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I think I ended up with two cigars that cost me about $10 each. One of them I know was a Romeo y Julietta. I dropped the other one in the hot tub later that evening.
And no, you cannot "dry out" a cigar after it's been soaked in chlorinated water and still enjoy smoking it
The second, made by Rocky Patel, is Java. It's a block cigar, sweet tip as well, but very, very smooth. Goes very nicely with a glass of Knob Creek bourbon and a fantastic sunset. (good company required as well)
I don't really get the whole buzz surrounding Cuban cigars. Some of the same varieties of tobacco are grown in the Dominican, even under the same name brands! Perhaps it's wanting something we can't have..
I'm more a fan of pipe tobacco. After ditching my corn cob pipe because it made me look like a redneck, I bought myself a decent Italian made one. I'm partial to this brand of pipe tobacco:
Arturo Fuente Double Chateau Sun grown
Dominican cigars are by far finer than Cuban. The quality of construction in the Cuban has greatly diminished over the years while the Dominican cigars have continually improved. The Dominican's are Cuban seed so your getting the same tobacco just slightly different area.
My everyday cigar is the Punch Rothschild Maduro/Hoyo De Monterrey Rothschild Maduro followed by a weekly Arturo Fuente Double Chateau Sun grown and treat of a Romeo y Julietta. Nothing tastes like a Romeo y Julietta.