Expert Picks: Summer Shade

Grown under shaded tents in the Connecticut River Valley or the misty, cloud covered growing regions of Ecuador, these golden colored wrapper leaves are one of the most popular in th world. From mellow-bodied lovers to aficionados just looking for that signature smoothness, Connecticut Shade wrappers are a must within the regular rotation. So, for the dog days of summer, our experts here at have whipped up the best batch of Connecticut wrapped premiums they could get their hands on. Try these 5, 10, or 15-count samplers that feature our expert's recommendations. Each sampler contains: Zino Platinum, Montecristo Classic, 5 Vegas Gold, Alec Bradley Connecticut, and Punch Grand Cru.

Zino Platinum Crown Series

From the house that Davidoff built is the Zino Platinum Grand Master. A smooth and complex cigar with notes of rich coffee and cocoa. Made with an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Connecticut binder, and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Peru, this mellow to medium-bodied cigar is that one you want sitting on your front porch at sunset with a nice aged rum.
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Montecristo Classic

When it comes to name recognition, few trump Montecristo, and this smooth blend has been living up to the hype since its grand debut in 1995. While it’s on the mellower side of the spectrum, there is still plenty of flavor and complexity to go around. Rich notes of cedar and spice lead the pack while a select Connecticut Shade wrapper provides a creamy finish.
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5 Vegas Gold

Gold is an old favorite of mine. Real old, like back when the Mets were bad and Zima was flowing like water. In fact, I’m enjoying yet another one this evening at my desk, and I have to say this fantastic cigar has only gotten better over time. This chunky Connecticut is creamy and rich, with a hint of spice. 5 Vegas Gold has enough flavor and character to impress any enthusiast.
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Alec Bradley Connecticut

Alec Bradley Connecticut features a flawless Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper overtop a Nicaraguan and Honduran filler blend that offers earthy notes as well as a mix of wood, nuts, and spice. Have an Alec Bradley Connecticut after your morning bacon and eggs, maybe a bit of Irish coffee, and your day can’t be anything less than perfect.
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Punch Grand Cru

Punch Grand Cru has always been a mainstay in my humidor. This carefully aged and masterfully blended cigar from the iconic Punch brand presents hints of vanilla and cedar, with a slight spice on the finish. When I’m looking for a great blend to start off the day, Grand Cru is always top of mind!
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