The Smoking Lounge (mainly cigars, but all tobacco welcome!)

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  1. ChaChaRealSmooth

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    I'm not much of a Davidoff fan. I tried a few; always felt like they were reasonably well-made but just didn't have that "magic" that kept me hooked that many much cheaper cigars have. The Chefs' Edition is the exception here.

    The creation of this cigar is quite interesting. Davidoff apparently worked with some Michelin star chefs to make the cigar taste a certain way. This Chefs' Edition has very interesting notes; I taste some baking spices, some tea, with only the mildest undercurrent of the expected Davidoff cream taste, but with an uncharacteristic medium-full body. And as to be expected of Davidoff, construction was very good; not quite top-notch, but very close.

    This is the first time I've had a Davidoff and didn't think it was money I would have much rather have spent on something else; however it is worth noting that I would not buy this cigar again because frankly, it doesn't fit my preferences.

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    Now this is more up my alley flavor-wise. This is a Black Label Viaticum robusto. Not the cheapest cigar I bought (costs $15 per here in CA), but considering my regularly smokes cost roughly the same I don't consider this exceptionally expensive.

    This cigar reminds me a lot of the Caldwell Anastasia (it's in-between the OG green band and the remake blue band, but closer to the remake). First 2/3rds of the cigar has this chocolate note with good conplexity and this kind of strange (but not off-putting) savoury note that is not unlike good pork broth. Not a flavor I would expect out of any cigar. Last third was still very good, losing the chocolate note but gaining some spice notes. This cigar was good to the last little bit until I had to put it down to stop burning my fingers.

    Out of the two, the Viaticum is definitely worth a shot if you see it. I'd hesitate to recommend the Davidoff unless you already are a fan of their stuff.
     
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  2. crazychile

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    @ChaChaRealSmooth thamks for the Davidoff update. I’ve been tempted to check them out but the prices are too steep for me to just gamble on. I think my curiosity has subsided.
     
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    crazychile Eastern Iowa's Spiciest Pepper

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    I tried one of the Alec Bradley Gatekeepers today. I’m undecided on this one. It wasn’t bad and there was nothing about it that was a radical flavor departure from what I’m used to. But I probably won’t buy them again. I’ve got a couple more left and maybe I’ll feel differently if I give them another try after letting them sit another 6-12 months in the humidor.

    Im probably only smoking 2 cigars a month now. When the weather gets cold I pretty much quit for about 3 months. But the next time I fire one up it will probably be one of the Caldwells.
     
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    @crazychile you need to learn to smoke a pipe and perhaps some some aromatics or some virginias. Get some corn cob pipes and basic stuff and learn to be a ballin Midwestern.

    I would let the Gatekeepers sit a while before smoking them again. @penguins for once said something right: Reminds him more of pipe tobacco.
     
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    crazychile Eastern Iowa's Spiciest Pepper

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    Yeah I remember the pipe tobacco reference. I’m not experienced enough with a pipe. I have a tin of one of the Davidoff blends. That tastes and smells like pipe tobacco without being to “flavored”.

    Question about pipe tobacco. I keep mine in the tin, thrown into a ziplock bag with a overalls pouch. Will it keep ok this way or is pipe tobacco intended to be used quickly. At my current rate this tin is gonna last me 2 yrs.
     
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    If tin isn't opened, it will last for a very long time since no air is getting in the tin. If tin is opened, it is recommend to jar the tobacco in a mason jar with a humidity pack (62%). As long as mason jar is sealed tight, it should last for a long time.

    With your method, it should be ok but without being in the recommended humidly, it might dry out quicker than you think.

    It isn't hard to smoke from a pipe, I recommend just get some corn cobs and some pipe cleaners. Set should cost no more than $10-$20.
     
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