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  1. Creamy, Woody, Cinnamon, but the flavor that for me that stands out the most, brown sugar. I never hear anyone mention that, so it is unique to me. Wonderful 1:15 smoke. Keep many cabs on hand. Ranking, for me from best to worst: Famosos Bolivar RC HDM Epicure#2 Juan Lopez #2 RASS RyJ Exh4 PSD4 CORO left off the list for personal reasons. ERDM CX is a newer cigar, for me and haven't had many. Working on that.
  2. I just inherited a recumbent bike. It is such a low profie though. Feel like I'm going to get hit by a car.
  3. #1 Punch DC #2 Hoyo DC #3 Luthy (never had enough RAG to be able to rank) I love all 3 and stock all 3. 2 hours 15 minutes'ish. I recently went thru 2 boxes of 2016, and they were amazing. Dec/2016. Have a cab of 2017's before I get to my newer cabs. The 2016's had a lot of marshmallow flavor to them. Sort of a toasted marshmallow thing. I do not care for Partagas, it is my one of my few "I don't get cigars" but Luthy is the exception. <--My picture here has the 2 boxes of 2016 Luthy I got in Cuba. Plus 2 boxes of Hoyo DC and a Cab of Punch DC. Great first trip to Cuba back in 2017. 17 boxes in all. Had to take a picture of me holding my first haul
  4. No, Cuban's don't "blow them out of the water". There are plenty of very fine non-cubans. IMHO, you could be an elitist if you think Cubans are worlds better than non-cubans. I prefer Cubans, hence being here, but I have plenty of non-cubans in my collection. As for random rumors. Ever consider that people bash what they like so as to drive down the demand? I love seeing Cuban bashing. Tired of these shortages! More for me
  5. Cuba is more considered about being "cool" vs bringing in cash. Can't argue with that!🙄
  6. Huh? They could triple their production and still sell out. What business loss are you talking about? Your, or my, opinion about size means nothing. I'm a churchill man myself. They make what the customers want and demand. And today's customers want fatter cigars. You can not like it, but saying they are losing business is flat our wrong!
  7. No clue for sure. But they were also widely available (HUPC) prior to cancellation. As soon as they were canceled, everyone was snatching them up. Given how many cigars H.Upmann has, I'm sure they did that in part to consolidate the line. Unlike the non-plus, the HUPC was a wonderful cigar. Count me in the group that is sad to see it go.
  8. You have to think prior to the current situation. Back when things weren't constantly in short supply. Why would any business make a product, like a non-plus, where few bought them? It's not like they are letting the tobacco rot. Instead, they use the tobacco on popular cigars that actual would sell! Basic business 101. Cutting this cigar is one of the few times Cuba did something right! The non-plus never held a candle to its FAR superior belicoso. Plus there are plenty of petit corona options still available. I'm pretty sure cutting non-plus only improved the view of the quality of cuban cigars! Cutting SLR DC, Bolivar CG among many others of course didn't help.
  9. In theory, they cut cigars based on sales figures. This was never a popular cigar. I always found this cigar to be of poor quality. Though I'm glad you enjoyed yours. Until it was discontinued, you would find these in ample supplies. Once it was cut, everyone went on a buying spree. In November of 2019 I was in Havana and I found boxes dating back to 2016 while most cigars were 2019. Given how poorly they sold, I was surprised they weren't discontinued years and years earlier. Nonetheless, great review!
  10. Totally understood. Told the family that it would be worth their time to take pictures and sell them. Also in my instructions is my bondroberts login & password! Any help you give to our families would SO appreciated. Without bondroberts though, there wouldn't be much of an option for them. So keep that great site going for a long long time! I only wish I could see their faces when the realize how much money all those cigars are worth. Glad I won't be around to be yelled at. You spent how much on these!?! They probably think that it is all worth 1k. They will be in for a shock of their life.
  11. I left El Presidente's email in my humidor. "In case of death, contact Rob" The commission at bondroberts is enough to cover your time I've calculated the value of my collection and I shudder at how much money I have in a pile of dead leaves.
  12. They have been saying that for decades. The cigar boom has screwed more to the younger crowd in numbers not seen before. Go to any facebook or reddit cigar group to see that. I swear, every time I go to the cigar lounge the clientele is getting younger and younger. Cigar lounges 20 years ago were people in their 50's+ Now it is people in there 20's and 30's. Record cigars sales (just announced on CA) only further prove that. Though at some point. like New Zealand phasing out smoking, that your statement may be true, it just is further off than that. Though I'm sure places like Canada will be next.
  13. So I have hundreds of boxes vacuum sealed. No, I don't put a boveda pack in. My current process is to let the cigar age for 1 year normally, 3 months if I got an older box. I do it to let some aging, rh equilibrium and those initial raw flavors to dissipate. At that point, my box is rock solid at 65% (experimenting going a tad lower as well). I vacuum seal it up at just the moment before the box crushing happens.. You can allow some air if you would like (most probably do), I just try to get as much out as possible. I've gotten good at when to stop, it takes a bit of practice. I wisely decided this back when I was going to Cuba a lot in 2016-late 2019. I must have known what was going to happen! Initial tests were done on non-cubans as I find that they don't age well. So many wonderful non-cubans were flavorless 2-3 years later. After 5 years I opened up my non-cubans and it was a success. The smell when you cut open that bag. In my mind, the cigars were just stewing in that! They seem to have blended and evolved without losing their intensity. Given that I started this in 2016, my experience is only 6 years, though I know others here have been doing this for a lot longer and can speak to it. But from what I learned from them all is that I should expect some good results. Just thinking about all those late 2018 boxes to late 2021's waiting for me for the next 20+ years. I just bought a box of CORO here this week that I won't get to until the year 2050 Assuming I'm still alive. I also have a vacuum sealed cigar selection in my freezer for the past 3 years. But that is an experiment/chat planned for another time.
  14. I have no input on the cigars, as I have never aged a box for 19 years. However, I'm been experimenting with vacuum sealing and the difference it helps in slowing down aging. So far with about 6 years in, I notice a huge difference in boxes vacuum sealed for 6 years and those that weren't. I have boxes now that will go 20+ years, all vacuum sealed. So whatever you choose, you may consider vacuum sealing the box for best results.
  15. Fraction of the deaths that are caused by being overweight. So are they going to outlaw sugar, high fat, processed food next for the "benefit of society"?
  16. Wonderful guy. Got to know him as he asked me (a stranger at the time) to pick him up a box of Punch Isla on one of my trips to Cuba as he thought they would sell out by the time he got there. I sadly got to know him way to late.
  17. Yeah, a sweet element would have made it more like peanut butter. I have a few of those over the years and love that profile.
  18. Alex Siglo VI. Reference to size, has no similarities to an actual cohiba siglo VI. Picked up personally in August of 2019 at the hotel comodoro. I love reviewing cigars like this. No bias. I've never seen another review on this cigar. So I go in completely blind and can do a true review without any influence. I've always wondered how much that impacts our taste. We hear over and over that PLPC's are caramel bombs, especially after 5 years. So with that in mind, is the flavor I get from it already programmed in my brain? Phenomenal construction. Perfect draw Initial flavor was flavorless, but sweet and salt entered fairly quickly along with a peanut note. A sweet salty roasted peanut. Yum. About a half inch in, cream came in. Peanut dropped a tad. Made it a salty sweet cream flavor. The sweet and the cream would come and go. The dominate flavor is salted roasted peanuts with just a hint of hazelnut. The cigar is almost 3 years old and it is a very smooth experience. The cigar is all class! The last half dropped the sweet and the cream completely. The salted roasted peanut just continued, ramping up slightly along the way. Given how unique the flavor was (never had a cigar this peanut dominate), I didn't mind that it didn't change.Other peanut cigars come to mind, most notably the punch 48, but none of the others were so strong on the peanut flavor, especially with the hint of hazelnut. Construction was immaculate. It only had 2 ash drops. One the middle (pictured) and then the final one when the cigar was done. Smoke time was an impressive 1 hour 50 minutes. Best news for me, this was the first cigar of the box. While I will miss my customs from Alex, I at least have most of this box, and 4-5 more of various sizes from him. I paid 150 for the 25, which made it 6 dollars a cigar. What a steal! Worth 4 times that. Wrote this review smoking a plugged HDM EE. Makes me shake my head. One loss for us all may be the insane prices we will see shortly with the coming rate hike. But the real loss is losing the flavor, quality + value priced cigars that are the Alex customs Guess I will just smoke nothing but nudies soon, got 2 boxes of 2021 lanceros aging away!
  19. No need to delete anything. Just pointing you to the right place. Welcome aboard! Welcome abo
  20. There is a dedicated place just for that exact purpose! Trust me, the lack of these posts is what makes this place better then the Facebook and Reddit cigar groups. Having to scroll thru endless posts of what people purchased is a chore.
  21. There's a reason there is a place for posts like this. Endless posts like this would just clog up the forum.
  22. On the positive side, I haven't heard anything about forest fires! Hope nobody has a flooded home.

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