Choosing a cigar is harder than ever nowadays. With all these different brands claiming that they have the best cigar available, even experienced smokers may have a hard time bringing home a box of cigars. To make things a bit easier, we’ve compiled the 5 most popular brands with aficionados.
While this isn’t a definitive guide to the best cigars in the world, as everyone has different tastes, these six cigars are known to satisfy the palate of even the pickiest of smokers.
1. E.P. Carillo Encore Majestic
The E.P. Carillo Encore Majestic cigar was named the cigar of the year by cigar aficionado, but it was popular amongst enthusiasts even before that. It is named the encore because it is a follow up to the ever-popular La Historia cigar, which was released in 2014. The Encore Majestic is a combination of Nicaraguan tobacco from three different regions: Esteli, Condega, and Jalapa. This provides the cigar with an incredibly detailed taste with nutty, earthy, and sweet notes. From your first puff to your last puff on this cigar, you will be subjected to oak and tea-like notes which are highlighted by almost a caramel-like sweetness. All in all this cigar brings with it a great smoking experience, and it’s no surprise that it was 2018’s cigar of the year.
2. My Father La Opulencia Toro
This cigar is a combination of two great tobaccos, Mexican and Nicaraguan. Even those with the barest knowledge of cigars will know that tobacco from these two countries of very high quality. Add that to the fact that this has a dark Mexican wrapper. The result is a cigar that has sweet, earthy tones in every puff that is balanced by oak-like and nutty flavors. This a great cigar by all standards, it rolled with precision and it possesses flavors that will make any smoker drool.
3. Rocky Patel Hamlet 25th Year Salomon
If you’re looking to be discreet, this isn’t the cigar for you. This cigar is large and imposing. Other connoisseurs have gone as far as to describe this cigar as a showstopper. It has a perfecto cap and foot, which is a testament to the skill of the roller as doing this takes a lot of skill and patience. Aside from that, it also makes the cigar very easy to light and cut. This amazing cigar is made by the master cigar roller Hamlet Paredes, who is part of the Rocky Patel team. It is made with Ecuadoran Habano rosado cigar wrappers and a blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran filler, giving the cigar a flavor that is almost unmatched.
4. H. Upmann Sir Winston
Cuban Churchills are slowly disappearing from the Habanos S.A. portfolio. This is because modern trends have brought cigars to point where most of them are now shorter and fatter than before, However, instead of being sad over their loss, it’s time to celebrate the few quality Cuban Churchills we have left. The cigar measures 7 inches, with a 47 ring gauge, this size gives it a goldilocks type of smokes, not too thin and not too thick. It also makes for a good hour of smoking and its medium-bodied taste, isn’t too intimidating for new smokers, however, the taste is bold enough that experienced smokers will surely enjoy this too. It’s easy to see why aficionados love this cigar, as its sweet and chocolate-esque flavor is proof of this cigar’s high quality.
5. Partagas Serie D No. 4
Kicking us off is one of the best Robustos out there. With its full-bodied flavor and oaky tones, it’s easy to see why this is one of the most popular cigars out there. The wrapper, binder, and filler in this cigar are all Cuban, so expect sweet caramel-like flavors during the first third of the cigar, and floral, creamy, and coffee-like notes for the latter parts. The Partagas Serie D No. 4 is a great cigar for both newbies and experienced smokers alike.
6. The Wise Man Maduro Robusto
This is a fairly new cigar as it is under Nick Melillo’s brand of cigars, which has been on the rise since 2015. While this cigar is a newcomer to the game, it’s very popular amongst enthusiasts because of its full-bodied taste with a combination of sweet and savory notes. The vanilla and cocoa flavors form a perfect pairing with the beef-stock like flavors that come from the Nicaraguan blend of the tobacco. This is a stronger cigar, so these are great for experienced smokers or for newbies who enjoy a strong and full-bodied flavor.