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Do we belive SA Habanos

Originally posted by Pierre Rogers September 12, 2015 00:00
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  • September 12, 2015 00:00
Just a question for my fellow cigar geeks. Do we believe that SA Habanos ages their EL's for "at least two years" prior to release? In the past I would have blindly believed them, however of late I have noticed just how young the 2014 EL's tasted. The recent Bolivar EL, while good, had many harsh and sharp edges. While I think the cigar will be amazing in the future, I was a bit disappointed at this point. I would love to hear everybody's thoughts on this

Having been to Cuba, and seeing some of their quality control first hand, or lack there of, I'm somewhat pessimistic. It's impossible to dispute that the country puts out a fantastic product. However, with the lack of transparency, how can we ever truly know? I tend to be a person who pays attention to box codes as that's how I learned about Cubans. I did a taste test while I was there of the same cigar, same year, same month but 3 different box codes. The one with the proper factory was the one that everyone agreed tasted better. I wouldn't call it gospel but it's certainly a very good guideline at a minimum. I've heard horror stories about what the AƱejados actually are. At the end of the day, if you like the cigar, great. Smoke it.

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