Today’s Smoke 2019

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"A billion Eddie Barzoons jogging into the future
Pepin and Johnson don’t make them like they used to in Miami anymore (June 2006). View attachment 27494
It's unfortunate but this is the nature of the business. You get a successful brand and you try to maintain the quality but supply of the original tobacco dwindles or is repurposed and eventually, if you do it right, they still sell at a reduced price

It happened with CCs, too, to a lesser degree. The best tobacco tends to end up in the limited/regional releases but with less devalued regular marcas than many NCs.(exceptions: Padron and Fuente - kudos to them)

In the early days Pepin seemed to have no end of excellent tobacco. This was, of course, only a result of it not being spread too thin ... Yet.
 
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