A departure from the brand’s usually mild-mannered cigars, the Fonseca Cubano Exclusivo (www.quesadacigars.com, $6.95 to $8.95) is only the second box-pressed cigar that the Fonseca factory has produced in its 40-year history. The new blend is enhanced by a Havana Vuelta Arriba wrapper that was grown in the Dominican Republic but planted with first-generation seeds […]
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, […]
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 […]
Family owned since 1822, Fonseca continues to be admired by collectors as one of the finest port houses. Head winemaker David Guimaraens, the great-great-great-grandson of founder Manoel Pedro Guimaraens, upholds his family’s tradition of excellence with this vintage port, which brims with aromas of blackberry jam, white pepper, and licorice.
Characteristics A rich, dark, and oily wrapper gives this cigar plenty of flavor but with a light sweetness to it. Insider’s Tip With its darkly aged Honduran wrapper, this cigar stops just short of being a maduro. Combined with Nicaraguan and Honduran filler, it is not quite as full as the Casa Magna Colorado, and […]
Characteristics A rich, sweet, raisiny smoke with a cocoa aroma, and deep, wet earthy flavors. This is definitely an evening cigar. Insider’s Tip Manuel Quesada, one of the Caribbean’s most respected cigar makers, and Nestor Plasencia, the largest tobacco grower in Central America, have combined their best leaf and cigar-rolling talents to create this all-Nicaraguan […]