Re: Why so much hate for flavored cigars?
It's not hate that you see, it's more of a ridicule.
It's basically the same idea as drinking one of those sugery, fruity mixed drinks at a bar. You can do it if you're a girl, but if you're a guy, even if you really like overly-sweet drinks, every other guy around will rib you for drinking something fruity.
Most smokers see flavored/infused tobacco as the same thing - people who can't handle straight tobacco get the flavored kind to help it go down.
Now personally, I don't have a problem with them, I just don't like how overly-sweet most of them are, though I haven't smoked many. The Drew Estate Java is one I enjoy on occasion, and I have a Tabak that was gifted to me that I'm looking forward to trying. If I feel like smoking straight chocolate, the CAO's Eileen's Dream cigarellos are literally like smoking a chocolate bar. But in general, most experienced smokers prefer the unadulterated taste of tobacco, without the sweeteners and flavors.