Stogie Review Premium Sampler

Not terribly long ago we received a voicemail entry from Dave Hanifan in regards to coming up with a Stogie Review sampler for a new cigar smoker as well as an intermediate smoker. During the recording of Episode 25 of YQMA we didn’t do such a great job of answering the question as it was asked, and we rambled off several cigars that a new and intermediate smoker might enjoy.

The purpose of this article is to answer Dave’s question the way it was asked, and to possibly come up with a small list of cigars that a smoker looking for premium priced cigars might enjoy. The idea was to come up with a quality list of cigars that could be picked up a local cigar shop and purchased at their leisure. The Sampler is made up of 2 of each cigar listed for a total of 12 cigars.

Dave’s Question



Stogie Review
Premium Cigar Sampler

Cigar: Ashton VSG
Body: Full
Approximate Price: Ranges from $11.00 and up

Ashton VSG

My personal favorite cigar which I smoked in 2007
Very rich flavors that never disappoint.
Each size has their own distinct flavor.

Cigar: AVO 80th Anniversary
Body: Medium
Approximate Price: $15.00

AVO 80th

Complex and rich flavors.
Limited production cigar which may be very difficult to find

Cigar: Fuente Fuente Opus X
Body: Full
Approximate Price: $11.00 and up

Opus X

Full Bodied with rich flavors.
Due to limited production, some merchants may price gouge.

Cigar: Padron 1964 Maduro
Body: Full
Approximate Price: $9.00 and up

Padron 1964 Maduro
My personal favorite of the Padron line.
Rich maduro flavor with lots of complexity

Cigar: Cabiaguan
Body: Medium
Approximate Price: $10.00

Cabiaguan
Good construction with nutty and woody flavors

Cigar: Partagas 150
Body: Medium-Full
Approximate Price:$20.00


Rich flavors
limited production, maybe very difficult to find.

Approximate Grand Total
$152.00 or higher

Please Note
The prices associated with the cigars listed above are derived from Local PA cigar shops as well as online vendors. The state and or store you purchase these cigars from may have different pricing and result in a much different bottom line.


Obviously, due to the price point of this sampler it isn’t expected that anyone search out each cigar. On special occasions we have found that these are an excellent companion. What 12 cigars would you put together to make up your “Premium Sampler” for those special occasions?