The best cigar I ever had was an actual Cuban that a guy I work with got in Panama. I have had about 3 more Cubans in Mexico that I don't think were real. This one was either the real deal or an extrodinary fake. It was a Cohiba Esplindido.
I ended up getting adicted to nicotine through my cigar smoking (which led to chewing tobacco all the time) and only have one very rarely now so I don't have to quit again. One of my favorite affordable cigars that is legal is an H. Upmann Monarch. They used to sell those in a metal tube, which keeps them properly humified.
If you want a stronger cigar, try a Padron, which are made in Nicarauga or a La Gloira Cubana made in florida.
If you don't smoke much and want a mild cigar, try a Macanudo Hyde Park.
My favorite cheap/domestic cigar is a Toppers Old Fashioned, if they still make them.
My main advice about cigars is to not try too many or you may end up with a tough addiction. But I do like 'em and every now and then should not be a problem.
Because I stopped smoking last fall I think I probably should not be posting in this thread, as the temptation might be more than I can resist. However, I would like to point out that circumstances have a lot to do with what makes a good smoke. I think that a smuggled Havana, rolled on the fat brown thighs of a Cuban maiden and smoked on the stern of about a 41' sailboat while watching the sunset off the Keys after a nice meal of freshly caught fish is hard to beat. Unless you brought some homebrew along. Then it would be even better.
You're too funny Barry! As with most things, the circumstance/setting is what's memorable. I don't have a cigar often (my sinuses won't allow it), but in certain settings (yours trumps mine) it is quite enjoyable. My wife loves the smell of a cigar so it's not something I have to do away from her.
For just an occasional cigar, a Macanudo ascot fits. They're not to big and not to strong.
But if you really want to mellow out, try a big mug of Morebeers all grain bitter with an Onyx Reserve#4 after a big meal with lots of red meat.
Mild and readily available: Arturo Fuente
Milton Township, Michigan (near South Bend, Indiana)
A lot of really good suggestions here! However I have to say that almost any Macanudo (the black ones) are way too heavy for the occasional smoker. If you want a nice lite smoke the Arturo Fuente is really nice, and the Cohiba's are fine choice too. Try dipping the end in a glass of Hot **** occasionally.
I have pretty much given up the old man's stinky cigars, what I really enjoy and have about one every evening or so is the Havana Honeys del Sol vanilla. That is a great sweet smoke that won't drive people off, not quite a chick magnet but close. It is dipped in honey on the tip that sweetens it on the lip, certainly a better if not different taste than the one aquired by the sweaty glans of a fat Cuban woman's thighs.
Remember to blow out every few puffs, that will ensure a pleasant smoke all the way to the end. A sure way to ruin a good smoke is to light it with a cigarette lighter with lighter fluid or the sulfur off a match. Use a quality propane torch that will not tarnish the taste.
I'm with you BB. Most cigars are way to heavy and not enjoyable to me. I've had the Tatiana vanilla cigar which is pretty good.
I'll give the Havana Honeys a try.
Sancho Panza box press does it for me!
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The Virgin Cigars
South African cigar expert Theo Rudman addresses this hoary old legend in his on-line magazine. “It is a lovely idea,” he writes, “but alas is a legend that has persisted since the mid-forties, when a visiting journalist saw tobacco leaves being sorted and graded by women who placed the respective piles on their laps.” The visitor apparently took some imaginative journalistic license when he later wrote that Havanas were rolled on the thighs of virgins. Certainly, this story hasn’t hurt the mystique-laden marketing of Habanos.
“Yes, they would stretch the leaves on their uncovered skin, but to roll a cigar on one’s leg - you cannot do that,” Borhani says with a snicker. “I challenge anyone - man or woman - to put bunched tobacco on their thigh and roll a successful cigar.”
Hey guys!! I'am trying to QUIT here! lol.
If you want a very mild light cigar Montero churchill is the one to go with but good luck finding it in a cigar store. It will also last well over an hour.
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