Re: Rafael Gonzalez Lonsdales
- From: "Alex W." <ingilt@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2008 00:43:26 +0100
"MLF" <fermanis@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
"Alex W." <ingilt@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote
I hope you are right, but I am sceptical.
The current trend goes against lonsdales towards fatter cigars.
What seems more likely to me would be future limited production runs in
form of edition limitadas or regionales.
You got that right. The cigar biz goes through fads in an attempt to keep
people buying new products, the same as every other business. For the last
5 years it's been, as you say, fat cigars. Or in other words,
"anti-lonsdale". So your skepticism is understandable.
Actually, even the "fat" trend splits: on the one hand we get more toro and
similar, but we also get "fat but short", kinda like Danny de Vito. One
retailer told me that this was a reaction to the smoking bans: a fat cigar
will deliver cool smoke, but it must also be short enough so that the smoker
doesn't get too uncomfortable standing around otuside for too long.
Although I prefer coronas, I like lonsdales too - essentially, long
coronas. However, I have experienced more than a few plugged cigars. IMO,
it's because it is much more difficult to make a thin cigar draw well
compared to a larger ring gauge. The longer length of the lonsdale
increases the probibility that it will be plugged somewhere along it's
length. In my experience, El Rey del Mundos are particularly plagued with
this problem, even the box-pressed Rectangulars.
You got that right -- lonsdales have more than their share of construction
problems. Among the worst I had recently was a regular production Bolivar
Gold Medal -- the whole box of 10 was plugged. The problem seems to be less
with the Fonseca #1 and RyJ Cedros #1.
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