Thanks to Donovan for this thread. Boo on me for not inhaling more of the "stickies" in the Noob corner prior to reaching over the 5er to an even 10 of a flavored stick many seem to enjoy. While mine is not a review post here (too new for that), it just props up what Donovan and his mentors have tried to inform folks like me for a better cigar experience overall with this thread. No lesson learned like the lesson learned the hard way.
The cold let up a bit tonight in the BlueGrass with a warming trend on the way for a day or so. I have a very quiet corner of the porch that goes well with my resurrected urges for a good cigar. Clouds clearing and a few bright stars in the dark sky, I took my place and toasted the business end of a new one to me that I have heard a lot of buzz about. Figuring I thoroughly enjoyed a few Helix Remix Amarettos in the Corona vitola and had a fabulous experience with a Tabak Especial Dolce Toro, I thought my awakening cigar druthers might enjoy another along the lines of flavor. Shoulda got in here and read this thread through before getting click happy on the auction. My apologies to anyone I may have been bidding against & depriving them from getting this 10 pack that evening. But that's another story, another day. If I'd paid attention, I 'd only have 4 of these unsmoke-ables instead of the 9 about to find a new place to rest. Drew done good on that Dulce Toro but tonight I feel like I've been gargling Old Spice and it's hard to get that off my mind...and lips.
For the most part, I guess I got lucky thus far without knowing this good advice was right before my eyes here on Puff. Not that Mom & Dad didn't give up a little common sense along the way, but a guy gets eager to fill that humi. I've had all good cigar experiences except this one tonight. I found a solid daily favorite of mine in a Gran Habano # 1 by testing the different waters. But, in my younger days, if I had never dated a bad girl or 2...or 3...I would never have known how good a good girl was. And to keep that analogy going, good money spent on a good girl was never wasted but I wasted a lot of good money on badduns. While I never had to take notes on those bad girls, or the good ones for that matter, I have been keeping track of my sticks. Old guys tend to forget stuff and the gals were easy to remember cause they were simpler...my cigars are more complex.
Thanks, DonovanRichardson and the Puff community. Lotsa good info if one would only read and apply.