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Lighting Up that Special Cigar

Andrew Nagy
Posted: August 17, 2011

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"I'm saving this cigar for a special occasion."

If you're a regular cigar smoker it's likely you've spoken these words at some point, or something similar. Like wine collectors, cigar enthusiasts usually have a certain cigar they abstain from smoking because they are waiting for a special moment to break it out.

That special moment could be almost anything: a wedding, graduation, child birth, reunion, last mortgage payment, Cubs winning the World Series ... you get the point.

So where am I going with this?

Well last week, I posted on Facebook a link to the tasting notes from a recent Connoisseur's Corner, the section of Cigar Aficionado magazine in which our editor's taste and rate (non-blind) cigars that have been aged.

Along with that post I asked, "Do you have a special smoke you've been aging and waiting to light up?"

This prompted some interesting responses. Here are a few examples, edited for clarity.

Rock Cody said "I have an OpusX, aged three years, waiting for my b-day, 6/18/12, to smoke it on vacation [in the] Dominican Republic."

Jonathan-Taylor Weiss said he had "‎Two 2001 Montecristo limited-edition double corona[s], 1995 Romeo y Juileta Churchill. Never to be smoked."

When asked why he was not going to smoke the Romeo y Julieta, Weiss explained that he was planning to gift the cigar to George Burns after his scheduled performance at the London Palladium when he turned 100 years old. Burns never did the show, though, as it was canceled due to his declining health.

You can view and add to the thread on our Facebook page.

So do you have a special smoke you've been aging and waiting to light up? If so, what are you waiting for?

You can answer in our comment section below.

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Comments   25 comment(s)

andypoo9 August 17, 2011 3:18pm ET

Quite a few.


Evan Gundy — Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA,  —  August 17, 2011 10:05pm ET

I don't have a particular one, and honestly the oldest smokes I have are some Ashton ESGs that are about 1.5-2 years old... I've always heard the smokes we buy from the shops these days are aged and meant to be smoked right out of the box, so aging smokes has always seemed a little elusive to me... I think I will buy a few of my favorites and maybe a box of my absolute fans (OpusX) and age them for 3-5 years and see what happens. We'll see if I have the patience.


jack charbot — beirut, beirut, LBN,  —  August 18, 2011 3:24am ET

i am aging a Cohiba sublimes El 2004 for the graduation of my daughter in 2024 .. guess 20 years of aging must do something special to this cigar.


gcolby972@Verizon.net August 18, 2011 4:07am ET

After seeing the video of Gordon Motts cigars after they got eaten by beatles," I say smoke 'em if you have 'em". Usually my special smoke is the one I haven't had yet.


Craig Vanderslice August 18, 2011 7:15am ET

I have to admit, there are a bunch of cigars in my humidor that I pass by because I think "If I smoke this, I'll never have another one". There are a few Opus in this category, as well as a RyJ from the 70s (a Celestialles Finos in cello). Add to that some prototypes and other oddball one offs and discontinued items as well. Flawed logic, I know, but I just never seem to find the right circumstance. I promise I'll start smoking them...


DENNIS M THRASHER SR — BIRMINGHAM, MI, UNITED STATES,  —  August 18, 2011 3:04pm ET

When my son was born, I passed out a box of Bering Cigars but saved two. While they were in tubes, I sealed the tubes, wrapped them in saran plastic wrap and slipped them into my humidor where they sat for 21 years. On my son's 21st Birthday, we sat in a cigar friendly lounge, drank VO Manhattans and lit them up. They were still fresh, and a good smoke. It was a special day.


JESUS Calderon — Bakersfield, CA, UNITED STATES,  —  August 18, 2011 6:44pm ET

I have been aging a padron 1964 torpedo for four years. I plan to smoke it sometime this decade.


Eddie Rodriguez — Zachary , Louisiana, USA,  —  August 18, 2011 7:29pm ET

I have 2 Partagas 150's 5 years in my possession. One for my tenth anniversary. The other to be determined. I also have 4 Cohiba Magnificos maduro Habana's 2 1/2 years old. As well as other Habana's I have acquired but not quite as old yet.


Yale Burke — Los Angeles, Ca., USA,  —  August 18, 2011 9:13pm ET

My son gave a nice looking Opus X, a torpedo, and I told him I was going age it until he got married. It took about 5 years of aging before he got married and I was able to smoke it. It was absolutely, positively "GREAT". One of the best smokes ever for a special occasion.


NICK LISEWYCH — LYNNWOOD, WA, UNITED STATES,  —  August 19, 2011 1:13am ET

The best one in my collection is a Montecristo Edmundo from 2006. I'm going to smoke it when Fidel Castro finally kicks the bucket.


Adam Lyon — North Grosvenordale, CT, United States of America,  —  August 19, 2011 7:21am ET

I have a Cohiba Siglo VI that I bought on the last vacation I took before my wife and I planned to have children. It has been about a year and a half since that vacation and we are now the proud parents of twin boys, much to our surprise! I was planning on smoking it when they were born, but the boys were born premature and due to a lengthy hospital stay, I never had a chance to really enjoy it. The boys are now 6 months old, and are 100% fine health wise. I'm thinking the time is near to relax, reflect, and enjoy that fine cigar.


Kevin Feteira — Hamilton, Ontario, Canada,  —  August 19, 2011 11:41am ET

4 years ago I bought a box of Montecristo white robustos after seeing it in CA mag. But when I got down to my last one I couldn't bring myself to smoke it so I put it in the bottom of my humidor for a special occasion and forgot about it untill recently when I was orginizing my humidor and found it the white band had actualy gone yellow. I'm gonna smoke it I just need a special occasion now.


David Savona August 19, 2011 11:52am ET

Great comments so far. This is what cigar smoking is all about--celebrating. Keep them coming please.


Mike Henry — Rock Falls, IL, United States,  —  August 19, 2011 4:22pm ET

I have a couple of Double Corona God of Fires left from a box I got for my 50th birthday. One of my good friends was not around for my birthday so I've been saving the two until we get together. Hopefully soon.


Clint Summers — Huntersville, NC, USA,  —  August 19, 2011 5:06pm ET

I have an un-opened box of Avo 85ths that I received from his dinner in NC earlier this year. I plan on opening them upon his next visit here, whenever that may be.


Nicholas Christodoulou — Melbourne, Victoria, Australia,  —  August 20, 2011 10:48am ET

I have 3 monte edmunos from aug 2009 left. i plan on smoking them when i graduate university, both my undergraduate and my graduate degrees. that should be end of this year and dec 2016. the last one im going to give to my father to share with me on that special day


Rich Krizan — Franklin, Wisconsin, USA,  —  August 20, 2011 7:51pm ET

Guys, I'm sending you some wisdom back from "someday". I'm an "old guy", but I'm not geriatric.

One thing I've found is that life tends to be impermanent and capricious. Putting off smoking that special cigar, or chatting up that special woman or drinking that special scotch can wind up with you never having the chance to do them at all. Live in the moment.

In the Army, all those years ago, we had a saying. "Eat your best MRE's first, just in case you don't live to eat all of them.

So, while I understand the desire to "save" something special for the future, that's a young man's game, and the odds start to stack up against you with each year that passes.

So, smoke your best cigars NOW. Drink your best scotch NOW. Pay attention to your best woman NOW. That way, you'll enjoy them NOW, not leave them for someone else to enjoy when you're gone.

Life was made to live. Enjoy it while you can. A whole bunch of my buddies didn't and they're gone on now to a place where, as far as we know, you can't get any of the three!!

Just remember. Enjoy. But also remember, NONE of us are going to get out of this alive. Life, I mean.


Donny Payne August 21, 2011 1:52pm ET

How can you follow Rich's statement?


Ryan Breeland August 21, 2011 3:21pm ET

I have been aging the last 7 Fuente Queen B's from a box for over two years now. These are saved for my best friend's wedding. He isn't engaged or even dating so I'm keeping them safe for a while. I replaced the cedar wrap of one with a Cuban Bolivar tubos #2 and another with a Cohiba Siglo IV tubos wrap. These two are for Daniel and I.


Daniel Cain — Wilmington, NC, US,  —  August 22, 2011 3:38pm ET

Received 2 OPus X for Christmas 2010. Good friend is in Afganistan and will return for Christmas 2011. They will be smoked upon his return. With a nice sized pour of Makers Mark 47!


Gary Bazdell — Ottawa, ON, Canada,  —  August 22, 2011 10:06pm ET

I am aging 4 Cuban Partagas Culebras coffins which were discontinued this year. I have never tried one but have been told that these Cuban's are very good. If I should ever happen to break open a coffin and smoke them, it will be in the company of two friends who don't mind funny looking cigars.


Raul-Ioan Meila — Timisoara, Timis, Romania,  —  August 23, 2011 1:17pm ET

Hmmm, some Esplendidos, Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Edition de Aniversario 2006 Toro, Fuente Fuente Opus X El Scorpion Natural and Behike 52.


Alfa Wong — Richmond, BC, Canada,  —  August 24, 2011 3:25am ET

Collecting all the Limited and Regional Editions Cubans from my local store as well as some rare discontinued gifts from my good cigar partner including 1994 Cohiba Piramides (dinner of the century, Paris), Montecristo B, Partagas 109 155th Anniversario. Hopefully they age well for my wedding to come in the next 10 or 15 years.


Richard Fedorco August 26, 2011 11:10am ET

I've got a Macanudo in the humidor since well before my divorce. I've kept it for that "special occasion" and now, 6 years to the day on Sept 9, I will have paid off all the debts and, more importantly, be moving into my new home. It took a long time, but I am back full circle and stronger than ever.


EP B August 30, 2011 4:26am ET

I've got a few sticks left of Cohiba 2003 LE Double Coronas and 2004 LE Sublimes... saving these for special occasions which I have yet to define LOL. Also got a few boxes left of the Cohiba 2006 LE Pyramides, Cuaba 2008 LE Pyramides, Montecristo 2008 LE Sublimes and the 2010 Monte LE Grand Edmundo. Plus 2 boxes of Behike 56...

I do hope I can smoke them all, which translates to lots of joyous occasions coming up!


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