Expert Picks: Hip to be Squared
The box-pressed vitola has been growing in popularity, and critics can’t seem to get enough of them. Take Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 list, with 100 cigars being ranked over the last 4 years, an eye-raising 41 sport some box-pressed variation. The numbers don’t lie when it comes to the experience that a box-pressed beauty delivers. Our panel of experts selected five 90+ rated gems that are sure to impress with their flavor, consistency, and construction.
A gorgeous offering from JC Newman. Perla del Mar’s golden brown wrapper is pristine. An Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf masks long-fillers from three growing regions in Nicaragua, bringing about decadent notes of cedar, caramel, and cream. Without a doubt, Perla del Mar is one of my favorite mellow-bodied cigars.
Alec Bradley has never failed me, and the Tempus Quadrum is no exception. Blended with Nicaraguan and Honduran long-fillers cloaked in a Habano wrapper, expect a full smoke with spicy notes of earth and leather balanced nicely by a sweet cedar finish. With a pedigree of multiple top 25 COTY awards, this one will not disappoint.
This Punch is rare for a number of reasons, from the limited yearly production to the unique tobaccos utilized to create its spectacular, full flavor. When aged, the blend flourishes to create an experience that’s indeed rare, and packs a punch that will have you craving this box-pressed beauty for years to come!
Talk about a real Nicaraguan through and through? The Nat Sherman Timeless Nicaraguan 556 is a box-pressed delight. This puro is simply mouth-watering with hints of chocolate, molasses, coffee, spice, and a bit of woodiness in both flavor and aromatics. Hats off to Nat Sherman, this tasty addition truly is Timeless.
One of my favorites, the Nicaraguan box-pressed Oliva Serie ‘G’ Maduro, sports a dark and oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. I found that it pairs perfectly with a deep-ambered brandy. The palate is rewarded with a slightly nutty profile accompanied by notes of dried sweet fruits, cocoa, and coffee.