Mike's Cigars is proud to be the trademark owner and distributor of The 898 Collection. The 898 is a great example of a high quality cigar which was designed, from birth, to be a mild-to-medium body cigar. We like this type of cigars because they are rolled to perfection. An awesome cigar with a medium body but, so flavorful. With rich notes of French vanilla, chocolate, honey and nutty tones. Smooth and creamy, the 8-9-8 leaves your palate with a taste of dry roasted almonds and Cuban coffee. They are perfect during the day, and even for the evening and, most importantly, they don’t leave your palate with the sour, dry irritation that combines ever so often with heavy cigars.
Any discussion about 8-9-8 Collection is a great opportunity to go on with the theory on cigar flavor vs. cigar quality. We discovered that higher ratings are increasingly afforded to heavy, full body cigars, while the mellower, milder cigars, are awarded lower ratings. It is well known that cigars are “acquired taste”, meaning that over time, you feel more comfortable with your smoke, eventually ‘moving up’ to more interesting stogies. This is a natural phenomenon, and, being a cigar aficionado myself, I am not surprised that “cigar raters” acquire the flavor for more full-bodied cigars over time, and could not be gratified with the intrinsic subtleties of delicate and mild cigars. However, what I wrote still remains viable. The reality is that consumers tend to inject the whole issue of “quality” into the equation, while in truth, the two: whether the cigar is “good” or not, and what kind of “body” it has, have nothing to do with each other whatsoever. This is easy to understand since if you were, let us say, used to smoking “strong” or heavy body cigars, you’d discover that, with time, it would become harder and harder for you to recognize a “good” mild cigar, because your taste buds simply require a much more pronounced stimulation to sense the subtle undertones in the delicate aroma of such a smoke. Conversely, if you are used to smoking only mild cigars, and you stumbled upon an extra strong one, your palate will naturally transmit cries of foul to your brain. Interestingly, our customer service representatives are used to accept , every once in a while, complaint calls, from consumers, who testify that “(some cigars they were trying) were harsh and bitter”. When we checked into cases like this, we discovered that the particular customer was used to smoking Macanudos all the time, but on their last purchase changed, for some reason, to a Sancho Panza Extra Fuerte.
The 8-9-8 Collection became the epitome of “swimming against the stream” in a generation that only knew the harsh verdict of cigar authorities about anything which didn’t boast its spiciness loud and clear. We always said: “The best cigar, is the cigar you like!” Do not let others determine what’s good for you. Be critical and independent. Do not judge a cigar by its band or by its box. Do not judge a cigar by its rating or its price. Always make up your own mind, and do not be ashamed to say: “Yes, I like mild cigars”.