Must Have Habanos
This time around our experts have turned the humidor inside out in search of their favorite habano-wrapped cigars. Grown from Cuban seed, habano is a stronger, spicier wrapper option that typically results in a medium to full-bodied cigar. Possessing a robust flavor profile that is comparable to Cuban cigars, these expert picks are an excellent collection for aficionados looking to spice things up — literally.
The flagship blend from one of the most renowned families in the cigar business, this Nicaraguan puro exhibits top-notch construction with a Cuban-esque flavor profile of spice and rich cedar. Its oily habano wrapper is always impressive and meshes perfectly with a hearty blend of fillers grown in Esteli, Condega, and the Jalapa Valley.
Hailing from Estelí, Nicaragua, Tatuaje Tattoo was created with the everyday enthusiast in mind. The construction, body, and flavor is what you’d expect from Pete Johnson and Don Pepín along with a welcomed attribute of value rarely mentioned in the same breath. This approachable Tatuaje blend hits the spot every time.
With so many limited edition releases clogging up the sales chute these days, it’s refreshing to have a reliable, everyday cigar that is always available. Dressed in a stunning Ecuadorian habano wrapper, this gem from AJ Fernandez is my ‘go-to’ blend when I need a stogie break and might be the best damn cigar you can get.
J.C. Newman is America’s oldest cigar company and with age comes wisdom. One of their very first releases, Brick House remains strong with a ‘92’ rating from Cigar Aficionado. Bursting with Nicaraguan long fillers and draped with a propriety Havana Subido wrapper, this medium to full-bodied cigar is always consistent and oozing with complexity.