Puro Gold

Padrón Cigars celebrates its 50th anniversary with two new all-Nicaraguan releases. Padrón Cigars turned 50 this year, and in an industry where fierce competition and other factors such as inclement weather and civil unrest have snuffed out many brands, reaching this milestone is cause for celebration. To mark the achievement, the company, which is renowned for its Nicaraguan puros—cigars with […]

BEST of the BEST 2014 | Leisure | Cigars: Rocky Patel Royale

The former entertainment-industry attorney Rakesh “Rocky” Patel has become one of the world’s top boutique cigar producers, renowned for his products’ packaging, which is always eye-catching and occasionally over the top. The cigars themselves are equally noteworthy. The brand’s tobacco blends attract serious smokers and earn accolades, including two previous Best of the Best honors, […]

BEST of the BEST 2014 Cigars: Davidoff Nicaragua

Since departing Cuba in the 1990s, the company now known as Oettinger Davidoff has focused on the Dominican Republic, with the master blender Hendrik “Henke” Kelner overseeing production of the brand’s wide range of Dominican cigars. So it came as a surprise last year when the brand released Davidoff Nicaragua (www​, $9.90 to $16.50), a […]

BEST of the BEST 2014 | Leisure | Cigars: E.P. Carrillo Edición Limitada 2013

Representing a new direction for the blender Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the E.P. Carrillo Edición Limitada 2013 (, $300 per box) features a Mexican wrapper. Perez-Carrillo selected a San Andrés maduro and combined it with a double Nicaraguan and Brazilian binder and a Nicaraguan filler to produce a medium-full-bodied smoke with an enticingly long finish. The Edición […]

BEST of the BEST 2014 | Leisure | Cigars: H. Upmann Legacy

The Honduran-made H. Upmann Legacy (, $6 to $7) is ideal for a relaxing late-afternoon or early-evening smoke. It is a complex yet subtle cigar, medium-full in flavor but with a gentle finish thanks to a meaty Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper and well-aged Dominican and Nicaraguan filler leaves that date to 2008. The Legacy is available […]

FrontRunners: Casa Fuente

Smoking the new Casa Fuente 800 Series cigar ( could require a trip to Las Vegas. Like the first Casa Fuente–branded cigar from Arturo Fuente, which debuted in 2005 and is said to be filled with a variation of the company’s Opus X blend and wrapped in Cameroon leaf, the new one is available only […]

A Smoking Encore

Those who were fortunate enough to obtain and smoke one of Robb Report’s 2011 Best of the Best selections, EPC Cigar Co.’s Edición Limitada 6 x 54 Toro, will find a marked similarity in EPC’s new Elencos (which, loosely translated, means the cast of a film or a play). That is because each of the […]