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Due to a combination of circumstances the last 3 years has seen my cigar smoking reduced down to 1 stick every 3-4 weeks at best, this has resulted in me now having 40 or so boxes that are all from 2013-16 in my humidor. They are predominantly CoRo, RASS, JL2, Epi 2, HDM EE, Famosos, Unicos, R&J 4, SLR Regios, Sir Winston (only 2) and a few older regional releases (SLR 4 and PL Belicosos). Hopefully I will be "back in the saddle" soon but its clear some of these will be smoked only over the next 5 years or so, all the boxes are stored at 63%. This may sound like a strange query but would these boxes be suitable for ageing so long? Any pros and particularly cons of having them so long?

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From the regular series, in my opinion, all of these cigars will be wonderful and go into the category of vintage. The only exception is that HdM EE is not a strong cigar and it can lose its taste over the years. It is not yet clear for me what is the “RyJ 4”...

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Sounds like a good thing coming from a bad thing. Hope you are okay and getting past whatever caused you to severely limit your smoking. 

Just keep your storage like you have it, inspect all the boxes periodically, and you will have great aged stock to enjoy when you are able. 

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@nKostyan, RyJ 4 = Romeo y Julieta Exhibicion No.4.

In general, you're not going to find that your Habanos cigars have expired after 7 to 10 years. Sure, they may have peaked sooner, but they will still have flavour. I find the chocolate/cocoa dominant marcas are better younger, whereas the creamy-type marcas continue to built in flavour from the 5 to 10 year mark (and sometimes beyond, depending on the cigar). In my opinion, @Webbo, you've got nothing to concern yourself about.

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You'll be fine no need to stress, I thought the only ones which might eventually lose something could be the SLR with them being on the lighter bodied side, but then again QDO age wonderfully and they are probably the mildest Cubans around. 

 So you shouldn't have any issues, a lot of people leave Sir Winnies and RyJ a decade before dipping in so you're not even near that :)

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8 hours ago, BrightonCorgi said:

Those boxes have all past their smoke by date.  I will help you dispose them.  No charge to you ?

I was going to make the same offer!  Being the nice guy I am, I will split the workload with you in the spirit of making a new friend!

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24 minutes ago, HopeUgood said:

I was going to make the same offer!  Being the nice guy I am, I will split the workload with you in the spirit of making a new friend!

This really and positively confirms why I decided to register for FOH.  Generosity and kindness is simply thrown around these parts. 

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11 hours ago, Webbo said:

Due to a combination of circumstances the last 3 years has seen my cigar smoking reduced down to 1 stick every 3-4 weeks at best, this has resulted in me now having 40 or so boxes that are all from 2013-16 in my humidor. ...

I hope your circumstances improve and you find yourself back in the saddle again soon. But as problems go, this is a nice one to have!

Your cigars will be ready when you are.

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In the schemed things that really isn’t that long but when your starting up smoking more again, start sampling and that along with some of the advice given will guide you to which ones to smoke first and which still have more room to improve.


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Every cloud has a silver lining. I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the cigars you have. If some are not to your liking sit on them a while longer and try them later. They may yet come around and turn into something great. 

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22 hours ago, nKostyan said:

From the regular series, in my opinion, all of these cigars will be wonderful and go into the category of vintage. The only exception is that HdM EE is not a strong cigar and it can lose its taste over the years. It is not yet clear for me what is the “RyJ 4”...

Is it worth aging the HDM EE past the standard acclimation period in your opinion? I'm interested because I have a box on the way and am thinking I should have went with the HDM Epi No. 2 (primarily due to popularity) instead (now, due to aging potential as well).

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Is it worth aging the HDM EE past the standard acclimation period in your opinion? I'm interested because I have a box on the way and am thinking I should have went with the HDM Epi No. 2 (primarily due to popularity) instead (now, due to aging potential as well).

Any conclusions can be drawn only after you try one. Each year (harvest) the mixture is adjusted, the strength and richness of taste slightly variable. The official shelf life of HSA cigars is 5 years. I think it's the expiration date of light and weak cigars. HdM EE I smoke right after acclimatization, they never let me down.
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1 hour ago, koosh said:

Is it worth aging the HDM EE past the standard acclimation period in your opinion? I'm interested because I have a box on the way and am thinking I should have went with the HDM Epi No. 2 (primarily due to popularity) instead (now, due to aging potential as well).

smoked HdM Epi 2, and that was fantastic. very creamy and smooth cigar!

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