I Want My Blackbelt in Cigars! (Sort Of...)


Evolving Lead Gorilla
I've tried a lot of different cigars (pretty well all the Cubans), but would like a list of cigars that I must try; Non Cuban. I enjoy stronger and spicier cigars, and really enjoy CAO Gols! and CAO MX2's. I assume these are must-smoke's:

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos, Hemingway's & Anejo's


Lowland Gorilla
The Padron Anniversary series is a must try (very surprised no one had mentioned them yet). I also agree that an LFD and JdN should be thrown in the mix. Beyond that... Pepin Garcia products, very important to try and very pleasant: Tatuaje, Padilla Miami 8&11, Don Pepin Blue, Don Pepin Black, Don Pepin Serie JJ...

All these are considered top gars in the NC world and none will disappoint.


Evolving Lead Gorilla
Thanks all.... Really appreciate the input. I've tried one JDN-A, but didn't find it all that good. Kinda tasteless... I believe one needs to try a few sticks of a particular brand before making a decision though, so I'll try again. Would like to try Opus X, but it always seems to be sold out, unless one wants to get hosed on the price.


Chestbeating Pack Leader
Given what you said, you must try Don Pepin Garcia's smokes. This man was one of the personal rollers to Castro before he defected. Awesome cigars. :dr


You should try everything you can get your hands on IMO.

That aside even though these aren't what I would call spicy, I sure enjoy them:

Fire by IT (This ones got some spice)


Evolving Lead Gorilla
Thanks Islesfan... Sorry about my Sens kicking @ss 'n takin' names against you're team last night... :)


Maturing Primate
I have the same taste as you it seems. So far my favorites are the La Flor Dominicana (LFD) Double Ligero. Great full body and spice. I posted a topic in the general Cigar forum here asking about the very same thing. I have gotten a lot of wonderful cigar suggestions. These folks really know what they are talking about. Look for the thread titled "Strong Full Bodied Cigars" or along those lines. Have a fun time trying all of them, I know I have.