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Expert Tip: Cigar Selection Guide


Not sure what you want, or would you like something different? Whether you're indecisive or uncertain,'s Cigar Selection Guide is sure to help point you in the right direction with perfectly balanced blends ranging from mellow to bold, and everything in between. 

Mellow Cigar Recommendations

Many enthusiasts like to start off their day with a mellow cigar, often capped in a golden Connecticut wrapper. If you're looking for something made in the Dominican, a safe bet is with none other than ‘90’-rated Macanudo Café. This distinctively smooth blend will capture your taste buds in no time. Want that same silky Connecticut wrapper but with a cigar from Honduras? Try Rocky Patel Vintage '99 Connecticut. As the source for many ‘90’+ ratings, Rocky Patel is known for delivering perfection.

If you're a fan of Maduro wrappers but still want to take it easy when it comes to strength, Dominican-made Ashton Aged Maduro is just the cigar you're looking for with a dark and oily wrapper that endures extra aging and fermentation to capture its unique flavor. 

Medium-Bodied Cigar Recommendations

Searching for something medium-bodied and suitable for any time of day? Many aficionados salivate over Cameroon-wrapped premiums such as the Hoyo Excalibur Cameroon. Originating from Honduras, this is one cigar that is full of flavor and provides a rich finish. Another popular option is La Perla Habana Black Pearl Morado, hailing from Nicaragua and rated '93' by Cigar Aficionado.

Another option would be handmades that utilize a Sumatra-seed wrapper. Made in the Dominican is Aging Room Quattro Original, named the #2 Cigar of 2013 by Cigar Aficionado with a ‘95’ rating. Originating from Honduras is the popular Punch Rare Corojo that brims with rich, full flavors and a character that will leave you and your palate satisfied. 

Full-Bodied Cigar Recommendations

Moving on to fuller-bodied blends, a feisty Habano wrapper is sure to do the trick. And, with Ramón Bueso Genesis Habano, this premium made in Honduras is sure to kick it up a notch with its full body and powerful Ligero leaves. Hailing from neighboring Nicaragua is the full-bodied powerhouse Diesel Unlimited. The spicy nature of its Habano wrapper is further enhanced by the hearty long-filler leaves that allow this cigar to make a bold impression.

Maduro wrappers are another noteworthy option when seeking out an assertive cigar experience. Let's begin with one of CAO's best-selling blends, CAO Brazilia. This cigar hails from Nicaragua and features a gorgeous Brazilian wrapper leaf that exudes rich flavors with a long and spicy finish. Next in line is Camacho Triple Maduro. This premium is made in Honduras and comes packed with serious power. Hearty undertones of spice and earth take to the palate without overpowering one another, making it one blend that’s sure to satisfy.

Although there are a plethora of cigars at your fingertips, we're sure our Selection Guide will help you find the perfect premium for your needs. Interested in expanding your palate even more? Check out our cigar and whiskey pairings!

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