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Everything posted by CaptainQuintero

  1. In 2015 or 16 I swore blind the robusto was a coro, after the first 3 or 4 puffs I even laughed and shook my head. It was by the the most Cohiba-ry Cohiba I'd ever had. I just sat back and enjoyed the rest of it feeling immensely smug. Was a BRC
  2. I've been taking bands off prior to smoking for years, now it's probably the antithesis to what Hsa want, especially with Cohiba
  3. Bolivar Petit Corona RyJ ex#4 Upmann Sir Winston Montecristo Especial #1 I just realised how limited we are from just ten years or so ago in terms of recommendations for those unique smokes: Bolivar Coronas Extra/Gold Medal SLR DC/ Serie A Sancho Panza Molinos QdO Panetelas I don't think you could get much more extreme between the SLR DC and a Bolivar CE
  4. eeep 5 years? Still haven't got round to trying this new release
  5. Some which have stood out for me on their own two feet have the illusione cg:4 naturals and the old blend of Winston Churchill Lancasters, used to come in a red tin in the UK, blend change a few years ago when the line rebranded but I'd be surprised if done weren't still knocking about. I'd quite happily puff away at either and get at least 89/100 experiences, pushing into the low 90's regularly
  6. Crikey that's gorgeous. Without getting into pricing debates, H&F do some incredible stuff. Absolutely nail it so many times. It's a target for Hsa if they truly want to get into the luxury market
  7. Brown paper stamped with green ink, tied with string, wrapping the cello bundle. That'll do me! Love the idea of a separate FoH/nudie old fashioned solid box like the top pic that we can refill. Heck even one with a decent seal so you can use it as a mini desktop, if it's got a latch like in the example above and made solid I'd have it on the side 24/7
  8. Darts/pool and a pint of Bodders was a staple of my teenage years, lovely stuff!
  9. Energy in the UK has gone nuts, this time last year the average annual cost for gas+elec was around £1000-1200 a year, by October it's due to be £2800. In reality a lot of households are seeing their bill triple. The farm next to me has had their monthly energy bill go from £650 to £2500. It's not a question of how long can they last at that, they simply can't right now. From around £8k a year up to £30k just for gas+elec
  10. I know BHK 56 were above £300 each last year or so but if that was down to the supply issues over the last few years or not I'm not sure, I'd guess so. If this is truly pre-price rise and they are getting this on top it's going to be hilarious
  11. So roughly following the % rise in the German list, UK CoRo online will be around £125 a stick BHK 56 are roughly £350 a stick online now and been that way for a while, so will be around £875 per single cigar after the increase if it follows 😂
  12. I tried to introduce my wife to it last year and I was surprised how dated it was, gave up after 20 min Flight of the Intruder still looks and feels great though, I watched in a few weeks ago again, belter of a film
  13. If you can get hands on one, or someone you trust to check them to make sure they've not been passed over for 20 years for being tent pegs, you could get some great smokes.
  14. I wonder what the Canada/UK prices are going to be, looking roughly at that German list and doing a rough comparison I can't see many UK stores/stockists outside of London/Edinburgh lasting long £20 cigar for a treat comparable to a £20 bottle of wine. Start going into that £80+ bottle of wine territory and your client base has shrunk significantly. Margins are already pretty slim
  15. Toll, I hope you're 4 foot tall or that thing is a walloper!
  16. An issue that has hit me: Cohiba is the most inconsistent brand out there for me. No other can give such highs and such lows. Regardless of income levels, anyone getting whole dud boxes, never mind a few sticks isn't going to be happy buying it at the potential new pricing being thrown around. Luxury items get away (mostly) with the sticker price because there's the illusion of super-high quality. A level that is reflected by the extreme pricing. Cuba simply hasn't got the ability to provide luxury quality products with luxury-level consistency in anything beyond small-batch releases such as the original Behike release where a single roller handled the process. I can tell everyone my homemade jam is now a luxury product and whack up the price x10. But just because I'm charging more doesn't mean there'll be less bird shit or worm in the occasional jar. I don't see Cuba suddenly being able to consistently make Cohiba at a high enough quality to get away with making their new target market happy. If they were able to, they already would have. Instead we've seen the opposite: an increase in provincial production away from El Laguito and products like Behike simply being made without their unique selling point (Medio tempo leaf) and sold anyway. Behike was supposed to be the luxury product. Run out of the key ingredient that makes this luxury product unique? Sod it, make them without it and stick them on a truck, no one will care...imagine Rolex shipping out watches without an hour hand because they couldn't find any. But the watch comes in a shiny new lacquered box! No one will care! Remember the whole reason why Davidoff (An actual luxury brand) pulled out of Cuba was because Cuba couldn't consistently make a product at the level required to be called a luxury and justify the price of being such. This isn't Fuente, it's glorified sweatshops with people being worked at barely above slave labour at every stage in production
  17. Personally I'd have zero issues. To me it's an organic product, variation is commonplace. I'd be more suspect if a cigar had no visible flaws or variation!
  18. I've seen it occasionally, if you look closely it resembles the watermark drops/angel kisses you sometimes get appearing during the fermentation process but not in the famous drop shapes. It usually follows the veins/raised areas too but only in small sections like in your pictures, as if trapped in them. So I'm guessing it's something that occured during the fermentation process, or as a result of that issue the leaf is more easily damaged during rolling. I've never noticed it have any effect on the cigars flavour
  19. Have a look at local large-ish supermarkets Rob, most should have a stand with reading glasses and sunnies on them. Any pound shop will normally have some too. Won't be as interesting visiting them as what you've been up to so far but hopefully you'll be able to see a bit more after!
  20. I wonder if this is all Cuba trying to make the most out of their horrific supply issues. They know they will only have extremely limited production for the foreseeable future, make this jump now so they keep similar revenue numbers coming in. If sales go bad they can reverse it, if it goes well they can stick with the pricing even when production ramps back up. Win win for them.
  21. I remember bang on a decade ago I could buy a 50 cab of aged Fundadores for £1100 at a UK B&M. Prices will never go down, you're always going to get less for your money as time goes by. If you want/need cigars and have the means, go early imo
  22. Nature is healing, we're slowly getting back to pre-plague normality
  23. Thinking back the Monte 08 Sublimes were just like sipping freshly melted dark chocolate ganache, just amazing. There's been a procession of Monte releases that have tried to replicate them but haven't quite managed it imo 09 Upmann Mag 48 was a straight up milk chocolate digestive biscuits to me. Also fond memories of the Monte D EL release, that was just dark chocolate from start to finish, no evolution but didn't particularly need it if you wanted a chocolate hit

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