FrontRunners: Select Smoke

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The Altadis USA Cabinet Seleccións consist of premium, limited-edition versions of the cigar maker’s most popular handmade smokes: H. Upmann, Por Larranaga, Romeo y Julieta, and Montecristo. All are well worth a try, but to our taste, the latter stands out. The powerful, peppery flavor of the Montecristo’s Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Peruvian filler tobaccos strikes the palate upon the cigar’s ignition. After the first inch, the influence of the Ecuador-grown, Sumatran seed wrapper begins to dominate, and the cigar settles into a beautifully balanced, medium-bodied flavor ideal for an afternoon on the golf course. The most substantial of the five available sizes is the 54 x 7 Churchill shown here. ($10 each) www.altadisusa.com

Sporting all the elegance and craftsmanship for which its maker is known, the S.T. Dupont cigar cutter rests inconspicuously in any pocket. Polished handles slide the precision blades out from within their brushed stainless steel sheath. The blades are sufficiently sharp to ensure a smooth, tear-free clip even if the cigar is a little dry. ($435) www.st-dupont.com

Photo by Mark French
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