Happily, my wife Carita enjous a good cigar as much as I do. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is no small thing. To quietly enjoy a good cigar with your beloved spouse in a mild summer evening after the children have gone to bed is indeed a marital pleasure to be reckoned with. After that, who needs sex? Metaphorically speaking, of course.
Our cigar hobby is something that really is beyond us, both intellectually and financially. We actually don't understand why we like smoking the odious things and we certainly cannot afford them. But there you are. A quote by Jonatan Futrell says it all, really:
You are not born with a passion for cigars.
Like all the best things in life,
they demand patience and determination.
Our Cuban Cigar Reviews is a list of most of the Cuban cigars we've smoked with comments. Some recent smokes have note yet been included, alas. All comments are written by me, but we generally agree. I tend to like stronger cigars than Carita and she has a thing for sweet non-Cuban maduros.
Please keep in mind that I'm a pure dilettante in these matters. I have not nearly sampled all Cuban cigars out there. I do not know the correct terminology. These cigars are my favourites for the time being.
- Petit Corona: Cohiba Siglo II
- An absolutely fabulous smoke. I so hate it's premium price!
- Petit Corona: Partagas Petit Coronas Especiales
- A fantastic smoke. Strength and aroma in perfect quantities.
Runner-up: Montecristo No.4
- Corona: Montecristo No.3
- A dependable work horse. Never let's you down.
- Lonsdale: Montecristo No.1
- A fantastic blend of strength with peppery spiciness in my favourite vitola.
Contender: Punch Super Seleccion No.1
- Robusto: Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2
- The No.1 for me. (Pun indeed intended.) Thick, short and packs a mean punch with a wonderful aromatic complexity.
Contender: Cohiba Robusto
- Over-all favourite: Partagas Lusitanias
- Oh Lordy, what a smoke! Tangy and complex yet not too strong. The best I've had so far. Too bad it's huge and expensive.
- Other memorable smokes
- Cohiba Siglo VI, Montecristo Edmundo, Trinidad Robusto Extra
Alas, there will also always be disappointments. Those in life I can handle, it's part of the play, but disappointing cigars is below the belt, really. Cigars that do not live up to your expectations, perhaps over-hyped or over-priced. Quite a lot of cigars I have earlier ordered from abroad have been unsmokable, mostly because of being rolled too tight. Sloppy quality control, I say. Fakes, some would say. Also some cigars have disappointed me although technically impeccable.
- Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona
- Supposed to be a reference. I just didn't see the point of it and got bored long before it was finished. Perhaps I lack sophistication.
- Montecristo No.2
- A big mutha of a cigar, but somehow disappointing. Surprisingly so, since I tend to like Montecristos.
- Yeah, okay. Fine cigars, yes. But are they really worth their price? (Urgh. Argh. No.)
- Sancho Panza
- Almost all I've smoked have been rolled way too tight. The very few that I've managed to get some air through have been good, though.
- Anything not from Cuba
- This is really a puzzle for me, but somehow all the non-Cuban cigars I've smoked have left me oddly unsatisfied, regardless of technical superiority and sometimes fine taste. Any ideas, anyone?
In the summer of '06 I tried 5 different non-cuban high quality Maduros (Domenico, Hoyo de la Romana, León Jimenes, Macanudo, Petrus, The Griffin´s). The family resemblance was quite clear. Technically fine cigars. Mellow, dark and sweet tastes of chocolate and coffee and such. But still somewhat boring. There was no complexity, no excitement. No development during the smoking. Too little strength. Too simple. Sorry.
Cigar smoking has really given me a fine opportunity to endulge in some nice paraphernalia. Keep in mind that I've been smoking for some years now, and only recently have I been able to procure these wonderful toys. All you really need is a small cheap humidor, a cheap but sharp double bladed cutter and a cheap butane lighter. (Humidor Discount usually have some really affordable beginners sets to offer. See link below.) Now I only lack a nice and solid ashtray - oh, and a room where to smoke, hehe.
- Cigars Review
- Cuban cigars ratings & reviews
- Internet Cigar Group (ICG)
- "The world's largest organization of cybersmokers. Free, non-commercial information representing cybersmokers from all over the world"
- Cigars and health (ICG)
- A summary of medical studies on cigar's effects on health.
- The Cigar Smoker's FAQ (ICG)
- Frequently Asked Questions about cigars
- The Cigar Database (ICG)
- The bare facts about cigars.
- Cigarrklubben i Norrbotten
- Riklig information på svenska, bl.a. Nybörjarcigarren - Goda råd till nybörjaren.
- Cigar Cyclopedia
- Quite a lot of reference info on cigars.
- Humidor Guide
- Practically all you need to know about storing cigars and humidors.