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Written by Kevin Godbee

Friday, 05 June 2009

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image001To me, cigars are almost as important as food, beer, and sex. I’m not even sure myself what order I’d put that list in, but smoking cigars is definitely high on my list of life’s most essential things. Did I forget family? My bad.

 

Many people like a certain profile of cigar, but I unfortunately tend to like everything – from mild Connecticut wrappers to Triple maduro, kick ass Hondurans, and everything in between. Now a few years ago I would have mentioned a Cuban cigar as the second choice, but these days, there are several brands from other lands that are a hell of a lot stronger. And I said “unfortunately” because my cigar bill can get rather high with such a big universe to choose from. I know, what a horrible problem.

 

Today, there are more cigars choices than ever out on the market, one better than the next. Of course personal preference has everything to do with it, but the choices are vast and many. Several decades ago, men just smoked their one particular brand because that’s what they liked and that’s the way it was. Now walk into a shop and it’s a cornucopia of terrific brands to choose from - which is unlike the mid to late ‘90’s where sure, there were a ton of brands, but half of them were under aged, manufacturer’s thirds – total garbage that was put in a fancy gold foil box that came with a $12 a stick price tag. While the boom produced a lot of good things, fly-by-night cigars that tasted like horse droppings was not one of them.

 

As I said, people have their preferences. A lot of guys think milder, Connecticut shade smokes are just for beginners or novices, but that’s not true at all. First off, a lot of older guys have always liked a milder cigar, in fact some still like the green Candella wrappers from days gone by. A lot of old Italian guys I knew from Jersey smoked big fat mild cigars, but a lot of them smoked Te Amos back then too. Those old boys were creatures of habit and liked what they liked and that was it. But I also like a good light shade wrapper cigar, preferably earlier in the day of before a good meal. I’ve always enjoyed the flavor and aroma of a nice Dunhill, Don Diego, Montecristo, Ashton, or Avo. Okay, some of you think those are wuss cigars, but hey, to each his own, and like I said, I like everything. But sometimes I want an early in the day smoke to be easy and the brands I mentioned can be just that.

 

Many longtime smokers still love the old standby brands that have been around for many years: Punch. Partagas, Macanudo, the JR Brands. And all of those companies like Altadis and General still make great cigars. The Punch Grand Cru #2 has been a fave of mine for years as is their little dark maduro robustos, the always consistent and flavorful Rothschild. The JR Ultimates are always delicious, and the Mac Robust, Vintage lines and the new 1968 are terrific, and the Partagas number ten has forever been an old “go to” stick.

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0 # RE: Different Smokes for Different FolksHarrycigars45 2013-01-28 13:52
Once you figure out what cigar you like and is your favorite you can slowly start tweaking various cigars to get new takes in your old fav.

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