That's a lot of work. Personally I think that looks just right. I don't go for a full reflection but I'm sure I don't even get past 5-6 coats... that's dedication!
Horween's CXL is pretty saturated already so it would likely take a LONG time for them to dry, no? How do you know they have been in storage for a while? On the flip side, I don't think conditioning them will do any harm.
Thanks, I don't know how some people get a mirror shine in 5 coats.