Go-To Cigars

Last week I bought another box of cigars to fill up the lovely mahogany humidor on my fireplace mantel. The stick? Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur No. II Claro. These 6.75×47 cigars feature a Connecticut Shade wrapper, Connecticut Broadleaf binder and Honduran, Nicaraguan and Dominican filler. They’re tasty, well-constructed and at $130 for a box of 25, they’re a pretty good deal.

When I smoke, I enjoy many different types of cigars. I like to experiment with shapes and sizes and blends because it helps make me a more well-rounded connoisseur of fine tobacco. That said, my “comfort sticks” — the go-to cigar when I don’t feel like being particularly choosy — rotate among the same few: The Hoyo de Monterrey Excaliburs, the Kristoff GC series, Partagas 1845s.

These cigars deliver a consistently good experience in a way that meshes well with my flavor preferences.

So, readers — what are YOUR favorite go-to sticks?

3 thoughts on “Go-To Cigars

  1. AccessVegas Reply

    I’m a “buffet smoker” who rarely sticks to one particular “go to”. There is so much out there, I always am wanting to try something new.

    I do tend to enjoy the Rocky Patel Sun Grown on a pretty regular basis. Also, the Gran Habano Vintage 2002 if a nice medium stick with some great flavor and I usually have a bundle in my humi at any given time. (It used to be a boxed cigar, but the manufacturer cut the box to save on S-CHIP taxes) The El Rey Del Mundo maduro has been a bit of a standby for me as well. I do enjoy the Excaliburs but confess that it has been a while since I’ve enjoyed one.

    • Jason Gillikin Reply

      Oh, those RP Sun Growns are fabulous. I am a fan of most of the Rocky Patel line; just tonight, at the cigar shop, I paired a Vintage 1992 with my Scotch. Yummy.

  2. Mike Reply

    Another vote for the Partagas 1845 (Dominican-Mexican filler and Cameroon wrapper). Also love the Arturo Fuente Hemingway series (another Cameroon wrapper cigar) and the medium spiciness of Don Pepin Garcia’s black label series.

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