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Next batch of cigars...
#1
I'm about ready to order my next batch of cigars.  I have gone through the 2 premium samplers I had, and all I am down to are the horrible house brand that came with my hummy, about 10 Indian Tabac Candelas, and about 8 Thompson Iguana Candelas (which, opposite of the reviews I found, seem to be a pretty good everyday cigar).  Here's the list of what I have tried already with my samplers and what I thought :

Romeo Y Julieta - Very strong for a semi newbie like me

Macanudo Robust - Not too shabby at all

Rocky Patel Sun Grown - Loved it

CAO Criollo - Have to agree with a review I found here, not to my liking at all

Cusano Corojo '97 - If I had that kind of money to spend every time, I would own a hummy full of Torpedos.  I smoked it down to the nub and then some!  (Burned my fingers, too)

Puros Indios - Me and a buddy's fav when we're out and about town

Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur 1066 - Very strong, but enjoyable through the 2nd half

La Gloria Cubana - Extremely strong, had my head swimming

CAO Brazilia Gol - Excellent!!

Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 Silver - Good, but took some getting used to

Onyx Vintage 1997 - Not bad, but bought it from a pro shop for way too much  Smile

Cusano "18" - To be as "mild" as it was supposed to be, I never finished it, hated the flavor

Cohiba Especial Natural - What else can be said?  Great, but pricy for everyday

Partagas #2 - Very enjoyable

Mash Wheeling Deluxe Dark - It was given to me at a BBQ festival I was judging.  Made in W. Virginia, and best forgotten.  I'm glad it was a freebie...

Those are the stogies I have tried thusfar.  I'm always looking to try whatever I can get my hands on, and samplers seem to be the best way for me to judge.  I've been keeping a Cigar Dossier (sp), and my records are pretty complete.  I've tried very few Maduro or Oscuro wrapped cigars so far, but from the reviews I read, some are just as mild as the Conneticuts and Candelas I enjoy.  So now I'm stumped.  I'm going to be ordering in the next couple weeks some more sampler packs, as well as getting some advice from you guys/gals.  I usually order from Cigars International and Thompson Cigars, but if you know of any other retailers that are just as reasonable, pipe in...  Thanks!
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#2
well my friend how much are you willing to spend first of all, you said that the Cusano 97's were to much , though with the mixture you are smoking right now, you may be best to keep trying different ones for a while being a newbie and all, before you buy a whole box. I noticed Thompsons is selling their cheap *and I mean cheap I have it, and it broke right away* metal case, but it has some great smokes in it for $89.00, in their cat is it # HG-954855 you will like the vast selection I believe.
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#3
Well, it's not that I can't afford a box of '97's, I just know that I'd smoke them in less than a week!  Big Grin  I guess right now, while holding little child o mine #4, I'd prefer to send the big bucks into the college funds.  LOL.  I guess what I would really like to know is about sampler packs you guys liked...  Maybe...
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#4
Why don't you talk to Eric that owns TBS cigars when I first joined this site I was new to cigars also and didn't have a large budget, well I tell you what he set me up with a first rate set up of cigars that I loved! I actually still have a few that I am aging but talk to him, I am sure he will set you up with the best deal anyone can give you anywhere!
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#5
Eric is top notch for sure
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#6
Excalibur 1066 Dark knights are great my favorite is the first one.
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#7
And if you are looking for every day smokes, don't forget the Connies, JR alternatives & Roly(Same mfg. as Puros Indios). But if you want premiums, go with the samplers or give ET a call. He will take care of you, as stated previously, like no other.
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#8
Here are some newbie cigars that are in the mild to medium body range you are liking, and that won't break the bank.

Don Lino - ct. wrapper

Leon Jimenes - ct. wrapper

Romeo & Julieta Reserva Real - smoother than the regular line

Casa Torano - ct. wrapper

H. Upmann cameroon Reserve

Fonseca Vintage - ct. wrapper

Vegas de Fonseca - cameroon wrapper

Fuente 858 - cameroon wrapper

If you need any help with these let me know.

P.S. candela wrapper are supposed to be the mildest wrappers but they have a tendancy of being bitter!

 
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#9
R&J Reserva Real is deffinately a great cigar! Probably one of my favorites from them (DR of course! lol). I would deffinately try one if you havent had it before, great cigar and worth a box too!

-Ben
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#10
I like the RyJ Anniversario best myself, of their various lines.

If you liked the Corojo 97 but not the Cusano 18, try the Cusano 18 maduro . . . both wrapper and binder are maduro leaf, and it's not too strong but really flavorful and good. Local favorite.

In Torano, I like the Exodus '59 Gold a lot better than the Silver . . . but if it's on the strong side for you, the Torano 1916 is a great smoke at a terrific price.

Pricewise, Rocky Patel Sungrowns, Vintage, and Edge are all available as seconds, by the bundle, at terrific prices . . . only the Sungrown bundle lacks the punch of the non-seconds imho, but is still a good smoke regardless.

You might look at some Gran Habano lines as well, particularly the #5 Corojo and the VL Maduro. They're both excellent, and pretty cheap.

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