Dominican Republic

BEST of the BEST 2014 | Leisure | Cigars: Macanudo Estate Reserve

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of the Macanudo brand’s founding, the Macanudo Estate Reserve (www​, $16 to $18) is the first iteration of what will become an annual limited edition. The Estate Reserve is unlike any previous Macanudo. Its Connecticut shade wrapper was sourced from an independent grower, and the filler and binder tobaccos are all […]

Holiday Stars: Dominican Republic

BLACK DIAMOND Made for the J.C. Newman Cigar Company by its partner Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia., Diamond Crown has always been known for its Connecticut shade wrapper and trademark 54-ring gauge in a variety of lengths. The best Connecticut broadleaf is deeply fermented, resulting in the dark, oily wrapper of the relaunched Black Diamond, […]

Teeing Off with Davidoff

Along with carts and clubs, a commonly encountered item on any golf course worth its greens fees is cigars. It seems most duffers cannot play their best game without one. But not just any cigar—it cannot be too strong or it will be distracting, yet it must possess enough strength to aid concentration. In keeping […]

Romeo, O Romeo—What’s in a Name?

Reflecting the trend for fuller flavors and bigger ring gauges, the classic Romeo y Julieta is getting a face-lift for the first time in 137 years. In its newest Dominican Republic incarnation, the Romeo sub brand features a bold new red and white box and band, which give this 19th-century icon a modern look. Likewise, […]

The Ultimate 44 Magnum

The Arturo Fuente family members are perfectionists. In spite of the fact they are the largest privately owned cigar company in the world, they are constantly striving to improve upon their much-in-demand cigars, which already enjoy a cult-like following. A prime example is their Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R series (the R stands for […]

A Killer Cigar

Although the late William S. Paley founded the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) in 1928, he got his start in business working at his father’s cigar company and selling radio advertising for the family’s flagship La Palina brand. That was the inspiration that prompted Paley’s son, William C. Paley, to return to his family’s roots by […]

Best of the Best 2012: Cigars: Davidoff 100 Years Geneva

Last year, at the end of a black-tie dinner, Davidoff introduced the Davidoff 100 Years Geneva (, $22) to its top domestic retailers. The presentation was surprisingly low-key, considering the momentous occasion: the centennial of the Geneva tobacco shop opened by the late Zino Davidoff’s father, Henri. No trumpeted fanfare. No drumroll. No butlers carrying […]

Carrillo Edición Inaugural 2009

Characteristics: Much milder than one would expect from the creator of the famed La Gloria Cubana. But then, this is the first launch from Ernesto Perez-Carrillo since he left General Cigar. The construction is superb and the thick, specially grown Ecuadorian wrapper and Nicaraguan and Dominican filler make it a medium-mild smoke for lunch on […]

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 […]

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