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#1 Werewolf7

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 06:08 PM

Any cigar smokers here on the forum? I love a good smoke out on my porch while sipping some cognac, watching the sun go down. Pretty peaceful, in my otherwise hectic, stressful life.

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 06:20 PM

I've always heard cigar-guys talking about smoking like I gush about absinthe. The mister wants to try a cigar.
When I was working at McMenamins in the mid 90s, we started selling cigars in the pub, then opened 'cigar bars' at the hotels. I tried one, during a staff meeting and thought I was going to die. They smelled like burning garbage. I think the most expensive one we sold was like $12, or so. Do I just need to find a better quality?
I would love to get him one to try, that he might enjoy. Any suggestions would be great.
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Posted 01 June 2006 - 06:24 PM

I don't smoke but I've always enjoyed being around good cigars. I give them as gifts.

Just doesn't sound right does it?
Some folks may cringe each time I use the term "Booze" regarding these high quality drinks.
I mean no offense. There are bottles of extraordinary booze out there. I've tasted a few. Relax.

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Posted 01 June 2006 - 06:35 PM

I like gifts.
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Posted 01 June 2006 - 06:36 PM

His trashcan is getting low on Cubans.
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Posted 01 June 2006 - 06:39 PM

They always get pissed on pickup day.
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Posted 01 June 2006 - 07:07 PM

I'm not a "serious" smoker, but I like good cigars, especially when I'm gardening, or "cigardening" as I've come to call it. A good cigar with a nice, old, single malt Scotch is awesome. Not bad with absinthe either.

I tried one, during a staff meeting and thought I was going to die. They smelled like burning garbage. I think the most expensive one we sold was like $12, or so. Do I just need to find a better quality?

While it doesn't necessarily follow that the more you spend, the better the cigar, it sure doesn't hurt.

I've had excellent $3 cigars and crappy $20 cigars. I've had horrible Cubans (that's pretty rare though) and great Dominicans. There are no good cigars at your drugstore. If it didn't come out of a humidor, don't even think about it.

I started with Arturo Fuente Curly Heads. They're fairly cheap, around $4, and reliably decent. Nat Cicco seconds are not a bad way to go if you don't want to spend a lot on experimenting at first. I like the claros (they're green).

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 05:38 AM

Cigardening, eh? I like that. It's entertaining to watch Oscar on my father's riding mower smoking a cigar. He waits for the last, 'victory' lap and then drinks his absinthe while mowing and smoking.
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Posted 02 June 2006 - 06:32 AM

I like AVO Piramides. Just a nice mild cigar.

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 06:42 AM

cigars smell like burning dogshit and rot your mouth with cancer.

A.Fuente, Gurkha, Punch, CAO, Indian Tabac.

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 07:16 AM

They make fairly inexpensive cigars from aromatic pipe tobacco. They smell and taste great to me.
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Posted 02 June 2006 - 08:15 AM

Just about any cigar from Arturo Fuente is a good one.
My personal favorite is La Unica 400. It is made in the Fuente "fabricador" or however you spell factory in Spanish.
Dominicans tend to be the best.

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 12:06 PM

I use to buy those years ago. Not a bad cigar but I thought there were some construction issue. The draw was inconsistent. That was 10 yrs ago I think, I have no idea what they are like now.

#14 Werewolf7

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 03:59 PM

The cigars I have in my humidor right now are:

Cohiba

Punch

Padron

C.A.O. Flavours - Moontrance These are my fun cigars w/ great flavor for taking out to the bar.

Diamond Crown Maximus

La Gloria Cubano

Zino Platinum

Any one of those are a great choice for a smoke, with exception to the C.A.O. (It's what I call a novelty smoke). There are some serious C.A.O. cigars but I just have the flavours.

I have a box of Cuban Montecristo's on the way even as we speak. I can hardly wait.


P.S. Just checked my Humidor & found that I also have:

A. Fuente Gran Reserva

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La Flor

These are also great choices.

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 04:14 PM

I have about a dozen #4 & 6 #2's in the humidor. I'm fond of the Romeo y Julieta Petit Coronas.

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 06:29 PM

:cheers: When I graduate from the FAA academy on July 19, I'm gonna light up my $25.00 Cohiba with Oh My God Bill and procede to get absinthnestisized.
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#17 Werewolf7

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 07:10 PM

Wray, look me up as well, I'm here in the big OKC and am looking forward to meeting you. OMG told me you were in town for school. Hang tight pal!

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Posted 02 June 2006 - 07:22 PM

Still waiting for my gifts.
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#19 Wrayalien

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Posted 03 June 2006 - 02:10 AM

:cheers: excellent Werewolf, methinks I could round up some good cigar butts at Makers and send them to Oscar.
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Posted 03 June 2006 - 06:30 AM

Stroller--

no draw problems nowadays. They taste better the further you puff. That's why I like em'!

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 04:15 AM

I went through a big cigar phase about 5 years ago. I think I probably smoked everything on the market at the time. Some of my favs are Perdomo, Padron (especially 1964), CAO, La Aurora, Leon Jimenez, Astral TVS, Bohemian, Cohiba Domincan, Trinidad, Ashton, AVO, and last but not least Drew Estate Naturals.

Anyone wanting to go adventurous, try the Drew Estate Acid line.
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#22 Werewolf7

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Posted 06 June 2006 - 06:46 PM

Hey Elfn, I saw those Acid Cigars at the store Saturday. What's the story on those? There was quite a selection.

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 06:19 AM

They're really out there. The tobacco is fermented/aged in curing rooms that have different botanicals present. It imparts essence without changing the flavor as much.

As a whole, they are not nearly as popular as the Natural line, but they do have a following. Each cigar name is different from the other in nuance and size/shape. Most common reference by mainstream smokers is "too perfumey", but I actually thought they were quite interesting. It is not everyone's cup-O-tea, especially if you only like traditional cigars, but I have enjoyed them since I have taken up Absinthe. I find they pair well.

I will say unequivicably that, Drew Estate makes some of the finest cigars on the planet and their construction and consistent burn are the best, in my opinion. Very interesting history behind their small beginnings out of Brooklyn.

My favorites are:

Natural
Dirt Torpedo
Jucy Lucy - Awesome 20 minute smoke
Clean Robusto
Blackout

Acid
Kong Cameroon
Nasty
Kuba
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Posted 07 June 2006 - 08:23 AM

I may have to try a couple of those...

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 11:31 AM

You might just want to go to your tobacconist and take a whiff of the boxes 1st.

FYI - They usually keep them separate so you might have to ask
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Posted 07 June 2006 - 11:35 AM

i had a couple Acid cigars before i had any really good cigars.

there seemed to be a HUGE learning curve.

once i had more than a few 'regular' cigars, i thought the Acids tasted like shit.

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 11:36 AM

Reminiscent of peanuts?
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Posted 07 June 2006 - 11:37 AM

assid peanuts

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 11:45 AM

ha.
ha.

but no, they taste more like you are smoking a cigar that has been shoved into a smelly hippy's pocket alongside incense and fromunda.

i WANTED to like them because my old lady liked the odor from them unlike 'normal' cigars,

but once i had a few cigar flavored cigars, and realized how good cigars can taste, i knew that i could never go back.

i haven't tried the naturals, so maybe they're not as obnoxious...

#30 elfnmagik

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Posted 07 June 2006 - 11:47 AM

touché

I still stand behind Drew Estate's consistency in their roll/burn. I have never smoked a cigar from them that I had to re-light, did not burn down to within an inch, or remain cool. Can't say that for but a few.
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