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Everything posted by sw15825

  1. The best Monte 2's, 4's and the twin Edmundos I've ever smoked were wrapped in lighter wrappers. About Colorado Claro. At least to me. Yes, if I'm going to put a cigar down to age, somewhat darker, oily wrappers have done very well. They actually lighten up, slightly in color after some significant time. It's just a matter of preference imo.
  2. Try to get an idea on where and how they were stored. We're they in perfectly maintained conditions in a tabacco shop, a walk in humidor or in boxes on the attic of the guy's barn ? I would consider storage conditions as very important. If it can be proved they were good conditions, I have thought a 100% markup per decade as an appropriate starting point.
  3. I still have only 2 sticks of these in a TEB FEB 08 box. Whoever gets them will really enjoy !
  4. 2010 RA Gordito de Allones. Smoking nice. RA flavors, with aged qualities...
  5. Yes, not a volume seller outside of connoisseur circles..
  6. A couple of months during the cold winters. I have considerably cut back on smoking cigars over the past several years, to 1 or 2 cigars a week, maybe 3 if it's nice weather and I have the time. Vacation times, usually more. In the previous decade I had smoked 5 to 7 cigars a week, at least. I know what I like now and not experimenting so much. Also, since I'm older I try to take health concerns into account.
  7. Same here. A lot of boxes, I've only ever had a couple. At least from the vendor's I have used. Usually, many boxes get looked at by the wholesalers or at some point in their journey.
  8. Yes, that code is on the new list. Same cigar, Montecristo 2 /25's EBS SEP 20
  9. Maybe this was already talked about. I believe GME is Upman. Sent from my SM-A102U using Tapatalk
  10. Yes, better probability of good boxes of cigars. Also, the cigars seem richer with flavors some years to me from what I've smoked. To me the very highly produced cigars such as D 4's, Monte 2's, 4's were not as consistent some years. I quit buying those cigars for a number of years myself. But smoking cigars is subjective and it's just my thoughts and it's good to hear other's perspective.
  11. O.k. from an old post on the best vintage years. Wondering what your thoughts are on 18, 19 and 20. The cigars I have smoked from last half of 19 through first half of 2020 have been incredible. Monte 2's, 4's, Edmundo, D 4's, BPC, BRC, BBF incredible! They have been very very rich and flavorful. I think they will age well, but were still not quite like the fresh cigars from 08 and 09 which had more tannins and those have aged incredibly. The newer offerings tasted further along comparatively. Honestly some of the best Monte's I've ever smoked. I would put 19 and 20 somewhere in the top 3 for
  12. They missed these boxes. Truly the best cigars and a steal @ $ 10,200.
  13. Yes, premium cigars would be such a low percentage of overall tobacco use. All of us know, that we didn't get into smoking cigars because the boxes and bands look pretty. Wha kid can afford cigars costing between 30 and 60 dollars ? I believe an argument here in the U.S. went for a lesser regulation for premium cigars because they were not all lumped in with all other tobacco products. At least for now..
  14. Is there a link I could read up on what Canadian officials are trying to do here. It seems so ridiculous and sad to me. I'm guessing to not promote smoking to young generations. Not to mention ripe for fakes..
  15. Pre Light: Earth and cedar with hint of barnyard. Construction was spot on, fully filled cigar, possibly too much. Lighter color wrapper and I was hoping the stick was not overfilled. Paired with spring water. 1st : Coffee and earth, slight green pepper flavors. The aroma was beautiful. The flavors, balanced and creamy. The draw was too tight for about first inch but then loosened up. A great start! 2nd : Strength increasing slightly it's a solid medium and more to medium full at end of this 3rd. A sweetness comes in, with a cocoa and hints of powdered sugar. I was enjoying it
  16. Pre light : Leather, earth and cedar. The cigar was rolled well with a firm fill when feeling the stick. I picked out an exceptionally dark and oily stick out of the last 7 cigars in the box. Paired with spring water. 1st 3rd : Mix of earth, pepper and cedar. Surprisingly a moderate level of tannin and strength. After the first inch I noticed a decent amount of nicotine and noted it was a little too strong for a morning smoke. Suprising given it is an 11 year old cigar. Ash slightly flaky. Overall note, "mediocre". 2nd : No real evolution. Strength and pepper decreased with an i
  17. I really haven't smoked many cigars from 2015 to 2020 codes, so it is a work in progress for me to know how they will mature. I have been enjoying the hell out of 2007, 08, 09, 10 over the last few years. I agree those years started to Really !! come into their own at 8 to 10 year mark. 2007 RYJSC, 08 Bolivar Inmensas, 08 Lusi's, 08 and 09 898's, 09 PSP 2 and D4, 09 BBF, 2010 SigloVI. 2008 and 09 were great vintages for aging imo. Honestly the 898's took a decade before I got that "Wow" factor. My plan is, "if its smoking great, some em. If you feel there is room for improvement wait 6 months
  18. Me too. It seems a shame to us in the connoisseur circles, but just does not sell enough overall and HSA looks at their bottom line over us. It would be cool if they could produce one of those every couple of years on a rotation through the brands and they would all get bought up, especially when people know it will have a limited run. I should probably stop fantasizing now.. Lol..
  19. I am also a short lover. It always seems that I buy those. That said, I have thought about pulling the trigger on a box of the previously machine made Partagas cigars. I might post a poll on small Partagas cigars, minus the shorts.
  20. This. Just too overpriced for me to pull the trigger atm.
  21. It comes down to advertising $$. Yes the Cuban's they throw in are smoking great, but there are a bunch more.

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