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: New South Carolina Cigar Smoker


Gillisjp
11-19-2014, 05:34 PM
After searching all of the internet I decided that puff was the best forum for me! Just want to introduce myself here! Im a new smoker from the Upstate of South Carolina. I got into smoking cigars when I went on a vacation trip to Belize and one of my cigar smoking buddies introduced me to the Cohiba Corona Espiciale. All I can say is that up until that point it was the greatest cigar I have ever smoked in my entire life. Granted my cigar smoking was limited to dried out gas station cigars, black and milds, and swisher sweets!! Since I have gotten back I have smoked most of CA's top 25 list that are legal here in the US, with Padron and Olivia being my favorites so far. I just got married two weeks ago and the same guy who introduced me to my favorite cigar showed up with a full box of them as a wedding present!! They went too quickly and now I only have three of those sticks left. For my honeymoon I just got back from Playa del Carmen and was able to visit La Casa del Habano. I purchased some great Montecristo No. 2, that I smoked while on the trip and I do have to say I know why that cigar was Number 1 on CA's list!! Now that I am back Im in search for some more great smokes to fill up my 100 cigar humidor my dad bought (off of CheapHumidor) me as a wedding present. It is currently seasoning with 3 Bovedas-85s and has about a week left to finish up. I am currently looking for recommendations for cigars to fill up my humidor, and also looking to see what the best humidification system there is right now. Thanks for any and all help and recommendations you can provide. Looking forward to getting to know this community. -JP

Drez_
11-19-2014, 05:54 PM
Welcome to Puff!!

First, head over to the General Cigar Discussion forum and check out the rules:
http://www.cigarforums.net/forums/vb/general-cigar-discussion/283418-general-rules-puff-please-read.html

I'd also suggest checking out the two following threads regarding HUMIDORS! They show you how to properly season them, as it is advised to not follow the "instructions" that come packaged with many online sold mass produced humidors. (Read them in this order!)
1. http://www.cigarforums.net/forums/vb/cigar-accessory-discussion/252258-new-humi-stop.html
2. http://www.cigarforums.net/forums/vb/cigar-accessory-discussion/265096-how-herf-n-turf-seasons-new-humidor.html

These three threads can save you a lot of time and headache, both on the boards and in your enjoyment of cigars and how to properly store them. As you spend a little time here, you'll learn about other options such as coolidors, winadors and tupperdors and can decide which route is best for you.

A few great places to start after those three very important threads:
Noobie Sampler Trade (http://www.cigarforums.net/forums/vb/cigar-pifs-maws/311888-noobie-sampler-trade.html?highlight=noobie+sampler+trade)
Once you get a few posts (10 minimum) and a few days (5 minimum) under your belt, you will gain access to PM privileges. This is where you want to go first. It's a great trade designed to benefit new members and partner them up with an experienced board member. It's the perfect way to be able to sample some new cigars!

From there, hop into the Noobie PIF. It's the next step in starting your downward slide down the slippery slope of cigar hoarding...Er, wait..I mean, it's the next step in starting your modest collection of cigars!
Noobie Pay if Forward (http://www.cigarforums.net/forums/vb/cigar-pifs-maws/298183-noob-pif.html?highlight=noobie)

We also have a marketplace set up for new members of the boards. This area is in its infancy still, but be sure to keep tabs on what might be added!
New Puffer Fish Market (http://www.cigarforums.net/forums/vb/new-puffer-fish-market/)

Always keep an eye out in the contest section!
Contests (http://www.cigarforums.net/forums/vb/cigar-contests/)
Many of our members like to host various contests. Sometimes they have time/trader requirements, and sometimes they don't! Always check to see what's new, you never know what you can win if you miss out!

Most of all, enjoy your time here on Puff!

Gillisjp
11-19-2014, 06:02 PM
Why would you delete my post in new member forum. I wanted to introduce myself there and on the south carolina members page

Drez_
11-19-2014, 06:02 PM
I am currently looking for recommendations for cigars to fill up my humidor, and also looking to see what the best humidification system there is right now.

The recommendations will come in bucket-loads. There are also numerous threads you can browse that will show off daily smokes, recent purchases and the like.

As for my suggestions, I offer you to try a few from these various brands:
Tatuaje - Reserva lines are wonderful. However, most of their regular lines are also enjoyable. The cheaper "Tattoo" option is a decent smoke at the price as well.
Illusione - The Epernay series is a little lighter, while the standard Illusione lines are good. Give the Rothchildes a try, it's a favorite for many around here. Another great "cheaper" option that can be enjoyed.
Drew Estate - The view on these can be polarized around here. Some like them, some don't..I enjoy the Nica Rustica and Herrera Esteli blends and always offer those up as suggestions to people interested in trying new cigars. ACID's are good if you like infused, though I don't go that path. Tabak Especial or the Java line if you're a fan of coffee. Many are fans of Undercrowns and the Liga series as well.

All three brands, regardless of personal opinions, offer quality products at a not-too-unreasonable price. There are, of course, countless others but those are fairly easy to find and won't generally break the bank for making yourself some samplers.

As for humidification systems...You'll be split here mostly between Heartfelt beads and Boveda packs. I personally use Boveda. They are about as easy as you can get. If your humidor holds well and has no problems, I'd recommend going the 62% packs - 65% if you want to be cautious. Most here prefer the 61-65% storage range, as the cigars smoke cleaner and the taste is better. Not to mention you'll run into far fewer burn problems than storing at the "recommended" 70%.

TreySC
11-19-2014, 07:53 PM
Drez summed the basics of the forum and gave some solid suggestions. I just wanted to say welcome from another Carolina brother. Where are you at upstate? I'm in Columbia, but my wife has family in Clinton, Greenwood, and Westminster. Congrats on the marriage. Also you may get better luck in the general forum, I don't think the state specific areas get used much