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Best cigar you ever smoked?
Burner02 Offline
#1 Posted:
Joined: 12-21-2010
Posts: 10,177
I'm not asking about your go to sticks or a special occasion but what is the single best cigar you ever smoked.

For me it was an 03 Punch Super Selection gifted to me by MAC's this past year after my knee replacement. When I first posted about it in the CC thread I think I stated it was a solid smoke. But over the following few days I kept revisiting the flavors and the smoking experience and knew it had been a great cigar. Then there was the down side when I found out that the Super Selection had been discontinued in 09.

Oh well, the search for the next great experience will continue.

Herfing
ZRX1200 Offline
#2 Posted:
Joined: 07-08-2007
Posts: 48,209
I had a RyJ corona CC (don't remember the vitola name) in 1994 that was what hooked me into cigars when I was 17.

shaun341 Offline
#3 Posted:
Joined: 08-02-2012
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My taste are constantly changing and a lot of what I smoke depends on what I am feeling for that day. This makes it extremely tough for me to narrow it down to 1 cigar but that Pepin rolled 8&11 I smoked recently would have to be really high up there.
shaun341 Offline
#4 Posted:
Joined: 08-02-2012
Posts: 7,911
I forgot this one as well an 08 Mag 46. Now I like Mag 46 a lot but this one that was gifted to me and was from 08 was just better then all the rest I have had.
ZRX1200 Offline
#5 Posted:
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Posts: 48,209
Yeah I had an 08 Mag 46 that was pretty amazing too.
danmdevries Offline
#6 Posted:
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I've had several best cigars ever.

The first was the one that broke me into true premium cigars. Herrera Esteli Lonsdale. No longer among my top 5 favorites. But for whatever reason, I finally noted flavors that weren't just burning tobacco leaf and to this day I've not smoked another cigar of any make that delivered the incredible profile I enjoyed that night. I think it was just perfect conditions at the right place and time. It was a rich creamy texture with the taste of peanut butter. I remember rubbing my nose multiple times the next day, to bring back remnants of that flavor.

The next best cigar ever was a HUHC which is still kind of my benchmark cigar and easy top 3. I've since killed two, going on three boxes. Had one for my birthday in '14 and it was the first CC I'd actually noted the difference between NC/CC. Two months after blowing mind with the HE and still one of my favorites.


Since those two, I've had some that were incredible and mindblowingly good. Many in fact. But, I think I judge every smoke against the memory those two experiences.

I dont think the mind-opening experiences I had while smoking those could be beaten. I've had much better cigars since then, that were absolutely fantastic, but nothing that's beaten out the memory of those two that completely altered my perception of cigars.

So yeah, the best two cigars I've ever smoked were $5 cigars.

Tl;dr two cigars changed the way I see cigars. HE Lonsdale and HUHC.

MACS Offline
#7 Posted:
Joined: 02-26-2004
Posts: 64,232
Damn, bro... glad I could be a part of that experience.

Likewise, my best cigar came from a member here as well... Buckwheat. Julian sent me a 1987 Dunhill Cabinetta for my retirement from the Navy. I found out I was going to Iraq in 2006 and smoked it before I left... just in case.

Made a day out of it at the LCdH in Tijuana with echo4alpha and xibbumbero. The three of us passed that thing like a doobie. Changed flavors 3 times and got progressively better.

Second on my list was a freshly rolled Taboada... by Don Rodolfo himself, as I watched. He was rolling bundles at the LCdH in Tijuana. Andy (xibbumbero) was my translator. He told Taboada I was going to Iraq. Taboada told Andy to ask me what I wanted, that he was going to roll me whatever I wanted on the house.

I'm wicked smaht! I said... "Tell him to roll me whatever he rolls for himself!"

I'm not a fan of the Punch marca in general, but the SS#1's are just ridiculously good. I only have a handful of them left.
wheelrite Offline
#8 Posted:
Joined: 11-01-2006
Posts: 50,119
A Ten year old CC Cohiba I smoked when my daughter had our 1st grandson,,,

wheel,,
hnixon12 Offline
#9 Posted:
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MY first Padilla Signature 1932 pepin rolled or my first Boli RC
QMPASH Offline
#10 Posted:
Joined: 03-15-2011
Posts: 897
It had to be a Cuban Cohiba I bought in Canada some years back. I decided to give myself a treat and it was. I still remember the taste and aroma. Never had a cigar anything close to that.
hoyodude Offline
#11 Posted:
Joined: 07-17-2000
Posts: 4,384
Tough one but my memory keeps going back to a CC Trinidad Reyes and a Cohiba Siglo V(?) I smoked years ago during the same summer.Both had lots of age, both were very memorable.
namadio Offline
#12 Posted:
Joined: 11-24-2014
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MACS wrote:
Likewise, my best cigar came from a member here as well... Buckwheat. Julian sent me...


'04 ERDM Choix Supreme

First cigar I've had with any substantial age on it and first cuban. It was amazing. Thanks again Julian!!!!! I'm probably forever ruined now.
jespear Offline
#13 Posted:
Joined: 03-19-2004
Posts: 8,103
hnixon12 wrote:
MY first Padilla Signature 1932 pepin rolled or my first Boli RC


REALLY, Howard ? Sarcasm

For me, it would be a toss up between the Pepin rolled Padilla Miami 8&11 and the LFD Coronado.

The most memorable cigar I ever smoked, (most memorable because it was the ONLY one I have ever had ) was an OR Cupido Tuxedo Torp with YEARS of age on it, kindly gifted to me by Buddha Daddy. The new C-T's are damn good, but not as good as the OR.
reckless Offline
#14 Posted:
Joined: 11-07-2013
Posts: 3,777
Tatuaje black petite lance OR with closed foot from mr Sd72. What a great smoke which I could find more
bgz Offline
#15 Posted:
Joined: 07-29-2014
Posts: 7,141
Best cigar I ever smoke came from my last batch of Monte #2s...

It was some random Tuesday (or some other non-special day), and I just decided to smoke one.

I didn't want that cigar to end, ended up burning my lips and couldn't smoke for 2 days after, lol.

The other ones from that batch were good too (Unfortunately I think I gave away more than I smoked), but not as good as that one, it was something special.

Hopefully some of the ones I gave away were as good as that one.

I think I was drinking some Aberlour A'bunadh with it.
stinger88 Offline
#16 Posted:
Joined: 05-29-2012
Posts: 4,944
^^ Monte #2 are high on my list of favs. In fact, just received a few from Madspackler. Can't wait to smoke them.
DrMaddVibe Offline
#17 Posted:
Joined: 10-21-2000
Posts: 47,726
A Cuban H.Upmann double corona tubos with about 4 years age on it from Billy Smith...the GRANDMASTER of ALL Bombings.

It was a nubbing experience. One of those chasing the dragon moments that I've come close to since...not quite the same.
jnichols Offline
#18 Posted:
Joined: 07-27-2012
Posts: 5,403
Probably the Padron Millennium The Pro gifted me on my 50th Birthday. Tell ya what though the 05 Liberty that i had on the 4th this year from Tuck was right up there!
delta1 Offline
#19 Posted:
Joined: 11-23-2011
Posts: 15,591
cc: Trinidad Fundadore, '11
nc: Litto Gomez Diez Small Batch, not sure if it was a #1 or a #2.
Mandoman Offline
#20 Posted:
Joined: 12-27-2005
Posts: 4,495
The best cigar I ever smoked will be the next one. The second best is the last one I smoked.
stinger88 Offline
#21 Posted:
Joined: 05-29-2012
Posts: 4,944
Jnichols.....just sent out an 05 Liberty in the box pass. Hopefully someone will grab it and enjoy it too.
Herfing
shaun341 Offline
#22 Posted:
Joined: 08-02-2012
Posts: 7,911
^^^ i had no idea what year that liberty was but could tell it was old as heck
robertsccr5 Offline
#23 Posted:
Joined: 09-13-2012
Posts: 2,301
Cojonu 2009 (I believe it was OR) gifted to me by knokmdwn.
cameroon Offline
#24 Posted:
Joined: 04-06-2014
Posts: 810
You never forget your first Guten Cala
Abrignac Offline
#25 Posted:
Joined: 02-24-2012
Posts: 14,226
I've smoked more than a few memorable cigars. but, the one that seems to land at the top is a Partagas Sabroso I smoked a year or so ago. It would have been manufactored around 1994. I found it at the bottom of a box that had been stored for a very long time. When I unscrewed the tube cap, I fully expected it to be dryer than the VaJJ of a 90 year old nun. But, it was in perfect shape. Every time I puffed it I thought to myself I'd never smoke another cigar this good.
mountainman Offline
#26 Posted:
Joined: 03-16-2012
Posts: 444
the two that stick out the most for me was a Cuban montecristo A I smoked with my best friend when I returned from over seas and the best cigar I ever smoked was the last one me and my friend smoked together before he passed, a 1998 Partagas Decade.
deadeyedick Offline
#27 Posted:
Joined: 03-13-2003
Posts: 9,579
MACS wrote:
Damn, bro... glad I could be a part of that experience.

Likewise, my best cigar came from a member here as well... Buckwheat. Julian sent me a 1987 Dunhill Cabinetta for my retirement from the Navy. I found out I was going to Iraq in 2006 and smoked it before I left... just in case.

Made a day out of it at the LCdH in Tijuana with echo4alpha and xibbumbero. The three of us passed that thing like a doobie. Changed flavors 3 times and got progressively better.

Second on my list was a freshly rolled Taboada... by Don Rodolfo himself, as I watched. He was rolling bundles at the LCdH in Tijuana. Andy (xibbumbero) was my translator. He told Taboada I was going to Iraq. Taboada told Andy to ask me what I wanted, that he was going to roll me whatever I wanted on the house.

I'm wicked smaht! I said... "Tell him to roll me whatever he rolls for himself!"

I'm not a fan of the Punch marca in general, but the SS#1's are just ridiculously good. I only have a handful of them left.



I have to say the Taboada Andy gifted me when we went to TJ on a later trip is among my top 5 all time also. Probably my #1 would a Cohiba Gran Reserva. Extremely expensive and extremely good.

DED
jetblasted Offline
#28 Posted:
Joined: 08-30-2004
Posts: 42,593
30 y/o Habanos RyJ on my wedding night, gifted to me by Buckwheat about 10 years ago.
fenderbendertex Offline
#29 Posted:
Joined: 08-17-2013
Posts: 1,139
Party Short from Mikey
jnichols Offline
#30 Posted:
Joined: 07-27-2012
Posts: 5,403
ThumpUp
stinger88 wrote:
Jnichols.....just sent out an 05 Liberty in the box pass. Hopefully someone will grab it and enjoy it too.
Herfing

tamapatom Offline
#31 Posted:
Joined: 03-19-2015
Posts: 6,961
Mandoman wrote:
The best cigar I ever smoked will be the next one. The second best is the last one I smoked.

Great answer....this assumes you don't stumble onto a dog rocket now and then.
delta1 Offline
#32 Posted:
Joined: 11-23-2011
Posts: 15,591
Burner02 wrote:
I'm not asking about your go to sticks or a special occasion but what is the single best cigar you ever smoked.

For me it was an 03 Punch Super Selection gifted to me by MAC's this past year after my knee replacement. When I first posted about it in the CC thread I think I stated it was a solid smoke. But over the following few days I kept revisiting the flavors and the smoking experience and knew it had been a great cigar. Then there was the down side when I found out that the Super Selection had been discontinued in 09.

Oh well, the search for the next great experience will continue.

Herfing





I concur with your choice Burner.

I had the pleasure of meeting MACS last weekend. He lives near my daughter's house, and we (MACS, SIL and SIL's friend) met at a local cigar-friendly restaurant and bar with an outdoor smoking patio for brews and smokes. He brought me one of his few remaining Punch SS '03s and it was amazing. We staggered back to my daughter's house for a great evening of food, drink, smokes and fellowship. Thanks bro!!!
stinger88 Offline
#33 Posted:
Joined: 05-29-2012
Posts: 4,944
^^ love to hear these stories.
skydiverd Offline
#34 Posted:
Joined: 06-21-2015
Posts: 22
Seems like a lot of CC's make this list. I have some CC cohibas, Montecristos, and Bolivar I brought back from Germany in April. I smoked a few while there, and liked them, but perhaps they were too fresh. Seems like they need to have a couple years on them based on wht I been reading. So, they can chillax in storage for a while, til I go back in 2017.

That said, I did enoy them, but as I am now learning about this hobby, I have smoked 2 non cubans that I really really loved. They may seem broken record to this crowd, but the original My Father, and Las Calaveras 2014. Both those I did not want to end. Seeing as how I have only been smoking for a few moths, I am sure that This list will grow and morph as I keep trying new things.
nnightmar Offline
#35 Posted:
Joined: 03-31-2009
Posts: 10,727
...the one a fine BOTL gifted me...

Those are always the best cigars.
Burner02 Offline
#36 Posted:
Joined: 12-21-2010
Posts: 10,177
delta1 wrote:
I concur with your choice Burner.

I had the pleasure of meeting MACS last weekend. He lives near my daughter's house, and we (MACS, SIL and SIL's friend) met at a local cigar-friendly restaurant and bar with an outdoor smoking patio for brews and smokes. He brought me one of his few remaining Punch SS '03s and it was amazing. We staggered back to my daughter's house for a great evening of food, drink, smokes and fellowship. Thanks bro!!!




Truly an amazing cigar!
gummy jones Offline
#37 Posted:
Joined: 07-06-2015
Posts: 6,497
hard to say which cigar is best as it is hard to figure out if my fondest memories are situational vs the cigar itself or a mix

i can say that right now i cant get enough of san cristobal
zerohourhero Offline
#38 Posted:
Joined: 06-22-2015
Posts: 1,308
Maybe my tastebuds are broken, but I'll be damned if that NAS that DCLover sent me doesn't haunt my dreams.
mountainman Offline
#39 Posted:
Joined: 03-16-2012
Posts: 444
stinger88 wrote:
Jnichols.....just sent out an 05 Liberty in the box pass. Hopefully someone will grab it and enjoy it too.
Herfing


had one a few years back, those are ridiculously good!! those and the 08's are my favorite liberty's so far.
bripper Offline
#40 Posted:
Joined: 05-11-2008
Posts: 56
Royal Jamaica Park Lane in 1970. Realized there were new horizons beyond drugstore cigars.
collectorchris Offline
#41 Posted:
Joined: 06-22-2015
Posts: 122
I think mine so far has been a Liga Prada # 9. A very smooth, silky, sweet smoke with tons of flavor that was distinct and very stable all the way to the nub. Almost made me want to naw on the nub at the end.

At this point I don't recall having had anythng really well aged or unique besides the boutique stuff currently available at my local TS.
Burner02 Offline
#42 Posted:
Joined: 12-21-2010
Posts: 10,177
Burner02 wrote:
I'm not asking about your go to sticks or a special occasion but what is the single best cigar you ever smoked.

For me it was an 03 Punch Super Selection gifted to me by MAC's this past year after my knee replacement. When I first posted about it in the CC thread I think I stated it was a solid smoke. But over the following few days I kept revisiting the flavors and the smoking experience and knew it had been a great cigar. Then there was the down side when I found out that the Super Selection had been discontinued in 09.

Oh well, the search for the next great experience will continue.

Herfing


I received a notice about a private collectors sale a couple of days ago. Included were two cabs of the SS #1's, 2000 and 2001 at 1250 Euro each.

Quick conversion, $1,395.40 per cab. That comes to a little over $27.00 per cigar.

Oh well......................


Sad
99cobra2881 Offline
#43 Posted:
Joined: 11-19-2013
Posts: 2,470
Ouch on that price point.


Best cigar that I remember really striking me as something special was the Melanio churchill. On the first draw the flavor seemed so balanced and refined, it seemed to me that there was great care put into the making of this cigar. No overpowering flavors but the ones that were there, were woven together perfectly. I've bought the last four from a local shpo (60 miles away) tough price point but I feel they are worth the entry fee. They're on my list to buy a few more whenever I find them.

Edit**

This cigar is still my benchmark.

Just won a box of the petit coronas for $55 I've read reviews that these smaller Melanios don't really shine like the larger ones do.
gummy jones Offline
#44 Posted:
Joined: 07-06-2015
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Burner02 wrote:
I received a notice about a private collectors sale a couple of days ago. Included were two cabs of the SS #1's, 2000 and 2001 at 1250 Euro each.

Quick conversion, $1,395.40 per cab. That comes to a little over $27.00 per cigar.

Oh well......................


Sad


ill go halfies :)
reckless Offline
#45 Posted:
Joined: 11-07-2013
Posts: 3,777
reckless wrote:
Tatuaje black petite lance OR with closed foot from mr Sd72. What a great smoke which I could find more


Topped this at harleys......... Little Boris Drool
Homebrew Offline
#46 Posted:
Joined: 02-11-2003
Posts: 11,772
Burner02 wrote:
I'm not asking about your go to sticks or a special occasion but what is the single best cigar you ever smoked.

For me it was an 03 Punch Super Selection gifted to me by MAC's this past year after my knee replacement. When I first posted about it in the CC thread I think I stated it was a solid smoke. But over the following few days I kept revisiting the flavors and the smoking experience and knew it had been a great cigar. Then there was the down side when I found out that the Super Selection had been discontinued in 09.

Oh well, the search for the next great experience will continue.

Herfing

Yeah, I am down to my last fiver, from the same year. They have been some of the best cigars I have ever smoked. In my opinion, one of the worst deletions Habanos ever made, except the Bolivar CE.

Dave (A.K.A. Homebrew)Beer
themunmypaw Offline
#47 Posted:
Joined: 12-26-2014
Posts: 661
nnightmar wrote:
...the one a fine BOTL gifted me...

Those are always the best cigars.


I 100% agree with this.

Pretty much every cigar I've been gifted has been a pretty awesome experience.

I have to say the god of fire Don Carlos or the bolivar corona extra both from boileremt are near the top for me.
Burner02 Offline
#48 Posted:
Joined: 12-21-2010
Posts: 10,177
gummy jones wrote:
ill go halfies :)




At that price I can't go tenies.


But if I win the Lotto Wed night, I will gladly send some freebies your way.
stinger88 Offline
#49 Posted:
Joined: 05-29-2012
Posts: 4,944
Arturo Fuente Opus x "A". Gifted from Pro. It was a combo of a great cigar and a great day. Pro hooked me up with an awesome round of golf and then we sat around for a few hours shooting the chit on a gorgeous day. Hands down one of the best cigar days that I have had. Thanks Bart.

David
Palama Offline
#50 Posted:
Joined: 02-05-2013
Posts: 10,524
A. Fuente Hemingway Best Seller Maduro.

The moment and the cigar aligned perfectly a couple of years ago. I was (...still am...) a newbie to premium cigars and it was gifted to me by a shpo owner. I had been frequenting the shpo on a regular basis and gave him some Van Morrison CDs so he in turn gave me a 2-year old BSM. "No good deed goes unpunished" were his words to me. Anyway, a few weeks later I had to work on a $1.4M proposal for 4 or 5 days, including the weekend and after I turned everything in, decided I deserved some time off and went straight home after dropping it off. Sat in my garage with an Ayinger Celebrator and smoked that sucker down to the nub nub. Maybe the relief of having put together the proposal by myself made for the memorable moment. But every single puff was wunderbar, I could, seemingly, taste all kinds of different flavors and I was in 7th heaven for that hour and a half. I seriously didn't want it to end. I enjoyed the cigar so much that I bought a box of them to one day recapture the experience. Although I haven't yet opened the box (...it's been over 2 years now...), I doubt if I'll have that same feeling again.

So yes, I have had "better" cigars since then, but none that made me feel so good and so happy.
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