In February, I began making it a point to sample at least 10 new brands or lines of cigars each month. Started a week early in April, using my B-Day last Saturday as a personally valid excuse. I can't recall a week like this past one when I had sampled so many good sticks. Saturday I made a B-Day trip to my local B&M and purchased an OLIVA CONNECTICUT RESERVE 6x60 Double Toro, which was a very good mild cigar. Followed that with a OLIVA SERIE O Torpedo. Good smoke. Not as good as Serie V. Also got a four Toro pack of EXCALIBURS. New in that samplers was the CAMEROON, the best taste of the weekend, AWESOME. Also very good from that lot was the DARK KNIGHT. Excellent maduro.
Paid them another visit Monday and sampled CAMACHO CONNECTICUT 6.2x58 Figurado. To that point the best Connecticut wrapped cigar I have smoked. Yesterday I got the urge once again, only this time I did some driving to the South Side here in Pittsburgh to Puff N Stuff, biggest walk-in humidor in the area. First stick smoked from their was PERDOMO RES 10th ANN CHAMPAGNE Robusto. Better then CAMACHO CONN. Offered more flavor then any Connecticut I have smoked. Directly followed that with the obscure PERDOMO FRESCO Churchill. Cost half as much as Champagne, but was still very good. Late last night I tried 601 BLACK Natural. Not bad. Nothing special. Won't smoke again. Today I started with TATUAJE AMBOS MUNDOS HABANO Grande #1. Talk about a great tasting cigar. Smoked it down to one inch. A few hours later I tried WARLOCK Toro. Again, not bad. Got better the 2nd half. For near $7 won't smoke again. Last excellent stick I smoked late this afternoon was EL BATON Toro. Reminded me of Carlos Torano Fortress a bit but better.
That is the end of my paying $6 and $7 a cigar for quit a while. Tomorrow afternoon I start my 2nd weekl with my Cigar Bid order delivery. New sticks I will be smoking over the coming weeks that hopefully will have some "worth a 2nd try" cigars are-
Padilla Miami Robusto
Padilla Dominus Perla
Padilla 1948 Lancero
Padilla Series '68 Golden Bear
Padilla Fumas Torpedo
Padilla Single Batch #17 Toro
Padilla Habano Torpedo
Graycliff 1666 PGX Toro
Gurkha Park Avenue Maduro Churchill
Gurkha Castle Hall Churchill
Gurkha Symphony Robusto
Indian Tabac Maduro Teepee
Perdomo ESV'91 2nd Prestigo
Perdomo Reserve Limited Oscuro 'E'
Cain Daytona Torpedo
Nica Libre Pontencia Double Robusto
Nub 466 Habano
Gran Habino Cabinet Select Robusto
Partagas Cifuentes Winter Blend Febrero
and two in my continued search for the best 'Dog Rocket Plus', FRANK'S WAY BELICOSO and 1876 RESERVE TORPEDO.
Also have coming some excellent favorites from over the past 5 month that were worth 'continued sampling' like-
Oliva Serie V Churchill Extra, 7x52
Diesel Unholy Cocktail, 5x56
Diesel Unlimited, 7x58
Padilla Signature 1932 Torpedo
Looking forward to the next 3 weeks. Does everyone look to try new sticks on a consistent basis? How often and what sticks? Like myself, do you like 'all' types of cigars, Full, Medium, Mild, and Maduro's and Naturals. Were do you get them, just local, on line from one retailer or many retailers? Nothing better then sampling new cigars!