@AronL Most posers love the giant ring gauges.
@maxx @AronL Yes but those so called "posers" drive a substantially larger segment of the market than the "hipster traditionalist".
@AronL Too right about ring and flavor relationship. I can't think of any 58+ ringed cigars that properly balance flavors, other than the one or two specifically built to be that big (JDN/Drew's My Uzi Weighs a Ton for example). Meanwhile, the most sought after sticks on the market are almost invariably 56 and below, and many are sub-50.
I don't mind the size in and of itself, if it tastes good. But with JFRs pushing 7x70s and all the new 62 and 64 ring crap out there, I know flavor isn't the main goal, and in my personal opinion, those who clamor for bigger and bigger are compensating a bit too much :-p Then again, like I always told my customers, there is no right or wrong, only personal preference.
@Cigar guy I said most posers smoke large ring gauge cigars. I did not say that most people that smoke large ring cigars are posers. If you are trolling for an argument, please look elsewhere.
@Cigar guy @AronL What's with the hostility? I'm no hipster. I'm about 180 pounds too heavy to be a hipster. I'm not denigrating that part of the cigar market that likes large RGs. They're simply not for me. And most serious cigar hobbyists find them somewhat iffy as well.
Before you verbally attack me next time, I suggest you learn about the importance of the cigar wrapper in terms of flavor. Then maybe you'll see the silliness in seventy ring-gauge cigars.
@AronL I hear you - though Michael told me he likes being able to put a lot of tobacco in a cigar to create a complex flavor while also giving people the chance to sit down with a cigar that takes a bit longer to smoke as a sort of forced relaxation. There are plenty of smaller ring gauge cigars out there -- like I always say, smoke what you love.
@PHXCigarGuy I totally hear you, too. I can certainly understand the 'forced relaxation' angle, but I have small hands, and larger RGs just aren't comfy for me to hold.
I just wish there was as much variety in smaller rings (not to mention similar price points) as there are in the larger rings. But there are still plenty of great sticks at 46-48 and below. And the resurgence in panatellas has been wonderful. But they just don't sell like the gordos