Millennials are drinking more wine than ever before. It is about time the younger generation began to appreciate the sophistication, craftsmanship and pride that goes into crafting a superb bottle of wine. As the popularity of the magic grape grows, cigar aficionados are going to begin to experiment with different wine and cigar pairings. While the pairings aren't as straight forward as lets say whiskey or even coffee, there are some fantastic wines out there that pair up perfectly with your favorite cigars.

                                                                        Sangiovese Chianti & Foundation Wise Man Maduro

 You won't find an Italian restaurant that isn't stocked with Chianti. It is the most popular Italian red wine and created the mythos behind Tuscan wine. Chianti is technically a blend, but Sangiovese grapes are used in nearly every iteration. It is classified into do different varieties. A chianti is great affordable flavorful wine. A chianti Classico is slightly more refined and comes from select vineyards in Italy. Overall they are known to be fuller bodied, dry wines with notes of earth, pepper, spice and even slight notes of tobacco. We chose the new Wise Man Maduro from Nick Mellilo and his Foundation team for this pairing. This bold medium to full body has notes of sweet spice and pepper while is maduro wrapper gives it hints of rich leather, earth and cocoa. This pairing is best enjoyed after a nice Italian meal, particularly one using rich tomato sauce.

                                                                                Zinfandel & Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder

 Zinfandel is likely the most sold red wine in the US. While its fame stems from the California variety, it is said that the grape was first grown in Croatia, which shares a similar climate to Italy. A good zinfandel is powerful, spice and fruity. You'll taste heavy notes of raspberry's and dark cherry's, followed by a spicy and sweet finish. A finely aged Zinfandel can really make your night even more spectacular. We chose another new cigar for this pairing, lighting up the Jacobs Ladder from Southern Draw. This powerful heavy smoke uses a jet black wrapper and emits a bold profile and aroma. Hints of dark fruit, chocolate and a heavy spice change with every puff, keeping your palate on its toes. This is best enjoyed after a heavy meal, such as a fine steak.

                                                                                           Chardonnay & Macanudo Café

 While most cigar smokers tend to favor a fuller bodied red, a white wine could pair just as well. Chardonnay seems to be the go to for fans of crisp, clean white wine. While the grape originated in the south of France, it is now grown over all over the world, notably New Zealand and Napa Valley. It is known for its crisp, clean smooth flavor, with notes of light fruity sweetness such as green apple. Chardonnay is also the base for most of the worlds sparkling wine, including the Italian Franciacorta. For a cigar, you are going to want to go with something more mellow and smooth. A Macanudo Café is a classy smoke, with a smooth Connecticut wrapper that gives in light hints of nuts, cream and a dash of vanilla. This is a great pairing on a warm spring day and goes well after a meal of fish or a white meat such as roast chicken.

                                                                                                   Syrah & Caldwell The T

 Syrah is a unique, dark skinned grape that produces some flavorful red wines. It is primarily grown in southern France, but can also be found in Australia, Crete, South Africa and California. Although its flavor profile depends on the climate it is grown in, it is usually a medium to full body red with a higher tannin level. This creates a profile of dark fruit, earth and leather. Due to its acidity, it has great aging potential, with some aged bottles going for a very high price. Syrah is not for the everyday wine drinker, but more for the seasoned connoisseur who knows what they are looking for. For the Syrah, we chose yet another new cigar, this time going with The T, a collaboration between Robert Caldwell, Matt Booth, and AJ Fernandez. This Nicaraguan Puro uses a dark brown wrapper and offers up great notes of dark chocolate, black cherry, earth and leather. This is darker, richer pairing and may go well of a rich heavy meal.

                                                                                Chateau Haut-Brion & L'Atelier La Mission

 When it came to searching for our last pairing, we didn't need to do an incredible amount of research. We knew exactly what we were going to drink and the right cigar to pair with it. This is a wine most have probably never heard of, yet it holds a special place in the cigar community. It is grown only in Pessac, France which is located just outside of Boudreaux. It is a fuller bodied red that offers distinct aromas of dark chocolate, tobacco, cedar and red fruit. We specifically chose the Chateau La Mission Haut-Brion, and if you're a Pete Johnson you know why. Two years ago, L'Atelier Imports released its highest rated line to date, the La Mission. Pete, a well-known wine connoisseur, named this cigar specifically after this vineyard. A San Andres wrapper covers aged Nicaraguan filler giving this rich smoke a dark profile with hints of cedar, chocolate and raisins. This is quite the fancy pairing, a tad expensive but worth the money.

Coffee has become more than just a part of our morning ritual. It has taken on almost a spiritual role in our lives. It is the magic juice that makes us functional and keeps us from just quitting everything. Your coffee experience can even be elevated by pairing it with a fine cigar. Cigars and coffee are a natural pair, due to most cigar tobacco emitting a slight coffee aroma and taste. Many darker wrappers, such as Connecticut Broadleaf, contain the same rich, bold taste as your favorite coffees. After hours of grueling research, Serious Cigars was able to craft a list of some of the best coffee and cigar pairings.

                                                                                Espresso & Foundation Tabernacle

 For an Italian, there is nothing more important in your day than your espresso. Well, wine and food are up there, but espresso is the fuel that keeps us going day after day. For those of you who are necessarily coffee buffs, lets explain what espresso is. Contrary to popular belief, espresso is not a type of coffee bean, rather a process. Around the world, a large variety of beans are used, while in Italy they prefer a dark roast. Espresso is made by forcing extremely hot water through finely ground coffee. The result is a powerful, rich "shot" of espresso. Its caffeine count is higher than your regular cup because of its smaller size and concentration. After using our very fancy espresso machine, we found that the Foundation Tabernacle pairs perfectly with a double shot of dark espresso. The dark wrapper and strong Nicaraguan tobaccos pair exceptionally well with the power and aroma of the espresso. This pair will surely wake you up in the morning.

                                                                                    Macchiato & Montecristo White

 With the exception of the last coffee, all of these other beverages are espresso based. That means the process of making espresso forms the base of each drink. The Macchiato, while originally hailing from Italy, has seen an increase in popularity over the past few years in the US. A macchiato is two shots of espresso in a cup followed by a drop of steamed milk and a dash of foam on top. The result is a flavorful rich coffee that comes out creamy, smooth, and sweet due to the milk. For those of you who need the pick-up of espresso but are looking for something more mellow and creamy, a macchiato is a perfect treat. When drinking the macchiato, and the words creamy and smooth bouncing around, we found that the Montecristo White was an excellent match. Its Connecticut wrapper and aged Dominican filler and binder give it a mellow body, with a smooth aroma and notes of cream, vanilla, and cedar.

                                                                        Cappuccino & The Crowned Heads Le Careme

 Cappuccino is one of the more popular after dinner coffees, especially after a fine meal. In reality, the cappuccino is essentially the same as the macchiato, however it uses a great amount of milk, foam and can be then covered with cinnamon or chocolate. This results in an exceptionally creamy smoke, with the notes of cinnamon adding a delicious sweet spice. When it comes to a cigar pairing, the only thing that made sense was the Le Careme by The Crowned Heads. It takes its name from an 18th century French chef who is said to be one of the founders of modern, high art cuisine. Its dark maduro wrapper gives it a beautiful combination of sweet, creamy and rich while its filler gives it a nice hint of nuts and cinnamon.

                                                                                    Mocha & Ashton Aged Maduro

 Mocha is not something people will generally order at their local Dunkin, however the concept of mocha has seen rise in flavorings and desserts. Mocha is a blend of a creamy cappuccino and some hot chocolate. This gives you a creamy and sweet beverage, but the chocolate combines with the espresso to keep it dark and rich. This was one of the easiest pairings we have ever had to try. The first and only choice was the Ashton Aged Maduro. It is a mellow smoke with a dark broadleaf wrapper. In typical Fuente fashion, the wrapper gives off a rich, sweetness mimicking in many aspects the flavor you get from a cup of Mocha. While this isn't suggested for an everyday, a nice mocha with a cigar every once in a while can be a very satisfying treat.

                                                                    Americana & RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII

 This is the only coffee on hear that is not espresso based. Americana coffee comes in two different varieties. In the US, Americans typically use drip coffee, which is exactly as it sounds. It is still flavorful, but is made more for adding milk, cream and sugar then for drinking on its own. In Italy, asking for an American coffee will get you 2/3 of hot water in a cup followed by one shot of espresso. The typical American coffee is a medium roast, usually with cream and or sugar. This creates a balanced, slightly sweet and slightly creamy blend. For this pairing, we looked for balance and we found it in the RoMa Craft Intemperance EC XVIII. The EC stands for Ecuadorian Connecticut which is a strand of the legendary Connecticut shade. It is creamy and mellow but with a touch of body from the Nicaraguan blend. Well balanced and great in the morning, this is a great pair to get your day started.

 Since the dawn of time, which in the cigar world is about 250 years, these beautiful gems of tobacco have been categorized by their strength. For those of you who are relatively new to the cigar community, we need to make a quick distinction. Cigar strength and cigar flavor are two different concepts. The flavor profile are the different tastes your tongue experiences while smoking a cigar. The strength is the amount of nicotine in the cigar and the impact it has on you. While some full flavored cigars are often called full body, it is possibly to have a mellow cigar that still has lot of flavor too it. Full bodied cigars were created for the aficionado who wanted that extra power ad head rush. While full bodied cigars have been around for a number of years, it is only in the past few that their popularity has increased substantially. The list below, like all of our top 10 lists, is subjective and based upon a variety of factors including ratings, sales, and personal preference.

                                                                                            My Father Le Bijou

 Don Pepin is well known for creating some of the strongest cigars in Nicaragua, which certainly can be seen in this literal gem. The Le Bijou was created by Pepin as in honor of his late father and uses a particularly strong yet luxurious blend of tobaccos. It creates a wonderfully complex profile with strong dark chocolate notes along with a subtle yet apparent spice. The burn remains even from start to finish and the smoke output is one of the best you'll ever find. It is considered one of the finest cigars ever rolled in Nicaragua and was named the #1 cigar of the year in 2015 where it received a 97 rating. It is unusual for a cigar this strong to be ranked that high, but one puff from the Le Bijou and it makes sense.

                                                                                        Alec Bradley Prensado

 Honduran cigars are well known for their strength and dark earthy tones. Honduran tobacco is tricky to get right in a premium blend, and in our opinion only a few companies excel at using it. Alec Bradley is one of the best among them. With a solid resume of full body cigars including the Black Market and Tempus, Alec Bradley had established a reputation for making top of the line strong Hondurans. However, it was with the Prensado that they became legends among the industry. It is a tapestry of rich flavors including earth, leather and cedar, with a smooth creamy aroma. It is to date the only Honduran cigar ever named the #1 cigar of the year, and that is quite an accomplishment.

                                                                                               Padron 1964

 There are few Top 10 lists that don't include a Padron. For this particular selection, the Serious Cigar team chose the Padron 1964. While all of the Padrons, including the original line and Family Series can be classified as full body, it is the 1964 edition that combines its luxurious, elegant qualities with almost unbridled power. It is a Nicaraguan puro using only the finest aged tobaccos. Spice and pepper combines with hints of leather and cedar for a complex and refined profile. The Padron 1964 has been rated in the 90s for each one of its reviews, going back a decade. That kind of consistency is rare in a fuller bodied cigar and truly speaks to the quality and craftsmanship of the Padron brand.

                                                                                               Ashton VSG

 While the Ashton VSG wasn't necessarily the first full bodied cigar, it was the first to establish itself among the cigar elite. The Ashton VSG was one of the first so called super premiums. It garnered a high price but even higher ratings. It is rolled at the Fuente factory using aged Dominican tobaccos and a sun grown Ecuadorian wrapper. You would be hard pressed to find a better cigar that's equal parts strong and smooth. The Ashton VSG has been name dot the Top 25 list several times and continues be among the world's highest rated cigars. They are a regular rotation for the Serious cigars team and will remain so for many years to come.

                                                                                          Liga Privada No.9

 For years, Drew Estate was seen as king of the infused cigars. Some viewed them as little more then a fad, with their punk graffiti artwork and ridiculous names. However, Jonathan Drew and his team have proven that they are a forced to be reckoned with. They not only have an almost monopoly on high end infused cigars, they are responsible for one of the best full bodied cigars ever created. With Jonathan leading the creative team, Steve Saka presiding over the business and Nick Melillo in the blend lab, they came together and created the Liga Privada No.9. This Broadleaf wrapped beauty is rich in chocolate and packed with notes of black pepper. It has appeared on several best of lists and was responsible for the resurgence in broadleaf tobacco. Liga Privada took Drew Estate from great cigar company to industry legend almost overnight.

                                                                            RoMaCraft CroMagnon Aquitaine

 Many popular, boutique cigar companies garner dedicated fan bases. Fuente, Drew Estate, and Tatuaje have legions of followers who will buy each limited edition and travel to attend as many events as possible. These followings were built up over the course of many years, yet with RoMa Craft the following seems to have sprung up overnight. The Weasels as the call themselves are dedicated to the brand and rightfully so. Take The CroMagnon Aquitaine for example. It is a powerhouse with zesty Nicaraguan tobaccos and a luscious Ecuadorian wrapper. Join the Weasels and indulge your sense with the powerful RoMa craft CroMagnon Aquitaine.

                                                                       Davidoff Winston Churchill Late Hour

 We have always been big Davidoff fans here at Serious Cigars. Even their more mellow lines have always been full flavored and the white label Winston Churchill was as fantastic a cigar as you could ask for. It was promised that the Winston Churchill Late Hour would be the strongest Davidoff released yet, and they delivered. It was actually surprising how strong this cigar was, yet it was still able to maintain the signature luxurious smoothness that has come to define the Davidoff name. It is expertly crafted with Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos followed by a dark San Andres binder and a lush Ecuadorian wrapper. Each puff delivers intense notes of espresso, dark chocolate, leather and spice. The smoke output is intense, so make sure to smoke this in an open room.

                                                                                  Foundation Tabernacle

 Nick Melillo has established himself as one of the finest blenders to ever come out of the US. Born and raised in Connecticut, Nick grew up around Connecticut tobacco. He took that knowledge with him to Drew Estate where he developed the Liga Privada No.9 which utilizes Connecticut Broadleaf tobacco. When he ventured out on his own and created Foundation Cigars, we were waiting eagerly for his first Broadleaf release. With the Tabernacle, we got to experience Nick at his most pure. It is a solid full body cigar using only select Nicaraguan tobaccos. Its broadleaf wrapper is pristine and burns even all the way down. In terms of flavor, construction and craftsmanship, this is one of the finest full body cigars we've had the pleasure of trying.

                                                                        La Flor Dominican Double Ligero

 La Flor Dominican is the renowned king of full body Dominican cigars. Each blend delivers something different in terms of profile, but there are two qualities that never change. They are strong and they are good. That sounds like an oversimplification, but its true. A fan favorite of the Serious cigars team is the Double Ligero. Ligero, as many of you know, is the top of the cigar plant. By being exposed to the most sunlight, it gives ligero added oils and power. The Double Ligero uses this tobacco for the filler and the binder, creating a symphony of full bodied flavor. This is what we classify as a sit down cigar, so tread lightly.

                                                                                        Oliva V Melanio

 When first lighting up a Serie V Melanio, you may notice it is not as strong as the regular V. However, as you inch towards the middle of the cigar, the strength hits you out of nowhere. However, even as the strength increases, the profile doesn't become harsher or brasher in anyway. You just begin to feel the power while enjoying the pleasant notes of spice, pepper and nuts. One of the highest rated Olivas ever created and a #1 Cigar of the year, so you know it's a must have.

Time for another Top 10 list, this time we are diving into the dark world of maduro wrapped cigars. For those of you who don't know, a maduro is a cigar wrapper that been through a longer and more intense fermentation process. This causes sugars to excrete from the leaf and turn the cigar dark brown or even sometimes black. The result is a rich and hearty flavor, usually with dark chocolate and coffee notes as well as above average smoke production. While they have been around for a number of years, the last decade or so has really seen a rise in the use of maduro wrappers, particularly grown in Connecticut. This list represents a combination of high ratings, popularity, and how well they sell. As always, there is personal preference involved, so if you feel a cigar should have made this list, we would love to hear from you.

                                                                                            Arturo Fuente Anejo

 In the minds of many, Fuente reigns supreme in the use of maduro wrappers, particularly Connecticut broadleaf. Among their resume, rests the work renowned Anejo. This premium smoke uses the same filler and binder as the Opus X, but is then wrapped in aged Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. The wrapper itself has been aged in Cognac barrels, giving it an extra bit of sweetness. It is regarded as one of the best maduro cigars in the world, receiving a 93 rating from Halfwheel and a 90 from Cigar Aficionado.

                                                                                            My Father Le Bijou

 This is one of the few rare times that the sequel is equal to the original. After Jamie Garcia crafted the original My Father, Don Pepin decided to crafter a cigar in honor of his as well. The Le Bijou is a remarkable smoke, with a dark oscuro wrapper. It is bursting with notes of sweet coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, and rich leather. The My Father Le Bijou received a 97 rating and was named the #1 Cigar of the Year by Cigar Aficionado in 2015.

                                                                                               Partagas Black

 The name says it all… this cigar is jet black. The Partagas Black Series is as strong and bold as they come. Its unique wrapper uses a rare medio tiempo leaf, which is the top of the cigar plant. By getting the most sunlight, it creates even more flavor and spice. After the fermentation process, it creates an intense combination of flavors with notes of chocolate and black coffee combining with hints of pepper and sweet spice. This is not a morning cigar, this is a sit down and enjoy with a drink cigar.

                                                                                           Padron 1926 Maduro

 This is one of two cigars to appear on multiple of our Top 10 lists. If you've ever smoked a Padron 1926 maduro, you can see why. IT is as close to perfect as you can get. Its tobacco is aged for over 4 years and its Nicaraguan maduro wrapper is pristine both in appearance and quality. Each puff delivers clouds of rich and zesty smoke, with a nice chocolate undertone. This cigar was named twice to the Top 25 cigars of the year, including the #1 spot.

                                                                                            Liga Privada No. 9

 While Arturo Fuente has always been one of the highest rated manufacturers using Connecticut broadleaf, it was the Liga Privada No.9 that made it as popular as it is. This was the cigar that turned Drew Estate from popular to legendary. It is full body, sweet, peppery and smoky. It was the brainchild of two of the finest blenders in the world, Steve Saka and Nick Melillo. Both of these gentleman have gone on to start their own companies, both with broadleaf cigars that have received critical acclaim. This 94 rated stud is where it all started.

                                                                                        RoMa Craft CroMagnon

 Yet another cigar that has been placed on multiple Top 10 lists for Serious Cigars, the RoMa Craft CroMagnon is one of the finest maduro cigars on the market today. Its bold and flavorful and will fill the room with a thick cloud of rick smoke. Its ash is solid and white, which can be attributed to its aged tobacco and near perfect construction. The CroMagnon was given a 93 rating and named #15 cigar of the year by Cigar Aficionado.

                                                                                       Camacho Triple Maduro

 If you are a fan of maduro cigars, then the Camacho Triple maduro must be at the top of your "must smoke" list. It was the first cigar to use maduro tobacco for the filler, binder, and wrapper. The result is a strong, hearty and juicy smoke. Each puff delivers intense notes of dark chocolate, earth, leather and spice. The Camacho Triple Maduro produces more smoke than any other cigar I have ever smoked. We could not have a best maduro cigars list without it.

                                                                                        Foundation Tabernacle

 We couldn't include a list of best maduro cigars without including the great Nick Melillo. It could be said he is responsible for the resurgence of the Connecticut broadleaf wrapper. His work with Drew Estate brought us the Liga Privada line and the Unico series. When he started his own company, fans waited for the release of his first maduro, and Nick did not disappoint. The Tabernacle, which is an intriguing historical back story, uses an oily broadleaf wrapper that is visually perfect. IT has notes of black cherry, leather and an underlying sweetness that brings it all together. Everything Nick has done has been rated in the 90s, and the tabernacle is no exception.

                                                                                                Mi Querida

 Steve Saka's Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust has only be around for about 3 years and in that time has already established itself as one of the premier cigar company's in the industry. The Mi Querida was particularly special because it brought Steve back together with the tobacco is best known for, Connecticut Broadleaf. It is jet black and oily, offering up notes of espresso, caramel, cedar, and a sweet spice. I don't remember the last time I saw a cigar burn so well. Halfwheel saw fit to grant this beautiful smoke a 90 rating, so make sure to try it out.

                                                                                            CAO Flathead V660

 Under the leadership of Ricky Rodriguez, CAO has grown exponentially in the past few years. The Amazon Basin became incredibly popular basically overnight and the CAO Consigliere is enjoying a large fan base. With the CAO Flathead series, they went retro and mechanical. The V660 is a rich and bold box press smoke that has all the power of the engine its honoring. This beauty received a 95 rating from cigar aficionado and was listed as the #3 cigar of the year.

    Since the Cuban Embargo, no country has had as much impact on the cigar industry as the Dominican Republic. It was the destination of choice for many former manufacturers and roller fleeing the Cuban regime and remains the country with the most best-selling cigars in the United States. Narrowing it down to the top 10 best was not an easy task, and like any other Top list is subjective. As with our other Top lists the cigars were ranked by combining how well they sell, customer ratings, publication reviews and personal preference. Let us know which Dominican cigars you felt should have made the list

                                                                                              Opus X Lost City

    If the Opus X is the Rolls Royce of the cigar world, then the Lost City is the 1967 Mustang Shelby GT 500. It is more powerful, yet refined and exceedingly rare. Named after the Andy Garcia movie that was shot on location a t Chateau Fuente, the Lost City is crafted with a special crop of tobacco that was grown off season. Its dark wrapper adds a richer, raisin taste to it. It doesn't have the unbridle popularity as the original Opus X, but is just as luxurious and in some peoples minds even more flavor. This rare gem received a 93 rating from Cigar Aficionado and is available right here at Serious Cigars.

                                                                             La Flor Dominican Double Ligero Chisel

 The Double Ligero Chisel is the perfect combination of unhinged power, luxury and originality. Its unique shape has turned it into a fan favorite, especially considering it offers a particularly beautiful draw. It comes available in two different wrappers, both of which were named in the Top 25 cigars of the year. The maduro is a favorite of us here at Serious Cigars due to its oily exterior, rich flavor and ungodly amount of smoke. This is definitely a sit down and relax cigar.

                                                                                               Montecristo Classic

 There is not a more well-known cigar brand in the world then Montecristo. Following the embargo, the Dominican version has established itself as the cigar of choice for the upper echelon. The Montecristo Classic is smooth, elegant and flavorful. It amongst the best-selling cigars in the country and can be found on every cigar shops shelves. The Montecristo Classic was given a 91 rating by Cigar Aficionado and is available every day at Serious Cigars.

                                                                                                 Ashton Symmetry

 This one may cause a bit of controversy because there is some Nicaraguan filler tobacco in there. However, this cigar uses Dominican fillers, a Dominican binder, is rolled in a Dominican factory by one of the biggest Dominican manufacturers. The Ashton Symmetry was hailed as one of the best cigars of the year before it was even released. Its ratings are consistently in the mid to high 90s and was name don the 2017 Top 25 list at #6. This 96 rated beauty combines a dash of Nicaraguan flavor, with the signature Ashton smoothness and elegance.

                                                                                             La Gloria Cubana Serie R

 Who here hasn't had a La Gloria Serie R. Along with the Partagas Black, they are among the most popular full bodied Dominican cigars ever created. They are power incarnate. This is a great starter for the new smoker who wants to try something with a little kick to it. It has pepper, sweetness and a rich nutty undertone. Cigar Aficionado saw fit to give this a 92 rating and it is one of our best-selling cigars, so even more reason to try it.

                                                                                             Davidoff Winston Churchill

 Deciding which Davidoff would make the list was quite tricky. The team at Serious Cigars has yet to smoke a bad one. Being as they are among the elite of the cigar industry, their price makes them harder for the general populace to buy. However, the Winston Churchill has become one of their top sellers and a fan favorite. They are one of the stronger Davidoff releases, yet still maintain a medium to full body. Hints of nuts, leather, a dash of spice and a little vanilla create a complex profile that anyone would love. The Davidoff Winston Churchill received a 90 rating from Cigar Aficionado and a 91 from Halfwheel.

                                                                                                    La Palina Classic

 While La Palinas origins begin in the early 20th century, it is their revitalization over the past few years that have made them into a top selling Dominican smoke. The La Palina Classic line is simply a great cigar. There is no gimmick or crazy back story, just finely aged tobacco aged properly and rolled superbly. With a 91 rating from Cigar Aficionado and a spot on our best-selling cigar list, there is no reason to not smoke the La Palina Classic.

                                                                                                     Headley Grange

 When the team at The Crowned Heads was looking to develop a new blend, they said they wanted a cigar that tastes like the drum solo from the famed Led Zeppelin song "When the Levees Break". After working with EP Carrillo and finding their perfect blend, they named it Headley Grange, after the recording studio the band used to record their most famous hits. It remains not only one of their best-selling cigars, but one of their highest rated, garnering a 90 rating from Cigar Aficionado and a 90 from Halfwheel.

                                                                                            Joel Sherman 75th Anniversary

 Nat Sherman has always been known for their reliability and solid blends. Recently, however, they have been experimenting with new sizes and new tobacco varieties. This has lead to a revitalization of the brand and several new cigars with 90+ ratings. The Joel Sherman 75th Anniversary was rolled to commemorate the origins of the brand. This long, lancer size uses special aged Dominican tobaccos along with a stunning Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. This blend keeps it mellow to medium but complex. HalfWheel saw fit to give this illustrious smoke a much deserved 90 rating.

                                                                                                           Hit and Run

 This is not only one of the most hyped cigars of 2017, but also one of its best. The Hit and Run saw the return of Matt Booth to the cigar industry, teaming up with his dear friend Robert Caldwell. The Hit and Run combines smooth nutty flavor with a zesty and juicy wrapper. It received an 88 rating from Halfwheel and was named on several Best of the Year lists. If this is what we can expect from a Booth Caldwell collaboration, Serious Cigars is very excited.

Let's face it, not everyone can afford to stock their humidor with the most expensive releases. Sometimes, a larger price tag doesn't even quantitate into a better cigar. I have had amazing cigars that were $50 each and $5 each. It comes down to what you enjoy. Serious Cigars is known for its massive inventory and for having any cigar for every profile. If you are looking for the best bang for your buck, look no further then these 10 Best Value cigars.

                                                                                                  Flor de Oliva

 This is one of two Olivas that have made this list. Oliva is known as one of the most reliable premium cigars on the market. While the Oliva Serie V and the Melanio garner much of the attention due to their 90+ ratings, the Flor de Oliva are one of their best sellers. This bundled smoke combines Olivas signature quality and craftsmanship with affordability. These make a great everyday smoke for someone who can appreciate a solid Nicaraguan cigar.


 The Quorum is one of the best selling bundles on Serious Cigars. They are hand crafted in the new JC Newman Factory, built in the heart of Esteli, Nicaragua. These cigars have the quality of a Diamond Crown with the price of a bundled cigar. The Quorum comes available in a Sun grown wrapper, a shade grown wrapper and a maduro wrapper, so its dealers choice. The Quorum remains one of the best value cigars in the industry.

                                                                                        Curivari Buenaventura

 The Buenaventura is not only and affordable cigar, it also had the honor of being named to the Top 25 Cigars of the year. Curivari has done a great job establishing themselves as a premier company over the last few years. The Buenaventura is a full, Nicaraguan puro that is hand rolled with finely aged tobacco. After lighting up this 94 rated beauty, you wont believe they retail for just under $5 a cigar. Check out the entire Curivari line right here.

                                                                                                    Oliva O

 Oliva has yet again graced us with its presence, and for good reason. For under $5, you can smoke one a 90+ rated cigar from one of the most reputable companies on the market. The Oliva Serie O uses a sun grown Habano wrapper combined with some of Nicaragua's finest aged tobaccos. The result is a medium body, complex smoke that just about anyone could afford.

                                                                              PEREZ CARRILLO LA HISTORIA

 This goes to show you that you don't need a high price tag in order to have a high end, premium cigar. The EP Carrillo La Historia is the third smoke on the value cigar list that has been named to the Top 25 cigars of the year. This bold, rich smoke takes inspiration from Ernesto's own family, making it all the more special to him. A dark Mexican maduro wrapper cloaks Dominican tobaccos to create a complex smoke with notes of chocolate, spice and a dash of pepper. On top of that, they will only run you around $7 each, so quite the bargain.

                                                                                   Arturo Fuente 858 maduro

 The Serious Cigars team smokes countless cigars a day for reviews, articles and just to enjoy. The cigars vary day to day, except for our morning cigar. When we walk in, the cigar we most often reach for is the Arturo Fuente 858 maduro. It is mellow, smooth, rich and affordable. It is rolled at the famed Chaetau Fuente using Dominican filler and binder and a rich Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. It is the perfect morning cigar, especially with a rich and creamy cup of coffee. If you can start your morning perfectly for $5, would you?

                                                                                               Tatuaje Tattoo

 I'm sure you are just as surprised as we are that a Tatuaje ended up on this list. Especially since the box cost is around $270. However, did you know that that box comes with 50 cigars? If you are looking to stock up on a delicious Nicaraguan cigar for the long haul, you need to go with the Tattoo. It is spicy, rich bold and affordable. If you think 50 is too many to smoke right now, you can set some aside in your humidor, seeing as the oily wrapper allows them to age remarkably well.

                                                                                       Joya de Nicaragua Antano

 For many of us here at Serious cigars, and many cigar smokers in general, the Joya de Nicaragua was their first box purchase. It is one of the finest full bodied cigars on the market and set the stage for powerful, premium Nicaraguan smokes. In terms of legendary Nicaraguan cigars, Joya is right up there with Padron. The Antano is about as strong as them come, but with a smooth aroma and subtle flavor changes. The Consul size remains a fan favorite, and box of 20 still retails for $100, so get at it!

                                                                                                 Perdomo Fresco

 Nick Perdomo has the reputation as one of the most intelligent and reliable manufacturer in Nicaragua today. He uses advanced technology in the growing process and makes sure his cigars go throw multiple levels of quality control to ensure perfection. While the Perdomo Fresco may be one of his cheapest cigars in terms of price, it is immensely popular and an all-around great smoke. Like many of Nicks line, the Fresco cigars come in a sun grown, maduro, and natural version, giving you the option to find that perfect profile.


 The Uncharted may not be the most well known cigars, but it should be. This is a select, private label made by the legendary AJ Fernandez. In our opinion, it is one of the finest cigars to every come out of AJ's factory. It uses a special Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that is so oily, it glimmers in the sunlight. It has a wonderfully complex profile with notes of chocolate, spice, pepper and caramel. The beauty of these cigars is that they retail for under $90 a box. That is an everyday price for a special occasion cigar.

So, I will state that this list is very subjective. It is based on an amalgam of factors such as ratings, sales, popularity and personal preference. Any best cigars list is always open to interpretation, but this is great starting point for people new to the cigar community or for someone looking to try cigars outside of their comfort zone. The Nicaraguan cigar industry has been booming the last decade and is responsible for some of the highest rated cigars we have seen, so narrowing it down to 10 was no easy task. Let us know what you think of our list and comment any additional Nicaraguans you feel should be on the list!

                                                                                                Padron 1926

 One of the most storied brands in the cigar industry Padron is the premium cigar of choice from Nicaragua. Unlike other high end expensive cigars, Padrons sell incredibly well, making it the rare combination of high ratings and high selling rate. The Padron 1926 is aged more than 5 years giving it a smooth yet robust aroma and a zesty, rich profile. It was named the #1 cigar of the year in 2007 and then #2 in 2017. Over a 10 year period, it was still ranked among the best cigars on the market which shows extraordinary consistency. They are available in both a maduro an natural version, which ever you prefer.

                                                                                                Oliva Serie V

 The Oliva Serie V is a combination of smooth luxury with raw power. While most highly rated cigars sit in the medium, maybe medium to full range, the Oliva Serie V is a straight full bodied powerhouse. Similar to the Padron, the Oliva V is known for its consistency, placing in the Top 25 Cigars of the year 3 times over the past decade. Its oily wrapper and aged Nicaraguan filler and binder offer up heavy notes of pepper, cedar and a sweet spice towards the end.

                                                                                    Liga Privada Unico UF 13

 While the Acid line made Drew Estate a household name, it was the Liga Privada line that made them legendary. While the No.9 and the T52 have always ranked high, the UF-13 is one of the fines products not just out of Drew Estate, but out of the whole nation of Nicaragua. The UF13 was reviewed twice by Halfwheel and both times received an almost unprecedented 95 rating. They are bold, yet elegant with rich notes of dark chocolate, espresso and a slight rich sweetness. While we do have them in stock, they are on the more rare side, so make sure to check them out before its too late.

                                                                                    Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder

 To the average cigar smoker, they may have not yet heard of Southern Draw, yet to the aficionado, this brand has become a new favorite. While they have been slowly building up their repertoire over the past few years, the release of the Jacobs Ladder in 2017 sky rocketed them to the top of the charts. It is one of the strongest cigars I have ever smoked, yet each flavor note is balanced and plays a certain role. The Jacobs Ladder was rated the #1 Cigar of the Year by Toasted Foot, #2 by HalfWheels Yearly Consensus, and #4 by Cigar Dojo. That is quite a resume if I do say so myself.

                                                                                              Flor de Las Antilles

 What can we say about the Flor de Las Antilles that hasn't been said time and time again. It is the epitome of the bold and the beautiful. A Solid medium to full bodied with zesty flavor and rich, subtle undertones. Within a few months of its release, it was named #1 Cigar of the Year and was given a 96 rating by Cigar Aficionado. Within a day of this announcement, stores around the country started to sell out. Its combination of quality, flavor, reliability and price has made it among the best-selling Nicaraguans ever since.

                                                                                               Espinosa Laranja

 From the moment he finished this blend, Erik Espinosa knew he had a winner on his hands. The Laranja has become his signature blend, with its unique combination of tobaccos, strange named, and retro color scheme. Its orange zesty stems from its stunning Brazilian wrapper, which is also where we get the name of the cigar. It was released in 2015 and was immediately put on the Top 25 Cigars of the Year list, landing at #13 while receiving a 94 rating. While many highly rated cigars tend to be hard to find, the beauty of the Laranja is its availability.

                                                                                                      Padron 85

 We couldn't make this list without including a Padron Family Reserve. While they are all up there in terms of ratings, we went with the Padron 85 year because it is also one of the best-selling of the Padron line, even with its higher price tag. The Family Reserve line always gets the special treatment from Padron, even more then their general releases. Its age adds an incredibly smoothness to the aroma, while its tobacco blend keeps it flavorful puff after puff. It was named the #4 Cigar of the year in 2012 and has received a 90 rating from halfwheel and a 94 from Cigar Aficionado.

                                                                                              My Father The Judge 

 Like the Jacobs Ladder, the My Father Judge is a relatively new release. However, that hasn't stopped it fro being named to many Best of lists this year. It was intended to be a bolder version of the original My Father line, which was pretty strong already. Although it remains one of the strongest My Father cigars available, it still maintains its signature smoothness and complexity. Among its many accolades in 2017, it was named the #7 Cigar of the Year and was given a 93 rating by Cigar Aficionado.

                                                                                             Roma Craft CroMagnon

 If I asked you which Nicaraguan manufacturer has climbed faster and higher in the past 10 years, everyone would say RoMa Craft. What makes the brand extra special is even though they have grown immensely in terms of popularity and availability, their quality and consistency has been solid from day one. The CroMagnon is amongst their most popular releases, with its dark maduro wrapper adding in rich, bold notes of dark chocolate and a dash of sweet coffee. In a truly underdog moment, RoMa Craft finally received the recognition it deserved with the CroMagnon earning the #15 cigar of the year in 2016 along with a 93 rating.

                                                                                           Warped Maestro del Tiempo

 Kyle Gellis strikes again. Amongst the youngest manufacturers in the industry, Kyle has established himself as a force to be reckoned with. The Warped brand is well known for its traditional Cuban style and intense flavor profiles. The Maestro de Tiempo has become among his most popular releases in terms of ratings and sales. It received an 89 rating from halfwheel and sells out in most brick and mortar stores. We have some in stock, but I wouldn't wait on them.


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