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post #241 of 1363
Thread had slowed that's for sure. I have some new additions I will have to take a picture of and post later.
post #242 of 1363
New cigar smoker here. A friend gave me a couple Bolivar Habanas as an omiyage. I loved 'em, but the nearest tobacconist with any sells singles for $30! Can one of you wise fellows recommend a similar cigar that won't break the bank?
post #243 of 1363
Thread Starter 
Well, the Bolivar Habana is a Cuban puro, (all Cuban tobacco) so if you're in the U.S. there isn't much to compare it to in terms of very similar cigars. However, I read a short review of the stick over at Cigar Monkey that recommends the Dominican H. Upmann. I've personally never had the Bolivar, but H. Upmann is usually a good stick, and its certainly a lot cheaper than the Cubans. Give a few a shot and let us know on here what you thought compared to the Bolivar.

Cheers, and happy smoking!

Edit: Also, I picked up a few sticks yesterday at the local Puff 'n Snuff (not usually the best decision): A five pack of Don Diego Babies, a Punch Rothschilde and an Arturo Fuente Special. I only have two stogies left! Think I'm going to enjoy the punch later tonight after finals studying is over.
post #244 of 1363
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Sorry for the double post everyone, but I just got back in from smoking my Punch Rothschild and figured I should review it, not only for this thread, but also for my blog, since I've made it my pre-new year's resolution to put something in it every day.

Punch Rothschild Maduro
Filler - Honduran, Ecuadorian, Nicaraguan?
Binder - Honduran, Ecuadorian, Nicaraguan
Wrapper - Connecticut Shade Leaf Maduro
Strength - Medium, Medium-Full

Construction - 4.7
Draw - 4.5
Flavor - 4.3
Aroma - 4.5
Finish - 4.8
Overall: 4.58

So, I found information on this cigar a little tough to find. If anyone knows of a place that lists the types of tobacco used in different cigars, let me know please.

In any case, I began this cigar with a whiff of the binder and the foot of the cigar, and was rewarded with the smell of a nice maduro tobacco and a woody aroma. I moistened the cap and clipped the tip of the cap off. Here, I ran into a slight problem, but not one that I would attribute to the manufacturer. The entire cap came off with the part I cut, probably due to improper storage humidity at the Puff 'n Snuff where I picked it up. However, to my surprise the cigar had no problem holding itself together until the end of the final third, even without the cap in place.

This leads me to what is perhaps the shining point of this cigar: the construction. The cigar is firm, bordering on hard. It has some small veins visible, but nothing crazy. A few bumps mar the perfection of the wrapper, but this is made up for by the oily sheen it displays. The burn stayed straight throughout the entire smoke, which has been a rarity in my recent smoking experience. The draw was slightly tighter than I typically like it, and the dryness of the head of the cigar prevented me from rolling it, lest I crack the wrapper completely.

When I lit the cigar, it displayed a nice woody aroma with a surprising hint of charcoal briquettes, which I actually kind of enjoyed. The flavor began (and pretty much stayed) with a mixture of leather and wood with a hint of spice in the background. The leather became more predominant as I smoked the cigar, while the wood faded into the background with the spice flavors. The taste remained fairly complex throughout and did not become boring or monotonous. I enjoyed the feel of the smoke in my mouth, but it was not particularly thick or creamy, but it was not airy either, a good balance in the middle.

Toward the end it began to burn a little bit hot, but I'm going to chalk that up to the improper storage that I mentioned earlier. The finish was nice, and kind of mild for a maduro cigar. I was left with little nicotine buzz, but then again, I did have a full stomach while smoking it.

Overall, I enjoyed this cigar a great deal. It happens to be fairly cheap as well at JR cigar, I believe a box of 25 goes for around 58 bucks, which I consider awesome. In any case, I definitely recommend giving it a try.

Cheers!
post #245 of 1363
Punch has always been one of my favorites. It's a unique flavor. I can't say I'm much of a Maduro fan though.

I've probably smoked 20 boxes of Punches in various sizes, and the rule is they're rolled a bit loose for me. Odd that yours drew a bit tight. Did you let the box sit for a few days before trying one? JR tends to store their cigars a bit moist so they don't dry out during shipping.
post #246 of 1363
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Originally Posted by Xena View Post
Punch has always been one of my favorites. It's a unique flavor. I can't say I'm much of a Maduro fan though.

I've probably smoked 20 boxes of Punches in various sizes, and the rule is they're rolled a bit loose for me. Odd that yours drew a bit tight. Did you let the box sit for a few days before trying one? JR tends to store their cigars a bit moist so they don't dry out during shipping.
Hey Xena,
Actually this one was a single that I bought from a local chain place called Puff 'n Snuff (you can tell the quality by the name). Their humidor was fairly dry, so I'm attributing the draw problem to that, just as I did for the cap falling off. Usually the Punches I smoke are well humidified and don't have the same problem. The JR deal I saw the day after buying this stick and I'm planning on getting a box as soon as Christmas break begins.
post #247 of 1363
Finally something I can contribute to...I am fairly new to the Headphone world, but I know a little more about cigras. I live in Canary Islands, and we produce some good cigars here, in a small island, La Palma. But of course I like Cubans also, Montecristo NÂș2 being my favourite of all time. Here a pic combining two of my hobbies, cigars & watches:



Regards
Carlos
PS: I'm also a pipe smoker, am I alone?
post #248 of 1363
2 of my favorite cigars ever were Canary Islands labels. One was called La Fama and the other was Capote. I believe both brands vanished after the cigar boom fizzled about 10 years ago.

They were the sweetest, creamiest, nuttiest tasting cigars I have ever had. Mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm. Very mild. Now, I like a lot of different strengths and flavors, but in the mild category, these were untouchable.
post #249 of 1363
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Originally Posted by Xena View Post
2 of my favorite cigars ever were Canary Islands labels. One was called La Fama and the other was Capote. I believe both brands vanished after the cigar boom fizzled about 10 years ago.

They were the sweetest, creamiest, nuttiest tasting cigars I have ever had. Mmmmm mmmmm mmmmm. Very mild. Now, I like a lot of different strengths and flavors, but in the mild category, these were untouchable.
La Fama rings a bell, the other I have never heard of. Try to get some Condal's Maestros Tabaqueros, now in their secon edition, the first one was amazingly good, but is sold out now.

Regards
post #250 of 1363
Thread Starter 
Hey Mandrakespain,
I'm a big fan of Montecristo's. I had a number 1 when I was in Europe a few years ago, along with a few Cohiba cubans. I stick more with Padron, Punch, and Oliva at this point.

I also smoke a pipe. I'm not as into different brands of Tobacco since my local shop does a custom blend (Called General Buford for the American Civil War general who was one of the commanders at Gettysburg, where the shop is). I also have a hand carved pipe made by a gentleman who lives in the area around my home. I'll take a picture when I have time to get some new batteries for my camera.

Cheers!

also, welcome to head-fi, its good to have you.
post #251 of 1363
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Originally Posted by Zarathustra19 View Post
Hey Mandrakespain,
I'm a big fan of Montecristo's. I had a number 1 when I was in Europe a few years ago, along with a few Cohiba cubans. I stick more with Padron, Punch, and Oliva at this point.

I also smoke a pipe. I'm not as into different brands of Tobacco since my local shop does a custom blend (Called General Buford for the American Civil War general who was one of the commanders at Gettysburg, where the shop is). I also have a hand carved pipe made by a gentleman who lives in the area around my home. I'll take a picture when I have time to get some new batteries for my camera.

Cheers!

also, welcome to head-fi, its good to have you.
I would like to see that pipe, by the way, another of my hobbies is the American Civil War, currently going through the three books by Shelby Foote.

And thanks for the welcom!

Regards
post #252 of 1363
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As requested by Mandrakespain, Here are a few pics of my pipe. I purchased it from Gettysburg Cigar Co. owner, Gary. He got this and a few larger pipes from a guy named Gordon who lives outside of town. Its carved from a solid piece of Burr Walnut, and in my opinion has beautiful markings.

On top of the great price ~50 dollars, the lovely owners through in an ounce of General Buford blend tobacco as well as a half ounce of another which I can't recall, but it was named after a general who fought in the peach orchards around Gettysburg, and contains some peach flavors which are pretty refreshing.







Cheers, and happy smoking!
post #253 of 1363
Nice pipe Zarathustra19, and like the link of the names of the tobaccos with the Civil War...

Thanks for posting the pics and regards

PS: By the way, I am right now finishing a Cuban Cohiba (was watching Real Madrid vs Barcelona, one of the best matches in soccer you can watch), and earlier today I smoked a pipe of Kendal Cream....
post #254 of 1363
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Well fellows, I'm afraid the cigar fountain has run dry for me for a little while. At least until I get paid. I'm longing to buy a box of Punch Rothschild, but right now I don't really have the fifty bucks. Luckily, however, I still have an entire pound of Amaretto pipe tobacco to keep me satiated until such time as I can afford some excellent stogies.

Keep my starving humidor in your thoughts!
post #255 of 1363
Awesome to see cigar smokers on this website. I suppose you could say that this is a "cheaper" hobby than getting the best sonics.

Only smoke 2-3 cigars per week on average barring any occasions. The usual smoke is Rocky Patel's The Edge that's 6x52 and on the strong side for $5-6 a piece. The Vintage 1992 and Decade are some smokes I bring to occasions that have never gone bad on me. The owner of the local shop I frequent is good friends with Patel himself so he always gets a massive amount of product from them for cheaper prices too.

Other current favorites include anything from Tatuaje along with the Brazilia and Black from CAO.
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