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  1. Not so much of a re-stocking strategy, but my main strategy over the last 4-5 years has been to buy 2-3 times my consumption rate to have my collection naturally pick up some age. I like variety, so the spread is large, with a max of 3-4 boxes of the handful of sticks I really like. A year ago I was going after regionals a fair bit along with regular production. Recently it’s been vintage stuff, the sudden surge of which seems to be an unexpected result of the regular production shortage.

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  2. Recent price increases are definitely a hard pill to swallow, and I don’t think blame for this can be squarely placed on any one thing or another - there’s a unique combination of forces at play right now. Still, it’s my understanding that any of us in the US complaining about pricing have no idea how good we’ve had it for years, and still do, compared to nearly anywhere else in the world.

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  3. 44 minutes ago, Psiman said:

    what something cost and what it performs like are two different things. I have smoked $5 dollar cigars better than big money cigars. I don't get sucked into mystique in cigars regardless of the age or the brand. Good luck people smoking $200 or more dollar cigars and believing they are worth their price and if that's the case I question what people have smoked in the past to justify the prices,

    We’re not really talking about what something costs though, but rather what it’s worth to someone - which are also two entirely different things, the latter being profoundly subjective.

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  4. Judging by the constant Behike chatter on other forums, I’m guessing there’s most definitely a market for this. And FWIW, the lone BHK54 I smoked about 4 years ago remains the finest tasting cigar I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing.

    Current boxes are sparse and easily fetching up to $1500, so I’m guessing with yours, being nearly an original release stick, some fool out there (I include myself in this category occasionally) would pay upwards of $200.

    You should enjoy the hell out of that fine specimen.

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  5. 4 hours ago, Rhinoww said:

    Been on a DC kick lately. I’ll be very curious to hear how those SLR smoke. Would appreciate your thoughts before taking a plunge like that. They look great btw. 

    Thanks. It was quite the plunge, but I’ve absolutely gone head over heels for the bright, delicate flavors I’m finding in the Marquez and a box of 2014 Serie A’s I received recently. Hoping for the same experience in a 2+ hr format. It’ll probably be a few months before I light one up though, but I’ll share my thoughts. 

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  6. 1 hour ago, Heels82 said:

    Looks like the gold on the second band from the fiver of mine is really bright.  Maybe it's just the lighting though 🧐... Thanks for the input!  

    Yeah, that’s what I picked up, but I agree it may very well be the lighting.

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  7. I have 2 boxes of these at home, so can’t pull one out until later, but something kinda looks off right off the bat, mainly with the colors of the RyJ band. Plus, FWIW, the wrappers on both my boxes have very much the dark, rustic looking EL look to them. These look very clean and rosado, not that that’s necessarily a bad thing. 

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  8. On 8/14/2021 at 5:47 AM, Jonboy4074 said:

    ManTua mail call today. Check out the box number badge. emoji1787.png

    Interesting...I’ve got 0046/2500 with a date code of REG Feb 19. Yours is supposedly only 6 boxes later, but almost 2 years apart.

    Edit: Wait, I just noticed yours has a total of 8900 boxes, mine 2500...the plot thickens.

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  9. At present, when it comes to a business mandating a certain vaccine status on its customers, I think there are more examples of anti-vax business owners disallowing those who are vaccinated, although I suspect the cases of this are still few and far between. Perhaps the opposite is around the corner as some have suggested - I for one hope not.

    To the question at hand though, part of me feels that if an employer provides their employees with a health care plan, and will be burdened with the cost of an employee’s Covid care (and ultimately the rest of their employees will share some of that burden through rising premiums), then they should have the option of mandating the vaccine. The employee is free to terminate their employment if they disagree.

    My employer encourages getting vaccinated based on currently available data, but based on a pretty open-minded company culture, and all of the unknowns swirling around, I don’t expect it will ever be mandated - until it becomes a cost-of-healthcare issue.

  10. 4 hours ago, smbauerllc said:

    For me, its probably Cuban ER's.

    Have just started exploring this facet of cigars a few months ago, and so far have been extremely pleased with everything I have had.

    Have several more in my stash to try and suspect I will be equally pleased based on my experience so far.

    Always nice to explore new cigars for me, and the ER's have been worth the little extra cost to me.

    Have also had about a dozen or so vintage Cigars of U.S made, Cuban tobacco, pre-embargo Cigars and while many weren't very good taste wise (none of mine were anywhere near being high end Cigars even when they were made), but its still been very enjoyable to smoke something from the 40's to 60's.

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    While there are duds to be found in both, I’m finding ER’s to be much better and more interesting in general than LE’s. I’m kinda over LE’s, in fact.

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