Kip from Cigarmy wrote a great review of his fav house blend. Sounds like a good one. http://thecigarmy.com/2013/01/19/review-cuenca-5-anniversary/
Those Cuencas are fantastic. It's not their standard house blend though. That review is for their 5 Anniversary cigar. It's one of the best - if not THE best - "house" cigar I've ever had. Many of them fall flat to me because of the way some retailers approach developing them. The Cuencas pursued this as something bigger - better - than the "norm," using their clientele as a guide for how the blend should taste. Many times, I find the typical house cigar to be something the owner just found to be available at a manufacturer and had them slap some bands on and go. There are some gems out there, though....and I'm having a blast trying to find them all :)
If you ever find yourself in Tampa, hit a few of the Mom & Pop operations that are left in Ybor City. They aren't all winners, but there are still a few standouts. Nica Habana is a good place to start...
Same here. We usually make it down to Key Largo once a year or so to do some diving. I always stop by ISS and pick up a few of these exact cigars. Nothing fancy - just good, solid smokes.
I got a ten back of the Cigar.com LFD Replica Series a while back and really enjoyed them. They come in the chisel shape at at $3.5 a pop aren't a bad deal.
Thanks for the replies, guys.
I'm guessing there are a ton more of them out there. One more that comes to mind for me is a house stick that I've only had a couple of. The Brown Derby on Glenstone Ave. in Springfield MO, (the flagship store) has a humidor in amongst all the liquor, and they have a house blend they keep up by the registers in jars. It is a Honduran for around $2 a stick, and actually is not bad at all. For those of you who make a trip to the main Bass Pro Shop in Springfield, you might want to go over a couple of miles and check it out. (The Brown Derby was a chain of liquor stores that Bass Pro Shop got its start in, also owned by the elder Johnny Morris.)
I have been to Bass Pro Shops many of times :)
Another one that I just thought about that is cheap but a total crap shoot on what you will get is the CI 2nds. They will usually put un-banded sales on for less than a dollar a stick. You have no idea what you are getting brand wise, but you get to pick the vitolta. I like to get a mazo every now and again for yard gars and my mooching buddies.
BTW, what have you been up to brother? Have seen you around in a long while.
Just now saw this, Logan. Sorry! Thanks for the tip. I see them on CBid often.
Not doing too bad. Enjoying the weather and spending a lot of time on the front deck burning vegetation. Just layin' low... lol
You all recovered from your foreign jaunt?
I have never tried the J.R. Ultimate yet. I would highly recommend the Replica series.