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Cigar smokers: can you really, but really tell the difference between a one dollar and a 10 dollar cigar?

Asked by zenele (8252points) June 4th, 2010

It’s smoke!

Come on – I find it hard to believe that there’s such a difference as to spend 10, 20 and a hundred bucks on a smoke stick.

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dpworkin's avatar

I can absolutely tell the difference, just as I can tell the difference between a $5 and a $25 bottle of wine.

zenele's avatar

I didn’t know you were a cigar chomper, dp.

I have tried it a couple of times – and I was given an expensive one as a gift recently – and wondered about it.

dpworkin's avatar

I no longer smoke, but when I did I smoked good cigars.The cheap ones are disgusting.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Yes. The same way you can tell the difference between coke and pepsi.

zenele's avatar

Pepsi is a little sweeter, with less of a bite in the throat. They cost the same. Bad example – this isn’t askville.

BoBo1946's avatar

@zenele I could tell the difference….also, a good cigar smells better! And, a good cigar almost never go out..

zenele's avatar

Sadly, I have no-one to taste test them with.

BoBo1946's avatar

@zenele Smoking cigars got me started on cigs…now, I’m hooked!

zenele's avatar

I quit a few years ago. Once in a while I’ll pick one up – which will get me started for a pack or two. Then I stop again for another few months.

BoBo1946's avatar

@zenele wow..wish i had that will power!

Cruiser's avatar

I can tell just by being in the same room with the smoker the price of the cigar! I haven’t smoked a cigar in years but even the difference of a dollar makes a huge difference.
The best cigar I ever had though cost $.50 each and were hand rolled bombers that I bought off of peddlers on a beach in Honduras.

filmfann's avatar

I don’t smoke, but I have friends who smoke cigars, and you can tell when it’s an expensive cigar, and when it’s a good quarter cigar.

MissA's avatar

I’ve kept a fine cigar going for a few minutes…but, have not smoked on my own (and, never a cigarette). My husband smoked only cigars for many years. An emphatic yes on being able to differentiate between a fine and inexpensive cigar. I truly enjoy the aroma of a fine cigar…though I rarely am in the presence of them any more.

My husband’s favorite cigar quote was by Rudyard Kipling: “A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke.”

Here were a few others:

“If I had taken my doctor’s advice and quit smoking when he advised me to, I wouldn’t have lived to go to his funeral.”
– George Burns

“Any cigar smoker is a friend, because I know how he feels.”
– Alfred de Musset

“I smoke cigars when I win, to celebrate… and I smoke cigars
when I lose to console myself.”
– Winston Churchill

“If your wife doesn’t like the aroma of your cigar, change your wife.”
– Zino Davidoff

“A fine cigar is just like a woman. If you don’t light it up just right and suck on it with a certain frequency, it will go out on you.”
– author unknown

prescottman2008's avatar

Absolutely, expensive cigars taste terrible and my cheap Swisher Sweets Kings taste good. To me it’s more about freshness than cost. I’ve had truly expensive cigars that were not fresh nor stored properly and they were worse than a Philly Blunt. I’ve also smoked a White Owl that was so fresh it was moist and supple and it was very enjoyable.

SmashTheState's avatar

I don’t know about cigars, but I can tell the difference between cheap and expensive pipe tobacco. Even when I was a neophyte, I might have had trouble sorting out flavours in the mid-range, but cheap tobacco is quite distinct. First, it’s usually dry, which means it burns hotter and gives you tongue-bite, which ruins the flavour. Even when it’s moist, it’s usually moistened with windshield washer fluid and assorted chemicals to make it burn properly, which gives it a foul, rubbery taste, like smoking an old tire (or a cigarette). Secondly, the flavour is usually of the shovel-in-the-face variety. Expensive tobaccos are flavoured by experts who combine different strains of tobacco to produce different shades of taste, and are often aged in barrels previously used for aging different types of wine or whiskey. Cheap tobaccos have their flavour squirted in like the fluorescent blue stuff on sno cones.

The very worst tobacco I’ve ever smoked, I got under the table from natives, smuggled through the reserve and about ⅓rd the cost of even medium-quality tobacco. It was just awful, and tasted like a burning garbage pile. I subsequently read a newspaper article where they had acquired some of the bootleg native tobacco and had it tested at a lab; it was adulterated with all sorts of shit, including paper. No wonder it tasted like Satan’s cheesy crank.

CMaz's avatar

I do luv a good cigar. But for some reason they make me very sick, very quickly.

downtide's avatar

I smoke a cigar very, very occasionally and yes there is a definite difference. The cheap ones make me swear never to smoke a cigar ever again. The expensive ones make me want another…

zenele's avatar

That’s a good way of putting it @downtide

Lightlyseared's avatar

@zenel well I was going to compare spakling wine to vintage Dom PĂ©rignon but as Dom P tastes like pretentious piss water I decided not to.

zenele's avatar

Actually, they have been moderating the questions about the male anatomy – so this is actually a secret euphemistic question. Read between the lines. Sshhh. A mod is coming.

BoBo1946's avatar

umm..think i will go buy me a good cigar this afternon!

Lightlyseared's avatar

@zenele I barely read the details section never mind euphemisms in the topics section.

GrumpyGram's avatar

Never smoked a cigar but Love the smell of Swisher Sweets.

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