A bunch of us guys were hanging out in a local cigar shop for the Super Bowl. Tons of food, alcohol goodness, and of course, cigars were coming out the yin yang. At halftime one of my buddies posed a question to the group. He asked what our favorite smokes were, and when it came to me, I sat there with a blank stare. Everybody was like, “what’s up with you?” Well, I tilted my head to one side, and I said that I couldn’t give an answer.
You see, I probably have 100 plus cigars that are my favorite smokes, and in no particular order. They were like, “come on, you can’t narrow it down to your top 3?” I was like, “Are you kidding, I can’t narrow it down to my top 25!” Well, they all laughed and completely thought I was kidding – but I wasn’t. Once I stated thinking about it, different brands, sizes, colors, and tobaccos were just zipping through my brain. So, I wondered if anybody else had the same predicament. I was surprised and actually more shocked that, after thinking about it, 5 of the 10 guys said they felt the same exact way!
Well, one guy only smokes Padron 1926’s, that’s it. He’s got a lot of money and that’s what he likes, which is a little weird, but what the hell, he loves cigars and that’s good with me. A couple other guys had 2 or 3 smokes that they really liked and smoked all the time. One guy buys boxes of the same brand and size until he’s tired of them and then he moves on to something else for a few months. Again, weird. But it was us 5 guys that agreed that we not only like so may different cigars, we smoke different sticks almost every damned day!
I actually like being the guy that smokes a ton of different cigars. It let’s me try new stuff all the time which I like, But, like I said the only problem is that my top of the top list is probably 25 sticks deep. So, is that really a problem? Nah, I don’t think so, but when I tried to make the list it made my head hurt. So, I actually went to an online cigar company’s website so I could view a ton of fine smokes, but I think it only made things worse. So, what I did was break down the cigars I like in each brand and then did my best to actually narrow it down to 25.
Are you ready – and again in no particular order… Aging Room Bin No. 2, Arturo Fuente Hemmingway, Alec Bradley Fine & Rare and Gatekeeper, Roma Craft Aquitane, Herrera Esteli Brazilian Maduro, Camacho American Barrel Aged, CAO Flathead, Casa Fernandez Miami Aganorsa, CLE Azabache, Davidoff 702 Series, EP Carillo La Historia, Espinosa La Ranja, Perdomo 20th Anniversary Sun Grown, New World, Viva La Vida, M Father Le Bijou 1922, Oliva Serie V Maduro, Southern Draw Rose of Sharon, Tatuaje 10th Anniversary, Undercrown Shade, Liga Privada T-52, Padron 1964 Maduro, Illusione San Andres, and the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro.
Now while that list offers up some mighty fine smokes, it could completely change a week from now and to tell you the truth, I could probably add another 15 to that list. And after writing all that, man, do I ever wanna smoke some hand rolled premium cigars!
So, I have to wonder, what kind of smoker are you? How about commenting below some of your favorite cigars and how they match up to my list – I’d love to hear ‘em! Damn, I am a serious cigar nerd.
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