kobsjones

Do you stick to a few brands or vary your collection?

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I find myself rethinking my cigar buying. Only been smoking since 2015 so I would get boxes of cigars I thought I would like. But now I'm rethinking this strategy.  I really like 4-5 brands and for the time being I am going to try different vitolas within these brands.  I guess maybe I should try buying more singles of things I want to try in the future.

What are all your collections like out there? Varied or do you stick to a few brands?

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35 minutes ago, Heatmiser said:

I definitely vary my collection but that is because I like variety.  However, I have my favorites.

What favorites do you have?  Also why are they your favorite brand and format?

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Definitely have favorites within the different brands. 

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1 hour ago, kobsjones said:

I guess maybe I should try buying more singles of things I want to try in the future.

That's the way to go - buy boxes of what you already know you like, and a number of singles each of what you'd like to experiment with. What I have / have had is somewhat spread across the board, but I guess that's been tilted more toward experimentation versus variety for variety's sake. I do have, of course, cigars I've reacquired.

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34 minutes ago, Wertman said:

What favorites do you have?  Also why are they your favorite brand and format?

Big Upmann fan.  Also Partagas and Cohiba.  I do like smaller vitolas (corona, petit corona, lonsdale).  Had a siglo I recently and was blown away by it.

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starting out, I bought a few of the milder 10 ct boxes,some 3 packs if available and of course some singles for ones that dont have 10 ct or 3 packs. I got to try a few before deciding if i liked the cigar. Id say go with that. I have a variety and with most marcas I have a favorite or two from each. 

 

A good example for me is the Partagas brand has small packs for most of their cigars. D4, D5, D6, P2, E2,. I tried them in the smaller packs first before buying boxes.

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Very varied

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  I'll warn you now, the harder you look the more cigars you'll find that you like and then end up getting a box of!
 


So true! My “cigars I’d like to try” list keeps growing because of all my “looking.”


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I don't think you are going to find many 'I only smoke Monte #2' types on this forum. They have already figured out what they like and don't have much use for further discussion.

I'd like the claim I'm a 'variety is the spice of life' type, but in truth my humidor is at least 50% H Upmann and that isn't likely to change. For a lot of marcas, I like to keep a box around, but only a box is fine. But if I don't at least have some Mag 46, Mag 50, Connie A, and #2s I feel like I need to stock up.

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If you had asked me a few months ago I would have said that my current stock is very varied. However, as I have been trying to keep up with the weekly marca review contest I have discovered that there are a few maracas that I don’t have any boxes of at all. As a result, the current shopping list has gotten longer. My wife is up for a new job with a significant pay bump, so if she gets it she may not notice a quick increase on the credit card...

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I used to keep a wide variety of Marcas on hand. Over time, I've whittled it down to just a few, and a few vitolas within those Marcas.

Partagas and Upmann make up the vast majority of my collection. Then classic-sized HDM Le Hoyos. Then Cohiba (though less and less so). Once in a awhile I'll buy a box of something different, but it's pretty rare.

I think there have been three main drivers to this: 


- My tastes have solidified
- I smoke a lot less than I once did (one or two a week down from three or four a day)
- Some of the cigars I loved in other Marcas are no longer in the Habanos catologue. For instance, I don't have a singe stick of Punch on hand, but if Ninfas and RS#11s were still being rolled, I would have boxes of them. 

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4 hours ago, Wertman said:

What favorites do you have?  Also why are they your favorite brand and format?

My favorites are Partagas, Upmann, Por Larranaga and Montecristo.  I don't really have a favorite format.  I really like all different formats but if I had to choose just one it would probably be a robusto.

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I was like you, buying boxes only of cheap and cheerfuls I like. This year, been buying 6ers on 24:24 of Petit Corona sized and larger to try, and after two months find myself with a huge variety from almost all marcas. Worth trying, can always trade what you don't like.

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I buy boxes of what I like, multi boxes of what I love and 1/4 boxes of what I testing to see if I like 

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Both.  There's so many I haven't tried.  I pick something new up often enough, but I routinely procure Monte 4s, SLR Regios, Monte 2s, PD4s, P2s, etc.

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I like variety - preferably I would have an exemplar box of each marca if I had the space - but always need H Upmann, Partagas and Por Larrañaga in the humidor. 

Cab of Shorts, 898s, cab of PLPC, couple staggered PLMC, Connie 1 and Sir Winston and the rest could be whatever and I’d be happy.

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For me I have a bunch of singles but my favorite is Monte PE or no2.  Then PSd 4. Then hoyo no 2.  Those are my favorite bands and sizes.  Those are current production.  I have not had to many aged cigars. So which cigars to age long term 5plus years is the big question for me.  

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I'm still in that phase of trying as many different vitolas out as I can..And I also fear the fact that if you buy a box, youre committed to 25 even if they turn out "meh". Thats what has happened with a box of monte 3s.  a few good ones, and than one tasted like sand and midway thru tasted like chemical, threw it out the car window.

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I definitely have a little bit of everything, but I have waaaaaay more Bolivar and Montecristo than anything else. I’m pretty fearless when it comes to buying a box to try something new. Either you like it and have an entire box, or you don’t like it and recoup the costs on the secondary market and tasted 1-2 for free. 

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I like variety, a lot.

That said, I'm only about 3 years into Habanos appreciation, and I'm starting to see a fine tuning of my tastes shaping and influencing my purchases. 2 years ago I was buying quarter boxes a lot, which almost always lead to a box purchase. I'm now honing in on the more complex earthy/spiced stuff that still has a nice touch of sweetness: HUpmann, Bolivar, Partagas, Punch, etc.

I do like Cohiba, but I've noticed I'm more into the Linea Classica line than Linea 1492 (Siglo), and these are all part of my longer term aging plan.

There's also a time and place for the spiced fruitiness of RyJ, Ramon Allones, SLR.

And where would a Sunday morning coffee be without the caramel goodness of Por Larranaga or Rafael Gonzalez?

Then there's the chocolate fix of Montecristo. 

Yeah, I like variety. 

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