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  1. Barcelo Imperial, price/quality is pretty outstanding. Santa Teresa is also great.
  2. Seems I risk creating an argument where there was a healthy debate so leaving theory and bets aside for the next topic; I will tell you I understand your view. But yes, that’s my point precisely as you say: it’s a guess. And to clarify, it does not make me feel better; what I am saying is that I am rationally indifferent in absence of any other information. In fact I quite enjoy opening a box from El Laguito, but has less to do with purchasing top quality than participating of the mystique and love for the history around Cuban Cigars and the whole narrative built around EL itself. I hope we can agree that enjoying the above and rationally evaluating quality are not mutually exclusive. Buenos humos to you. 😉
  3. Indeed Long, trying to make sure the point was clear following your question. Perhaps we can design a trade for the next few years. let’s agree on few brands and vitolas, let’s agree in number of boxes a year and let’s agree to a premium over market value you are willing to pay to get your target codes (in advance of Rob publishing his list, which again is lagging not leading). I will commit to trade you your not cigar factory favorites for your cigar factory favorites at that premium, for all of those vitolas over the period of time we agree. We can discuss mechanics at an other time. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
  4. Some recent trip delivered great cigars and had a delicious Vigía when back home yesterday.
  5. Of course, should have alongside the previous post. Allow me to write a long post here - and tbh, I did not mean to quote your post directly, as I was not necessarily trying to respond to it (did by mistake). Just general contribution to the debate, So apologies. If we discussed this analogous to business Key Performance Indicators (to make a management analogy): A lagging indicator measures output, hence it is a backward looking explanation/assessment of performance and gives you an observable trend and factual yet not complete explanation for performance. However, it does not definitionally show high correlation with future performance and usually fails to work well as a predictive tool (regardless of field of study: Infra, health, cigars quality). These indicators exist only after the measurable event takes place and helps explain its nature and a range of possible effects. On the other hand a leading indicator is a “reliable”, or very highly correlated with outcome, predictive measure; measures input. Hence a good tool for assessing performance (high correlation). These indicators exist before the measurable event (performance/quality in this case) exists or takes place. For example if we looked at making an investment decision in consumer internet stocks, or we for example were looking to invest in Bond Roberts as venture capitalists would: 1) leading indicators of future performance are daily active users, web traffic, bounce rate, average time spent in the site, average revenue per user, open rates for email notifications on new boxes being auctioned 2) lagging indicators would be marketing $ per new seller/buyer that transacts (customer acquisition cost), repeat rates (churn of your existing sellers/buyers), Average Order Values or average $/cigar auctioned, total revenues, total auctioned volumes, brand recognition, etc In the general economy: 1) leading indicators are things like jobless claims 2) lagging indicators are things like GDP or interest rates And after all this long post: when I look at Box Codes only after assessing the quality of the cigars in the bunch, is the Box Code able to provide an indication / explanation of quality (aha! It was El Laguito). But buying el laguito over a sizeable enough sample does not guarantee or highly correlates to outsized quality. To make an investment decision without opening boxes and trying cigars in the boxes you would be more likely to optimize your boxes quality looking at: average years rolling cigars per roller in the factory (assuming that correlates with who’s rolling what vitola), number of vitolas and marcas rolled in the factory (how focused are they in excellence in a limited number of products), precedence of leaf distributed to each factory, status of equipment (for example is draw testing equipment in the factory well maintained, etc), satisfaction levels of rollers in that factory, rejection rates for boxes in the quality control of that factory (assuming the process is being implemented efficiently), what codes are the tier 1 global distributors taking for the top countries (for example UK codes here can probably be taken as leading). So my view is in general investing behind codes guarantees very close to nothing other than some emotional attachment to Cuban cigar mystique. happy Sunday!
  6. Top Box lists are a lagging indicator, not leading imho
  7. Miss it everyday! For the Australian folks here, maybe you recall this guy singing the regional anthem Nino refers to on TV (I think his grandmother was Asturian and that’s how he learned the song) and for all the others this one is a fun episode of Bourdain with Chef Jose Andres (also Asturian) eating around the area.
  8. Yup. I am from Asturias myself, very entrenched cigar tradition. From all the farmers and businesses man that left there and then came back well off and no so well off.
  9. Nino is correct. Most immigration into Cuba was from Asturias and Galicia (Ramon Allones, Menendez y Cia, etc. were Asturians), the Fanjuls now sugar moguls in USA were also Asturians. "Gallego" is a common term utilized across Latin America to describe the Spanish immigrants that fled Spain. The first wave of those emigrants came out of Galicia mostly, a north west region in Spain that used to be extremely isolated from the rest of the country and its rural economy struggled most.
  10. Great Friday so far and it is only 2pm! 2017 Maltés that’s been a delightfully good box (10 left), and just popped open this 50-can of Lusis I got from our host (2020).
  11. Very toothy HdM Epi 2. Just popped open this box to give it a try. One of the special humidors I got back in Spain (I’ll post a pic later very pretty) ARS FEB 2019
  12. RyJ Churchills are smoking fantastically fine for the last few 3-5 harvests. Sir Winston is a great cigar also, probably a better overall cigar. SW has scarcity value and more following in the Common-Wealth countries than other geos (to which this forum is skewed). my view is Espléndidos>SW>RyJ Churchill but you should taste and factor the price relative to your experience and just decide where to park your $$$. Julietas in my view is one of the best vitolas of not the best.
  13. A new box of CORO in the cold. Too young but delicious as usual.
  14. @Bri Fi at the end of the day it’s all about personal enjoyment, and some times or most of the times the joy is in everything around the cigar smoking experience more than the smoking itself...let me know what you think. below is a video of Jose Colmena, who used to be the Director of Education for Altadis showing his take on how to light a cigar in Pasión Habanos club in Madrid 😉 https://youtu.be/Kvpau6PxMms
  15. I don’t always cut my cigar before lighting it also...not too fussed about it, but it changes a lot the experience in that first third indeed. In my family some people do and some people dont. It depends on my mood for me. Some background: http://www.cigarinspector.com/cigar-tips/lighting-a-cigar-the-method-of-jacques-puisias/

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