Slow Smoking

In this fast-paced world, cigars are an anomaly, as their tobaccos are aged naturally and consequently, cannot be rushed, their hand-rolled construction is methodical, and even the act of smoking them is typically a leisure-time activity. All of this is personified in the Tortuga 215 Edición Limitada 2011 ($8 to $10, depending on size). Tortuga […]

Otherworldly Smoke

Given the ongoing presence of vampires in the media, plus a fascination with the zombie apocalypse, few cigars are more timely yet surrealistic than those by Paul Stulac, with their gothic gold, gray, and black bands and boxes depicting skulls flanked by angelic wings. And yet, the real Paul Stulac is a down-to-earth entrepreneur who […]

Best of the Best 2012: Cigars: Domus Magnus

The pigtailed Nicaraguan puro Domus Magnus (, $8.95 to $9.95)—whose name derives from the Latin translation of Casa Magna, one of the Quesada family’s most popular brands—is slightly milder than the cigars in the Casa Magna line. The box-pressed Domus Magnus starts out with a subdued strength that gradually builds as it is smoked, thanks […]

Ecuador Meets Nicaragua

San Cristobal was introduced a few years ago as a collaboration between Ashton—one of the most innovative of today’s cigar companies—and José “Pepin” Garcia, a respected former Cuban torcedor who went on to achieve fame as a Nicaraguan cigar maker. The original San Cristobal, a Nicaraguan puro, quickly confirmed Garcia’s reputation, and became one of […]

Ashton La Aroma de Cuba

Characteristics The Connecticut broadleaf wrapper and Nicaraguan filler and binder give this cigar a chocolatey-buttery complexity, with a long finish that is perfect for a small-batch bourbon like Blanton’s or Knob Creek. Insider’s Tip Although the Honduran version of this brand has been around for a few years, it is now being made by Pepin […]

Padrón 1964 Anniversary

Characteristics Very smooth with great depth belying its strength. Insider’s Tip Nicaraguan soil close in texture and mineral content to Cuba’s Vuelta Abajo, plus four years of aging the tobacco prior to rolling, is part of what makes this all-Nicaraguan boxed-pressed puro so much in demand. Also, it is slightly easier to find than the […]

Padrón 1926 Serie

Characteristics Very smooth and mellow, this all-Nicaraguan cigar is a classic of silken strength. Insider’s Tip: All Padrón cigars are limited in production, but the 1926 Serie is the most elusive and worth the search. It was created in 2001 to mark the 75th birthday of Jose Padrón, patriarch of the cigar-making family. All tobaccos […]