Originally Posted by Renn Brown
Could someone suggest a very flavorful cigar? Something with a very distinctive element or inclination? I ask because I'd like to try and develop my palette (something I know will happen with time either way) but I want something where I might actually be able to taste a flavor, to get that experience. I'll be going to a shop tomorrow, thought I'd go with some ammo.
Here are a couple suggestions, but you may not be able to find all of them in a local shop. You may be able to get suggestions based on these if your tobacconist is knowledgable enough, and I know all of them are available from CI except the Nat Shermans.
1. La Vieja Havana Leather Patches; as the name implies, these have a pronounced leathery flavor.Better than it sounds, trust me.
2. Alec Bradley's The Maxx; very strong sweet spiciness.
3. Gurkha Class regents; leather, earth & hints of black cherries.
4. CAO Black: Spice & vanilla.
5. Nat Sherman Gotham; Spice.
6. Nat Sherman Omerta: earthiness.
7. La Aurora 1495; Leather (but not as much as an LVH) and spice (but not as much as a Nat Gotham or Maxx).
8. Graycliff Purple Label: Floral sweetness.
9. La Gloria Cubana: Creaminess.
10. Carlos Torano 1916 Cameroon (NOT the Silver label!) Leather, earth & chocolate.
11. Indian Tabac Super Fuerte Maduro: Chocolate.
Most of these aren't mild beginner's cigars, bt if I like them (as I do), they aren't powerhouses either, and these were some of the most noteworthy palate expanders for me. Many are all time favorites. Let us know what you find and what you think.