Vitola Corleone

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  1. As someone who follows social distance and masking guidelines fairly carefully: I admit I share some of the skepticism. We don't really know what effect interventions like this have at population scale. For all the cases of "Place X did intervention Y so we can see how that intervention works" there is enormous variance we cannot explain. It does not help that following the policy recommendations is sometimes presented as a matter of settled science, or worse of personal moral worth -- of an individual, a group, or a whole nation. If all this were true, I have a hard time understanding why the infection rate among black and Latino Americans is some 5.7%, while it's only 2.1% among white Americans. Unlike the convenient implications of national level infection rates it is not so easy to ascribe these to difference in policy regimes or moral fortitude. For that matter it is hard to understand why it's 2.9% in France but 1% in Germany, vs. .5% in Norway or .1% in Australia. While I've yet to experience the charms of Australia in person, I've no doubt it has its act together as far as administrative capacities go. But so much better than Germany? What it means to me is, we don't really know how much the policy interventions (masks, distance) matter at an every day human scale, or how they are affected by density, climate, and lifestyles. Yes, we know micro-level mechanisms of disease transmission (droplets) and inhibition (blocking droplets with a mask), but we don't know how they scale up, and the cross sectional evidence suggests to me that other factors loom pretty large. Showing a mechanism of transmission or how to raise the probability of blocking it does not tell us the real world effect of an intervention. For me, it doesn't change the fact that masking and distancing is the best I can do for myself and others. Is it highly effective? Not sure. Is it the most effective thing there is? Seems so. The disease is a really big deal and that's enough for me. But I can't fault others for "just asking questions" when the tradeoffs are real, and it's not at all clear that the authorities are all that sensitive to some of them (your parent's funeral vs. their lobbyist's birthday party etc.).
  2. Another Hoyo del Rio Seco, ENE 19. Great with coffee and sunshine.
  3. That is really a shame and I hope people are ok or as ok as possible. What % of tobacco for this year's cigars comes from this year's growth? Are they able to smooth out the effect over a few years or will it translate 1:1 into this year's cigar production?
  4. Ah - yes that band was in mine too, it just had come loose and fell off when I took it out of the tube.
  5. Lighting could be a factor. This is the same box in more direct light. I thought they were beautifully smooth.
  6. To me the only review scale that really matters is, would you buy it, would you smoke it but not buy it, and would you not smoke it. This is definitely in that middle category. As nice as it was, they are really not cheap. The pricing is between Espy and Winnie, yet not in the same league as either. At the same time, I might have been lucky but I can't see actively *disliking* this cigar.
  7. Smoked this generous gift from @Monocle 2 nights ago, because it seemed liked as good a day as any for it in the states. My first experience with the anejados program. Boxed in 2007 but I don't know the box code. Pre-light: Velvety wrapper with some veining. Mild tobacco cold aroma but nothing real powerful. Draw is a bit tight but I didn't correct it. First 1/3. Tight draw is affecting how much smoke I get, but the burn is perfect. Flavor is pleasant toasty tobacco, enjoyable but not especially distinctive. Second 1/3. Flavors come on stronger. Graham cracker and marshmallow, very distinctive. Draw is still a bit tight but burn is still perfect. Last 1/3. Pronounced graham cracker continues. Marshmallow has faded and sweet-smoky wood has come on. It's a chocolate square shy of s'mores. Draw has loosened up and burn is still perfect. Flavor is great down to the nub when it finally gives up. Overall: A really nice smoke. Flavor was always enjoyable though it took a bit to clarify itself. Burn was perfect. The only issue, relatively minor, was the draw. 91 points
  8. You know the scenes in pulp fiction where people look inside the briefcase Jules is holding, and you never see what they see, just a luminescent glow on their stunned faces? This is what they were looking at
  9. You have to put them in a glass of water inside your fridge mate
  10. Suggests it is a high fixed/low variable cost operation. Almost 2x tobacco -> 40% cost increase. The tobacco is not the predominant factor in cost, which yes is surprising. Thanks for the insight.
  11. Exactly -- R&J mf and Cola are very different, & there is no shortage of reasons to pay the premium for the latter. But $/g (or $/hr of smoking) puts a bound on it. Based on Bijan's calculation you can get ~2 Colas, or ~15 mf's. Are colas *that* much better? Maybe, but at least now you know the question you have to answer. It's also interesting for idle speculation about what HSA is doing. If $/g within marca is (or was) consistent, per NSX's observation, but some cigars within marca have much higher demand, how close can they be to profit maximization? Yes, they're communists, but communists also like more money more than less money. What I don't know is how the blend of one stick can be translated into another, or how much expertise it takes to roll various vitolas. E.g. I don't know how many Wide churchills you could make from the tobacco in a box of MF's, if any, and whether MF's can be rolled by less experienced rollers. If, for the sake of argument, it's 1:1, you could make 16.5 WC's from a box of 25 MF's. At prevailing prices/cigar that would fetch almost 50% more money.
  12. Any tables floating around that list price per gram (or price per cm^3 or in^3) for various cigars? I.e. a massive spreadsheet, with factory vitolas in the rows and marcas in the columns, and the entries are $/g or $/cm^3. Purpose: idle curiosity, and also to partially moneyball my cigar purchases. A bit of googling and searching this forum did not turn up anything so I thought I'd ask.

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