Re: ugh. my first exotica experience..
I have tried Coco naras and I didn't like them at all. They take forever to light, you have to flip them every 5 minutes or they start to go out and produce an awful coal taste. Plus they are way expensive.
The reason I praise Exoticas is because I'm still smoking from the original batch. I bought 6 kilos back in mid September just before everyone raved about how great they were. I was also given a kilo and 3/4 from the original batch. I get 100 smokes from each box unless I use my small super chief then it's 33 smokes LOL. I have had the original quality all this time, so I don't know about other batches.