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Brown & black label Tatuaje , Opus x , Ashton VSG, Ashton ESG,  & Illusione

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23 minutes ago, slowsmoke said:

Someone mentioned Dunbarton, I heartily second that, the Sobremesa, and the Mi Querida, are excellent. If you like Bolivar, you should try them  

Also, a friend recently turned me on to the Fratello Bianco, and I’m in love. I can honestly say it has raisin that rivals some of the best RASS I’ve had. And they are perfectly consistent, one after another after another. Medium bodied, not a typical Nicaraguan nicotine bomb. 

I've had a hit or miss history with Fratello but has been very good, when good. The Sin Comprimiso is also good from Dunbarton

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I used to like the thinner opus x...hard to find, expensive, and that was years ago. With that being said I just strongly prefer habanos. The non- habanos tobacco is often outrageously overpriced for what it is. Like it was said before, overpriced tobacco for a starving American market. 

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Tatuaje Black & Fausto. Man O' War by AJ and Guardian of the Farm JJ are what I enjoy the most on the non cc side.

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8 minutes ago, Euripidespants said:

I used to like the thinner opus x...hard to find, expensive, and that was years ago. With that being said I just strongly prefer habanos. The non- habanos tobacco is often outrageously overpriced for what it is. Like it was said before, overpriced tobacco for a starving American market. 

I somewhat agree but I'm going to try a few none Cubans. One thing I cannot get my head around is how garish and lame the bands look... some of them are a third of the length of the cigar.

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10 minutes ago, Ritch said:

I somewhat agree but I'm going to try a few none Cubans. One thing I cannot get my head around is how garish and lame the bands look... some of them are a third of the length of the cigar.

That's just trendy marketing for hipsters.  Not everyone does that.  Look at Tatuaje.

 

19 minutes ago, Euripidespants said:

The non- habanos tobacco is often outrageously overpriced for what it is. Like it was said before, overpriced tobacco for a starving American market. 

Just to be clear about my comment earlier, I was referring ONLY to the multinational cigar conglomerates, particularly those involved in the Habanos copycat brands.  Otherwise, there is much world-class tobacco to be had, grown outside of Cuba.  With real strength.  Particularly in Nicaragua.  Yum!  :cigar:

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2 hours ago, Ritch said:

I notice no one has suggested Rocky Patel. Are they any good?

There are so many Rocky Patel lines, think they have spread themselves thin. The only one that I smoke and I think is their best one is the vintage 1990.

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16 minutes ago, Ritch said:

I somewhat agree but I'm going to try a few none Cubans. One thing I cannot get my head around is how garish and lame the bands look... some of them are a third of the length of the cigar.

The bands have gotten somewhat ridiculous from some of the brands

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         *And I've found that one does not have to spend a goo - gobble amount of money to get a good and enjoyable smoke: Mike's Cigar's Cuban Sandwich, Odyssey Bundles, and Quorum are VERY good smokes. Also (when you can find them) for Cigar International, Hendrik Kelner's bundles Original Cubans, only around $44 or so, are fantabulous!  I like to pay attention to what countries the tobaccos making up Non-Cuban smokes are from: I LOVE Brazilian, Cameroon, Peruvian, and Ecuadorian tobaccos, as well as our good old standard Nicaraguan and Dominican bodied smokes.

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14 minutes ago, aphexafx said:

 

Just to be clear about my comment earlier, I was referring ONLY to the multinational cigar conglomerates, particularly those involved in the Habanos copycat brands.  

  ** THOSE!!?? :confused: :surprised:  With the exception of the NC Habanos copycat brand of Fonsecas - Y-Y-Y-U-U-U-C-K-K!!!  :o

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43 minutes ago, cigcars said:

  ** THOSE!!?? :confused: :surprised:  With the exception of the NC Habanos copycat brand of Fonsecas - Y-Y-Y-U-U-U-C-K-K!!!  :o

Yeah, I agree.  That's what I said.  Actually, I said it more plainly.  I said they just plain suck.  👍 😄

I said that I "...further recommend avoiding everything made by any of the giant cigar conglomerates.  They are why non-Cuban cigars get a bad reputation.  They are filling a gap in the US market and they just plain suck.  Just my opinion.  🤨"

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There are some amazing company’s out there putting out consistently great cigars.

To name a few:
Southern Draw, Ezra Zion, Black Label Trading Co, Warped and of course Tatuaje!


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You can never go wrong with Tatuaje. Pete Johnson really knows his tobacco and his cigars are very enjoyable to smoke. 

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4 minutes ago, anjimj said:

You can never go wrong with Tatuaje. Pete Johnson really knows his tobacco and his cigars are very enjoyable to smoke. 

The monster series has been something special

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Please don't laugh, but I spent some time with the CAO Amazon Basin. It has been so consistent in its delivery that I can't ignore it. It has never disappointed me once.

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For me, a change of pace from CCs would be the following, arranged by strength:

Light and creamy! - Ashton Cabinet Selection OR the Montecristo White - pyramid or robusto

Perfect medium + flavorful - Montecristo Relentless - robusto

Strong - CAO Flathead V660 Carb - deep and tasty - also really really strong nicotine hit - be careful

 

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Cain F Lanceros - Nicaraguan; mostly ligero leaf a strong yet pleasant cigar particularly after a big meal

Headley Grange Drumsticks- another good value Lancero 

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Illusione CG4: Typical Nicaraguan earthy/cocoa flavors mixed with a mind blowing blend of tea and floral notes. One of my favorite cigars.

 

Southern Draw Rose of Sharon: A lighter, gentler cigar with a nice sweetness and a little bit of ligero spice kick.

 

Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder: This one hits like a sledge hammer. Big ligero spice. Your lips will be tingling with a sweet/spicy oil coating. It hurts so good.

 

Oliva Serie V Melanio: Sophisticated creamy blend with coffee notes.

 

 

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Dunbarton - Mi Querida

A Fuente - 8-5-8 Sungrown

Leaf BY Oscar - Maduro

Opus X - Lost City

Tatuaje - The Bride

Illusione - Phantom

Kristoff - San Andres OR Vengeance

Charter Oak - Maduro

Oliva V - Melanio

I can go on and on but thats a good variety 

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Some of my fav NC's in no particular order:

 

Illusione (they have a huge line, and never really been disappointed in any of them)

Tatuaje

Curivari

HVC (The Pan Caliente is my fav) 

Crowned Heads (they do require about 3-6 months rest for that sweet spot) 

and of course Padron ( but they can be pricey unless you get the thousand series)

 

 

 

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21 hours ago, Ritch said:

They say a change is as good as a rest. So what none Cubans do you chaps recommend I try?

Check out the Latest NC Purchase thread. It'll give you a good idea of what members here think is good.

 

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41 minutes ago, irratebass said:

Some of my fav NC's in no particular order:

 

Illusione (they have a huge line, and never really been disappointed in any of them)

Tatuaje

Curivari

HVC (The Pan Caliente is my fav) 

Crowned Heads (they do require about 3-6 months rest for that sweet spot) 

and of course Padron ( but they can be pricey unless you get the thousand series)

 

 

 

Never had anything from HVC, crowned heads is legit

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Just now, FireMedic said:

Never had anything from HVC, crowned heads is legit

Give HVC a try the Cerro is probably their mildest cigar and has more of that "cubanesque" flavor, the San Isidro has more of that earthy/wood/spicy Nicaraguan profile, and of course the Pan Calinete as mentioned is my fav it has more of a Rye flavor. Give em a shot

 

http://hvccigars.com/#/

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