10 CIGARS YOU NEED TO SAMPLE

ANYTHING MADE OF CULTURE AND QUALITY DESERVES NOT ONLY RESPECT BUT ALSO UNDERSTANDING. WHETHER ITS WINE, WHISKEY OR CIGARS, THE LOVE OF THE PRODUCT AND HERITAGE THAT GOES INTO MAKING SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFULLY TASTING INDULGENCES IN THE WORLD, IS SOMETHING THAT HAS TO BE APPRECIATED. NO MATTER WHAT YOUR STANCE ON CIGARS OR SMOKING IN GENERAL, IT IS A MATTER OF RESPECT THAT SUPERIOR CRAFTSMANSHIP AND QUALITY BE RECOGNISED. SO WHETHER IT’S THE LEATHER AND COFFEE FLAVOURS OF A NICARAGUAN LEAF OR A BALANCED CUBAN WITH HINTS OF VANILLA, HERE IS OUR LIST OF ‘MUST-TASTE’ CIGARS.
  1. A. FLORES 1975 SERIE PRIVADA CAPA HABANO SP52
MADE BY: PDR CIGARS DOMINICANA
MADE IN: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
DIMENSIONS: 5” – 52 RING
WRAPPER: ECUADOR
BINDER: NICARGUA
FILLER: NICRAGUA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
DIMENSIONS: 5” – 52 RING

A relatively new name to the world of cigars, but one you need to remember. This cigar with their trademark 4 seemed mounted cap head has a sharp box press and hails from the Dominican Republic; with its full flavour is a balanced and tasteful leaf with subtle hints of vanilla, coffee and cocoa.

  1. MONTE BY MONTECRISTO JACOPO NO.2
MADE BY: TABACALERA DE GARCIA LTD.
MADE IN: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
WRAPPER: ECUADOR Ecuador
BINDER: NICARGUA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
FILLER: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
DIMENSIONS: 6” 1/8’ – 54 RING

A reimagined classic, the Monte by Montecristo has been blended by the famous cigar manufactures, for a more modern palette. With the new blend of Dominican filler, Ecuadorian wrapper and two binder leaves, the cigar is a lot more powerful that its main stream and milder counterparts. Box pressed, the cigar has rich flavours of leather, spice and a chocolate note, that makes it a fantastic new addition to the celebrated brand.

  1. ASHTON ESTATE SUN GROWN 22- YEAR SALUTE
MADE BY: TABACALERA A. FUENTE Y CIA.
MADE IN: The Dominican Republic
WRAPPER: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
BINDER: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
FILLER: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
DIMENSIONS: 6” – 52 RING 

What marks this smoke apart from the pack, is its exceptionally rare sun grown wrapper from Chateau de la Fuente, which are known for having a deceptively mild start that quickly builds up an unexpected strength. This incredibly nutty smoke is balanced out by notes of cream, leather and earth, which make it well worth the price.

  1. PADRON FAMILY RESERVE 50 YEARS MADURO
MADE BY: TABACOS CUBANICA S.A.
MADE IN: NICARGUA
WRAPPER: NICARGUA
BINDER: NICARGUA
FILLER: NICARGUA
DIMENSIONS: 5” – 54 RING

Once an exclusive private blend, restricted to events where a member of the Padron family had to be present. The brand is now one of the most decorated cigar makers on the planet, and to mark their 50 year anniversary, this cigar was created. 100% Nicaraguan blend, the notes of earth and coffee are tasted alongside the Pardon trademark coca bean flavor.

  1. FUENTE FUENTE OPUSX PERFECXION X
MADE BY: TABACALERA A. FUENTE Y CIA.
MADE IN: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
WRAPPER: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
BINDER: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
FILLER: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
DIMENSIONS: 6”1/4’ – 48 RING

This cigar proved the market wrong with the assumption that you could no grow a quality wrapper leaf in the Dominican republic, the smoke is long and thinner than most of the high-end cigars, which gives the smoker a real chance to taste the wrapper for which it is famous, hailed from Chateau de la Fuente. The smoke itself has a kick spice accentuated with leather, leading into its espresso and wooden notes, creating a full bodied smoke which is 100% Dominican republic leaf.

  1. ROCKY PATEL ROYALE TORO
MADE BY: TABACALERA VILLA CUBANA S.A.
MADE IN: NICARAGUA
WRAPPER: ECUADOR
BINDER: U.S.A/CONN. SHADE, U.S.A/CONN. BROADLEAF
FILLER: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
DIMENSIONS: 6”1/2’ – 54 RING

The Rocky Patel Royale Toro is a unique cigar, made so by its binder leaf. Not only does this cigar have two leafs making up the binder, but both of them on grown on North American soil in Connecticut. With this rare quality, the smoke is a complex blend, the mild flavour of the shade leaf and the earthy flavour of the broad, making a harmonious combination of spice, earth and chocolate.

  1. HOYO DE MONTERREY EPICURE ESPECIAL (TUBO)
MADE IN: CUBA
WRAPPER: CUBA
BINDER: CUBA
FILLER: CUBA
DIMENSIONS: 5”1/2’ – 50 RING

A relatively new cigar to make it into the Cuban scene, but built on the success of previous more classic rebusto’s. The smoke is extremely rich carrying a great deal of varied notes, including coffee, earth, and coca powder, making a complex but still approachable smoke.

  1. ILLUSIONE FUME D’AMOUR CLEMENTES
MADE BY: TABSA
MADE IN: NICARAGUA
WRAPPER: NICARAGUA
BINDER: NICARAGUA
FILLER: NICARAGUA
DIMENSIONS: 6”1/2’ – 48 RING

From the mind and palette of Dion Giolito, whose cigars and branding feature an unusual tendency towards symbolism and mystery, the cigar in itself is straight forward. Fume D’ Amour, ‘love of smoke’ is the nature of this cigars flavour. The cigar was made using a particular strong crop, but without the ligero of the leaf, which is its most powerful part. The result is a delicious and balanced smoke with nutty flavours, spices and nougat sweetness.

  1. E.P. CARRILLO LA HISTORIA E-III
MADE BY: TABACALERA LA ALIANZA S.A.
MADE IN: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC The Dominican Republic
WRAPPER: MEXICO
BINDER: ECUADOR
FILLER: NICARAGUA
DIMENSIONS: 6”7/8’ – 54 RING

The cigar world knows the name of Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, who along with his descendants is one of the most respected names in the business. Through years of building cigar businesses from the ground up, the result has been this amazing smoke. Dark with the luxurious Mexican tobacco leaf, Cigar Aficionado has named this the best of the Carrillo family’s cigars in 40 years. Full of wood, coffee, and earth with a tiny sweetness at the tail end.

  1. OLIVA SERIE V MELANIO FIGURADO
MADE BY: TABACALERA OLIVA 
DE ESTELÍ S.A.
MADE IN: NICARAGUA
WRAPPER: ECUADOR
BINDER: NICARAGUA
FILLER: NICARAGUA
DIMENSIONS: 6”1/2’ – 52 RING

With its double tapered and sharp pressed ends, you can tell just by looking that this is no ordinary cigar. Its richness is characterised by the big notes of leather and coffee, with woody and caramel flavours, making it a classic smoke and the best of 2014.

I never smoke to excess – that is, I smoke in moderation. Only one cigar at a time. – Mark Twain.

About the Author

Luke Fussell

Editor-In-Chief, seeker of the peace, part time chandelier cleaner, a legend in his own time, oppressor of champions, soldier of fortune, world traveller, bonvivant, all round good guy, international lover, casual hero, philosopher, wars fought, bears wrestled, equations solved, virgins enlightened, revolutions quelled, tigers castrated, orgies organised, bars quaffed dry, governments run, test rockets flown, life president of the Liquidarian Society of Great Britain and Ireland (apply to website for membership).

About the Author

Luke Fussell

Editor-In-Chief, seeker of the peace, part time chandelier cleaner, a legend in his own time, oppressor of champions, soldier of fortune, world traveller, bonvivant, all round good guy, international lover, casual hero, philosopher, wars fought, bears wrestled, equations solved, virgins enlightened, revolutions quelled, tigers castrated, orgies organised, bars quaffed dry, governments run, test rockets flown, life president of the Liquidarian Society of Great Britain and Ireland (apply to website for membership).

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