I've been looking for a reliable stogie shop for a while now. I'm excited to visit this Smokers Inn joint as well as this Casa Del Habanos. I hope they offer a wider range of smokes, meaning not just "Cubans"..
I went to a little crack in the wall place near Shilin yesterday and was very disappointed. Furthermore, after reading the posts from this forum and talking with the foreigners I run into, it seems there is overwhelming emphasis on Habanos and a almost frightening neglect of great Nicaraguan, Honduran, and Dominican cigars amongst others..
Of course, paramount to being a cigar aficionado is the understanding that to each his own, what matters most is the enjoyment of what your smoking. That is, not passing your personal preferences off as the standard in which you compare other smokers. So I'm glad to sit down and burn one with anyone, without judgement of their preference. (within reason, Swishers, Phillies, and other machine made, floor scrap garbage will illicit a little judgement)
That being said, I really hope Smokers Inn offers a selection of non-Cubans. I love my Dominicans, Hondurans and Central-American blends. They offer complexities not found in Cuban "thoroughbreds". Padron for example, offers some of the best Nicaraguan cigars I've ever tasted, the marriage of Cuban seed with Nicaraguan climate produce beautiful complexities I've yet to find elsewhere. Another example is CAO with its Brazilia cigar, with a Nicaraguan binder and filler but with a sensually dark and oily Brazilian wrapper. I've also had some very rich smokes with exotic Sumatran wrappers.. There are thousands of top quality variety smokes outside of Cuba that I've grown to love, and wish to continue smoking, if I can locate a retailer here in Taipei offering them..
Being American I haven't been afforded (legally) the opportunity to smoke many Cubans. I have quite enjoyed Cohibas, and have been told these are grown with plots containing the most nutrient rich soils in Cuba. As far as Romeo Y Julieta s I can tell you I prefer the Domincan grown heads-above the Cuban grown. This is the cigar most widely recognized as a "premium" smoke amongst novices and non-smokers, along with Cohiba, primarily because of their Cuban heritage, however in most cases, I'd bet most would be hard pressed to differentiate between Dominican grown Cuban seed family brands and their Cuban grown relatives.. (besides being cheaper!
I miss my Dominicans, my Hondurans, and my hybrids. I've actually considered the idea of opening a cigar lounge, with a worldly selection of smokes, puros and hybrids, unique blends and gold standards, but I don't know about the demand here in Taipei. Are people content with poorly humidified Cuban "glory" sticks? I feel a city of Taipei's caliber could afford to have another nice, cultured gentleman's lounge. There seems to definitely be enough money floating around out there...
Is anyone aware of any smokers clubs? The idea of getting together with a couple like-minded and not-so-like-minded fellow smokers would be a great time.. talk world events, politics, Taiwan happenings, and CIGARS! If anyone knows of a cigar social club please let me know,