Lately I have been gaining a healthy interest in cigars, and while home for the holidays, I have taken the opportunity to stock up on various sticks to help me get an idea of what I like. I live overseas, so ordering from the awesome online cigar retailers is not something I can enjoy often like most of you. It also prohibits me from participating in things like OCG/NCG, because shipping stuff overseas is just a pain. But I do want to try different cigars, and learn about cigars and smoking them, so I thought I could start my own thread here to help me do that. I'd like to share with you all what I've tried, what I have in my quiver, what I like and dislike etc... and if some of you don't mind, you can offer some advice or suggestions to help me on my journey. So far, I have tried the following cigars and these are my general, unsophisticated impressions. 1. Macanudo Cafe Hyde Park: I thought this was a mild-medium cigar, and the flavors were ok. Nothing horrible, but nothing mind blowing either. 2. Gran Habano #1 Connecticut Robusto: I thought this was a mild-medium cigar, and I really enjoyed the flavors. I'd smoke more of these. I really liked this one. 3. Nub Connecticut 460: I felt this cigar was a touch on the mild side of medium, definitely medium by the end of the smoke. I really enjoyed the first half, the flavors were amazing, but the second half the flavors kind of became jumbled up and less distinctive. Still, I liked it, but it was maybe too large of a ring gauge, it was a little uncomfortable to smoke. 4. Punch Rare Corojo Champion: To me this was a solid medium smoke, maybe medium-full by the last third. The shape was a little awkward, mostly because it didn't burn evenly, but the flavors were good. I could smoke more of these. 5. Dona Lydia Robusto: I really enjoyed this cigar, which to me was a smooth medium the whole smoke. Flavors were great, I really enjoyed it. In fact, after I smoked it, I came inside to research it some and came across an incredible deal on a box ($35 for 20 sticks!) and low and behold, the mail lady just dropped it off while I am typing this! Awesome. 6. Rocky Patel Vintage Juniors: I bought the 1990, 1992, and Sungrowns to enjoy a quick smoke with a coworker during coffee breaks. The Sungrown are too strong for me, the 1990 are too harsh and kind of burn my sinuses, but the 1992 (with the black label) were a medium smoke and ok. I might try the 1992 again in a corona or robusto size, but not the Juniors. That's what I've tried and how I felt about them. I seem to like the mild-medium sticks, or the smoother medium smokes, at least so far. I've also got the following in a 40-count herfador, waiting to be sampled: 1. CAO Gold Churchill 2. Oliva Connecticut Reserve Robusto 3. 5 Vegas Gold Double Nickel 4. Rocky Patel Connecticut Toro 5. Hoyo Excaliber Epicure 6. Alec Bradley American Classic Toro 7. La Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Club 8. Ghurka Symphony Grand Rothschild 9. Sancho Panza Glorioso 10. La Aroma de Cuba Robusto 11. La Perla Habana Morado Belicoso 12. Rocky Patel Decade Robusto 13. Alec Bradley Family Blend VR1 Robusto 14. Torano Exodus 50 Years Robusto 15. Cohiba Churchill 16. CAO L'Anniversaire Robusto 17. Oliva Serie 'O' Torpedo 18. H. Upmann 1844 Reserve Churchill 19. Patron 3000 Natural Robusto 20. Arturo Fuente Chateau Natural (Robusto?) 21. Montecristo Classic Churchill 22. Rocky Patel Decade Toro Tubo 23. La Herencia Cubana Robusto 24. Romeo y Julieta No.1 (in the metal tubes) I think that is it. As I smoke these I'll report back on this thread what my opinion is of each cigar I smoke. If some of you don't mind, let me know what you think and offer any guidance you want. I'm leaving Florida tomorrow and will be travelling for about 24 hours, but other than that I'll be checking in here and smoking as often as I can. Thanks!