Robb Report Vices

Burning Bright

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 December 25, while in America, decorated Yuletide cigar boxes were all the rage as early as the 1860s. This year the tradition continues with special editions and hand-rolled trends, including larger ring gauges and stronger blends. We have puffed through them all to put together our guide to the best of 2011’s holiday smokes—from an Alec Bradley Black Market gordo wrapped in velvety Criollo Jalapa 98 to a deeply mellow 10-year-old Padrón No. 85 to a rich-as-plum-pudding EPC Elencos torpedo—all in the truest spirit of the season, and with the added inspiration that the reason cigars come in boxes is that it makes them easier to wrap as gifts.


The elegant white lacquered box and 2011 vintage footband offer hints that this cigar stands apart. Five-year-old San Vincente and Piloto filler tobaccos plus a Peruvian Corojo binder and a Dominican Criollo wrapper were used to create a 5½ × 52 belicoso supremo with a silky, medium-bodied smoke. Only 8,000 boxes of 10 are being produced. ($19 each/$190 per box of 10)