I did it for the first three daughters (1. Dunhill Montecruz Petit Coronas, 2. H Upmann Coronas and Churchills, 3. H Upmann Churchills). By the time the fourth daughter rolled around, 16 years after the first, I did not have a bunch of friends that (still) smoked cigars, so, I went with the chocolate foil cigars. I didn’t want to part with any of my Cubans, either, which were harder to come by in those days.Man, I remember when handing out cigars was standard practice on he birth of a child. My dad did it for each of his three, though I wasn't around or sentient enough for either of the first two.
I really like the AJ Fernandez blend. They are a great middle of the road cigar at a good price point. I’ve smoked dozens of them in the last year and never had anything but a perfect draw. The yellow label are a solid milder stick.I agree with mikestanley, the Vintage are the best choice in the present day H Upmann. I just don‘t feel the non-Cameroon wrapped cigars live up to the Upmann name.
Never had H Upmann cigars but years ago had tried Cuban H Upmann pipe tobacco, thinking it might be cool to try Cuban pipe tobacco. 1 bowl and into the trash can it went.For years H Upmann was my go to cigar. About the time Cameroon wrapper became scarce/non-existent, I started smoking mostly Cubans. Coincidentally, H Upmann is my favorite Cuban, as well. I agree with mikestanley, the Vintage are the best choice in the present day H Upmann. I just don‘t feel the non-Cameroon wrapped cigars live up to the Upmann name. I still have a couple of boxes worth of now 34 year old Upmann’s from the birth of my second daughter. I save them for special occasions.
You aren't alone. I find cigars to be very much cost prohibitive. I generally smoke cigars on the golf course, I've found several JR Cigar Alternatives that do a nice job. At about $2.50/stick, they are also a good value.I've had a few enjoyable Cubans, but perhaps not the "right" ones. For a dependable smoke at a reasonable price, I've always found sticks from the DR reliable. But I'm not a big cigar smoker, so no authority. The DR's are strong enough, mellow enough, and flavorful enough for me. But boy, one or two cigars and I can get 20 or 25 smokes from a premium tin of pipe tobacco. Okay, I'm a little tight with my tobacco money.