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One minor correction, you've listed La Maravilla as being for Leaf & Ale of Nashville, TN. Leaf & Ale was actually in Knoxville, but is no longer in business. The owner of the shop gave me one of his last Maravillas several months before he closed up the shop. It may have been the best Tatuaje I've ever had...definitely in the top 5.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Review: Tatuaje Cohete (2013)
@Charlie Minato I guess that's where we differ in one way. I personally thought the Monte Epic was a very good cigar, possibly the best thing I've ever had from Altadis. I preferred the Robusto slightly to this one and thankfully it's a couple bucks cheaper. If the No. 2 had climbed much higher I wouldn't have even bothered so I wouldn't know.
To most of the cigar smokers I know, price absolutely does make a difference. A cigar has to reach a much higher standard of excellence to be worth spending $20+ on time after time versus the level it has to reach if it's just $14...and even more so if it costs just $7. Some say, "You can't put a price on an experience." I say, "Nonsense! Of course you can!"
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Review: Montecristo Epic No. 2 Premium Selection 2007
I smoked one of these a few days ago and agree with most of what you said...a very good smoke indeed, but in no way worth over $20. The problem is I'm not sure where you bought them to have paid that much. I bought mine at a shop in Knoxville; I double-checked the receipt and the normal, non-discounted price was $15. I double-checked online and found a B&M that sells through an online portal as well; they are charging $135 for a box of 10. I thought the Epic No. 2 was worth the $15 price tag and would be even easier to accept at $13.50; at $23 per stick, I never would have even bothered since I have found few cigars that would justify that kind of price...and not a single one from Altadis.