Expert Picks: Favorite Fallbacks

Whether it's a bottle of scotch, meal, or premium handmade cigar—we all have a short list of favorites we enjoy. Keeping this in mind, our panel of experts created a collection of premiums that are old standbys or brand new favorites each member can't seem to get enough of. These cigars come from well-known brands with reputations for crafting top-rated and highly sought-after premiums with unforgettable flavor. With quality like this, you may need to make some room in the humidor for you new Favorite Fallbacks.

Alec Bradley Black Market Esteli

A Staff: John John
Alec Bradley's Black Market cigars have always been a favorite of mine, but this '93' rated gem steals the show. Brimming with a four-country blend of long-fillers wrapped in a dark Nicaraguan leaf, this premium is satisfying to the core with notes of leather, chocolate, and earth.
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Guardian of the Farm

Warped and Casa Fernandez collaborated to make a masterpiece with Guardian of the Farm. With bold Nicaraguan fillers and a Corojo wrapper, I expected more strength, but it yielded a medium body with notes of earth and hints of cinnamon. Guardian will certainly be keeping a watch on my humidor for a while.
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My Father El Centurion

Wrapped in a smooth Sun Grown Criollo '98 leaf, this cigar utilizes rare Nicaraguan long-fillers. This rich, unique blend delivers notes of cocoa, leather, earthiness, with hints of spice and dark fruits. This medium to full-bodied premium is a treat for the palate. A must-have if you enjoy creations from Don Pepin Garcia.
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Diesel Heart of Darkness

This dark cigar is right up my alley with its Ecuador Habano Oscuro wrapper and potent blend of Nicaraguan long-fillers. This is definitely a spicy, but balanced premium with notes of leather, black pepper, earth, and espresso. This is, without a doubt, one of my favorite blends from Diesel.
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Comfortably Numb by Espinosa, Vol. 1

Comfortably Numb Vol.1 is a morsel that is fun, flavorful, and refined. Numb's nuances come and go in casual complexity. The blend's subtleties of sweetness fade just before a chorus of spices reset the tempo, keeping perfect time and balance. You'll find the fine-tuned finish features more notes than a David Gilmour guitar solo.
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