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  1. Don't shoot me for saying they're not as good as they used to be, but for me, they are the quintessential robusto with the honey notes. I remember ones from 2007ish that were much more with the mustiness and less with the fruit, which I prefer, but still love them all the same. To my taste, they need significant age (3-5 yrs bare minimum) and I've seen some abysmal construction before.
  2. This is my question as well. My nuclear family had the flu in January and is was easily the sickest I've been - it was a right mfer with high fevers, lots of dry hacking coughing and so much fatigue. Even after "getting better," it took weeks for my lungs to heal up. I've rarely had the flu and rarely get sick, but it was a bad one. My oldest and I both sought medical treatment for symptoms and both of us tested positive for Influenza A (wifey and youngest are made of tougher material, I think; oldest and I are blood type o). What I want to know is considering how unreliable the quick flu test is (results in 10 minutes right at the doctor's office, lots of documented false positives), is there a possibility that coronavirus can throw a positive for Flu A on a quick test? I have not seen any news articles or resources anywhere mentioning this, none of my med industry friends and family are epidemiologists or virologists and I don't have paid access to the newest peer-reviewed medical journals.
  3. BLP JUL 08 ERDM CS. They're turning the corner with legs left for another 12 years easy, but I'm already into the bottom row. Must... get... more...
  4. Smoked the last from a box and the ginger notes on the finish were just insanely good! Sigh, the boxes are dwindling.
  5. Last 2 boxes I got were ENE JAN 17 and they were the best I had ever seen with one box sporting a flawless rosado wrapper and the other having a deep Colorado Maduro wrapper and both boxes being pretty damned oily-looking. Those will be the last 2 boxes I crack open. Where to begin? All of the biscuit and coffee and earth you love about the Upmann profile and then, depending on age, typically either a bucket full of leather or else that leather turning to a particular creamy note I have not found in any other marca. I love them and it was the first truly disheartening cancellation in my world of cigars. I prefer the mareva and I preferred this one above all others, even the PLPC.
  6. Logged on to say this. HUPC was a personal top-3 favorite and I smoked 2 a week. When the discontinuation was announced, I a) stocked up on HUPC boxes and b) tried the other Upmann blends in hopes of finding a replacement. The No 2 (and Connie 1 to a lesser degree) was all that seemed to check all the boxes for me.
  7. So a small provincial factory? Or is it possible they use an alternate factory identifier to obscure who actually rolled the RE?
  8. No need to comment after Ray, other than to second that if your ambient temperature/rh haven't changed, it's likely construction or flame-retardant leaves.
  9. Have there been any regular production with factory BRO? I saw that on the ERDM Tainos and am hoping to see it appear on boxes of the Choix Supreme.
  10. Thanks for the review. This is one cigar I'm excited to try newer vintages of to see if they've got that classic depth of flavor. I have some 08 that while very good, seem like they're only 75% towards what they could be.
  11. I love the idea of the Maduro wrapper and I have not had any of the Partagas offerings, but the Cohiba left me scratching my head. I've tried all 3 sizes across various years and each one I found to be lackluster, compared to the standard Cohiba blend. Much like the EL releases, I'd much rather have a "traditional" offering from any given marca. As to future expansions, I'm willing to try a few singles here or there, but I can't imagine purchasing, say, a Partagas maduro instead of a box of Shorts or Presidentes.
  12. This is a surprise I would love to experience. Despite having 3 desktops and a rather large cooler, I know what and where it all is. When I'm contemplating what to smoke, I'm mentally running through each container, sorting and rummaging so that when I make my selection, it's just a matter of getting to that very spot to grab what I want. I do get mini surprises when I think I'm out of a certain mareva and find an additional one buried in one of the desktops. It is a rare occurrence, though.
  13. THIS. The raging success of the Upmann Connie A demonstrates to me that people really like cigars that hit all the notes and have all the flavors at the expense of a well-defined character. My favorite Havanas are those that are idosyncratic.
  14. 02 PLPC I actually had today. It was a dried fruit juggernaut with plenty of finesse. It definitely appeared to be at it's peak.

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