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Old 01-10-2019, 05:54 AM   #1
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Question Under appreciated & overlooked...underdogs?

With a lot of magazines and websites releasing their ďTop # of Cigars of 2018Ē recently, Iíve seen some folks around the interwebs express discontent about some cigars being completely overlooked. I have found that by and large, most lists Iíve seen so in fact recommend some nice cigars, but I also *absolutely* agree that there are many hidden gems out there. Honestly many of the tastier cigars Iíve had were either from word of mouth or by sheer luck.
Due to that, I thought it might be nice to start a thread dedicated to sharing some of the less appreciated cigars out there. So feel free to list some of the cigars that you think would fall in to that category, and more importantly, why they belong! Iíll start wiiiiiiith......

CAO La Traviata Habano - Iíve read that this one has been rated highly in past lists but by and large, I donít hear much about it. Iíve noticed that CAO does very little, if anything, in the way of promoting this cigar. Maybe because itís so good, they know it doesnít need to be promoted?
As far as how it smokes - solid medium body, full on flavor. Lots of reviews attribute the ďCubanesqueĒ moniker to the Traviata, but all I know is that it is delicious...esque. Tons of woodsy, caramel & cocoa notes without being too, if at all sweet, which I appreciate.
These often go for about 3-4 bucks a stick but at times, even less if you are patient. This is the other reason I love this cigar so much, the price/quality dynamic, and I often try to buy boxes at a time when on sale.

So what about you? I look forward to seeing some of your recommendations!
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Old 01-10-2019, 06:32 AM   #2
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Default Re: Under appreciated & overlooked...underdogs?

For me I smoke a lot of full heavy cigars. Every so often I pick up an Ashton White and wonder why I don't keep a few of these in my Humidor.
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Old 01-10-2019, 07:35 AM   #3
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Most Diesels.
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Old 01-10-2019, 08:10 AM   #4
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Flatbed Cigars comes immediately to mind. A small brand based in southeast Pennsylvania that's been around for at least 10 years, with retail store distribution as far west as Texas. But I don't think they spend any advertising dollars, so they go unheard of unless someone recommends them to you. I'm particularly fond of the green, the red and the white label blends, but there is something for everybody here. I burned my fingers nubbing a green label last night!
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Old 01-10-2019, 11:25 AM   #5
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Great stuff amigos!
Mark i assume you are referring to Ashton Classic when you say white? Iíve had the Symmetry and I absolutely love it, but generally donít smoke a lot of Ashton due to financial contstrainsts haha..
And right on James with Diesel, Iíve enjoyed just about everything by AJ, particularly the New worlds, just ordered a 5er of the Connecticuts (I greatly appreciate a powerful Connecticut)
Flatbed looks like they have some excellent stuff Bruce, really glad I started this thread because otherwise I would probably never have come across them. Will be ordering a sampler in the future!
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