This thread really slows down without Hatter LOL. At any rate, here is some new additions to the family and the Tatuaje Noellas were pretty tasty. Much better than the Noble described above. The Noellas is the one with the brown band at the bottom and the rest are part of the Cabaiguan line except fot the RC in foil which smells good enough to eat.
An attempt to rescue this thread: So what cigars have you been smoking that keep you going back for more? What are the new favorites in your rotation?
I really like these Tatuaje Angeles and plan on sitting the Lanceros down for a while. Good time to stock up with the pricce increase coming soon.
I had a purple band GrayCliff Grand Cru this weekend....very good. Im not the cigar expert others here are but as far as the ones I have enjoyed Graycliffs always seem to be pretty good.
I don't have much to offer here, just a minor bump to this thread. For whatever reasons (weather, sickness) I haven't smoked many cigars recently, and what I have smoked has been uneventful. Maybe I'll light one up this weekend.
I had an Excalibur Prensado Oscuro on Sunday. One of the first boxes of cigars I bought was a box of these cigars. Way back when, I was supremely impressed by them. Big and dark, square pressed, smooth with enough balls to keep you interested. It was one of my early favorites.
Well, 3-4 years pass by and I try other cigars, other brands to try and develop my tastebuds. I decided to come back to this cigar to find out if it still held up. The cigar was just as it always was, large (I'd say about a 6~6.5x48) and dark with a very nice dark chocolate brown wrapper. It had a fairly large vein running down the side, a bit of ugliness that I don't remember them having, but oh well.
I lit the sucker up and was surprised to get a little more spice and harshness than I remembered. But still enjoyable. I've had smoother cigars, but this Excalibur wasn't a dog rocket by any means. I still was having a good time with it. Lots of smoke, no burn issues at all, strength without being overly harsh or bitter. Kinda reminded me of their Dark Sumatra line (Hoyo, that is) without the stronger coffee overtones. I paired the stick up with a Pacifico about 1/3 the way through and was surprised that the beer paired well with the cigar! In the past I've found beer doesn't always make a great companion for cigars. I prefer a good cup of coffee. But the Excalibur and the Pacifico seemed to be riding the same wave, if that makes sense. They didn't clash at all.
I got a little bitterness by the end, but by this time I was approaching "nub" territory, so I thanked the cigar for a good time and dropped in my brother's chiminea. All in all, the cigar definetly lived up to what I remembered. From my estitmation, not quite as strong and solid as the Dark Sumatra line, but in my opinion, the gem of the regular Excalibur label.
Has anyone tried the 1964 Padron Anniversario line? Simply phenomenal
And these 1926 PAN 80s Maduroare difficult to get your hands on but you won't regret it
I haven't been smoking much myself lately, and my humidor is pretty full. I'll try to post some pictures later this weekend. Riofan, those Padron's are very nice, a friend recently gave me a couple of the 26 series, but I pick up a few of the 64's whenever I come across them.
I haven't seen this covered in this thread. If it's here and I missed it, my apologies.
Online cigar retailers: Who do you use? Which one is recommended over another? Why?
I have purchased from Cigars International...had no problems. But there are others that seem worthy of business as well. And from I've seen in my local shops, ALL online retailers are cheaper.
I guess what I'm really after is feedback on any negative experiences using an online retailer.
I always liked Thompsons. No BS and could always do well with full box buys. My buddies and I would always split a box of Hoya de Monterrey Excaliber #1's and the last time we bought we were paying around $55.00 a box, which was a steal.