The Top Five Cigars all Aficionados Should Own
For true cigar aficionados, a cigar is never just a cigar. There needn’t be a special occasion when savoring one of the world’s finest cigars, for a true enthusiast will simply smoke a fine cigar just to celebrate the fine cigar they’re smoking.
Cigar Guru Ernesto Carillo, maker of La Gloria Cubana and El Rico Habano, once said that “A love affair with cigars is like most affairs of the heart. We swoon over the beauty and elegance, but we never really know what makes us love – and we don’t want to. To overanalyze a cigar, or a mate, is to the destroy the mystery.”
With this being said, establishing a top 5 list of the world’s finest cigars may be comparable to ranking the world’s best works of art or trying to understand what attracts two people in love, as tastes will inevitably conflict. Therefore, we carefully selected the top five cigars that connoisseur’s the world over have passionately and yearningly savored all while honoring the quality, craftsmanship, flavor, and overall performance received from each puff.
5. Cohiba Behike BHK 54
Once crowned Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar of the Year in 2010, the Cohiba Behike is made with medio tiempo tobacco, small leaves that grow at the very top of some, but not all, Cuban-seed tobacco plants. The result is a bold, leathery smoke with pleasant notes of coffee bean and a solid, earthy core. Although it’s one of the most expensive Cuban cigars, the robust, standout flavors make our number 5 cigar well worth the expense.
4. Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Diplomatico Maduro
The Padrón family is no stranger to cigar enthusiasts and the brand sits atop countless best-of-the-best lists. Handcrafted since 1964, this anniversary line was introduced in 1994 to commemorate the company’s 30th anniversary and remains one of the most popular and highly regarded cigar lines on the market. All tobacco used in this limited production series is aged four years, creating a smooth and complex flavor. This year will mark the 50th anniversary of Jose Orlando Padrón’s remarkable cigar company.
3. Davidoff Nicaragua Toro
Handcrafted in the Dominican Republic under the watchful eye of Henke Kelner, a true lover of the leaf and the unofficial guru of Tobacco in Santiago, these elegant cigars are spicy and peppery in the beginning before evolving into the ever familiar delight of the Davidoff signature sweet and dark bitter chocolate notes. This specific line launched in 2013 to great fanfare and is a worthy addition to the Davidoff repertoire.
2. Aging Room Quattro F55 Concerto
Created by brand owner Rafael Nodal of Boutique Blend Cigars and cigar maker Jochi Blanco of Tabacalera La Palma, the name Aging Room Quattro F55 Concerto is a nod to Nodal’s musical background as an accomplished violinist and pianist. This perfectly balanced, sophisticated cigar from the Dominican Republic displays rich notes of roasted coffee bean and sweet cedar and lands itself in the runner up spot.
1. Montecristo No. 2
Considered by many to be the finest cigar in the world, this stately smoke ranks as one of the best-selling cigars in the Cuban cigar portfolio. Anything but new, the Montecristo No. 2 is one of the brand’s originals, created in Cuba by Alonso Menendez in 1935. The flavors of this iconic, pointy cigar can be described as teeming with rich, yet not overpowering flavors of leather and include such sweet spices as nutmeg and cinnamon along the cigar’s trademark tangy wooden notes. The 1844 work by French novelist Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo, is believed to have inspired the name. The beauty of the Montecristo No. 2 is that while they smoke stunningly in their youth, they also age magnificently for those with a humidor and years of patience. This cigar only get better with time and has never once wavered in flavor or quality, toping our list as the world’s best cigar.
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