Big List of Cigars - Good Newb Starter

MooseToga

Young Ape
Two brands I'm surprised to not see at all on that list: Gurkha and Padilla. Perhaps I'm just a sucker for good marketing and pretty labels, but I've always thought of those as two brands that were firmly in the second tier, and that both of which could probably make at least one ultra-premium cigar that would be worthy of a spot on the list. Is that not the case?
 

sikk50

Sigh...
Wow, very informational. I'm still new to this, I've tried a few of the ones on there, but I will definatly be making more purchases based on this list
 

Pendaboot

Prime Mate
Thanks for the various lists. I think Gisperts makes a good smoke at fair price.
If you like those, Bering makes a very comparable cigar, as does Plasencia. For that matter, Cu Avana and 5 Vegas Gold are also comparable in taste, strength, and price. Not the same, but similar. For that matter, check out Baccarat as well.
 

jamesb3

Alpha Silverback
Great list:tu. Have really enjoyed and made use of your list of cigars. Have found my taste in the full bodied cigars. Would love anymore suggestions and hope you continue to update the list.
 

TandRHabana

Young Chimp
Wow,
Great list for the beginner like myself. looking foward to nubbing each and every one.

Question: Any ideas on how to change my spare bedroom into a cigar paradise?
 

Pendaboot

Prime Mate
Wow,
Great list for the beginner like myself. looking foward to nubbing each and every one.

Question: Any ideas on how to change my spare bedroom into a cigar paradise?
Your biggest problem will be ventilation. The other stuff is, while not exactly easy, made more or less difficult by how you decide to ventilate that spare bedroom. Like every engineering problem, you have to make some decisions that are all trade offs. Your decisions in the beginning are the hard part.

First trade off, for me, was air quality in the room. On the one hand you have maintaining a pristine atmosphere in the smoking room. On the other hand is temperature and humidity control. If you want clean air and little or no smell, it will be very expensive to keep temp and rh ideal. Clean air is free, but starts at whatever the weather is that day. If it is cold, it must be heated. If dry - you get the idea.

I decided to go with making the entire room 65/65, which made a lot of ventilation expensive, so I went with filtration instead. There is HEPA, activated charcoal, and electrostatic removal of particulate and gaseous material. I went with all of them. I also required humidification to keep the room at 65%rh. Once that was done, I figured any old box would do. How little I knew. In the event, all my smokes in that room are in humidors anyway. It takes very little to keep them at proper humidity, but I am more comfortable with humidors. But with an entire room at 65 degrees and 65%rh, I had virtually unlimited storage. Using the third law of cigar collecting, which is "Your cigar inventory will expand to exceed the storage room available" a good six month orgy of cigar buying became necessary.
If you think you can resist the third law, good luck! :chk
 

nycstogie

Young Chimp
If you like those, Bering makes a very comparable cigar, as does Plasencia. For that matter, Cu Avana and 5 Vegas Gold are also comparable in taste, strength, and price. Not the same, but similar. For that matter, check out Baccarat as well.
Ive had dome of those and liked the Bering ok as a cheaper stogie.In the tube,and will try it again.
I wish to know what sizes (mad or claro) of Baccarat u find the best.
I am trying to wean myself off the more expensive Cigars,and am getting into my briar pipe and new Uhles 5 pack sampler.
I love cigar easy flavor and niccoten buzz.
 

Pendaboot

Prime Mate
Ive had dome of those and liked the Bering ok as a cheaper stogie.In the tube,and will try it again.
I wish to know what sizes (mad or claro) of Baccarat u find the best.
I am trying to wean myself off the more expensive Cigars,and am getting into my briar pipe and new Uhles 5 pack sampler.
I love cigar easy flavor and niccoten buzz.
I like the natural wrappers, the Robustos and the Luchadores are my favorite sizes. Baccarats have a very satisfying aroma, aside from the taste, that I really enjoy. And the prices are hard to beat.
 

F. Prefect

Evolving Lead Gorilla
I saw a post in here that said newb must try list and thought that a good idea, but there wasn't a list in there. So, I have a list that everyone on here and I have come up with throughout the months of my newb questions. I'd like to share it for all the newbs that pop on as something to get them started. Just print this baby off or somethin and have at it. Smoke anything and everything. Whatever you can get your hands on. If it is a redundant post, feel free to delete it Paul. Hope this helps someone as it has helped me. By the way, its quite long but there are also many many more smokes out there. This is just a pretty solid list to start from. And also, if anybody on here has anything they wanna add tell me and I'll update it.
Adam

Stuff To Try

1. Carlos Toran Exodus 1959 Cigars - Double Corona
2. Carlos Torano Exodus Silver (Carameley) - Torpedo Especial
3. Onyx Reserve - Mini, Toro
4. Padron - 3000(M)
5. Padron 1964 Anniversary - Corona (M)
6. Padron - Panatela
7. El Rey del Mundo (Hon) - Robusto Larga (M)
8. Rocky Patel Vintage - 1992 Robusto, 1992 Torpedo
9. Rocky Patel Sun Grown - Robusto, Torpedo
10. Ashton Virgin Sun Grown - Tres Mystique, Spellbound, Sorcerer
11. Partagas Black - Toro (Age)
12. Trinidad (D.R.) - Toro Maduro
13. Rocky Patel - Edge
14. Partagas Black - Maximo
15. Camacho SLR Maduro Robusto (Rothschild Maduro?)
16. El Mejor Espresso - Torpedo, Corona, Any
17. Arturo Fuente Anejo - Reserva No. 50
18. Juan Lopez Epicure No. 1
19. Torano Virtuoso
20. Punch Rare Corojo
21. Padron Classic Londres
22. Cusano 18
23. Perdomo Reserve
24. Diamond Crown Maximus
25. La Aurora Anos
26. Litto Gomez
27. CAO Brazilia
28. Sancho Panza (Double Maduro, Extra Fuerte, Original Line)
29. CAO Italia
30. Arturo Fuente (Any, Hemingway, Original...)
31. CAO Criollo
32. CAO CX2
33. Flor de Olivia
34. Juan Lopez
35. La Veija Habana
36. Java
37. St. Louis Rey
38. Sosa
39. Hoya de Monterry Dark Sumatra
40. Montecristo

Cubans (Affordable - $8 and under)

1. Bolivar PC
2. Partagas Shorts
3. El Rey del Mundo Choix Supremes
4. Jose Piedra.$3
5. Monte Cristo #4
6. Ramone Allones Small Club Coronas
7. Trinidad Reyes

Strong Cigars (Nicotine Buzz)

1. Camachos
2. Rocky Patel Edge
3. Olivia "O" Bold
4. Joya De Nicaragua Antanos
5. La Flor Dominicana Ligero Double Ligero Chisel
6. Bolivar Belicoso Fino
7. CAO Extreme
8. Juan Lopez Epicure # 1
9. El Rey Del Mundo Robusto
10. Partagas Black Label
11. Joya De Nicaragua
12. El Rico Habano
13. Quinteros
14. Romeo y Juliet Hermoso #2 IL
15. Siglo VI
16. Romeo y Juliet Cazadore
17. Litto Gomez
18. H Upmann Corona Major
19. Cohiba Siglo 2
20. Partagas Lusitanie ?
21. Opus X
22. CAO Brazilia Pirahna
23. La Gloria Cubana Serie R #5

Top25Cigar.com Sub $6 Dollar List

1. Partagas (Cuba) - Shorts - $4.83
2. El Rey del Mundo (Hon) - Robusto Larga - $4.02
3. Car. Torano 1916 Cam. - Churchill - $4.26
4. Joya de Nicaragua - Churchill - $4.50
5. La Tradicion Cubana - Churchill - $5.50
6. Gran Habano Corojo - Gran Robusto No. 5 - $3.73
7. El Rey del Mundo (Hon) - Robusto Suprema (M) - $4.53
8. La Gloria Cubana (D.R.) - Torpedo No. 1 (M) - $5.96
9. El Rey del Mundo (Hon) - Robustos - $3.66
10. Cusano Xclusivo - Preferido Grande - $5.67
11. Oliva - Ovation (Maduro) - $5.85
12. El Rey del Mundo (Hon) - Robustos (Maduro) - $3.43
13. La Aroma de Cuba - Corona Minor - $3.49
14. La Gloria Cubana Serie R - Serie R No. 5 - $5.03
15. Padron - Churchill (M) - $4.39
16. Excalibur by HDM - No. I (M) - $5.55
17. K. Hansotia - Symphony Robusto - $5.15
18. C.A.O. Brazilia - Impanema - $5.48
19. Joya de Nicaragua Antano - 1970 Consul - $3.64
20. Excalibur by HDM - No. I - $5.56
21. El Rey del Mundo (Hon) - Robusto Larga (M) - $3.82
22. Car. Torano Exodus 1959 - Double Corona - $4.55
23. Leon Jimenes - No. 1 - $4.90
24. Punch (Hon) - Rothschild (Dbl. Maduro) - $3.01
25. Bolivar (D.R.) - Robusto - $4.35

Top25Cigar.com 25 Overall Ratings

1. Trinidad (Cuba) - Robusto Extra - $20.93
2. Padron 1964 Anniversary - Exclusivo (M) - $11.74
3. Padron Serie 1926 - No. 1 (Maduro) - $22.62
4. Arturo Fuente Anejo - Reserva Shark No. 77 - $14.31
5. Cohiba (Cuba) - Edicion Limitada 2004 Sublime - $25.69
6. Padron 1964 Anniversary - Imperial (M) - $12.89
7. Bolivar (Cuba) - Coronas - $7.50
8. Partagas (Cuba) - Edicion Limitada 2001 Serie D No. 3 - $11.80
9. Montecristo (Cuba) - Edicion Limitada 2001 Robusto - $11.28
10. H. Upmann (Cuba) - Magnum 46 - $9.59
11. Padron Serie 1926 - No. 2 (Maduro) - $21.69
12. Punch Grand Cru - No. II (M) - $8.68
13. Partagas (Cuba) - Lusitanias - $12.38
14. Diamond Crown Maximus - Double Corona No. 1 - $16.11
15. Partagas (Cuba) - Edicion Limitada 2004 Serie D No. 1 - $15.39
16. Padron 1964 Anniversary - Exclusivo - $10.79
17. Padron Serie 1926 - No. 6 - $13.14
18. Cohiba (Cuba) - Edicion Limitada 2001 Piramides - $18.41
19. Cuaba (Cuba) - Salomones - $16.55
20. Padron 1964 Anniversary - Pyramide (M) - $14.30
21. Cohiba (Cuba) - Siglo VI - $20.31
22. Juan Lopez (Cuba) - Selection No. 2 - $9.22
23. Partagas (Cuba) - Shorts - $4.83
24. H. Upmann (Cuba) - Edicion Limitada 2005 Magnum 50 - $14.38
25. Graycliff - Pirate - $12.29
A very impressive list to say the very least, but I personally would have to disagree that it is a good starter list for anyone just beginning to smoke handmades.

Someone just beginning their career will be anxious to try as many different varieties as possible to develope a taste for the differences in flavors that various wrappers and fillers will produce and there just isn't a shortcut to smoking a lot cigars to develope this taste and at 10.00 to 15.00 dollars per stick this is going to be prohibitive to most new smokers. There are plenty of good cigars in the 1.50-3.00 range that would do just as well during the first few months of new smokers career.

I can only speak from my own experiences, and I don't smoke large numbers of $10.00+ cigars, but when I first began smoking handmades my tastebuds were not developed to the point where I could really identify and appreciate the flavors that these ultra premiums had to offer.

I do agree wholeheartedly that it would be a very good idea for the beginner to make a copy of your list, and as he becomes more experienced, buy a few when he finds them onsale. I can't speak for anyone else, and I may be a slow learner for that matter, but I am certain I wasted money on the ultra premium sticks early in my cigar smoking career, long before I had the experience to appreciate what they had to offer.:2

F. Prefect
 

jamesb3

Alpha Silverback
Nice list. Have tried many and look forward to working my way through many more. Thanks for the list, and taking the time to post it.:tu
 

MichMike

Young Ape
Thanks for the list! Stopped into the local B&M smoke shop earlier this week, not much of a selection there, just placed my first online order consisting of 6 from the list.:tu
 

spider

Newbie in the jungle
Great list! It is a much better way to go about it than the random purchasing I have been making.

any suggestions for a box pressed, medium+, creamy smoke?
 

BirdDog

Young Ape
Wow - Thanks for the list! I am an internet reserch freak and this is going to save me alot of time. Very useful for a noob's like me in determining what buy. :tu
 

dccraft

Evolving Lead Gorilla
I printed this list and keep a copy with me whenever I travel during the day. Ya just never know when you may stumble across a B&M. :tu
 

Dinosaur Jr

ChestBeater
Adam, thanks for the list. Definitely helpful! This is probably an impossible question to answer, since everyone has their own personal tastes and preferences, but what are the top 5 or 10 must tries for a newbie (non-cuban)?

I've been doing a lot of research lately, but I need help narrowing the list down.

Thanks!
 
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