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The best box codes seen in 2018

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The best box codes seen in 2018

I will collate my list on Sunday/Monday. it is simply based upon % of PSP/HQ per number of boxes.  

In the meantime, can you let us know what box codes really stood out for you  throughout your  2018 purchases? 

  let's see what trends emerge :ok:

One bonus question?.....your best quality box (and box code) purchased in 2018?  if you get the urge, post a photo for us. 

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Are you looking for codes on boxes (of any vintage) that we encountered in 2018 or codes indicating manufacture within the year 2018, specifically?

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Best 2018 box codes from my purchases have been MSU and UEB.

MSU has been a mystery to me. Apparently, they roll fantastic cigars, but can't always manage to put bands on them?

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1. UEB (Epi 2, Siglo I, Mag 46 come to mind)

2. MOL (JL 2, Esplendidos)

3. BUP (Lusitanias, CoRo)

4. BRE (Upmann 2)

5. ARS (Fundadores, Famosos)

6. MSU (Partagas Serie E No. 2, Boli PC)

Most of my PSP boxes of UEB, MOL, and BUP cigars are vacuum sealed now, but here is a pic of some beautiful HQ CoRo bearing the BUP factory code:

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BRE and MSU for me. I know the quality control issues that plagued MSU with the packaging, but the cigars were top notch. 

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MSU for the ones I have seen in person.  BRE and MOL are what stick out the most in memory as having the most PSP/HQ listings.

 

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MSU Partagas E2 and Cohiba Talisman have been outstanding.

UAO Partagas E2 have also been excellent.

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13 minutes ago, jamiey said:

Hey Cayman, what's the purpose for vacuum sealed?

Slow down the aging for LONG term.

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12 hours ago, jamiey said:

Hey Cayman, what's the purpose for vacuum sealed?

To age long term and hopefully enhance the flavors. I have read reports that cigars stored this way can benefit from such treatment (lack of oxygen exposure).  I’m not a scientist and don’t want to derail this thread, but that’s why I vacuum sealed several PSP and HQ (and clearance, let’s be honest) boxes in 2018. It’s my little science experiment. 

To keep us back on track, here is a pic of some BUP Lusitanias and the infamous box of bandless Bolivar PC that started the MSU factory QC controversy last year 😁

 

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Best 2018 box I bought this year:

EPM JUL 18 HURR that were basically cinnamon fudge to look and feel

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haven't smoked a lot of 2018, but from my small experience on that year I liked more MSU and UAO

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7 hours ago, El Presidente said:

 

Top 20 by the numbers as a % of boxes opened (with a minimum of 4 mastercases). 

  1. MSU
  2. UGO
  3. UEB
  4. MOL
  5. ESL
  6. UAO
  7. LGR
  8. UTL
  9. ABO
  10. REG
  11. ASR
  12. RUM
  13. ROM
  14. TPO
  15. RAG
  16. MSA
  17. EPM
  18. UBM
  19. GOS
  20. BUP

 

I am really surprised that "BRE"  is not in that list.

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11 hours ago, El Presidente said:

 

Top 20 by the numbers as a % of boxes opened (with a minimum of 4 mastercases). 

  1. MSU
  2. UGO
  3. UEB
  4. MOL
  5. ESL
  6. UAO
  7. LGR
  8. UTL
  9. ABO
  10. REG
  11. ASR
  12. RUM
  13. ROM
  14. TPO
  15. RAG
  16. MSA
  17. EPM
  18. UBM
  19. GOS
  20. BUP

 

 

My Bolivar EL, Talisman QoD54 are from MSU, and they are fabulous!

I have LMB code which are on my Talisman and Partagas 8-9-8, did not know these two have similarities :o 
Thought Talisman are from El Laguito.

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19 minutes ago, Hoepssa said:

 

My Bolivar EL, Talisman QoD54 are from MSU, and they are fabulous!

I have LMB code which are on my Talisman and Partagas 8-9-8, did not know these two have similarities :o 
Thought Talisman are from El Laguito.

I believe they were made in Upmann factory as well :ok:

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7 hours ago, Gamehawker said:

I am really surprised that "BRE"  is not in that list.

BRE was let down by Upmann Number 2. 

I have 7 mastercases down as fails for BRE Upmann Number 2.  Outside of that it was a solid code. Even with the Upmann number 2 debacle, it finishes in the top 25. 

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5 hours ago, HDGSN said:

No BRE and no MUP - wow.

Some of the best Trinidad Fundadores of the year were MUP. 

Plenty of reyes and coloniales fails as well unfortunately. 

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25 minutes ago, El Presidente said:

Some of the best Trinidad Fundadores of the year were MUP. 

Plenty of reyes and coloniales fails as well unfortunately. 

Good to hear on the Fundies. I grabbed two boxes of MUPs in Havana the other week and all 48 look like stunners with just a couple that feel underfilled

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