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  1. Nice to see you Ray. I hope you’re well. Been awhile. My humidor is as consistent as ever—I am forever grateful! El Prez has explained the reason for the discontinuation. It’s a simple matter of weight, or maybe @PigFish has nailed it, as always. From a personal standpoint, 50 Cabs are the gold standard for aging cigars for a long time. Few things come to mind. I have a reasonable amount of 50 cabs in my collection. When I opened the last one a few months back, (PLPC from 2013) 1/4 of the cigars looked like crap. Maybe banded too tight, maybe they put the rough looking ones in the middle, but who cares. They smoke amazing. AmaaaZING. Tobacco on tobacco is THE best. 10 boxes are neat, but NOTHING is like grabbing up a half wheel of Double Coronas and putting your nose right in the middle of them. Lusis are especially amazing, as are SLRDC. Then there’s the thought of how much possibility there is in that 50 Cab. How much time with friends, how much pure enjoyment, how much excellent tobacco is there. Then it gets put back—let it age some more. Maybe I pull one at 5 years and see how it smokes, but I can just never get them to stack correctly again. Never. Cut the ribbon, let them tumble together in the Cab. See how they are in 2 more years. It’s an experience in itself. The 50 Cab experience. 2002 Punch Ninfas, 50 Cab. My first 50 Cab. Ugly cigars, but man do I miss them. Memorable—so good. I think they were $225 USD back then—experience discontinued forever. Almost exactly 2 decades ago that was @PigFish
  2. Long time member, not posting lately, but had to jump in and offer up a story from way back in my brain. I recall a friend of mine from the early 2000s had 2 or 3 of these in Petacas and we all thought they were fakes. This was around 2001-2003 or so. He was a prolific collector and claimed they were real. I vaguely recall him saying a couple times he thought they were repackaged Davidoff 4000s from the early 90s when Davidoff was being discoed. I didn’t think anything of it until just now. I didn’t know the catalog and history like I do know, and had no clue at the time the 4000 was a longer cigar. This would support the idea of them being longer, but take this info for what it is-I don’t know if it’s the size of a Davidoff 4000, which would be a full 12mm longer. To this day it still puzzles me why he would have thought they were repackaged Davidoff 4000s, although there seems to be some evidence supporting the fallout of the relationship between Davidoff and Havana being really ugly, so it could have been a real story. It was a long time ago and a passing memory and I have never seen one since. I doubt this helps, but just thought I would share the only info I have on these.
  3. Haven’t posted in a good while but figured I would toss my thoughts in. The wine spectator scale seems to have worked well for me in that it effectively tells the story that we are already rating a premium product. Also it is somewhat defined and a reference for me personally. 50 points is a given—it’s a premium cigar, 5 for color/appearance, 15 for aroma and bouquet, 20 for Taste and Finish, 10 for overall score. I try to sort of work it out around this for a general score in my mind for my own recollection. It’s not complex, it’s just a way to consider a cigar and reference to others I’ve smoked. I don’t write it down I just think about it while I am smoking and afterward. For example— QDO 54 I just smoked yesterday. 50 points—it’s a premium cigar, 5 in color appearance (it was gorgeous and perfectly rolled), 12 for aroma and bouquet (nice but not very dense), 15 for Taste and Finish (if it had more transitions would have scored higher), and 8 for overall score (was a very good cigar overall)....90 points. Enjoyed it, would do it again. Just my thoughts. Hope everyone is doing well around here! Cheers! Z
  4. Ok. This cigar was just awesome. I don’t love the size really, but it smoked like a much older cigar. Second one I’ve smoked, first was just pretty good. Regret smoking on the course a bit because I missed some complexity I know is there. Phenomenal smoke. 95/96 pointer on a windy unfocused day. No wonder they are a bit hard to find. Trinidad La Trova MUP DIC17
  5. First NC I’ve smoked in awhile. Figured it was the “Cigar of the Year” so why not? The first half was pretty interesting although the draw was extremely loose. Second half, not good. I could see if someone only smoked about an inch of this cigar they might think it was special, but deeper in, it was pretty bad. I am sure I’ll give the others away.
  6. Those look great! I have never seen these. I see they’ve been compared to Coronas and Petit Coronas, of which the PCs were some of my favorites before they were discontinued. Maybe I will try and track some down. Thanks for sharing. Z
  7. I do not like them. I like the JLS1, but I find the 2 has something I just don’t like. Something in them doesn’t agree with my tastes. Granted I have only had a few but none were memorable and one I just tossed. Maybe I’ll give them another try soon. Now where might I find those Patricia’s @dvickery ?
  8. I know this is completely impossible, but maybe an exception could be made. A re-issue of the H. Upmann Tang Monarchs as a furthering of the Sir David tribute. Or because the Upmann is a pipedream actually make the Punch Sir David into an AP RE in boxes of 10 so they could be purchased by the masses. The Hong Kong 50 Cab release would remain a rarity, but the cigars could be a reality for more people.
  9. Not to hijack your thread Fuzz, but I snapped a pic of this the other day thinking there was some major significance to the numerology. 33 degrees F and 8888 miles, should have sped up to 77 MPH!
  10. I don’t think anyone else noticed it. I’m a huge SP fan so that’s what stood out to me more than the unbanded ones. Does look pretty nice with the Special Ed bands.
  11. Neither one of those boxes has the correct band...unless I missed a band change for Reg. Prod Sancho Panza. ??
  12. @PapaDisco I am not sure what I did to deserve such generosity, but I don’t think I am the only one here who has had to pick his jaw up off the floor while trying to stifle a silent scream when I opened something from...the legendary...(said in a hushed tone)...CigSid...
  13. Met up with @JohnInCleveland today and we smoked a pair of 1994 Sir Winstons. These were generously gifted by @CigSid. Bill, you truly made my day today! I appreciate you allowing us this opportunity. Thank you so much. The cigars were powerhouses that delivered a dense, yeasty bready, clean clean toasted tobacco taste. Minor transitions, but unecessary here. Started off with a bang and just kept coming. Not afraid to say the rich, decadent power kicked both of our asses, but in a very good way! Looooooonnnnggg legs even after 25 years. Can still taste the distinct magnificent flavor now. Just awesome. I won’t forget the experience any time soon.

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