The holiday season is coming up, and I’ve been getting questions from readers about what cigars I recommend for gift purposes. I have been fortunate enough to try cigars from all over the world, so I know what I like and don’t like, but shopping for someone else is different. That’s why I usually ask a few questions first to get a little bit of a feel when it comes to price and taste.
While everyone’s preferences are different, I tried to put together a strong list of five cigars that I have been recommending the most often in recent conversations with friends and family members. A cigar holiday gift guide can be very useful for those trying to impress. As you’ll see, the five cigars vary in price quite a bit, so there are options for nearly any budget.
Cohiba Siglo VI (Tubo)
Cuban cigars are always a huge hit, but unless you know what you are looking for, you can in fact get a sub par or even bad Cuban cigar. Currently, the Cohiba Siglo VI (Tubo) is the Cuban cigar I seem to be recommending a lot to people looking for a nice gift. I find it to be a great gift choice mostly because of the rich finish and overall taste. To me, it most resembles an old-fashioned chocolate milk shake. This Cohiba stands above the rest, and it continually makes best of lists.
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Arturo Fuente Hemingway Work of Art
Currently, this is my favorite cigar from the Dominican Republic. It hasn’t been around for that long, relatively speaking (1983), but it has built up a strong reputation. Every one I’ve tried has burned well, and you get a chance to experience a bunch of different flavors. While most of the taste can best be described as nutty, there is a bit of sweetness at the end. I taste hints of coconut and sweet red licorice at times, which is usually a pleasant surprise for any first-timers.
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H. Upmann ‘Reserve Maduro Toro’
If the person you are shopping for likes a bit of spice in their life, the H. Upmann ‘Reserve Maduro Toro’ might be an option to consider. It has a very nice, silky wrapper, but when taking a draw, the spice gives a nice jolt. It isn’t too spicy, as the cocoa and cedar tastes are there too, but this is a pretty nice, high medium-bodied cigar.
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La Estrella Cubana Habano
This cigar is inexpensive and pretty much tailor-made for any coffee lovers. The taste is very reminiscent of a dark roast coffee with a little bit of caramel in it. It might be an inexpensive option, but it certainly doesn’t feel, look, or taste like it. These are actually pretty impressive to look at as a gift, as they come in a fairly bright red Nicaraguan wrapper.
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Flor de Gonzalez Torpedo
Finally, Flor de Gonzalez Torpedo is the ultimate budget cigar, especially for the person who is outside a lot. These have turned into very popular cigars for the golf course, as they are strong but not too strong, and they have a nice blend of nutty flavors that are relaxing. A pack of 25 cigars for under $40 is hard to beat, and again, they appear to be much more expensive when presented as a gift.
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