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  1. When I see an absolutely perfectly aligned band, and it comes off easily without tearing the wrapper leaf....that's when I wonder if I have a fake.
  2. I like the fact that Mr. Cufflink is somehow getting a razor sharp burn without having clipped the cigar yet. That's style!
  3. I had one a few weeks ago from a box I've held since '03. HSA told us the early ELs were intended to be aged. They were right. They are outstanding now. Curious aging profile much like the 2000 Montecristo Robustos. Universally hated early, but transformed into something special after many years. Board-boss quote-debating will be ignored, it's just my (more recent) opinion.
  4. I have been vacuum sealing boxes for long term aging for almost 20 years. I think your method is similar. Over the years, I have found that I prefer to remove a box from vacuum seal about a year before I will smoke them. I find that a box taken out of a long term vacuum seal will go into a sick period for several months after coming out of seal. You are on the right path. Don't let anybody tell you any nonsense about "air circulation" or "you need to let them breathe occasionally". MRN was on to something good.
  5. I needed a third option for BBF: "I used to get it (before 2007 or so) but I don't anymore."
  6. The 2019 text of the bill is here: Appears to essentially be a full repeal of the embargo, despite the typically misleading title. It did not have 100% Dem support in 2019. In a 50-50 Senate, that would be necessary to pass this, of course.
  7. I think this is the shelf-sitting, dust-collecting world champion of all time.
  8. The fact that this seems to take a step *away* from entirely killing off the Ramon Allones and Rafael Gonzalez marcas is good news to me.
  9. Wait til you find out how much mold is introduced to your body every day merely by the act of breathing! Also, I cannot think of a better way to destroy mold than by setting it on fire.
  10. Them's fightin' words! I loved it, but I can see how people don't like it. It's definitely got a different feel and pacing than typical Hollywood "action" movies. Maybe that's why some us liked this movie so much.
  11. CBS broadcast Stateside showed the clock definitely stopped at 1:15 until the ball was spotted, just at @GotYaGoat described.
  12. Presumably, by definition discontinued vitolas are not regular production. Interestingly, in my tracking I have found that among the five broad categories I track (Regular Production, Discontinued, REs, ELs, Special Production), regular production produces higher returns than the other 4 categories. It's a surprising result (to me) that continues to persist so far through 7+ months of open market sales data. I am pretty sure I have the answer, but it wouldn't be sporting for me to participate with my "guesses". I will say some of you are nearly on the right track. Others...are not
  13. Oh nonsense, it's fine. It just takes a longer to kill the eggs at 1C-5C. 10-14 days at just above freezing is the same as 4-12 hours in a -10C to -15C freezer. Look it up in the Imai and Harada paper. I think there's a lot of misunderstanding of the acclimated larva category in the Imai and Harada paper. This category was hatched egg larvae that were exposed to 15C for multiple months before they were subjected to the test conditions. Imai and Harada were trying to simulate tobacco stored for months in a curing barn or warehouse during typical (mild) winter conditions in tobacco gro
  14. It's a good topic, and I'm glad you brought this up, because I have been wondering about this myself. I also have gotten quite a few 2019 boxes with similar characteristics. But by no means all boxes in my case. Some of these are reminding me of boxes I got between 1997-2005. Completely unsmokeable when young. Haven't seen much of this in the last 15 years. However, almost all of those unsmokeables came around after 3-5 years. Many turned into fantastic boxes down the road. Ask anyone who got the the 2000 Montecristo Robustos EL when released, the were Exhibit 1A of this.

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