That's just how I roll mother bitches!
That's just how I roll mother bitches!
I read through this thread yesterday, and I'm happy to say that you rat bastards have convinced me to finally get a humidor. So any suggestions would be appreciated. Probably a 25-50 would do.
I've enjoyed Cigars casually for years and get them as gifts, and will also bring back 15 or 20 various Cubans each trip to Japan, but honestly I don't know much about them (I let the shopkeeper choose) and probably can't even smoke them all before they start to lose their freshness. So I guess it's time to step up and maximize the investment and learn more too. This thread is a good place to start, so thanks for the push.
Btw, Saturday night I did smoke a Cohiba Siglo VI that my GF brought me from Japan recently. I can't describe it in connoisseurs vernacular like you guys, but I can at least say that it tasted pretty ****ing damn good to me! And with a big snifter of fine Cognac it was a great night. :smoke:
A couple of suggestions:
get a bigger humidor than you think you'll need. If you get really into this, the "I need a bigger humidor" comment will come quite frequently.
be wary of purchasing cuban cigars unless you know the reputation of the seller. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.
generally speaking, cigars are like wine. They age and can be stored for long periods of time given the right conditions. Also, generally speaking, cigars will taste better the more time they've spent in the humidor. The alledged ISOM's I have in my humi have been there for a few years.
smoke what you like and like what you smoke. Everyone's tastes are different. One man's absolute fav can be another man's dog rocket.
Get yourself a cutter (cheap double-bladed guillotine works fine, and is probably $1 at your local cigar shop) and a butane lighter.
Cigar paraphenalia (lighters, cutters, ashtrays, cases, etc.) are to cigar smokers what forged wedges, polo shirts, and a brand new staff bag are to golf lovers.
edit: okay, that was more than a couple. There are plenty of cigar BBS out there. One I read and post at is http://www.cigarpass.com
Get these stinky ass cigars out of the food court.
take em to the mens room.
this place is for food and beverage...not smoking.
crazy kids....why i oughta...
Fuentes are probably the best of the cheaper side. At $10 or less you have most of their collection, and all are pretty smooth and easy to smoke. If you're ever in Santa Monica, you should check out Lone Wolf off 3rd street and Colorado (I believe, right across from the Mall). They have a house blend (just called Lone Wolf) that is amazingly good for the price. Also a good place to pick up what trant and I were smoking in Vegas, Shephard's Hotel, which is a very smooth and very good cig for the more casual smoker (they're a bit too pricey for a serious habit).
Hatter, just ran across this thread, and you made some excellent choices. You must have hit up Casa Fuentes in Vegas.
I would have selected the Opus X as my favorite a few years ago, but I think the quality has really gone down, although it is still an excellent choice. But the first one I had, rated my "RC" rating which is my ultimate grade. That's a roach clip cigar, because it is so good, you don't want to put it down. I've only had 3 cigars reach that level. The first Opus X, and 2 pre embargo Cubans. If you are willing to pay the price, you will never have a better smoke than a pre-embargo.
But here are a few more I like:
Montecristo White (ok, this one I love, always a great smoke)
Excalibur Prensado (The Prensado has different wrapper than the other Excliburs and is far superior in my opinion)
Romeo y Julieta
El Rey Del Mundo
Opuis X against a Esplendido, I would take the Esplendido, because the quality is more consistant from cigar to cigar. Against any other Cuban with the possible exception of a Montecristo, I would take the Opus X.
Now with the Montecristo White, it would be a tossup for me.
The problem with a lot of the Cubans people buy, is that they are counterfeit, including many bought in Cuba itself. I had friends bring home a box of what they thought were Esplendidos, but were really counterfeits.
Also i can get pre-embargos for about 30 or 40 bucks a stick, what do you usually pay for them?
eyesk8r's top 5 full body cigars
Diamond Crown Maximus (which is made by Fuente and Ashton)
Any Padron Anniversary
If you can get your hands on a pre-embargo they are by far the best smokes in the world, aged like good scotch.
A word of advice to all cigar smokers, don't always go by what you read in cigar magazines. They are a great guide, but never 100% accurate, some of the best cigars don't even make the list. The people that make the list up are bad a great deal of money from the manufacturer to say good things. Everybody has different tastes, and they are rarely the same as these "afficionado's"