That has to be the case. I smoked a couple within the past year or so that were around 15 years old and were still like little nukes, and probably had another 15 years of spice in them. This one had good Opus flavor, and wasn't something to smoke too quickly, but not that sweet "What were they THINKING???" laughable level of strength. I don't dig it often, but every once in a while it hits the spot.They ain't what they used to be power-wise.