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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty View Post
    Jockeys - I watched a video on Youtube where someone was using a screw type "cutter" instead of a circular guillotine. It seems as though you are left with a smaller diameter hole in which to draw through .. is this an advantage or a matter of personal preference i.e. some people guillotine a larger area in order to draw more smoke through where as others prefer a smaller/ slower draw?

    Thanks for the info!
    yep! it's all down to what you like. i still use the choppers on torpedos and small cigars, but on my churchills and such i prefer a controlled hole rather than a giant gaping wound in the end of the cigar... basically i don't want my 52 ring gauge stogies with a 48 ring gauge hole in then. if cutters are more your thing, you can get them for under ten bucks at your local tobbacanist. also, a large hole will tend to draw noticeably hotter than a smaller one, and will "use up" the cigar quicker, so my choice is more of a throttling issue than anything else

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty View Post
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    captp - Yes, I am based in England and I didn't know that there were alternative Romeo Y Juliet's available other than the one I have always known. I have linked to a picture of the one I mean here (3rd from left). I always smoke this on occasion as it is usually the


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    I'm pretty sure those are the Dominicans, but have you ever noticed? Does it say Habano (or Habana) on the band? Those would be the Cubans. If they are the Dominicans (hope they're Dominican and not Honduran; I'd feel like an idiot if I go that wrong; I work part time in a cigar shop), they are among the best smokes you can get; one of our most popular sellers by far.

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    A 50 count fills quick. I have a 100 sticks in this one and I still have boxes with humidity packs in them for storage. I need to get a 400 count humi and just keep everything together. Plus side, my office is a computer room, 68 degrees and 60% humidity 24/7.

    I started with sampler packs, lots of them. From there I developed a definite preference for wrapper (if you canít tell, almost everything is Maduro) and region. From there I explored other cigars of similar blend/wrapper/style. I keep an assortment around for whatever I feel like at the time.
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    Good for you. I am a long time cigar smoker just taking up the straight edge shaving side of it. As mentioned Anything by Drew Estates is great (espically acid naturals). I am very partial to Rocky Patel vintage 1990's. The advice my brother (who keeps hundreds of high end cigars aging at all times) gave me when I started was. Smoke whatever tastes good to you regardless of price or "image" but also remember that if you are smoking a swisher sweet don't expect to be able to talk to other cigar smokers about its merits because it would be like going to a wine tasting with a $6 box of wine and wanting to be taken searously. With that in mind I usually try and stay above the $10 retail (even though I hate to use price to dictate what a good cigar is you have to get above a certin price point before you get a real cigar) because thats where you get actually quality rolled cigars that are infused with flavor vs flavor cristals added.

    With all of this in mind buy sample packs online because if you buy from your local tobacco store: A: their humidors are not always great, I remember one time I was in one and I looked to the back of the humidor and it opened up into their stockroom and B: you will go broke.

    As far as your own humidor cheaphumidors.com is a good fair place with nice stuff. Get yourself a cigar oasis automatic humidifier because it will save you loads of hassle trying to keep the humidity right(i live in arizone and have to fill it 2x a week)

    Some good places to get cigars are cigarbid.com (I find great deals there from time to time) and cigar international always has solid prices.

    PM me if you have any questions, I am off right now to go sit on my porch and enjoy a frosty mug of A&W and a Guirka Legend (cant remember how to spell Guirka )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurumkin View Post
    . try and stay above the $10 retail (even though I hate to use price to dictate what a good cigar is you have to get above a certin price point before you get a real cigar) because thats where you get actually quality rolled cigars that are infused with flavor vs flavor cristals added.


    PM me if you have any questions, I am off right now to go sit on my porch and enjoy a frosty mug of A&W and a Guirka Legend (cant remember how to spell Guirka )
    Don't know where you buy your cigars, but there are plenty of smokes well under your $10 minimum. Punch, Hoyo de Monterrey, CAO, Partagas, Romeo & Julietta(sp?). That's to name just a few. Plenty of Punch MM at around 3-5 bucks. Hoyos at the same prices. R&J, one of the better bargains, especially the Tubos. Of course, I'm totally off base if you're all out of the US. Those are the prices I'm paying at my local smoke shop.

    I usually misspell it too . it's Gurkha. (had to look it up). One of my favorites, if a little on the pricey side.

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    I would like to add that if you already like cigars and plan on smoking anywhere near regularly, you will eventually want to start buying by the box. This drops the cost per stick considerably on most brands. While the 40 - 100 stick humidors are great starting out, they quickly become obsolete when you find 2 or three favorites and want a box (or more) of each. Especially when one of your favorites is put ON SALE at your favorite website and you want to stock up!

    +1 on the Cigar Oasis. Get the refillable cartridge ONLY and buy some distilled water. I've got one in my

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    150 stick humidor at the office and it is next to no maintenance. Replace the refillable cartridge about every 18 months @ $15. At home I have a

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    and it is truly SET AND FORGET. It will beep at you if you get outside the preset humidity / temperature range letting you know to add more water.

    One more comment about Cheap Humidors Cigar Humidor Cigar Accessories CheapHumidors.com. The Make an Offer option really works. Bought several things there at right around 80% of retail price and have never had a problem. Jockeys, sorry to hear about your troubles there.

    By the way, I carry an 8mm punch on my key ring. Use that almost exclusively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by captp View Post
    Don't know where you buy your cigars, but there are plenty of smokes well under your $10 minimum. Punch, Hoyo de Monterrey, CAO, Partagas, Romeo & Julietta(sp?). That's to name just a few. Plenty of Punch MM at around 3-5 bucks. Hoyos at the same prices. R&J, one of the better bargains, especially the Tubos. Of course, I'm totally off base if you're all out of the US. Those are the prices I'm paying at my local smoke shop.

    I usually misspell it too . it's Gurkha. (had to look it up). One of my favorites, if a little on the pricey side.
    You may very well be correct, I live in a military town so a lot of the guys have a ton of disposable income and just want to spend a lot of money to smoke a $25 cigar. For example they wanted $24 for a Patel vintage 1990 (which sucked because I REALLLLLY wanted it and was out, but not at that price). I was totally unaware that you could buy a punch for less then $5. Or any CAO for less then $10.

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    Cigars International has them much cheaper. CAO are one of my favorites, I particularly like the anniversary maduro's, Brazil and MX2's, but taste is very personal so your opinion may vary. One of my preferred high end smokes are the La Aurora 1495, not cheap but worth the coin on a special occasion. I also like the Rocky 1990 vintage but they should be more like $7’ish each, not $24. Heck, Cubans are $30-40 a stick, I would never pay that much for a Rocky.

    Try a sampler pack from Cigars International. They have some 'taster' packs with an assortment of sticks of different strengths. There is a medium, medium-full and full, you will be hard pressed to find a better deal.

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