9 Best Cigars of 2017

Cigars differ in a variety of ways. If you are interested in cigars and would like to experiment them, we recommend you to try all the variants available to yourself and decide which works for you the best. However, if you don’t have the inclination to try them all and want to cut to the chase, here are some cigars that I, Michael Asimos, recommend. The following cigars are not ranked, or listed in any particular order.

Drew Estate Undercrown Shade

Drew Estate is a major American cigar brand that makes its cigars in Nicaragua. The company is known for innovation with its cigars and producing new cigars time and again. The Undercrown Shade is a newer cigar from Drew Estate. This particular cigar was designed to replicate Liga Privada and utilizes the nine flavors of readily available tobaccos. Undercrown is an extremely popular cigar in America with a lighter variant available.

Punch ‘Rothschild Maduro’ Cigars

If you’re looking for an authentic Honduran Cigar that comes in a variety of sizes and shapes, the Punch cigar is an ideal choice, specifically the Rothschild Maduro. The cigar is made to conform to Honduras’ tobacco curing rules and stipulations. The Punch Rothschild pays homage to the Punch line of cigars with a full-bodied, vibrant flavor.

Cohiba Dominican ‘Robusto’ Cigars

The Cohiba Dominican is a medium-strength cigar with an extremely tight draw. Cigar lovers and enthusiasts love this cigar not just for its flavor and taste, but also because it’s sized just right. The cigar is smooth and crisp and allies well with cognac, a brandy variety. People who like a smooth draw and do not want their cigars to be overwhelming will love this cigar.

Partagas ‘Fabulosos’ Cigars

The Partagas Fabulosos is the right blend of mild leather and pepper. The smoke is also marginally infused with a variety of cocoa and fruity flavors. Coming in a 25-cigar box, this hearty and filling tobacco is grown in the Dominican Republic and Mexico. The cigar is well-built and has a consistent subtle flavor, which makes it an ideal stick to smoke after dinner.

Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial

Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial made it into the public domain for the first time in 2009. At the time of its launch in New York, there was no particular name given to the cigar and the quantities available were also fairly limited. However, with the positive response to the cigar, the makers entered full-time production mode, and also gave the cigar its now popular name. Reserva Especial is ideal for individuals who like bold flavors in their cigars. The cigar has loads of molasses and dark chocolate combined with toasted wood. To round things out, there are tobacco spices and earthy cocoa too.

Crowned Heads Le Careme

Crowned Heads Le Careme is basically paying homage to Marie-Antonine Careme. Marie-Antonine was a popular French chef who pioneered specific French cuisine in the 1800s. During that period, he also popularized the soufflé. This probably explains why the Le Careme cigar’s flavors remind you of a rich French soufflé. If you’re more of a sweets person, you will surely like this cigar. The sweetness of the cigar hits you in . a subtle manner. The flavors begin with earthy tobacco notes, which lead to toasted nuts, rich cocoa, and deep fruit. The cigar is replete with light black pepper that helps balances things out.

Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff

Caldwell is a modest boutique cigar company formed by a few friends. Robert Caldwell, the founder, and his team’s goal is to create a small batch of high-quality cigar blends. The Blind Man’s Bluff is made in Honduras in a factory that also makes Camacho Cigars. This cigar looks rustic, thanks to the bumpy wrapper with visible veins. The cigar’s flavors are quite unique too. You are treated to a complex, but rich, blend of black pepper, tobacco spice, earthy hay, toasty cedar, and coffee. There are also nuances of cream and citrus in the smoke.

Warped Flor Del Valle

Flor De Valle is the first Warped cigar that hasn’t been made in Miami’s El Titan de Bronze factory. The primary reason being the brand wants to keep this cigar completely Nicaraguan. This means the tobaccos and the rolling are from and done in Nicaragua in a factory called Casa Fernandez. The cigar’s flavor are made up of earthy spices with cinnamon, wood, sugar, and leather notes. Most other cigar blends usually do not have such earthy notes.

My Father Le Bijou 1922

Father Le Bijou 1922 has received several accolades and much appreciation in the past from experts and connoisseurs like myself, Michael Asimos. The cigar not only has a wonderful flavor but it also looks great. The smooth dark, shiny brown wrapper gives a fine leather-like appearance to the stick. As far the flavor is concerned, it’s hard to describe it in words. One must experience it first-hand to find out what it really is like. One thing can be said for sure,  if you like white and black pepper in your cigar, you’d love My Father Le Bijou 1922.

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