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  • Lindsay |

    Justo Eiroa of JRE Tobacco came to our offices a few months back, handed out some cigars, and after one Aladino Corojo, I was sold: I can’t believe I never had an Aladino before! This Honduran puro is now part of my regular rotation, with its notes of baking spice, cedar, and white pepper rich on the palate thanks to its Corojo wrapper.

    Justo Eiroa of JRE Tobacco came to our offices a few months back, handed out some cigars, and after one Aladino Corojo, I was sold: I can’t believe I never had an Aladino before! This Honduran puro is now part of my regular rotation, with its notes of baking spice, cedar, and white pepper rich on the palate thanks to its Corojo wrapper.


  • Oscar |

    Father and son team Julio and Justo Eiroa are keeping the authentic Cuban Corojo experience alive, but in Honduras. Their ‘92’ rated Aladino Corojo was also a Top 25 pick by Cigar Aficionado in 2019, and I’ve enjoyed them ever since. There’s such balance to this blend, and its profile is very reminiscent of what most would call a “classic cigar”.

    Father and son team Julio and Justo Eiroa are keeping the authentic Cuban Corojo experience alive, but in Honduras. Their ‘92’ rated Aladino Corojo was also a Top 25 pick by Cigar Aficionado in 2019, and I’ve enjoyed them ever since. There’s such balance to this blend, and its profile is very reminiscent of what most would call a “classic cigar”.


  • Kelly |

    Fun fact: the Aladino name stems from a vintage movie theater in Danlí, Honduras, which was converted into state-of-the-art factory by the Eiroa family. It’s there that Aladino Corojo is made. You’ll notice that between the “A” on the band are the years 1947 and 1961, and that’s a nod to Cuban cigars of those years which this blend proudly recreates.


    Fun fact: the Aladino name stems from a vintage movie theater in Danlí, Honduras, which was converted into state-of-the-art factory by the Eiroa family. It’s there that Aladino Corojo is made. You’ll notice that between the “A” on the band are the years 1947 and 1961, and that’s a nod to Cuban cigars of those years which this blend proudly recreates.



  • Bella |

    If I could describe the Aladino Corojo in one word, it’s balance. Construction is top-notch, the flavor profile is rich and complex, but none of the notes overpower one another. I prefer the Toro size after a good meal with some bourbon as a nightcap. If you can retrohale, there are floral notes which become more present – delightful!



    If I could describe the Aladino Corojo in one word, it’s balance. Construction is top-notch, the flavor profile is rich and complex, but none of the notes overpower one another. I prefer the Toro size after a good meal with some bourbon as a nightcap. If you can retrohale, there are floral notes which become more present – delightful!




  • Lindsay |

    If you know anything about the history of the El Corojo farm in Cuba, then you’ll understand why what the Eiroa family did with this blend is so important. The adherence to old Cuban tradition transplanted to Honduras resulted in a multi-dimensional cigar that speaks cleanly on the palate. A perfect pairing with my afternoon coffee.

    If you know anything about the history of the El Corojo farm in Cuba, then you’ll understand why what the Eiroa family did with this blend is so important. The adherence to old Cuban tradition transplanted to Honduras resulted in a multi-dimensional cigar that speaks cleanly on the palate. A perfect pairing with my afternoon coffee.


  • Oscar |

    Julio and Justo Eiroa used non-hybrid seeds, meaning what grew the leaves for this blend genetically originate from Cuba without any cross-straining: this is almost like being able to enjoy a classic Cuban-style cigar without any of the legal issues. Of the three vitolas, the Toro is my preference day or night.

    Julio and Justo Eiroa used non-hybrid seeds, meaning what grew the leaves for this blend genetically originate from Cuba without any cross-straining: this is almost like being able to enjoy a classic Cuban-style cigar without any of the legal issues. Of the three vitolas, the Toro is my preference day or night.


  • Kelly |

    I’ve enjoyed other Punch cigars regularly, but Golden Era having received a ‘90’ rating upon release from Cigar Aficionado caught my attention. The Honduran Havana Seed Corojo wrapper was as silky on the palate as it was in my hands; perhaps the most enjoyable experience was each nuance never overpowering the other.

    I’ve enjoyed other Punch cigars regularly, but Golden Era having received a ‘90’ rating upon release from Cigar Aficionado caught my attention. The Honduran Havana Seed Corojo wrapper was as silky on the palate as it was in my hands; perhaps the most enjoyable experience was each nuance never overpowering the other.


  • Bella |

    For me personally, I enjoy spice but in a tempered way. Punch Golden Era is refined, and after I smoked one Churchill with water, I wanted to amplify the underlying cinnamon note, so I grabbed another cigar and some Sazerac Rye. The candied spice note in my whiskey harmonized perfectly with this blend!


    For me personally, I enjoy spice but in a tempered way. Punch Golden Era is refined, and after I smoked one Churchill with water, I wanted to amplify the underlying cinnamon note, so I grabbed another cigar and some Sazerac Rye. The candied spice note in my whiskey harmonized perfectly with this blend!



  • Lindsay |

    If good things come to those who wait, then I’d happily wait 1,000 days for these cigars. My preference is for the Double Robusto, as I enjoy the more nuanced interplay between sweeter and spicier notes in that vitola. You’ll often catch me celebrating “Mil Días Mondays” to start my week off right, and I suggest you do the same!


    If good things come to those who wait, then I’d happily wait 1,000 days for these cigars. My preference is for the Double Robusto, as I enjoy the more nuanced interplay between sweeter and spicier notes in that vitola. You’ll often catch me celebrating “Mil Días Mondays” to start my week off right, and I suggest you do the same!



  • Kelly |

    Fun fact: The ‘M’ logo on the band is not only an abbreviation for Mil Días, but it’s also the Roman numeral for 1,000. Since the cigar’s name literally means 1,000 days in Spanish, you can tell the Crowned Heads team really put a lot of thought into every possible detail for this blend.


    Fun fact: The ‘M’ logo on the band is not only an abbreviation for Mil Días, but it’s also the Roman numeral for 1,000. Since the cigar’s name literally means 1,000 days in Spanish, you can tell the Crowned Heads team really put a lot of thought into every possible detail for this blend.



  • Oscar |

    A seamless Ecuador Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and long-fillers from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Peru: this blend was well thought-out. I prefer the Sublime size, but also how this cigar never overpowers my palate while providing a constant evolution of flavor. Cedar, nuts, sweet cream, earth, spices, and cocoa pair well with coffee in the morning and bourbon at night.


    A seamless Ecuador Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder, and long-fillers from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Peru: this blend was well thought-out. I prefer the Sublime size, but also how this cigar never overpowers my palate while providing a constant evolution of flavor. Cedar, nuts, sweet cream, earth, spices, and cocoa pair well with coffee in the morning and bourbon at night.



  • Bella |

    There’s something wonderful about a blend which can be appreciated by enthusiasts of all levels – it’s also a rare occurrence in today’s market. Someone more experienced will pick up on its complexity that firmly remains balanced, while a lesser-experienced individual will revel in its profile, appearance, and burn. Mil Días grabs your attention and never lets go.


    There’s something wonderful about a blend which can be appreciated by enthusiasts of all levels – it’s also a rare occurrence in today’s market. Someone more experienced will pick up on its complexity that firmly remains balanced, while a lesser-experienced individual will revel in its profile, appearance, and burn. Mil Días grabs your attention and never lets go.



  • Bella | | Father's Day Feast

    You can't beat a combo like H. Upmann and AJ Fernandez. This hearty long-filler blend of Criollo 98 and Piloto Cubano tobaccos gets finished with smooth Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper provides notes of roasted nuts, spice, and cocoa. Very Cuban-esque, it's easy to see why this one has a '90' rating. Pair it with an Old-Fashioned and see why this legendary brand is so well respected.

    You can't beat a combo like H. Upmann and AJ Fernandez. This hearty long-filler blend of Criollo 98 and Piloto Cubano tobaccos gets finished with smooth Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper provides notes of roasted nuts, spice, and cocoa. Very Cuban-esque, it's easy to see why this one has a '90' rating. Pair it with an Old-Fashioned and see why this legendary brand is so well respected.


  • Quinn | | Father's Day Feast

    As one of Camacho's best-selling blends, this one is always in my rotation. Rumor has it, it took 84 attempts to perfect the final blend and it shows. The all-Maduro blend packs a ton of flavor.  The uber-rich delivers notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and hints of spice on the finish. Pairs well with coffee, but save this one for dessert after you have a big, juicy steak. Pair with a red wine for maximum benefits.

    As one of Camacho's best-selling blends, this one is always in my rotation. Rumor has it, it took 84 attempts to perfect the final blend and it shows. The all-Maduro blend packs a ton of flavor.  The uber-rich delivers notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and hints of spice on the finish. Pairs well with coffee, but save this one for dessert after you have a big, juicy steak. Pair with a red wine for maximum benefits.


  • Oscar | | Father's Day Feast

    Intricate details on the band showcase the cigar's inspiration: Columbus' 1492 voyage. This box-pressed puro uses tobaccos from all four Nicaraguan growing regions: it's as diverse as the landscape it represents! New World was the first blend AJ made with his father in his own factory; medium to full-bodied, it's spicy, sweet, and very satisfying.

    Intricate details on the band showcase the cigar's inspiration: Columbus' 1492 voyage. This box-pressed puro uses tobaccos from all four Nicaraguan growing regions: it's as diverse as the landscape it represents! New World was the first blend AJ made with his father in his own factory; medium to full-bodied, it's spicy, sweet, and very satisfying.


  • Kelly | | Father's Day Feast

    Debuting in 2021, Rocky's White Label has flown under the radar a bit. Is it any wonder? With an award-winning portfolio like Rocky's, it can be hard to stand out. But something tells me this gem is about to get noticed. A combination of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos is finished with a silky-smooth Connecticut Shade wrapper. Expect notes of cedar, earth, and hints of vanilla.

    Debuting in 2021, Rocky's White Label has flown under the radar a bit. Is it any wonder? With an award-winning portfolio like Rocky's, it can be hard to stand out. But something tells me this gem is about to get noticed. A combination of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos is finished with a silky-smooth Connecticut Shade wrapper. Expect notes of cedar, earth, and hints of vanilla.


  • Lindsay | | Father's Day Feast

    The concept of Legend is to acknowledge those who built the Partagas name; the blend, however, is 100% modern. Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Honduran Olancho San Agustin binder, Dominican Piloto long-fillers...Medium to full-bodied, it's teeming with baking spice, leather, cocoa, and some sweetness. Rather complementary alongside a dark red wine like Syrah/Shiraz.

    The concept of Legend is to acknowledge those who built the Partagas name; the blend, however, is 100% modern. Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, Honduran Olancho San Agustin binder, Dominican Piloto long-fillers...Medium to full-bodied, it's teeming with baking spice, leather, cocoa, and some sweetness. Rather complementary alongside a dark red wine like Syrah/Shiraz.


  • Bella | | Half & Half

    With a patriotic foot band, there’s no mistaking the importance of U.S.-grown tobacco to this blend. Formerly called the “Double Connecticut,” its wrapper is Shade and the binder Broadleaf. Mellow but never boring, its notes of baking spice, white pepper, cedar, and hops allow for pairings with a crisp beer or even a nice tea.

    With a patriotic foot band, there’s no mistaking the importance of U.S.-grown tobacco to this blend. Formerly called the “Double Connecticut,” its wrapper is Shade and the binder Broadleaf. Mellow but never boring, its notes of baking spice, white pepper, cedar, and hops allow for pairings with a crisp beer or even a nice tea.


  • Poised as the blend that introduced the world to Brazilian wrappers, it took five years of research to make the ‘91’-rated Brazilia a reality. Despite its size, the full-bodied Gol! is rich on the palate, very earthy with a complex boutique of nuts, spices, toast, and floral bouquet. A fantastic follow-up to a great meal.

    Poised as the blend that introduced the world to Brazilian wrappers, it took five years of research to make the ‘91’-rated Brazilia a reality. Despite its size, the full-bodied Gol! is rich on the palate, very earthy with a complex boutique of nuts, spices, toast, and floral bouquet. A fantastic follow-up to a great meal.


  • Lindsay | | Half & Half

    I implore you to give a good, hard look at the wrapper on this one. Stunning. Simply one of the smoothest Connecticut wrappers I’ve ever seen. But what else would you expect from Nick Perdomo? This Nicaraguan-made treat offers warm notes of cedar, spice, and hints of vanilla on the finish. Smooth enough for the morning, flavorful enough to end the evening, this gem will hit the spot for any enthusiast!

    I implore you to give a good, hard look at the wrapper on this one. Stunning. Simply one of the smoothest Connecticut wrappers I’ve ever seen. But what else would you expect from Nick Perdomo? This Nicaraguan-made treat offers warm notes of cedar, spice, and hints of vanilla on the finish. Smooth enough for the morning, flavorful enough to end the evening, this gem will hit the spot for any enthusiast!


  • Quinn | | Half & Half

    Ferio Tego’s Metropolitan Host Maduro flies a little under the radar. Born from the Nat Sherman brand, I think this brand is overlooked simply because its been on the market for decades. But there’s also a reason it’s been around so long. Smooth, consistent notes of milk chocolate, earth, and faint hints of spice on the finish. This is one smooth Maduro! Pair with a nice bourbon for best results. 

    Ferio Tego’s Metropolitan Host Maduro flies a little under the radar. Born from the Nat Sherman brand, I think this brand is overlooked simply because its been on the market for decades. But there’s also a reason it’s been around so long. Smooth, consistent notes of milk chocolate, earth, and faint hints of spice on the finish. This is one smooth Maduro! Pair with a nice bourbon for best results. 


  • Kelly | | Half & Half

    AJ Fernandez more than earns his Master Blender title with this ‘91’-rated blend. Due to the dark Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper, the Maduro is bolder than its predecessor, but no complaints here. There’s a nice spicy-sweetness due to the interplay between earth and pepper underneath sweeter nuances of almond, cocoa, and vanilla. Remarkably even burn.

    AJ Fernandez more than earns his Master Blender title with this ‘91’-rated blend. Due to the dark Brazilian Mata Fina wrapper, the Maduro is bolder than its predecessor, but no complaints here. There’s a nice spicy-sweetness due to the interplay between earth and pepper underneath sweeter nuances of almond, cocoa, and vanilla. Remarkably even burn.


  • I love a good morning cigar, and Connecticut-wrapped blends are perfect with a cup of coffee. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that this gem was blended by the legendary AJ Fernandez. Hailing from AJ’s factory in Nicaragua, La Gran Llave Connecticut is draped in an Ecuador Connecticut Shade wrapper concealing top-notch Nicaraguan long-fillers. This mellow to medium-bodied blend delivers creamy notes of cashew, hazelnut, and coffee.

    I love a good morning cigar, and Connecticut-wrapped blends are perfect with a cup of coffee. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that this gem was blended by the legendary AJ Fernandez. Hailing from AJ’s factory in Nicaragua, La Gran Llave Connecticut is draped in an Ecuador Connecticut Shade wrapper concealing top-notch Nicaraguan long-fillers. This mellow to medium-bodied blend delivers creamy notes of cashew, hazelnut, and coffee.


  • CAO has consistently been one of my favorite brands for a long time now. But one cigar in their portfolio that always seems to be overlooked is the ‘91’ rated CAO Nicaragua. Made with long-fillers from three of Nicaragua’s prime growing regions and covered with a dark Jamastran wrapper, this premium possesses a beautiful balance of strength and flavor. A complex profile offers notes of dark chocolate, black pepper, roasted nuts, and a dried fruit sweetness.

    CAO has consistently been one of my favorite brands for a long time now. But one cigar in their portfolio that always seems to be overlooked is the ‘91’ rated CAO Nicaragua. Made with long-fillers from three of Nicaragua’s prime growing regions and covered with a dark Jamastran wrapper, this premium possesses a beautiful balance of strength and flavor. A complex profile offers notes of dark chocolate, black pepper, roasted nuts, and a dried fruit sweetness.


  • This ‘90’-rated Nicaraguan puro made by AJ Fernandez looks modern, but it’s really an homage to the famous blends that came out of Havana during the late ‘60s to early ‘70s. Medium to full-bodied, an attractive chocolate-brown wrapper greets the senses before paving way for a flavor profile laden with notes of pepper, vanilla, coffee bean, citrus, and toast.

    This ‘90’-rated Nicaraguan puro made by AJ Fernandez looks modern, but it’s really an homage to the famous blends that came out of Havana during the late ‘60s to early ‘70s. Medium to full-bodied, an attractive chocolate-brown wrapper greets the senses before paving way for a flavor profile laden with notes of pepper, vanilla, coffee bean, citrus, and toast.


  • I simply can’t resist La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press. These Dominican-made premiums are chock full of tobaccos from Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico’s San Andrés Valley capped off with a redolent Nicaraguan Jalapa wrapper. Savor every moment as this medium-bodied cigar is rich with notes of earth, red licorice, black pepper, raisin, and baking spice. Fire up a steak and pair this with a nice bourbon…you’ll thank me.

    I simply can’t resist La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press. These Dominican-made premiums are chock full of tobaccos from Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico’s San Andrés Valley capped off with a redolent Nicaraguan Jalapa wrapper. Savor every moment as this medium-bodied cigar is rich with notes of earth, red licorice, black pepper, raisin, and baking spice. Fire up a steak and pair this with a nice bourbon…you’ll thank me.


  • Oliva’s catalog of blends is legendary. And personally, I love a good Cameroon-wrapped cigar, so this one was a no-brainer for me. A hearty but balanced handmade, Serie ‘G’ is packed with Nicaraguan tobaccos and gives off notes of leather, cedar, and coffee. To top it off, the genuine Cameroon wrapper offers hints of sweetness throughout. Pair this gem with some bourbon and you have a match made in heaven.

    Oliva’s catalog of blends is legendary. And personally, I love a good Cameroon-wrapped cigar, so this one was a no-brainer for me. A hearty but balanced handmade, Serie ‘G’ is packed with Nicaraguan tobaccos and gives off notes of leather, cedar, and coffee. To top it off, the genuine Cameroon wrapper offers hints of sweetness throughout. Pair this gem with some bourbon and you have a match made in heaven.


  • When AJ Fernandez was asked to blend a Nicaraguan puro for Montecristo, it resulted in this ‘93’-rated, #10 of 2018. Notes of earth, hay, red pepper, red berries, cedar, and sweet hickory in this medium-bodied blend provide a new take on that classic Monte experience. Construction is flawless, with the right amount of pull on the draw.

    When AJ Fernandez was asked to blend a Nicaraguan puro for Montecristo, it resulted in this ‘93’-rated, #10 of 2018. Notes of earth, hay, red pepper, red berries, cedar, and sweet hickory in this medium-bodied blend provide a new take on that classic Monte experience. Construction is flawless, with the right amount of pull on the draw.


  • The Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Connecticut is another outstanding cigar in the Vintage series and an excellent any-time-of-day cigar. This mild to medium-bodied smoke features a seven-year-aged Connecticut Shade wrapper, encasing a Nicaraguan binder and a complex blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican Ligero fillers, giving this cigar rich notes of cream, nuts, and toast. It’s the perfect pre-dinner cigar to pair with an Apple Spiced Martini.

    The Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Connecticut is another outstanding cigar in the Vintage series and an excellent any-time-of-day cigar. This mild to medium-bodied smoke features a seven-year-aged Connecticut Shade wrapper, encasing a Nicaraguan binder and a complex blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican Ligero fillers, giving this cigar rich notes of cream, nuts, and toast. It’s the perfect pre-dinner cigar to pair with an Apple Spiced Martini.


  • One of Gurkha’s most limited releases, Yakuza never fails to impress. A hefty helping of Ligero tobaccos makes for a potent base that gets finished with dark, oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. This full-bodied treat definitely hits the spot after a stressful day. But even with Yakuza’s power, there’s a subtle balance that makes for a smooth, rich finish. Pour yourself a glass of single malt and kick back with this limited release!

    One of Gurkha’s most limited releases, Yakuza never fails to impress. A hefty helping of Ligero tobaccos makes for a potent base that gets finished with dark, oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. This full-bodied treat definitely hits the spot after a stressful day. But even with Yakuza’s power, there’s a subtle balance that makes for a smooth, rich finish. Pour yourself a glass of single malt and kick back with this limited release!


  • Ave Maria’s portfolio is always in my rotation. And that should be no surprise, with every cigar being produced under the watchful eye of AJ Fernandez. But the one that stands out to me is Ave Maria Divinia. One of the brand’s top-shelf o¬fferings, Divinia is packed with Nicaraguan tobaccos and finished with a Sun Grown Nicaraguan wrapper. Notes of earth, coffee, cocoa, and almonds round out this perfectly-balanced beauty.

    Ave Maria’s portfolio is always in my rotation. And that should be no surprise, with every cigar being produced under the watchful eye of AJ Fernandez. But the one that stands out to me is Ave Maria Divinia. One of the brand’s top-shelf o¬fferings, Divinia is packed with Nicaraguan tobaccos and finished with a Sun Grown Nicaraguan wrapper. Notes of earth, coffee, cocoa, and almonds round out this perfectly-balanced beauty.


  • The Romeo y Julieta Reserve is a ‘90’-rated blend handmade in Honduras from premium Nicaraguan and Honduran binder and filler tobaccos covered by an oily Nicaraguan wrapper leaf. This perfect blend of premium tobaccos gives this cigar notes of leather, cinnamon, and almonds. The Churchill size is perfect for the golf course and afterwards pairs well with a Continental Sour.

    The Romeo y Julieta Reserve is a ‘90’-rated blend handmade in Honduras from premium Nicaraguan and Honduran binder and filler tobaccos covered by an oily Nicaraguan wrapper leaf. This perfect blend of premium tobaccos gives this cigar notes of leather, cinnamon, and almonds. The Churchill size is perfect for the golf course and afterwards pairs well with a Continental Sour.


  • Man O’ War is typically known for their full-flavored, Nicaraguan blends and this gem does nothing to dispel that. This hefty 6.0”x60 box-pressed treat comes packed with a bevy of Nicaraguan and Honduran Ligero tobaccos and is finished with thick, dark Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Expect notes of leather and earth with hints of dark chocolate and spice on the finish.

    Man O’ War is typically known for their full-flavored, Nicaraguan blends and this gem does nothing to dispel that. This hefty 6.0”x60 box-pressed treat comes packed with a bevy of Nicaraguan and Honduran Ligero tobaccos and is finished with thick, dark Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Expect notes of leather and earth with hints of dark chocolate and spice on the finish.


  • Here’s your everyday Habano! This medium to full-bodied treat delivers a plethora of flavor without being over-powering. Starting with a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos, this beauty is finished with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that supplies ample notes of cedar, pepper, and hints of cream on the finish. Pair it with a spiced rum and cola cocktail and never look back.

    Here’s your everyday Habano! This medium to full-bodied treat delivers a plethora of flavor without being over-powering. Starting with a blend of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos, this beauty is finished with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that supplies ample notes of cedar, pepper, and hints of cream on the finish. Pair it with a spiced rum and cola cocktail and never look back.


  • This ‘93’ rated spin-off of the original Black Market was Cigar Aficionado’s #9 of 2018. Sourcing prime tobaccos from the Plasencia family, this handmade utilizes a double binder (Honduras and Nicaragua) amid a Nicaraguan wrapper and long-filler bunch. Medium to full-bodied, it contains a consistent woodiness, with notes of caramel, cashew, cocoa, and a bit of raisin on the finish.

    This ‘93’ rated spin-off of the original Black Market was Cigar Aficionado’s #9 of 2018. Sourcing prime tobaccos from the Plasencia family, this handmade utilizes a double binder (Honduras and Nicaragua) amid a Nicaraguan wrapper and long-filler bunch. Medium to full-bodied, it contains a consistent woodiness, with notes of caramel, cashew, cocoa, and a bit of raisin on the finish.


  • 5 Vegas is a brand that delivers fantastic value for a premium brand. Cigars that will easily fit into your daily rotation. 5 Vegas Cask Strength weighs in as the strongest blend in their best-selling portfolio. The blend consists of all-Ligero tobaccos that are finished with a red-hued Nicaraguan wrapper. You’re going to want to want to have a full stomach for this powerhouse!

    5 Vegas is a brand that delivers fantastic value for a premium brand. Cigars that will easily fit into your daily rotation. 5 Vegas Cask Strength weighs in as the strongest blend in their best-selling portfolio. The blend consists of all-Ligero tobaccos that are finished with a red-hued Nicaraguan wrapper. You’re going to want to want to have a full stomach for this powerhouse!


  • The Kristoff Maduro is a boutique-made premium that does not lack flavor. This full-bodied cigar is everything a premium cigar should be. It has a Brazilian Maduro wrapper, Cuban-seed Dominican Olor binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. With notes of toasted nuts, spice, and a slight bit of sweetness on the finish, the Kristoff Maduro pairs perfectly with a classic brandy Sidecar.

    The Kristoff Maduro is a boutique-made premium that does not lack flavor. This full-bodied cigar is everything a premium cigar should be. It has a Brazilian Maduro wrapper, Cuban-seed Dominican Olor binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. With notes of toasted nuts, spice, and a slight bit of sweetness on the finish, the Kristoff Maduro pairs perfectly with a classic brandy Sidecar.


  • The ‘93’ rated Caldwell The King is Dead sources some of finest and most unique Dominican tobaccos. Medium-bodied and well-constructed to provide a thick, balanced smoke, this premium exudes notes of cedar, earth, chocolate, and subtle hints of spice. This is a great cigar to pair with a cup of coffee, or your favorite libation!

    The ‘93’ rated Caldwell The King is Dead sources some of finest and most unique Dominican tobaccos. Medium-bodied and well-constructed to provide a thick, balanced smoke, this premium exudes notes of cedar, earth, chocolate, and subtle hints of spice. This is a great cigar to pair with a cup of coffee, or your favorite libation!


  • El Diario in this instance means “daily,” so welcome to your everyday La Palina indulgence. This ‘93’ rated blend gets its spice from the top-choice Nicaraguan long-fillers, and its natural sweetness is courtesy of the Honduran Rosado wrapper. Offering up dense smoke and a fluid draw, expect notes of earth, cedar, pepper, nuts, and stone fruits.

    El Diario in this instance means “daily,” so welcome to your everyday La Palina indulgence. This ‘93’ rated blend gets its spice from the top-choice Nicaraguan long-fillers, and its natural sweetness is courtesy of the Honduran Rosado wrapper. Offering up dense smoke and a fluid draw, expect notes of earth, cedar, pepper, nuts, and stone fruits.


  • Normally, when you attach AJ’s name to a blend, it instantly puts it on the map. But La Herencia Cubana’s CORE line still flies under the radar. Why? As one of AJ Fernandez’s earlier releases, AJ’s celebrity hadn’t taken off quite yet. But let me tell you, this one deserves your attention. A bold, rich beauty ripe with notes of dark chocolate, spice, and hints of cashews.

    Normally, when you attach AJ’s name to a blend, it instantly puts it on the map. But La Herencia Cubana’s CORE line still flies under the radar. Why? As one of AJ Fernandez’s earlier releases, AJ’s celebrity hadn’t taken off quite yet. But let me tell you, this one deserves your attention. A bold, rich beauty ripe with notes of dark chocolate, spice, and hints of cashews.


  • I admit, I’m not much of a morning person. So I definitely need that cup of coffee when I wake up. But what’s a good cup of coffee without a cigar to pair with it? And there’s few better than Toraño’s Casa Toraño. A smooth, mellow classic that provides crisp notes of almonds, earth, and hints of cream on the finish.

    I admit, I’m not much of a morning person. So I definitely need that cup of coffee when I wake up. But what’s a good cup of coffee without a cigar to pair with it? And there’s few better than Toraño’s Casa Toraño. A smooth, mellow classic that provides crisp notes of almonds, earth, and hints of cream on the finish.


  • The Camacho Pre-Embargo cigar is a truly unique gem that needs to have a place in your humidor. This flavorful cigar is covered in a Jamastran Corojo 99 wrapper leaf which encases Honduran tobaccos and a few leaves of pre-embargo Cuban tobacco. Giving this cigar a rich, medium-bodied smoke with notes of cocoa, nuts, and cedar. To pair with this beauty, I suggest a Negroni.

    The Camacho Pre-Embargo cigar is a truly unique gem that needs to have a place in your humidor. This flavorful cigar is covered in a Jamastran Corojo 99 wrapper leaf which encases Honduran tobaccos and a few leaves of pre-embargo Cuban tobacco. Giving this cigar a rich, medium-bodied smoke with notes of cocoa, nuts, and cedar. To pair with this beauty, I suggest a Negroni.


  • Its tough to pick a favorite amongst Rocky Patel’s award-winning portfolio. The ‘95’ rated Decade, the Edge series, the Vintage blends…all good choices! But I keep coming back to the ‘94’ rated Royale. A bold Nicaraguan blend finished with a silky-smooth Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper that produces rich notes of roasted nuts, pepper, oak, sweet cream, cacao, and caramel throughout.

    Its tough to pick a favorite amongst Rocky Patel’s award-winning portfolio. The ‘95’ rated Decade, the Edge series, the Vintage blends…all good choices! But I keep coming back to the ‘94’ rated Royale. A bold Nicaraguan blend finished with a silky-smooth Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper that produces rich notes of roasted nuts, pepper, oak, sweet cream, cacao, and caramel throughout.


  • The after-dinner cigar gets all the credit. To me, it’s the morning cigar that gets me going. Pour a nice cup of coffee, fire up a Connecticut-wrapped gem, and gather my thoughts…an exceptional way to start the day. So, this month’s Alec Bradley Connecticut really resonates with me. A complex blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos finished with a seamless Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. 

    The after-dinner cigar gets all the credit. To me, it’s the morning cigar that gets me going. Pour a nice cup of coffee, fire up a Connecticut-wrapped gem, and gather my thoughts…an exceptional way to start the day. So, this month’s Alec Bradley Connecticut really resonates with me. A complex blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos finished with a seamless Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. 


  • This ‘93’ rated premium marked the golden anniversary of the Toraño Exodus line – a blend commemorating all cigar families forced to flee Cuba. A toothy Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper atop long-fillers from two prized Nicaraguan regions dance on the palate with notes of earth, baking spice, black pepper, and turbinado. Medium to full-bodied, a long finish awaits all who enjoy it.

    This ‘93’ rated premium marked the golden anniversary of the Toraño Exodus line – a blend commemorating all cigar families forced to flee Cuba. A toothy Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper atop long-fillers from two prized Nicaraguan regions dance on the palate with notes of earth, baking spice, black pepper, and turbinado. Medium to full-bodied, a long finish awaits all who enjoy it.


  • It’s pretty easy to get behind this one, huh? Nothing says 4th of July like a CAO America! But all patriotism aside, this cigar is the real deal. This ‘92’ rated stunner comes equipped with a four-country blend of tobaccos finished with a sleek barber pole wrapper (maduro and Connecticut). Starting off with a hearty spice, the blend transitions to a rich dark chocolate note while offering brief notes of vanilla throughout.

    It’s pretty easy to get behind this one, huh? Nothing says 4th of July like a CAO America! But all patriotism aside, this cigar is the real deal. This ‘92’ rated stunner comes equipped with a four-country blend of tobaccos finished with a sleek barber pole wrapper (maduro and Connecticut). Starting off with a hearty spice, the blend transitions to a rich dark chocolate note while offering brief notes of vanilla throughout.


  • As the first Cohiba with roots in Nicaragua, this '91' rated blend is worth toasting to again and again! Constructed with elegant complexity, this premium produces ample amounts of smoke and releases hearty flavors of leather, cedar, and pepper on the palate—all thanks to its Nicaraguan binder, long-fillers, and Honduran Jamastran Colorado Oscuro wrapper.

    As the first Cohiba with roots in Nicaragua, this '91' rated blend is worth toasting to again and again! Constructed with elegant complexity, this premium produces ample amounts of smoke and releases hearty flavors of leather, cedar, and pepper on the palate—all thanks to its Nicaraguan binder, long-fillers, and Honduran Jamastran Colorado Oscuro wrapper.


  • The most premium blend in the AVO family, XO hails from Davidoff's famed Tabadom Factory. A complex array of cream, wood, nuts, and dried fruit subtly unfold on the palate thanks to its five-country tobacco blend. This medium-bodied cigar has a spicy finish, and I enjoy my AVO XO alongside a sturdy Rye served neat.

    The most premium blend in the AVO family, XO hails from Davidoff's famed Tabadom Factory. A complex array of cream, wood, nuts, and dried fruit subtly unfold on the palate thanks to its five-country tobacco blend. This medium-bodied cigar has a spicy finish, and I enjoy my AVO XO alongside a sturdy Rye served neat.


  • Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne is definitely worth a spot in your humidor. Not a wimpy Connecticut, this mellow to medium-bodied smoke has an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and Cuban-seed Nicaraguan binder and filler, giving it a rich, smooth smoke with notes of cream, oak, and cedar. The perfect cocktail for this cigar is a Kentucky Mule.

    Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne is definitely worth a spot in your humidor. Not a wimpy Connecticut, this mellow to medium-bodied smoke has an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper and Cuban-seed Nicaraguan binder and filler, giving it a rich, smooth smoke with notes of cream, oak, and cedar. The perfect cocktail for this cigar is a Kentucky Mule.


  • Buffalo Trace begins with a mix of Nicaraguan long-fillers and barrel-aged Piloto Cubano tobaccos nestled beneath a Brazilian Arapiraca binder, all finished off with a gorgeous Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. Potent, yet incredibly balanced, this beauty literally bursts at the seams with flavors of leather, cedar, spice, vanilla, and a hint of nuttiness. You've got to try this one!

    Buffalo Trace begins with a mix of Nicaraguan long-fillers and barrel-aged Piloto Cubano tobaccos nestled beneath a Brazilian Arapiraca binder, all finished off with a gorgeous Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. Potent, yet incredibly balanced, this beauty literally bursts at the seams with flavors of leather, cedar, spice, vanilla, and a hint of nuttiness. You've got to try this one!


  • '91' rated by Cigar Aficionado, Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask lives up to all its accolades. Much of this blend's unique flavor originates from the Brazilian Arapiraca binder, which has been aged in barrels previously containing the finest Sherry wines. The result is a full-flavored sensation that bursts with notes of fruit, cocoa, and licorice!

    '91' rated by Cigar Aficionado, Diesel Whiskey Row Sherry Cask lives up to all its accolades. Much of this blend's unique flavor originates from the Brazilian Arapiraca binder, which has been aged in barrels previously containing the finest Sherry wines. The result is a full-flavored sensation that bursts with notes of fruit, cocoa, and licorice!


  • More than a favorite, this Monte is a '94' rated homerun. Stepping up to the plate in confidence, Montecristo Platinum is fitted with a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan, Peruvian, and Dominican long-fillers. This leads to one extraordinary result: a plethora of cashew, almond, and coffee nuances with slight spice throughout—a true pastime for any fan.

    More than a favorite, this Monte is a '94' rated homerun. Stepping up to the plate in confidence, Montecristo Platinum is fitted with a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan, Peruvian, and Dominican long-fillers. This leads to one extraordinary result: a plethora of cashew, almond, and coffee nuances with slight spice throughout—a true pastime for any fan.


  • '92' rated, extensively-aged long-fillers set the tone for a richer, bolder La Gloria Cubana. This initial line extension is still popular 23 years after its release, and the No.4 is a vitola for those who still prefer classic sizing. Expect sweet cedar, spice, earth, citrus peel, and a floral bouquet with an even burn.

    '92' rated, extensively-aged long-fillers set the tone for a richer, bolder La Gloria Cubana. This initial line extension is still popular 23 years after its release, and the No.4 is a vitola for those who still prefer classic sizing. Expect sweet cedar, spice, earth, citrus peel, and a floral bouquet with an even burn.


  • This '92' rated gem ranked Cigar Aficionado's Top 25. Made in Nicaragua with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and filler gives it complex notes of wood, vanilla bean, and toasted nuts with a smooth caramel finish. I'm breaking out the bourbon for this one and pairing it with a Scofflaw cocktail.

    This '92' rated gem ranked Cigar Aficionado's Top 25. Made in Nicaragua with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper and Nicaraguan binder and filler gives it complex notes of wood, vanilla bean, and toasted nuts with a smooth caramel finish. I'm breaking out the bourbon for this one and pairing it with a Scofflaw cocktail.


  • The medium-bodied Ave Maria Holy Grail is rich, refined, and full in flavor. Beneath the golden Connecticut leaf and San Andrés binder are rich Nicaraguan long-fillers which lends their way to subtle notes of cream, cedar, oak, and hints of buttery toast on the finish. Another divine blend from Ave Maria—satisfying on every level.

    The medium-bodied Ave Maria Holy Grail is rich, refined, and full in flavor. Beneath the golden Connecticut leaf and San Andrés binder are rich Nicaraguan long-fillers which lends their way to subtle notes of cream, cedar, oak, and hints of buttery toast on the finish. Another divine blend from Ave Maria—satisfying on every level.


  • Having tried most ACID blends, 20 was not only unique compared to the rest of the portfolio, but also considerably more luxurious. Medium-bodied with a sweet-tipped Mexican San Andrés wrapper, this box-pressed beauty exudes notes of milk chocolate, cinnamon, and welcomed natural tobacco flavors. ACID 20 is an appropriate homage to the brand's eminent history.

    Having tried most ACID blends, 20 was not only unique compared to the rest of the portfolio, but also considerably more luxurious. Medium-bodied with a sweet-tipped Mexican San Andrés wrapper, this box-pressed beauty exudes notes of milk chocolate, cinnamon, and welcomed natural tobacco flavors. ACID 20 is an appropriate homage to the brand's eminent history.


  • The complexity of the Cuban-seed Nicaraguan long-fillers presents bold notes on the palate, which are complemented by a natural sweetness thanks to the cigar's Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper. This richly-balanced, box-pressed premium delivers a slow, even burn with a long finish—a '93' rated blend that is sure to have you falling head over foot!

    The complexity of the Cuban-seed Nicaraguan long-fillers presents bold notes on the palate, which are complemented by a natural sweetness thanks to the cigar's Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper. This richly-balanced, box-pressed premium delivers a slow, even burn with a long finish—a '93' rated blend that is sure to have you falling head over foot!


  • Comprised of top crops aged four years plus an extra year in rum barrels, it's an exotic mix of Dominican, Brazilian, and Cameroonian tobaccos capped with a Cameroon-seed wrapper grown under Ecuadorian skies. Notes of black peppercorn are underscored by wheat, leather, and sugar, culminating in a warm, salt-and-pepper-like finish. This medium-bodied Perfecto never disappoints.

    Comprised of top crops aged four years plus an extra year in rum barrels, it's an exotic mix of Dominican, Brazilian, and Cameroonian tobaccos capped with a Cameroon-seed wrapper grown under Ecuadorian skies. Notes of black peppercorn are underscored by wheat, leather, and sugar, culminating in a warm, salt-and-pepper-like finish. This medium-bodied Perfecto never disappoints.


  • Another winner from cigar industry icon, AJ Fernandez, Hoyo La Amistad Gold is a '90' rated medium to full-bodied smoke packed with flavor. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper drapes a complex Nicaraguan binder and filler producing earthy notes of spice, cocoa, and pepper—perfect for an early evening smoke paired with a vodka Ruby cocktail.

    Another winner from cigar industry icon, AJ Fernandez, Hoyo La Amistad Gold is a '90' rated medium to full-bodied smoke packed with flavor. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper drapes a complex Nicaraguan binder and filler producing earthy notes of spice, cocoa, and pepper—perfect for an early evening smoke paired with a vodka Ruby cocktail.


  • Graycliff always delivers, and their 10-Year Vintage Maduro is no exception! This medium-bodied beauty is comprised of Honduran and Nicaraguan long-fillers that are masterfully-wrapped in an almost seamless, dark, oily and gorgeous wrapper. A creamy smoke from start to finish with notes of cedar, espresso, and cocoa throughout. A must-try!

    Graycliff always delivers, and their 10-Year Vintage Maduro is no exception! This medium-bodied beauty is comprised of Honduran and Nicaraguan long-fillers that are masterfully-wrapped in an almost seamless, dark, oily and gorgeous wrapper. A creamy smoke from start to finish with notes of cedar, espresso, and cocoa throughout. A must-try!


  • At first glance, the oily Connecticut Broadleaf covering Partagas Legend tells a story about the luxurious experience it delivers. I was completely enthralled in the rich, spicy, leathery notes exuded by the Dominican Piloto Cubano long-fillers, followed by some delightful sweetness on the finish. Pairing these premiums with your favorite bourbon is also highly recommended!

    At first glance, the oily Connecticut Broadleaf covering Partagas Legend tells a story about the luxurious experience it delivers. I was completely enthralled in the rich, spicy, leathery notes exuded by the Dominican Piloto Cubano long-fillers, followed by some delightful sweetness on the finish. Pairing these premiums with your favorite bourbon is also highly recommended!


  • This AJ blend is "all the rage" with its dark, oily Ecuador Habano Sun Grown Oscuro wrapper and Cuban-seed long-fillers from his farms in Estelí. This perfectly-powered blend brings attention to rich notes of cedar and spice which is rounded out by a creamy finish. Diesel Rage is one class act you don't want to miss.

    This AJ blend is "all the rage" with its dark, oily Ecuador Habano Sun Grown Oscuro wrapper and Cuban-seed long-fillers from his farms in Estelí. This perfectly-powered blend brings attention to rich notes of cedar and spice which is rounded out by a creamy finish. Diesel Rage is one class act you don't want to miss.


  • The team at Alec Bradley realized a mellow to medium-bodied blend was missing within the Black Market portfolio: enter Vandal "The Con". Utilizing a Connecticut-seed wrapper grown on Honduran soil, this smooth premium showcases coffee bean, roasted almonds, citrus peel, and hints of black pepper that will satisfy the palates of enthusiasts and aficionados alike.

    The team at Alec Bradley realized a mellow to medium-bodied blend was missing within the Black Market portfolio: enter Vandal "The Con". Utilizing a Connecticut-seed wrapper grown on Honduran soil, this smooth premium showcases coffee bean, roasted almonds, citrus peel, and hints of black pepper that will satisfy the palates of enthusiasts and aficionados alike.


  • Governor's Private Blend is another Gurkha gem. This cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Dominican binder, and Columbian Corojo filler. Once lit, this medium to full-bodied smoke features complex notes of cedar, spice, and coffee. Very smooth, well-rounded, and perfect to enjoy with hot Spiced Apple Twinings of London Chai Tea with Jim Beam Whiskey.

    Governor's Private Blend is another Gurkha gem. This cigar features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Dominican binder, and Columbian Corojo filler. Once lit, this medium to full-bodied smoke features complex notes of cedar, spice, and coffee. Very smooth, well-rounded, and perfect to enjoy with hot Spiced Apple Twinings of London Chai Tea with Jim Beam Whiskey.


  • A medium-bodied blend from CAO that is perfect for any time of day? Yes, please! The perfectly-aged Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos are masterfully nestled beneath a decadent Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. From start to finish, I love the richness and underlying hints of chocolate throughout—one of my "go-to" maduro's and must-have for my humidor.

    A medium-bodied blend from CAO that is perfect for any time of day? Yes, please! The perfectly-aged Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos are masterfully nestled beneath a decadent Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. From start to finish, I love the richness and underlying hints of chocolate throughout—one of my "go-to" maduro's and must-have for my humidor.


  • Zino Platinum Scepter Series exceeded all my very high expectations. This '91'-rated cigar is incredibly smooth, creamy, buttery, and produces billowing clouds of smoke. While that was all exceptionally satisfying, the piquant notes of coffee, cocoa, and nuts really ran the show. However, simply telling you about this gem doesn't do it justice, try it!

    Zino Platinum Scepter Series exceeded all my very high expectations. This '91'-rated cigar is incredibly smooth, creamy, buttery, and produces billowing clouds of smoke. While that was all exceptionally satisfying, the piquant notes of coffee, cocoa, and nuts really ran the show. However, simply telling you about this gem doesn't do it justice, try it!


  • Coming from one of the most prestigious cigar facilities in operation, AVO Heritage is worth every bit of your time. This remarkable '90' rated blend conveys rich, complex flavors thanks to its Cuban-seed Dominican long-fillers. At its core are toasty nuances of cocoa, with hints of sweet cedar and subtle spice to complete the experience.

    Coming from one of the most prestigious cigar facilities in operation, AVO Heritage is worth every bit of your time. This remarkable '90' rated blend conveys rich, complex flavors thanks to its Cuban-seed Dominican long-fillers. At its core are toasty nuances of cocoa, with hints of sweet cedar and subtle spice to complete the experience.


  • This '92' rated blend is special. For starters, it's the only non-Cuban Cohiba legally allowed to bear the trademark. Perhaps more pertinent, its Cameroon wrapper provides a rich profile of earth, cocoa, pepper, nuts, and caramel. It took five years' worth of blending to get this cigar just right, and the diligence has paid off.

    This '92' rated blend is special. For starters, it's the only non-Cuban Cohiba legally allowed to bear the trademark. Perhaps more pertinent, its Cameroon wrapper provides a rich profile of earth, cocoa, pepper, nuts, and caramel. It took five years' worth of blending to get this cigar just right, and the diligence has paid off.


  • Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real is a creamy smoke that's a must-have. The Connecticut Shade Ecuadorian wrapper is enhanced by the Nicaraguan binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers, resulting in notes of roasted nuts and slight spice on the finish. On a chilly night, I like to pair this with a Maple Old Fashioned.

    Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real is a creamy smoke that's a must-have. The Connecticut Shade Ecuadorian wrapper is enhanced by the Nicaraguan binder and Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers, resulting in notes of roasted nuts and slight spice on the finish. On a chilly night, I like to pair this with a Maple Old Fashioned.


  • What happens when master minds and blenders of the LAdC team get together? I'll tell you what happens: a star is born! La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo is filled and bound with aged Nicaraguan tobaccos, and a Mexican Oscuro wrapper which elevates the experience—box-pressed and full of rich flavors, this cigar can't be beat.

    What happens when master minds and blenders of the LAdC team get together? I'll tell you what happens: a star is born! La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva Maximo is filled and bound with aged Nicaraguan tobaccos, and a Mexican Oscuro wrapper which elevates the experience—box-pressed and full of rich flavors, this cigar can't be beat.


  • As the Maduro take on Caldwell's Eastern Standard line, Midnight Express delivers the medium to full-bodied experience we expect. At first take, the cold draw provides sweet aromas with notes of cocoa and cedar, but once lit, this premium exudes saltiness, zest, and a spicy, smoky oak flavor on the finish. This is an essential!

    As the Maduro take on Caldwell's Eastern Standard line, Midnight Express delivers the medium to full-bodied experience we expect. At first take, the cold draw provides sweet aromas with notes of cocoa and cedar, but once lit, this premium exudes saltiness, zest, and a spicy, smoky oak flavor on the finish. This is an essential!


  • This '94' rated rocky Patel is the ideal companion for the fall. Its oily Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan long-fillers presents a robust profile which lends itself to a long, yet sweet and savory finish. Bold but balanced, this premium brings forth toasty nuances, which complements the cool, crisp air perfectly—a must-have for the season!

    This '94' rated rocky Patel is the ideal companion for the fall. Its oily Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan long-fillers presents a robust profile which lends itself to a long, yet sweet and savory finish. Bold but balanced, this premium brings forth toasty nuances, which complements the cool, crisp air perfectly—a must-have for the season!


  • Featuring Mexican San Andrés binder leaves aged in former Rabbit Hole bourbon barrels, AJ Fernandez devised a proprietary process to impart residual nuances evenly among the tobacco. The result? A medium-bodied blend with notes of oak, cream, white pepper, baking spice, and sweet cedar. Cheers to AJ, and here's hoping he continues being an innovator!

    Featuring Mexican San Andrés binder leaves aged in former Rabbit Hole bourbon barrels, AJ Fernandez devised a proprietary process to impart residual nuances evenly among the tobacco. The result? A medium-bodied blend with notes of oak, cream, white pepper, baking spice, and sweet cedar. Cheers to AJ, and here's hoping he continues being an innovator!


  • If you're looking for a medium to full-bodied cigar that's smooth, look no further than E.P. Carrillo Capa de Sol. Featuring a sun Grown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper surrounding choice Nicaraguan binder and fillers, this blend gives you wonderful notes of coffee, cocoa, and a slight peppery finish—perfect to pair with a premium brandy, neat of course.

    If you're looking for a medium to full-bodied cigar that's smooth, look no further than E.P. Carrillo Capa de Sol. Featuring a sun Grown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper surrounding choice Nicaraguan binder and fillers, this blend gives you wonderful notes of coffee, cocoa, and a slight peppery finish—perfect to pair with a premium brandy, neat of course.


  • Room101 Muzzle Loader has an extraordinary Nicaraguan wrapper surrounding a delicious blend of Mexican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. This well-constructed beauty is what you would expect coming out of AJ's factory. Hefty in size, producing a nice, firm ash that holds together, this premium is a must-try with notes of leathery goodness and hints of cream and cedar.

    Room101 Muzzle Loader has an extraordinary Nicaraguan wrapper surrounding a delicious blend of Mexican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. This well-constructed beauty is what you would expect coming out of AJ's factory. Hefty in size, producing a nice, firm ash that holds together, this premium is a must-try with notes of leathery goodness and hints of cream and cedar.


  • As one the only cigars that utilizes Italian-grown long-filler tobaccos, CAO Italia delivers a truly unique experience. The Habano Maduro wrapper shimmers in the light, while also displaying a damp, oily texture. Upon ignition, this medium-bodied beauty burns like a dream, providing thick, creamy smoke. Italia is a profoundly quintessential, yet distinctive CAO experience.

    As one the only cigars that utilizes Italian-grown long-filler tobaccos, CAO Italia delivers a truly unique experience. The Habano Maduro wrapper shimmers in the light, while also displaying a damp, oily texture. Upon ignition, this medium-bodied beauty burns like a dream, providing thick, creamy smoke. Italia is a profoundly quintessential, yet distinctive CAO experience.


  • JC Newman kicks it up a notch with this bolder, zestier version of the original Brick House cigar. Featuring a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan long-fillers, this beauty is encased in a dark, spicy Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro wrapper. From first draw until finish, this cigar delivers with notes of cocoa, spice, pepper, and hints of natural sweetness.

    JC Newman kicks it up a notch with this bolder, zestier version of the original Brick House cigar. Featuring a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan long-fillers, this beauty is encased in a dark, spicy Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro wrapper. From first draw until finish, this cigar delivers with notes of cocoa, spice, pepper, and hints of natural sweetness.


  • I was pleasantly surprised with the '92' rated HC Series Connecticut. Well-rounded, complex flavors within the tri-country blend of tobaccos from Costa Rica, Mexico, and Nicaragua certainly made up for the full-bodied profile I have grown accustomed to, while the Ecuador Connecticut wrapper kept the smoke smooth on the palate—a risk worth taking!

    I was pleasantly surprised with the '92' rated HC Series Connecticut. Well-rounded, complex flavors within the tri-country blend of tobaccos from Costa Rica, Mexico, and Nicaragua certainly made up for the full-bodied profile I have grown accustomed to, while the Ecuador Connecticut wrapper kept the smoke smooth on the palate—a risk worth taking!


  • La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial is '94' rated for good reasons. Medium to full-bodied, a high-priming Ecuadorian Habano wrapper gives intense woody notes. The Nicaraguan binder and fillers round it out well, with deep flavors of cocoa and espresso. As the nights start to get chilly, Edicion Especial would pair nicely with a Sazerac.

    La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial is '94' rated for good reasons. Medium to full-bodied, a high-priming Ecuadorian Habano wrapper gives intense woody notes. The Nicaraguan binder and fillers round it out well, with deep flavors of cocoa and espresso. As the nights start to get chilly, Edicion Especial would pair nicely with a Sazerac.


  • Cedrus easily takes the throne as Southern Draw's most distinct cigar blend. Beneath its Indonesian wrapper is a gorgeous medley of aromatic tobaccos which impart complex notes from start to finish. A considerable amount of spice complements notes of cocoa, espresso, and a sweet, fruity finish that is simply divine. Cigars like Cedrus never disappoint!

    Cedrus easily takes the throne as Southern Draw's most distinct cigar blend. Beneath its Indonesian wrapper is a gorgeous medley of aromatic tobaccos which impart complex notes from start to finish. A considerable amount of spice complements notes of cocoa, espresso, and a sweet, fruity finish that is simply divine. Cigars like Cedrus never disappoint!


  • Cohiba Black Robusto is what maduro dreams are made of! The gorgeous dark, oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper piqued my interest, along with a Dominican Politico binder and Dominican long-fillers, which are aged for 3 years in large tercios. Upon first draw, I experienced notes of spice, licorice, and wood with hints of natural sweetness.

    Cohiba Black Robusto is what maduro dreams are made of! The gorgeous dark, oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper piqued my interest, along with a Dominican Politico binder and Dominican long-fillers, which are aged for 3 years in large tercios. Upon first draw, I experienced notes of spice, licorice, and wood with hints of natural sweetness.


  • New to the Mark Twain portfolio, Riverboat is the perfect summertime selection. With both a Connecticut and Maduro wrapper, this barber pole-style premium presents robust Nicaraguan binder and long-fillers — experience notes of earth, toast, cedar, and sweet spice. Medium in body, this blend brings forth a subtle boldness that inspires both your palate and senses.

    New to the Mark Twain portfolio, Riverboat is the perfect summertime selection. With both a Connecticut and Maduro wrapper, this barber pole-style premium presents robust Nicaraguan binder and long-fillers — experience notes of earth, toast, cedar, and sweet spice. Medium in body, this blend brings forth a subtle boldness that inspires both your palate and senses.


  • Sometimes I want a medium-full-flavor profile without the fuller-body, and that’s why I love the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Connecticut. There’s still a woody, sweet-and-spicy interplay; however, the Ecuadorian CT wrapper adds a creamy note, taking this premium down to medium-bodied. ‘93’ rated, expect an even burn, draw, and to always have this cigar on-hand.
    Sometimes I want a medium-full-flavor profile without the fuller-body, and that’s why I love the Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Connecticut. There’s still a woody, sweet-and-spicy interplay; however, the Ecuadorian CT wrapper adds a creamy note, taking this premium down to medium-bodied. ‘93’ rated, expect an even burn, draw, and to always have this cigar on-hand.

  • La Palina Red Label is a ‘92’ rated gem from the Dominican Republic. This mellow-medium-bodied beauty features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Ecuadoran binder, and aged long-fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. There is subtle spice with notes of pepper, wood, cocoa that make this cigar a summertime treat, especially with a nice Rye cocktail.

    La Palina Red Label is a ‘92’ rated gem from the Dominican Republic. This mellow-medium-bodied beauty features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Ecuadoran binder, and aged long-fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. There is subtle spice with notes of pepper, wood, cocoa that make this cigar a summertime treat, especially with a nice Rye cocktail.


  • As the summer looms closer, I get excited at the idea of kicking back on a hot afternoon with a cold drink and a great cigar. Enter the mellow to medium-bodied Room101 FARCE. Connecticut, with its seamless Ecuador Connecticut wrapper and smooth, earthy sweetness. Paired with your favorite whiskey or bourbon, this cigar optimizes relaxation.

    As the summer looms closer, I get excited at the idea of kicking back on a hot afternoon with a cold drink and a great cigar. Enter the mellow to medium-bodied Room101 FARCE. Connecticut, with its seamless Ecuador Connecticut wrapper and smooth, earthy sweetness. Paired with your favorite whiskey or bourbon, this cigar optimizes relaxation.


  • '94' rated, and for good reason, ROMEO by RyJ contains a robust Ecuadorian Habano wrapper along with a blend of Dominican Olor and Piloto long-fillers that create a uniquely complex and balanced experience to the palate. Introduce your taste buds to notes of chewy leather and dried fruit, all accompanied by slight red pepper spice.

    '94' rated, and for good reason, ROMEO by RyJ contains a robust Ecuadorian Habano wrapper along with a blend of Dominican Olor and Piloto long-fillers that create a uniquely complex and balanced experience to the palate. Introduce your taste buds to notes of chewy leather and dried fruit, all accompanied by slight red pepper spice.


  • The harmony of two cigar legends (Avo Uvezian and Hendrik Kelner) plus long-aged tobacco is music to my ears. '90' rated by Cigar Aficionado, this blend is satisfying yet mellow, with notes of cream, coffee, soft spice, and graham cracker. The AVO Classic is made in the same factory as Davidoff, so high standards prevail.
    The harmony of two cigar legends (Avo Uvezian and Hendrik Kelner) plus long-aged tobacco is music to my ears. '90' rated by Cigar Aficionado, this blend is satisfying yet mellow, with notes of cream, coffee, soft spice, and graham cracker. The AVO Classic is made in the same factory as Davidoff, so high standards prevail.

  • This third installment of the Oliva Master Blend series should be a staple in your humidor. Oliva Master Blends III has notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and black pepper. Receiving its complexity from the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and robust Nicaraguan binder, this cigar pairs perfectly with 10-year-aged Bacardi Diez Gran Reserve rum.

    This third installment of the Oliva Master Blend series should be a staple in your humidor. Oliva Master Blends III has notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and black pepper. Receiving its complexity from the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and robust Nicaraguan binder, this cigar pairs perfectly with 10-year-aged Bacardi Diez Gran Reserve rum.


  • Valkyrie presents itself brilliantly upon ignition, offering smooth, divine notes of coffee and cedar. however, beyond the creamy flavors and effortless draw of this mellow cigar exists a peppery spice so vehement it may surprise you upon arrival. Although, considering the mastermind behind this cigar's creation, all of this comes naturally with his creative talent.

    Valkyrie presents itself brilliantly upon ignition, offering smooth, divine notes of coffee and cedar. however, beyond the creamy flavors and effortless draw of this mellow cigar exists a peppery spice so vehement it may surprise you upon arrival. Although, considering the mastermind behind this cigar's creation, all of this comes naturally with his creative talent.


  • San Lotano Oval Maduro is the perfect AJ Fernandez cigar, and one of my favorites! The dark, rich Connecticut Maduro wrapper adds the perfect amount of depth and goes beautifully with the Honduran and Nicaraguan long-fillers. Espresso and hints of cocoa are a hit, and finish on a sweet and lightly spiced note. A must try!

    San Lotano Oval Maduro is the perfect AJ Fernandez cigar, and one of my favorites! The dark, rich Connecticut Maduro wrapper adds the perfect amount of depth and goes beautifully with the Honduran and Nicaraguan long-fillers. Espresso and hints of cocoa are a hit, and finish on a sweet and lightly spiced note. A must try!


  • Montecristo Classic is perfect for anytime of day. A mixture of premium Dominican long-fillers and binder are nestled beneath an exquisite Connecticut Shade wrapper. I really enjoyed the hints of coffee, warm, subtle spice, and some nuttiness in this—super smooth from first draw, winding down with a woodsy, somewhat spicy finish.

    Montecristo Classic is perfect for anytime of day. A mixture of premium Dominican long-fillers and binder are nestled beneath an exquisite Connecticut Shade wrapper. I really enjoyed the hints of coffee, warm, subtle spice, and some nuttiness in this—super smooth from first draw, winding down with a woodsy, somewhat spicy finish.


  • Fashioned by AJ Fernandez, this decadent premium from Diesel features an Ecuador Habano Oscuro wrapper which perfectly covers lush Ligero leaves. An earthy richness is introduced to the palate and lends itself toward flavors of espresso, leather, and hints of black pepper. Bringing intensity to the experience, this cigar will surely captivate your heart and humidor.

    Fashioned by AJ Fernandez, this decadent premium from Diesel features an Ecuador Habano Oscuro wrapper which perfectly covers lush Ligero leaves. An earthy richness is introduced to the palate and lends itself toward flavors of espresso, leather, and hints of black pepper. Bringing intensity to the experience, this cigar will surely captivate your heart and humidor.


  • Created by Master Blender Raul Disla, Latitude Zero is the very definition of premium. A small-batch wrapper with 11 year-old Cuban-seed long-fillers brings layered nuances of roasted nuts, pepper, oak, sweet cream, cacao, and caramel. Medium to full-bodied, it's a phenomenal everyday option for seasoned enthusiasts, harkening back to the early days of Liga Privada.
    Created by Master Blender Raul Disla, Latitude Zero is the very definition of premium. A small-batch wrapper with 11 year-old Cuban-seed long-fillers brings layered nuances of roasted nuts, pepper, oak, sweet cream, cacao, and caramel. Medium to full-bodied, it's a phenomenal everyday option for seasoned enthusiasts, harkening back to the early days of Liga Privada.

  • Alec Bradley American Sun Grown is a '91' rated, Nicaraguan puro that boasts earthy notes complemented by sweet hints of dark chocolate and a nutty finish. This cigar is the perfect everyday smoke for those who like a medium to full body profile. This dark and rich puro pairs perfectly with a nice Imperial Stout.

    Alec Bradley American Sun Grown is a '91' rated, Nicaraguan puro that boasts earthy notes complemented by sweet hints of dark chocolate and a nutty finish. This cigar is the perfect everyday smoke for those who like a medium to full body profile. This dark and rich puro pairs perfectly with a nice Imperial Stout.


  • Cohiba Connecticut is the quintessential day on the green cigar. This lusciously smooth and creamy combination of Brazilian, Nicaraguan, and Dominican tobaccos is perfect from the inside-out. I was hit gracefully with notes of cocoa, spice, and an inviting hint of dried fruit. Cohiba Connecticut makes you sit back and reminisce on good times.

    Cohiba Connecticut is the quintessential day on the green cigar. This lusciously smooth and creamy combination of Brazilian, Nicaraguan, and Dominican tobaccos is perfect from the inside-out. I was hit gracefully with notes of cocoa, spice, and an inviting hint of dried fruit. Cohiba Connecticut makes you sit back and reminisce on good times.


  • The Alec Bradley Black Market cigar is so creamy and smooth, you won't want to put it down! Medium-bodied, long-fillers from Honduras, Panama, and Nicaragua are secured with a tasty Sumatra binder and expertly rolled with a Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper. Experience notes of pepper, spice, licorice, and a touch of cream and cedar!

    The Alec Bradley Black Market cigar is so creamy and smooth, you won't want to put it down! Medium-bodied, long-fillers from Honduras, Panama, and Nicaragua are secured with a tasty Sumatra binder and expertly rolled with a Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper. Experience notes of pepper, spice, licorice, and a touch of cream and cedar!


  • An indulgent, mellow to medium-bodied premium with notes of cedar, earth, nuts, and black pepper. How else would you expect the Grupo de Maestros to mark Upmann's 175th anniversary? Note the Maduro cap as it isn't for show: it creates a bolder, richer experience than any other Connecticut out there.
    An indulgent, mellow to medium-bodied premium with notes of cedar, earth, nuts, and black pepper. How else would you expect the Grupo de Maestros to mark Upmann's 175th anniversary? Note the Maduro cap as it isn't for show: it creates a bolder, richer experience than any other Connecticut out there.

  • San Lotano Oval CT is a must-have in any enthusiasts' humidor. It is a mellow and smooth blend from AJ Fernandez featuring an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper, with a blend of Nicaragua and Honduras binder and filler. This Connecticut is complex, with toasty notes and a creamy, nutty finish—pairs very will with a Northern Italian Pinot Noir.

    San Lotano Oval CT is a must-have in any enthusiasts' humidor. It is a mellow and smooth blend from AJ Fernandez featuring an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper, with a blend of Nicaragua and Honduras binder and filler. This Connecticut is complex, with toasty notes and a creamy, nutty finish—pairs very will with a Northern Italian Pinot Noir.


  • The Victor Sinclair Serie '55' Imperial Connecticut is an outstanding mellow to medium-bodied cigar. Displaying some unrivaled consistency, the Toro size burns well every time and provides an effortless draw. The blend balances cream and spice brilliantly, making it the perfect stogie for a day on the golf course. This is vintage Victor Sinclair.

    The Victor Sinclair Serie '55' Imperial Connecticut is an outstanding mellow to medium-bodied cigar. Displaying some unrivaled consistency, the Toro size burns well every time and provides an effortless draw. The blend balances cream and spice brilliantly, making it the perfect stogie for a day on the golf course. This is vintage Victor Sinclair.


  • It makes sense that a legendary brand creates something new for enthusiasts who prefer fuller-bodied blends like you and me. Enter 5 Vegas Nicaragua: made by AJ Fernandez in Estelí, this premium packs a balanced punch of spice, coffee bean, cedar, and a hint of sweetness. A cigar that smokes as good as it looks.
    It makes sense that a legendary brand creates something new for enthusiasts who prefer fuller-bodied blends like you and me. Enter 5 Vegas Nicaragua: made by AJ Fernandez in Estelí, this premium packs a balanced punch of spice, coffee bean, cedar, and a hint of sweetness. A cigar that smokes as good as it looks.

  • This medium to full-bodied cigar uses tobaccos from four different regions. The Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Honduran fillers , along with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper leads to notes of spicy sweetness, along with hints of oak, raisin, and cinnamon. This cigar delivers the punch you'd expect while being beautifully balanced. One for the books!

    This medium to full-bodied cigar uses tobaccos from four different regions. The Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Honduran fillers , along with an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper leads to notes of spicy sweetness, along with hints of oak, raisin, and cinnamon. This cigar delivers the punch you'd expect while being beautifully balanced. One for the books!


  • This Pennsylvania Broadleaf maduro-wrapped follow-up to the original release is the perfect addition to my humidor. Its Sumatran binder combined with Dominican long-fillers ensures a consistent complexity that is thoroughly satisfying from head to foot, presenting a savory flavor profile complemented with a subtle, natural sweetness.

    This Pennsylvania Broadleaf maduro-wrapped follow-up to the original release is the perfect addition to my humidor. Its Sumatran binder combined with Dominican long-fillers ensures a consistent complexity that is thoroughly satisfying from head to foot, presenting a savory flavor profile complemented with a subtle, natural sweetness.


  • This '90' rated beauty might be a Nicaraguan puro but its soul is Cuban. With notes of cedar, coffee, and a bit of spice, Plasencia Alma Del Campo will definitely find a home in your humidor. With a medium-bodied profile, pair this premium with a peaty Scotch like Laphroaig on a chilly evening.

    This '90' rated beauty might be a Nicaraguan puro but its soul is Cuban. With notes of cedar, coffee, and a bit of spice, Plasencia Alma Del Campo will definitely find a home in your humidor. With a medium-bodied profile, pair this premium with a peaty Scotch like Laphroaig on a chilly evening.


  • Graycliff 10-Year Vintage Maduro is one I always have on-hand during the cold months. This premium handmade contains extensively-aged long-fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras, all draped with a fully-matured Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper—all leading to creamy notes of cocoa with an earthy core—a perfect holiday treat that's consistent through and through.

    Graycliff 10-Year Vintage Maduro is one I always have on-hand during the cold months. This premium handmade contains extensively-aged long-fillers from Nicaragua and Honduras, all draped with a fully-matured Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper—all leading to creamy notes of cocoa with an earthy core—a perfect holiday treat that's consistent through and through.


  • I always keep mellow premiums around, and 5 Vegas gold is a go-to blend. It smokes well, and looks good, too—a great gift option! With five-year-aged long-fillers, it's smooth, creamy, and contains notes of wood, nuts, and a bit of sugar and spice in-between. Perfect with Hudson Baby Bourbon before a hearty holiday meal.
    I always keep mellow premiums around, and 5 Vegas gold is a go-to blend. It smokes well, and looks good, too—a great gift option! With five-year-aged long-fillers, it's smooth, creamy, and contains notes of wood, nuts, and a bit of sugar and spice in-between. Perfect with Hudson Baby Bourbon before a hearty holiday meal.

  • This '91' rated beauty from Erik Espinosa is a medium to full-bodied smoke that tastes as good as it looks. 601 Green has a dark, oily Habano Oscuro wrapper blended with well-aged Cuban-seed tobaccos from Nicaragua. This blend yields complex flavors of earth, leather, and dark chocolate. Pair this cigar with Macallan Highland 12 year Single Malt Scotch.

    This '91' rated beauty from Erik Espinosa is a medium to full-bodied smoke that tastes as good as it looks. 601 Green has a dark, oily Habano Oscuro wrapper blended with well-aged Cuban-seed tobaccos from Nicaragua. This blend yields complex flavors of earth, leather, and dark chocolate. Pair this cigar with Macallan Highland 12 year Single Malt Scotch.


  • Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Connecticut offers the subtle creaminess of a Connecticut Shade wrapper paired with the spice and punch you would expect from hearty Nicaraguan long-fillers. This versatile, medium to full-bodied smoke is full of body and flavor, pairing with everything from coffee to your favorite spirit on the rocks. A '93' rated must try!

    Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Connecticut offers the subtle creaminess of a Connecticut Shade wrapper paired with the spice and punch you would expect from hearty Nicaraguan long-fillers. This versatile, medium to full-bodied smoke is full of body and flavor, pairing with everything from coffee to your favorite spirit on the rocks. A '93' rated must try!


  • Macanudo is one of he best brands in the world when it comes to combining fine tobaccos to create unforgettable flavors. Inspirado White is no exception to this notion, as it combines a perfect golden Connecticut Shade wrapper with Mexican and Nicaraguan fillers. Creamy coffee notes with spice in the finish, a truly beautiful blend!

    Macanudo is one of he best brands in the world when it comes to combining fine tobaccos to create unforgettable flavors. Inspirado White is no exception to this notion, as it combines a perfect golden Connecticut Shade wrapper with Mexican and Nicaraguan fillers. Creamy coffee notes with spice in the finish, a truly beautiful blend!


  • This '95' rated super-premium has decadence written all over it. With Nicaraguan long-leaves from the country's top growing regions, Mi Amor has me falling in love over and over again with its dominant profile that's smooth and creamy from head to foot. Expect a long-lasting finish complemented with nuances of espresso, black pepper, and earthy undertones.

    This '95' rated super-premium has decadence written all over it. With Nicaraguan long-leaves from the country's top growing regions, Mi Amor has me falling in love over and over again with its dominant profile that's smooth and creamy from head to foot. Expect a long-lasting finish complemented with nuances of espresso, black pepper, and earthy undertones.


  • A welcomed change of pace from other Joya lines, Cabinetta is yin/yang personified. Its double wrapper still allows for a distinct Nicaraguan profile to shine, and its '90' rating is not just for a pretty face, either. A V-Cut is recommended to amplify the subtle nuances of cocoa, earth, coffee, spice, and brown sugar throughout.
    A welcomed change of pace from other Joya lines, Cabinetta is yin/yang personified. Its double wrapper still allows for a distinct Nicaraguan profile to shine, and its '90' rating is not just for a pretty face, either. A V-Cut is recommended to amplify the subtle nuances of cocoa, earth, coffee, spice, and brown sugar throughout.

  • This medium-bodied delight is comprised of aged Dominican fillers encased in a zesty Nicaraguan binder and wrapped to perfection with an Ecuadorian Habano leaf. Notes of spice and nuttiness entertain the palate from start to finish in this blend. An all-around fantastic smoke, this is one cigar great for any occasion!

    This medium-bodied delight is comprised of aged Dominican fillers encased in a zesty Nicaraguan binder and wrapped to perfection with an Ecuadorian Habano leaf. Notes of spice and nuttiness entertain the palate from start to finish in this blend. An all-around fantastic smoke, this is one cigar great for any occasion!


  • La Gran Llave Connecticut is one of the greatest mellow cigars to date. Crafted in AJ Fernandez's Nicaraguan factory, this beauty oozes class. The Nicaraguan long-fillers offer notes of coffee, hazelnut, and cashews, creating an irresistible aroma. You will not forget the silky-smooth smoke this cigar presents, and the relaxing break from reality it celebrates.

    La Gran Llave Connecticut is one of the greatest mellow cigars to date. Crafted in AJ Fernandez's Nicaraguan factory, this beauty oozes class. The Nicaraguan long-fillers offer notes of coffee, hazelnut, and cashews, creating an irresistible aroma. You will not forget the silky-smooth smoke this cigar presents, and the relaxing break from reality it celebrates.


  • Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne is celebration-worthy! Beneath the triple-fermented Connecticut Shade wrapper is a brilliant blend of Cuban-seed tobaccos grown in the rich soils of Nicaragua. Notes of coffee, wood, and hints of honey present themselves from start to finish, and create a luxurious, velvety-smooth, medium-bodied experience for all to enjoy.

    Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Champagne is celebration-worthy! Beneath the triple-fermented Connecticut Shade wrapper is a brilliant blend of Cuban-seed tobaccos grown in the rich soils of Nicaragua. Notes of coffee, wood, and hints of honey present themselves from start to finish, and create a luxurious, velvety-smooth, medium-bodied experience for all to enjoy.


  • This '95' rated delight starts with an oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper that covers dual binders and Nicaraguan long-fillers. Defining what it means to be a "full-bodied" cigar, this maduro keeps its construction along with a bold flavor profile from head to foot—prepare for a complex yet balanced experience. A true mainstay for full-bodied fanatics.

    This '95' rated delight starts with an oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper that covers dual binders and Nicaraguan long-fillers. Defining what it means to be a "full-bodied" cigar, this maduro keeps its construction along with a bold flavor profile from head to foot—prepare for a complex yet balanced experience. A true mainstay for full-bodied fanatics.


  • If you don't know by now, I love Pepín's handiwork. (As does Cigar Aficionado, who gave this blend a '93'.) This Nicaraguan puro made for Ashton is full-bodied with notes of spice, oak, leather, black cherry, and coffee. Watch out for slight hints of salt while smoking, however, as each instance signals a flavor transition.
    If you don't know by now, I love Pepín's handiwork. (As does Cigar Aficionado, who gave this blend a '93'.) This Nicaraguan puro made for Ashton is full-bodied with notes of spice, oak, leather, black cherry, and coffee. Watch out for slight hints of salt while smoking, however, as each instance signals a flavor transition.

  • Oliva Serie 'O' garnered multiple '90' plus ratings, and for good reason. This Nicaraguan puro is a perfect balance of tobaccos from three different growing regions in Nicaragua, giving it complex, layered flavors. With distinct notes of pepper, dark chocolate, and spice, this medium-bodied robusto pairs perfectly with an Italian espresso coffee or your favorite stout.

    Oliva Serie 'O' garnered multiple '90' plus ratings, and for good reason. This Nicaraguan puro is a perfect balance of tobaccos from three different growing regions in Nicaragua, giving it complex, layered flavors. With distinct notes of pepper, dark chocolate, and spice, this medium-bodied robusto pairs perfectly with an Italian espresso coffee or your favorite stout.


  • In typical AJ Fernandez fashion, the Diesel 10th Anniversary is nothing short of a masterpiece, managing to accomplish that signature full-bodied, full-flavored smoke to satisfy your palate. Dressed in an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper, the blend has tremendous strength. With notes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, this cigar was a delight to smoke.

    In typical AJ Fernandez fashion, the Diesel 10th Anniversary is nothing short of a masterpiece, managing to accomplish that signature full-bodied, full-flavored smoke to satisfy your palate. Dressed in an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper, the blend has tremendous strength. With notes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee, this cigar was a delight to smoke.


  • This Top 25 premium is a staple for my summers! The highest primings of both the sun-grown Havana-seed wrapper and Honduran binder are carefully selected, setting the tone for one medium to full-bodied experience filled with round, spicy flavors featuring hints of cinnamon, making the '93' rated Punch Gran Puro prime for a perfect day.

    This Top 25 premium is a staple for my summers! The highest primings of both the sun-grown Havana-seed wrapper and Honduran binder are carefully selected, setting the tone for one medium to full-bodied experience filled with round, spicy flavors featuring hints of cinnamon, making the '93' rated Punch Gran Puro prime for a perfect day.


  • When AJ was approached by Altadis' Grupo de Maestros to re-blend a classic, the result was a cigar rather befitting of today's audience. The Ecuador Sumatra wrapper brings out the nuttiness of the Corojo '99 binder, and a Criollo '98 plus Piloto Cubano filler yield plumes of nuanced smoke with a razor-sharp burn.

    When AJ was approached by Altadis' Grupo de Maestros to re-blend a classic, the result was a cigar rather befitting of today's audience. The Ecuador Sumatra wrapper brings out the nuttiness of the Corojo '99 binder, and a Criollo '98 plus Piloto Cubano filler yield plumes of nuanced smoke with a razor-sharp burn.


  • Camacho Connecticut is the mellowest in the Camacho portfolio, but don't take that for having a lack of flavor. This '90' rated gem has great balance, delivering notes of cedar, nuts, and a bit of pepper on the finish. Boasting an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper, it's perfect when you're teeing off on the front 9.

    Camacho Connecticut is the mellowest in the Camacho portfolio, but don't take that for having a lack of flavor. This '90' rated gem has great balance, delivering notes of cedar, nuts, and a bit of pepper on the finish. Boasting an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper, it's perfect when you're teeing off on the front 9.


  • Ave Maria is a well-respected Nicaraguan line, and the medium-bodied Ave Maria Immaculata is no exception to their fantastic standards. A delicious Connecticut wrapper houses its smooth, succulent blend. But don't be deceived, this cigar still manages to pack a punch. Graceful and refined, Immaculata revolutionizes Connecticut-wrapped cigars.

    Ave Maria is a well-respected Nicaraguan line, and the medium-bodied Ave Maria Immaculata is no exception to their fantastic standards. A delicious Connecticut wrapper houses its smooth, succulent blend. But don't be deceived, this cigar still manages to pack a punch. Graceful and refined, Immaculata revolutionizes Connecticut-wrapped cigars.


  • This follow-up to the '92' rated original is the perfect cigar to enjoy morning, noon, or night. The Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers are beautifully wrapped in an Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf, lending to a subtle and smooth smoke. Hints of nut, spice, and light pepper balance this blend perfectly for anytime enjoyment.

    This follow-up to the '92' rated original is the perfect cigar to enjoy morning, noon, or night. The Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers are beautifully wrapped in an Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf, lending to a subtle and smooth smoke. Hints of nut, spice, and light pepper balance this blend perfectly for anytime enjoyment.


  • This box-pressed beauty by Alan Rubin is what comes to mind every time I'm in need of a premium that hits the spot. '96' rated, this lush blend burns slow and even, making way to a palatable treat filled with toasty nuances of leather, earth, and hints of chocolate. Spicy on the forefront, this premium offsets its power with some sweet nuances.

    This box-pressed beauty by Alan Rubin is what comes to mind every time I'm in need of a premium that hits the spot. '96' rated, this lush blend burns slow and even, making way to a palatable treat filled with toasty nuances of leather, earth, and hints of chocolate. Spicy on the forefront, this premium offsets its power with some sweet nuances.


  • Many covet Cuban cigars, but I covet Nicaraguan made by Cuban ex-pats such as Jose Pepín García. '94' rated, this blend exemplifies excellence in quality, complexity, and delivery. A Cuban-seed Rosado wrapper plus Nicaraguan long-fillers equals full flavors of earth, leather, cashew, coffee bean, and an undertone of spice with a long, full finish.

    Many covet Cuban cigars, but I covet Nicaraguan made by Cuban ex-pats such as Jose Pepín García. '94' rated, this blend exemplifies excellence in quality, complexity, and delivery. A Cuban-seed Rosado wrapper plus Nicaraguan long-fillers equals full flavors of earth, leather, cashew, coffee bean, and an undertone of spice with a long, full finish.


  • Don Pepín García Blue is a smooth and rich powerhouse with a '93' rating from legendary Jose Pepín García. Blended in classic Cuban tradition at the prestigious My Father Factory, this all-Nicaraguan blend has notes of red peppers, cocoa, cedar, delivering a rich and spicy finish with a perfect draw. Pair perfectly with a single malt Scotch.

    Don Pepín García Blue is a smooth and rich powerhouse with a '93' rating from legendary Jose Pepín García. Blended in classic Cuban tradition at the prestigious My Father Factory, this all-Nicaraguan blend has notes of red peppers, cocoa, cedar, delivering a rich and spicy finish with a perfect draw. Pair perfectly with a single malt Scotch.


  • It's time to climb to a new level of flavor. Made by AJ Fernandez in Estelí, wrapped in a dark PA Broadleaf with potent long-fillers from Nicaragua, Jacob's Ladder is loaded with spices and savory notes of charred meat, red pepper, and leather. Ascend to a better tasting blend with this all-star from Robert Holt and Southern Draw.

    It's time to climb to a new level of flavor. Made by AJ Fernandez in Estelí, wrapped in a dark PA Broadleaf with potent long-fillers from Nicaragua, Jacob's Ladder is loaded with spices and savory notes of charred meat, red pepper, and leather. Ascend to a better tasting blend with this all-star from Robert Holt and Southern Draw.


  • One of Caldwell's finest offerings, earning a '93' rating—this balanced, medium-bodied smoke delivers on both complexity and consistency. Rare Dominican tobaccos blended together smooth with a toothy Dominican Negrito wrapper atop creates an earthy flavor complemented by slight nuances of cocoa, and just a hint of spice.

    One of Caldwell's finest offerings, earning a '93' rating—this balanced, medium-bodied smoke delivers on both complexity and consistency. Rare Dominican tobaccos blended together smooth with a toothy Dominican Negrito wrapper atop creates an earthy flavor complemented by slight nuances of cocoa, and just a hint of spice.


  • Smoke like a boss with CAO Consigliere! This tri-country blend of long-fillers are dressed in a dark, oily Brazilian Mata Fina maduro wrapper. Heavy on the palate, a nutty core is surrounded with hearty notes of earth and slight hints of cinnamon. Solid construction with an effortless draw, this premium is a bonafide showstopper!

    Smoke like a boss with CAO Consigliere! This tri-country blend of long-fillers are dressed in a dark, oily Brazilian Mata Fina maduro wrapper. Heavy on the palate, a nutty core is surrounded with hearty notes of earth and slight hints of cinnamon. Solid construction with an effortless draw, this premium is a bonafide showstopper!


  • Nicaraguan puros are some of my favorite cigars on the market, and the elegant look of this line extension exudes premium. A collaboration between AJ Fernandez and Rafael Nodal has resulted in notes of dark chocolate, espresso bean, dried berries, and cedar in a medium to full-bodied package. Supremely balanced.

    Nicaraguan puros are some of my favorite cigars on the market, and the elegant look of this line extension exudes premium. A collaboration between AJ Fernandez and Rafael Nodal has resulted in notes of dark chocolate, espresso bean, dried berries, and cedar in a medium to full-bodied package. Supremely balanced.


  • La Aurora Preferidos Cameroon Platinum is a '91' rated smoke that should be a staple in any humidor. This beautifully-crafted figurado features a toothy Cameroon wrapper and specially aged Dominican binder and multinational filler. It's then aged several years in oak barrels, giving it notes of coffee and chocolate with a smooth, sweet, yet spicy finish.

    La Aurora Preferidos Cameroon Platinum is a '91' rated smoke that should be a staple in any humidor. This beautifully-crafted figurado features a toothy Cameroon wrapper and specially aged Dominican binder and multinational filler. It's then aged several years in oak barrels, giving it notes of coffee and chocolate with a smooth, sweet, yet spicy finish.


  • Macanudo is known for consistency across the board, but their most consistently excellent cigar is Gold Label. Smooth, creamy, and with a hint of natural sweetness, this is one elegant Connecticut Shade-wrapped delight. If you like your cigars 'easy like Sunday morning', Macanudo Gold Label is a must-have for the humidor.

    Macanudo is known for consistency across the board, but their most consistently excellent cigar is Gold Label. Smooth, creamy, and with a hint of natural sweetness, this is one elegant Connecticut Shade-wrapped delight. If you like your cigars 'easy like Sunday morning', Macanudo Gold Label is a must-have for the humidor.


  • Blended by Master Blender Willy Herrera, this '91' rated smoke is a perfect example of a Connecticut Shade-wrapped cigar that isn't wimpy. The blend of Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Sumatra binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers gives you lush and smooth flavors with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and a pop of pepper.

    Blended by Master Blender Willy Herrera, this '91' rated smoke is a perfect example of a Connecticut Shade-wrapped cigar that isn't wimpy. The blend of Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Sumatra binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers gives you lush and smooth flavors with notes of vanilla, cinnamon, and a pop of pepper.


  • A '91' rated cigar that is worthy of its name. Like a symphony, it comes together beautifully to create something greater than the sum of its parts. The creamy Connecticut wrapper drapes the rich Dominican binder and slightly spicy Nicaraguan filler to create a pronounced yet subtle experience sure to make anyone sing its praises.

    A '91' rated cigar that is worthy of its name. Like a symphony, it comes together beautifully to create something greater than the sum of its parts. The creamy Connecticut wrapper drapes the rich Dominican binder and slightly spicy Nicaraguan filler to create a pronounced yet subtle experience sure to make anyone sing its praises.


  • Ave Maria is a classic, and is still one of my favorites. Nicaraguan fillers are wrapped up in an Ecuador Habano leaf, bringing in rich notes of leather and cedar, along with hints of earth. Certainly strong enough for a warrior, its smoothness is heavenly, and is an experience all can truly enjoy.

    Ave Maria is a classic, and is still one of my favorites. Nicaraguan fillers are wrapped up in an Ecuador Habano leaf, bringing in rich notes of leather and cedar, along with hints of earth. Certainly strong enough for a warrior, its smoothness is heavenly, and is an experience all can truly enjoy.


  • With a robust multi-country recipe of long-leaves beneath a spicy Habano wrapper, Toraño Exodus 1959 dishes out the delectability with cedary notes of cinnamon, leather, and tea. The complex and balanced profile impressed me...and then some. Go on your own cigar journey today, with Toraño as your guide.

    With a robust multi-country recipe of long-leaves beneath a spicy Habano wrapper, Toraño Exodus 1959 dishes out the delectability with cedary notes of cinnamon, leather, and tea. The complex and balanced profile impressed me...and then some. Go on your own cigar journey today, with Toraño as your guide.


  • '95' rated Rocky Patel Decade is beautifully constructed with Nicaraguan fillers and binder, then draped with a dark and oily Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. This box-pressed beauty is complex and well-balanced with flavors of bourbon, black pepper, and coffee, finishing with hints of ripened cherry. Perfect to pair with a nice stout on a chilly afternoon.

    '95' rated Rocky Patel Decade is beautifully constructed with Nicaraguan fillers and binder, then draped with a dark and oily Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. This box-pressed beauty is complex and well-balanced with flavors of bourbon, black pepper, and coffee, finishing with hints of ripened cherry. Perfect to pair with a nice stout on a chilly afternoon.


  • This premium is worth celebrating, as this was the initial brand made in the first cigar factory that opened in Nicaragua in 1969. Continuing to top the charts on my favorites list with its full-bodied profile, cedar and earth nuances, and spice on the finish, Antaño is perfect when you want to sit back and reminisce!

    This premium is worth celebrating, as this was the initial brand made in the first cigar factory that opened in Nicaragua in 1969. Continuing to top the charts on my favorites list with its full-bodied profile, cedar and earth nuances, and spice on the finish, Antaño is perfect when you want to sit back and reminisce!


  • A medium-bodied cigar that showcases slight spice but is full on flavors, this '92' rated gem hits you with earth and leather from the first draw, turning into a nutty and woodsy sweetness on the finish. Complex throughout and wonderfully constructed, this is definitely one of La Aurora's finest offerings!

    A medium-bodied cigar that showcases slight spice but is full on flavors, this '92' rated gem hits you with earth and leather from the first draw, turning into a nutty and woodsy sweetness on the finish. Complex throughout and wonderfully constructed, this is definitely one of La Aurora's finest offerings!


  • A slight break from the fuller-bodied blends I enjoy, this did not disappoint in the least bit! The seamless Ecuador Connecticut wrapper and Nicaraguan blend led to some pepper notes upfront. About 1/4 of the way through, hints of pepper were balanced out by a heavy, smooth draw, full of flavor in each puff.

    A slight break from the fuller-bodied blends I enjoy, this did not disappoint in the least bit! The seamless Ecuador Connecticut wrapper and Nicaraguan blend led to some pepper notes upfront. About 1/4 of the way through, hints of pepper were balanced out by a heavy, smooth draw, full of flavor in each puff.


  • Room 101 and my buddy AJ Fernandez pair up to make Miami Snow. An Ecuadorian CT wrapper drapes this Honduran puro bringing in a flavorful, creamy, mellow smoke with notes of nuts, cedar, and hints of pepper. You might not be able to build a snowman, but this is six inches of snow you won't have to shovel!

    Room 101 and my buddy AJ Fernandez pair up to make Miami Snow. An Ecuadorian CT wrapper drapes this Honduran puro bringing in a flavorful, creamy, mellow smoke with notes of nuts, cedar, and hints of pepper. You might not be able to build a snowman, but this is six inches of snow you won't have to shovel!


  • Reserva Real hits the mark with an unmistakably beautiful, golden Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf, while the Nicaraguan and Dominican blend surpasses expectations with an amazing combination of mellow complexity which generates profound flavors that excite the taste buds. Make sure to keep them on hand in your humidor!

    Reserva Real hits the mark with an unmistakably beautiful, golden Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf, while the Nicaraguan and Dominican blend surpasses expectations with an amazing combination of mellow complexity which generates profound flavors that excite the taste buds. Make sure to keep them on hand in your humidor!


  • This mellow addition to the Montecristo name has earned every point of its '91' rating. Its smooth, earthy Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper complements the Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos inside. You'll taste the complexity of each region this smoke is made of when you experience the exquisite draw and smooth finish!

    This mellow addition to the Montecristo name has earned every point of its '91' rating. Its smooth, earthy Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper complements the Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos inside. You'll taste the complexity of each region this smoke is made of when you experience the exquisite draw and smooth finish!


  • I love three things more than anything: my dog Yogi the Bear, my cat Lemmy...the Cat, and my backyard hammock. A close 4th is a good Shade-wrapped cigar, and Brick House Connecticut is one I keep going back to again and again. Burning slow, smooth, and creamy, this Nicaraguan-made beauty finishes crisp and clean every time!

    I love three things more than anything: my dog Yogi the Bear, my cat Lemmy...the Cat, and my backyard hammock. A close 4th is a good Shade-wrapped cigar, and Brick House Connecticut is one I keep going back to again and again. Burning slow, smooth, and creamy, this Nicaraguan-made beauty finishes crisp and clean every time!


  • Before I get carried away, let's admire the premium at hand: A San Andrés wrapper, Ecuador Sumatra binder, and long-fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican. As for the flavors, prepare your palate for a rich, satisfying experience filled with notes of black cherry, coffee, cocoa, and hints of spice—this is one for the books!

    Before I get carried away, let's admire the premium at hand: A San Andrés wrapper, Ecuador Sumatra binder, and long-fillers from Nicaragua and the Dominican. As for the flavors, prepare your palate for a rich, satisfying experience filled with notes of black cherry, coffee, cocoa, and hints of spice—this is one for the books!


  • Drew Estate wins my heart again with another full-bodied blend. Nica Rustica comes on strong as a Nicaraguan puro hugged in a Connecticut Broadleaf, bringing in notes of earth, spice, and coffee that builds throughout. Rough but refined, Drew Estate Nica Rustica is never a tough decision when it comes to enjoying a great cigar.

    Drew Estate wins my heart again with another full-bodied blend. Nica Rustica comes on strong as a Nicaraguan puro hugged in a Connecticut Broadleaf, bringing in notes of earth, spice, and coffee that builds throughout. Rough but refined, Drew Estate Nica Rustica is never a tough decision when it comes to enjoying a great cigar.


  • Expertly crafted with a multiple-fermented Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The blend is comprised of long-leaf fillers from 5 different regions and makes for a complex yet well-balanced smoke! I really enjoyed the waves of subtle sweetness with hints of chocolate throughout. It was delicious and unexpected—in my Top 5 for sure!

    Expertly crafted with a multiple-fermented Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The blend is comprised of long-leaf fillers from 5 different regions and makes for a complex yet well-balanced smoke! I really enjoyed the waves of subtle sweetness with hints of chocolate throughout. It was delicious and unexpected—in my Top 5 for sure!


  • This dark delight from Flores y Rodriguez is on FyR! (Literally as I'm enjoying one right now.) Packed to the brim with a tri-country recipe of top-tier tobaccos, expect a deep, rich profile. Note first the big, bold nuances of coffee and sweet cedar, then flip your wig over the decadent chocolate-covered raisin finish.

    This dark delight from Flores y Rodriguez is on FyR! (Literally as I'm enjoying one right now.) Packed to the brim with a tri-country recipe of top-tier tobaccos, expect a deep, rich profile. Note first the big, bold nuances of coffee and sweet cedar, then flip your wig over the decadent chocolate-covered raisin finish.


  • H. Upmann 1844 Reserve made a lasting impression in my group of handmades. This cigar performed like a champion with top-notch construction. The deep, ample tobacco flavors from the tri-country long-filler blend of Peruvian, Nicaraguan, and Dominican leaves provided an experience that was smooth and flawless.

    H. Upmann 1844 Reserve made a lasting impression in my group of handmades. This cigar performed like a champion with top-notch construction. The deep, ample tobacco flavors from the tri-country long-filler blend of Peruvian, Nicaraguan, and Dominican leaves provided an experience that was smooth and flawless.


  • Diamond Crown has always been known for their quality, and Julius Caeser is spot-on! A stunningly silky Ecuadorian Habano wrapper cloaks Dominican fillers bringing in notes of wood, spice, and coffee. This is one blend you never have to worry about stabbing you in the back!

    Diamond Crown has always been known for their quality, and Julius Caeser is spot-on! A stunningly silky Ecuadorian Habano wrapper cloaks Dominican fillers bringing in notes of wood, spice, and coffee. This is one blend you never have to worry about stabbing you in the back!


  • Be ready to be blown away by they brilliance and appearance of the box-pressed Divinia. Providing an extremely smooth draw, this cigar burns perfectly with a pleasant, unexpected mellow balance along with nuances of chocolate, espresso, and hints of hazelnut. This is one "Cuban-esque" blend to enjoy, especially when paired with an aged Rum.

    Be ready to be blown away by they brilliance and appearance of the box-pressed Divinia. Providing an extremely smooth draw, this cigar burns perfectly with a pleasant, unexpected mellow balance along with nuances of chocolate, espresso, and hints of hazelnut. This is one "Cuban-esque" blend to enjoy, especially when paired with an aged Rum.


  • Cohiba really outdid themselves by going the Nicaraguan route. Below the oily Honduran Oscuro wrapper are hand-picked, Nicaraguan long leaves grown in Jalapa and Estelí. Creamy and cool with notes of leather, cedar, and whispers of sweetness makes for a top-notch experience! Full-bodied, bold, and smokes like a dream!

    Cohiba really outdid themselves by going the Nicaraguan route. Below the oily Honduran Oscuro wrapper are hand-picked, Nicaraguan long leaves grown in Jalapa and Estelí. Creamy and cool with notes of leather, cedar, and whispers of sweetness makes for a top-notch experience! Full-bodied, bold, and smokes like a dream!


  • I'm always all-in when it comes to Oliva. I truly don't think they make a cigar that isn't great, and trust me I've dug deep! What's their best blend? Tough question, but Master Blends III has to be in the running. Box-pressed with a beauty of a Broadleaf wrapper around lively Ligero long-leaves, this premium is full-bodied and smooth, too!

    I'm always all-in when it comes to Oliva. I truly don't think they make a cigar that isn't great, and trust me I've dug deep! What's their best blend? Tough question, but Master Blends III has to be in the running. Box-pressed with a beauty of a Broadleaf wrapper around lively Ligero long-leaves, this premium is full-bodied and smooth, too!


  • Hearty filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and long-leaf from the San Andrès Valley, along with a Cuban-seed Ligero wrapper offers one heck of a cigar which packs robust notes of earth, leather, and oak...all with a spicy kick. This is one premium from Diesel that delivers optimum flavor and performance—a limitless experience!

    Hearty filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and long-leaf from the San Andrès Valley, along with a Cuban-seed Ligero wrapper offers one heck of a cigar which packs robust notes of earth, leather, and oak...all with a spicy kick. This is one premium from Diesel that delivers optimum flavor and performance—a limitless experience!


  • The 2003 Sumatra wrapper, along with its Dominican and Habano long-leaf filler, is well-balanced with notes of cedar, coffee, and pepper. Construction and burn are excellent, and the box-press puts it over the top. Aging Room Quattro F55 is one of my favorites, and I can assure you, it will be one of yours after the first draw.

    The 2003 Sumatra wrapper, along with its Dominican and Habano long-leaf filler, is well-balanced with notes of cedar, coffee, and pepper. Construction and burn are excellent, and the box-press puts it over the top. Aging Room Quattro F55 is one of my favorites, and I can assure you, it will be one of yours after the first draw.


  • Drew Estate  takes the crown and wears it proudly. Undercrown is just like a slightly mellower Liga Privada No.9, but with a San Andrés wrapper around a mix of Nicaraguan and Brazilian long-fillers. You can expect a medium-bodied experience that is creamy and balanced—long live the Undercrown!

    Drew Estate  takes the crown and wears it proudly. Undercrown is just like a slightly mellower Liga Privada No.9, but with a San Andrés wrapper around a mix of Nicaraguan and Brazilian long-fillers. You can expect a medium-bodied experience that is creamy and balanced—long live the Undercrown!


  • Ah, the Shade-wrapped blend that changed the way the industry looked at mellow. CAO Gold is a mellow blend, no doubt about it. But with its Nicaraguan long-leaf recipe underneath its Connecticut-seed wrapper, the results are a bit more rich and well-rounded than most of its kind. Stay gold with this stunner from CAO!

    Ah, the Shade-wrapped blend that changed the way the industry looked at mellow. CAO Gold is a mellow blend, no doubt about it. But with its Nicaraguan long-leaf recipe underneath its Connecticut-seed wrapper, the results are a bit more rich and well-rounded than most of its kind. Stay gold with this stunner from CAO!


  • There was no doubt the #12 Cigar of 2018 had to make it in this lineup! Robust and full-flavored, this Ecuadorian-wrapped premium contains a tri-country blend of fillers that produce earthy aromas with underlying hints of spice. Strong but not overpowering, this cigar lives up to its name, packing a punch in all the right ways!

    There was no doubt the #12 Cigar of 2018 had to make it in this lineup! Robust and full-flavored, this Ecuadorian-wrapped premium contains a tri-country blend of fillers that produce earthy aromas with underlying hints of spice. Strong but not overpowering, this cigar lives up to its name, packing a punch in all the right ways!


  • I've always been a long time Camacho fan; and if you've had any of their blends, you might agree. Corojo is a robust medley of Honduran fillers with a Corojo wrapper that hits upfront with spice, pepper, earth, and some lingering sweetness—sometimes seeing red isn't such a bad thing!
    I've always been a long time Camacho fan; and if you've had any of their blends, you might agree. Corojo is a robust medley of Honduran fillers with a Corojo wrapper that hits upfront with spice, pepper, earth, and some lingering sweetness—sometimes seeing red isn't such a bad thing!

  • Aged to perfection, this '93' rated blend was a no-brainer! Featuring a 12-year-aged Honduran Broadleaf maduro wrapper with 5-year-aged fillers and binder, Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 offers up a semi-sweet experience of cedar and espresso nuances. The perfect balance of flavor, complexity, and richness that you can enjoy any time, any day.

    Aged to perfection, this '93' rated blend was a no-brainer! Featuring a 12-year-aged Honduran Broadleaf maduro wrapper with 5-year-aged fillers and binder, Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 offers up a semi-sweet experience of cedar and espresso nuances. The perfect balance of flavor, complexity, and richness that you can enjoy any time, any day.


  • What can be said about Montecristo Classic that hasn't already? An all-time favorite, you'll be impressed with how much flavor this Churchill provides while staying smooth throughout. With a pristine Shade Grown wrapper and well-aged Dominican long-fillers, Montecristo Classic is in a class of its own!

    What can be said about Montecristo Classic that hasn't already? An all-time favorite, you'll be impressed with how much flavor this Churchill provides while staying smooth throughout. With a pristine Shade Grown wrapper and well-aged Dominican long-fillers, Montecristo Classic is in a class of its own!


  • The impressively-crafted Nat Sherman 1930 blew me away. It was not the mellow Dominican I have come to expect. This cigar is packed with Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers that exude flavors of cedar, a zesty spice, and hints of cocoa. This blend is perfect for when you're looking to kick things up a notch!

    The impressively-crafted Nat Sherman 1930 blew me away. It was not the mellow Dominican I have come to expect. This cigar is packed with Dominican and Nicaraguan long-fillers that exude flavors of cedar, a zesty spice, and hints of cocoa. This blend is perfect for when you're looking to kick things up a notch!


  • Never receiving an official release, this limited-edition premium was one I just had to try. Aged for no less than three years, filled with 100% Nicaraguan tobaccos, this cigar 'wow-ed' in every way! Rich flavors flourished from head to foot with nuances of almonds, cedar, spice, and earth. This is one Legacy that's legendary!

    Never receiving an official release, this limited-edition premium was one I just had to try. Aged for no less than three years, filled with 100% Nicaraguan tobaccos, this cigar 'wow-ed' in every way! Rich flavors flourished from head to foot with nuances of almonds, cedar, spice, and earth. This is one Legacy that's legendary!


  • Oliva continues to produce hit after hit, and Serie 'O' is still a classic. Few Nicaraguan puros pull it off well, but this beauty is full with notes of cedar up front, hints of nuts, and a smattering of spices, all which carry a slight sweetness that builds over the course of the smoke.

    Oliva continues to produce hit after hit, and Serie 'O' is still a classic. Few Nicaraguan puros pull it off well, but this beauty is full with notes of cedar up front, hints of nuts, and a smattering of spices, all which carry a slight sweetness that builds over the course of the smoke.


  • This '91' rated, bold cigar entices the most intricate of palates. Box-pressed, with an attractive appearance, this cigar contains a robust blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos covered by a Broadleaf wrapper. This combination provides satisfying notes of earth and bittersweet chocolate. Rocky Patel Sun Grown is destined to be one of your favorites!

    This '91' rated, bold cigar entices the most intricate of palates. Box-pressed, with an attractive appearance, this cigar contains a robust blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos covered by a Broadleaf wrapper. This combination provides satisfying notes of earth and bittersweet chocolate. Rocky Patel Sun Grown is destined to be one of your favorites!


  • One of my favorite premiums to bring to the cigar party, these tantalizing treats are flavorful, complexly-nuanced, and downright fun to enjoy. Expect a combination of sweet and savory to start, with enough spice, earth, and pepper to put some pep in your step! One heck of a Corojo from HC Series!

    One of my favorite premiums to bring to the cigar party, these tantalizing treats are flavorful, complexly-nuanced, and downright fun to enjoy. Expect a combination of sweet and savory to start, with enough spice, earth, and pepper to put some pep in your step! One heck of a Corojo from HC Series!


  •  *Please Note Padilla Habano Artisano is sold out, and CAO America has been selected for this Expert Pick. We apologize for any inconvenience. Choosing another premium due to the immediate popularity of my first pick, I was proud to share with you this dual-wrapped gem from CAO. CAO Americana displays a beautiful maduro and Connecticut barber-pole style wrapper with a blend of Nicaraguan, Dominican, Italian, and American tobaccos. Hearty with hints of spice, this blend presents rich maduro textures with smooth notes of vanilla throughout. This '92' rated masterpiece is far from a runner-up!

     *Please Note Padilla Habano Artisano is sold out, and CAO America has been selected for this Expert Pick. We apologize for any inconvenience. Choosing another premium due to the immediate popularity of my first pick, I was proud to share with you this dual-wrapped gem from CAO. CAO Americana displays a beautiful maduro and Connecticut barber-pole style wrapper with a blend of Nicaraguan, Dominican, Italian, and American tobaccos. Hearty with hints of spice, this blend presents rich maduro textures with smooth notes of vanilla throughout. This '92' rated masterpiece is far from a runner-up!


  • As a fan of full-bodied cigars, I sampled Camacho Ecuador and realized I made a huge mistake by not trying one sooner! Medium to full-bodied, the electric blue bands aren't the only thing bold about this blend. Expect big flavors of coffee and chocolate with a rich, bready aroma—this cigar is more than good, it's great!

    As a fan of full-bodied cigars, I sampled Camacho Ecuador and realized I made a huge mistake by not trying one sooner! Medium to full-bodied, the electric blue bands aren't the only thing bold about this blend. Expect big flavors of coffee and chocolate with a rich, bready aroma—this cigar is more than good, it's great!


  • An excellent '92' rated, medium to full-bodied blend, this balanced medley of tri-country long-leaf filelrs are covered with a tantalizing Honduran wrapper. This premium will impress your palate with rich, creamy notes of sweet pepper, almonds, and hints of leather with a slight mesquite quality. You'll be convinced Orange is the new Mac!

    An excellent '92' rated, medium to full-bodied blend, this balanced medley of tri-country long-leaf filelrs are covered with a tantalizing Honduran wrapper. This premium will impress your palate with rich, creamy notes of sweet pepper, almonds, and hints of leather with a slight mesquite quality. You'll be convinced Orange is the new Mac!


  • A blend born  from a collaboration with Rocky Patel hitting the shelves made me realize my cigar budget is going to take a hit too! Utilizing mainly Honduran tobaccos with a leaf of Nicaraguan for good measure, this super-premium delivers notes of sweet pepper and creamy coffee that compete over a rich, cocoa finish.

    A blend born  from a collaboration with Rocky Patel hitting the shelves made me realize my cigar budget is going to take a hit too! Utilizing mainly Honduran tobaccos with a leaf of Nicaraguan for good measure, this super-premium delivers notes of sweet pepper and creamy coffee that compete over a rich, cocoa finish.


  • Created by AJ Fernandez, this is a modern take on a classic brand—and as you might expect—it’s jaw-droppingly complex. Featuring a blend of long-fillers from Nicaragua's top growing regions and an oily Ecuador Habano wrapper, this cigar's sweet, spicy, and full-boded profile makes it a can't-miss.

    Created by AJ Fernandez, this is a modern take on a classic brand—and as you might expect—it’s jaw-droppingly complex. Featuring a blend of long-fillers from Nicaragua's top growing regions and an oily Ecuador Habano wrapper, this cigar's sweet, spicy, and full-boded profile makes it a can't-miss.


  • A unique blend of Dominican and Peruvian fillers, draped in a silky Ecuador wrapper makes the mellow to medium-bodied Zino Platinum zesty, sweet, rich, and creamy. This '91' rated gem yields a complex flavor profile with a smooth body—a must-have for any occasion, this is one that will find a permanent home in your humidor.

    A unique blend of Dominican and Peruvian fillers, draped in a silky Ecuador wrapper makes the mellow to medium-bodied Zino Platinum zesty, sweet, rich, and creamy. This '91' rated gem yields a complex flavor profile with a smooth body—a must-have for any occasion, this is one that will find a permanent home in your humidor.


  • Looking to kick it up a notch? Montecristo Platinum hits it right on the bulls eye with this complex blend! A smooth and rich mix of Dominican, Peruvian, and Nicaraguan long-fillers are wrapped in a flavorful San Andrés Cubano wrapper. Expect indulgent hints of leather, toasted almond, cocoa, and black pepper.

    Looking to kick it up a notch? Montecristo Platinum hits it right on the bulls eye with this complex blend! A smooth and rich mix of Dominican, Peruvian, and Nicaraguan long-fillers are wrapped in a flavorful San Andrés Cubano wrapper. Expect indulgent hints of leather, toasted almond, cocoa, and black pepper.


  • Full-bodied, complex, and well-made, Don Pepin Garcia Blue is worthy of all the praise it's received since its launch. The blend utilizes high quality Nicaraguan long-fillers with a toothy Corojo wrapper over top, giving this '93' rated gem a spicy aroma with hints of cinnamon, earth, and dried fruit. One of Don Pepin's finest cigars to date.

    Full-bodied, complex, and well-made, Don Pepin Garcia Blue is worthy of all the praise it's received since its launch. The blend utilizes high quality Nicaraguan long-fillers with a toothy Corojo wrapper over top, giving this '93' rated gem a spicy aroma with hints of cinnamon, earth, and dried fruit. One of Don Pepin's finest cigars to date.


  • Joya de Nicaragua is known for its full-bodied blends, but it stepped out of the box with Red. This Nicaraguan puro is surrounded with a Nicaraguan-grown wrapper, which brings a smooth oak nuance up front with earth, spice, and a bit of leather that lingers in the background. This premium will leave you with seeing anything but Red.

    Joya de Nicaragua is known for its full-bodied blends, but it stepped out of the box with Red. This Nicaraguan puro is surrounded with a Nicaraguan-grown wrapper, which brings a smooth oak nuance up front with earth, spice, and a bit of leather that lingers in the background. This premium will leave you with seeing anything but Red.


  • This maduro offers an excellent medium to full body that starts off somewhat woodsy and sweet, but develops richness during the burn with notes of cedar, espresso, and a slight nuttiness, all with a creamy finish. Wrapped in a San Andres leaf brimming with Nicaraguan long-fillers, this cigar is a classic.

    This maduro offers an excellent medium to full body that starts off somewhat woodsy and sweet, but develops richness during the burn with notes of cedar, espresso, and a slight nuttiness, all with a creamy finish. Wrapped in a San Andres leaf brimming with Nicaraguan long-fillers, this cigar is a classic.


  • Here's a cigar worth investing in! The Banker is medium to full-bodied and, just like the stock market, alternates between some intense moments and periods of smooth stability. This balance between bold spices and pleasant, creamy nuances makes The Banker a blend that never loses its value in your regular rotation.

    Here's a cigar worth investing in! The Banker is medium to full-bodied and, just like the stock market, alternates between some intense moments and periods of smooth stability. This balance between bold spices and pleasant, creamy nuances makes The Banker a blend that never loses its value in your regular rotation.


  • 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.

    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.


  • 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.

    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.


  • 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.

    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.


  • 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.

    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.


  • With its oily Nicaraguan Habano wrapper and mix of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos, Romeo y Julieta Reserve is always a treat. It offers smooth and rich notes of oak, coffee, black pepper, and a bit of sweetness. A balance of strength and flavor, this cigar is one of Romeo y Julieta's best creations.

    With its oily Nicaraguan Habano wrapper and mix of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos, Romeo y Julieta Reserve is always a treat. It offers smooth and rich notes of oak, coffee, black pepper, and a bit of sweetness. A balance of strength and flavor, this cigar is one of Romeo y Julieta's best creations.


  • If you like Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9, you've got to try Undercrown Maduro. A solid medium-bodied Nicaraguan blend, this cigar is draped in a toothy San Andrés maduro leaf and will treat your palate to notes of coffee, earth, nuts, and a bit of leather. Truly a crowned jewel in my collection.
    If you like Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9, you've got to try Undercrown Maduro. A solid medium-bodied Nicaraguan blend, this cigar is draped in a toothy San Andrés maduro leaf and will treat your palate to notes of coffee, earth, nuts, and a bit of leather. Truly a crowned jewel in my collection.

  • I've come to love CAO Brazilia Gol! for its rich nuances and enticing aroma. The blend features a unique Brazilian wrapper with Nicaraguan long-fillers at the center—a combination that leads to notes of chocolate, pepper, earth, and a long spicy finish. This cigar's rich aroma and complex profile makes Brazilia a winner every time.

    I've come to love CAO Brazilia Gol! for its rich nuances and enticing aroma. The blend features a unique Brazilian wrapper with Nicaraguan long-fillers at the center—a combination that leads to notes of chocolate, pepper, earth, and a long spicy finish. This cigar's rich aroma and complex profile makes Brazilia a winner every time.


  • I usually gravitate toward maduros, but I make an exception for Oliva Serie 'G'. This cigar displays a gorgeous African Cameroon wrapper with Nicaraguan long-fillers. Notes of cedar and nutiness come through from the first draw to the last, with hints of coffee throughout. Medium-bodied and well-balanced.

    I usually gravitate toward maduros, but I make an exception for Oliva Serie 'G'. This cigar displays a gorgeous African Cameroon wrapper with Nicaraguan long-fillers. Notes of cedar and nutiness come through from the first draw to the last, with hints of coffee throughout. Medium-bodied and well-balanced.


  • Man O' War Virtue is anything but your standard Connecticut blend. Covered in an Ecuador Connecticut leaf, this cigar utilizes Nicaraguan long-fillers and just the right amount of ligero. This combination gives Virtue an added kick of spice, along with notes of bread, leather, and toasted almond. Fully satisfying from head to foot.

    Man O' War Virtue is anything but your standard Connecticut blend. Covered in an Ecuador Connecticut leaf, this cigar utilizes Nicaraguan long-fillers and just the right amount of ligero. This combination gives Virtue an added kick of spice, along with notes of bread, leather, and toasted almond. Fully satisfying from head to foot.


  • Espinosa Laranja Reserva is a '94' rated masterpiece. It boasts a Brazilian wrapper and Nicaraguan long-leaf tobacco. Laranja hits a home run with its natural sweetness, hints of spice, nuts, and pepper. This cigar is complex yet well balanced, and if you are looking for a fine cigar to enjoy on summer nights, this is the one for you!

    Espinosa Laranja Reserva is a '94' rated masterpiece. It boasts a Brazilian wrapper and Nicaraguan long-leaf tobacco. Laranja hits a home run with its natural sweetness, hints of spice, nuts, and pepper. This cigar is complex yet well balanced, and if you are looking for a fine cigar to enjoy on summer nights, this is the one for you!


  • Macanudo Crü Royale is a medium-bodied gem which features a dark Ecuador Habano wrapper with Dominican and Brazilian fillers beneath. Crü Royale is rich with deep notes of sweet earth, black pepper, and wood. This cigar never fails to impress, as it is consistently flavorful and well-made. A must for any Macanudo fan.

    Macanudo Crü Royale is a medium-bodied gem which features a dark Ecuador Habano wrapper with Dominican and Brazilian fillers beneath. Crü Royale is rich with deep notes of sweet earth, black pepper, and wood. This cigar never fails to impress, as it is consistently flavorful and well-made. A must for any Macanudo fan.


  • Treat yourself to a San Cristobal Elegancia and prepare to enjoy a smooth and luxurious ride. Nestled beneath the beautiful Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper are Nicaraguan long-fillers, giving way to flavors of spice, oak, and nuttiness. This cigar pairs beautifully with both coffee and white wine!

    Treat yourself to a San Cristobal Elegancia and prepare to enjoy a smooth and luxurious ride. Nestled beneath the beautiful Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper are Nicaraguan long-fillers, giving way to flavors of spice, oak, and nuttiness. This cigar pairs beautifully with both coffee and white wine!


  • 601 Green is draped in a dark Nicaraguan Oscuro wrapper and brimming with well-aged Nicaraguan long-fillers. Full-bodied without being overpowering, this flavorful cigar will entice the palate with notes of leather, coffee, and cocoa. 601 is not only a brand, but also the number of these I wish I had in my stash.

    601 Green is draped in a dark Nicaraguan Oscuro wrapper and brimming with well-aged Nicaraguan long-fillers. Full-bodied without being overpowering, this flavorful cigar will entice the palate with notes of leather, coffee, and cocoa. 601 is not only a brand, but also the number of these I wish I had in my stash.


  • You know I love strong stuff so no shocker I picked My Father La Antiguedad. Draped in an Ecuador Habano wrapper with a unique dual binder of Corojo and Criollo and a bounty of Nicaraguan fillers beneath, this cigar has strong notes of coffee, pepper, and chocolate. A winning addition to any humidor.

    You know I love strong stuff so no shocker I picked My Father La Antiguedad. Draped in an Ecuador Habano wrapper with a unique dual binder of Corojo and Criollo and a bounty of Nicaraguan fillers beneath, this cigar has strong notes of coffee, pepper, and chocolate. A winning addition to any humidor.


  • Alec Bradley once again hits it out of the park with this box-pressed beauty! Encased in a Nicaragua Jalapa wrapper with Nicaraguan long-fillers from Condega, Jalapa, and Estelí nestled beneath, Tempus Nicaragua is a treat with toasty cedar, nuts, and hints of semi-sweetness followed by a finish of leather and spice. Quite a ride!

    Alec Bradley once again hits it out of the park with this box-pressed beauty! Encased in a Nicaragua Jalapa wrapper with Nicaraguan long-fillers from Condega, Jalapa, and Estelí nestled beneath, Tempus Nicaragua is a treat with toasty cedar, nuts, and hints of semi-sweetness followed by a finish of leather and spice. Quite a ride!


  • Masterfully blended and perfectly balanced, Rocky Patel Vintage '90 is an exceptional cigar which has earned a regular place in my humidor. Featuring a 12-year-aged Honduran Broadleaf maduro wrapper with a blend of well-aged fillers and binders, you'll experience rich notes of cedar, espresso, and some sweetness.

    Masterfully blended and perfectly balanced, Rocky Patel Vintage '90 is an exceptional cigar which has earned a regular place in my humidor. Featuring a 12-year-aged Honduran Broadleaf maduro wrapper with a blend of well-aged fillers and binders, you'll experience rich notes of cedar, espresso, and some sweetness.


  • This '93' rated masterpiece from Nicaragua expels a rich character with balanced flavor. With its Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan long-leaf tobacco, this cigar will please the most complex of palates with enjoyable flavors and an oily feel. After a few draws, you will understand why this cigar is indeed Mighty Mighty.

    This '93' rated masterpiece from Nicaragua expels a rich character with balanced flavor. With its Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan long-leaf tobacco, this cigar will please the most complex of palates with enjoyable flavors and an oily feel. After a few draws, you will understand why this cigar is indeed Mighty Mighty.


  • This collaboration between Altadis and AJ Fernandez has produced a cigar that boasts a classic character with a modern look and feel. on the surface, you'll find an Ecuador Sumatra wrapper with Dominican and Nicaraguan long-leaves secured beneath. This cigar is complex and spicy, with creamy notes of oak, cocoa, and cashew.

    This collaboration between Altadis and AJ Fernandez has produced a cigar that boasts a classic character with a modern look and feel. on the surface, you'll find an Ecuador Sumatra wrapper with Dominican and Nicaraguan long-leaves secured beneath. This cigar is complex and spicy, with creamy notes of oak, cocoa, and cashew.


  • Aging Room Quattro F55 is an amazing cigar. Medium to full-bodied, it opens with spice and leather, then mellows to earthy coffee tones with some slightly sweet woody notes. After enjoying one, you’ll need to clear out the humidor for an entire box!

    Aging Room Quattro F55 is an amazing cigar. Medium to full-bodied, it opens with spice and leather, then mellows to earthy coffee tones with some slightly sweet woody notes. After enjoying one, you’ll need to clear out the humidor for an entire box!


  • Blended by AJ Fernandez himself, Ave Maria is one of the finest cigars available. Showcasing an Ecuador Habano wrapper with a Nicaraguan long-leaf tobacco, this is an exquisite blend. Well-balanced with a creamy profile, Ave Maria is one of my favorites.

    Blended by AJ Fernandez himself, Ave Maria is one of the finest cigars available. Showcasing an Ecuador Habano wrapper with a Nicaraguan long-leaf tobacco, this is an exquisite blend. Well-balanced with a creamy profile, Ave Maria is one of my favorites.


  • Reserve is another impressive offering from Romeo y Julieta! Full in body, this cigar is bursting with flavor. Expertly blended with Nicaraguan and Honduran long-fillers swaddled beneath a dark and oily Nicaraguan wrapper, expect hints of earth, spice, and sweetness.

    Reserve is another impressive offering from Romeo y Julieta! Full in body, this cigar is bursting with flavor. Expertly blended with Nicaraguan and Honduran long-fillers swaddled beneath a dark and oily Nicaraguan wrapper, expect hints of earth, spice, and sweetness.


  • Gilberto Reserva Blanc is Oliva’s newest release since 2012, and it’s well worth the wait. This mellow to medium-bodied blend sports a golden Ecuador Connecticut wrapper which encases Nicaraguan long-leaf. A classic Connecticut profile with notes of cashew, cream, and a bit of graham cracker.

    Gilberto Reserva Blanc is Oliva’s newest release since 2012, and it’s well worth the wait. This mellow to medium-bodied blend sports a golden Ecuador Connecticut wrapper which encases Nicaraguan long-leaf. A classic Connecticut profile with notes of cashew, cream, and a bit of graham cracker.


  • Drew Estate Undercrown Shade is a Nicaraguan-made gem which sports a silky Connecticut Shade wrapper. Rich with a velvety creaminess that stays with you throughout, this cigar has notes of cedar, earth, and black pepper. Undercrown Shade is a shining example of a medium-bodied cigar.

    Drew Estate Undercrown Shade is a Nicaraguan-made gem which sports a silky Connecticut Shade wrapper. Rich with a velvety creaminess that stays with you throughout, this cigar has notes of cedar, earth, and black pepper. Undercrown Shade is a shining example of a medium-bodied cigar.


  • Prensado Lost Art is masterfully made with a Honduran Corojo wrapper and a core of 5 different Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos. Expect complex flavors of white pepper, dark chocolate, earthiness, and hints of coffee. This bold and beautifully balanced treat is aromatic and delicious. Kudos Alec Bradley!  

    Prensado Lost Art is masterfully made with a Honduran Corojo wrapper and a core of 5 different Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos. Expect complex flavors of white pepper, dark chocolate, earthiness, and hints of coffee. This bold and beautifully balanced treat is aromatic and delicious. Kudos Alec Bradley!  


  • Of course, I picked another AJ and it’s fantastic! Man O’ War Damnation is a strong blend that opens with spice, leather, and oak, but mellows with coffee notes and some cherry on the finish. Make sure to complete your warrior training before taking on Damnation.

    Of course, I picked another AJ and it’s fantastic! Man O’ War Damnation is a strong blend that opens with spice, leather, and oak, but mellows with coffee notes and some cherry on the finish. Make sure to complete your warrior training before taking on Damnation.


  • This cigar is an easygoing blend that never disappoints. Decadent Dominican long-fillers are encased by a smooth Connecticut wrapper. Satisfying notes of leather, spice, and cedar greet the palate and pair nicely with a morning coffee. One of Victor Sinclair’s crowning achievements.

    This cigar is an easygoing blend that never disappoints. Decadent Dominican long-fillers are encased by a smooth Connecticut wrapper. Satisfying notes of leather, spice, and cedar greet the palate and pair nicely with a morning coffee. One of Victor Sinclair’s crowning achievements.


  • Before this review, I enjoyed Oliva cigars on occasion, but now I find myself in love with the Oliva Serie 'G' Maduro. Its dark, oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and Nicaraguan long-fillers reward my palate with a slightly nutty profile and notes of earthiness, fruit, cocoa, and coffee!

    Before this review, I enjoyed Oliva cigars on occasion, but now I find myself in love with the Oliva Serie 'G' Maduro. Its dark, oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and Nicaraguan long-fillers reward my palate with a slightly nutty profile and notes of earthiness, fruit, cocoa, and coffee!


  • This is not only one of my top picks for 2017, it's also one of my go-to cigars. This '95' rated box-pressed beauty sports a well-aged Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers beneath. Its notes of cocoa, black pepper, and earth are always an absolute pleasure.

    This is not only one of my top picks for 2017, it's also one of my go-to cigars. This '95' rated box-pressed beauty sports a well-aged Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers beneath. Its notes of cocoa, black pepper, and earth are always an absolute pleasure.


  • Truly a work of divine inspiration. I love anything AJ Fernandez makes, and this is no exception. Made primarily with Nicaraguan tobacco, this medium to full-bodied cigar opens with heavy spice, which mellow to notes of leather and earth. This blend will carry you on angel's wings until the end.

    Truly a work of divine inspiration. I love anything AJ Fernandez makes, and this is no exception. Made primarily with Nicaraguan tobacco, this medium to full-bodied cigar opens with heavy spice, which mellow to notes of leather and earth. This blend will carry you on angel's wings until the end.


  • It's official! I'm in love with the Flor de San Andres by Rocky Patel. Its solid construction, dark Mexican San Andrés wrapper, and sugar skull band caught my attention right away. Not to mention the notes of cedar, dark chocolate, leather, and hints of nutmeg leading to an enjoyable experience.

    It's official! I'm in love with the Flor de San Andres by Rocky Patel. Its solid construction, dark Mexican San Andrés wrapper, and sugar skull band caught my attention right away. Not to mention the notes of cedar, dark chocolate, leather, and hints of nutmeg leading to an enjoyable experience.


  • John | | AJ's Innovation on Full Display

    AJ Fernandez is a very busy man–and that may be putting it lightly. Recently, he’s collaborated with some of the biggest names in the business to make some absolute gems, and he’s somehow found the time to craft some new premiums to add to his own illustrious portfolio.
    Among the brand new additions is an extension to his Enclave line. AJ created the original Habano-wrapped beauty with the help with his father, Ismael, and the cigar received a well-deserved ‘92’ rating and Top 25 honors.The newest iteration of Enclave was brought about by a simple curiosity–AJ wanted to know what the blend would taste like wrapped with a Connecticut Broadleaf, and I’ve never been so grateful for Mr. Fernandez’s inventive and adventurous approach to making cigars.

    Don’t get me wrong, the original Enclave is nothing shy of exquisite, but when Nicaraguan fillers from Pueblo Nuevo, Estelí, and the Jalapa Valley are encased by a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, what you get is a brand new profile with a deeper flavor and full-body.  Enclave Broadleaf is visibly darker than the original, and the unlit tobaccos have a spicier aroma with a slight hint of hay and caramel–an indication that this cigar has been aged very well.
    When the cigar is first lit, there is a fair amount of spice with notes of earth, espresso, some toasted almonds, and slight citrus on the finish. As the burn continues, the peppery notes remain present, but the flavors develop into a creamy leather with notes of cocoa and a natural sweetness. Enclave Broadleaf is a solid full-bodied cigar, and it has complexity to spare. Of course, the original will always be a regular in my rotation of premiums, but this new addition will definitely find its way into the mix as well.


    AJ Fernandez is a very busy man–and that may be putting it lightly. Recently, he’s collaborated with some of the biggest names in the business to make some absolute gems, and he’s somehow found the time to craft some new premiums to add to his own illustrious portfolio.
    Among the brand new additions is an extension to his Enclave line. AJ created the original Habano-wrapped beauty with the help with his father, Ismael, and the cigar received a well-deserved ‘92’ rating and Top 25 honors.The newest iteration of Enclave was brought about by a simple curiosity–AJ wanted to know what the blend would taste like wrapped with a Connecticut Broadleaf, and I’ve never been so grateful for Mr. Fernandez’s inventive and adventurous approach to making cigars.

    Don’t get me wrong, the original Enclave is nothing shy of exquisite, but when Nicaraguan fillers from Pueblo Nuevo, Estelí, and the Jalapa Valley are encased by a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, what you get is a brand new profile with a deeper flavor and full-body.  Enclave Broadleaf is visibly darker than the original, and the unlit tobaccos have a spicier aroma with a slight hint of hay and caramel–an indication that this cigar has been aged very well.
    When the cigar is first lit, there is a fair amount of spice with notes of earth, espresso, some toasted almonds, and slight citrus on the finish. As the burn continues, the peppery notes remain present, but the flavors develop into a creamy leather with notes of cocoa and a natural sweetness. Enclave Broadleaf is a solid full-bodied cigar, and it has complexity to spare. Of course, the original will always be a regular in my rotation of premiums, but this new addition will definitely find its way into the mix as well.



  • This unique '95' rated gem is full-bodied with a beautifully complex profile. Flathead's Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers are bound with a well-fermented Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Notes of black pepper, cocoa, and earth are nothing short of a holiday treat.

    This unique '95' rated gem is full-bodied with a beautifully complex profile. Flathead's Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers are bound with a well-fermented Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Notes of black pepper, cocoa, and earth are nothing short of a holiday treat.


  • A truly unique blend as not many use Peruvian tobacco; this solid, medium-bodied premium brims with tones of leather, wood, and earth, with some floral notes on the finish. Make sure you discover this secret for yourself—but don't tell too many others because they may disappear!

    A truly unique blend as not many use Peruvian tobacco; this solid, medium-bodied premium brims with tones of leather, wood, and earth, with some floral notes on the finish. Make sure you discover this secret for yourself—but don't tell too many others because they may disappear!


  • Toraño Exodus Gold 20th Anniversary is a cigar that will awaken the taste buds! Nicaraguan and Honduran long-fillers are encased in a spicy, bold Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper. Enjoy hints of espresso, cedar, and smooth spice as you experience a myriad of flavors from start to finish with this outstanding cigar.

    Toraño Exodus Gold 20th Anniversary is a cigar that will awaken the taste buds! Nicaraguan and Honduran long-fillers are encased in a spicy, bold Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper. Enjoy hints of espresso, cedar, and smooth spice as you experience a myriad of flavors from start to finish with this outstanding cigar.


  • A dark, oily Habano wrapper blended with Nicaraguan fillers creates tons of flavor in this personal favorite. Tasting notes are consistent from foot to finish, with cocoa, black pepper, earthiness, and a hint of sweet tobacco. Medium to full-bodied with a host of flavor, Nica Libre 25th is a must-try!

    A dark, oily Habano wrapper blended with Nicaraguan fillers creates tons of flavor in this personal favorite. Tasting notes are consistent from foot to finish, with cocoa, black pepper, earthiness, and a hint of sweet tobacco. Medium to full-bodied with a host of flavor, Nica Libre 25th is a must-try!


  • John | | Exotic Flavors From CAO

    CAO may be one of the most adventurous cigar brands in the business. Its blends take enthusiasts off the beaten path with tobaccos procured in regions not often utilized by most cigar brands. A prime example of this is CAO’s Fuma Em Corda, literally translated to “smoke on a rope.” Named for a process native to Brazil, part of Fuma Em Corda’s blend of long fillers consists of Brazilian Arapiraca tobacco that is twisted into a braid and left to ferment. This tobacco is combined with long fillers from Nicaragua, Honduras, and Brazil, and encased by a Honduran Colorado Oscuro wrapper. 

    Something that strikes me as brilliant about this cigar (and all of the cigars in the CAO Amazon Basin Series) is the branding. Each cigar has a rustic appearance with a thin string of bound tobacco replacing the band. I tend to gravitate toward cigars with little details like this, because it shows a real appreciation for the tobaccos used, plus it just looks cool. 

    As for the cigar itself, the flavor is as unique as its aesthetic. Notes of espresso, caramel, and black pepper give this medium to full-bodied premium a truly unique profile with exquisite complexity. What’s really unique about this cigar is the fact that you can actually burn through the “band” without any adverse effects, because as mentioned, it’s made of tobacco. 

    CAO has definitely cornered the market when it comes to exotic cigars and Fuma Em Corda is a prime example of this. Well-made with flavor to spare, this cigar is an absolute gem that will certainly impress any aficionado looking for something a little different. 


    CAO may be one of the most adventurous cigar brands in the business. Its blends take enthusiasts off the beaten path with tobaccos procured in regions not often utilized by most cigar brands. A prime example of this is CAO’s Fuma Em Corda, literally translated to “smoke on a rope.” Named for a process native to Brazil, part of Fuma Em Corda’s blend of long fillers consists of Brazilian Arapiraca tobacco that is twisted into a braid and left to ferment. This tobacco is combined with long fillers from Nicaragua, Honduras, and Brazil, and encased by a Honduran Colorado Oscuro wrapper. 

    Something that strikes me as brilliant about this cigar (and all of the cigars in the CAO Amazon Basin Series) is the branding. Each cigar has a rustic appearance with a thin string of bound tobacco replacing the band. I tend to gravitate toward cigars with little details like this, because it shows a real appreciation for the tobaccos used, plus it just looks cool. 

    As for the cigar itself, the flavor is as unique as its aesthetic. Notes of espresso, caramel, and black pepper give this medium to full-bodied premium a truly unique profile with exquisite complexity. What’s really unique about this cigar is the fact that you can actually burn through the “band” without any adverse effects, because as mentioned, it’s made of tobacco. 

    CAO has definitely cornered the market when it comes to exotic cigars and Fuma Em Corda is a prime example of this. Well-made with flavor to spare, this cigar is an absolute gem that will certainly impress any aficionado looking for something a little different. 



  • AJ Fernandez, need I say more? My love affair continues with Diesel Heart of Darkness. An Oscuro Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan fillers exude notes of pepper, earth, and a slight hint of coffee. This bold premium is definitely not for the faint of heart.

    AJ Fernandez, need I say more? My love affair continues with Diesel Heart of Darkness. An Oscuro Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan fillers exude notes of pepper, earth, and a slight hint of coffee. This bold premium is definitely not for the faint of heart.


  • Punch Bareknuckle will knock you proverbial socks off with its multi-country blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos draped in an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Ensure this champion is always on hand for those moments you want to "go a few rounds" with a real powerhouse.

    Punch Bareknuckle will knock you proverbial socks off with its multi-country blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos draped in an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Ensure this champion is always on hand for those moments you want to "go a few rounds" with a real powerhouse.


  • Rum barrel-aged Dominican, Honduran, and Nicaraguan fillers are encased in an oily Oscuro wrapper. I immediately enjoyed notes of coffee, spice, and some hints of black cherry. A must-try for those who enjoy a solid medium to full-bodied cigar.

    Rum barrel-aged Dominican, Honduran, and Nicaraguan fillers are encased in an oily Oscuro wrapper. I immediately enjoyed notes of coffee, spice, and some hints of black cherry. A must-try for those who enjoy a solid medium to full-bodied cigar.


  • John | | A Bold Blend From Macanudo

    You’d be hard pressed to find an enthusiast who hasn’t sampled one of Macanudo’s many blends. You’d be even more hard pressed to find one who hasn’t at least heard of the brand during its nearly 50 year run. The brand started out in Jamaica in the late 60s, but moved to the Dominican Republic a few years later where it set down permanent roots. At first, the cigars were mellow and packed with flavor, making them accessible to a wide variety of palates. But as time progressed, so did enthusiasts Tastes. And, to keep up with demand, Macanudo began blending fuller-bodied cigars with bolder tasting notes.   

    Macanudo’s latest creation may be one of its most innovative to date. Inspirado Black comes dressed in a dark and oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper which was ripened on the stalk. At the cigar’s core you’ll find a proprietary blend of fermented tobaccos grown in Estelí, Nicaragua. Well-constructed, this cigar has a rustic quality to it. But what really grabs me is the aroma coming from the tobaccos in this premium. They have an intoxicating smell of molasses and earth, reminding me of dried cherries. As soon as the cigar is lit, the flavor profile is striking, with notes of pepper, hay, and dried fruit at the finish. As the cigar progresses, the pepper nuances intensify, but they’re not overwhelming and the finish is nice and long. This may be my new favorite blend from Macanudo, simply because it offers so much complexity and spice. I would urge everyone to try Inspirado Black, but do so after a good meal. This cigar’s boldness took me a little off guard, but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the hell out of it.


    You’d be hard pressed to find an enthusiast who hasn’t sampled one of Macanudo’s many blends. You’d be even more hard pressed to find one who hasn’t at least heard of the brand during its nearly 50 year run. The brand started out in Jamaica in the late 60s, but moved to the Dominican Republic a few years later where it set down permanent roots. At first, the cigars were mellow and packed with flavor, making them accessible to a wide variety of palates. But as time progressed, so did enthusiasts Tastes. And, to keep up with demand, Macanudo began blending fuller-bodied cigars with bolder tasting notes.   

    Macanudo’s latest creation may be one of its most innovative to date. Inspirado Black comes dressed in a dark and oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper which was ripened on the stalk. At the cigar’s core you’ll find a proprietary blend of fermented tobaccos grown in Estelí, Nicaragua. Well-constructed, this cigar has a rustic quality to it. But what really grabs me is the aroma coming from the tobaccos in this premium. They have an intoxicating smell of molasses and earth, reminding me of dried cherries. As soon as the cigar is lit, the flavor profile is striking, with notes of pepper, hay, and dried fruit at the finish. As the cigar progresses, the pepper nuances intensify, but they’re not overwhelming and the finish is nice and long. This may be my new favorite blend from Macanudo, simply because it offers so much complexity and spice. I would urge everyone to try Inspirado Black, but do so after a good meal. This cigar’s boldness took me a little off guard, but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the hell out of it.



  • John | | A Mellower Brick House

    Easily one of J.C. Newman’s most popular cigar lines, Brick House has cornered the market on top notch cigars at an unbeatable price. Each blend is beautifully balanced with a pleasing aromas, and a throng of satisfying tasting notes. The original Brick House cigar was well-received by both fans and critics, and earned a well-deserved spot in Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 cigars of 2010. The maduro blend also received high marks with a ‘91’ rating just this year. 

    With such high acclaim, it was only a matter of time before J.C. Newman added a Connecticut wrapped offering to its lineup of Brick House cigars.

    Masked with a pristine Connecticut Shade leaf and brimming with sweet smelling long fillers, Brick House Connecticut is love at first sight. The cold draw offers classic Connecticut notes of sweet cream, a touch of cedar, and some nuances of earth. I noticed more pepper in the first few puffs of this cigar, with notes of vanilla and roasted nuts. I was actually surprised by the spice. Not over the top, but more pronounced than I was expecting. The pepper lingered throughout, but became less present throughout the burn. The finish was short, but sweet, and overall this cigar presented complexities not often found in run of the mill Connecticut blends. I would call this an absolute homerun for Brick House. It offers the same complexities and spice of more expensive fuller-bodied cigars, but can be enjoyed as an everyday cigar. I’ve probably enjoyed close to a box of these since we got them in our warehouse, and I’m probably going to buy another just as soon as I make room in my humidor, or I just may buy another humidor specifically for these beauties.


    Easily one of J.C. Newman’s most popular cigar lines, Brick House has cornered the market on top notch cigars at an unbeatable price. Each blend is beautifully balanced with a pleasing aromas, and a throng of satisfying tasting notes. The original Brick House cigar was well-received by both fans and critics, and earned a well-deserved spot in Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 cigars of 2010. The maduro blend also received high marks with a ‘91’ rating just this year. 

    With such high acclaim, it was only a matter of time before J.C. Newman added a Connecticut wrapped offering to its lineup of Brick House cigars.

    Masked with a pristine Connecticut Shade leaf and brimming with sweet smelling long fillers, Brick House Connecticut is love at first sight. The cold draw offers classic Connecticut notes of sweet cream, a touch of cedar, and some nuances of earth. I noticed more pepper in the first few puffs of this cigar, with notes of vanilla and roasted nuts. I was actually surprised by the spice. Not over the top, but more pronounced than I was expecting. The pepper lingered throughout, but became less present throughout the burn. The finish was short, but sweet, and overall this cigar presented complexities not often found in run of the mill Connecticut blends. I would call this an absolute homerun for Brick House. It offers the same complexities and spice of more expensive fuller-bodied cigars, but can be enjoyed as an everyday cigar. I’ve probably enjoyed close to a box of these since we got them in our warehouse, and I’m probably going to buy another just as soon as I make room in my humidor, or I just may buy another humidor specifically for these beauties.



  • 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.

    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.

    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.


  • 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.

    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.


  • While I don’t find myself reaching for Gurkha cigars all too often these days, it’s impossible to forget how good this ‘91’ rated gem is. Symphony has become one of the most popular Connecticut-wrapped cigars in our inventory. Superb construction and every smooth puff makes Gurkha Symphony a must-try for every aficionado.

    While I don’t find myself reaching for Gurkha cigars all too often these days, it’s impossible to forget how good this ‘91’ rated gem is. Symphony has become one of the most popular Connecticut-wrapped cigars in our inventory. Superb construction and every smooth puff makes Gurkha Symphony a must-try for every aficionado.


  • Hoyo de Monterrey offers a solid lineup of cigars, including one of my standbys: Hoyo Excalibur. A Connecticut leaf surrounds Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers for a combination that gives this blend a medium body. Notes of spice and wood which are complemented by a satisfying creaminess, this is a cigar that will never disappoint.

    Hoyo de Monterrey offers a solid lineup of cigars, including one of my standbys: Hoyo Excalibur. A Connecticut leaf surrounds Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers for a combination that gives this blend a medium body. Notes of spice and wood which are complemented by a satisfying creaminess, this is a cigar that will never disappoint.


  • 5 Vegas Gold is one of my favorite cigars and is perfect for any time of the day. Honduran tobacco that is aged for 5 years is paired with a beautiful Ecuadorian Connecticut-seed wrapper. You can be sure that 5 Vegas Gold will have you feeling like a winner every time.

    5 Vegas Gold is one of my favorite cigars and is perfect for any time of the day. Honduran tobacco that is aged for 5 years is paired with a beautiful Ecuadorian Connecticut-seed wrapper. You can be sure that 5 Vegas Gold will have you feeling like a winner every time.


  • Rocky Patel Connecticut is my go-to cigar for mornings on the lake during fishing season. This mellow blend is just perfect for pairing with coffee. A smooth start gives way to notes of nuttiness, earthiness, with hints of subtle leather and spice. Superior construction and effortless draw makes this a truly satisfying Connecticut.

    Rocky Patel Connecticut is my go-to cigar for mornings on the lake during fishing season. This mellow blend is just perfect for pairing with coffee. A smooth start gives way to notes of nuttiness, earthiness, with hints of subtle leather and spice. Superior construction and effortless draw makes this a truly satisfying Connecticut.


  • Macanudo Café is fantastic for anyone who appreciates a cigar that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. It has a consistent burn and draw with a rich and smooth profile that is never overpowering. This cigar leaves a clean finish on the palate with nutty notes, earthiness, hints of coffee, and cream.

    Macanudo Café is fantastic for anyone who appreciates a cigar that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. It has a consistent burn and draw with a rich and smooth profile that is never overpowering. This cigar leaves a clean finish on the palate with nutty notes, earthiness, hints of coffee, and cream.


  • Graycliff is one of the highest quality cigars on the market and the Profesionale line is no exception. Fillers from four countries are wrapped in an Ecuadorian Sumatra Intermedio leaf. The overall experience is smooth with tasting notes of leather, earth, cedar, and hints of spice. 

    Graycliff is one of the highest quality cigars on the market and the Profesionale line is no exception. Fillers from four countries are wrapped in an Ecuadorian Sumatra Intermedio leaf. The overall experience is smooth with tasting notes of leather, earth, cedar, and hints of spice. 


  • Made by AJ Fernandez, this cigar is a box-pressed, full-bodied beauty! The Habano Ecuadorian Sun Grown Ligero wrapper appears marbled and smooth. This cigar offers notes of pepper, balanced with earthiness and coffee. It was a fantastic cigar that I would recommend to any enthusiast who prefers a full-bodied experience.

    Made by AJ Fernandez, this cigar is a box-pressed, full-bodied beauty! The Habano Ecuadorian Sun Grown Ligero wrapper appears marbled and smooth. This cigar offers notes of pepper, balanced with earthiness and coffee. It was a fantastic cigar that I would recommend to any enthusiast who prefers a full-bodied experience.


  • This 90+ rated CAO is a one-of-a-kind blend packed with Italian, Nicaraguan, and Peruvian long-fillers. It's wrapped with a dark chocolate, oily Habano leaf. This first draw surprised me when strong notes of pepper hit my palate, but then opened up with dark chocolate, earth, peat, leather, and spice. All of these flavors melded together beautifully. 

    This 90+ rated CAO is a one-of-a-kind blend packed with Italian, Nicaraguan, and Peruvian long-fillers. It's wrapped with a dark chocolate, oily Habano leaf. This first draw surprised me when strong notes of pepper hit my palate, but then opened up with dark chocolate, earth, peat, leather, and spice. All of these flavors melded together beautifully. 


  • Tim | | Viaje Full Moon Collector’s Edition

    I’ve been a Viaje fan for some time now. The brand’s Exclusivo is among my favorite cigars on store shelves right now. Despite my affinity for Viaje, Full Moon Collector’s Edition somehow went under my radar. Yes, I know this is a Halloween-themed cigar, so call me late to the party but, I just wanted to share my delight in finally giving this cigar a go. Let’s start with aesthetics - the cigar is wrapped in a gorgeous deep brown Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper that has an earthy and spicy aroma. The pigtail cap is a nice detail that I’m a total sucker for, so this experience is already off to an amazing start. Upon first light, Full Moon has a ton of flavor. Thick mouthfuls of pillowy smoke exude intense flavors of spice, earth, and cocoa. I was expecting an extraordinary cigar and somehow my expectations were blown out of the water throughout the burn. Full Moon is fantastic from top to tail, with a beautiful creaminess reserved for the very best cigars. Is it a surprise that I enjoyed this cigar as much as I did? Not really. The only surprise here is that spring has sprung and it somehow took me this long to sample Full Moon Collector’s Edition.


    I’ve been a Viaje fan for some time now. The brand’s Exclusivo is among my favorite cigars on store shelves right now. Despite my affinity for Viaje, Full Moon Collector’s Edition somehow went under my radar. Yes, I know this is a Halloween-themed cigar, so call me late to the party but, I just wanted to share my delight in finally giving this cigar a go. Let’s start with aesthetics - the cigar is wrapped in a gorgeous deep brown Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper that has an earthy and spicy aroma. The pigtail cap is a nice detail that I’m a total sucker for, so this experience is already off to an amazing start. Upon first light, Full Moon has a ton of flavor. Thick mouthfuls of pillowy smoke exude intense flavors of spice, earth, and cocoa. I was expecting an extraordinary cigar and somehow my expectations were blown out of the water throughout the burn. Full Moon is fantastic from top to tail, with a beautiful creaminess reserved for the very best cigars. Is it a surprise that I enjoyed this cigar as much as I did? Not really. The only surprise here is that spring has sprung and it somehow took me this long to sample Full Moon Collector’s Edition.



  • A must-have in my humidor, a Nicaraguan wrapper drapes five-year-aged ligeros and barrel-aged Nicaraguan long-leaves. Offering subtle hints of coffee and earthiness, HC Series Gran Limitado will satisfy even the most complex of palates. Add this to your rotation today or keep it around as a special treat for guests!

    A must-have in my humidor, a Nicaraguan wrapper drapes five-year-aged ligeros and barrel-aged Nicaraguan long-leaves. Offering subtle hints of coffee and earthiness, HC Series Gran Limitado will satisfy even the most complex of palates. Add this to your rotation today or keep it around as a special treat for guests!


  • This is one limited edition Gurkha that you want to get your hands on. With a deluge of various flavors, this medium-bodied blend offers some exotic spices up front with a mellow backbone of coffee, wood, and touch of natural sweetness. The double perfecto is easily my favorite vitola within the line and makes for a great mid-day indulgence.

    This is one limited edition Gurkha that you want to get your hands on. With a deluge of various flavors, this medium-bodied blend offers some exotic spices up front with a mellow backbone of coffee, wood, and touch of natural sweetness. The double perfecto is easily my favorite vitola within the line and makes for a great mid-day indulgence.


  • The latest release from the industry titan utilizes a Mexican San Andrés wrapper that is prized by many. Flor de San Andres is a perfectly balanced, medium-bodied blend with a rich espresso core and hints of spice and leather on the finish. Sugar skull or not, these cigars are truly a sweet deal.


    The latest release from the industry titan utilizes a Mexican San Andrés wrapper that is prized by many. Flor de San Andres is a perfectly balanced, medium-bodied blend with a rich espresso core and hints of spice and leather on the finish. Sugar skull or not, these cigars are truly a sweet deal.



  • Enclave uses an oily, Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper, binder leaf from Cameroon, and a delicious blend of Nicaraguan fillers. Hints of chocolate, cedar, cinnamon, and a creamy cashew note create one wonderful, medium to full-bodied blend. The finish adds a peppery kick to a premium that’s definitely worth adding to your collection.

    Enclave uses an oily, Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper, binder leaf from Cameroon, and a delicious blend of Nicaraguan fillers. Hints of chocolate, cedar, cinnamon, and a creamy cashew note create one wonderful, medium to full-bodied blend. The finish adds a peppery kick to a premium that’s definitely worth adding to your collection.


  • This Oliva everyday premium delivers each and every time. Reliable and unbeatable for the price, the impeccable construction is evident as soon as you pick it up. A gorgeous, Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is perfectly applied around a robust blend of Nicaraguan fillers creating a smooth character mixed with zesty notes of cedar and spice.

    This Oliva everyday premium delivers each and every time. Reliable and unbeatable for the price, the impeccable construction is evident as soon as you pick it up. A gorgeous, Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is perfectly applied around a robust blend of Nicaraguan fillers creating a smooth character mixed with zesty notes of cedar and spice.


  • Crafted by AJ Fernandez, Divinia takes things to another level. this Cubanesque premium features a hefty amount of Nicaragua tobacco. It opens up with a full hit of spice that mellows gradually into notes of leather, earth, and a mix of woody notes. Certainly full-bodied but heavenly smooth, Divinia is a blessing to have in your humidor. 

    Crafted by AJ Fernandez, Divinia takes things to another level. this Cubanesque premium features a hefty amount of Nicaragua tobacco. It opens up with a full hit of spice that mellows gradually into notes of leather, earth, and a mix of woody notes. Certainly full-bodied but heavenly smooth, Divinia is a blessing to have in your humidor. 


  • Padilla Habano offers excellence from the very first draw. A tantalizing blend of Cuban-seed tobaccos are draped in an oily, Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Offering subtle hints of spice and chocolate with a nice little kick of pepper on the finish to keep your taste buds fully awake, this is the must-have cigar to relax with at the end of your day.

    Padilla Habano offers excellence from the very first draw. A tantalizing blend of Cuban-seed tobaccos are draped in an oily, Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Offering subtle hints of spice and chocolate with a nice little kick of pepper on the finish to keep your taste buds fully awake, this is the must-have cigar to relax with at the end of your day.


  • Allow me to introduce Diesel's newest offering, Heart of Darkness. This full-bodied Nicaraguan beauty is encased in an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper. Experience flavors of espresso, leather, wood, and spice. Raising the bar once again, this complex Diesel blend will satisfy the most discerning connoisseur. 

    Allow me to introduce Diesel's newest offering, Heart of Darkness. This full-bodied Nicaraguan beauty is encased in an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper. Experience flavors of espresso, leather, wood, and spice. Raising the bar once again, this complex Diesel blend will satisfy the most discerning connoisseur. 


  • This out-of-this-world blend features a three country mix of premium fillers draped in a dark and oily Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper. Consistent with an impeccable burn and draw, this premium is balanced yet full of complex notes of pepper, progressing into a creaminess accompanied by hints of vanilla and cocoa. 

    This out-of-this-world blend features a three country mix of premium fillers draped in a dark and oily Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper. Consistent with an impeccable burn and draw, this premium is balanced yet full of complex notes of pepper, progressing into a creaminess accompanied by hints of vanilla and cocoa. 


  • Tim | | A Lancero to long for.

    Alan Rubin is no stranger to using Honduran tobaccos in his blends to award winning results. His Coyol is no exception to this strategy, as the Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos used in this recipe combine to create one of my new favorites. Grabbed one out of the humidor for two reasons: #1 – the brand… I have loved the Tempus and Prensado for years, and have really enjoyed the few Mundials I’ve recently sampled. #2 – the size. A petite lancero is rather unique in today’s cigar scene, and seemed like a good choice for my afternoon session. Smoked slow and deliberate, the Coyol exuded big flavor and character from the get go. There’s a pleasant sweetness throughout, but not saccharine-y or overbearing. I usually get a savory, almost meaty nuance from other Alec Bradley blends, not so much with this lancero. I wasn’t pairing this with tea, but I kept coming back to that type of flavor sensation – slightly tannic, slightly astringent, with an herbal heavy finish. Very fresh and clean tasting; this blend is bright without many of the “dirty” earth flavors that can muddle a complex profile like this. Nubbing both samples of the Coyol I acquired for this review, I can say they were consistent, medium-bodied, unique, and enjoyable. Acquire a few for yourself, no regrets.  

    Alan Rubin is no stranger to using Honduran tobaccos in his blends to award winning results. His Coyol is no exception to this strategy, as the Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos used in this recipe combine to create one of my new favorites. Grabbed one out of the humidor for two reasons: #1 – the brand… I have loved the Tempus and Prensado for years, and have really enjoyed the few Mundials I’ve recently sampled. #2 – the size. A petite lancero is rather unique in today’s cigar scene, and seemed like a good choice for my afternoon session. Smoked slow and deliberate, the Coyol exuded big flavor and character from the get go. There’s a pleasant sweetness throughout, but not saccharine-y or overbearing. I usually get a savory, almost meaty nuance from other Alec Bradley blends, not so much with this lancero. I wasn’t pairing this with tea, but I kept coming back to that type of flavor sensation – slightly tannic, slightly astringent, with an herbal heavy finish. Very fresh and clean tasting; this blend is bright without many of the “dirty” earth flavors that can muddle a complex profile like this. Nubbing both samples of the Coyol I acquired for this review, I can say they were consistent, medium-bodied, unique, and enjoyable. Acquire a few for yourself, no regrets.  


  • Drew Estate Tabak Especial Café con Leche blends two luscious wrappers to give you a perfectly-balanced joyride of flavors. The Connecticut Broadleaf and Ecuador Connecticut wrappers give this infused cigar notes of rich espresso and the sweetness of vanilla bean that will satisfy the most extreme tobacco purist.

    Drew Estate Tabak Especial Café con Leche blends two luscious wrappers to give you a perfectly-balanced joyride of flavors. The Connecticut Broadleaf and Ecuador Connecticut wrappers give this infused cigar notes of rich espresso and the sweetness of vanilla bean that will satisfy the most extreme tobacco purist.


  • If you like the idea of an “enhanced” cigar blend, Opulence 3 is the finest choice. Sporting a toothy maduro wrapper from San Andrés, ‘O-3’ pumps out clouds of rich and creamy smoke, with a sweet finish, and a room note that is out of this world.

    If you like the idea of an “enhanced” cigar blend, Opulence 3 is the finest choice. Sporting a toothy maduro wrapper from San Andrés, ‘O-3’ pumps out clouds of rich and creamy smoke, with a sweet finish, and a room note that is out of this world.


  • A cigar jam-packed with coffee! Java sure holds to its namesake. A luscious, extra-fermented maduro wrapper secures a fine mix of Nicaraguan tobaccos that have been generously infused with espresso and cocoa. These aromas work wonderfully with a sweetness from the cap.
    A cigar jam-packed with coffee! Java sure holds to its namesake. A luscious, extra-fermented maduro wrapper secures a fine mix of Nicaraguan tobaccos that have been generously infused with espresso and cocoa. These aromas work wonderfully with a sweetness from the cap.

  • Natural Root is a bit more of a traditionalist approach to flavored cigars. Utilizing rare tobaccos from across the globe and finished with a Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper, this medium-bodied blend is rich and aromatic with hints of mocha. Mix things up today with a cigar that is unlike any other.

    Natural Root is a bit more of a traditionalist approach to flavored cigars. Utilizing rare tobaccos from across the globe and finished with a Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper, this medium-bodied blend is rich and aromatic with hints of mocha. Mix things up today with a cigar that is unlike any other.


  • Tim | | An Uncle you'll like!
    With an oily, dark chocolate brown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Uncle Lee is handsome. Pre-light, the cedar and sweet hay aroma is intoxicating. Inside each you find a hearty blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran Corojos combined with Dominican ligeros. Light up and discover creamy nuances of chocolate, almond, and malt initially dominate the palate, eventually making room for heavier notes of espresso and cedar. The finish is fantastic, with dark chocolate and berry really coming through. Room 101 Uncle Lee is well-balanced and complex, with a pleasing variety of flavors, impressive draw, and ample amounts of smoke. With all of the characteristics of a savory premium produced in limited quantity, Room 101 Uncle Lee is one cigar meant for your humidor RIGHT NOW.
    With an oily, dark chocolate brown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Uncle Lee is handsome. Pre-light, the cedar and sweet hay aroma is intoxicating. Inside each you find a hearty blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran Corojos combined with Dominican ligeros. Light up and discover creamy nuances of chocolate, almond, and malt initially dominate the palate, eventually making room for heavier notes of espresso and cedar. The finish is fantastic, with dark chocolate and berry really coming through. Room 101 Uncle Lee is well-balanced and complex, with a pleasing variety of flavors, impressive draw, and ample amounts of smoke. With all of the characteristics of a savory premium produced in limited quantity, Room 101 Uncle Lee is one cigar meant for your humidor RIGHT NOW.

  • Dave | | Chock-full of flavor...

    Rocky Patel is back with an exciting new release in the form of a hearty maduro featuring a San Andres wrapper and a carefully selected blend of Nicaraguan long fillers. Despite its bold packaging, this one has a rather tamed and refined character. To me, that’s a good thing. Right off the bat, this well-balanced cigar is incredibly smooth with rich notes of coffee and chocolate. To be honest, I was expecting a bold spice that is typical with San Andres wrappers. Instead there were just light hints of cedar, spice, and sweetness on the finish which added a nice bit of complexity to the blend. Neither flavor would completely overpower the others. I can really respect such a full-flavored cigar that doesn’t knock you back in your seat in terms of strength. Flor de San Andres remains firmly in the medium-bodied camp throughout and can be enjoyed any time of day. If you’re looking for a new everyday maduro you can’t go wrong here.

    Rocky Patel is back with an exciting new release in the form of a hearty maduro featuring a San Andres wrapper and a carefully selected blend of Nicaraguan long fillers. Despite its bold packaging, this one has a rather tamed and refined character. To me, that’s a good thing. Right off the bat, this well-balanced cigar is incredibly smooth with rich notes of coffee and chocolate. To be honest, I was expecting a bold spice that is typical with San Andres wrappers. Instead there were just light hints of cedar, spice, and sweetness on the finish which added a nice bit of complexity to the blend. Neither flavor would completely overpower the others. I can really respect such a full-flavored cigar that doesn’t knock you back in your seat in terms of strength. Flor de San Andres remains firmly in the medium-bodied camp throughout and can be enjoyed any time of day. If you’re looking for a new everyday maduro you can’t go wrong here.


  • The original Dominican Romeo, the 1875 Bully performs like a true tobacco “cafe con leche” as nuances of coffee bean and sweet cream give way perfectly to its subtle sugarcane finish, creating a modern day classic. This best-seller is also a regular in my personal humidor. Mellow enough for the masses yet possessed with a surprising WOW factor.

    The original Dominican Romeo, the 1875 Bully performs like a true tobacco “cafe con leche” as nuances of coffee bean and sweet cream give way perfectly to its subtle sugarcane finish, creating a modern day classic. This best-seller is also a regular in my personal humidor. Mellow enough for the masses yet possessed with a surprising WOW factor.


  • You can taste the rich Nicaraguan history in this full-bodied beauty from Estelí’s first cigar manufacturer. Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 is a superb Nicaraguan puro featuring a dark and oily Criollo wrapper. It is deep and earthy with notes of roasted nuts and spice. This cigar is perfect to savor on a cold winter’s night drinking spiced eggnog.

    You can taste the rich Nicaraguan history in this full-bodied beauty from Estelí’s first cigar manufacturer. Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970 is a superb Nicaraguan puro featuring a dark and oily Criollo wrapper. It is deep and earthy with notes of roasted nuts and spice. This cigar is perfect to savor on a cold winter’s night drinking spiced eggnog.


  • This classic has introduced so many to Brazilian tobacco, including myself. A top-seller within CAO’s illustrious ‘world cigar’ lineup, CAO Brazilia is a bold, full-bodied blend featuring a dark and lustrous wrapper and perfectly aged Nicaragua fillers. Rich notes of chocolate and spice are pleasant with a slight sweetness on the finish that marry together perfectly throughout.

    This classic has introduced so many to Brazilian tobacco, including myself. A top-seller within CAO’s illustrious ‘world cigar’ lineup, CAO Brazilia is a bold, full-bodied blend featuring a dark and lustrous wrapper and perfectly aged Nicaragua fillers. Rich notes of chocolate and spice are pleasant with a slight sweetness on the finish that marry together perfectly throughout.


  • Genesis makes for a great cigar to enjoy this holiday season. At first glance, you’ll notice a beautiful Ecuadorian Habano wrapper encasing a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan long-fillers. Full-bodied to the core, this premium offers flavors of black pepper and leather with some earthy tones. If you are looking for a cigar to keep you warm during the winter months then look no further.

    Genesis makes for a great cigar to enjoy this holiday season. At first glance, you’ll notice a beautiful Ecuadorian Habano wrapper encasing a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan long-fillers. Full-bodied to the core, this premium offers flavors of black pepper and leather with some earthy tones. If you are looking for a cigar to keep you warm during the winter months then look no further.


  • This Dominican blend is a classic and one of the world’s best-selling cigars. If you thought mellow-bodied cigars weren’t your thing, there’s a good chance Macanudo Café will prove you wrong. It’s one of the most consistent cigars ever made and delivers an ultra-smooth experience from start to finish. Perfect for any occasion, Macanudo Café offers creamy notes of almonds, cedar, and vanilla.
    This Dominican blend is a classic and one of the world’s best-selling cigars. If you thought mellow-bodied cigars weren’t your thing, there’s a good chance Macanudo Café will prove you wrong. It’s one of the most consistent cigars ever made and delivers an ultra-smooth experience from start to finish. Perfect for any occasion, Macanudo Café offers creamy notes of almonds, cedar, and vanilla.

  • I know a thing or two about getting punched, let’s just say I have one of those faces.  That said, this Bareknuckle blend from Punch is enjoyable through and through. Featuring an oily and redolent sungrown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and aged ligero long-leaf fillers, Punch Bareknuckle provides layers of spicy nuances and a strong yet pleasant aroma. You’ll be glad you got in the ring with this hard hitter.
    I know a thing or two about getting punched, let’s just say I have one of those faces.  That said, this Bareknuckle blend from Punch is enjoyable through and through. Featuring an oily and redolent sungrown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and aged ligero long-leaf fillers, Punch Bareknuckle provides layers of spicy nuances and a strong yet pleasant aroma. You’ll be glad you got in the ring with this hard hitter.

  • A favorite from CAO’s popular world collection, Italia utilizes a habano seed that was brought to Italy from Cuba nearly fifty years ago. Featuring a complex blend of Italian, Nicaraguan, and Peruvian fillers topped off with a Honduran binder and wrapper, this full-bodied blend offers a unique aroma and flavor you won’t get anywhere else. I often find myself pairing this classic with a hearty red wine. You can’t go wrong CAO Italia.
    A favorite from CAO’s popular world collection, Italia utilizes a habano seed that was brought to Italy from Cuba nearly fifty years ago. Featuring a complex blend of Italian, Nicaraguan, and Peruvian fillers topped off with a Honduran binder and wrapper, this full-bodied blend offers a unique aroma and flavor you won’t get anywhere else. I often find myself pairing this classic with a hearty red wine. You can’t go wrong CAO Italia.

  • Vintage 2003 begins with a perfectly balanced blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers that offer a wonderful aroma and flavor. The icing on the cake is a Cameroon wrapper, aged for eight years, which adds a nice hint of sweetness with some lighter notes of pepper and cedar. Enjoying this cigar with your favorite Octoberfest style lager will make for a great evening on any fall day.
    Vintage 2003 begins with a perfectly balanced blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers that offer a wonderful aroma and flavor. The icing on the cake is a Cameroon wrapper, aged for eight years, which adds a nice hint of sweetness with some lighter notes of pepper and cedar. Enjoying this cigar with your favorite Octoberfest style lager will make for a great evening on any fall day.

  • Dave | | An Intriguing Collaboration

    Developed by the Cuban cigar maker, AJ Fernandez, who has produced some of the finest cigars in Nicaragua, Hoyo La Amistad is a bold move for the legendary Hoyo de Monterrey brand. I have to admit, when I first heard that AJ Fernandez was teaming up with Hoyo for a release, it had me scratching my head, but at the same time I couldn’t wait to light one up. After hearing that AJ Fernandez and his family grew up very near to the Hoyo de Monterrey farm in Cuba I knew he had put his all in this one.

    The cigar features perfect construction. Once lit, you know you’re in for a bold and full-bodied treat. While the cigar is strong, it is nowhere near overpowering and there are some nice sweet and spicy notes mixed in that help to balance out the palate. While I didn’t find the blend to be overly complex or change much throughout, Hoyo La Amistad certainly lives up to its historic branding and delivers a classic, Cuban-esque experience that even the most discerning aficionados can enjoy.

    Developed by the Cuban cigar maker, AJ Fernandez, who has produced some of the finest cigars in Nicaragua, Hoyo La Amistad is a bold move for the legendary Hoyo de Monterrey brand. I have to admit, when I first heard that AJ Fernandez was teaming up with Hoyo for a release, it had me scratching my head, but at the same time I couldn’t wait to light one up. After hearing that AJ Fernandez and his family grew up very near to the Hoyo de Monterrey farm in Cuba I knew he had put his all in this one.

    The cigar features perfect construction. Once lit, you know you’re in for a bold and full-bodied treat. While the cigar is strong, it is nowhere near overpowering and there are some nice sweet and spicy notes mixed in that help to balance out the palate. While I didn’t find the blend to be overly complex or change much throughout, Hoyo La Amistad certainly lives up to its historic branding and delivers a classic, Cuban-esque experience that even the most discerning aficionados can enjoy.


  • Dave | | Your Lucky Find

    A bit of a hidden gem within the cigar industry, Latitude Zero is crafted in Nicaragua by the world’s most premier tobacco growers and broke out onto the scene last year with an exquisite blend featuring a top-grade Habano Ecuador wrapper. This time around they turn their focus to a maduro leaf and simply nailed it out of the park. Dressed in a dark and toothy US Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and packaged up in handmade leather pouches, this cigar is quite a looker. But it’s the flavor that truly wows you. This medium to full-bodied cigar offers up hearty notes of chocolate and coffee right off the bat. Followed up by undertones of earth, leather, and some pepper, this cigar is incredibly rich yet always smooth.

    A bit of a hidden gem within the cigar industry, Latitude Zero is crafted in Nicaragua by the world’s most premier tobacco growers and broke out onto the scene last year with an exquisite blend featuring a top-grade Habano Ecuador wrapper. This time around they turn their focus to a maduro leaf and simply nailed it out of the park. Dressed in a dark and toothy US Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and packaged up in handmade leather pouches, this cigar is quite a looker. But it’s the flavor that truly wows you. This medium to full-bodied cigar offers up hearty notes of chocolate and coffee right off the bat. Followed up by undertones of earth, leather, and some pepper, this cigar is incredibly rich yet always smooth.


  • Dunhill Heritage is wrapped in an Ecuadorian Habano ligero wrapper, which encases a Nicaraguan Jalapa binder and fillers from Ometepe and Honduras. Blended in Honduras, with Cuban heritage, this cigar pairs fantastic with a single malt scotch. Watch the pairing video at CIGAR.com/HERITAGE
    Dunhill Heritage is wrapped in an Ecuadorian Habano ligero wrapper, which encases a Nicaraguan Jalapa binder and fillers from Ometepe and Honduras. Blended in Honduras, with Cuban heritage, this cigar pairs fantastic with a single malt scotch. Watch the pairing video at CIGAR.com/HERITAGE

  • Featuring an oily, Sun Grown Ligero wrapper, purposely under-fermented to create a unique flavor, the latest from Ramón Bueso will instantly grab your attention. It begins with a blast of pepper. As it settles down, notes of chocolate and spice appear with slight hints of raisin. This medium to full-bodied cigar has an aroma that sets it apart from any other cigar I’ve had.
    Featuring an oily, Sun Grown Ligero wrapper, purposely under-fermented to create a unique flavor, the latest from Ramón Bueso will instantly grab your attention. It begins with a blast of pepper. As it settles down, notes of chocolate and spice appear with slight hints of raisin. This medium to full-bodied cigar has an aroma that sets it apart from any other cigar I’ve had.

  • This is hands down my favorite blend out there. Man O’ War Ruination is a perfect Nicaraguan blend featuring an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. It comes on strong but remains well-balanced with notes of cedar, leather, pepper, and a slight mix of nuts. If I had to choose one cigar to have every day for the rest of my life, this is it.

    This is hands down my favorite blend out there. Man O’ War Ruination is a perfect Nicaraguan blend featuring an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. It comes on strong but remains well-balanced with notes of cedar, leather, pepper, and a slight mix of nuts. If I had to choose one cigar to have every day for the rest of my life, this is it.


  • 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.
    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.

  • 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.
    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.

  • Tim | | Summer Shade
    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.
    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.

  • 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.
    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.

  • 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!
    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!

  • Dave |

    Ramon Bueso has worked behind the scenes on blends with industry legends such as Estelo Padron and Frank Llaneza. Today he is reaching stardom with his own line of premium cigars, and his fourth installment is by far the most unique offering within his portfolio. Featuring an oily, Sun Grown Ligero wrapper, purposely under-fermented to create a unique flavor, the latest from Ramon Bueso will instantly grab your attention. It begins with blast of pepper. As it settles down, notes of chocolate and spices appear with slight hints of raisin. This flavorful, medium to full-bodied cigar has a very distinct aroma that sets it apart from any other cigar I’ve had.

    Ramon Bueso has worked behind the scenes on blends with industry legends such as Estelo Padron and Frank Llaneza. Today he is reaching stardom with his own line of premium cigars, and his fourth installment is by far the most unique offering within his portfolio. Featuring an oily, Sun Grown Ligero wrapper, purposely under-fermented to create a unique flavor, the latest from Ramon Bueso will instantly grab your attention. It begins with blast of pepper. As it settles down, notes of chocolate and spices appear with slight hints of raisin. This flavorful, medium to full-bodied cigar has a very distinct aroma that sets it apart from any other cigar I’ve had.


  • The Oliva Serie ‘G’ is one of those cigars you really have to have in your humidor. It’s a great everyday smoke that has a consistent flavor throughout. The African Cameroon wrapper really sets off the Nicaraguan filler with notes of rich coffee and a slight spice. And like a fine wine, it only gets better with age.
    The Oliva Serie ‘G’ is one of those cigars you really have to have in your humidor. It’s a great everyday smoke that has a consistent flavor throughout. The African Cameroon wrapper really sets off the Nicaraguan filler with notes of rich coffee and a slight spice. And like a fine wine, it only gets better with age.

  • Morado is the highest-rated La Perla Habana blend, and rightfully so. The toothy African Cameroon wrapper is rolled to perfection around a solid core of Nicaraguan long-fillers. This well-balanced, medium-bodied blend has a ton of flavor without all the kick. Smooth flavors of cedar, earth, and light spices mingle throughout, followed by a semi-sweet finish.

    Morado is the highest-rated La Perla Habana blend, and rightfully so. The toothy African Cameroon wrapper is rolled to perfection around a solid core of Nicaraguan long-fillers. This well-balanced, medium-bodied blend has a ton of flavor without all the kick. Smooth flavors of cedar, earth, and light spices mingle throughout, followed by a semi-sweet finish.


  • Crafted by one of the most historic cigar companies, Hoyo Excalibur Cameroon makes a statement from first puff. Despite never surpassing a medium body in strength, the cigar holds its weight in terms of flavor. A bold, zesty spice dominates the flavor profile due to a rich blend of tobaccos from Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Connecticut.
    Crafted by one of the most historic cigar companies, Hoyo Excalibur Cameroon makes a statement from first puff. Despite never surpassing a medium body in strength, the cigar holds its weight in terms of flavor. A bold, zesty spice dominates the flavor profile due to a rich blend of tobaccos from Cameroon, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Connecticut.

  • One of the first big-name brands to utilize Cameroon tobacco as wrapper leaf, Cohiba is still one of the best. Carefully selected and patiently-aged Dominican ligeros are part of the secret that gives the Red Dot its world renowned, richly nuanced flavor. Its West African Cameroon wrapper imparts a mellow, sweet spice and bready aroma. If you are a fan of Cameroon wrappers, this blend is a must.
    One of the first big-name brands to utilize Cameroon tobacco as wrapper leaf, Cohiba is still one of the best. Carefully selected and patiently-aged Dominican ligeros are part of the secret that gives the Red Dot its world renowned, richly nuanced flavor. Its West African Cameroon wrapper imparts a mellow, sweet spice and bready aroma. If you are a fan of Cameroon wrappers, this blend is a must.

  • 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: www.CIGAR.com/onevillagecoffee
    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: www.CIGAR.com/onevillagecoffee

  • 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.
    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.

  • 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.
    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.

  • 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.

    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.


  • Dave | | A More Powerful Creature

    I’ve always been a fan of The Griffin’s. When you’re in the mood for a reliable morning or mid-day mellow cigar, they never let you down. So when I heard that Davidoff was releasing The Griffin’s Nicaragua, I knew I had to try one. True to Nicaraguan form, it is a complete departure from the original Connecticut offering. In fact, the only thing they have in common was the superior construction. The Griffin’s Nicaraguan packs quite a punch right from the start, especially the Short Torpedo size. Wasting no time, you are immediately hit with a bold spice up front along with notes of chocolate, leather, and cedar in the background. I did detect a slight bitterness on the tongue on the finish towards the end of the cigar but nothing that made the cigar any less enjoyable. This is a well-blended, medium to full-bodied cigar that brings The Griffin’s brand into a whole new realm for fans of full-bodied, Nicaraguan tobacco. And despite all its boldness, a hint of that signature Dominican tobacco in the filler still lingers.

    I’ve always been a fan of The Griffin’s. When you’re in the mood for a reliable morning or mid-day mellow cigar, they never let you down. So when I heard that Davidoff was releasing The Griffin’s Nicaragua, I knew I had to try one. True to Nicaraguan form, it is a complete departure from the original Connecticut offering. In fact, the only thing they have in common was the superior construction. The Griffin’s Nicaraguan packs quite a punch right from the start, especially the Short Torpedo size. Wasting no time, you are immediately hit with a bold spice up front along with notes of chocolate, leather, and cedar in the background. I did detect a slight bitterness on the tongue on the finish towards the end of the cigar but nothing that made the cigar any less enjoyable. This is a well-blended, medium to full-bodied cigar that brings The Griffin’s brand into a whole new realm for fans of full-bodied, Nicaraguan tobacco. And despite all its boldness, a hint of that signature Dominican tobacco in the filler still lingers.


  • Dave | | Morning Star gets a maduro makeover
    This stout, 5.0”x58, figurado offers up a unique experience. You may have had a chance to visit this limited edition size dubbed ‘Morning Star' when it was released under the original Ave Maria line featuring an Ecuador Habano wrapper. Argentum, on the other hand, is topped with a thick and flavorful Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper which boosts the strength up a notch, offering ample notes of spice, pepper, and leather. I found this cigar to be medium to full- bodied while still retaining that signature smoothness the Ave Maria brand is so well known for. If you love the original Ave Maria line but looking for an added kick, Argentum delivers tenfold.
    This stout, 5.0”x58, figurado offers up a unique experience. You may have had a chance to visit this limited edition size dubbed ‘Morning Star' when it was released under the original Ave Maria line featuring an Ecuador Habano wrapper. Argentum, on the other hand, is topped with a thick and flavorful Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper which boosts the strength up a notch, offering ample notes of spice, pepper, and leather. I found this cigar to be medium to full- bodied while still retaining that signature smoothness the Ave Maria brand is so well known for. If you love the original Ave Maria line but looking for an added kick, Argentum delivers tenfold.

  • Punch is back with a vengeance. Punch Signature harkens back to its original blend with a dark, oily Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper that gives you a nice shot of pepper upfront. As you get into this full-bodied smoke, notes of leather and an earthy spice please the palate. The smoke is thick and creamy leaving your taste buds wanting more.

    Punch is back with a vengeance. Punch Signature harkens back to its original blend with a dark, oily Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper that gives you a nice shot of pepper upfront. As you get into this full-bodied smoke, notes of leather and an earthy spice please the palate. The smoke is thick and creamy leaving your taste buds wanting more.


  • Diesel is well known for their potent, full-bodied cigars and the brands sophomore release is still one of my favorites. Crafted by AJ Fernandez in Nicaragua, Diesel Unlimited sports a Cuban-seed ligero wrapper and long-fillers from Nicaragua and Mexico. The flawless construction and enticing notes of cedar, spice, and pepper will keep you coming back for more.
    Diesel is well known for their potent, full-bodied cigars and the brands sophomore release is still one of my favorites. Crafted by AJ Fernandez in Nicaragua, Diesel Unlimited sports a Cuban-seed ligero wrapper and long-fillers from Nicaragua and Mexico. The flawless construction and enticing notes of cedar, spice, and pepper will keep you coming back for more.

  • Everyone at the office knows this has been one of my favorites simply by looking in my humidors and ashtrays. Recently, the brand went through a facelift. I've smoked dozens since, and let me say, she's still got it! Honduran ligeros require some endurance on your part as this can get quite intense. Camacho is like a big Italian feast, with the Corojo being the after-dinner espresso.
    Everyone at the office knows this has been one of my favorites simply by looking in my humidors and ashtrays. Recently, the brand went through a facelift. I've smoked dozens since, and let me say, she's still got it! Honduran ligeros require some endurance on your part as this can get quite intense. Camacho is like a big Italian feast, with the Corojo being the after-dinner espresso.

  • You want strong? I got it right here. Touted to be one of the strongest smokes in production, the Joya De Nic Antaño is not for beginners. Pepper and spice takes the forefront with a bit of leather and gritty earth which blend magically on the palate. the Consul is a must-smoke for full-bodied nuts.
    You want strong? I got it right here. Touted to be one of the strongest smokes in production, the Joya De Nic Antaño is not for beginners. Pepper and spice takes the forefront with a bit of leather and gritty earth which blend magically on the palate. the Consul is a must-smoke for full-bodied nuts.

  • Sean G | | ...the best of Hammer & Sickle
    Hammer & Sickle has always been a brand that’s been on my radar but one that I never tried. So when we got a large shipment in recently, I was pumped to go through the line and see what all the fuss was about. And after burning through a few sticks, I have to admit I was a little disappointed. They weren’t bad but I didn’t think they were worth the lofty rating that one of blends recently received. Then I fired up their Hermitage line…

    At first, I was just happy I found one I really enjoyed. Nothing too spectacular but a good cigar nonetheless. The next day, I found myself craving another one. The second cigar seemed even better. Robust notes of espresso and toffee made for an incredibly rich cigar that finished smooth with hints of vanilla. After that, I was hooked. I went from enjoying a couple of samples to buying a box myself. Sure, Hammer & Sickle has a higher rated blend out there, but for my money Hermitage is by far the best of the bunch.
    Hammer & Sickle has always been a brand that’s been on my radar but one that I never tried. So when we got a large shipment in recently, I was pumped to go through the line and see what all the fuss was about. And after burning through a few sticks, I have to admit I was a little disappointed. They weren’t bad but I didn’t think they were worth the lofty rating that one of blends recently received. Then I fired up their Hermitage line…

    At first, I was just happy I found one I really enjoyed. Nothing too spectacular but a good cigar nonetheless. The next day, I found myself craving another one. The second cigar seemed even better. Robust notes of espresso and toffee made for an incredibly rich cigar that finished smooth with hints of vanilla. After that, I was hooked. I went from enjoying a couple of samples to buying a box myself. Sure, Hammer & Sickle has a higher rated blend out there, but for my money Hermitage is by far the best of the bunch.

  • Perfect any time of day, Black Pearl’s smooth subtleties work well as a morning cigar while its full-flavored character is more than worthy as an after dinner indulgence. The Arapiraca wrapper adds some nice complexities without increasing the overall strength. It is a medium-bodied blend with an earthy core and notes of toast and cedar throughout.
    Perfect any time of day, Black Pearl’s smooth subtleties work well as a morning cigar while its full-flavored character is more than worthy as an after dinner indulgence. The Arapiraca wrapper adds some nice complexities without increasing the overall strength. It is a medium-bodied blend with an earthy core and notes of toast and cedar throughout.

  • One of the most popular cigars featuring a Brazilian wrapper, CAO Brazilia offers up rich nuances of chocolate and spice along with a sweet aftertaste and fantastic aroma. This complex, full-bodied blend is an absolute must-try for enthusiasts looking to check out the rich flavors of Brazilian tobacco.
    One of the most popular cigars featuring a Brazilian wrapper, CAO Brazilia offers up rich nuances of chocolate and spice along with a sweet aftertaste and fantastic aroma. This complex, full-bodied blend is an absolute must-try for enthusiasts looking to check out the rich flavors of Brazilian tobacco.

  • Brazil may have lost the World Cup, but they’re winning my humidor space with some great blends using healthy doses of top-notch Brazilian tobacco.  La Palina Classic may be the finest example.  An oily, Brazilian Habano wrapper leaf is an awesome reason this cigar is included in this sampler.  Buy this and if you don’t enjoy, mail them back to me – I’ll gladly smoke ‘em.
    Brazil may have lost the World Cup, but they’re winning my humidor space with some great blends using healthy doses of top-notch Brazilian tobacco.  La Palina Classic may be the finest example.  An oily, Brazilian Habano wrapper leaf is an awesome reason this cigar is included in this sampler.  Buy this and if you don’t enjoy, mail them back to me – I’ll gladly smoke ‘em.

  • Brickhouse is a classic yet affordable top notch maduro from the folks at the JC Newman. Featuring a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper around a Nicaraguan core you can expect some decent strength that is offset by its smoothness with notes of spice and bittersweet chocolate with a few woody hints. This brick house will certainly stand up to any wolf and goes great with any pig… Did somebody say BBQ?
    Brickhouse is a classic yet affordable top notch maduro from the folks at the JC Newman. Featuring a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper around a Nicaraguan core you can expect some decent strength that is offset by its smoothness with notes of spice and bittersweet chocolate with a few woody hints. This brick house will certainly stand up to any wolf and goes great with any pig… Did somebody say BBQ?

  • Pinar del Rio has released some extraordinary cigars, but the Obsidian would have to be their coup de grace. The secret here is the dark and oily Brazilian Habano ligero wrapper. This exterior leaf offers ample complexity with sweet, spicy, and hearty notes. It’s rich, balanced, and highly approachable.
    Pinar del Rio has released some extraordinary cigars, but the Obsidian would have to be their coup de grace. The secret here is the dark and oily Brazilian Habano ligero wrapper. This exterior leaf offers ample complexity with sweet, spicy, and hearty notes. It’s rich, balanced, and highly approachable.

  • Sean G | | ...actually worth the price.

    Gurkha’s Yakuza is stunning. Yes, even for the brand known for their extravagant packaging, they’ve actually outdone themselves with an elaborate, unrivaled, hand-carved box. Even though the most hardened enthusiast’s jaw would still drop upon first sight of this beauty. But you know the old adage, “You can’t smoke the packaging…”

    We’ve seen this before from Gurkha, right? Stunning design, average blend, right? Wrong. Yakuza was a surprise from the first moment I fired one up. Coming across as full-bodied, Yakuza has this subtle creaminess to the blend that keeps it from becoming too over-powering. Otherwise, your palate gets hit with notes of spice, espresso, and oak that really drive home a relaxing feeling. This paired really well with a nice bourbon and is the perfect nightcap to a long day. My only complaint? The price. These beauties will set you back a few coins but these are one of the few cigars that actually live up to the price tag.

    Gurkha’s Yakuza is stunning. Yes, even for the brand known for their extravagant packaging, they’ve actually outdone themselves with an elaborate, unrivaled, hand-carved box. Even though the most hardened enthusiast’s jaw would still drop upon first sight of this beauty. But you know the old adage, “You can’t smoke the packaging…”

    We’ve seen this before from Gurkha, right? Stunning design, average blend, right? Wrong. Yakuza was a surprise from the first moment I fired one up. Coming across as full-bodied, Yakuza has this subtle creaminess to the blend that keeps it from becoming too over-powering. Otherwise, your palate gets hit with notes of spice, espresso, and oak that really drive home a relaxing feeling. This paired really well with a nice bourbon and is the perfect nightcap to a long day. My only complaint? The price. These beauties will set you back a few coins but these are one of the few cigars that actually live up to the price tag.


  • Sean G | | ...a well made cigar
    My first impression of Caldwell’s Blind Man’s Bluff is how beautiful the cigar looks. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is simply stunning. A little rough to the touch but rolled seamlessly and dripping with natural oils. It’s easy to see why there’s so much hype surrounding this brand. And that hype is almost justified when I first fire one up. Smooth, crisp notes of pepper, cedar, and hints of espresso are present and make for an incredible opening to the cigar. Unfortunately, for me, that’s the highlight. As the cigar burns, I don’t notice many changes and the overall experience feels a bit lackluster. I get why everyone is drawn to Caldwell’s cigars; they’re made well, look great, etc. After enjoying a few of these, the results are always the same for me.
    My first impression of Caldwell’s Blind Man’s Bluff is how beautiful the cigar looks. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is simply stunning. A little rough to the touch but rolled seamlessly and dripping with natural oils. It’s easy to see why there’s so much hype surrounding this brand. And that hype is almost justified when I first fire one up. Smooth, crisp notes of pepper, cedar, and hints of espresso are present and make for an incredible opening to the cigar. Unfortunately, for me, that’s the highlight. As the cigar burns, I don’t notice many changes and the overall experience feels a bit lackluster. I get why everyone is drawn to Caldwell’s cigars; they’re made well, look great, etc. After enjoying a few of these, the results are always the same for me.

  • Alex | | Santa's List
    Known for mellower blends, Dunhill switches gears and pays tribute to Cuban heritage with this release. More full-bodied, this blend features an Ecuadorian Habano ligero wrapper, a Nicaraguan Jalapa binder, and a mix of long-fillers from Ometepe and Estelí, Nicaragua and the Jamastran Valley in Honduras. This potent new Dunhill is up my alley with plenty of spice and pepper.
    Known for mellower blends, Dunhill switches gears and pays tribute to Cuban heritage with this release. More full-bodied, this blend features an Ecuadorian Habano ligero wrapper, a Nicaraguan Jalapa binder, and a mix of long-fillers from Ometepe and Estelí, Nicaragua and the Jamastran Valley in Honduras. This potent new Dunhill is up my alley with plenty of spice and pepper.

  • Tim | | Santa's List
    She’s a BRICK… HOUSE!  From the makers of Diamond Crown comes the wildly popular Brick House brand.  Under an oily Havana Subido wrapper leaf, the all Nicaraguan filler blend provides some power yet remains balanced and smooth with a slightly sweet finish.  Well deserving of a ‘92’ rating and Cigar Aficionado “Best Buy” honors. Santa will be wrapping a lot of these this year.
    She’s a BRICK… HOUSE!  From the makers of Diamond Crown comes the wildly popular Brick House brand.  Under an oily Havana Subido wrapper leaf, the all Nicaraguan filler blend provides some power yet remains balanced and smooth with a slightly sweet finish.  Well deserving of a ‘92’ rating and Cigar Aficionado “Best Buy” honors. Santa will be wrapping a lot of these this year.

  • Who is Ramón Bueso? Well if you don’t know, you must be new to this catalog. This is the latest blend from Ramón, featuring an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a mix of Nicaraguan and Honduran ligero. The blend is strong but smooth with notes of oak, pepper, earth and bits of leather. This sleeper of a smoke is sure to wake you up and put some pep in your step.

    Who is Ramón Bueso? Well if you don’t know, you must be new to this catalog. This is the latest blend from Ramón, featuring an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a mix of Nicaraguan and Honduran ligero. The blend is strong but smooth with notes of oak, pepper, earth and bits of leather. This sleeper of a smoke is sure to wake you up and put some pep in your step.


  • Vintage 1990 is the perfect medium-bodied blend. Draped in a 12-year-aged Honduran Broadleaf Maduro wrapper and brimming with 5-year-aged long leaf fillers, this cigar maintains a perfect balance of flavor, complexity and richness, offering strong earthy notes with a subtle espresso and dark chocolate undertone.  A sweet finish allows for a thick and milky smoke throughout.
    Vintage 1990 is the perfect medium-bodied blend. Draped in a 12-year-aged Honduran Broadleaf Maduro wrapper and brimming with 5-year-aged long leaf fillers, this cigar maintains a perfect balance of flavor, complexity and richness, offering strong earthy notes with a subtle espresso and dark chocolate undertone.  A sweet finish allows for a thick and milky smoke throughout.

  • Alec Bradley’s masterpiece blend is graced with a limited production Mexican wrapper to create a blend that delivers a complex onslaught of flavor from first light to finish. Everything from the top-notch construction, oily wrapper, and even burn, make this one a go-to full-bodied maduro for myself and so many others.
    Alec Bradley’s masterpiece blend is graced with a limited production Mexican wrapper to create a blend that delivers a complex onslaught of flavor from first light to finish. Everything from the top-notch construction, oily wrapper, and even burn, make this one a go-to full-bodied maduro for myself and so many others.

  • Camacho Triple Maduro is unique to say the least. Comprised entirely of a carefully selected mixture of maduro leaf from four different countries, this is one of the darkest, richest blends you can get your hands on. The wafting waves of spice, rich espresso sweetness, and smooth chocolate is something you can get lost in and truly relax.
    Camacho Triple Maduro is unique to say the least. Comprised entirely of a carefully selected mixture of maduro leaf from four different countries, this is one of the darkest, richest blends you can get your hands on. The wafting waves of spice, rich espresso sweetness, and smooth chocolate is something you can get lost in and truly relax.

  • Romeo y Julieta is known for their use of Sumatran and Connecticut wrappers, but not until the introduction of the Viejo did they become well-known for using a San Andres maduro wrapper, masterfully at that.  Expect a sweet aroma reminiscent of fresh, baking bread and smooth, savory cocoa and cream flavors.
    Romeo y Julieta is known for their use of Sumatran and Connecticut wrappers, but not until the introduction of the Viejo did they become well-known for using a San Andres maduro wrapper, masterfully at that.  Expect a sweet aroma reminiscent of fresh, baking bread and smooth, savory cocoa and cream flavors.

  • A cousin of the famed Drew Estate Liga Privada, this hearty maduro was born in the factory by the rollers themselves, using many of the same tobaccos. The main difference lies in its spicy San Andres maduro wrapper which offers a creaminess and natural sweetness to its core flavors of spice, espresso, and vanilla bean.
    A cousin of the famed Drew Estate Liga Privada, this hearty maduro was born in the factory by the rollers themselves, using many of the same tobaccos. The main difference lies in its spicy San Andres maduro wrapper which offers a creaminess and natural sweetness to its core flavors of spice, espresso, and vanilla bean.

  • Handcrafted and engineered to generate a complex and completely satisfying experience, the La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor is nothing less than perfection. Shrouded in a Mexican Maduro wrapper and bursting with a concoction of Nicaraguan long leaf, this blend flourishes with a bouquet of cocoa, espresso, and earth.
    Handcrafted and engineered to generate a complex and completely satisfying experience, the La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor is nothing less than perfection. Shrouded in a Mexican Maduro wrapper and bursting with a concoction of Nicaraguan long leaf, this blend flourishes with a bouquet of cocoa, espresso, and earth.

  • Sean G | | You'll love this lady in red
    La Palina Red Label hails from the PDR factory in the Dominican Republic and appears to be flawlessly constructed with no soft spots and a beautifully applied triple cap. On the cold draw there are hints of sweetness and some readily apparent pepper. This cigar has a gorgeous reddish-hued Ecuador Habano wrapper, and upon lighting I am greeted with a not so subtle blast of red pepper. As the cigar progresses the flavor profile settles down and comes to include notes of citrus fruit, baking spice, graham cracker, and cedar. I would say the strength is a flavorful medium and I am overall impressed with the construction as it burned perfectly and required no touch-ups. This was an immensely pleasurable cigar, although a little mellower than I generally prefer, and for those that enjoy medium-bodied blends I would recommend the La Palina Red Label without hesitation.
    La Palina Red Label hails from the PDR factory in the Dominican Republic and appears to be flawlessly constructed with no soft spots and a beautifully applied triple cap. On the cold draw there are hints of sweetness and some readily apparent pepper. This cigar has a gorgeous reddish-hued Ecuador Habano wrapper, and upon lighting I am greeted with a not so subtle blast of red pepper. As the cigar progresses the flavor profile settles down and comes to include notes of citrus fruit, baking spice, graham cracker, and cedar. I would say the strength is a flavorful medium and I am overall impressed with the construction as it burned perfectly and required no touch-ups. This was an immensely pleasurable cigar, although a little mellower than I generally prefer, and for those that enjoy medium-bodied blends I would recommend the La Palina Red Label without hesitation.

  • Sean G | | CAO turns back the dial
    Pilon is a new release from CAO that utilizes a 19th century fermentation technique called the circular pilon. Using this method, the wrapper leaf is fermented at a lower temperature and at a slower rate and thus making it much more flavorful. At least that’s what they want you to believe, the real test is in smoking the cigar. With all this information swimming in my head, I lit a CAO Pilon to see if it lived up to its billing. The first thing I noticed about this cigar was the gorgeous, oily, Ecuador Habano wrapper. The CAO Pilon burned cool and slow and I would rate it medium-bodied. Construction was excellent, with the cigar being firmly packed and requiring no touchups. CAO Pilon's flavors were indeed rich and meaty, and I could really taste wonderful natural tobacco notes, with some hearty  cedar and pepper in the background. This cigar is definitely a winner from CAO, and I would recommend giving it a try.  
    Pilon is a new release from CAO that utilizes a 19th century fermentation technique called the circular pilon. Using this method, the wrapper leaf is fermented at a lower temperature and at a slower rate and thus making it much more flavorful. At least that’s what they want you to believe, the real test is in smoking the cigar. With all this information swimming in my head, I lit a CAO Pilon to see if it lived up to its billing. The first thing I noticed about this cigar was the gorgeous, oily, Ecuador Habano wrapper. The CAO Pilon burned cool and slow and I would rate it medium-bodied. Construction was excellent, with the cigar being firmly packed and requiring no touchups. CAO Pilon's flavors were indeed rich and meaty, and I could really taste wonderful natural tobacco notes, with some hearty  cedar and pepper in the background. This cigar is definitely a winner from CAO, and I would recommend giving it a try.  

  • This is one of the few mellow cigars you will find in my humidor. With a six-year-old US Connecticut wrapper and well-aged Cuban-seed fillers, this smooth and elegant blend offers a rich flavor profile dominated by strong notes of cedar. Don’t take this cigar’s smoothness for weakness; it’s enough to satisfy any enthusiast’s palate.

    This is one of the few mellow cigars you will find in my humidor. With a six-year-old US Connecticut wrapper and well-aged Cuban-seed fillers, this smooth and elegant blend offers a rich flavor profile dominated by strong notes of cedar. Don’t take this cigar’s smoothness for weakness; it’s enough to satisfy any enthusiast’s palate.


  • Ave Maria Immaculata is the smooth blend made for the enthusiast who usually goes full. Even if you consider your weathered and leathered palate to be too experienced for mellower smokes, don’t pass on this AJ Fernandez made masterpiece. Immaculata is a winner and I dare you not to like it!  Tons of flavor, super creamy, and irresistibly enjoyable.
    Ave Maria Immaculata is the smooth blend made for the enthusiast who usually goes full. Even if you consider your weathered and leathered palate to be too experienced for mellower smokes, don’t pass on this AJ Fernandez made masterpiece. Immaculata is a winner and I dare you not to like it!  Tons of flavor, super creamy, and irresistibly enjoyable.

  • Like a fine wine, the Dunhill Aged Dominican is matured to perfection.  Cloaked with a U.S grown Connecticut wrapper this blend is smooth and rich with decadent notes of vanilla, fresh grass, and butter.  Whether you are a devotee to the full bodied blends or just starting out in the hobby, this Dominican beauty can be enjoyed by one and all.
    Like a fine wine, the Dunhill Aged Dominican is matured to perfection.  Cloaked with a U.S grown Connecticut wrapper this blend is smooth and rich with decadent notes of vanilla, fresh grass, and butter.  Whether you are a devotee to the full bodied blends or just starting out in the hobby, this Dominican beauty can be enjoyed by one and all.

  • I have to say, this blend caught me totally off-guard. Symphony is an extraordinary Connecticut. On first light, notes of white pepper are dominant which transitions into cedar and cream. The real complexity is on the finish where I pick up dark chocolate and roasted nuts. This is by far my favorite Gurkha blend, and I think you will agree.

    I have to say, this blend caught me totally off-guard. Symphony is an extraordinary Connecticut. On first light, notes of white pepper are dominant which transitions into cedar and cream. The real complexity is on the finish where I pick up dark chocolate and roasted nuts. This is by far my favorite Gurkha blend, and I think you will agree.


  • Made by the same hands that make treasures like Davidoff this medium bodied beauty holds true to its platinum namesake. The Zino Platinum starts with a bit of unique filler from Peru mixed with mostly Dominican fillers draped by an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. You can expect to find notes of leather and earth. This one is worth its weight in platinum.
    Made by the same hands that make treasures like Davidoff this medium bodied beauty holds true to its platinum namesake. The Zino Platinum starts with a bit of unique filler from Peru mixed with mostly Dominican fillers draped by an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. You can expect to find notes of leather and earth. This one is worth its weight in platinum.

  • Dave | | Graycliff G2 Maduro

    The addition of a dark and oily, Pennsylvania broadleaf wrapper to this affordable line from Graycliff really kick things up a notch. The blend is a hearty, medium body and is superbly constructed. Graycliff G2 Maduro offers a highly aromatic flavor profile of rich chocolate, spice, leather, and some sweetness on the finish. Fans of the original G2 blend should give this a try for a heartier, after-dinner treat.

    The addition of a dark and oily, Pennsylvania broadleaf wrapper to this affordable line from Graycliff really kick things up a notch. The blend is a hearty, medium body and is superbly constructed. Graycliff G2 Maduro offers a highly aromatic flavor profile of rich chocolate, spice, leather, and some sweetness on the finish. Fans of the original G2 blend should give this a try for a heartier, after-dinner treat.


  • Dave |

    As Black Ops most premium release to date, this bold looking torpedo features a large, gold foot band to mimic a .50 caliber bullet. It is a bit soft to the touch but no major construction issues. Right off the bat there is an onslaught of dark chocolate notes mixed with some espresso and black pepper. Housed in genuine ammo cans, the bar has just been raised. Black Ops Rubicon is an exceptional value with a great blend and unique packaging.

    As Black Ops most premium release to date, this bold looking torpedo features a large, gold foot band to mimic a .50 caliber bullet. It is a bit soft to the touch but no major construction issues. Right off the bat there is an onslaught of dark chocolate notes mixed with some espresso and black pepper. Housed in genuine ammo cans, the bar has just been raised. Black Ops Rubicon is an exceptional value with a great blend and unique packaging.


  • Dave |
    Covered in a dark brown Connecticut seed wrapper, this cigar could easily be mistaken as a Habano. The construction is great except for some minor discoloration and a soft spot down by the foot. On the low side of medium-bodied this Connecticut blend was a nice change of pace and impressive for the price. It delivers smooth and creamy flavors. It’s not overly complex but works nicely as an everyday, go-to blend.
    Covered in a dark brown Connecticut seed wrapper, this cigar could easily be mistaken as a Habano. The construction is great except for some minor discoloration and a soft spot down by the foot. On the low side of medium-bodied this Connecticut blend was a nice change of pace and impressive for the price. It delivers smooth and creamy flavors. It’s not overly complex but works nicely as an everyday, go-to blend.

  • After the great cigar boom, CAO had a premonition to create the ultimate cigar, using some of the most coveted Brazilian tobacco from the Bahia growing region.  The secret to the success of the CAO Brazilia can be contributed to its wrapper.  Sweet and spicy, earthy and chocolaty, it’s like desert and dinner all in one. 

    After the great cigar boom, CAO had a premonition to create the ultimate cigar, using some of the most coveted Brazilian tobacco from the Bahia growing region.  The secret to the success of the CAO Brazilia can be contributed to its wrapper.  Sweet and spicy, earthy and chocolaty, it’s like desert and dinner all in one. 


  • After years of providing other cigar manufacturers with the finest leaf for numerous award winning blends, Casa Fernandez is finally making their own outstanding cigars. This medium-bodied American-made maduro has notable cocoa, coffee, and vanilla bean flavors. Aganorsa is the holy grail of growing, the titan of tobacco, the president of pilones, and not to mention one of my new favorites.
    After years of providing other cigar manufacturers with the finest leaf for numerous award winning blends, Casa Fernandez is finally making their own outstanding cigars. This medium-bodied American-made maduro has notable cocoa, coffee, and vanilla bean flavors. Aganorsa is the holy grail of growing, the titan of tobacco, the president of pilones, and not to mention one of my new favorites.

  • The Edge came out in 2004, and was hot right out of the gates earning “Best Buy” honors from Cigar Aficionado.  Over ten years later, and I am still lighting them up on a regular basis. The maduro variety is my go-to featuring an extra-dark Honduran maduro wrapper. It’s rich, strong, and maintains a perfect balance down to the nub.
    The Edge came out in 2004, and was hot right out of the gates earning “Best Buy” honors from Cigar Aficionado.  Over ten years later, and I am still lighting them up on a regular basis. The maduro variety is my go-to featuring an extra-dark Honduran maduro wrapper. It’s rich, strong, and maintains a perfect balance down to the nub.

  • Anyone who knows me knows I love my coffee and chocolate so when I had my first Cohiba Black, I was floored.  Rolled by Cohiba’s best torcedors, the Black features a potent blend of Dominican and Mexican fillers encased in a beautiful Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper.  I experienced wonderful cocoa, espresso, and cedar flavors with a nice hint of spice to the palate.
    Anyone who knows me knows I love my coffee and chocolate so when I had my first Cohiba Black, I was floored.  Rolled by Cohiba’s best torcedors, the Black features a potent blend of Dominican and Mexican fillers encased in a beautiful Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper.  I experienced wonderful cocoa, espresso, and cedar flavors with a nice hint of spice to the palate.

  • The 5 Vegas Serie A has been around for years but it is still a staple in my humidor. The Costa Rican Wrapper combines with a wonderful blend of long fillers to produce a perfect medium bodied smoke with strong notes of cocoa and coffee with just a hint of spice and pepper whose flavors stays consistent from beginning to end.

    The 5 Vegas Serie A has been around for years but it is still a staple in my humidor. The Costa Rican Wrapper combines with a wonderful blend of long fillers to produce a perfect medium bodied smoke with strong notes of cocoa and coffee with just a hint of spice and pepper whose flavors stays consistent from beginning to end.


  • Sean G | | A lack of complexity
    Anytime the boss drops off a pack of 4 cigars that retail at $16.90 per stick, I tend to perk up and put those spreadsheets on hold. Even though I work in this business, I tend to avoid a high priced cigar like this but I’m always happy to give one a go. And since this is being billed as one of Davidoff’s strongest blends, I was excited to say the least. The cigar delivered in the beginning offering a slight hint of spice layered with some notes of cedar and vanilla. But as good as it started, I found the cigar faded rapidly into bland notes of cedar and spice. It wasn’t awful but its lack of complexity was pretty boring to me. I could get into this at an event or special occasion but if I’m sitting on my back porch I’d opt for something with more complexity – and a smaller price point.
    Anytime the boss drops off a pack of 4 cigars that retail at $16.90 per stick, I tend to perk up and put those spreadsheets on hold. Even though I work in this business, I tend to avoid a high priced cigar like this but I’m always happy to give one a go. And since this is being billed as one of Davidoff’s strongest blends, I was excited to say the least. The cigar delivered in the beginning offering a slight hint of spice layered with some notes of cedar and vanilla. But as good as it started, I found the cigar faded rapidly into bland notes of cedar and spice. It wasn’t awful but its lack of complexity was pretty boring to me. I could get into this at an event or special occasion but if I’m sitting on my back porch I’d opt for something with more complexity – and a smaller price point.

  • Sean G | | Perfect end-of-the-day blend

    Look, I’ll admit it. I totally got sucked into the packaging of this beauty. An ammo can? A sleek beanie? Shiny foil?! Ok, none of that means anything when it comes down to the cigar itself but I still like to be romanced from time to time.

    So what is the blend like? Rubicon is made in Nicaragua with Dominican tobaccos and finished with Pennsylvania Broadleaf maduro. The blend starts off with a wallop of spice that wasn’t very welcome but it settled in quite nicely after that. The smoke is heavy and thick and just hung on palate with an incredibly long finish. Notes of cedar, espresso, and dark chocolate stay with you long after the cigar is finished. I wouldn’t start my day with a Rubicon but it’ll definitely be my go-to cigar after a long summer day.

    Look, I’ll admit it. I totally got sucked into the packaging of this beauty. An ammo can? A sleek beanie? Shiny foil?! Ok, none of that means anything when it comes down to the cigar itself but I still like to be romanced from time to time.

    So what is the blend like? Rubicon is made in Nicaragua with Dominican tobaccos and finished with Pennsylvania Broadleaf maduro. The blend starts off with a wallop of spice that wasn’t very welcome but it settled in quite nicely after that. The smoke is heavy and thick and just hung on palate with an incredibly long finish. Notes of cedar, espresso, and dark chocolate stay with you long after the cigar is finished. I wouldn’t start my day with a Rubicon but it’ll definitely be my go-to cigar after a long summer day.


  • Any given Friday, you can find my father and I standing under the oven hood sharing a cigar and perhaps a few whiskeys. Blowing clouds of smoke into the exhaust, refilling our whiskey glasses here and there, and recommending each other whatever smokes the other hasn't sampled yet. Recently he handed me an HC Series Criollo and told me that he could not believe how well-crafted and flavorful it was. Now my father and I normally find ourselves enjoying fuller bodied cigar but this medium-bodied smoke has a very pleasant nutty, woody taste with soft, lingering spice, right up my alley. This is definitely one of those cigars that just get better as you smoke it. The initial match up of this cigar may throw you with its subtle, tea-like aroma into thinking it's more of a mellow to medium smoke but as the cigar progresses, the woody and leathery flavors develop quite nicely. I did find that the second half of this cigar developed some creamy and toasted notes. The HC Series was created by the ever-growing Xikar accessory maker back in 2008 when it was originally named 'Defiance'. Xikar teamed up with the very talented Jesus Fuego to produce what is now known as the HC Series Criollo. Although the cigar originates from Nicaragua, my all-time favorite tobacco country, it shares both Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers. One of my favorite attributes of this cigar is the oily and smooth wrapper. The Criollo wrapper is a 5 year aged shade grown wrapper from Nicaragua. When I first heard this, I expected a hefty price tag for the work and time they put into this particular cigar. Much to my surprise, I found these beauties ranged between $6-$8 apiece. We all have that one friend, you know, the guy who takes a $15 cigar out of your humidor and leaves most of it un-smoked in the ashtray. Next time, hand him one of these. Not only will you find yourself not having to lock your humidor and hide the key but you may see that guy actually finish a cigar for once. All in all, the HC Series Criollo is truly a bang for your buck.

    Any given Friday, you can find my father and I standing under the oven hood sharing a cigar and perhaps a few whiskeys. Blowing clouds of smoke into the exhaust, refilling our whiskey glasses here and there, and recommending each other whatever smokes the other hasn't sampled yet. Recently he handed me an HC Series Criollo and told me that he could not believe how well-crafted and flavorful it was. Now my father and I normally find ourselves enjoying fuller bodied cigar but this medium-bodied smoke has a very pleasant nutty, woody taste with soft, lingering spice, right up my alley. This is definitely one of those cigars that just get better as you smoke it. The initial match up of this cigar may throw you with its subtle, tea-like aroma into thinking it's more of a mellow to medium smoke but as the cigar progresses, the woody and leathery flavors develop quite nicely. I did find that the second half of this cigar developed some creamy and toasted notes. The HC Series was created by the ever-growing Xikar accessory maker back in 2008 when it was originally named 'Defiance'. Xikar teamed up with the very talented Jesus Fuego to produce what is now known as the HC Series Criollo. Although the cigar originates from Nicaragua, my all-time favorite tobacco country, it shares both Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers. One of my favorite attributes of this cigar is the oily and smooth wrapper. The Criollo wrapper is a 5 year aged shade grown wrapper from Nicaragua. When I first heard this, I expected a hefty price tag for the work and time they put into this particular cigar. Much to my surprise, I found these beauties ranged between $6-$8 apiece. We all have that one friend, you know, the guy who takes a $15 cigar out of your humidor and leaves most of it un-smoked in the ashtray. Next time, hand him one of these. Not only will you find yourself not having to lock your humidor and hide the key but you may see that guy actually finish a cigar for once. All in all, the HC Series Criollo is truly a bang for your buck.


  • When we hear the name Daniel Marshall, we automatically think of the world’s most beautifully crafted humidors. The craftsmanship, dedication, and creativity are endless and reverberate through these works of Art. His humidors have been used in films, rest in the homes of stars such as Al Pacino and Arnold Schwarzenegger and have been given to notable heads of state, such as George W. Bush. Even the late George Burns could contest to the standard of excellence, he stated in personal letter to Daniel Marshall, "Actually, the humidor is so beautiful that I'm going to start smoking better cigars." Finally, these same skill sets have been used to craft one of the finest cigars on the market today, the Daniel Marshall Red Label.

    The Daniel Marshall Red Label was created in the Plasencia tabacalera in Esteli Nicaragua, one of the finest tabacaleras in Central America to date. This particular blend is laden with Nicaraguan long leaves, hailing from the Jalapa Valley, one of the most lush growing regions in the country. Next, it is sealed with a Nicaraguan binder from Esteli, then finally cloaked with a five year aged Cuban seed wrapper--once again from the Jalapa Valley. The wrapper itself is toothy and gives sweet cedar notes to the blend along with a consistent lite spice and notes of cream, which echo throughout the cigar from foot to head. The key to this blend is it's consistency; from start to finish it kept me pleased and not for one moment disappointed or bored. The ash was thick and stable and the thick plumes of smoke billowed across my parlor as I took puff after puff. The smoke was so think and creamy you can literally feel it coat your palate, leaving a lite nutty and cherry finish.

    The flavor consistency really made this cigar perfect for pairing. I enjoyed this particular one with a single malt Scotch. The beautiful thing about this stick is that it never once over powered my palate, instead it perfectly complimented my drink, leading to one of those awe inspiring, perfect smoking experiences. This is another reason why I have so many of these sticks in my humidor, despite the plethora of other cigars, I always find my self reaching for one of these beauties. Whether I am out back on the deck firing up the grill, or sitting in the parlor with a book and a glass of Scotch, the Daniel Marshall Red Label is always there to perfectly compliment the moment.

    When we hear the name Daniel Marshall, we automatically think of the world’s most beautifully crafted humidors. The craftsmanship, dedication, and creativity are endless and reverberate through these works of Art. His humidors have been used in films, rest in the homes of stars such as Al Pacino and Arnold Schwarzenegger and have been given to notable heads of state, such as George W. Bush. Even the late George Burns could contest to the standard of excellence, he stated in personal letter to Daniel Marshall, "Actually, the humidor is so beautiful that I'm going to start smoking better cigars." Finally, these same skill sets have been used to craft one of the finest cigars on the market today, the Daniel Marshall Red Label.

    The Daniel Marshall Red Label was created in the Plasencia tabacalera in Esteli Nicaragua, one of the finest tabacaleras in Central America to date. This particular blend is laden with Nicaraguan long leaves, hailing from the Jalapa Valley, one of the most lush growing regions in the country. Next, it is sealed with a Nicaraguan binder from Esteli, then finally cloaked with a five year aged Cuban seed wrapper--once again from the Jalapa Valley. The wrapper itself is toothy and gives sweet cedar notes to the blend along with a consistent lite spice and notes of cream, which echo throughout the cigar from foot to head. The key to this blend is it's consistency; from start to finish it kept me pleased and not for one moment disappointed or bored. The ash was thick and stable and the thick plumes of smoke billowed across my parlor as I took puff after puff. The smoke was so think and creamy you can literally feel it coat your palate, leaving a lite nutty and cherry finish.

    The flavor consistency really made this cigar perfect for pairing. I enjoyed this particular one with a single malt Scotch. The beautiful thing about this stick is that it never once over powered my palate, instead it perfectly complimented my drink, leading to one of those awe inspiring, perfect smoking experiences. This is another reason why I have so many of these sticks in my humidor, despite the plethora of other cigars, I always find my self reaching for one of these beauties. Whether I am out back on the deck firing up the grill, or sitting in the parlor with a book and a glass of Scotch, the Daniel Marshall Red Label is always there to perfectly compliment the moment.


  • If you read through more than three issues of our catalog you know I have a rather large affinity for anything AJ Fernandez makes. One of his newest releases the Diesel uncut is one of my newest everyday smokes but they do pack a punch so I tend to leave these for my last smoke of the evening. As the name might infer the uncut has an unfinished foot resembling something like a turtle neck that’s collapsed upon it’s self but gives it’s a rustic feeling on first removal from the cello. Don’t worry about the unfinished bit as it won’t need to be sheared off, but I do prefer this smoked via a punch or v-cut. The Pennsylvania broadleaf used here appears smooth with just a bit of tooth, but upon lighting it will bare it’s teeth with a good blast of pepper and spice. Once you hit the second inch, it will start to mellow or maybe just get akin to the spice and the real character starts to show. In the sweet spot, the blend still has a very full character with a rich heavy smoke the cedar and burnt espresso notes which combine nicely with the slight hints of sweetness that is inherent with the sugar content of your average maduro. This one goes out just like it came with a good measure of spice and best paired with a rum or bourbon that holds just  a bit of sweetness of notes of vanilla. Also considering the price of $4.00 or less per cigar this is a good solid smoke that even the most budget conscious can afford.
    If you read through more than three issues of our catalog you know I have a rather large affinity for anything AJ Fernandez makes. One of his newest releases the Diesel uncut is one of my newest everyday smokes but they do pack a punch so I tend to leave these for my last smoke of the evening. As the name might infer the uncut has an unfinished foot resembling something like a turtle neck that’s collapsed upon it’s self but gives it’s a rustic feeling on first removal from the cello. Don’t worry about the unfinished bit as it won’t need to be sheared off, but I do prefer this smoked via a punch or v-cut. The Pennsylvania broadleaf used here appears smooth with just a bit of tooth, but upon lighting it will bare it’s teeth with a good blast of pepper and spice. Once you hit the second inch, it will start to mellow or maybe just get akin to the spice and the real character starts to show. In the sweet spot, the blend still has a very full character with a rich heavy smoke the cedar and burnt espresso notes which combine nicely with the slight hints of sweetness that is inherent with the sugar content of your average maduro. This one goes out just like it came with a good measure of spice and best paired with a rum or bourbon that holds just  a bit of sweetness of notes of vanilla. Also considering the price of $4.00 or less per cigar this is a good solid smoke that even the most budget conscious can afford.

  • If you are like me, you seem to have a new favorite cigar every month.  No matter my favorite at the time, I do tend to have that mainstay list of five or so brands that I just find myself always reaching for.  This month, I am deviating away from my “flavor of the week” picks to a mainstay in my rotation and a long time favorite, Oliva Serie V.  This cigar debuted in 2007 (to much acclaim with a 94 rating from Cigar Aficionado and the No. 4 spot on their annual Top 25 list that year) and in my humble opinion was a pioneer blend setting the standard today for what a full bodied cigar should really be all about.  Unlike the full bodied selections of the day which were crafted with the sole purpose of blowing your face off, Oliva brought the horse power with V but with a refined elegance and balance a true connoisseur can appreciate.  The secret to the sauce in this blend is the slow, patient and lengthy fermentation that the ligero fillers undergo which takes out all the bite and leaves all the flavor and goodness in a thick and creamy smoke presentation that still delivers just the right shot to your gut reminding you that it is still as strong as it is flavorful.  Forget about notes of “this” and nuances of “that”, this cigar is 100% good old fashioned tasty tobacco that envelopes the palate completely and leaves a long finish.
    If you are like me, you seem to have a new favorite cigar every month.  No matter my favorite at the time, I do tend to have that mainstay list of five or so brands that I just find myself always reaching for.  This month, I am deviating away from my “flavor of the week” picks to a mainstay in my rotation and a long time favorite, Oliva Serie V.  This cigar debuted in 2007 (to much acclaim with a 94 rating from Cigar Aficionado and the No. 4 spot on their annual Top 25 list that year) and in my humble opinion was a pioneer blend setting the standard today for what a full bodied cigar should really be all about.  Unlike the full bodied selections of the day which were crafted with the sole purpose of blowing your face off, Oliva brought the horse power with V but with a refined elegance and balance a true connoisseur can appreciate.  The secret to the sauce in this blend is the slo