While we often focus on darker and stronger cigars for our Expert Picks, this issue we take a dive into Connecticut-seed tobacco to debunk a common myth. We frequently receive feedback that lighter cigars lack flavor when compared to their Habano-seed counterparts. While that may be true for some of the more economical Connecticut-wrapped varieties, there are also plenty of blends that offer depth of refined flavor, balance, and elegance without the added strength. As you dive deeper into the world of cigars, variety in your humidor will keep things interesting, and we’re here to help you find your new favorite.
I have to say, this blend caught me totally off-guard. Symphony is an extraordinary Connecticut. On first light, notes of white pepper are dominant which transitions into cedar and cream. The real complexity is on the finish where I pick up dark chocolate and roasted nuts. This is by far my favorite Gurkha blend, and I think you will agree.
This is one of the few mellow cigars you will find in my humidor. With a six-year-old US Connecticut wrapper and well-aged Cuban-seed fillers, this smooth and elegant blend offers a rich flavor profile dominated by strong notes of cedar. Don’t take this cigar’s smoothness for weakness; it’s enough to satisfy any enthusiast’s palate.
Ave Maria Immaculata is the smooth blend made for the enthusiast who usually goes full. Even if you consider your weathered and leathered palate to be too experienced for mellower smokes, don’t pass on this AJ Fernandez made masterpiece. Immaculata is a winner and I dare you not to like it! Tons of flavor, super creamy, and irresistibly enjoyable.
Made by the same hands that make treasures like Davidoff this medium bodied beauty holds true to its platinum namesake. The Zino Platinum starts with a bit of unique filler from Peru mixed with mostly Dominican fillers draped by an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. You can expect to find notes of leather and earth. This one is worth its weight in platinum.
Like a fine wine, the Dunhill Aged Dominican is matured to perfection. Cloaked with a U.S grown Connecticut wrapper this blend is smooth and rich with decadent notes of vanilla, fresh grass, and butter. Whether you are a devotee to the full bodied blends or just starting out in the hobby, this Dominican beauty can be enjoyed by one and all.