Gift Wrappers (and Fillers and Binders): Celebratory Smokes

Partagás Aniversario To commemorate the 170th anniversary of its Partagás brand, General Cigar has created the Aniversario cigar, which incorporates ligero and viso tobacco leaves from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua (including a proprietary Nicaraguan Gurdian leaf) and a Connecticut Habano binder. The crowning glory is a 5-year-old Cameroon wrapper, which imparts a sophisticated spice. […]

Holiday Stars: Collector’s Choice

The Arturo Fuente 100th Anniversary Destino Siglo ($416–$520; http://www.cigar​ is aptly subtitled Autor. The limited-edition book-shaped boxes are dedicated to the story of the Fuente family and are filled with 26 100th Anniversary Dominican puros in two rows of 13—the Fuente family’s lucky number. Most of the tobaccos were grown at Château de la Fuente, […]

The Mild Bunch

Arturo Fuente Casa Cuba Carlos Fuente Sr.’s son, Carlito, has blended many of the Arturo Fuente company’s recent offerings, but the Casa Cuba is a cigar that represents his father’s blending expertise. It features an Ecuadoran wrapper and Dominican binder and filler tobaccos that were grown from Cuban seeds. The cigar’s gingerbread, nutmeg, and cinnamon […]

Holiday Lights

Much like the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, the market for top-quality cigars this holiday season is defined by three themes: the past, the present, and the future. Through the handiwork of such brands as Avo, Arturo Fuente, L’Atelier, and Cubano Limitado, smokers are once again enjoying thin and elegant lanceros, a classic cigar […]

Thin Is In

L’atelier Lat Lancero                                             Pete Johnson’s L’Atelier is among a handful of brands that are resurrecting the graceful and thin lancero, a popular cigar shape from decades past. L’Atelier’s example is traditional in size (7½ × 38) […]

Masters of Modern Luxury: Carlos Fuente Jr.

Like many in the cigar business, Carlos Fuente Jr. traces his lineage to Cuba. In 1912, his grandfather Arturo came from that country to Florida, where he founded what is now Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia. Under the direction of Carlos Jr. (who prefers to be called Carlito), the business produces 30 million cigars a […]

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