Cigars

This is not the first time Padrón cigars have been honored with a Best of the Best accolade, and we suspect it will not be the last. With the well-aged Nicaraguan tobaccos grown on the family’s farms...
With its spicy Sumatran binder and Honduran and Panamanian filler, Alec Bradley Black Market ( www.alecbradley.com , $7.40 to $8) provides a smooth, creamy smoke that immediately grabs your attention...
The understated red-and-black band of Tatuaje Fausto ( www.tatuajecigars.com , $8 to $8.75) gives no hint of the strength that lurks within its Ecuadoran Habano maduro wrapper. But combined with a...
The Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2011 ( www.myfathercigars.com , $16) is produced solely by Garcia himself, president of My Father Cigars and son of famed Cuban expatriate master...
Mauricio Córdoba fidgets in his seat at a corner table of his cigar club. Ice cubes in his glass of ginger ale clink softly as he returns it to the white linen tablecloth, and for a moment he lets...
Although men may have smoked together since the first tobacco leaves were rolled and torched with fire, the proper cigar lounge was a 19th-century invention. Indeed, in spite of Queen Victoria’s...
It is an axiom that as much as 80 percent of a cigar’s flavor comes from its wrapper. But what if that wrapper were made of pure gold? That was the burning question at last year’s International...
Photography by Cordero Studios Celebrations and cigars have always gone hand in hand, and never more than during the winter holidays. In Victorian England, it was customary to hand out Havanas on...
Those who were fortunate enough to obtain and smoke one of Robb Report ’s 2011 Best of the Best selections, EPC Cigar Co. ’s Edición Limitada 6 x 54 Toro, will find a marked similarity in EPC’s new...
San Cristobal was introduced a few years ago as a collaboration between Ashton—one of the most innovative of today’s cigar companies—and José “Pepin” Garcia, a respected former Cuban torcedor who...
The Dominican Republic produces the greatest number of non-Cuban cigars made today, and the company that started it all was La Aurora, which was founded by Eduardo León Jimenes in 1903, when he...
Cigar making is traditionally a family affair, with multiple generations working together in the factories and on the farms. Padrón, maker of some of the most coveted cigars in the world, is no...
At a major tobacco trade show recently, there was bustling excitement at the booths of Arturo Fuente, a company known for the quirk of exhibiting empty boxes and politely refusing to sign up new...
"They told me I wouldn’t last 10 years in this business," says Rakesh "Rocky" Patel, the Hollywood attorney who gave up his practice in the 1990s to create one of the most popular cigar brands in...
First there were round-bodied parejos, then the taper-tipped figurados and box-pressed cigars. Now comes something even the Cubans have rarely attempted, an obelisk-shaped cigar that requires a...
One shape, one size, one cigar—but a different blend each year: That is the philosophy behind the EPC Cigar Company’s limited-edition releases. EPC stands for Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the man who...
There is a rare sweetness in the smoke of My Father Cigars Limited Edition 2010 ( www.myfathercigars.com , $20 or $240 per chest of 12 cigars) , due to the blend of Pelo de Oro tobacco, a delicate...
If we gave an award for the cigar we would most like to smoke on the golf course, this would be the winner. The H. Upmann Sun Grown ( www.altadisusa.com , $6.25 to $7.75) is neither distracting nor...
Characteristics The first all-Dominican puro, every shape smokes with a consistently rich, meaty flavor, right down to the band. They are aged for two years or more. Insider's Tip These cigars are...
Characteristics: A spicy smoke with lots of finesse. Insider’s Tip This is an old Cuban shape that is very difficult to make. Basically, it is a perfecto with a tapered head for easy clipping and an...
Characteristics Avant-garde is the word here. The three-cigar packaging is very BMW: It looks like a striped platinum metallic matchbox with a striker on the side and comes with a supply of elegant...
Characteristics Made by Tabacalera de Garcia in the Dominican Republic, this is by far the best version of the Dominican-made Trinidad. With its Nicaraguan corojo wrapper and Nicaraguan, Dominican,...
Characteristics Depth of flavor massaged into mellow strength, with plenty of power in the undercurrent, it’s like a New York Strip without any sauce. Only three shapes are made: a double robusto, a...
Characteristics The Connecticut broadleaf wrapper and Nicaraguan filler and binder give this cigar a chocolatey-buttery complexity, with a long finish that is perfect for a small-batch bourbon like...
Characteristics Full-bodied and spicy, thanks to its El Bajo sun-grown Ecuadorian wrapper. Insider's Tip These cigars are made by Arturo Fuente for the J.C. Newman Company as a fuller-bodied version...
Characteristics A taste as silky smooth as its luxurious, well-aged Connecticut wrapper. The Dominican binder and filler leaf come from Chateau Fuente. Insider's Tip This is the newest shape in this...
Characteristics The ruggedly textured, box-pressed Costa Rican 5-year-old dark and oily maduro wrapper plays well against the Nicaraguan filler and binder. The result is a rough-hewn yet civilized...
Characteristics Although this is one of the newest variations on this classic cigar, it still carries the traditional Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, the Nicaraguan filler is joined by Ometepe leaf,...
Characteristics A firm smoke, with a complex, heady spice, like thick, wet grass. Insider's Tip Up until the launch of the Cubano Limitado, Fonseca was known for producing mild smokes. This cigar...
Characteristics Sweet earthy spice with a hint of pepper and leather, this cigar has a sophisticated strength with a complexity reserved for the experienced smoker. Insider's Tip An offshoot of the...

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