It was in the mid to late 90’s and was a Honduran cigar called El Paraiso by Plasencia. Godawful when I look back at it!
I just threw them away this last June because I couldn’t even give them away to any of my friends, and they were taking up too much valuable space.
Used smoke Moneymakers and Toppers at the college party’s and for a long time after. My first real box of what I thought was a quality stick was Macanudo Hampton Court. Went for 4 or 5 years without smoking anything else. I was happy until I found the devil site and soon after that came CP now I’m to totally fu****!
A friend of mine stationed in Honduras at the time sent me a box of those out of the blue right around the 2000'ish, maybe. I'd had the occasional cigar with him when we were deployed to Germany a while prior, and those are what really started me down the road of legit "cigar smoker" rather than just someone who accepts and puffs on a cigar if the occasion comes about.
can't remember which order I got them...……..I purchased a box of Te Amo pyramids and a cabinet of 50 Punch Roth EMS many moons ago from JR's, I think I got the Punch cab on sale for 79.99 (lonnnnnng time ago!!).