn't get nearly enough of them and I surely wish I had more!
  10. Divisional Round Saturday, January 16 NFC Divisional Round (6) Los Angeles Rams at (1) Green Bay Packers, 4:35 p.m. ET (Fox) Lambeau Field Green Bay, WI (Brisbane time 7:35 am Sunday) AFC Divisional Round (5) Baltimore Ravens at (2) Buffalo Bills, 8:15 p.m. ET (NBC) Bills Stadium Orchard Park, NY (Brisbane time 11:15 am Sunday) Sunday, January 17 AFC Divisional Round (6) Cleveland Browns at (1) Kansas City Chiefs, 3:05 p.m. ET (CBS) Arrowhead Stadium Kansas City, MO (Brisbane time 6:05 am Monday) NFC Divisional Round (5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers at (2) New Orleans Saints, 6:40 p.m. ET (Fox) Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, LA (Brisbane time 9:40 am Monday)
  11. Awesome, that's great news! Thank you! 👍
  12. Great choice of cigar to be 'back in business'! 👍
  13. So much has changed since the game came into existence...perhaps too much, yes!

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