Berger & Argenti Classico
It is unusual for a new cigar brand to garner praise from virtually every individual who smokes it, but that is what seems to have happened with the Berger & Argenti Classico (www.bergerargenti.com; $4.50–$7.50 depending on shape), a joint venture between brothers Albert and Michael Argenti of Miami-based Cuban Imports and Enrique "Kiki" Berger of Miami’s Cuban Crafters. The Classico’s distinctive flavor is creamy, with hints of caramel and cocoa, thanks to its well-aged Ecuadoran Connecticut-seed Desflorado wrapper, Cuban-seed Nicaraguan filler, and Nicaraguan Corojo binder. The impressive full-bodied smoke is available in four sizes: the 4½ x 46 corona gorda, 5 x 50 Rothschild, 5¾ x 50 belicoso, and 7 x 50 Churchill. The Classico’s unpretentious band and box hardly do it justice, but the cigar is aptly named, for it is, indeed, a classic.