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  1. No Pics unfortunately but I am sure there will be some members who will get a look through. I understand one of the major cigar publications may be doing a story on it.
  2. We are mixed on this. I reckon the N3 goes very close to the connie 3. That was my cigar on a late sunday morning. that was my cigar on a late night if I was looking to finish off a 2 cigar evening. I love that cigar and miss it's flexibility and unique profile which was bold/rich/uncomplicated. The N1 ended up resembling more the SDC Connie 2 than the SDC Connie 1 in terms of profile. There is a "fist in a velvet glove" quality to it. This is what I loved about the SDC Connie 2. We recently paired it (N1) with Zacapa XO and it hit all the right notes.
  3. To be fair, we humbly pay homage to a great line of cigars that are no more. Enjoyable skinnies at a fair price is what N1 and N3 is all about. The Partagas SDC 123 provided the perfect canvas.
  4. Assuming we have the right leaf, I would like to take 2020 in a different direction. 2019 explores my favourite du connaisseur 1/2/3/ 2020 toward PL/Des Dieux/ERDM? You start with the leaf available and then go from there. You can't start with a whiteboard and work backwards. That is how you get the Monte Open.
  5. - What is the deal with a few of Rob's nearest and dearest friends and their war on clothing? 😂 I love eccentrics! - Will there be a nudie version of a HdM DD and a Nudie hybrid child of a Lusi and RAG DC? On the DD we are experimenting with some sweeter tobaccos. Stay tuned.
  6. We blame ben for showing ken how to use Instagram. He is never off it. He's fishing. It's 10am in the morning.
  7. I heard that the new packaging factory adjoining the Habanos s.a. warehouse in Guanabacoa is now apparently fully operational. I heard that it is actually very high tech, impressive and running smoothly. Production of boxes/packaging has held back many releases. Maybe these are green shoots moving forward.
  8. Fairly accurate to the final result. https://www.friendsofhabanos.com/forum/topic/137283-robs-nudies-no-3-parejos-size-blend-2-2018/?tab=comments#comment-902335
  9. https://libn.com/2019/10/17/cuba-to-let-citizens-buy-imports-with-foreign-currencies/ Cuba to allow citizens buy imports with foreign currencies By: The Associated Press October 17, 2019 The Cuban government says it will allow citizens to use 10 foreign currencies to buy products like televisions and air conditioners at state stores in an attempt to compete with a multi-billion-dollar informal market in imported goods. The communist state has a monopoly on most forms of retail sales and all wholesaling, import and export. The only legal vendors of appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners are state stores that charge as much as 200 percent of the average global price for generally low-quality Chinese-made products that are often out of stock. That has led to an illegal but tolerated black market in goods purchased abroad by individual Cubans and resold at a profit on the island. Thousands of Cubans each year fly to shopping districts catering to them in countries ranging from Panama to Haiti to Russia. By some estimates, the sellers known as “mules” spend some $2 billion a year overseas, a major outflow of hard currency from an island already in a serious cash crunch. Cuban officials announced Tuesday night that the prices of some consumer goods would drop for Cubans who create special new hard-currency bank accounts denominated in U.S. and Canadian dollars, Euros, British pounds, Swiss francs, Mexican pesos, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish kroner and Japanese yen. Cubans will also be able to use the accounts to import goods through state-run companies, officials said on national television, although the precise mechanism for those private-public imports remains unclear. Products that will be available for foreign currency include 43-inch flat-screen televisions, standing freezers, refrigerators and mini-split air conditioners. The discounts over current prices appear to be marginal — Reports in state media indicated that the government would still charge some 75 percent above the wholesale price. A 43-inch Samsung television, for example, would sell for $549, state media said, about twice the cost of a similar item in the U.S. “Money is leaving the country in significant amounts to acquire these products and we need to capture it as a source of hard currency to restock our industrial base, our retail stories, our market,” Vice President Salvador Valdés Mesa said in an appearance along other government ministers and high-ranking economic officials. Cubans who open hard-currency accounts will be given a bank card used to purchase discounted goods. The move adds a new complication to Cuba’s unusual multiple-currency system. Cubans currently use Cuban pesos worth about 4 cents each and convertible pesos worth about a dollar. Cuba has been hard hit by the collapse of its main ally, Venezuela, and the hardening of U.S. sanctions under President Donald Trump. The state-run economy is constantly short on cash and, because it is highly dependent on exports that must be paid in hard currency, Cuba has been hit by regular shortages of basic goods ranging from gasoline to chicken over the last year “The economy needs a push, a reactivation of our national industry. There’s demand there,” Economy Minister Alejandro Gil said. Officials said the new program would start this month in 12 pilot stores and increase to 77 across the country over time.
  10. What year was the last du Connaisseur 1 you had? The blending was fun albeit I went through a half box each of my remaining Connie 1's 2's and 3's for the comparison testing. That spiced core and partagas toastiness will be there in spades. From the blend reviews you will see that is what we were aiming at. It was a ton of fun. If you have a connie 1 or 2, smoke one as a comparison after these have rested.
  11. This is an excellent article on how the US Treasury Department wields the big stick on foregn banks. https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/09/26/cuba-ofac-fines-and-extraterritoriality/ In brief, the last point below is what captures so many foreign businesses. Presently US law establishes that: “any “person subject to the jurisdiction of the United States “may not do business in Cuba or with Cuban nationals or businesses. “Persons subject to the jurisdiction of the United States” includes: SEPTEMBER 26, 2019 Cuba, OFAC, Fines and Extraterritoriality by NELSON VALDES Those of us who follow events going on in Cuba–as well as Cuba’s international relations – should discuss the extraterritorial power that the US Treasury Department has to impose huge financial fines on non US foreign financial institutions. To my knowledge there has been little discussion as to the reasons that foreign financial institutions accept the extraterritorial powers of the United States on such matters. For example, the Bank of Scotland is not a small bank. Yet, since it provided the service to Cuba of exchanging old US dollars for new US dollars; the bank was given an extraterritorial fine of $100 million dollars and the bank agreed to pay it. [1] How come? What exactly compels foreign financial institutions to accept the extraterritorial power and reach of the US Treasury Department? This is all based on a FICTION. That is, it is assumed that funds [in US dollars] deposited in a foreign account are deemed to have been deposited in a U.S. account. In other words, the US dollar has a quality of extraterritoriality where the sovereignty of the United States government and its laws have sway. The “fine” that is to be paid by the foreign bank–that is, the amount of funds that can be seized by US Treasury – is limited by the value of the funds deposited into the account at the particular foreign bank. In other words, the foreign bank is just handing over Cuban capital to the US government. Who are the people within the US Treasury Department involved in monitoring Cuba’s financial transactions abroad? Are these US employees closely connected with rightwing Cuban Americans? Is there a financial incentive/reward for disclosing such financial transactions to OFAC? Are US embassies around the globe given the task of monitoring Cuba’s financial transactions in each country? Is the NSA involved in monitoring such financial activities, as well? Presently US law establishes that: “any “person subject to the jurisdiction of the United States “may not do business in Cuba or with Cuban nationals or businesses. “Persons subject to the jurisdiction of the United States” includes: Thus, a foreign corporation such as the Bank of Scotland who has a branch in the US, is held accountable for what any branch anywhere else in the world does. The losses imposed on Cuba by OFAC already amount to over $1.5 trillion dollars. There has been no compilation of the fines paid by foreign companies to the US Treasury Department. However, the number of fines and the amounts of the fines have dramatically increased during democratic administrations. 12/11/13 – Royal Bank of Scotland = $100 million dollar fine 07/22/13 – American Express= $5.2 million 06/28/13 – Intensa SaoPaolo = $ 3 million -American Steamship Owners Mutual Protection and indemnity Association= $348,000 2004 -Credit Suisse/- UBS= $140 million – Dutch Bank ABN Amro= $500 million It should be noted that states within the US have an incentive to get involved in this policy. Since, often, the fines are split between the US Treasury and the state where the proceedings take place. On June 12, 2012 for example ING of the Netherlands agreed to forfeit $619 million dollars “to settle criminal charges”. ING, interestingly, was not charged with an actual violation but with “conspiring to violate US economic sanctions and with violating New York state laws by illegally moving billions of dollars through the US financial system on behalf of Cuban and Iranian entities.” It is not unusual to collapse the charge against Cuba with some other country in the so-called “terrorist” list. And IT SHOULD BE noted the following: The ING statement was highly revealing at the time it was issued. It read: Not a single foreign banking or financial institution has fought back the United States government’s “fines.” In fact, the Patriot Act – which is the overarching legal framework used against Cuba’s financial resources abroad – excludes judicial remedy. Thus, when it comes to the US dollar imperial extraterritoriality applies
  12. 38 gauge. It's a slight cheat, but we couldn't get the blend outcome we wanted in a lower gauge.
  13. I have heard it plenty of times....and still chuckle A guy goes to a supermarket and notices a beautiful blonde who waves at him and says hello. He's rather taken back, because he can't place where he knows her from, so he asks, "do you know me?" To which she replies, "I think you're the father to one of my kids" Now he thinks back to the only time he was ever unfaithful to his wife and says, "Oh my god, are you the stripper from my bachelor party that i laid on the pool table with all my buddies watching, while your partner whipped me with wet celery and then stuck a carrot in my butt?" she replies, "No, i'm your son's Math teacher.
  14. If they can see the forum they can order. VPN Any issues, they can pm Ben, bayala No one left behind 👍
  15. Nothing in the next 30 bt I am sure there will be. they still appear to be pumping them out every other month.
  16. I don't think they have been made in the past year. It doesn't appear so.
  17. We will offer the Nudies Lancero (N1) and Nudies Carlota (N3) for presale this Friday and weekend on 24:24. That means that they will be shipped to you around the first week of December. We will pull them from sale Monday morning and put them back on the carts late November assuming there are any remaining. We will have one retailer in Chicago (Hi Phil!) who will carry a limited amount from December. That will be it for Nudies 2019 edicion. We should have enough for all. Well enough for all who frequent the forum regularly and I wanted to ensure that was the case and hence didn't send a full membership email at this time. That can wait for the second round if need be. In short, Nudies is a collaboration between Hamlet Paredes and myself. We sought to blend cigars in formats that are largely forgotten or abandoned altogether. We sought to blend cigars that have an old world flavour. We sought to blend cigars for ourselves. Hamlet is a cuban rolling legend, a fine blender, a passionista and a brother of mine. It has been fantastic working with him. For the 2019 Nudies N1 and N3 collaboration, we have tried to emulate the blend of my much loved and discontinued Partagas Serie du Connaisseur Number 1 and 3. I think we have pretty much nailed it. However, do a search for Nudies on the forum and read some of the blend reviews. These are Non Cuban. The exact blend I am not telling a soul but Hamlet pulled together a small team of 6 rollers and an ex Cuban manager + himself. Together we went through blend after blend. These are both skinnies (38 gauge) so construction was essential and great care has been taken. For Hamlet and I, Nudies is a journey. We are working on the 2020 already + hopefully introducing one more in the N series. However, the blend needs to be spot on and if it's not then they will not be produced. The plan is to release them once a year. Once they are gone, they are gone. Why Nudies? I wanted to show that great cigars at an everyday price can be made for the expanding plain packaged markets around the world. Nudies...naked...made sense at the time We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. We hope that you will help us blend the 2020 edicions. Pre Release to FOH Members This Weekend Only. Sold only through the International Website as they will be shipped from an international location. Shipping not before the 1st week of December. All cigars have gone through the factory freezing facility. Recommended Rest time 90 days at 68% RH

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