Posted 01 June 2006 - 06:08 PM
Posted 01 June 2006 - 06:20 PM
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.
Posted 01 June 2006 - 06:24 PM
Just doesn't sound right does it?
I mean no offense. There are bottles of extraordinary booze out there. I've tasted a few. Relax.
Posted 01 June 2006 - 06:35 PM
Posted 01 June 2006 - 06:36 PM
Posted 01 June 2006 - 06:39 PM
Posted 01 June 2006 - 07:07 PM
While it doesn't necessarily follow that the more you spend, the better the cigar, it sure doesn't hurt.
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'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).
Posted 02 June 2006 - 05:38 AM
Posted 02 June 2006 - 06:42 AM
A.Fuente, Gurkha, Punch, CAO, Indian Tabac.
Posted 02 June 2006 - 07:16 AM
Posted 02 June 2006 - 08:15 AM
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.
Posted 02 June 2006 - 12:06 PM
Posted 02 June 2006 - 03:59 PM
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
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
These are also great choices.
Posted 02 June 2006 - 04:14 PM
Posted 02 June 2006 - 06:29 PM
Posted 02 June 2006 - 07:10 PM
Posted 02 June 2006 - 07:22 PM
Posted 03 June 2006 - 02:10 AM
Posted 03 June 2006 - 06:30 AM
no draw problems nowadays. They taste better the further you puff. That's why I like em'!
Posted 06 June 2006 - 04:15 AM
Anyone wanting to go adventurous, try the Drew Estate Acid line.
Posted 06 June 2006 - 06:46 PM
Posted 07 June 2006 - 06:19 AM
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:
Jucy Lucy - Awesome 20 minute smoke
Posted 07 June 2006 - 11:31 AM
FYI - They usually keep them separate so you might have to ask
Posted 07 June 2006 - 11:35 AM
there seemed to be a HUGE learning curve.
once i had more than a few 'regular' cigars, i thought the Acids tasted like shit.
Posted 07 June 2006 - 11:36 AM
Posted 07 June 2006 - 11:45 AM
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...
Posted 07 June 2006 - 11:47 AM
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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