Originally Posted by Nantucket Red
Thanks for the suggestion. Any particular cigars known for being tight or having other quality issues?
The few cigars I've smoked so far have gone quite well with single malts or cognacs, but my usual Saturday afternoon espresso would be a great excuse for a Montecristo #4.
The construction problem, as I understand it, is that after the Soviets left Cuba, there was not much money and they needed to make more, and fast. because of this they cut back on the fermentation time the tobacco got and started rolling cigars with tobacco that was slightly too wet. Wet cigars plug easily. Also, a lot of new rollers were put to work, so quality suffered. Contrary to common belief, the factorys each roll many different cigar shapes and brands. The old Partagas factory rolls a million different things, as do all of the others. Because of this, you can't say one brand is more consistent than the others. Some say Cohiba and Trinidad are better because they are double fermented, but I have had a lot of plugs from both. Nowadays, you should just be careful of long thin cigars. They are hard to roll, and very hand to roll in a way that allows for a good draw. It is a shame, because my favorites are all long and thin
. With petit coronas and up, you should be OK. Quality is better now than it was five or six years ago. Just remember that there is no reason to smoke a big cigar, unless you have a big chunk of time.