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  1. This has me fuming. Multiple brokers are stopping people from buying shares. I use two different brokers. One of them is not allowing purchases of certain stocks. I will no longer be doing business with them. The people getting squeezed and the firms participating are full of adults who know the risks. If they lose money then they are learning a lesson they presumably should have learned early in the game. Everyone should be held accountable for their actions especially the big boys.
  2. I love Tatuaje. Age Tat Brown Label cigars and the pepper really mellows out. That Nicaraguan bite smooths out but retain the body and flavor. The Noellas are nice fresh but most cigars from that part of the world need time to mellow out. Your patience will be rewarded. Happy Hunting!
  3. I would agree with @CigarZen and @sw15825 that age in general is good. 4 to 5 years as a rule of thumb will give you cigars that will be ready to smoke and completely over any young edge or tannin forward flavors. This is my personal preference. When I first began in this hobby roughly 5 years on a cigar before smoking was pretty much industry standard so I have been doing this ever since. Back then it was much easier to get your cigars to this minimum age because you would receive boxes with between two to three years of age, sometimes more when ordering. This is no longer the case especially with the more popular brands/vitolas. You are fortunate to get a year old box. It's a lot tougher to build up stock. I've noticed that if my cigars are good at around five to six years of age those cigars tend to have potential to age well for multiple years. Now, having said this I will tell you that aging your cigars can be a rollercoaster ride. I know It has been for me. You can have a cigar that was very good a year ago, taste one today and be totally underwhelmed. You may bury that box and try it again in a few years to discover they have turned the corner again. Peaks and valleys are common. This is why people will advise that if your cigars are tasty and to your liking now to smoke them. Age cigars you enjoy and don't give up on cigars that aren't stellar right away.
  4. I would say medium. They are nowhere near the potency of the stronger Nicaraguan cigars. Tatuaje are very balanced cigars overall.
  5. Nice find! I thought they stopped making these? If you wouldn't mind letting me know via PM what vendor you used. Thanks
  6. Cohiba Petit Robusto from the Petit Robusto Sampler. EOS JUL 16
  7. Smoking a few Trinidad Reyes with some friends. RAG JUL 19. This box seems to have an especially musty barnyard scent.
  8. Trinidad Reyes RAG JUL 19. Fairly young and stronger than I anticipated. It was all orange zest and toasted tobacco.
  9. Partagas PCE APR OCT 10 This one is all paprika and mild spices. Delicious
  10. Sorry I forgot to mention they screwed up with the packaging putting 70% beads in 65% bags.
  11. I had a similar issue and after plenty of tests and experiments with the beads I figured out heartfelt had sent 70% instead of 65% beads. It took some time to get the issue resolved however the replacement beads worked like a charm. I have been using Heartfelt beads for many years. They are a great product. My only issue is that the customer service has is not as good as it used to be. Isolate the beads in some Tupperware and see where you are in a day or two. If you live on a humid climate you may want to try and dehydrate your beads a bit. If you have a room with a dehumidifier leave them out a few days to see if that helps.
  12. An after dinner smoke with my bro and a friend. OCT 2010. I forgot the box code. I suffer from old timers. I'll edit with the info later. That is unless I forget....
  13. I have limited experience with cigars from 2016 and newer. I've been very lucky and would say that 5% or so have been plugged. Maybe less but who knows exactly. My issues have been with overfilled cigars. In general it has been tubos that have given me the most problems. A box of RyJ #1 from 2014 with about half a dozen rock hard examples and a handful of 2013 petit coronations. I tend to carry extra tubos now when I'm out and about just in case. Besides this I will get the occasional cigar that turns off for no apparent reason. Not a big deal but can be rather annoying on breezy afternoons.

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