FrontRunners: Tobacco to Go

Dur­ing the Great Depression and the days of the 5-cent cigar, New York’s self-proclaimed “Tobacconist to the World” Nat Sherman was selling his hand-rolled smokes for a dollar. To celebrate its 80th year in business, Sherman’s namesake company has commissioned the Globe-Trotter Nat Sherman Humidor ( British luggage maker Globe-Trotter used 114-year-old Victorian machinery to […]

Third-Generation Smoke

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 opened the country’s first cigar factory. Today, Grupo León Jimenes has diversified into other venues, including finances and consumer goods, all of […]

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Edición Aniversario

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 toro, and our favorite, a robusto. Insider’s Tip Much spicier than the regular Don Carlos, this double-banded cigar is a Dominican puro, […]

Montecristo Reserva Negra

Characteristics With its elegant dark brown Morrón maduro wrapper from the Mexico’s San Andres Valley, this well-fermented leaf radiates with a deep, oily sheen. Its taste is rich and powerful and is given even greater depth by a harmonious filler blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos. This three-way combination results is a smoke reminiscent of […]

J.C. Newman Diamond Crown Maximus

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 of their Diamond Crown. All are 50-ring size, contributing to their intensity over the larger 54-ring Diamond Crown. The limited-production Maximus is often difficult to […]

Rocky Patel Renaissance

Characteristics An almost perfume-like bouquet and a rich, sophisticated smoke that sizzles at the top end of medium-well. Insider’s Tip A limited-production cigar, only 6,000 boxes are produced annually. The dark, oily Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper has been aged for four years, and is combined with a rich Nicaraguan filler and a binder from Jalapa. The […]

Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve

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 flavor, somewhat akin to early Colonial furniture. There is also a slightly milder version with a beautiful Rosado Nicaraguan corojo wrapper. Insider’s Tip Be sure to remove […]

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