Ten Premium Cigars We Recommend Trying in 2019
1. My Father La Opulencia Toro
This cigar is an exceptional blend of two of the world’s finest tobaccos— Mexican and Nicaraguan. Nicaragua, in particular, is revered for producing some of the best cigars in the world, thanks to the country’s strong, bold and aromatic tobacco leaves, which many aficionados refer to as the “holy grail” of cigar manufacturing.
This particular cigar is the most refined Mexican-Nicaraguan edition offered by the renowned My Father Cigars, a family-owned company based in Little Havana, Florida, which is quite a statement, since the brand proudly holds two Cigar of the Year awards.
Price: $31.99US Each
2. Rocky Patel Grand Reserve Toro
Although this superb cigar is currently only available in Europe, it truly is worth getting your hands on. Many cigar enthusiasts return from their travels abroad with a box of these in their luggage, ready to celebrate once back on home soil.
Adding to the allure of this particular cigar, its tobacco blend is actually kept a secret, but we do know that it is comprised of some of the oldest, most matured tobacco Rocky Patel has to offer, and is famed for its rich, earthy, flavor, which is enhanced with undertones of coffee.
If you’re looking for top quality cigars to keep on hand for special occasions, the Grand Reserve Toro is always an excellent choice.
Price: $12.00US Each
3. A.J. Fernandez Enclave Broadleaf Churchill
AJ Fernandez is notoriously known in the cigar community, highly respected for his Cuban-style blending skills, which give his cigars some of the fullest flavors the industry has to offer.
This particular edition is easily one of the top Cuban cigars available, and offers a rich, peppery taste with subtle hints of chocolate and cinnamon. But that’s not even the most impressive part— each Enclave Broadleaf Churchill is hand-rolled, and features premium-grade Nicaraguan tobacco. In a nutshell? This Cuba cigar offers a smoking experience unlike any other.
Price: $170.00US (Box of 20)
4. Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo de Río Seco
Created by Hoyo De Monterrey, a world class brand that has been producing cigars since 1960, this cigar is one of the best cigars to smoke if you’re looking for a delicate, smooth smoke and a more mild experience. You won’t be able to miss the intricacy of its flavor or its distinct, buttery finish.
Hand-rolled by Cuban torcedores (aka cigar rollers), this is an elegant vitola that comes exclusively in boxes of 10 or 25 units.
Price: $209.00 (Box of 10)
5. Padron 1926 Series No. 1 Maduro
Padron Cigars was founded in 1964 by Cuba-native José Orlando Padrón, who started his first factory with a nest egg of just $600.00.
Today, Padron stays true to his original cigar recipe, remaining loyal to the dense and silky flavors that have kept cigar devotees purchasing from him time and time again. The 1926 series cigars were handcrafted as a tribute to José’s 75th birthday, and are made with expertly-aged Nicaraguan tobacco for a one-of-a-kind smoking experience, solidifying their place as one of the world’s best cigars.
There’s a reason these cigars are so highly-rated and favored by even the most accomplished cigar connoisseurs, and it has everything to do with the unmistakable rich, toasty finish these double coronas provide.
Price: $22.00US Each
6. Alec Bradley Black Market Estelí Torpedo
More adventurous cigar smokers are drawn to the torpedo due to its unusual construction, intrigued by the Torpedo’s sharp, pointed tip and dark, oily Nicaraguan wrapper.But those who indulge in the Torpedo regularly choose it for the complex notes of leather, pepper, and cocoa, regarding it as one of the best tasting cigars on the Alec Bradley roster.
It also doesn’t hurt that this stogie comes with an impressive 93-point rating. If you’re looking for a cigar that will make you feel like a total badass, the Torpedo is a definite no-brainer.
Price: $8.75 US Each
7. La Flor Dominicana Ligero Cabinet
La Flor Dominicana is a boutique cigar manufacturer based in the Dominican Republic. The owner, Litto Gomez Diez, took twenty years to hone his cigar production process, opting to focus on quality over quantity.
Today, La Flor Dominicana is known around the world for producing some of the best cigars with superior construction and taste.
The Ligero Cabinet, in particular, is made with a blend of Brazilian, Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Peruvian tobaccos, and offers undertones of dark fruit and cedar. It has established a reputation as one of the Dominican Republic’s best stogies, so if you’re a smoker with a seasoned palette that is looking to explore beyond the more common Cuban options, this is a fantastic place to start.
Price: $6.90US Each
8. JFR Lunatic Habano Short Robusto
Produced in Estelí, Nicaragua, the JNR Lunatic Habano is a small, medium-bodied cigar that should never be underestimated based on its size, since what it lacks in length and girth, it makes up for in flavor.
With hints of caramel, red pepper, and dried fruit, this top quality cigar offers a pleasing taste that develops over time, making it a joy to smoke.
Unlike other more potent options, this is a stogie that could easily become a daily staple for those who enjoy a consistent, dependable smoke on a regular basis.
Price: $5.98US Each
9. Juan Valle & Company Punch Rothschild Maduro
Juan Valle & Company is one of the oldest Habano brands, established in 1840 by Don Manual Lopez, who named the cigars after a popular character on a British TV show, named “Mr. Punch”. Almost immediately, the cigars became popular in Europe, best-loved for their robust flavors and soothing finish.
Today, the brand is known for consistently producing some of the best cigars in the fuller-bodied range, and is a popular favorite amongst more experienced smokers.
The Rothschild Maduro, in particular, is a mixture of Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco, wrapped in a dark Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper. It offers a powerful and memorable smoking experience, with flavors of molasses, mocha, and espresso. While not for the faint of heart, it is certainly a stogie with its own unique claim to fame.
Price: $4.99 Each
10. Montecristo Línea 1935 Dumas
Created as the most premium vitolas available under the Habanos S.A brand, the Linea 1935 is a full-strength flavor blend that is unapologetic in its force. Launched in 2015 to memorialize the brand’s 80th year of business, the Linea 1935 is considered by many to be one of the best Cuban cigars around, coming in three different sizes, and offering an intense smoking experience, with low acidity and hefty aromas of cocoa and pepper.
Each Línea 1935 is rolled by hand, using first-rate wrapper, filler and binder leaves from the Vuelta Abajo zone.
If you are looking for a sumptuous, strong-to-medium strength cigar with an excellent burn and draw, this is an ideal option for you.
Price: $25.00US Each