I just got the new Thompson catalog and noticed that 50% of the cigars seem to be Thompson house brands or at least cigars I have never seen anywhere else. Since their pricing on national brand cigars is way above the competition, I figure these cigars must be their bread and butter. Anyone have a real good experience on Thompson brands? I see one good review on the VSOP(I've never seen this brand anywhere else, but it may not be a Thompson exclusive). Anyone have any good things to say about Thompson house brands or exclusives?
The first online purchase I made was a Thompsons aluminium carrying case and 30 cigars, I havent bought anything from them sinse. The cigars were not very good at all, they were all about the same, bland and tastless. I got 5 each of Don Lugo, the Corojo Cubano, the Empressario, Paso Doble, Bagatelle and Cuban Delights. Some of the cigars were damaged so I called them and three weeks later they sent me a fiver of Socorro, and a fiver of their green label house brand. All 40 of the cigars I recieved were dry, not brittle but dry and all smelled like cow manure. The only ones I would smoke again were the Socorro, Im not sure if they still make them but they were the best of what I tried, still not very good. The one thing I will say is that they were all made pretty good, I didnt have any problems with draw issues or burn issues, just flavor issues.
They do have tons of House Brands that they push out the door. Ive heard that the Tuskers are pretty OK but Ive never tried them.
I actually have tried the Tusker and it is decidedly average. I have avoided VS blends since based on the experience. The only purchase I made from them is was the One for the troops sampler that had 10 cigars for 20 bucks and free shipping. That was in the summer. One of them was a Tusker. I had the same experience in terms of how dry the cigars were when they arrived. I had to let them sit for a few months before they were smokeable.
The VSOP review was mine. At the time it was a good cigar but i was still kind of young in the hobby and had different tastes then. Since then I've matured a bit and actually haven't smoked any in a while. Still have a couple in my humi, perhaps i should puff on one and see. I used to shop Thompson when i first started also and every once and a while I'll read something in a catalog and be curious but I usually stick with CI these days.
I've smoked several and didn't have much nice to say.
MY biggest issue was the BUGS that showed up in some. Thompson is the ONLY company I have gotten buggy cigars from. SInce then, I dont care if they are selling Opux X half off. I can't and WON'T risk losing my cigars to bugs.