Go-To Cigars

My "comfort sticks" rotate among the same few: The Hoyo de Monterrey Excaliburs, the Kristoff GC series, Partagas 1845s.

Last week I bought another box of cigars to fill up the lovely mahogany humidor on my fireplace mantel. The stick? Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur No. II Claro. These 6.75×47 cigars feature a Connecticut Shade wrapper, Connecticut Broadleaf binder and Honduran, Nicaraguan and Dominican filler. They’re tasty, well-constructed and at $130 for a box of 25, they’re a pretty good deal.

When I smoke, I enjoy many different types of cigars. I like to experiment with shapes and sizes and blends because it helps make me a more well-rounded connoisseur of fine tobacco. That said, my “comfort sticks” — the go-to cigar when I don’t feel like being particularly choosy — rotate among the same few: The Hoyo de Monterrey Excaliburs, the Kristoff GC series, Partagas 1845s.

These cigars deliver a consistently good experience in a way that meshes well with my flavor preferences.

So, readers — what are YOUR favorite go-to sticks?

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Jason is the principal of Gillikin Consulting, a business-media and ethics consultancy based in Grand Rapids, Mich.