The cigar gift to friends of newborns is well cemented into our cultural conciousness. Recently a friend had a newborn baby girl, and "presented" me with an "It's a Girl!!!" cigar from Arturo Fuente. Hoping that since it had the "Arturo Fuente" name on it, it wasn't totally trash, I placed it in my humidor.
This evening, I lit it up and ... Was I smoking an old dried up chicken bone?
Why is it that this one cigar-based cultural achievement is so sullied by crappy tobacco? Why can't Punch, or Cohiba, or Gurkha, or Davidoff, or Rocky Patel make nice cigar packages for the proud new father?
Seriously!? If you are my friend and have a new baby, Go spend some money on some good sticks and have Kinko's print up custom bands for you. Don't present... [More]