Ok,a lot of guys on CigFed really know their stuff, and they are definitely worth listening to. However, there are a lot of you who, like me, read or watch a review and think, "You taste WHAT? If you say so, dude." For you, it probably hasn't been that long since you've puked up your shoes halfway through a stick because you didn't know what you were getting into, or because you hoped you could balance a nic buzz with more alcohol. I know you're out there, so after a little encouragement, I decided to write for people like us. This, and any future reviews, are for those who, like me, are just getting started with cigars and are trying to figure things out. As you read, please feel free to post clueless newb questions or comments, and maybe we can get some of these other, more discerning palates to help clarify things. I will give my opinions, and describe what I'm experiencing, and you can judge for yourself. Lesson #1 - if a stick makes you happy, then it's a good one for you. If it doesn't, chuck it.
That being said, today I tried a house exclusive stick from Famous-Smoke.com, the La Floridita Limited Edition Toro, made by Nestor Plasencia. I got it, well, because it was cheap (as many of you are fond of). I was ok with that because it was highly rated by Famous Smoke customers. Lesson #2 - Customer reviews are written by clueless newbs like us, and are not always to be trusted. This one has an average score of 93 out of 100, and I'd like to know what they were smoking. It looks good, smells like cut hay, and tastes a bit like cedar wood when you take a pre-light draw. Once this was lit, the best way I can describe it is plain and harsh. Not "bad", but it was no more aromatic than a cigarette and it burned the back of my throat and nose just like a cigarette or maybe a gas station cigarillo (and yes, I realize many of you WOULD qualify this as "bad"). I try not to ditch a stick until at least the halfway point because that kind of harshness often goes away, so I stuck with it while doing some weed eating in the yard.
I'm glad I waited, sort of, because it wasn't throw-away worthy. The harshness eased up a little around midway. However, the gas station smoke quality stuck around, though it burned nice and evenly with lots of smoke. Unfortunately, what it lacked in flavor, it made up for in strength, and I started to feel nicotine pressure in the back of my head along with a knot at the top of my stomach, so I gave in and left the last third in my fire pit.
At a listed $6.50 for a single, this is a definite give away stick - I wouldn't pay full price for it, but if someone handed me one, I'd take it to be polite, and if I pulled one at a good price, like the $1.50 I paid for this one, I wouldn't exactly feel bad giving it away to another clueless newb that was mooching my sticks.
Well, thanks for lasting to the end here, and if I don't suck, I'll do more. And if you, also, are a clueless newb, don't be shy, sound off. Just remember, every aficionado started out as clueless as you and me, so keep smoking (unless you feel sick & dizzy, then, dude, stop).