During a photography tour in China, we were brought to a century old tea house. Before the break of dawn, the tea house was already patronized by regulars to enjoy tea, smoke, chitchat, game of cards or watching television. It was like the local community center for old folks.
Every now and then, an old folk will pulls out tabacco leaves from their pouch and began rolling a cigar about 2-3 inches long. It would be stuck it to a metal pipe and smoked.
I discovered the tea house was selling their own cigars and decided to try them. A pack of 10 cost less than US$1, so each stick was less than 10 cents. Overall looks of the cigar was crude and cheap looking. Yet the cigar was surprisingly pleasant, not grassy nor spicy. The smoke was mainly earthy with tinge of sweetness. I only tried one stick and gave away the remaining pack to the regular patrons. I regret not bringing them home to try more. However, I visited a tabacco shop in town and bought a pack of cigar from a well known brand in China., which I will post a review soon.