Mail today. First order from cigarpage, nice little personal note. I read the about me on the website. Seems this is the guy that started CI, not sure if he sold it or what, but he isn’t there anymore. Now the merchandise descriptions make sense, he had his own style.
Had trouble location Por Larranaga Monte Carlos for awhile now. Ran out early this year and they’ve been scarce. They’re a rare example of an old vitola that can be smoked fresh instead of waiting through a “sick period”. When they were available, they’d crept up to the $5/stick range late Spring. That may not sound steep, but I was getting them at $3.50/per late last year.
Found some on sale for a reasonable $3.70 ea. Ordered two boxes to satisfy my occasional cigar cravings (mostly smoke pipes now). Should be here in a few weeks.
Most of the cigars I still smoke now are Lancero, Panatella or Corona size sticks. Sadly, these sizes are becoming quite rare due to the “per cigar” taxes in most States - everyone wants as much tobacco per stick as they can handle, which explains 60-ring cigars.
I’ll be looking for La Gloria Cubana Medaiile d’Oro #4s next - also tough to find at a reasonable price, if at all.
recent CigarBid purchase: 5 pack of Carlos Toraño Noventa robustos ($9.50), 5 pack of Alec Bradley White Gold ($7.50), and a 20 pack of cheap v cutters ($2.00). Shipping for all of it combined was $6.95. That site can be great but really only gives you a good deal if you use the super saver shipping on multiple lots.
It will be hard for me to let these rest the amount of time I like. less than 2 bucks a stick for nicaraguan puros even if you average the cost over all the stuff together. It's even a good deal on the cuban sandwhiches. i will find it hard to wait but the winter will help as i cannot smoke indoors and smoking a cigar outside in the winter is much more difficult and wasteful in my opinion than a pipe. A cigar is something you want absolutely perfect weather for in order to maximize experience. I think I am less picky about smoking many pipe tobacco blends in less than ideal circumstances because it is so much cheaper