My first post on FOH ... hello FOHers (is FOHers the correct nomenclature?) The CC to NC comparison is a subject that really interests me and I read a lot of opinions that I strongly agree with. Most of all, if you regularly smoke CCs, some of the Connecticut Shade (CS) wrapped NCs will probably be the most enjoyable. The body level is similar to CCs although the flavors can be quite different. Examples include La Colmena, (aged) Cabaiguans especially the WCD, and Atabey (I am confident that Atabeys have CS wrappers). My favorite CS though is the Joel Sherman LE 75th Celebration. These offer a body level similar to CC Cohibas and Trinidads. Other NCs that enter my CC rotation are Tatuaje black label and the Havan IV Gorditos (aged long enough for the Nicaraguan pepper blast to die down, the Gorditos got much better after 5 years of age).
I also occasionally crave a Maduro: NC maduros are much better that the few CC offerings in this category. I gravitate towards Liga Privada when I want a maduro.
I will also say that I tend to enjoy stronger NCs A LOT less when I have been smoking CCs regularly. Examples are Padron and OpusX.