rwheelwright:You don't really need to cut anything from the Gurkha Perfectos. Only if the draw is too tight for you.
Oh, and welcome.
mustluvcigars:smoking a centurian, the little foot threw me off, took it awhile get get smoking good, got em in my first cotm pkg, did the legend last week it didnt burn real well. let this one rest, guess it needed more time now the wrapper is comin apart!!!
dutyje:Cut the end you smoke, like a torpedo... but not too much. You can always make it a little wider if you need, and you don't want to take off the whole cap. Light the little foot as it is (easy), and smoke it like... a cigar.
kuzi16:well... a perfecto is VERY hard to roll. however, thats just an excuse. If you are smoking a centurian (what is usually a $20 stick) you want it to be right. how do i know its time to smoke? six weeks in my humidor. thats how. I date em all. As far as draw issues, i always draw test before I smoke. a bad draw and it goes back in the box for a while. every now and then i take a draw on it to see if it is ready to go. if not... back in the box. Ive never had a Centurian that even came close to coming undone on me. at worst i have had a few burn issues. If you had pictures of the thing as it was happening at different stages i may be able to help you but i doubt you do. my only thoughts are: you got a bad stick. better luck next time. heck, i have only had one gurkha that has ever given me any real problems at all. One Regent had a plug in it. Every other gurkha i have ever had has been great. i hope that didnt curse me.
urbino:Well, it's not really ccom's or other dealers' fault. Cigars just benefit from time in a stable humi. That's true for the inexpensive ones, too. Obviously, though, smoking an inexpensive cigar when it's not quite right isn't as frustrating as having the same experience with an expensive one.
As for good inexpensive cigars, if you're talking about something you can find at your local B&M, I'd suggest Sancho Panza or some of the less expensive Fuentes. If you buy online, it's hard to beat 5 Vegas.
btmisles:You will almost always get better deals when you shop the various samplers and deals at the online retailers. What you get at your B&M is the interaction with others and the atmosphere.