Posts Tagged ‘best cigars’
Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
The best cigars of 2012 are often based on those that are sold the most, and many of them feature a Maduro wrapper. This wrapper is naturally sweetened by the aging and growing processes. It has a rich tobacco taste but because of the fermentation time that is given to each leaf, which is approximately eighteen months, it tends to be rather mild. This extended amount of time also requires that the temperature at which it is stored during the maturing state is higher as well. This is the single most common factor in what is making the top of the best sellers list this year.
The sweet taste of the best cigars of 2012 seems to make them high on the winners list. The reviewers all offer their opinions about how the sticks taste, how well they burn, how well made they are, whether or not they require additional touch ups and other such defining characteristics of the smokes. They also make recommendations on whether or not they would buy this same stick again and whether or not they would recommend them to friends and family. Then they offer a rating to each stick. This rating system depends on the site. Some have a numbered ratings system while others have something a little more unique. This is how the smokes make the list of the favorites for the year.
Quality and taste are always characteristics that the top sellers on the list have in common. This is what makes or breaks a smoke and separates it from those that people rate rather low or just average.
Monday, July 30th, 2012
In instances where great, consistent quality matches up with cost efficiency, few brands are spoken of more readily than La Aurora Cigars. The mild to medium-bodied smokes offered by this brand are incredibly consistent with a premium, flavorful tobacco with only the best-aged African Cameroon leaves. Reviewers speak so highly of this product’s low maintenance and full-bodied smoke that it might be hard to believe the price at first.
The company was founded in 1903 and has since spent the time perfecting each smoke in their line. They value consistency and use only the best tobacco leaves from the Dominican Republic that are grown in the famed city of Santiago de los Caballeros. The flavor lends itself to a smooth and consistent draw that lasts until the last ash, promising a great experience. Reviews state surprise at how well the ash holds, being compact and light gray for over two inches. They also noted the incredible fragrance of the smoke that these cigars produce.
In regards to looks, these are not flashy products, but rather they speak of an understated elegance. They are pleasant in color and size, perfect for smoking outdoors or for use as an everyday choice. This is a company that knows what they are doing. Few have experienced the kind of fullness these smokes lend themselves to until the first try.
Furthermore, the mild to medium-bodied flavor make them a great choice for occasions where a trustworthy and consistent smoke is the key. La Aurora Cigars are the best sticks for a first try. Across the board, this brand’s cigar lines are said to be of incredible quality for their cost. They have been impressing new and esteemed aficionados alike for over a century.
Monday, July 2nd, 2012
La Aurora Preferidos Maduro cigars are one of the most well-loved cigars in the industry. Hand made in the Dominican Republic, these smokes are Perfecto-shaped and medium-bodied, border lining being full-bodied. They are filled with three types of tobacco: Piloto Cabano from the Dominican Republic, Bahia from Brazil, and Cameroon. Also, there are a variety of wrappers with the Corojo, Maduro, Cameroon, Connecticut, and Habano.
Out of the package, the La Aurora Preferidos Maduro cigars are said to have a nice, oily sheen. The wrappers are dark chocolate in coloring and perfectly seamed. However, there is one vein that is visible through the wrappers, making the color lighter along that edge. The smokes were noted to be firm in the hand, but spongy upon pinching. The filler is distributed evenly throughout, meaning there are no soft or hard spots. This trait in a cigar enables a nice, even burn.
Reviewers stated that the pre-light draw was said to have earthy notes with the first third having a faint peppery and woodsy flavor to it. Hints of spice, cinnamon in particular, peek out here and there. Then, during the second-third of the stick, reviewers said that the notes became stronger. As they became more aggressive, bursts of acidity become apparent to several who tried this fine stick. At this point, the smoke proved itself as a true maduro. This is also when they became more of a full-bodied experience.
The reviewers all agreed that these stogies were well-worth the money. In the last third, while reviewers thought the acidity would increase and peak, it actually slowly faded away. It created a very gentle closing that left the smoker looking forward to the next opportunity to indulge.
Monday, July 2nd, 2012
Offered as Nicaraguan puros, the Savinelli Special Selection 2005 cigars are available in five vitolas. The company that has been making pipes since the mid 1800′s decided to get into the other side of the tobacco business in the mid 1990′s. Of course it was to the delight of smokers everywhere to find out that these sticks are definitely worthy of being compared to any other great offering from many other long standing companies.
Smokers everywhere love the sweet and salty combination of chocolate and salt. The hints of cherry and pepper just make it that much more enjoyable. Of course, one of the best aspects of this particular stick is that the flavor profile stays true throughout the entire body of the smoke. What this stick lacks in complexity it makes it up for it in wonderful flavor profiles.
It is difficult to find a reviewer that did not thoroughly enjoy the Savinelli Special Selection 2005 cigars. Steeped in a lot of hype before they were released, they quickly lived up to the expectations of all. Now, they are mainstays in many discerning aficionado’s humidors.
This is the perfect smoke for those just beginning to enjoy a fine tobacco stick, or those who have been smokers for a while and have developed a palate for a particular taste and flavor profile. Because it has a solid medium bodied profile, it makes it perfect for aficionados of all levels. It is a great addition to humidors for that very reason. This smoke defies time by becoming even better as it ages, if that is possible.
Friday, June 22nd, 2012
The newest arrival on the tobacco scene is the Room 101 San Andreas cigars. It has been the talk of the industry for quite some time now and finally it has arrived. With pre-release parties over, aficionados now have the chance to sample these latest cigars for sale and then leave their reviews.
Sporting a Mexican wrapper and fillers made of criollo and corojo tobaccos, this stick was born to make the connoisseurs come back time and time again. With taste profiles like nuts, black pepper, spice, espresso, cocoa, leather, and even butter cream, there is no wonder that most of the reviews all raved about the richness of this tobacco product.
Of course taste is not the only thing that sets this one apart from the others. It will be offered in an ongoing manufactured line as opposed to being offered in small batches as most of the other offerings from this tobacco company are. This means that while it is not as under produced as other lines, its flavor profile may make it just as difficult to find.
This stick was described as being unique in many ways. It has a level of complexity that was hailed by those who tried them. The flavors that are present are bold and inviting. While it is fairly new, the reviewers are sure that the flavor profile will only deepen with maturity. They are busy stocking their humidors with a few of these Room 101 San Andreas cigars to indulge in at a later date.
Paired with a hot cup of coffee, reviewers said that this would be a very relaxing after dinner treat, or a great way to lounge around on a lazy summer evening.
Monday, April 2nd, 2012
How do smokers figure out what the best cigars are for them? What makes an exceptional stogie, exceptional? Are Cuban made sticks the only ones that are at the top of the list? Do they have to cost a lot to be the better choice? There are many answers to those questions.
First, to find the best cigars for oneself, one must take the time to try out several different types. The first step to doing this is purchasing a humidor to store one’s sticks in. This gives a person the time to enjoy each stick without the fear of them becoming stale. If they are not stored in a humidor, a stogie will lose its flavor rather quickly. A humidor will keep the flavor intact, as well as preventing it from drying out or becoming moldy. The next thing is to purchase several different bodied smokes. This endeavor will not cost very much, as a good humidor can be purchased for under one hundred dollars, and most sticks can be purchased for around $4 to $7 dollars each.
There are many companies providing exceptional stogies from different parts of the world. There are Nicaraguan, Ecuadorian, Mexican, Honduran, and Dominican Republic blends and puros to name a few. A puro means that the leaves for the binder, filler, and the wrapper are all from the same country.
Lastly, the best cigars are really a personal choice. There are so many blends, flavors, and strengths to choose from that it would be hard to even narrow down just a few sticks to start from. Everyone has a different palate when it comes to having a favorite. Cigar reviews and publications are a great place to start. Each year Cigar Aficionado magazine will give their choices of the best cigars. They take great pains to make the list as accurate and unbiased as possible. That is excellent information for novices and aficionados alike.
Monday, April 2nd, 2012
To be among the top rated cigars in national and online magazines as well as cigar reviews is an honor for any brand in the tobacco business. Doing so can lead to increased success for veteran companies and a perfect launching pad into the industry for those less known. While there are numerous industry panels judging their own listing of top rated cigars, Cigar Aficionado magazine remains a reliable leader in ranking the best cigars in the world. Many believe grading a stogie is subjective, yet this particular panel utilizes a system of detailed criteria to make their annual list. They repeatedly look at a stogie’s flavor, appearance, construction, smoking characteristics, and smoking experience as a whole to rank them out of a total 100.
From the superior creativity of Rocky Patel to the premium cigars of Alex Bradley and Padron, the rankings continuously demonstrate a collection of distinctive smokes that are sure to please any type of connoisseur. Looking at the 2011 list of top rated cigars in particular, there are a variety of producers making the grade. Well known manufacturer Habanos S.A. had a few of their creations make the cut, including the #2 ranked Partagas Serie P No.2, #8 Punch Double Corona and the #15 Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona. The latter was also included in the magazine’s 1992 listing of the all-time best stogies. The Dominican Republic born La Gloria Cubana Rabito de Chochino out of the El Credito factory placed 18th on the list. Coming in at #23 was the La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Matatan created by Tabacalera La Flor S.A. This blend of Cubano, Corojo, and Sumatra tobacco was a returning favorite as it had placed #7 in 2010.
This well known compilation of top rated cigars is one that represents consistent high quality and a distinctive superiority within the competitive tobacco industry.
Friday, March 30th, 2012
Cigar ratings are a tool by which the average smoker can evaluate new stogies, as well as the classics that continue to top the lists. This is useful information that will help a smoker choose the particular brands they might like to try. While it is largely agreed that some of the systems are rather subjective, they are still effective tools to which one can draw information. With the various cigar ratings that are available, the smoker will be able to determine which column is best aligned with their own preferences. Choosing reliable and well known rating systems and cigar reviews will help him determine which cigars he would like to try in the future.
Most cigar ratings are going to take a number of the same things under consideration, even if there are some differences. The flavor and smoking experience, as well as the characteristics of the stick are all things that will likely be evaluated in the review process. The average smoker, who only has a few favorites at the moment, might not know where to start when wanting to try other brands. If this is the case, he can rely on a very well-known system to make his selection among a few fine cigars that will suit his tastes.
One particular system of cigar ratings has four aspects, and allots a total of one hundred possible points. The points are not evenly distributed into quarters. Something like the appearance will be worth slightly less points while the overall experience will be worth slightly more. This is an excellent way to compare the various flavor profiles and discover new brands that may not have been previously considered.
Friday, March 30th, 2012
Producers and manufacturers all agree that because of the tobaccos used, Dominican cigars are the best. There is something about the richness of the soil and the hardiness of the people who tend the fields that turns the tobacco into something spectacular. Perhaps it is the fact that the seed is derived from the tobacco fields of Cuba.
The reason behind this it is that so long ago, people began to immigrate to the country with all of their worldly possessions and something more; their heritage. This heritage included the principles and the experience they had from all the hard work of being in the tobacco fields. Generations of expertise were handed down from father to son, and they carried this knowledge with them to their new country.
Many different companies including Montecristo and Ashton are proud to report that they offer tobacco products such as Dominican cigars in their inventory. The rich countryside just outside of Santiago is the place where most of the splendid tobacco is grown. It is a region that is not large in square miles. Even though much of the country is definitely able to be farmed, it is this region that remains the sole area where key manufacturers grow and cultivate their tobacco products.
Aficionados will be quick to say that any smoke that includes blends from this country is sure to please. Dominican cigars offer a different type of taste notes that are just not found in those from other regions. While many of the makers of these products use blends from other countries, it is the inclusion of tobaccos from the Republic that make the great Dominican cigars. It is the mystery of the soil that produces the best cigars in the world that continue to wow the connoisseurs.
Wednesday, March 28th, 2012
The British soldiers love for the local Indian tobacco gave this cigar its name, the Gurkha Titan. The company is known for the way it only uses binders, fillers, and wrappers that are aged for half a decade. This makes the blend of tobacco very unique and highly sought after. While the company began in India, it was later purchased, and eventually moved to the Dominican Republic. It finally settled once and for all in Honduras.
Those in the industry behold the Gurkha Titan as being one of the best cigars in the world. Reviewers rave about the great flavor and taste, as well as the aroma that is produced by these cigars. Flavors that are detected include leather, pepper, spice, sweetness, coffee, cherry, grass, herbs, anise, and even floral notes. While some reviewers reported a few of these and others reported more, it is clear that these flavors come through to the most discerning and talented palates.
There are those that will admit that they will only smoke the Gurkha Titan and other lines from this company. Reviewers continue to give this a high cigar rating between eighty-eight and ninety-two. This is a favorable and high rating that would be the envy of many other tobacco producers.
This is the choice for those who like a complex cigar that is a medium to full body offering. The Gurkha Titan is definitely one to fit that bill. The aroma is just as tantalizing as the flavors and taste profile. The smoke is delightful, and the draw is easy and smooth. This is one cigar for sale that every aficionado should try and keep in their humidor.