RUSH: I smoke a variety of cigars. If you’ve just recently started, it probably means you prefer a mild cigar. I’m just going to give you names, because I don’t want to get into sizes. That’s a personal preference. I’m just going to give you brands and you go pick out the size you want. Between these brands you will find quality that a new cigar smoker will thoroughly enjoy.
Macanudo. It’s very, very mild. (If you want something mild, you can’t go wrong with it.)
You also can’t go wrong with Diamond Crown. They make some fabulous cigars. They’re some great people out of Tampa.
Any cigar by Arturo Fuente is terrific.
La Gloria Cubana
Partagas No. 10 is a good cigar.
(It’s a little heavier than mild.)
Ashton VSG, Virgin Sun Grown, any size. It’s Dominican.
If you can find it in the Fuente line, find a Don Carlos.
Padrn from Nicaragua. They’re fabulous cigars. They taste different than any other cigar I’ve ever had. Now, with Padrn you’re dealing with Maduro cigars, really dark wrappers there and they can tend to be full-bodied, as it were. I don’t want to say strong. I don’t want to scare people away from them but everybody I’ve given a Padrn cigar to loves ’em.
La Flor Dominica Double Ligero – Chisel. Now, it is the strongest cigar I have ever smoked. Do you know how I use these? When I play in member guest golf tournaments I take these and I give these in a sign of friendship and sportsmanship to my opponents, and it loops ’em out. They get dizzy; they play horribly for two or three holes and sometimes that’s all it takes. It’s called a “chisel” because of the way it’s rolled. It looks like a chisel at the end that you clip. It’s made by Litto Gomez. He’s a great guy.
Punch and Hoyo de Monterrey. It’s a great line of cigars out of Honduras. (Not to be confused with the brands of the same name put out by communist-controlled Habanos s.a. of Castro’s Cuba.)
The Opus X by Fuente. It’s tough to find, because the Opus X is a special cigar. It’s the first cigar outside of Cuba [or as JFK pronounced it Cuber] where the wrapper, binder and filler are grown on the same plantation in the same country. The Fuentes have pulled it off, but they’re very hard to find, and their distribution is — I’m not sure what it is. If you can find one, good. Opus X is a great cigar
The Ashton Cabinet selection is another great cigar.
Okay, I have to stop somewhere. I can’t keep mentioning brand names here. I’m going to confuse everybody — and if you’re just a beginner, I don’t want to overwhelm you. Now, I know a lot of people in the cigar business. (I’m big in the cigar business.) These people love me and when I start giving brands, I invariably forget some and they’re hurt. I get e-mails, “You left me out, doofus!”
These are just suggestions.
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