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    When I see a cigar Iím thinking of trying the first thing I do is check Cgars for the basic information, general reviews etc but then I check the tasting notes and click onto Cigar aficionado.

    What surprises me with their ratings is NCís are always in their top ratings but generally Cubans are seen as the premium selection, Im just wondering the reasoning behind this? Is there a bias on here towards CCís or a bias there towards NCís?

    Ultimately the ratings donít really mean a great deal as what they rate highly I might not enjoy as we all enjoy different things but if I hadnít found this place first I would assume NCís are the way to go, cheaper and higher rated.

    Be interesting to hear some opinions from the guys on here.

    Also to save starting a new thread whatís the minimum temperature you should store your cigars? Mine are in the back of a wardrobe away from all radiators and pipes so itís generally colder in there than the rest of the house especially overnight when the heating isnít on for 8 or so hours.


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    It might have something to do with the NC companies being owned wholly or partly by large American corporations who might pay for advertising space in said magazine. Does it still come with a pinch of salt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Midas View Post
    When I see a cigar Iím thinking of trying the first thing I do is check Cgars for the basic information, general reviews etc but then I check the tasting notes and click onto Cigar aficionado.

    What surprises me with their ratings is NCís are always in their top ratings but generally Cubans are seen as the premium selection, Im just wondering the reasoning behind this? Is there a bias on here towards CCís or a bias there towards NCís?

    Ultimately the ratings donít really mean a great deal as what they rate highly I might not enjoy as we all enjoy different things but if I hadnít found this place first I would assume NCís are the way to go, cheaper and higher rated.

    Be interesting to hear some opinions from the guys on here.

    Also to save starting a new thread whatís the minimum temperature you should store your cigars? Mine are in the back of a wardrobe away from all radiators and pipes so itís generally colder in there than the rest of the house especially overnight when the heating isnít on for 8 or so hours.


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    Donít worry too much about temperature fluctuations, itís humidity thatís the more important bit. In the summer my cigars can be 75F but itís never been an issue.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PeeJay View Post
    It might have something to do with the NC companies being owned wholly or partly by large American corporations who might pay for advertising space in said magazine. Does it still come with a pinch of salt?
    This. Why promote a product that most of your readership cant buy? The cuban reviews they have are mostly lip service. Especially since they only smoke an inch of each cigar they review.

    Basically its a little bit better than useless, especially when it comes to cubans. Much better looking for reviews on the various forums in my opinion.

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    Cigar Aficionado has never been the best source when it comes to cigar reviews, and as was already mentioned reviews in general are limited anyway as it all comes down to personal preference.

    A couple websites I found helpful were:

    http://www.cigars-review.org
    https://www.cigarinspector.com


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    Of you're looking for a magazine the I prefer cigar journal. Much better and European so more Cubans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pandyboy View Post
    Of you're looking for a magazine the I prefer cigar journal. Much better and European so more Cubans.

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    Indeed, I forgot about that despite previously being a subscriber excellent magazine


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    I was wondering this just today myself actually. Because of the historical embargo are there way fewer CCs in the US maybe and they're just used to NCs? On reddit the yanks seem to smoke almost exclusively NCs.
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    I might be wrong with this but Iíve always assumed profit margins must be better on NCs or they offer better incentives to the stores as they do always seem to be pushing them more. Or maybe thatís just because Cubans sell themselves and you have to market NCs or everyone would ignore them


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    The embargo does not seem to prevent those Americans that want to from smoking Cubans. In fact the source of my Cuban custom rolls is American.
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