Any Cigar Aficionados out there?

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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,452
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    Just snagged a box of these...from the maker of My Father cigars. I'll be back with an opinion shortly.
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,452
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    Great draw wit a good, even burn. Good, deep layering of core cigar tobacco flavors. Leather, dark cocoa, wood. As is typical of most cigars from this blender they are on the fuller, stronger side. Holding out final judgment, but, doubting they are worth their price. Very good, but, not knock sac back good, and, that's what I would expect from a $20 robusto.
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    Dual SVS SB2000
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,452
    Still one of the consistent, best cigars available. Fuente Don Carlos belicoso. Medium strength aged Dominican puro. Sublime.
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    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
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    Analysus Plus Oval

  • MrBuhlMrBuhl Posts: 2,308
    I don't consider this a serious smoke, but I do consider them enjoyable. Long day dynamatting all four doors of the Jeep (inside and under interior panels), install of Polk DB652s all the way round, which led to a satisfying increase in sound quality and this baby in celebration. A good day. Yeah, a Bordeaux too.

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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,489
    Never tried a Don Carlos or a Java. Nice sticks guys.
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,452
    edited June 17
    MrBuhl wrote: »
    I don't consider this a serious smoke, but I do consider them enjoyable. Long day dynamatting all four doors of the Jeep (inside and under interior panels), install of Polk DB652s all the way round, which led to a satisfying increase in sound quality and this baby in celebration. A good day. Yeah, a Bordeaux too.

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    Drew Estate, that's a good one.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
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    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • verbverb Posts: 2,946
    Love the Java's! Last night we went to Churchill's, one of the few Cigar Bars in Michigan that is also a restaurant! Treated the guys to a box of Java Red. Chocolate and cherry notes.
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  • UpstatemaxUpstatemax Posts: 2,220
    edited June 17
    Nice cigars!

    Friday night I went to an Alec Bradley event at a local shop. They had us smoke three different parts of the cigar, individually, to get a feel for each leaf. Then smoke the whole cigar.

    It was a nice way to see how everything plays together to make the final product!

    Stopped by dads today for a sip of rum and and I enjoyed an Ashton VSG while dad had a Pardon 1964.

    Great weekend for cigars!
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,489
    Two heavy hitters, nice!
    Upstatemax wrote: »
    Stopped by dads today for a sip of rum and and I enjoyed an Ashton VSG while dad had a Pardon 1964.

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  • IrrenhausIrrenhaus Posts: 753
    edited July 10
    After dinner desert. A nice maduro with a single malt rye. And I can smoked at the bar. Nice
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  • RicardoRicardo Posts: 10,502
    edited July 11
    Been into cigars for a while. Started a few years after I quit those nasty cigarettes (Been 10 years now!!!).

    I've tried pretty much everything, but now for some reason I only smoke Nicaraguan. Almost anything from A Fernandez or My Father. My go to cigar is the Man o War Puro Authentico. Relatively quick smoke and cheap.

    I guess you guys all know about cigarbid.com.... best prices out there if you know what to look for and are patient.
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  • RicardoRicardo Posts: 10,502
    edited July 11
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    Ave Maria argentum. Very nice.
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  • verbverb Posts: 2,946
    I’m gonna enjoy a nice stick after operation In Speakers is complete! :smile:
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  • halenhalen Posts: 346
    Black and Milds is the only way guys. Cigars are all the same, don’t believe the snake oil...
  • halenhalen Posts: 346
    Kidding of course.

    Shout out to Kharp. My cigar mentor.

    Thanks brother!
  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,489
    Just smoked another one of those La Flor Dominicana "La Nox" sticks! Damn good smoke, but it started getting a little hot/harsh on the palate toward the end. In retrospect I should've tossed it 5 minutes earlier than I did.

    It's interesting how the finish of some cigars can be an extremely rewarding crescendo in their flavors, or things can start to fall apart quickly and get hot, harsh, and nasty.
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  • UpstatemaxUpstatemax Posts: 2,220
    Clipdat wrote: »

    It's interesting how the finish of some cigars can be an extremely rewarding crescendo in their flavors, or things can start to fall apart quickly and get hot, harsh, and nasty.

    A lot of cigars need you to adjust your draw as you start to wind down the stick. Don’t draw as hard and slow down your rate of draws. You can control how hot it gets and preserve your smoke.

    Any cigar with a really easy draw should be treated this way as well. They are very easy to get hot and come off as harsh.
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,489
    I was trying to slow down toward the end, but then it kept nearly going out on me. So then I tried to smoke it a little quicker and it started getting hot. Couldn't find a good balance!

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  • UpstatemaxUpstatemax Posts: 2,220
    Clipdat wrote: »
    I was trying to slow down toward the end, but then it kept nearly going out on me. So then I tried to smoke it a little quicker and it started getting hot. Couldn't find a good balance!

    Trying to find the right balance can be an art form.

    I’m notorious for not wanting to put in that much effort, a cigar is supposed to be relaxing after all...

    Once I’m down to about the last third or I have to start being careful I usually toss it.

    Unless it’s an amazing stick, then I’ll put on my game face and keep that sucker going!
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  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,489
    Reminds me of the golden rule of cigar smoking: Only smoke it for as long as you are enjoying it.

    Next up for me will be one of my all time favorites: Punch Rothschild double maduro!

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  • afterburntafterburnt Posts: 4,425
    My pallet has changed. I don't smoke as much as I used to but this Chateau Fuente sucks. I dare not invest in another box of Don Carlos.
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    Meh these were extra $70 as an open box item so it didn’t much to me either way:)

  • DaveHoDaveHo Posts: 1,920
    Enjoying a nice medium/full Perdomo this afternoon.5uma7waav29w.jpg

    Has anybody else noticed, in general, the construction quality has declined recently? Lately I seem to be plagued with sticks that are rolled too tight or have tunnels. This is among the top brands. Frustrating!
  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,452
    I have noticed too many issues with construction. A lot of the issues I see are with improperly stored cigars. Rotation/proper air circulation is critical to good burn.I will occasionally get a slightly under filled, or plugged stick, but, most are really good these days.

    This has become one of my favorite go to cigars lately. The Hoyo/A.J. Fernandez LA Amistad. Well made, medium body and full of flavor. 65lyb7o5bqor.jpg
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,452
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Reminds me of the golden rule of cigar smoking: Only smoke it for as long as you are enjoying it.

    Next up for me will be one of my all time favorites: Punch Rothschild double maduro!

    PUNCH-ROTHSCHILD-MADURO-MADURO-BOX-Cigar-Cigars-Cigar-deals-best-price-cigars-cigar-deal-of-the-day-cigars-international-cigar-dojo-holt-cigar-neptune-cigar-600x600.jpg

    Probably my favorite Punch...after Hawaiian, of course.
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    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
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    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
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    Analysus Plus Oval

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,489
    How do you guys like to cut your cigars? Guillotine, punch, etc? I've always just used a double bladed guillotine style cutter.

    What about lighting? Butane jet lighter, wood matches, cedar strips?
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  • UpstatemaxUpstatemax Posts: 2,220
    I use a punch occasionally, I have a sharpened, spent .308 casing that I use sometimes, also an official Montecristo punch.

    Usually I use a double bladed guillotine for my cutting though. The draw has to be JUST right for a punch.

    For lighting, I use a butane torch or cedar strips.
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  • verbverb Posts: 2,946
    In the garage enjoying a H. Upman petite corona. Tool rockin on the Polk Camden Square.
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  • verbverb Posts: 2,946
    Clipdat wrote: »
    How do you guys like to cut your cigars? Guillotine, punch, etc? I've always just used a double bladed guillotine style cutter.

    What about lighting? Butane jet lighter, wood matches, cedar strips?

    I use a punch for larger ring gauge or square cigars. Otherwise a guillotine.

    Mostly butane jet. Multiple jets. On occasion cedar strips.
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  • verbverb Posts: 2,946
    Victorinox makes this nifty little tool. Really handy.
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  • verbverb Posts: 2,946
    This tasty little H Upmann Cuban beauty deserves the spike. Getting near the end. Saves the fingers from getting burnt!
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    Office: PC, Marantz AMP-1, Acoustic Technologies Classic Speakers, Polk PSWi225 wireless sub, MIT AVt2 cables, IFI Purifier2, AQ Cinnamon USB cable
    Spare Room: Dayens Ampino Integrated, Auris BluMe, Polk TSi200's
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