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Best Dominican cigars?

post #1 of 16
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Making my annual 4-day weekend trek to the Dominican Republic in a month or so. Was wondering if anyone had any particular Dominican cigars that stood out as a must buy. I love Avos, but they aren't any cheaper over there. I'm not sure that the whole Montecristo line is made in the DR either. Any suggestions?
post #2 of 16
well, can't help you, I am mostly a cuban and nicaragua guy, but if it makes you feel better I am very very jealous....
post #3 of 16
Fuente :-).
post #4 of 16
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Fuente :-).
I've tried Arturo Fuente a few times and never really been impressed. There are several lines though, anyone in particular you recommend?
post #5 of 16
I've never tried the Fuente OpusX but am interested in seeing if it lives up to the hype. I've never been a big Fuente fan personally. If you can pick up some of those, you can always sell them off if you don't like them--they are hard to find without either major markups or questionable provenance.
post #6 of 16
Most Dominican cigars are considered to be on the the mild/smooth side.I prefer cigars with a little more body so I like La Gloria Cubana. They're made near Santiago.
post #7 of 16
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I've never tried the Fuente OpusX but am interested in seeing if it lives up to the hype.  I've never been a big Fuente fan personally.  If you can pick up some of those, you can always sell them off if you don't like them--they are hard to find without either major markups or questionable provenance.
OpusX is an excellent Cigar - Medium bodied flavorful smoke. Also, try the Ashton Cabinet VSG.
post #8 of 16
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(retronotmetro @ May 02 2005,19:50) I've never tried the Fuente OpusX but am interested in seeing if it lives up to the hype.  I've never been a big Fuente fan personally.  If you can pick up some of those, you can always sell them off if you don't like them--they are hard to find without either major markups or questionable provenance.
OpusX is an excellent Cigar - Medium bodied flavorful smoke.  Also, try the Ashton Cabinet VSG.
Isn't the Opus like a $30 cigar?
post #9 of 16
Try the A. Fuente Hemingway Short Story. Small cigar, maduro wrapper, good smoke. I also like the La Flor Dominicana El Jockos, as well. The be-all for me is the Montecristo No. 2. If you haven't had one, have one.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Carlo,April 29 2005,17:37
Fuente :-).
I've tried Arturo Fuente a few times and never really been impressed. There are several lines though, anyone in particular you recommend?
Fuente makes a wide range of cigars from the powerful and fuller bodied Opus X to the more mild-medium camaroon wrapped Hemmingway series.  Try a Hemmingway Short Story.  They're often hard to find in maduro. If you're into Dominicans, you probably like mild-medium cigars.  There are tons of great cigars out there as the quality of cigars is getting better all the time. Remember, you're buying something specifically to set on fire.
post #11 of 16
Stu,
Of the regular Fuente lines (eg - NOT Opus, Anejo, Don Carlos, Hemingway, etc.) I'd suggest trying some of the sun-growns. These are identified by a black band around the foot (as opposed to green). Regular production comes in four sizes, of which the Cuban Belicoso is usually the best, IMO. There's also a very rare fifth size, the 8-5-8, which I've never had and is a bit of a Holy Grail among cigar collectors. But the Cuban Beli you can surely find; the sun-grown wrapper gives it a flavor I'd describe as a nutty sweetness. Like many Fuentes, it starts out with a peppery burst before rounding into its full flavor profile, so be patient with that first half-inch of burn to give it a real chance.

Good luck; I love the place. We went there on our honeymoon.

cheers,
RT
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Stu
Isn't the Opus like a $30 cigar?

Depends on the size. I can pick up the Petite Lanceros at a Tinder Box in the mall for around $11.

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Originally Posted by RoyalTuxedo
Stu,
Of the regular Fuente lines (eg - NOT Opus, Anejo, Don Carlos, Hemingway, etc.) I'd suggest trying some of the sun-growns. These are identified by a black band around the foot (as opposed to green). Regular production comes in four sizes, of which the Cuban Belicoso is usually the best, IMO. There's also a very rare fifth size, the 8-5-8, which I've never had and is a bit of a Holy Grail among cigar collectors. But the Cuban Beli you can surely find; the sun-grown wrapper gives it a flavor I'd describe as a nutty sweetness. Like many Fuentes, it starts out with a peppery burst before rounding into its full flavor profile, so be patient with that first half-inch of burn to give it a real chance.

I agree. I much prefer the Sun Growns to the Naturals and Maduros in the regular Fuente line. The 8-5-8s are good, but I haven't found them to be all that special compared to the other sizes. The Hemingway line is also great and the cameroon wrapper ones are usually pretty easy to find. Definitely try the Maduro Hemingways if you can find them. Especially the Work of Art. Yum.
post #13 of 16
I like Cubans but if I were to smoke a Dominican...Fuente Don Carlos and some of the Nat Shermans....Just buy Cubans down there. Also Ashton VSG are great as well!
post #14 of 16
Opus X is a great smoke but it needs some serious aging to bring out the best flavors; around 12 months in my approximation. Smoking them fresh I find to be nothing special.

I have seen opus marked up to 50$ for an "A" but thats just ridicoulous. Holt's nearby sells them at MSRP, which range from 7$ to I think 12 when they have the A's in stock.

I wouldnt pay any more for them

MrR
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by jjgold
Just buy Cubans down there.

+1

Just be sure to buy from a reputable dealer (eg not a cab driver). Fakes are rampant down there.
MrR
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