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Thread: The Boli' Cave Gems Revealed!

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    No2: Party Charlottes 2001: Sorry got dragged away to unload catering stores. So for those not familiar with this vitola, they are twins with the Serie du Connaisseur Series No3 35 x 5 5/8 & like twins would say they were identical. One reason I think people report them tasting better than the No3, is that the Charlottes they have tried have probably been older than the No3's they have smoked. Both are now sadly deleted lines, the Charlottes in 2002 & the No3's in 2010. They only way to test this theory would be a blind tasting with a pair form the same year. Personally I'd go with the theory they are the same blend but perhaps pre- '98 there was a greater difference? Anyone tried some real vintage examples? The real difference in practical terms is that the Charlottes fetch a higher price in auction so some people must believe there is a difference but personally I would pay the extra markup that they seem to fetch on some sites.

    I picked these up from Martyn at the Mill Hill GC Herf May '15 & a very reasonable price & could hardly wait to crack these open. I was wasn't even 18months when I found the perfect time, with the perfect partner, to try these distinguished smokes. I took the box down to the Cafe in Antwerp, as it's far more of an occasion presenting the first from a pristine box. No4 shows me savouring the aroma, No5 a pair picked out ready to be clipped & Laura Palmer giving her approval. No6 reaching for my cutter & lighter from my waistcoat pockets (as mentioned in another thread) And the last one is my chief smoking buddy in Antwerp, young Zowie; who's stag night will be held on my next leave & we will be cracking a couple more interesting boxes - which I will share with you all in due course. Please let us know if you have tried the Charlottes & if you enjoyed them? Anyone still got some stashed away?
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    Still got my 1998 box untouched


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    Quote Originally Posted by RobustoClubHavana View Post
    Still got my 1998 box untouched

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    Impressed!
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    Smoked all my SDC 3 & 2 looking for more still have untouched nº1 from 03


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    No3: R&J TubosNo1 '75, picked up a box of 6, at the beginning of the summer. Unusually, the box is actually stamped with the date. Didn't wait too long before I had the opportunity to smoke one, on a fine afternoon at my local café. These were machine made so not the same as a vintage the hand made de Luxe would be but still a fine starter for the afternoon & taking time to appreciate smoking such an ancient if not venerable cigar. I was preparing for my GSE's in '75 & you?
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    In April '75 I was a foetus!

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    Still in short trousers at middle school!

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    Thanks for the photos.
    In 75 I was studying in Liverpool and regularly visiting places like Eric's.
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    very impressed you can still find stogies so old out there other than in the ridiculous auctions.

    I couldn't speak English back then and was i think about to go to first school. Some say I still cannot speak English...

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    I was 2 years off day 1! Happy smoking Simon

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