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Any of you Guys and Gals CIGAR Smokers?

By spfxted

9 years ago


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#2301 9 days ago
Quoted from EJS:

I’d say this would come down to personal preference again but that being said I’ll take a stick that’s a little dry on a humid day. To me that seems more satisfying.

Personal preference aside, you don't want to have to suck like a Hoover to keep the thing lit, especially in the first third. Probably my fault though, letting the stick get too wet before smoking it. But as my theory goes, I think it would have burned much better on a drier day.

#2302 8 days ago
Quoted from spfxted:

I just bought a box of these...I wonder why they're so cheap??
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Cause you have to fill 'em up with the dope yourself!!

#2303 8 days ago

It’s been a long week I struggled with the wrapper (container) I don’t think my last one had a band so I’m feeling more sophisticated tonight.

Glad I’m starting my night off with this one I can taste a lot more this time around.

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#2304 8 days ago
Quoted from pudealee:

Moving on with my quest to smoke cigars from every current Cuban brand (both Habanos SA and ICT), I was able to stumble across these. They are probably the complete opposite end of the spectrum in every way from the Cohiba that PlanetExpress posted the other day. So, anybody have any history with these el-cheapo machine made, short-filler cigars?

Personally, I stay away from anything Guantanamera, I’ve never tried one I’d be willing to try a second time.

For cheap machine mades in “real” cigar sizes, my go to choices are Por Larranaga Panetelas and Quintero Favoritos. Age them a few years and they are good cigars for walking the dog, at the beach, etc. Buying boxes with BOGO deals gets the price down to ~$2/stick. Cohiba and Trinidad shorts are tasty, too, but not “real” cigar sizes.

#2305 8 days ago

Ran into another customer tonight in the humi and he recommended this HVC broadleaf. Quite spicy and delicious

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#2306 8 days ago

Paired a 2008 Lusitanias with a greyhound to start the weekend. If you have the budget and humidor space, there are few cigars that rival a Lusi from a 50 cab with 10+ years of age:

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#2307 7 days ago
Quoted from PlanetExpress:

Por Larranaga Panetelas and Quintero Favoritos

I've got some Por Larranaga Short Panetelas (5 yrs, 2 mo) and Quintero Londres Extra (7 yrs, 3 mo) aging nicely. I would buy a box of cheap sticks as an add-on when buying something I really wanted. When I look back on my own ratings of these two, they have increased dramatically over time. Same is true of the cheap Jose Piedra Cazadores (short filler) (5 yrs). Of the three, the Jose Piedra have improved the most with age.

I don't have high expectations for the Guantanamera sticks. I'm basically just fulfilling my OCD nature to check them off a list.

#2308 7 days ago

Last bit of cigar porn for my vacation week:

2019 Esplendido paired with a bitter Mai Tai. I smoked this too soon, it needed another 3-5 years of age, but the final 3rd had hints of how awesome these will become…

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#2309 6 days ago
Quoted from PlanetExpress:

it needed another 3-5 years of age, but the final 3rd had hints of how awesome these will become…

So what do you look for/ taste that tells you that they need to sit a bit longer?

#2310 6 days ago

Another recommendation from the guy I ran into at the shop. A lot milder but a lot of complex flavors. Really good for an $11 stick.

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#2311 6 days ago
Quoted from EJS:

So what do you look for/ taste that tells you that they need to sit a bit longer?

For me, in Cohiba it is a bit of a muddying of flavors and a little harshness that comes through, but then some portions of the cigar will be clean and grassy in taste and the smoke will be velvety. For stronger blends (Partagas, Mag 46, etc…) it is an overwhelming strength that tells me they need more time to mellow.

#2312 6 days ago
Quoted from PlanetExpress:

For me, in Cohiba it is a bit of a muddying of flavors and a little harshness that comes through, but then some portions of the cigar will be clean and grassy in taste and the smoke will be velvety. For stronger blends (Partagas, Mag 46, etc…) it is an overwhelming strength that tells me they need more time to mellow.

Hmm, so if I grabbed a few of those broadleafs (or would it be broadleaves) and let them sit for a couple years it’s possible I could have a more mellow experience? I just picked that one as an example since it came a little stronger than most others I have…which isn’t a bad thing I enjoyed them thoroughly.

#2313 6 days ago
Quoted from EJS:

Hmm, so if I grabbed a few of those broadleafs (or would it be broadleaves) and let them sit for a couple years it’s possible I could have a more mellow experience? I just picked that one as an example since it came a little stronger than most others I have…which isn’t a bad thing I enjoyed them thoroughly.

Yes, exactly. Grab a clean cooler, throw a few Bovida packs in it along with the boxes of cigars, leave it someplace with a stable temp (basement is perfect), don’t open it. Every 6-9 months, try one. When they get to your taste, smoke them all. With NCs, they can lose flavor pretty dramatically, so it’s important to keep checking how they smoke. Once you know how a certain stick ages, you can repeat that process without needing to keep checking them.

#2314 5 days ago

OK guys and gals! Just got back from a PA vacation. Hung out for dinner, drinks and cigars at the always fantastic Best Cigar Pub! (Best Cigar Prices owns it)
Great food, excellent humidor. So I say to the manager.....pick 15 of your favorite cigars, price is no object. I came home with these...and a few others. (the Davidoff alone was $33! Some of them were actually my favorites as well!

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#2315 5 days ago
Quoted from spfxted:

OK guys and gals! Just got back from a PA vacation. Hung out for dinner, drinks and cigars at the always fantastic Best Cigar Pub! (Best Cigar Prices owns it)
Great food, excellent humidor. So I say to the manager.....pick 15 of your favorite cigars, price is no object. I came home with these...and a few others. (the Davidoff alone was $33! Some of them were actually my favorites as well!
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What’s that one with the jackolantern on it? What a great haul!

#2316 5 days ago

Who’s watching this great matchup and what are you smokin?

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#2317 5 days ago
Quoted from spfxted:

OK guys and gals! Just got back from a PA vacation. Hung out for dinner, drinks and cigars at the always fantastic Best Cigar Pub! (Best Cigar Prices owns it)
Great food, excellent humidor. So I say to the manager.....pick 15 of your favorite cigars, price is no object. I came home with these...and a few others. (the Davidoff alone was $33! Some of them were actually my favorites as well!
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That My Father Le Bijou is an excellent cigar, some other great ones in there as well!

#2318 5 days ago
Quoted from swillie:

What’s that one with the jackolantern on it? What a great haul!

Yes. There are some pumpkin spice snobs in this thread. Well, I know of at least one (me).

#2319 5 days ago
Quoted from spfxted:

Best Cigar Pub! (Best Cigar Prices owns it)

I used to buy a LOT from them years ago and always had great service. I assume their parent company New Global Marketing is part of that? I would expect your experience there to be excellent which it sounds like it was.

Now I like buying local and single sticks but I'm sure I'll place an order there soon enough.

#2320 5 days ago
Quoted from swillie:

what are you smokin?

No TV for me tonight I just got home and fired up this little guy. Really took me by surprise lots of flavor to start things off and tamed down just a little now. Not sure why it makes me want to have a Corona with this. Maybe because I’m getting a little lime taste? This would be a good smoke in the winter when I’m out clearing snow. Something I don’t want to think about for a LONG time….

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#2321 5 days ago
Quoted from EJS:

No TV for me tonight I just got home and fired up this little guy. Really took me by surprise lots of flavor to start things off and tamed down just a little now. Not sure why it makes me want to have a Corona with this. Maybe because I’m getting a little lime taste? This would be a good smoke in the winter when I’m out clearing snow. Something I don’t want to think about for a LONG time….
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Another smoke I’ve never had...I swear for every new cigar I try there will be a thousand others I never get the chance to experience.

#2322 5 days ago
Quoted from swillie:

Another smoke I’ve never had...I swear for every new cigar I try there will be a thousand others I never get the chance to experience.

As of about a month ago my philosophy has been geared towards trying new things from the shops. If I find something I really like I’ll buy it a couple more times. Otherwise it’s something new for me. I’ve never been misdirected from any recommendations. That one guy I met at one of my local shops pointed me to two I probably wouldn’t have tried….maybe I would have gotten to it eventually but they are a couple I’d circle back to later.

Part of the risk is running into a couple duds but there’s usually a pleasant surprise waiting in the next box.

#2323 5 days ago
Quoted from spfxted:

OK guys and gals! Just got back from a PA vacation. Hung out for dinner, drinks and cigars at the always fantastic Best Cigar Pub! (Best Cigar Prices owns it)
Great food, excellent humidor. So I say to the manager.....pick 15 of your favorite cigars, price is no object. I came home with these...and a few others. (the Davidoff alone was $33! Some of them were actually my favorites as well!

Awesome haul! The My Father Le Bijou is one of my favs. I’m surprised no Tatuaje or Illusione made the list, as those (Tatuaje Black Label, Illusione Rothchildes) are my go-to options at the cigar shop.

#2324 5 days ago
Quoted from PlanetExpress:

I’m surprised no Tatuaje or Illusione made the list

It did! The Special Pumpkin Cigar is a Tatuaje and Illusione was one not shown.

Quoted from swillie:

What’s that one with the jackolantern on it? What a great haul!

Tatuaje...see above....

#2325 4 days ago
Quoted from spfxted:

OK guys and gals! Just got back from a PA vacation. Hung out for dinner, drinks and cigars at the always fantastic Best Cigar Pub! (Best Cigar Prices owns it)
Great food, excellent humidor. So I say to the manager.....pick 15 of your favorite cigars, price is no object. I came home with these...and a few others. (the Davidoff alone was $33! Some of them were actually my favorites as well!
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Is that the place in Drums, PA?

Great place, been there a few times. Their BLT is fantastic! The thick slab of beacon that they slap on that thing....

#2326 3 days ago

Yes, that's it! Yeah, that thick bacon situation is fantastic. And the Seafood Platter was excellent!

#2327 3 days ago

This would be a good cigar for when you aren’t very sober but still want to be seen with a cigar. Not a lot of action going on here but little sparks of flavor now and again.

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#2328 3 days ago
Quoted from EJS:

This would be a good cigar for when you aren’t very sober but still want to be seen with a cigar. Not a lot of action going on here but little sparks of flavor now and again.

That's an older Havana cigar? I can honestly say I've never had a Cuban cigar (not that I've had very many) that I've truly enjoyed. I've always noted that the ash always burns black on the ones I've smoked. Usually Monte Cristos, but I've had a few others. Can you legally get Cuban cigars in the states now? Sorry if it's an ignorant question, but I haven't been into cigars in the past several years nearly as much as I was about 20 years ago. I still enjoy one now and then, but am not a regular smoker.

#2329 3 days ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

That's an older Havana cigar? I can honestly say I've never had a Cuban cigar (not that I've had very many) that I've truly enjoyed. I've always noted that the ash always burns black on the ones I've smoked. Usually Monte Cristos, but I've had a few others. Can you legally get Cuban cigars in the states now? Sorry if it's an ignorant question, but I haven't been into cigars in the past several years nearly as much as I was about 20 years ago. I still enjoy one now and then, but am not a regular smoker.

I usually run into Cuban cigars once every few years. However, based on my current smoking experience I’m starting to question if the ones I’ve previously enjoyed were actually Cuban.

I remember my Cuban Montecristo experience too and it wasn’t good. Like sucking cement through a straw.

The ashes appear to be the same color for me or I’m not looking close enough.

From my understanding the only restrictions are the buying part. The possessing and enjoyment are ok. Though I’m sure there are others here who can speak more on this. I’m not an expert either haha.

#2330 3 days ago

The draw on this Partagas is set to easy mode….much like the weather outside. Has a little hint of that stinky shoe tone which I adore.

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#2331 3 days ago
Quoted from EJS:

However, based on my current smoking experience I’m starting to question if the ones I’ve previously enjoyed were actually Cuban.

Yes. I was going to say that. I'm sure I've had a few "fakes" as well. I once bought a huge Cohiba that was allegedly a Cuban. Paid $20 for it like 25 years ago, which was a lot of money for a cigar at the time. I did a little research, and discovered that Cohiba never made a cigar that large. Also, the band was glued with the ends not parallel, and with an adhesive that was nothing like what's normally used on a cigar band. The nutty thing was that when I smoked it, it was a pretty damn enjoyable cigar, and I enjoyed it more than any Cuban I've ever smoked!

#2332 3 days ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Yes. I was going to say that. I'm sure I've had a few "fakes" as well. I once bought a huge Cohiba that was allegedly a Cuban. Paid $20 for it like 25 years ago, which was a lot of money for a cigar at the time. I did a little research, and discovered that Cohiba never made a cigar that large. Also, the band was glued with the ends not parallel, and with an adhesive that was nothing like what's normally used on a cigar band. The nutty thing was that when I smoked it, it was a pretty damn enjoyable cigar, and I enjoyed it more than any Cuban I've ever smoked!

My first time having a “Cuban” was a long time ago. Probably bought the same one you did around the same time. Was also $20. It was in Nogales Mexico. Just walked across the boarder to purchase. I had my doubts even before buying it but I figured it was worth a shot. Who knows maybe it was real…or maybe the guy selling it thought it was too when it wasn’t.

The scotch world I think there’s a saying if you buy a bottle that claims to be X number of year bottled you are best off assuming it’s fake.

Honestly I just let my tongue decide what’s good or not. At the end of the day a $6 Baccarat still puts a smile on my face.

#2333 3 days ago

I bought mine in NJ. I can't even remember what kind of establishment it was, but it wasn't a cigar shop. Now that I think of it, the other thing that struck me as odd, is that the guy held the box out to me so that I could choose the one I wanted, and I immediately noticed that the cigars in the box had various shades of color. Not something you would expect from a box of Cuban Cohibas!

#2334 3 days ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

I bought mine in NJ. I can't even remember what kind of establishment it was, but it wasn't a cigar shop. Now that I think of it, the other thing that struck me as odd, is that the guy held the box out to me so that I could choose the one I wanted, and I immediately noticed that the cigars in the box had various shades of color. Not something you would expect from a box of Cuban Cohibas!

This reminds me of when I dated a lady from Honduras. She knew people who made their own cigars and sold them in a narrow market probably not much in the USA. Her brother in law was in the coffee business and was always traveling back and forth. He brought me some samples of coffee and those cigars. The wrappers were all over the place in terms of color but they were darn good. I think I even posted a couple in this thread.

#2335 3 days ago
Quoted from EJS:

This reminds me of when I dated a lady from Honduras. She knew people who made their own cigars and sold them in a narrow market probably not much in the USA. Her brother in law was in the coffee business and was always traveling back and forth. He brought me some samples of coffee and those cigars. The wrappers were all over the place in terms of color but they were darn good. I think I even posted a couple in this thread.

One of the best cigars I've ever smoked was hand rolled at a wedding reception that my wife's cousin attended. He thought of me, and grabbed one of the sticks the guy was rolling. Had the bride and groom's monogram as the band. I thanked him, and stuck it in my humidor for a few months. Lit it up at an Oktoberfest, and I was blown away with how tasty it was. I wish I had more of those!

#2336 2 days ago

Saint Luis Rey Pacificos (2009 RE for Asia). I enjoy these, as they have a mild flavor (no spice, lots of grain/hay flavor) and a heavy body with nice creamy smoke.

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#2337 2 days ago

PlanetExpress is probably on the back 3rd right about now while I’m just starting mine. Also very mild. Slightly lemony if that’s the right way to describe things….have a Dos Equis on hand to help with that.

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#2338 2 days ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

That's an older Havana cigar? I can honestly say I've never had a Cuban cigar (not that I've had very many) that I've truly enjoyed. I've always noted that the ash always burns black on the ones I've smoked. Usually Monte Cristos, but I've had a few others. Can you legally get Cuban cigars in the states now? Sorry if it's an ignorant question, but I haven't been into cigars in the past several years nearly as much as I was about 20 years ago. I still enjoy one now and then, but am not a regular smoker.

As best I understand , it had been illegal for a US citizen to purchase a Cuban cigar, even if purchased and consumed in a foreign county. The relations with Cuba were thawed a bit, which made the import of Cuban cigars for personal use legal in 2014 (you could buy abroad and bring to the US), but then that was reversed in 2020 and it is once again illegal to import Cuban cigars, but it is still permitted to buy and smoke Cuban cigars in another country. It has been illegal to sell Cuban cigars in the US since 1962, but cigars rolled with pre-embargo tobacco can still be sold (Camacho and others have sold these, but the % of Cuban tobacco is unknown). It’s a tricky subject, so doing research is advised. https://www.cigaraficionado.com/article/cuba-travel-faq

#2339 2 days ago
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#2340 2 days ago

Tonight's smoke....brought back from PA.....

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#2341 1 day ago

Chance of rain, so I went with JL No2. Great cost:quality ratio on these at ~$10. Enjoying the heck out of it, but won’t cry if I need to toss it.

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#2342 1 day ago

Happy Friday from the mighty Mississippi

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#2343 1 day ago

All aboard the flavor train…..

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#2344 1 day ago

Tonight’s smoke.

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#2345 10 hours ago
Quoted from EJS:

All aboard the flavor train…..
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Leave it there for much longer, and you'll get much more than "box pressed"!

#2346 10 hours ago
Quoted from EJS:

Happy Friday from the mighty Mississippi
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A few years back, I did a trade show for my company up in St. Cloud, and looking out the convention hall window, I saw a good sized rushing stream. I asked someone what body of water it was. She said, "it's the Mississippi River." I was pretty wowed by that!

#2347 9 hours ago
Quoted from jrpinball:

Leave it there for much longer, and you'll get much more than "box pressed"!

Way ahead of you. It got knocked off the track and unfortunate the wind was so strong it put that cigar out too. Fortunately lighter was in my pocket.

DavidLee was playing around with the slow mo feature on his phone.

#2348 8 hours ago

Cohiba PE with a Mai Tai. I have varied experiences with the PE, but having 8 “OK” cigars and 2 “best ever” per box keeps me coming back.

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#2349 7 hours ago

The PE has been perfect, but the Mai Tai was sub-par and got replaced with Moxie (perfect with cigars, but hard to find outside New England)

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#2350 5 hours ago
Quoted from PlanetExpress:

The PE has been perfect, but the Mai Tai was sub-par and got replaced with Moxie (perfect with cigars, but hard to find outside New England)
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Wuz gonna say, a Mai Tai doesn't seem to me to be a suitable beverage to complement a fine cigar. OK. Let's hear it. What's the preferred libation to accompany a good smoke?

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