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I got one of these in the mail a few weeks ago. It keeps sitting in my pocket and I keep forgetting to use it. You've inspired me to try to remember next time, Charlie!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Review: Screwpop Cigar Punch
Nice review, Brooks. Is there any "novelty" smoke that IS worth the money/time to smoke?
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Review: OpusX Football
Nice review, Burt. Of the sampler, I'm most intrigued by the V 460!
2 months ago on Review: Oliva Serie V Maduro Diadema
Almost missed this one - thanks for another great contest. I've heard good things about these - would love to try!
2 months ago on Review: Illusione *R* Rothchildes (Prerelease)
Absolutely love the Cain F Lancero - glad to see these back out there.
3 months, 1 week ago on News: Cain F Lancero Shipping This Week
@RobertShkreli @mistapk Go Big Blue!
3 months, 1 week ago on Review: Liga Privada Único Serie UF-13 Dark (Prerelease)
Look at Kyle - all important and stuff! Good for you, man!
3 months, 2 weeks ago on News: La Flor Dominicana Launching Mystery Cigar for Events
Very surprised to see this rated higher than the Dirty Rat. I've had one UF-13 from May and thought it was good, but don't know that I'd put it over the Rat. I look forward to trying again and seeing if my opinion has changed.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Review: Liga Privada Único Serie UF-13 Dark (Prerelease)
On the one hand, I'm intrigued by this - I like the idea of the market providing feedback on products. On the other hand, I'm not sure how I feel about the concept of consumers paying for "test blends". I don't know why - it just seems like I shouldn't be spending money on something that a company isn't firmly behind.
4 months, 1 week ago on News: SAG Imports Announces The Quesada Blender’s Sampler
Arguably the best cigar I ever smoked. So fortunate to have a coffin.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on Redux: Oliva Serie V Culebra
Nice job, gentlemen! Tatuaje did exceptionally well.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on 2012 Awards: The halfwheel 25
@Charlie Minato I'm signed up, but, as an FYI, gmail throws the confirmation email to the Spam folder
4 months, 3 weeks ago on Introducing the halfwheel Newsletter
My only regret about this cigar is that I split a box instead of buying one all for myself.
5 months ago on Review: Drew Estate BOTL.org 2012
I had a lot of faith in Willy to produce something exceptional with his debut and I know he didn't disappoint. Yet another DE release that is going to garner my attention.
5 months, 1 week ago on Review: Herrera Esteli Toro Especial (Prerelease)
Nice review, Brian. I'm not a huge fan of NUBs, but this one might be worth tracking down.
5 months, 1 week ago on Review: Cain Daytona NUb 460
@Charlie Minato@MisterBastahrd I don't have a good answer for that - Greg has much more experienceso maybe he does. If I were to guess, I'd assume its just in the nature of what it is - short filler, even by the definition Saka gave of the Papas, are trimmings...remnants...scraps. If I could make an analogy, I think people view it like food...
Filet Mignon is more expensive than hamburger. I still like hamburger, but I love filet; however, if you give me someone's filet leftovers or a hamburger, I'd prefer the hamburger. Now, I'm not saying I agree with this or this is how I view the Papas, but that's, I guess, how some people view it.
I think if a machine made cigar was released by a major manufacturer at a similar price point, you'd see the same "outrage" even before people smoked it. Beyond that, I don't think most consumers/retailers have enough knowledge of the tobacco leaf costs to have opinions beyond that - short/long filler is just a widely known concept.
5 months, 1 week ago on Review: Liga Privada Único Serie Papas Fritas (Prerelease)
@Charlie Minato Since these cigars were first rumored, I've seen this exact same discussion numerous times on every forum I frequent and lurk on. In fact, I believe I've seen both Saka and JD acknowledge this is something they will have to overcome in the marketplace. Short filler - even if it is Liga short filler - has a negative connotation to the consumer. Additionally, people see the price point and feel that there are long filler cigars that they prefer at similar or better MSRPs - and again the negative connotation of short filler pushes them to discount the Fritas without even trying it.
Of course, Saka is on record as saying, "this is NOT your father's short fill - it is made exclusively of 2nd
cuts of No. 9 capa and is filled entirely with the table trimmings from
the production of all the other LP cigars being made. We actually hand
sort the tuck and chaveta cuts by pieces into their original leaf
varieties and thicknesses and then create their exact filler blend from
scratch. And like all LP, we only allow our best pairs to handcraft
them. To my knowledge no one has ever done this before - the result is a
rich, super consistent petite corona that provides a 40 minute smoke
and even holds an inch plus ash - will be packed in 4-ct tins - MSRP
$23.95 - the name stems from my fat guy love for French Fries and just
as I can't eat just one, I can't stop myself from smoking these" and since I know Saka to be a guy who doesn't bullshit, I just see this as a cheaper Liga.
Either way, no one knows until they smoke it.
@PHXCigarGuy @CigrGy Thanks, Patrick...I was about to comment on your review to ask. That was actually what I got out of the reviews. I'll probably give the JC a smoke in the coming weeks
5 months, 1 week ago on Review: OpusX Toast Across America Figurado (2012)
Thanks for the review, Brooks. I picked up a box of these when they are available by me, but only one due to the $65 price point (with taxes). I was very curious if they were ready to be smoked immediately, but based off of your review, I think I'll be sitting on this for quite some time.
@Jonathan Drew Great job as always, JD! Thanks