I'm glad yours are good! I got the Khadrawi, Barhi, and Zahidi from Shields and was disappointed. Khadrawi and Barhi are supposed to be so gooey and soft, but these are crusty and hardened and I can't much bear to eat them. Zahidi dates are dry to start with, but at least half of them are completely dried up and will have to be slit with a knife so I don't break a nail, and then blended for several minutes to reach a smooth consistency of Datorate. I called the company today and they're going to get back to me. Hopefully I can send them back and get a refund! Someone on another thread also mentioned them being quite great, so perhaps I just received a bad batch.
Oh, I also got 5 pounds of soft Medjools. They were better although they still didn't compare with Bautista or Date People.
I ordered a case of the khadrawys and barhis from Shields a couple weeks ago for the first time. They were definitely smaller than the khadrawys from Bautista and not as moist. I'm actually ok with that since they pack a lot better on my long runs. If they are too gooey, they just mush together in a big clump. I still enjoy eating these dates right from the box and you can't beat the deal. I always keep them in the fridge too.