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Gift Wrappers (and Fillers and Binders): Limited Editions

Quesada Reserva Privada  A medium-mild cigar, the Quesada Reserva Privada features Dominican Republic San Vicente tobacco that began aging in 1997. The San Vicente leaf is used for the binder and mixed with Pennsylvania ligero for the filler. The cigar, which is finished with an Ecuadoran Connecticut-seed wrapper, has an essence of freshly toasted white […]

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 […]

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 […]

Day and Night

Ashton Symmetry This medium-strong to full-bodied cigar is the first new Ashton release in a decade and the brand’s first to contain Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. Blended by Carlos Fuente Jr., the Symmetry combines tobaccos from Chateau de la Fuente and Villa Gonzalez in the Dominican Republic and Fuente’s Un Buen Vecino farm in Nicaragua. It […]

A Nicaraguan Homage to Cuba

Pepin Garcia and his family-owned My Father Cigars company in Estelí, Nicaragua, has garnered a well-deserved reputation for producing some of the finest cigars inside or outside of Cuba, the island nation that is also known as “the flower of the Antillas islands.” Now, the latest creation of Pepin’s son Jaime pays tribute to the […]