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: