When discussing cigars, one can not help but think of the beautiful little island in the Caribbean known as Cuba. For hundreds of years, the cigar tobacco from Cuba was seen as the pinnacle of quality and luxury. Since the embargo was enacted in the 1950s, the aura around these cigars has increased even more. Although today we have seen some top of the line products out of Nicaragua and the Dominican, Cuban cigars still have a mystical hold on cigar smokers everywhere. Now, everyone who has even heard of Cuba has heard of brands such as Montecristo and Cohiba, but today let’s take a look at some lesser known but amazing options that Havana has created.

Partagas Serie D No.4
While the Partagas Serie D is one of the best-selling Cuban cigars, it does not have anywhere near the popularity of Montecristo or Cohiba. Why this is remains a mystery, especially if you have ever smoked one. Ask an average smoker their favorite Cuban and they will probably say a Montecristo No. 2. Ask a true connoisseur, and the Partagas Serie D will most likely be the answer. It has a good deal of spice, but it is not overwhelming. In fact, there is a good amount of sweetness to help balance it out. This is one of the highest rated general releases ever produced in Cuba, and a definite pick for your Cuban cigar bucket list.

H. Upmann Coronas Major
H. Upmann is one of the oldest cigar brands in existence, dating back to the 1840s. Since then it has developed quite a reputation as one of the premium boutique brands of Cuba. In fact, this was the brand that John F. Kennedy bought moments before he signed the Cuban embargo. The Coronas Major is a newer size that was previously machine made. It is rich and creamy, with dabs of spice throughout. It is actually quite affordable, even for a Cuban cigar. If you have the option, these are an amazing choice for a daily smoke.

Bolivar Belicoso
It would be hard to find a Cuban cigar with more complexity then the Bolivar Belicoso. Besides maybe the Montecristo No.2, this is one of the best perfectos every to come out of the island. It starts of rich and creamy, then shifts to slightly spicy, followed by a sweet spice finish. I have yet to smoke one that burned bad or had a flaky ash. Great construction plus complex flavors equals amazing.

Obviously, many of you reading this cannot go out to purchase these cigars regularly. However, on your next vacation abroad, you now have a great list of cigars you can try without breaking the bank.

POSTED ON Oct 11, 2017


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