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Subject: Pipes Digest #21 - August 13, 1989

		Pipes Digest #21 - August 13, 1989

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From: "Timothy J. Haggerty" <[email protected]>
Subject: Re: Pipes Digest #20 - July 31, 1989

I've just located your bboard from Pittsburgh, and I thought I'd give a little
free advice on those members who are interested in getting Cigars less
expensively --

While I'm a haphazard pipe smoker at best, I've been smoking cigars fairly
regularly for the past ten years.  Since, for most of that time, I've been on a
student budget, I've become pretty adept at finding good quality smokes at
decent prices.

Most "name" cigars that you can purchase are really just "names." Pleides and
the top line Dunhill cigars, in my opinion, are two of the most overrated and
overpriced cigars that can be bought (As are the Davidoffs -- which I haven't
seen recently, which may be a good sign . . . ).

Most imported cigars that are sold in the US come from factories in
Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, the Canary Islands, and Honduras. The
strength or body of the smoke is determined by its place of origin
(with the order listed above as a rough indicator strenth -- Jamacian
cigars being the mildest), the color of the wrapper (with strength
increasing with the darkness of the wrapper, from the acrid green
claro wrapper through the medium brown wrapper called EMS or English
Market Selection to the nutty, sweetish, dark brown maduro), and the
size of the cigar (a function of diameter, or ring gauge, rather then
of length -- the ring gauge, of course, determining the volume of
smoke inhaled).

Factories produce cigars and then sell them to the different companies
whose name you see on the box.  Unfortunately for the factories, and
fortunately for you, production and the companies' demands do not
always coincide.  Overrun cigars, or seconds cigars (which may or may
not be an indication of quality -- cigars can be rejected for aethetic
reasons such as color) are sold, by most reputable tobacconists, as
"bundle" cigars, noted by their place of origin ( e.g., Dominican
bundles, and so on).  In all my meanderings, these cigars are usually
half the price of their named doubles, ranging in price from, say .75
to 2.00.  (Unfortunately, the .50 imported cigar is probably as rare
as the kiwi bird).

The largest retailer of cigars in America, incidently, bypasses all
this buys his cigars directly from the factories and then sells them
very inexpensively through mail order.  His name is JR Rothman, and
his #is 1-800-JR-CIGAR (catchy, eh?).  His "alternative" cigars are
probably the best buy around.

While I enjoy a Partagas now and again, and could happily survive on a diet of_
__Excalibur I _cigars, I am content with usually smoking bundled cigars.   I
hope this information helps the club members who take up a cigar, the way I
occassionally enjoy a pipe of tobacco.

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