I am not a big fan of Alec Bradley's - the Fine & Rare is a waste for me, the Black Market does nothing for me, certain vitolas of the Tempus & Prensado are decent - but the Nica Puro is a winner that I can see myself going back to regularly.
I noted my thoughts in my Week in Review here.
Well that makes two of us. I really enjoyed it and at the current price point, it is hard to pass up.
Which ones have you smoked thus far?
I personally don't like candela wrappers. Until under a medium or medium-plus cigar it is hard for me to get into it. If want to try some stuff in the milder range, you should ask Catfish. That is right in his wheelhouse. I can say the Roma Craft Intemperance, AKA Solace, and EPC New Wave are about the only cigars I like in the the mild range.
I'll tell you that the way I got started (and the way many get started) is to smoke the cheap stuff. Early in your enthusiasm for the hobby, you can't tell the difference between a $3 stick and a $15 stick, so why waste the money? Get a cheap sampler off one of the sites and experience a wide variety of flavors. You will quickly learn what you like and what you don't like. Then you can come here, or to your tobacconist if they are worth their salt and say, "I like <Cigar A>" and they can point you to something similar to help expand your tastes.
I'll also tell you that I only smoked Connecticuts (when they were always mild) when I first started, and it was awhile before I expanded to fuller smokes.
I brought a couple of these home from the IPCPR but have yet to try one.I guess they will be next on my list to check out given the positive comments. I am in Wisconsin now and heading home today so I will revisit this thread and share my experience as well. Now you guys got me looking forward to this stick....
I passed these up on the shelf last night. Ill have to give them a shot.