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Stogie Commentary: Wish List Wishes

3 Jun 2009

An email from the Stogie Guys’ founders about preparations to cover the annual International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association convention this summer evoked two reactions: wistful regret that I won’t be there and utter amazement at how fast another year has passed.

Even with the economic woes still rippling through the country, cigar exhibitors in New Orleans will, no doubt, unleash a batch of new cigars. And I haven’t yet begun to whittle down my wish list of earlier smokes. The coming sticks will surely entice me to add more names and put me further and further behind on smoking them. Only a smoker who lights up far more frequently than I could hope to keep up.

I may, however, be able to make some progress soon. For the past several months, the weather here in Florida has been so pleasant. I’ve done nearly all my smoking outside my home, reducing the stock of cigars in my humidor. But with the temperatures rising, I’m likely to be visiting local shops more frequently to revel in indoor air-conditioned smoking. So I will have a chance to try some of the smokes I’ve been wanting to light up.

For example, I have yet to smoke a Casa Magna, the low-priced stick Cigar Aficionado raved about. There are also new Tatuajes that sound tasty, new La Gloria Cubanas (and new sticks to come from that brand’s founder), a host of new Padillas that promise good things, and My Father from Pepin’s factory. That’s really just the top of the list.

Any you’d care to recommend?

George E

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7 Responses to “Stogie Commentary: Wish List Wishes”

  1. furious Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 3:33 am #

    I am looking forward to some of the new Tatuajes as well, George; however, I was not all that impressed with the Casa Magna Robusto that I sampled at my local B&M last month. While the physical properties were good, the flavor profile was one-dimensional to me. A lot of coffee and pepper prevalent with little development. 84 points.

  2. CWS Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 6:50 am #

    Agree with furious – the local shop gave me one based on the CA high rating promotion. Just didn't do anything for me – found it to be very dry.

    Am always up for a Tatuaje though . . .

  3. George E. Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 7:46 am #

    Thanks. Bravo's now on the list. And I'll let you know my thoughts whenever I can get the Casa Magna.

  4. Craig C Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 10:06 am #

    And I hear the new Nestor Miranda 20 Aniversarios are excellent as well…

  5. George E. Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 11:03 am #

    Don't forget you can always submit a Guest Quick Smoke. It's a great way to introduce more of us to some of the new smokes you're enjoying — and to warn us away of the turkeys!

  6. Goliath Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    I tried the Bravo Colombian Gold blend based on Patrick A’s review and was really impressed. If you haven’t already tried it, put that cigar on your list for a creamy, mid-afternoon smoke.

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