-=A Smoking Poet=-
I had no ISOMs so I decided to visit this one shop I've known about but never gone into. The guy was Armenian (like me), so I asked him quietly in Armenian if he carried any ISOMs. He smiled and said "yes". I got excited, but I know a lot of people have fakes (my gf was sold a fake at a different store). So I asked for a Cohiba by name (1. because that was the fake my gf bought, and it would be easy for me to detect. 2. because I wanted him to know that I knew the different brands and I wasn't a sucker off the street). He said he didn't have any Cohibas and he led me to the back. Once we got in there was a box fullllllll of Cohibas. I turned to him and said "I thought you said you didn't have any Cohibas?" He smiled and replied, "I don't." Just as I figured, he kept the fakes there to sell to people that didn't care much. He pulled out his stash of Pinar cigars (read more about them here http://www.nationalcigar.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=8 ) I got two beautiful cigars from his collection, some butane for my lighter, and a cool stainless steel cutter (even though I punch). This guy was very cool. Right before I left he threw me another cigar (not ISOM) and he said, "It's on me, tell me what you think of it next time you come in." I think that's a great way to create return business, and I think it was cool how he didn't sell me the fake Cohibas. I can't wait to try them. I'm going to try the cigar he gave me free first, and let the ISOM's age a bit in my 'dor ( I don't think I'll be able to hold out too long tho ).