Expert Picks: Masterfully Balanced

The key to blending a great cigar is no secret. Cigar makers are always looking for the perfect arrangement of tobaccos to craft a cigar that is perfectly balanced. For full-bodied cigars, strength alone is nothing if it’s harsh or bitter. And mellow cigars just get lost in the mix without a certain degree of richness or flavor to it. A quality cigar should be flavorful yet refined no matter what the strength is, and our experts wanted to highlight some of their favorites. From mellow to full-bodied, this masterfully balanced selection is a perfect fit for any enthusiast.

Rocky Patel Vintage '99 Connecticut

Not just for breakfast anymore. The Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Connecticut is a great cigar for anytime of the day. This 7-year-aged Connecticut is mellow but full of flavor. It is buttery, smooth, and creamy with a slightly spicy note. It pairs great with a nice Merlot or your morning cup of coffee. Visit:
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A. Flores AFR-75 San Andres Maduro

B Staff: Dave Dave
A personal favorite from PDR Cigars, AFR-75 is one of the smoothest and most well-balanced, full-bodied cigars on the market. A blend of Criollo ’98, Connecticut Broadleaf, and Dominican tobaccos are combined with a dark and oily maduro wrapper, creating a rich and creamy flavor profile accentuated by hints of spice and sweetness.
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Graycliff 30-Year Vintage

Searching our inventory for the most balanced cigar I could find, Graycliff 30-Year Vintage was an instant winner. A five-country cocktail of tobaccos, the highlight is an authentic African Cameroon wrapper cultivated over 30 years ago. Nuanced, complex, yet medium in body, the 30 Year Vintage is a work of elegance and unsurpassed balance.
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Padilla 1932

Ernesto Padilla is back, and he’s brought his best recipes with him. Topped with a Habano leaf grown in Ecuador, this full-bodied Nicaraguan blend features notes of cedar and pepper up front with creamy, spicy notes and some pepper in the background. Padilla 1932 is very complex but not too strong that it will have you staggering.
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Man O' War Legend

E Staff: Dean Dean
Man O’ War Legend is another amazing blend from legendary cigar maker, AJ Fernandez. Nicaraguan long-fillers are tucked beneath a beautiful Habano wrapper that adds just the right level of spice to this medium-bodied blend. If you’re looking for a well-balanced Man O’ War blend that is perfect for any time of the day, Legend will not disappoint.
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