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.

                                                                                                     Quorum

 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.

                                                                                                       Uncharted

 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.



                                                                                                            Cuba

 The number one country for cigar tobacco has to be Cuba. For almost two centuries, the world has been enjoying Cuban tobacco in some of the finest cigars ever created. Their soil combined with the humidity and sunlight combined for the perfect conditions for growing tobacco. Although Cuban cigars are not allowed to be sold in the U.S., their heritage and style has been mimicked the world over, with every cigar manufacturer attempting to recreate a "traditional" Cuban.

                                                                                               Dominican Republic

 Following the Cuban embargo, one country came to dominate the American cigar market. The Dominican Republic is home to some of the worlds largest cigar manufacturers and some of the highest rated cigars of all time. The Opus X, the most sought after cigar ever created, is rolled with 100% Dominican tobacco. Dominican cigars tend to be on the mellow side, although the past 20 years have seen them expand into fuller bodied cigars. Brands such as Arturo Fuente, Montecristo, Macanudo, Romeo and Davidoff all hail from this tropical paradise.

                                                                                                        Nicaragua

 While the Dominican Republic ay have dominated the US during the boom years, these days Nicaragua has become a frontrunner. With so many different growing regions, each one producing different characteristics in their tobaccos, Nicaragua has risen over the past 10 years to be one of the leading growers of cigar tobacco. While many brands have been operating out of their for some time, such as Drew Estate and Padron, Nicaragua has been the birth place of a plethora of newer boutique brands. Check out lines such as Foundation, RoMa Craft, Dunbarton, AJ Fernandez and more.

                                                                                                        Honduras

 Honduras is the last of what we call "The Big 3". These are the three major nations growing cigar tobacco for the American market. The Honduran soil is very dark and produces a rich, robust tobacco. It is the birthplace of the modern day Corojo wrapper, being the first place those seeds were planted after they were smuggled out of Cuba. Cigars from Honduras are known for their strength, smoke, and earth and leather notes. Some popular Honduran brands include Camacho, CLE, Punch, and Alec Bradley.

                                                                                                         Ecuador

 In the last decade or so, Ecuador has risen to being one of the worlds top growers of cigar wrapper tobacco. Its natural cloudy climate makes it ideal for growing mellow, Connecticut seed tobaccos. It has also developed a delicious Habano seed leaf. Almost every company has at least one cigar using tobacco from Ecuador, some of our favorites are the Oliva Serie V and the Montecristo White.

                                                                                                          Mexico

 Mexicos history with cigar tobacco have been up and down. For years, the Mexican crafted Te-Amo was one of the worlds best-selling brands. Then, Mexican tobacco faded slightly from the minds of aficionados. Today, they are making a big come back due to two factors. The first being the use of the Mexican San Andres maduro wrapper, which can be found on several major brands including My Father and The Crowned Heads. The second factor is the revitalization of the Casa Turrent brand which has garnered several 90+ ratings.

                                                                                                           Brazil

 Brazil has become the go to source for heavy, flavorful cigar wrapper tobacco. The CAO Brazilia started the trend, demonstrating the rich, earthy, peppery and smoky qualities of good Brazilian tobacco. That trend continues today with CAO releasing the Amazon series with Brazilian tobacco. Wrappers from Brazil can also be found on the Espinosa Laranja and several La flor Dominicana's.


                                                                                                            USA

 Some of the most important and widely used cigar tobacco is grown right here in the US. While Connecticut shade tobacco has been popular for decades ,the past few years have seen the rise of the Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper. Companies like Drew Estate have also explored other areas for cigar tobacco such as Kentucky for the Kentucky Fire Cured and Florida for the Florida Sun Grown.



1. Montecristo No.2- You would be hard pressed to find a cigar with more esteem and critical acclaim then the Montecristo No.2. It is more than the best-selling Cuban cigar in the world, but among the highest rated… which is a rare achievement. It is one thing to be popular in the Cuban smoking world, but the Montecristo No.2 has its share of prestige among the cigar enthusiasts here in the US. In 2013, the Monte No.2 was rated the Cigar of the Year by Cigar Aficionado magazine, garnering a 96 point score. To be able to achieve such a high score even after being in production for so many years means this is one of the finest cigars ever made.

2. Partagas Serie D No.4- While Montecristo No.2s have worldwide recognition, the Partagas Serie D is the cigar for the true aficionado. This cigar is on every cigar geeks wish list and for good reason. They are among the most flavorful, well-constructed, and reliable Cuban cigars ever created. I have seen the word perfect in Serie D reviews more so then in any other cigar review I've read. IT has a perfect draw, perfect burn, perfect construction etc. With almost all ratings in the mid to high 90s, the Partagas is the Cuban cigar that all others are compared to.

3. Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona- For many Americans, the Double Corona is a lost size. While the Churchill has become the standard, long smoke size in the states, In Cuba the Double Corona still reigns supreme. In fact, there are two of them on this list. First we have the Hoyo de Monterrey. This is one of the best medium bodied cigars to come out of Cuba in a long time. It has an exquisite profile combing notes of sweet spice, coffee and even a little citrus towards the end. With its long size, this is a perfect long smoke on a warm sping evening.

4. Bolivar Belicoso Fino- Any cigar smoker worth their salt is familiar with the Bolivar Belicoso. Behind the Montecristo No.2, this is the one of the world's most popular torpedo shaped smoke. It is known for being amongst the strongest Cuban cigars on the market. Don't let its strength fool you, as the profile is exceptionally well balanced. Notes of earth, leather, nuts, and chocolate combined effortlessly for a plethora of smooth, delicious flavors. The Bolivar Belicoso has been rated in the Top 25 cigars of the year 4 times, including being named #4 this year. That is unheard of but makes sense after you've smoked one.

5. Cohiba Behike- I know many of you must be thinking that this cigar is too far down on the list. While the Cohiba Behike has been called the cigar of our time, I decided to also factor in price and availability. While every other cigar on this list is readily available around the world, the Behike is beyond rare. Along with Davidoff Cubans and original release Opus X, the Cohiba are seen as the unicorn of the cigar world. I've never had the chance to smoke one myself, but seeing its consistent ratings of 90+ and is designation as the Cigar of the Year in 2010, its safe to say it is worth the hype… if you can find it.

6. Romeo Y Julieta Short Churchill- While the Romeo Churchill is amongst the most popular cigars in the Cuban resume, for deep cigar enthusiasts it is the short Churchill that takes the cake. It is a solid medium body rolled into what we would call a robusto size. It has a wonderfully complex profile, consisting of notes of apple, toffee, leather, and nuts. 3 times we have seen this cigar in the Top 25 of the year and has one of the most reasonable prices amongst any Cuban cigar on this list. If you are in an area of the world where you can buy these, make sure you stock up.

7. La Gloria Cubana Medaille d'Or No.3- Its odd that many people forget that La Gloria Cubana was originally a Cuban brand, even though Cubana is literally in the name. While it has only two vitolas in their Cuban portfolio, one of them is remarkable. The Medaille D'or No.3 is a think, lancero styled smoke. Its blend of aged Cuban tobaccos create one of the rare mellow Cuban cigars that is still full of flavor. With its ratio of wrapper to filler, you can expect a burst of flavor with each puff. You'll be able to taste wonderful notes of leather, honey, and fruit.

8. Punch Double Corona- The second of our largest sized smokes, the Punch Double Corona deserves a place in every cigar fan boys humidor. The Cuban Punch brand is well known for its high level of quality control. Every morning, a team of experts smoke some samples from the previous days production to make sure they hold up. You can be sure that they look forward to lighting up the Double Corona. It is the epitome of complexity with notes of dark fruit, vanilla, nuts and some pepper.

9. H. Upmann No. 2- How could we not include an H.Upmann on this list? While the cigar may be famous for being a favorite of President Kennedy, cigar smokers worldwide know it for its reliability and complex flavor notes. It has a wonderful profile with rich notes of chocolate and nuts followed by a peppery finish. Twice listed on the Top 25 cigars of the year, the H. Upmann No. 2 is the perfect every day cigar for the Cuban cigar aficionado.

10. Cohiba Siglo V- It is fitting that a Cohiba Lonsdale sized smoke ended up on this list, seeing as how according to various sources, Cohiba invented the size. The Siglo line was actually created to replace the Davidoff Cuban line after Zino Davidoff pulled out of Cuba in the early 1990s. Since then, it has established its own solid reputation. It is smooth, as only a Cohiba can be. A special process was used for some of the filler tobaccos, which lead to this line being called the "special of the special for Cohiba".



 Every occupation or hobby comes equipped with their trusty side arm. Every contractor has their hammer, every doctor has their stethoscope and every cigar smoker has their cutter. The cigar cutter has evolved to more of a useful piece of art then just some contraption you are forced to carry. Different designs, artwork and functionality has made the modern cigar cutter an integral part of the community. Let check out some of the coolest cigar cutters on the market.

                                                                               Colibri Quasar Desktop Cutter

2 years ago, Colibri teamed up with legendary humidor craftsman Daniel Marshal to create the Quasar humidor. This unique, futuristic humidor became a massive success, and Colibri wished to expand on their success. At the 2017 IPCPR, Colibri revealed their newest product, the Quasar desktop cutter. This beautiful, hefty cutter is crafted with the same unique body style as the humidor. It comes with both a straight cut and a v cut option. After cutting your cigar, you can then open the bottom tray to empty out all the cut ends of your cigars. This stunning cutter is perfect as an addition to any man cave or lounge.

                                                                                XIKAR VX2 V-CUT GUNMETAL

 No point in lying, I am a die hard Xikar fan. The only thing I found them lacking in was a great deep V cutter. That all changed this year with the release of the VX2. This stunning piece of equipment looks as good as it cuts. It provides a perfect, deep v-cut to your cigar, and it looks good doing it. While the Red seems to be a fan favorite, I can't get over how awesome the gun metal style looks.

                                                         COLIBRI V-CUT BLACK CARBON FIBER CIGAR CUTTER

 Speaking of awesome V-Cuts, take a look at the Colibri Carbon Fiber V. Colibri, in my mind, perfected the deep v cut, being one of the first to release this cutter with a deeper blade. A smooth cut that is sure to give you an absolutely perfect draw, this cutter has recently be redesigned using a carbon fiber body. This reinforced body strengthens the cutter as well as giving it an awesome, sparkly design. This is a perfect addition to any ones cutter collection.

                                                                                                   Xikar XO

 I don't think I have ever seen a cigar accessory get the kind of hype we saw with the XO. It doesn't give the cigar a unique cut, yet it is a unique cutter. Its round design and specially developed blades give this piece one of the sharpest and mist clean cuts I have ever seen. Its round style and visual gears give you an insight into the mechanics behind one of the most well made cutters in the world. I keep my XO on my at all times, as you should.

                                                                               XIKAR 3D MAYAN CIGAR CUTTER

 Have you ever seen a cutter like this before? The 3D Mayan is a heavy work of art that also cuts cigars, that's how I define it. While its cutting prowess is as effective as any Xikar cutter, it's the unique design that makes this something special. Its engraving uses Mayan artwork as its inspiration, and the 440 steel used in its blade is considered by some to be one of the sharpest in the world. I wouldn't classify this as an everyday cutter, but for the special occasion, there is none I would rather use.



    Puro Sabor has grown to be one of the definitive Cigar Festivals in the world. With such established and legendary brands as Padron, Drew Estate, Oliva an AJ Fernandez, Nicaragua has risen to be one of the premier cigar destinations. Several major manufacturers from other countries have begun to establish themselves in the Volcanic ash of Nicaragua. Davidoff has announced a factory there and legendary Honduran bend Christian Eiroa has several of his blends made at the NACSA Factory. This year's Puro Sabor festival had a major announcement that could have a major impact on the premium cigar market.

    Arturo Fuente was a legendary Tampa based cigar brand dating back to the early 20th century. Following the Cuban embargo, the Fuente family was no longer allowed to use Cuban tobacco and was forced to move their operation elsewhere. In the 1970s, they had established themselves in Nicaragua, and began to really move their brand around the east coast. Their factory was then destroyed during the Nicaraguan Civil War, and once again the Fuente family was without a home.

    It was then that they moved to their famous home in the Dominican Republic. For over three decades, Fuente has been synonymous with the Dominican Republic. The Opus X line was the first Dominican puro and has since become the most famous and sought after cigar in the world. The past few years have seen a lot of changes for the Fuentes, including the sad passing of the family patriarch Don Carlos Fuente. Last month, we saw one of the biggest changes in the family's history, and one of the most important announcements in the industry in quite some time.

    This year, Carlito announced that Arturo Fuente will be returning to Nicaragua. They will be building a factory in the heart of Esteli which they hope will be operational in the next few years. The factory has been named "Gran Fabrica de Tabacos La Bella y La Bestia", which translates to Beauty and the Beast. This signifies a big change in the industry. While Fuente will still be a majority Dominican manufacturer, by panting their flag in Nicaragua as well, they are subtly stating that they see the value in the country. The industry is slowing changing, and the Fuente family can see where the winds are blowing.



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