Cigar thread

  • Mon, Jun 17, 2019 8:38 AM
    posted by O-Trap

    I can honestly say I've never had it.  I've had a couple Punches, but never that one.

    It was nice. I looked it up online afterwards and it appears to be a well reviewed cigar (I'm not ready to say stick yet). I paid $6.19 for it locally, it looks like I can get it a little cheaper online. It's a full flavor/bodied cigar, according to the chart.

     

    Mon, Jun 17, 2019 10:30 AM
    posted by gut

    Yeah.  I don't know much about wine, but have many friends who do.  It's very easy to spend $50+ on a bottle that isn't nearly as good as a smart $12 selection.  Find a good vintage and then go out and buy a few cases.

    People collect wine, and it's easier to store and age.  But from what I've read, the newer cigars are probably better than cigars from 20 years ago even if they were properly stored and aged.  That Rocky Patel video Justin posted pretty much confirms that.

    Yeah, as I recall, the actual improvement of a cigar from aging happens pretty quickly.  Cigars that have been aged more than maybe five years after purchase probably aren't going to be much better.  I aged an Edicion de Silvio salomon for nine years once.  Wasn't aging it to age it; it was something I bought in late 2008 to enjoy once my first child came along, but since that took nine years, it just kinda worked out that way.  Well, I smoked it, and shortly after had one that wasn't aged at all.  It ended up being about the same.  If I'd been intentionally aging the stick, I would have almost been pissed at the small return.
     

    posted by justincredible

    It was nice. I looked it up online afterwards and it appears to be a well reviewed cigar (I'm not ready to say stick yet). I paid $6.19 for it locally, it looks like I can get it a little cheaper online. It's a full flavor/bodied cigar, according to the chart.

    I usually like a medium body, but there have been some full body cigars that have been really nice, too.  When I was first introduced to it, I loved Rocky Patel's Fusion Double Maduro (sometimes called 'MM').  Burly as hell, and having some esophageal damage from acid reflux when I was younger, I don't smoke them anymore, but they're good if you can still find them.

    If you like full body, I recommend trying the Gurkha Assassin.  I'm hit-or-miss on Gurkha (mostly hit, but a few just don't sit well with me), but the Assassin is a great smoke, and at the box level, it's in your price range, so it probably won't be too far out of it at the individual sale level, though maybe a little:
    https://www.cigarsinternational.com/p/gurkha-assassin-torpedo/2004242/

     

    Mon, Jun 17, 2019 1:12 PM

    The way a lot of samplers work is to give you one or two high-profile stick with a few mid-to-low profile sticks.

    Doesn't mean the rest are bad.  Just means they don't have the brand recognition.

    The first two in that picture are easily recognized, and the Patel Decade is an absolute boss of a cigar.  Bought a box of them once in the box press robusto shape, which might be my favorite form, as my two favorite cutters are a notch cutter and a punch cutter (I get less tarring and less wrapper breakage without having to be careful).

    If you do get that sampler, pay special attention when you're trying that one.  It's a heavier profile, though it's not extreme.  It's decadent.  Absolutely a treat.

    Justin, if you're ever going to be in Akron, let me know.  We've got a cigar shop with a big, well-stocked humidor that is away from most of the major trafficked spots.  If you're getting into cigars, you'd enjoy it.

    Hell, that applies to anyone on this thread.  I'm always looking for an excuse to go and share it.

    Mon, Jun 17, 2019 3:05 PM

    Justin, Ive had 4 out of those 6 cigars. Never tried the Aging Room or the Cabaiguan. The other 4 are really good smokes.  I'm a fan of My Fathers. My favorite one from them is the Le Bijou 1932.

    When it comes to Alec Bradley I haven't found one I didn't like.

    Mon, Jun 17, 2019 3:15 PM
    posted by Curly J

    Justin, Ive had 4 out of those 6 cigars. Never tried the Aging Room or the Cabaiguan. The other 4 are really good smokes.  I'm a fan of My Fathers. My favorite one from them is the Le Bijou 1932.

    When it comes to Alec Bradley I haven't found one I didn't like.

    I missed that ring.

    That sampler pack looks much stronger than I thought.  I got hung up on the Decade and got excited.

    Mon, Jun 17, 2019 3:22 PM

    Sampler I ordered:

    92+ Rated Big-Name Showdown includes:
    1 - Sancho Panza Glorioso (6.1" x 50)
    1 - La Aroma de Cuba Robusto (5" x 54)
    1 - La Perla Habana Morado Belicoso (6.25" x 52)
    1 - Rocky Patel Decade Robusto (5" x 50)
    1 - HC Series Habano Robusto (5" x 50)
    1 - Torano Exodus '50 Years' Robusto (5" x 50)
    1 - Cohiba Red Dot Robusto (5" x 49)
    1 - CAO L'Anniversaire Cameroon Robusto (5" x 50)
    1 - Oliva Serie 'O' Torpedo (6.5" x 52)
    1 - H. Upmann 1844 Reserve Churchill (7.0" x 50)

    Mon, Jun 17, 2019 3:42 PM

    Sancho Panza is the best cigar i've ever had. Don't know which one, but i kept that band for years because it was so great. I got mine from a dude in a bottle service room in Vegas and never found them again.

    Mon, Jun 17, 2019 7:51 PM
    posted by gut

    Sampler I ordered:

    92+ Rated Big-Name Showdown includes:
    1 - Sancho Panza Glorioso (6.1" x 50)
    1 - La Aroma de Cuba Robusto (5" x 54)
    1 - La Perla Habana Morado Belicoso (6.25" x 52)
    1 - Rocky Patel Decade Robusto (5" x 50)
    1 - HC Series Habano Robusto (5" x 50)
    1 - Torano Exodus '50 Years' Robusto (5" x 50)
    1 - Cohiba Red Dot Robusto (5" x 49)
    1 - CAO L'Anniversaire Cameroon Robusto (5" x 50)
    1 - Oliva Serie 'O' Torpedo (6.5" x 52)
    1 - H. Upmann 1844 Reserve Churchill (7.0" x 50)

    Where'd you get this sampler?

    Mon, Jun 17, 2019 9:23 PM
    posted by justincredible

    This is a pretty good resource for beginners. I'm learning quite a bit running through this.

    https://cigarsforbeginners.famous-smoke.com/

    Nice!  Famous Smoke is a well-established source, too.  I might dig into that, too.

    Mon, Jun 17, 2019 9:23 PM
    posted by justincredible

    Where'd you get this sampler?

    CigarInternational.....$45

    Tue, Jun 18, 2019 6:48 PM

    This is the new cigar shop opening up in Cincinnati. Can't wait to check it out, looks like it's doing a soft opening on Saturday.

    https://www.facebook.com/OTRPCigars/

    Tue, Jun 18, 2019 10:04 PM
    posted by justincredible

    This is the new cigar shop opening up in Cincinnati. Can't wait to check it out, looks like it's doing a soft opening on Saturday.

    https://www.facebook.com/OTRPCigars/

    From the pictures, the interior looks nice.  Wonder what the furniture and other accommodations will be like.

    In any case, looks like a nice, relaxing place to enjoy yourself.

    Tue, Jun 18, 2019 10:15 PM

    I was just talking to the owner of my little cigar shop the other day, and apparently, the cigars that the Cavs were smoking during the championship festivities in 2016 were supplied by them.

    Pretty cool little bit of trivia.

    The humidor is the biggest in the area, which is one of the reasons I stopped going to Medina Cigar and started going to Cousin's instead.  Three walls covered floor-to-ceiling, always well-stocked, and a lot of choices.

    Wed, Jun 19, 2019 1:49 PM

    Got my humidor yesterday (50 stick capacity).  And doing the 2-day seasoning method using wipes.  But as I'm calibrating my hygrometer, it seems my box may have arrive at about 64% rh (possibly since it was shipped during a few wet/humid days).  So we'll see if I don't end-up getting the rh too high, but should matter since I'm using the 2-way boveda packets for humidification.

    Now I have to decide what to do with my boveda packet holder.  It doesn't quite fit standing on the edge, so I'll have to either mount it on the glass top or leave it laying free on the bottom (and supposedly you don't even need to put the packets in a holder).  The packet holder is about 3.75" x 6", so it would obscure about 30% of the glass.

    Wed, Jun 19, 2019 4:28 PM

    https://havanaphils.com/

    Best one I have been to ……… it is in Greensboro

     

     

     

     

    Wed, Jun 19, 2019 5:26 PM
    posted by O-Trap

    From the pictures, the interior looks nice.  Wonder what the furniture and other accommodations will be like.

    In any case, looks like a nice, relaxing place to enjoy yourself.

    I think the smoking lounge will be separate from the retail space, allowing those that don't want to deal with the smell to stop in and shop. I read something today about a garage, so I think the lounge may be a renovated garage area with an outdoor patio. It opens this weekend so I'm hoping to stop by. 

    Wed, Jun 19, 2019 5:26 PM
    posted by O-Trap

    I was just talking to the owner of my little cigar shop the other day, and apparently, the cigars that the Cavs were smoking during the championship festivities in 2016 were supplied by them.

    Pretty cool little bit of trivia.

    The humidor is the biggest in the area, which is one of the reasons I stopped going to Medina Cigar and started going to Cousin's instead.  Three walls covered floor-to-ceiling, always well-stocked, and a lot of choices.

    I like the looks of this place. I don't know if I'll ever drive through Akron, but if I do...

    Wed, Jun 19, 2019 6:29 PM

    Picked up a Casa Bella robusto at a tobacco shop next to my office for tonight. I asked for a recommendation of a -$5 cigar that would fall on the more mild end of the spectrum. Hopefully I like it, because a box of 20 is extremely reasonably priced. 

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