We’ve been intrigued by Mike’s Cigars very unique club, now we’ve finally had a chance to do a full review. Read on to find out how this one-of-a-kind club is so different and why it earned Editors’ Choice status.
Packaging & Freshness
Our cigar of the month club shipment arrived in a very nice, heavy-duty box that was well-packed. Inside, we found the latest Mike’s Cigars catalog, the “menu” describing our selection of cigars, and a ziplock containing the cigars.
Inside the ziplock were the 5 cigars, a “cigar pillow” to keep the stogies fresh, and the cigar swag that is included with each shipment. Our piece of swag happened to be an epic CAO lighter shaped like a spark plug. Very cool!
As for freshness, we fired up one of the sticks (the gorgeous CAO Flathead was calling to us!) – it smoked beautifully. And yes, we simply couldn’t resist lighting the Flathead with the CAO spark plug lighter!
Needless to say, Mike’s Cigars gets a perfect score for packaging and freshness. The cigars are well protected during shipment and are ready to smoke on arrival. Well done Mike’s!
Cigar Selection & Newsletter
Here are the 5 cigars we received:
- Alec Bradley Maxx The Freak
- Rocky Patel Edge Maduro Howitzer
- CAO Flathead V554 Camshaft
- Avo Syncro Nicaragua Special Toro
- Rocky Patel 20th Anniversary Toro
It seems the theme of this shipment was “big and dark.” Not that we’re complaining, we can’t get enough of deep and delicious maduros. The smallest cigar of the bunch was the CAO Flathead at 5.5 x 54, the rest were at least six inches, with ring gauges going all the way up to 70. So if you’re a fan of shorter or thinner cigars, this shipment wasn’t for you. However, that’s one of the great things about this club – you get to pick the sampler pack each month, so you can easily tailor it to your tastes.
The newsletter is a simple one-pager. It gives the name, size and a brief description of each cigar.
It is printed on nice paper stock and we enjoyed reading about each cigar as we lit them up and savored them.
We appreciated how Mike’s Cigars keeps you in the loop. We received an email confirming our upcoming shipment, another email when it was shipped, and a final email confirming delivery.
Don’t forget to submit your choice of sampler pack by the deadline each month. If it slips your mind, then Mike’s “panel of experts” will pick one for you.
The cigar club info page on Mike’s Cigars website is helpful in explaining the perks of club and showing the differences between the membership options.
Though this is our first experience with Mike’s Cigars cigar of the month club, we have ordered stogies from them in the past and have always had a good experience.
The three month membership costs $95 (about $32/mo), the six month costs $195 (about $32.50/mo) and the annual plan costs $355 (about $29.50). The pricing of the three plans falls in line with just about every other cigar club we’ve seen.
So if Mike’s Cigars isn’t competing on price, why pick this club over another? Simple. Unlike other clubs where you don’t know what cigars you’ll get each month – with Mike’s, you know exactly what you’ll get. ‘Cause you picked it!
The cigar samplers that you pick from range in price from about $21 to $34. So as long as you’re picking sampler packs that cost about what you’re paying for the club, then you’re certainly getting good bang for your buck. Especially since you’re not just getting the sampler pack, but extra benefits like the swag and free shipping on other orders.
Our Take on the Mike’s Cigars Cigar of the Month Club
Let’s put it this way – if you stuck all the cigar clubs together in a room, Mike’s Cigar club would stand out. It’s just that unique.
The “other” cigar clubs are great if you like to be surprised by your monthly selection of stogies. However, if you already know what styles you prefer, or if you would rather pick exactly what you get – then Mike’s is the way to go.
We appreciate that in a crowded field of cigar clubs, Mike’s Cigars is doing something different. And from our experience, they are doing it well!
We’d love to know what you think about Mike’s Cigars cigar of the month club! Leave a comment or use the Contact Us page. Cheers!