There are few vices so readily vilified by press and the public like cigars or tobacco in general. While we could never take the Alamo-like defensive stance that they are healthy or even recommend there use on a semi-occasional basis. They are however a pleasurable experience that no "vape" can can match. So we count 5 cigars that are worth purchasing.
NOTE: The FDA, The Royal College of Surgeons and many other Kenny-Killjoys have deemed smoking bad for your health. So this article and Magazine is firmly not advocating the consumption of them. You are a grown-up however so feel free to do what you like.
H. Upmann No. 2
Flavour: Light - Medium
Length: 6 1/8" (156mm)
Ring Gauge: 52 ring gauge
Packaging: Box of 25 cigars
Price : £24 Each / £509.99 for 25
A medium length cigar that is always consistently smooth and relaxing. For those new to Cuban cigars this is a must have. Smoking times vary dependent upon the individual and perhaps on their respective experience of Havanas, but generally speaking 30-45 minutes is a good average. So time for a good chat with your drinking companions, So no doubt some will easily take longer. A perfect accompaniment to this cigar is a good Cuban rum.
Davidoff - Nicaraguan Experience
Ring Gauge: 50
Strength: Medium to Full
Aroma: Peppery, Spicy, Sweet
Packaging: Box of 12
Price: £24.95 Each / £286 for 12
In a blind taste test conducted at the Art Of Smoke in Germany, Davidoff Nicaragua ranked as of the five best cigars ever tested across all tobacco origins and blends. "One of the best cigars I've ever smoked. The cigar would be a regular in my humidor," reveals a participant of the taste test carried out by Art of Smoke. The experience starts off with white peppery notes, joined by typical Nicaraguan stimulation at the back of the palate. In the second third, the cigar starts changing, growing milder, alongside the appearance of an enjoyable sweetness.The aroma becomes milder, and flavours of roasted coffee beans and dark, bitter chocolate make themselves known. The cigar develops a creaminess at the end of the second third.
Bolivar Belgravia UK Regional Edition 2015
Length: 5 1/8"
Ring Gauge: 55
Packaging: Box of 10
Limited to: 5000 numbered boxes of 10
Price: £27.75 Each / £259 for 12
The Bolivar Belgravia is named after the area where H&F held their 225th Anniversary party on 19th June this year. The brand was also the natural choice as a further commemoration to the Anniversary as in the eastern corner of Belgrave Square, the location where the actual celebrations were held, stands the only statue in the UK of Simon Bolivar, a Venezuelan military and political leader who played an instrumental role in liberating much of South America from Spanish rule. His portrait adorns every box and band of Bolivar cigars as the brand was named after him upon its birth in 1902.
A fine smoke. Not as robust as other Bolivars. More subtle and yet complex enough through the smoke - start to finish a good strength without overpowering.
Inca Secret Blend Reserva D’Oro Robusto
Length: 4 7/8”
Ring Gauge: 50
Packaging: Single cigar
Price: £10.99 Each
Only 5000 sticks available worldwide, so many stockists are limiting orders to a maximum of 5 sticks per customer. Pelo D'Oro is an exceptionally difficult leaf to successfully grow as it is susceptible to blue mould disease however the makers have managed to harvest enough grade A leaf at Tabacalera del Oriente in Peru to blend a remarkably sweet full flavour and complex premium cigar that is one of the best ever New World cigars.
The flavours of these are unique, almost tangy with an aroma and taste unlike any other cigar. The cigar produces flavours of spice with base-notes of what some describe as biscuit with black pepper, while remaining a smooth smoke. The construction of the cigar however is best described as fragile, with many reporting peeling and cracking. Still for such a rare and unpredictable leaf to grow, it seems worth it.
Romeo y Julieta Capuletos Cigar (Limited Edition 2016)
Ring Gauge: 53
Flavour: Medium to Full
Packaging: Box of 25
Price: £32 Each / £775 for 25
Presented in decorated boxes of 25 and carrying the standard Edición Limitada second band. The factory name for this vitola (size) is Sobresaliente and it is the first time this size has been offered in the much loved Romeo y Julieta brand. This vitola was most recently used by H&F for their 2014 UK Habanos Regional Edition which assumed the factory name as the commercial name (Por Larranaga Sobresaliente). This cigar proved to be a huge hit with Habanos enthusiasts and we believe the Capuletos will attract the same attention and following.
Sobresaliente translates to “outstanding” and we are sure the first Limited Edition of the year from Cuba lives up to its size name. The cigar begins with a lovely dark grey ash and a classic Romeo woody flavour with a few notes of almonds, Nuts and Brown Sugar. In the second part, there is an increase of the woody notes and you can find a nice mild, but full, white pepper flavour. The third part is gets stronger with lots of black pepper spicy notes and a hit of ginger.