Top 3 Cigar Factories To Visit In Cuba

Havana, Cuba is regarded as the birthplace of high-end cigars. If you are like many cigar connoisseurs, you have probably dreamed about visiting this enchanting city and having an up close and personal experience at some of the area’s premier cigar factories. Fortunately, the dream can be a reality, as many of the city’s top factories offer tours of their facilities and welcome visitors from various parts of the world.

Although some individuals are under the impression that the Partágas Factory is the only one open to visitors, this is not the case. You can tour the La Corona and the Romeo y Julieta Cigar Factories as well.

Cuban cigar factories have a life of their own, and the moment you are hit with the intoxicating smell of Cuban tobacco, you will feel as if you have entered another world. The following are some great choices if you are planning a Havana vacation and want to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience touring these establishments:

Partagás Factory

Cuba’s best known–and arguably most popular–cigar manufacturing plant is the 166-year-old Partagás Factory. It is frequented by tourists on a regular basis, and although plans to close the factory for extensive renovations were discussed, as of February 2017, the establishment is still a working facility that will welcome you for a visit. You will be enchanted by this four-story structure with its oversized white and red authentic Fabrica de Tabacos Partagás sign. A grand establishment, its signature décor includes ornate shuttered windows and impressive balconies. You may need a bit of patience when standing outside, where you will almost certainly be approached by unscrupulous individuals attempting to sell counterfeit Cuban cigars, but seeing this impressive factory is well worth the wait.

Romeo y Julieta Factory

Now also the temporary home of H. Upmann, the Romeo y Julieta Cigar Factory is finally opened for tours for the first time in years. In addition to the entire production of Cuba’s H. Upmanns, the Romeo y Julieta Factory also produces several sizes of Cohiba, Montecristos, and of course, Romeo y Julietas. The establishment is very efficient and clean, and features a lovely, antique marble staircase, which is situated off to the left as you enter. You will also see a huge gold and black banner on which the words “H. Upmann Havana” are printed.

The rolling gallery is one of the largest in Havana, and features very large windows on both sides, which provide the workers with adequate light. Over 204 torcedores work at this factory, and you will likely enjoy how the gallery buzzes like a bee hive. It is also very colorful, as crisp yellow and bright blue are used to paint many of the cigar molds, in addition to the more conventional black or plain wood.

The factory is highly popular among visitors disembarking from cruise vessels, and therefore if you enjoy sailing the high seas, you may wish to schedule your visit to Cuba as part of a cruise.

La Corona Factory

Situated right around the corner from Cuba’s busiest baseball stadium is the La Corona Factory. Although its style is not much to look at when compared with Cuba’s other cigar factories, it is still a fun place to visit. The factory’s architecture is somewhat plain, but its workers make some of the best cigars in existence. In fact, it is the mother factory for Por Larrañaga, Flor de Cano, San Cristóbal de la Habana, Punch, Hoyo de Monterrey and Cuaba. The workers at this factory create cigars that are simply amazing, such as the multi-faceted Cuaba Salomon.

The rolling gallery is quite crowded and has a fascinating lighting system that you will probably find interesting: every roller station is illuminated with unique lights that are draped along on curved poles. The La Corona Factory also features a tasting room with cubicles designed for one cigar taster at a time. Although the factory itself is definitely worth a visit, you may wish to avoid the cigar shop that is adjacent to the establishment, as it is unfortunately plagued by cigar hustlers attempting to pawn off fake smokes on unsuspecting tourists.

Fortunately, whichever cigar factories you choose to visit you will not be disappointed. For this reason, if you like to travel and dream of enjoying an authentic Cuban cigar in the city where it was made, you should definitely consider a vacation in Cuba.


What Food Should You Pair With Cigars?

There isn’t much literature around as to what foods to eat when smoking cigars. That is because it really doesn’t make much of a difference. However, there are some people who believe one should put serious thought in the kind of food they eat with cigars. In this article, we’ll discuss the same.

Complement Each Other

When eating food or pairing meals with cigar, it’s important that the two complement each other. They need not be similar in flavor or complete opposites, but enhance each other’s taste. Either the cigar or the food shouldn’t be overpowering; the objective is to have some balance and synergy. For example, a Petit Corona goes well with Mediterranean tapas. The cheese and olive and other vegetables are wonderfully offset by the mellow and brief smoke. On the contrary, a much comprehensive cigar such as an Oscuro or Maduro nicely balances with a large meal comprising potatoes or steak.

This pairing is similar to how food and wine are stacked up. White wine goes well with lighter food and red wine enhances heavier meals. However, like wine, there is no stone-etched rule when it comes to food and cigars. The goal is not just to relish both experiences, but also bring in enhancements.

Specific Food Items and Cigars

There are some people who smoke cigarettes whenever they eat fish. These are individuals who eat fish when they smoke, and vice-versa. It’s a pairing that clicks with them the most. And this combination is quite understandable as well, otherwise we wouldn’t have been smoking fishes then. This is why people also love barbecuing when smoking. However, smoked turkey, brisket, and ham could overpower milder cigars. It’s therefore important to smoke a more powerful cigar when pairing it with barbecue. Some cigar lovers prefer sausages, meat, pepperoni and salami instead of olives, crackers, and cheese. Fruits such as grapes are options too.

Some people stay away from solid food completely when smoking. They go with liquids instead. This is because both food and smoke require some level of focus. When pairing them together, it’s multitasking at some level, which may not be to everyone’s liking. Drinking, on the other hand, complements a tobacco.

Generally, desserts or sweets usually don’t go well with cigars and that’s because there are two extremely different flavors at play. However, there are certain dessert exceptions such as bittersweet, dark chocolate that can complement cigars. Otherwise, regardless of how good the tobacco quality is, most desserts do not partner with tobacco well. This is also because a cigar is a dessert replacement for many and pairing them together really defeats the purpose of both a dessert and cigar.


As aforementioned, a particular food-cigar pairing may not work for all. Every individual has different tastes and perceptions. Try the combinations mentioned earlier and find out if they work for you. If they don’t, you may do some exploring yourself. Start by picking a cigar you like and try out food items you prefer. This trial-and-error method should help you find the right combination.  Visit Michael Asimos on Vimeo for more cigar advice.

Davidoff Cigar Review: All You Need To Know About Davidoff Cigars

Established over 100 years ago, Davidoff is a high-end cigar brand that is committed to the philosophy of “the good life.” The company has been producing luxury-quality since its inception. As such, it is hardly surprising that many consider Davidoff cigars to be just about perfect. Just about anyone who desires a rich, high-quality cigar, will scarcely have to look further than the Davidoff line of cigars. Davidoff’s cigars are known for variety as much as they are known for refinement and sophistication. Even with each line offering up distinct, unique flavors, all Davidoff cigars have that common thread of polished elegance detectable by the connoisseur with discerning taste.

Currently, Davidoff offers four main cigar lines, each uniquely tailored to fit with the cigar companies vision of bringing unique, available nowhere else blends to the modern aficionado. These four main cigar lines include Escurio, Yamasa, Nicaragua, and the Nicaragua Box Pressed. To get a fuller picture of how Davidoff is able to achieve their vision, we take a closer look at each line below and the events that inspired each in this Davidoff cigar review.

The Inspiration Behind The Four Flagship Cigar Lines

davidoff escurio review


Brazil, and in particular Rio, is known for its vibrant, authentic culture. In a similar manner, the Davidoff Escurio that is molded after the same is a blend of rhythm, intrigue, and originality. Escurio’s unforgettable blend offers up an intense, spicy, but sweet flavor that mimics the rhythm of the Brazilian culture without losing the sophistication and refinement that the Davidoff brand has become renowned for.


20 years in the making, Davidoff’s Yamasa started with the dream to turn the swamplands of the Yamasa region into successful tobacco fields that could bring new flavors to cigar aficionados. Thanks to the determination of Henke Kelner and his team of experts to continue until they got it right, the tobacco fields of Yamasa is now home to the amazing Davidoff Yamasa. Cigars from the David Yamasa series combine flavors from Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and the Yamasa region to grind one awe-inspiring tobacco blend. The flavors are a combination of sweet and spicy tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua with the earthy flavors of the Yamasa region in the wrapper and binder.


Of all the available Davidoff cigar lines, this one – Nicaragua – is perhaps the most reflective of Zino David’s pioneering spirit. The Nicaragua series of Davidoff cigars emerged from the desire to create tobacco flavors that embodied fire and bite. The soil of Nicaragua, as affected by volcanic activity, proved to be the perfect fit and a new flavor unique to the region and Davidoff cigars was born. This new blend is designed to bring together sweet and bitter flavors.

Nicaragua Box Pressed

Taking the bitter-sweet sensibilities of the Nicaragua line, the Nicaragua Box Pressed line takes the flavors even further. The original flavors are boosted by the complementary combination of Ligero Leaf and Ometepe, Jalapa, and Condega tobaccos. All these flavors combine to create what Davidoff cigar describes as a complex bitter-sweet palate stimulation.

By offering up four distinct cigar line options, each with its own unique blends, Davidoff cigars is ensuring that they stay true to their mission of offering the modern cigar connoisseur the many flavors of the good life.

A Review Of The Padron Damaso

Piloto Cigars Inc. is a name synonymous with quality Nicaraguan cigars. The company is well known for its line of full-flavored cigars. Some of their most popular lines include the Anniversary series and the Serie 1926. Over the years, the company has received multiple awards in recognition for Serie 1926.

In 2015, Padron released the Padron Damaso. The name is derived from the company’s current president Jorge Padron’s great-grandfather, Damaso Padron. Damaso was the first in the family to arrive in Cuba and grow tobacco during the 1800s. Although the Damaso is a testament to the company’s willingness to experiment, the quality of the build and construction is still on par with other Piloto cigars.

In terms of form and design, the Padron Damaso has deviated from its predecessors. The Damaso is the first to feature a Connecticut seed wrapper. Although identified as such, the seed wrapper was farmed in Ecuador. This cigar line features a uniform khaki brown hue with three bands. The first marker pays tribute to the Padron signature brand. Much like the company’s band, the Damaso marker features the same unique mix of white and gold with a maroon outline.

Right in between the two markers is the brand’s protective band. In previous years, the Padron line had fallen victim to counterfeits. This second layer is designed to discourage the production of fakes.

Traditionally, Padrons are feature a box-press form. The Damaso is the brand’s first round cigar.

Another stark difference between the Padron Damaso and other offerings by the Piloto Cigars Inc. is the taste. Compared to its predecessors, the Damaso has a milder flavor.

According to an interview with Jorge Padron, the company is using the Damaso to reach out to new markets. With the milder flavor of this cigar, Padron intends to encourage both stogie novices and aficionados to try out the Piloto Cigar brand.

The Damaso comes in four sizes. Each size corresponds to the age of one of the grandkids of Jose Orlando Padron’s grandkids. No. 17 has a length of 7 inches with a 54 ring gauge. There is the popular No. 15 which features a size of 6 inches by 52. Plus there is the No. 12 which a 5 inch length by 50 and lastly the No. 8 with a measurement of 5.5 inches by 46. The No. 15 was used as the basis for this review.

Padron Damaso’s No. 15 feels firm in the hand. Before being lit, a noticeable mix of pepper, grass and earthy smells can be detected.

When toasted and lit, the cigar provides a smooth draw, a peanut smell, a mild buttery flavor with a touch of sweetness at the end. A third of the way, the No. 15 also starts exuding a smell reminiscent of sunflower seeds or cashews. This unique mixture of smells continues throughout the second third.

Around the final third of the cigar, the earthy flavor begins to re-emerge. There is a touch of spice in the aroma, a slight peppery smell. The aroma is evident but not overwhelming. As with other cigars from the Piloto Company, the burn is even from the first to the last draw. In terms of burning time however, the No. 15 can be considered quick.

When smoking the Damaso, it is important not to associate it with Padron’s other cigar lines. Other Padrons feature the box-pressed form. The parejo shape on the Damaso may feel awkward in the hands of loyal Padron fans. Although the Damaso is well made and exudes a milder flavor, the $15 price tag may also deter individuals looking for a good morning cigar. All in all, it is still a good cigar to consider for individuals looking for a milder-bodied cigar or novices trying out their first stogie.

Nine Cuban Cigars Everyone Must Try

There are a lot of different options when it comes to choosing a great cigar. This might make it tough to choose the right one to smoke. For this reason, I have come up with a list of the best Cuban cigars everyone must try. Therefore, sit down, relax, and go through this list containing nine top Cuban cigars.

Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona

If a well-rounded, delicious, and long smoke is what you are looking for, then the Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona is the cigar to smoke. What I loved most about this cigar is its great mix of coffee and cocoa with a subtle spicy aftertaste. On top of the great taste and aftertaste is an excellent burn and an aroma that is superb. All these facts put together is what make this cigar my number one choice for cigars from Cuba that you should try.

Montecristo #2

Among the best cigars in the world is Montecristo #2. This opinion is not mine alone but also of many cigar smokers. This cigar has also been ranked one of the best for a number of years, and because of this, it is used to rank other cigars. This cigar comes in either medium or full body and has a smooth creamy taste with the perfect balance of spice. The Montecristo #2 is my second best cigar and I know you will agree with me after trying it.

Romeo Y Julieta Churchill

The Julieta is another great cigar that I would strongly recommend to any cigar smoker. This cigar is incredibly smooth and has a great flavor. The Romeo, however, is not that strong compared to other Cuban cigars, but has a perfectly smooth draw, a sweet and creamy taste, and is a solid medium body. This cigar is a favorite to many celebrities, therefore, everyone should try it.

Partagas Serie D

Another great cigar that I personally love and would recommend to anyone is the Partagas Serie D. Partagas is a robusto size and has a delicious woody finish that tastes great. This cigar is absolutely fantastic and you should try it too.

Cohiba Behike

The Cohiba Behike is one of the most sought-after cigars in the world. Its high ratings are courtesy of the careful mix of Cuba’s finest aged tobaccos. This cigar is very strong, something that is attributed to Media Tiempo tobacco leaves it contains. Apart from that, this cigar tastes great and I loved it a lot.

Cohiba Lancero

The Cohiba Lancero is a delicious tasting and very smooth cigar. Not only does this cigar taste great, it was also created specifically for Fidel Castro. For this reason, this cigar is seen by many as a choice for truly educated smokers, and it has a huge cult following. Although the Lancero appears thin and frail, it compensates with its world-class craftsmanship.

Bolivar Belicoso

Another great cigar is the Bolivar Belicoso. This cigar has an immensely complex profile and is also very flavorful. The Belicoso emits fruit and spice flavors that precede a woody and floral taste that is experienced immediately after lighting it. It is for these and other reasons that many cigar smokers revere the Belicoso as the best figurado that is full-bodied available today.

H. Upmann Petite Corona

The H. Upmann Petite Corona just as its name suggests is a small-sized cigar. Though it is small in size, this cigar compensates what it lacks in size with a rich memorable flavor. You get to enjoy a great blend of coffee notes and spice when you smoke the H. Upmann. Among its greatest lovers was President J. F. Kennedy. It is said that Kennedy’s love for this cigar was so great that hours before he signed the Cuban embargo, he ordered 1,200 pieces of them.

Montecristo #4

The Montecristo #4 is a medium bodied cigar with a smooth and mellow smoke profile. I particularly enjoy the Montecristo #4 with my coffee in the morning and I would advise you to try it in the morning too. Thanks to its great taste, this cigar is the best-selling cigar from Cuba in the world, therefore, you will love it too.

There are other great tasting Cuban cigars, but these nine are the best and I highly recommend them to you too.

Traveling To Cuba Since The Embargo Has Been Lifted

For years, visiting Cuba was not an option for Americans due to the embargo. In the 1960’s, Cuba did not compensate America for nationalizing their oil refineries. This created a severe trade embargo. Since it has been lifted, travel to Cuba has become a possibility and people are taking advantage of being able to travel someplace new. While travel to Cuba is possible now, it is important that you understand what is expected of you and what you should expect. Traveling to Cuba is not the same as traveling to the rest of the world.

Official Travel Paperwork
When you fly anywhere out of the country, you need to have your passport and it is stamped. This is not the case when you are traveling to this island country. You would need to purchase a 30 day Cuban Tourist Visa. They are sold at the airport and they cost just $20. It is a separate card and it is not attached to your passport.

Select Airlines
There are only a few select airlines who fly to the island. These include AeroMexico, Cubana, Copa, and Air Canada. Recently, the US Government has started allowing American Airlines to fly there, however, there are only a few flights out of Miami. Eventually, more flights will be added.

Travel Insurance
If you are planning to travel to the largest island in the Caribbean, you are required to purchase travel medical insurance. If you don’t have insurance, you would be required to purchase a special Cuban travel package for about $10 per day.

The Cuban Money Exchange
Debit and credit cards that are issued by United States banks will not work when you travel to the island. If you are planning a trip there, you should bring lots of cash. You would need to have between $50 and $100 U.S. dollars for each day that you are there if you want to be comfortable. There are two different currencies. The Cuban Convertible Peso (CUC) is the currency given to tourists. It has the same cash value as the U.S. dollar. The Cuban Peso (CUP) however, is used by the locals and is worth much less than the U.S. dollar.

Transportation On the Island
Transportation can be a bit tricky. They have a government bus that is specifically for tourists. It is called Viazul and it goes around much of the country. The tickets are not too expensive, however, the bus fills up quickly. You would need to buy your tickets at least a day in advance. If you want to rent a car, that can be even more tricky. There aren’t many, so you would need to book the car a few weeks in advance. You would need to call directly because you cannot book online. Also, it is not cheap. It will cost you between $70 and $90 USD each day for the car. Also, you would need to put a $200 deposit down. Finally, you can take a vintage taxi. These are vintage cars driven by locals. Unfortunately, this is a very expensive way to travel. For a short ride in town, it will cost you $8 to $10. If you are taking a long trip, it can cost between $60 to $70. To take a taxi for the day, you should expect to pay $120 for the day.

Cuban Internet
This area is not very connected. If you want to use WiFi there, you would need to purchase a prepaid WiFi card. It will cost you between $2 to $3 for every hour of service. You can use the username and password on the scratch off card that you would get from a kiosk. You can then find networks in major hotels and in public parks. You may also be able to purchase cards from locals in the park and at your hotel’s front desk. You will, however, end up paying more. You should understand that the government does censor some sites, such as anti-government blogs and Snapchat. The internet is not very fast, but it will work.

Bringing Back Cigars
If you are traveling to Cuba for certain reasons, you can bring home $400 worth of souvenirs. This does include cigars. If you buy Cuban cigars in Mexico or any other country, however, it is still illegal.

Since the trade embargo has been lifted, travel to Cuba is possible. Pretty soon, Americans will be able to buy real estate, shop, and do everything that citizens from other countries can do. It’s an exciting time!

Just be sure that you know what to expect when you get there.

Best Countries For Cigar Tastings

To the true cigar aficionado, a cigar is not just something you unwrap, cut, light up and inhale just for fun. Cigar-making is an art form, perfected over years and years of toiling under the sun to coax the soil to nourish the seeds and create… well, a work of art.

Ask any self-respecting torcedor (the guy/gal who rolls those glorious sticks) and you’ll find that to know cigars, you have to get out of your comfort zone. We’re talking travel here and it’s time to pack your bags. Here are 3 cigar countries that should definitely be in your itinerary:

Dominican Republic

Geographically diverse and stunningly lovely, the Dominican Republic has produced some of the world’s most beautiful and best-tasting cigars. It is economically stable and people are known for their openness, so you will feel right at home. The most famous premium cigars are produced here, making it the country to beat when it comes to tobacco growing and cigar production.

The best Dominican tobaccos are produced in two valleys: the Real (Spanish for royal) and the Cibao. Long-leaf, rich and luxurious tobacco fillers are rolled here, producing cigars from Olor Dominicano and Piloto Cubano. The latter is Cuban tobacco seed but the type and quality of the soil in the Dominican Republic has nurtured leaves to produce that distinct, unique taste that – while not as strong as Cuba’s – is full-bodied and satisfying.


Nicaragua was not always the place to be if you wanted a fulfilling smoke, but with its rich, nutritious volcanic soil it was only a matter of time before the country began producing cigars that could rival some of the world’s best. The Cuban Revolution brought some of the established cigar-growing families to Nicaragua’s Jalapa Valley, with many building facilities in Esteli. What happened after is probably something we ought to thank the revolution for.

Even with Cuban seeds, the tobacco leaves produced in Nicaragua developed a spicy taste, thanks to the unique characteristics of its soil and climate. Although Cuban cigars will probably remain the standard upon which other cigars will be judged, we have much to thank Nicaragua for producing tobacco that is taking our palate to an expanded universe, the kind that is built on unexplored flavor profiles and intensities.


Cuban cigars are revered, loved and sought-after. Others may even call them the archetype, although cigars may not have originated from this island country. Regardless, in a list of cigar countries, this is the place you want to be in if you only had one plane ticket to book. Tobacco is so important to Cuba that their histories are entwined, which is probably why Cuban cigars are held with such regard.

Cuba’s humid climate, along with its rich soil helps produce the large, luscious leaves ideal for those longed-for stogies. Cuban torcedors have been rolling cigars for so long that they have attained the perfect rhythm for planting and harvesting – critical for obtaining the best leaves. Although Cuba is the largest Caribbean island, soil found in the western region is considered the best for growing tobacco. The soil, along with the microclimate enjoyed in that area contribute to that distinctly rich, supple, flavorful Cuban taste – so good that some people would even break the law just to smuggle them into the country.

With cigars, you never really know until you’ve been there. Expand your horizon and go on a trip to experience first hand how these stogies are made. Who knows the kind of surprises you might just be glad to discover along the way?

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Partagas Cigars Rated As Second To None, Top Quality Smokes

When it comes to the famed Partagas cigars, the view fans online is nothing beats these top quality smokes. In fact, there is a wide variety of “Partagas Naturales” featured online at top cigar selling websites. There are also great special deals and special discounts when purchasing a box of these natural cigars with exquisite wrapper leaves grown in the Central West African country of Cameroon.

Another aspect of Partagas is linked to rich smoking flavor that cigar smokers say is “never harsh,” but always flavorful and easy to enjoy. Thanks to Cameroon’s sub-tropical climate these cigars are equal to its Cuban counterparts, but at nearly have the price. The famed Partagas brand became trendy back before America normalized relations with Cuba when this superb brand became popular with cigar smokers.

Partagas offers natural smoking pleasure

The great thing about enjoy the Partagas line of cigars is great value at fair pricing for the best high-quality smoke on the market today. The brand is considered “natural” and a great value when compared to other top-quality smokes that sell for double or triple what a Partagas Robusto or Extra Oscuro costs.

The line of Partagas cigars includes:

– Naturales Cameroon Rubosto
– Classico Robusto
– 1845 Rubusto Habano
– 1845 Extra Oscuro Rubsto Gordo Oscuro
– Sabrosos Cameroon Corona
– 1845 Double Corona Habano
– Black Label Gigante Sun Grown Gordo
– Black Label Maximo Toro
– Black Label Magnifico Sun Grown Toro
– Naturales Cameroon Robusto
– No. 1 Cameroon Lonsdale
– No. 2 Cameroon Corona
– Fabulosos Cameroon Churchill
– 1845 Gigante Habano
– 1845 Extra Oscuro Gigante Oscuro
– 1845 Extrra Oscuro Supremo Oscuro Gordo
– Black Label Classico Sun Grown Robusto
– Black Label Bravo Sun Grown Rothschild

In general, there are many top Partagas brands now on offer at leading cigar websites. The cigars are featured at huge discounts when purchasing either an individual cigar or a box. Meanwhile, the Partagas “cigar profile” points to a smoke that never lets cigar fans down. The brand is said to be equal or even “much better” and even more flavorful than its Cuban counterparts.

Top cigars with full-flavor

There are many ways and means to identify the famed “Partagas” cigar brand, say longtime smokers commenting online. They say that the cigars feature a nice dark color with natural leaves that always deliver “extra rich flavor.” The wrappers tend to be heavier and richer than other leading cigar brands because each cigar is made from selected leaves that are harvested after proper aging. This translates to a top smoke with full-bodied flavor that cigar fans say has “real character” and unbeatable rich smoking enjoyment that is a trade-mark of this top brand of many top-shelf cigars now featured online. The brand has been credited as the most affordable and enjoyable of all natural sun grown smokes available today.

Overall, there has never been a better time to save big on the full line of Partagas, say longtime cigar smoking fans commenting online.

Escurio Cigar Review

Davidoff is a Swiss cigar-maker, and the Escurio line of cigars is the company’s Brazil-inspired cigars. Escurio is apparently an extension of the company’s Black Label line, which also includes Davidoff Nicaragua. The cigar has its origin in or is made manually in the Cigar Davidoff factory, based in Santiago. The Escurio cigar was initially rolled out for sale in Santiago, Dominican Republic in 2015. Thereafter, the cigar line adorned stores in America, Europe and Asia as well.

Escurio Review by Michael Asimos


The cigar comes in three distinct sizes – none being more than six inches in length. The Petit Robusto (Short Robusto) is 3 ¼ inches long; Robusto Tubo measures 4 ½ inches; and Gran Toro extends a bit further, measuring at 5 ½ inches. The Gran Toro and Robusto Tubo come as 12 count boxes. 14 count boxes are allotted for the Short Coronas. Also, every size has four cigar packs.

Ingredients and Taste

At the core, the cigar is not completely Brazilian. It’s basically a blend that comprises good amount of native Brazilian flavors. An oil and dark seed Haban Ecuador wrapper is used to camouflage an extremely zesty Brazilian Cubra (the binder) that comprises Cubra and Mata Fina tobaccos from Brazil – in combination with Piloto, Olor and San Vicente tobaccos from Dominican Republic.

This luxury blend burns slowly and is extremely aromatic. The wrapper supposedly provides an earthy balance and soft creaminess to the cigar profile. The filler and binder marginally contribute to the blend’s spiciness. The Mata Fina adds to the cigar’s sweetness, while the tobaccos lend a level of “Davidoff” sophistication to the cigar.

Experience and Positives

Upon lighting the cigar, we experienced an earthy spice encompassing our palate, which however faded fairly quickly, but only to leave behind a licorice-like component. After some time, the licorice profile fades as well, only to add some cinnamon taste to the mix.

Primarily, there are two extremely impressive attributes of this cigar. First is the level of smoke produced by the cigar – even the shortest Petit Robusto is capable of giving a steam engine a tough fight. What is so great about the smoke? Unfortunately, this is an aspect that only people who’ve smoked cigars before can relate to and appreciate. Second positive feature, which is quite surprising, is how long the cigar lasts. Even the smallest variant can sustain pace close to an hour, giving more value for the money spent. Also, during use, the cigar stays fairly cool. The burn was almost perfect too.


At the end of this Escurio cigar review, we must say Davidoff has built a reputation of sorts with its cigars, and the Davidoff Escurio keeps the name intact. In short, the cigar is perfect, and the size variations are much appreciated.

The Best Non-Cuban Cigars by Michael W. Asimos

Cuban cigars are great.  They’ve got the mystique, they’ve got the flavor, and they’ve got the taboo of being not-quite-legal.  That doesn’t always mean they’re the only type of cigars worth smoking, though.  There are some fantastic non-Cubans out there, and you’re definitely shorting yourself if you don’t give them a try.  Here are five of the best non Cuban cigars on the planet, for your enjoyment:

cs-pl6.jpgPadilla Miami 8&11 Torpedo

This cigar takes everything you love about Cubans, but puts a domestic twist on the production.  This is a typically Miami cigar, with all the Cuban-emigre style rolling you’d come to expect.  The taste is fantastic, the construction’s tight and you’ll name this one among your favorites as soon as you smoke it.

Ilusione Ultra Op. No. 9

This Nicaraguan brand is big, dark and imposing.  It’s the kind of cigar that sticks around with you, and it’s definitely up there when it comes to quality.  Some of the best cigars in the world are as much about the smoking experience as they are about the taste, and the Ilusione Ultra is definitely one of the best in the world.

Cao Flathead V660

Yes, a premium flathead.  Another great North American blend, this hotrod is all about having a good time.  It’s packaged like a novelty cigar, but don’t be fooled – this blend really is for true aficionados.  This is precisely the kind of cigar you’re not going to get from a Cuban blend, and it should be celebrated by willing to go off the usual script.  If you’re looking for flavors that are going to challenge your palate, this is the cigar for you.

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This one’s a contender for the best of the best, and its’ from Nicaragua.  If there’s such thing as a professional’s cigar, this is the brand that can claim that distinction.  With a rich, almost chocolaty smoke and a sweet aftertaste, and My Father Le Bijou 1922 is the kind of cigar that most people dream about smoking.

The Edge Habano

There’s nothing fancy about this cigar.  It doesn’t come in a pretty box.  It doesn’t even have a wrapper.  What it does have, however, is fantastic tobacco.  If you’re looking for a pure smoking experience, you’ll turn to this Nicaraguan blend every time.

Dunhill Robusto Heritage

If you’re looking for a cigar that’s got taste, class, and a good bit of staying power, this is the brand for you.  It features wrappings, bindings, and tobacco from across Central America and to create a unique experience.  This is one cigar that proves that you don’t have to go to Cuba to get quality.