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  1. This. This. This! I’m smoking a Davidoff now. It’s a circa ‘07 limited edition robusto, lovely construction, perfect draw, good burn/ash, and by any standard a damn good cigar. But compared to a habanos? Not even close; like minor to major league ball, stock car to F1 racing, 2021 to ‘80s Paulina Porizkova, pick your metaphor… there is something profound missing in the Dominican taste. Which is so strange to me, as there is so much similar in the product (in many cases, same seed, similar climate, lat/long, etc), save for the soil. Just amazing. Closest I can come to is
  2. Hey, you took my date! (recently got a box without a box code - Habanos qc exemplified)
  3. Hey, all - appreciate your assistance here! Have had an uninformed association with the brand (that it's not that great - Cuaba-esque in quality). Seeing all the raves for the PLPC and rest, need to check this assumption. So, looking for the best way to "get" the PL brand. Assumption is that I stick the box in the back of the humidor and discover it in 3-5 years. Need to start planning for 2025!
  4. LGC Dalia, circa '13 - these things have a decade more of rest in them - hard to keep disciplined
  5. Geez - and I thought this was a breakout thread re: lifespan of the anti-jab dudes...
  6. This is simply the greatest post I have read on an Internet forum - legit 100 - I mean it - which is about as rare as 100 should be Lee
  7. This. Just for laughs, one can build a simple model of a humidor stuffed with cigars. To simplify calculations, assume a cube kinda like this guy: Darling little communist, no? Anyway, the interior volume is ~2.7l (14cm x 14cm x 14cm) and the volume of the cedar is ~294ml(14cm x 14cm x 0.25cm x 6), or roughly a tenth of the total volume. Now, assume the humidor is 50% full and you've got the two masses at play in the humidity tug-o-war: 1.3l of humidified cigars vs. .3l of dry-as-saharan-desert-that-will-suck-the-life-out-of-your-cigars cedar. Who wins the batt
  8. Hey, all - For those who travel and bring your sticks along, does anyone have experience with the Davidoff Travel Humidor? https://us.davidoffgeneva.com/davidoff-travel-humidor/ I'm intrigued by the cigar holding design, and it's ability to keep cigars from being damaged. If you've experience with it, does it live up to the billing? Thanks, Lee
  9. While there are exceptions (you've listed a few), I think you could modify your statement to "Generally, __pick_a_marca____ struggles in the EL realm." I'd venture the lingering is partly due to the uncertainty in what you're getting, AND that they seem to take a long time to find their stride (if they ever do). I'm still holding hope for the Boli Petite Bellico (2009?), but it's already been over a decade... opportunity cost is quite high... so, they linger? Eh, reaching with this...
  10. Interesting. Given the title of Ken's post (vaccines vs. herd immunity), I haven't seen anyone discus herd immunity. It's something everyone says, but when I double click on it, I rarely see people actually quantify it. Strange, because it's arguably the most important parameter of the global COVID challenge. The first sentence in the article states, "By last October, about three out of every four residents of Manaus, Brazil already had been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 [1]" The question: is that herd immunity? Easy to check. Herd immunity is ~ 1
  11. Just spitballing... So, some of these numbers are totally arb and could use a revision from people who know what they're talking about 😉 , but, if you assume: Cuba produces 260M cigars per year (pulled from Google - cited Halfwheel) ~25 cigars per box (not sure this is right, ties to 3 - ideally someone knows the contribution per cigar so we can skip the whole box thing) $50 cash contribution per box (pulled out of my ass - help, please - Rob?) 13 year term (~Paris Group current term, though, there's a bunch of qualifiers, I'm sure) ~6% discount rate (SWAGE
  12. Such a difference between Cuba and a reserve currency country - Cuba has to slog it out in a brutal market, arguably selling the island in the process, which leads to... another revolution? Reserve countries--US, China, Japan, Brits--have a whole different deal. Not sure, but is AUS considered a reserve currency in that part of the world?
  13. Count - there's a fantastic thread devoted to this very question: I've found it to be a fantastic education - may it be so for you!
  14. ibid - thanks for the review! I had a box of those but traded them for BRC's - still have the BRC's (~08) - for some reason, despite my crazy love for that vitola and marca, it didn't click - seeing your review makes me wonder... go crazy this way 🙂
  15. Yeah, I'm not - I was sloppy - guess I have a cognitive link that 30m = short smoke, despite reality... or, when I'd take a TrinReyes smoke break back in the day, anything over 30m was considered 'mauves choix,' so I left a lot of 1/2-3/4 smoked PC's in the bin I think this is about right - especially since I've focused on smoking slowly - typically don't nub cigars this size, so ~45-50ish Cheers!
  16. Which naturally raises the maxim that aged cigars are different. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse, sometimes for the ‘eh, hasn’t changed much.’ I’m smitten by the R&J for those latter two classifications, but will save a box to see how it ages - perhaps they will age as yours, Mr. Corgi (a smart, fun, beautiful breed), but along the way I’ll enjoy the rest.
  17. I'll second this - just had my first R&J MF am pleasantly surprised, all the way to wanting to kick my younger self for my 'bigger-is-better' belief. Put another way, I guess the smoker ages as well as the cigar. For a ~30m smoke, these things are a blast!
  18. Masters 2021 - I feel like a 10 year old going to my first Red Sox game - silly/goofy/fun/happy!

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