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post #151 of 9827
yep - the PEs are a different beast from the regular Edmundos. The large ring gauge intact, but the PE is a bombshell of a 15 minute smoke, packed with flavor like no other. I don't think it makes much of a difference if the Cuban is maduro or not...i mean as you said, you smoke MC 2s and often times if you find a darker one it might be nice, but it also might be a bit of a psychological comfort effect factored in. I also like PSD4s that appear darker in color. I was recently acquainted with a cigar company that is looking to position itself in the luxury market throughout Asia/Europe...one of their cigars was a "5 country Maduro" which involved some Cuban tobacco blended with Maduro from 4 other places. It was a great smoke, but there are many regular Cuban cigars one can find that are comparable in quality.
post #152 of 9827
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yep - the PEs are a different beast from the regular Edmundos. The large ring gauge intact, but the PE is a bombshell of a 15 minute smoke, packed with flavor like no other.

I don't think it makes much of a difference if the Cuban is maduro or not...i mean as you said, you smoke MC 2s and often times if you find a darker one it might be nice, but it also might be a bit of a psychological comfort effect factored in. I also like PSD4s that appear darker in color.

I was recently acquainted with a cigar company that is looking to position itself in the luxury market throughout Asia/Europe...one of their cigars was a "5 country Maduro" which involved some Cuban tobacco blended with Maduro from 4 other places. It was a great smoke, but there are many regular Cuban cigars one can find that are comparable in quality.

yeah, and frankly I am very price sensitive. If I can get a good nicaraguan maduro for 6-8 bucks a stick and alernate that with a good cuban from a durty free for $10, then I don't need to be looking for 20-30 buck cigars
post #153 of 9827
If you are on a budget there are many non-Cuban cigars that offer good quality smokes. Tatuajes are in the $6-10 range and are fantastic smokes, I'd take one of those over an Opus X or VSG any day. CAO Brazil and Italia have great smokes, the former is good for one who likes darker smokes. Duty free's a good option, but keep in mind that not all Cuban cigars are created equal. Different countries get different grades, Habanos SA knows which market has the biggest concentration of big spenders and connoisseurs. I'd say the UK and Hong Kong get the top batch, maybe Geneva is up there as well, and then you have the rest...cigars actually purchased in Cuba tend to be of lesser quality than their British or Hong Kong counterparts because all the best rolled smokes go overseas. Hence Cuban cigars are so affordable in Cuba. In Hong Kong, $20-30 is like medium on the price spectrum...most staple smokes go in this range, like the PSD4, RASS, MC 2, BBF, etc. Too bad you were not in Hong Kong recently, I wouldn't mind taking you to the spot I usually smoke at.
post #154 of 9827
I went through a period about 10 years ago when I tried a lot of crap. Now I seldom smoke more than about 50 sticks a year, so I stick with the things I know I like , or stuff that is specifically recomended.

Yeah, next time I am in homg kong I'll be in touch. I asked about 2 months ago if anyone was up for dim sum , but I was only in town for a day.
post #155 of 9827
Last night, I enjoyed a Punch Corona accompanied by a Balvenie Double Wood while relaxing in the bathtub. It's quite a way to enjoy a cigar.
post #156 of 9827
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If you are on a budget there are many non-Cuban cigars that offer good quality smokes. Tatuajes are in the $6-10 range and are fantastic smokes, I'd take one of those over an Opus X or VSG any day. CAO Brazil and Italia have great smokes, the former is good for one who likes darker smokes.

+1 on the CAO and Tatuajes. Also, the Padron Maduros are wonderful.
post #157 of 9827
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Too bad you were not in Hong Kong recently, I wouldn't mind taking you to the spot I usually smoke at.

Where is your favorite spot?

Hong Kong is wonderful for cigars.

Have you ever been to the "Cigair" shop on the ground floor of the St. George's Building, on Ice House St., Central HK?

It's been a few years since I've been there, but the sales people were knowledgeable, friendly, and a lot of fun.
post #158 of 9827
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+1 on the CAO and Tatuajes. Also, the Padron Maduros are wonderful.

What do you guys feel about the CAO Flavored cigars? I saw them once, but never bothered to try one myself.
post #159 of 9827
New Avo LE08 are out... smoked my first one today. Very tasty, it had those distinctive toasty, slightly grassy notes that characterize many of the Davidoffs and special Avos.
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What do you guys feel about the CAO Flavored cigars? I saw them once, but never bothered to try one myself.

No.
post #160 of 9827
I got a box of the Padron 1964 Torpedos about 6 years ago and haven't smoked anything else since
post #161 of 9827
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What do you guys feel about the CAO Flavored cigars? I saw them once, but never bothered to try one myself.

i would not recommend them. if you really want to try a flavored cigar, i would suggest Acid by Drew Estate. i have only smoked a few of them, atom maduro being the best, but overall, most taste like sugar coated tobacco nonsense.

another line that you may want to try that i actually do like is Java by Drew Estate. these have hints of chocolate and coffee. it is a unique smoke that i have to mix up my general rotation.
post #162 of 9827
Tonight I had a Punch--- good, as usual. This one had a hard time staying evenly lit though. It might be because I had to punch a hole in the bottom for the draw, instead of cutting off the end. Maybe someone can answer that--- would that effect how well it stays evenly lit?

Then after dinner had a RyJ Maduro. RyJMaduro--- I now completely understand why your username is what it is.
It was a fantastic smoke. It was a bit heavier than I'm used to, but I loved it.
post #163 of 9827
Met Fade to Black last night at the Havana Cafe in Roppongi and we got acquainted in person over smokes. Nice guy, great conversationalist and knows chapter and verse about cigars. He had a Montecristo #3 from the bar's humidor that he let go out once or twice to have a cigarette (!), and I had a Partagas P2 I'd brought along that stayed amazingly tasty till it was nearly burning my fingers and later a Vegas Robaina Famoso.
An evening of new friendship and sheer indulgence.
post #164 of 9827
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Originally Posted by Nantucket Red View Post
Met Fade to Black last night at the Havana Cafe in Roppongi and we got acquainted in person over smokes. Nice guy, great conversationalist and knows chapter and verse about cigars. He had a Montecristo #3 from the bar's humidor that he let go out once or twice to have a cigarette (!), and I had a Partagas P2 I'd brought along that stayed amazingly tasty till it was nearly burning my fingers and later a Vegas Robaina Famoso.
An evening of new friendship and sheer indulgence.

That sounds great! The cigars and the meet up.

Myself, I visited yet another cigar shop. Had a Macanudo Portofino. Honestly, I was pretty disappointed with it. It had a poor draw, even after using my new cigar cutter. Also bought a couple Partagas, and had one of those tonight. Very nice indeedy.

Before long I'm gonna have to invest in a humidor. Right now I've got $100-150 worth of cigars sitting around in those little travel humidors and plastic bags with those "water pillow" things. While i'm sure that the cigars aren't in danger, with that much money invested in only 15-20 cigars, I feel I oughta make a step toward taking proper care of them.

And btw, whomever posted about Club Stogie cigar forum---thanks a lot. It's been really informative!

I'm a little saddened though. I don't have enough damn money to sustain two hobbies. I find myself struggling between whether buying an $80 bottle of Jameson's 18 or 10 good cigars is a better purchase! Ahhhh! What a great predicament to be in, though.
post #165 of 9827
Any opinions on Padilla?
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