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@m812tin While I agree in theory, I think that it really depends on the blend....after all, I have smoked quite a few of the OR WCD (from 2007) and they are wonderful, albeit with a different profile then when they were released...
Other ECs I would rather smoke with some age on them are the EPC New Wave Connie and the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Connie, both of which I think only get better with time.
1 week, 4 days ago on Redux: Cabaiguan WCD 120 REDUX
@Tatuaje First Pete, thanks so much for the information. It is always great when the people who are actually blending/producing the product take the time to give extended information.
Second, I appreciate the clarification on Rosado specifically, as you know, some people in the industry seem to use the term indiscriminately (including me in this instance apparently), and it is great to hear from the source. I stand corrected.
As for the floral note, it was something that I picked up quite a bit in this version, and did not pick up in near the same amount in the previous version...Interesting that it could be due to the extended aging.
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Review: Tatuaje Exclusive Series Federal Cigar 90th Anniversary 109 Redux
@JackLinos @scottghost @leafLover2 @Adam Cliett
While I think some of the comments here are excessively critical without causation and others hate on certain brands because it is seen in some circles as the cool thing to do, everyone has a right to their opinion, as long as they don't cross the line.
Having said that, I really wish that everyone here would stick to a higher standard of discourse. We built halfwheel on the premise that cigars smokers could have a civilized discussion on just about any cigar related topic, and back up any negative comments with a valid rational.
Unfortunately, some people have taken a different route, and lower the standard for everyone while hiding cowardly behind a fake screen name.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on News: Gary Hyams Resigns at Gurkha
@DavidHolmes1 The OR Noella Reserva (2009) used a Habano Oscuro wrapper, while the 2009 version of the Noella Reseva used a CBL. The Regio Reserva was only released once in 2009 and used CBL. I am 99% confident that the new versions of both the Regio and the Noella reserva use CBL wrapper.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on News: Tatuaje Noellas & Regios Reservas Near Release
@hahostolze @Charlie Minato Never apologize for being correct :) Thanks for looking out!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Review: Oliva Serie V NUb 460
@MC Good call, thanks :)
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Review: Tatuaje Brown Label Civil Cigar Lounge
@AronL Well, I was being a bit sarcastic.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Redux: Partagás Serie D No.4 Reserva
@Taub477 You are correct, obviously...It has been fixed, thanks for the comment!
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Review: San Cristóbal Oficios (2009)
@SteveSaka Ah Sarcasm, the lost art form :) LOL!!
3 months, 1 week ago on Review: Liga Privada Único Serie UF-13 Dark (Prerelease)
@maxx Try as we might, we can't break every story on the planet....but we are working on it :)
3 months, 2 weeks ago on News: Details of New E.P. Carrillo Cigar Emerge
@Charlie Minato @AronL as Charlie said, these portraits are just meant to show the people who are behind the cigars, nothing more...don't read too much into the name.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on Icons of Cigars™ — Edgar “One Shot One Kill” Hoill
@Trent0341 We can't just exclude a cigar (or a group of cigars) just because it is under represented, as that would destroy the whole point of the list itself...Think of it this way: There were not many cigars made in the USA on the list either, so should be disregard those completely as well?
4 months, 1 week ago on 2012 Awards: The Consensus
@JackLinos thanks for the comments ;)
In regards to the score, you have to remember that the scores from the original review were only used to decide which cigars were to be put in the Top 25, not what order. After we had a group of cigars that qualified, each of the cigars on the list were scored again by each if us, and then the averages of those scores were used as the final determining factor for the list.
Because of that, there are cigars that each of us believe should be in the Top 10 that did not make it, but the final list is representative of halfwheel's opinion a a whole.
Hope that helps!
4 months, 1 week ago on 2012 Awards: The halfwheel 25
@AgedHavana Thanks for letting us know, but that is why I said "As far as I know"...I am glad to see another box, Have you smoked any of them?
4 months, 1 week ago on Review: Partagás Dunhill Selección Suprema No. 281 (1950s)
@RandyJ That was probably this one: http://gartrader.com/index.php?/gallery/image/693-tubed-opus-x-lancero/ which is just a normal OpusX Phantom in a glass tube (albeit from 2003).
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Review: OpusX Phantom (1994)
@SteveSaka @GruntmaN Steve, I think this is what you are looking for :)
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Review: Liga Privada Único Serie Papas Fritas (Prerelease)
@njp70to70cigars @Charlie Minato @PHXCigarGuy I would not suggest it, but if you do smoke one, be sure to tell us what you think.
5 months ago on Review: La Grand Classe
@njp70to70cigars @PHXCigarGuy What makes us experts is the time we have put into smoking, finding and studying cigars and tobacco. Having said that, you can read the "About our reviews" section, where it says in part:
"We have never, and will never, state that our reviews are the end all, be all authority on cigars. In fact, from the formation of this blog, we have contended that reviews—by their very nature—are only one person’s opinion on their own experience. Cigars are subjective; reviews and scoring are even more subjective. We have a uniform process that all of halfwheel uses to produce, formulate and publish reviews—but ultimately, the rest is subjective."
And that really is all that needs to be said.
@MattyBlayze The Julius Caeser is ready to smoke now, if you smoke the OpusX right away, you are wasting your money, IMHO. I would give it a year at least.
5 months ago on Review: OpusX Toast Across America Figurado (2012)
@njp70to70cigars First, in our reviews, neither price nor packaging have ANY impact on the final score, but it is important enough to be mentioned. Second, Patrick did say "not generally known", i.e., there will be exceptions. However, from your list, the Mooch Maduro line is not one of them, IMHO. Third, I can assure you that just because CA names a cigar Cigar of the Year does not inherently make it better then any other cigar.