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Title: Cigars
Post by: weazletoe on August 23, 2016, 09:32:19 PM
Wife and kids are gone away today and tomorrow. While at the state store for a bottle of Jagar I decided to grab a cigar. LOVE IT!! So,  I'm off to the Havana House to pick up a good one to enjoy this beautiful evening. Anyone else?
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: BUZZSAW52 on September 11, 2016, 05:52:14 PM
What did you pick up? My favorite reasonably priced cigar is the Punch Rare Corojo box pressed. I also enjoy the Henry Clay stalk cut. Both are around $7.
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: yso191 on September 12, 2016, 12:39:01 AM
I smoke a lot of cigars.  My favorite is the Liga Privada line of maduro cigars (Flying Pig, T52, etc.)  But lately my usual smoke is CAO's Brazilia.  For my taste buds it's the best QPR I can find.
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: BUZZSAW52 on September 12, 2016, 12:44:37 AM
That whole CAO line is definitely smokeable.


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Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: Joe Sr. on September 12, 2016, 09:46:43 PM
Had a smoke last night after the Bear's lost.  I don't recall what it was, but it was strong and tasty.  I have a few more of the same in my humidor.

Savored it with a glass of Bulliet bourbon sitting by the fire pit.
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: BUZZSAW52 on September 12, 2016, 11:22:06 PM
Nice! I just recently discovered Elijah Craig bourbon. I had it at a blind tasting and loved it.


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Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: Joe Sr. on September 13, 2016, 12:53:41 AM
Elijah Craig is tasty.  Check out the whiskey thread, there's some good stuff over there.

My smoke last night was a La Finca.  Not certain of the size, maybe something like a No. 2 or a Churchill.  I've got a random lot of cigars in my humidor. 
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: tonyccopeland on September 13, 2016, 02:32:41 AM
I am pretty new to cigars and was thinking about ordering a sampler kit from an online vendor to expand my horizons.  Any thoughts on this approach or even kit recommendations?  Just trying to figure out if this is a good idea or a waste of money...

-Tony

Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: BUZZSAW52 on September 13, 2016, 02:40:33 AM
Tony, my opinion is the best thing to do is fight me a good local shop that will match recommendations to your taste. You may a bit more per stick, but you won't get stuck with a bunch of garbage. Part of the cigar experience for me is the conversation at the shop leading up to smoking it.


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Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: BUZZSAW52 on September 13, 2016, 02:41:09 AM
"Find a local shop" autocorrect fail


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Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: Joe Sr. on September 13, 2016, 02:20:29 PM
Tony, my opinion is the best thing to do is fight me a good local shop that will match recommendations to your taste. You may a bit more per stick, but you won't get stuck with a bunch of garbage. Part of the cigar experience for me is the conversation at the shop leading up to smoking it.


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A good shop with a knowledgeable person and a walk-in humidor can be an awesome experience.

Try a couple different styles to see what you like.  Once you have a handle on what you like, you can get some good deals from the on-line guys.  I've had some fun with the sampler packs, but they're also a lot like beer sampler packs.  A couple really nice ones, a couple decent ones, and some that just sit around waiting for someone with bizarre taste (a la Sam Adams Cherry Wheat).
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: BUZZSAW52 on September 13, 2016, 02:22:03 PM
Tony, my opinion is the best thing to do is fight me a good local shop that will match recommendations to your taste. You may a bit more per stick, but you won't get stuck with a bunch of garbage. Part of the cigar experience for me is the conversation at the shop leading up to smoking it.


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A good shop with a knowledgeable person and a walk-in humidor can be an awesome experience.

Try a couple different styles to see what you like.  Once you have a handle on what you like, you can get some good deals from the on-line guys.  I've had some fun with the sampler packs, but they're also a lot like beer sampler packs.  A couple really nice ones, a couple decent ones, and some that just sit around waiting for someone with bizarre taste (a la Sam Adams Cherry Wheat).

HAHAHA! Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat is the Swisher Sweets of beer. :)
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: Phil_M on September 13, 2016, 02:45:36 PM
I am pretty new to cigars and was thinking about ordering a sampler kit from an online vendor to expand my horizons.  Any thoughts on this approach or even kit recommendations?  Just trying to figure out if this is a good idea or a waste of money...

-Tony



Since I didn't have a local cigar shop at the time, this is exactly what I did.

I think I spent ~$100 on a giant sampler, and another ~$50-60 on a decent humidor. Though not all of the cigars have been to my taste, my friends have enjoyed many that I wasn't looking forward to. It definitely introduced me to some of my favorites though, and I still have many of the cigars left.

That being said, I recently sprung for one of those cigar oasis digitally controlled humidifiers. Worth every penny, my cigars have never been happier.
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: yso191 on September 13, 2016, 03:04:49 PM
Pretty much the only way to find good cigars is to smoke cigars.  It's kind of like beer that way.  What would be ideal is to take notes in the beginning.  That way you can remember what specific cigars you liked as well as trends.

But also pay attention to the flavor descriptions in the advertisements (it's a quick online check on your smart phone).  I hate pepper/spice and cedar notes, others like them.  I prefer lower flavor notes (I equate pepper/spice to high notes) like leather, nuttiness, chocolate, coffee, cream and the like.  I almost always smoke maduros (dark wrapper) which are almost always medium to full on the flavor range.

For me, lighter cigars can be excellent but they need to produce lots of smoke.  I hate puffing on a cigar and getting little whisps.
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: BUZZSAW52 on September 13, 2016, 03:08:14 PM
Pretty much the only way to find good cigars is to smoke cigars.  It's kind of like beer that way.  What would be ideal is to take notes in the beginning.  That way you can remember what specific cigars you liked as well as trends.

But also pay attention to the flavor descriptions in the advertisements (it's a quick online check on your smart phone).  I hate pepper/spice and cedar notes, others like them.  I prefer lower flavor notes (I equate pepper/spice to high notes) like leather, nuttiness, chocolate, coffee, cream and the like.  I almost always smoke maduros (dark wrapper) which are almost always medium to full on the flavor range.

For me, lighter cigars can be excellent but they need to produce lots of smoke.  I hate puffing on a cigar and getting little whisps.

Great advice. That's also the cool thing about a local shop. My guy knows my taste better than I do. 


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Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: Joe Sr. on September 30, 2016, 07:43:09 PM
Had a Boneshaker a couple days ago. Robusto size, but it wasn't a robusto.  It was very tasty, and short enough for a mid-day smoke.

I have to say, I've had good luck with some of the sample packs from JR Specials.
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: Phil_M on October 05, 2016, 12:41:36 AM
To me, fall is the ideal season for smoking a pipe or a cigar. As such, I've been smoking cigars more often than normal. (read: actually smoking cigars, rather than just sniffing the humidor on occasion...)

Just tried something on a whim: pairing Laphroig 10-year with a cigar. I've had good whisky and cigars before, but somehow the smokiness of the Laphroig worked to reduce the smokiness of itself and the cigar. I was smoking a mild Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne cigar, one of my favorites. Will have to try this with something stronger.
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: BUZZSAW52 on October 05, 2016, 12:45:18 AM
That sounds nice! I used to love that Perdomo but they have a sampler pack that I was hitting hard for quite a while and I think I burned myself out on them.


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Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: Phil_M on October 05, 2016, 12:52:17 AM
Weirdly, the first cigar I smoked was a Perdomo, and though I preferred it to some of the other cigars I tried later I've only recently bought more. They're my go-to now. I smoke so rarely that stronger cigars can turn my stomach, whereas I can always enjoy these without issue.
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: Joe Sr. on October 05, 2016, 12:55:30 AM
The first brand I actually recall is Macanudo.  Portofinos.  High school...  Probably had a swisher or something before that, but I've blocked them out.
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: BUZZSAW52 on October 05, 2016, 11:52:38 AM
The first brand I actually recall is Macanudo.  Portofinos.  High school...  Probably had a swisher or something before that, but I've blocked them out.

Macanudo has a new line out that has a little spunk to it. It has a maduro wrapper. It's much more flavorful than the typical Macanudo but in a price range that has it surrounded by better cigars for the same money. ($6-$7)
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: weazletoe on October 14, 2016, 02:00:13 AM
Nice! I just recently discovered Elijah Craig bourbon. I had it at a blind tasting and loved it.


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OMG!!!!! WHERE ARE YOU GETTING CRAIG'S!?!?!?! When I lived in Idaho I used to get it. It's my all time favorite reasonably priced bourbon. I've not been able to find it anywhere here in Ohio.
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: BUZZSAW52 on October 14, 2016, 11:48:34 AM
Nice! I just recently discovered Elijah Craig bourbon. I had it at a blind tasting and loved it.


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OMG!!!!! WHERE ARE YOU GETTING CRAIG'S!?!?!?! When I lived in Idaho I used to get it. It's my all time favorite reasonably priced bourbon. I've not been able to find it anywhere here in Ohio.

Arrow Wine in Dayton has it.
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: Joe Sr. on December 03, 2016, 09:26:06 PM
Just smoked a St. Louis Rey Toro Maduro while raking the leaves.  No good bourbon, but I had a Pipeworks Citra Session IPA to wash it down.  Nice fall day in December.

Smoke was super fresh.  Good draw, but hard to keep it lit while working.  Eventually, I just had to clench it in my teeth Hannibal Smith style.

Picked up a box of 15 from JR Specials for about $40.  Nice deal for a good smoke. Love them on-line stores.
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: BUZZSAW52 on December 03, 2016, 09:27:25 PM
Nice! Sounds like a good day. Have you tried the CAO Amazon yet? Great smoke!!


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Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: weazletoe on June 20, 2017, 03:12:12 AM
So what would be a good cigar to pair with an IPA?
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: Joe Sr. on June 20, 2017, 03:29:55 PM
If you're not a big cigar smoker, something like a Macanudo or an Ashton would be good.  They are typically lighter in flavor.

For Macanudo's I like the Hampton Court or the Portofino.  Haven't had one in years, though.

I think a lighter cigar like these would be good as it won't overpower the hops.

If you want something darker, I like Upmann but they're not always easily available.  I used to smoke a lot of Upmann Corsarios.  They're about the same ring size and length as the Hampton Court, but more flavorful.
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: Phil_M on June 20, 2017, 11:09:35 PM
Considered pairing a pipe with that IPA? I'm finding pipe tobacco pairs better with beer.
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: ethinson on June 20, 2017, 11:31:40 PM
If you're not a big cigar smoker, something like a Macanudo or an Ashton would be good.  They are typically lighter in flavor.

For Macanudo's I like the Hampton Court or the Portofino.  Haven't had one in years, though.

I think a lighter cigar like these would be good as it won't overpower the hops.

If you want something darker, I like Upmann but they're not always easily available.  I used to smoke a lot of Upmann Corsarios.  They're about the same ring size and length as the Hampton Court, but more flavorful.

Macanudo Hyde Park is my go to when I get too overwhelmed by choices and I can't decide (happens often).  I love to try other things, but I always come back to Macanudo's.  My best friend has always been a Partagas man and I've always been a Macanudo man.  Funny how we have our "favorites" even if we aren't trying.

I had both IPA and cigars on a recent camping trip but I don't believe I had them together (had whiskey with the smokes).  My first thought was something bold and spicy to "stand up to" the IPA, but the lighter approach could work well also.  It's gonna boil down to personal preference anyway.  Drink what ya like, smoke what ya like and it'll be a good combo. 
Title: Re: Cigars
Post by: JJeffers09 on June 21, 2017, 07:09:26 PM
I really enjoy the Kentucky Cuban. 
Kentucky Gentleman ~$8-10 a single box 10 ~ $90
With bourbon or rye is what I urge everyone to try.