Best cigars around ?

#1
I'm trying to cut down my smoking habits and am gradually converting to cigars rather than cigs..fuck the pretentiousness, better smoke and maybe better value. At the mo, I have discovered some class Dominican numbers, at 5" long and half an inch thick, rum-soaked, they are better and longer than my own cock, and only 80 Eurocents where I am currently. However I don't expect the supply to last forever...anyone got any hints, and I know googlesearch but I would prefer some tried and tested suggestions,.... where I can get hold of similar in the long term?
 
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My humidor is stuffed with the best cigar that money can buy. The Cohiba Robusto.

On the left there's a mix of cigars, consisting of some Cohiba slims, a siglo 6, a few montechristos and a hoyo de Monterrey.

Go for the robusto if you can. They're exquisite. Anyone who says otherwise hasn't got a clue about cigars.
 

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Yes Smudge !! Nice stuff in there indeed, you get Jealousy Factor 15 !!!!!! Thanks too Goat & Prof. Will try out the online suggestion, but am still interested in something at a sensible price for everyday hacking... just bought 100 of the Dominicans I mentioned, but that's only about 6 weeks' worth and I'll be moving from source in a couple of weeks...hopefully will find something equivalent in CZ, which is my next stop...any more suggestions well welcome...cheers!
 

Fronty

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Next time you're in London, head to the Davidoff shop opposite the Beretta gallery in St. James Street. Tell the chaps there what you like and ask them to suggest something that fits those criteria. You will not be disappointed.
 
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Mark The Convict

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Roughly what would a good cigar cost in the UK, say one of Smudge's Robustos? Do you ever have problems with their being quite dry and brittle?
 
#8
Arturo Fuente 'Curlyheads' delightful smoke that takes about an hour to finish
 
#9
A tip for travellers to the US. Try make a note of finding out the nearest cigar bar (not a euphemism!) in the town you're visiting. Even though smoking is banned in almost all bars there is usually a cigar bar in each major city where you can enjoy a beer/spirit and smoke a cigar indoors. They are usually horribly expensive, and the lack of Cubans makes the selection a bit rough, but well worth seeking out if you are on a visit :)
 
#10
My humidor is stuffed with the best cigar that money can buy. The Cohiba Robusto.

On the left there's a mix of cigars, consisting of some Cohiba slims, a siglo 6, a few montechristos and a hoyo de Monterrey.

Go for the robusto if you can. They're exquisite. Anyone who says otherwise hasn't got a clue about cigars.
Yep got them but also the limited edition Black label ones,. Got them duty free in Syria ;-) . In fact looking at your collection, looks like you pinched my collection.

Also like the big fat Churchil. Quite smooth but a bugger to buy in Munich. The Monti's are pretty good.
 
#11
don't know what the best cigar is and I suspect it would cost a hell of a lot of money to find out. i have cohibas, montes and romeo's in my humidor but i love cheap american cigars, you can even get them (or used to be able) in old 20 paper packets, particularly the bourbon flavoured ones they were great for smoking in the pub. However you did have to wipe the tar off your teeth at regular intervals. My sis in law no longer lives in Texas so i have to rely on friends in the UK to provide me with quality cigars (some place in Windsor) but that is the trouble i can't get the cheap stuff, so i buy those Backwood Cheroots when ever i get to Sydney ( some little place down an arcade) but then you can't smoke in Pubs anymore so i tend enjoy my smoking in the summer in the garden!
 

sirbhp

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the problem with Cuban cigars is the quality control, quite a few of the expert time served cigar makers have gone to the USA to work. So peculiarly enough "cuban" cigars from the USA tend to be a better quality than the Kosha Cuban ones . That is not to say that the top end Cohibas etc are bad just a bit erratic.
Davidoffs in St James is the Ideal place for help in buying a good smoke. The use to run Cigar nights for private clubs etc but perhaps the smoking ban has stopped this . I will ask around and see what comes up.
 
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Got 10 boxes of black market monticristo's when on holiday in Cuba in 2001, paid $50 for the lot and sold them to a reputable tabaconist over here for £50 a box of 10. If i'd known i'd get that much for them i'd have brought a suit case full back.
Always found romeo and juliets a smooth smoke with a glass of rye or a aged brandy.


How poncey do i sound.
 
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All well and good suggesting "go to St James" or try "Davidoff" but, as one Cohiba cigar will work out about £20 then I'm not sure if this is what the OP had in mind, especially if he's going to get through 100 in 6 weeks. Even I would baulk at £2000 for a month and half supply.
I got a stack of Romeo and Juliet in Cuba (English ship doing a cruise round the Caribbean) and chose Romeo and Juliet (Romeo y Julieta) which are superb although even these are £13 each in UK and a $1 each in Cuba. I also have a load of Dominican Republic Punch cigars which I also got but on an American ship (Yanks still have this thing about anything from Cuba).
Sorry Ciggie, but you need to stack up on the supply you are currently getting or you'll be stuck with Henri Wintermans or King Edwards (cough, spit).
Personally, I have changed my cigarettes for Hamlet Minis (€1.50 a pack of 20 here in Spain but nearly £4 for 10 in UK) and keep the Cubans/Dominicans for a once a week smoke out.
Ah, the joys of taxation.
 
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Yeah, exbleep, I may well get another 100 before I move on....they're not exceptional, but individually vacuum-wrapped, so so far no brttleness and a pretty smooth smoke. Thanks to all other posters, some great stuff...will let you know how it works out in the Czech....
 

Rod924

LE
Kit Reviewer
#18
Villager, for the more realistic smoke

Done Cuba btw and had most cigars mentioned by one poster with the pic.
 
#19
My humidor is stuffed with the best cigar that money can buy. The Cohiba Robusto.

On the left there's a mix of cigars, consisting of some Cohiba slims, a siglo 6, a few montechristos and a hoyo de Monterrey.

Go for the robusto if you can. They're exquisite. Anyone who says otherwise hasn't got a clue about cigars.
Well I doubt I would turn down a Robusto if offered, prefer the Lancero or Esplendido myself. A friend is off to Habana tomorrow and promised to pick me up some as my humidor is getting a bit low.


Got 10 boxes of black market monticristo's when on holiday in Cuba in 2001, paid $50 for the lot and sold them to a reputable tabaconist over here for £50 a box of 10. If i'd known i'd get that much for them i'd have brought a suit case full back.
The only downside about buying on the Black in Cuba is you really need to know your cigars. Despite the Government line about them all being fakes, there are some legitimate good deals to be had if you know where to look and what you're looking for. Juan the DJ at your all inclusive is not one of them and his cousin really doesn't work in the factory.

As the OP, find a local cigar store or tobacconist and talk to the owner and/or regular customers there. Try some recommendations from them or something that looks interesting. Eventually you'll find a favourite(s) that suit you and your budget.
 
#20
Not all Cubans are great cigars, in fact, not all Cohibas are great cigars. Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Conneticut also have some great blends out there. If you are ever in the states or fancy getting some sent through Internet shopping (watch the tax on these though) try and get yourself some Alec Bradley or Rocky Patel, these are great sticks and not too 'high end'
 

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