Among serious cigar aficionados, Cuban cigars have a reputation for excellence. Restrictions on Cuban cigars are a lot looser than they used to be: You can bring Cuban cigars back into the country when you travel abroad, and you’ll find internet sites that specialize in Cuban cigars for sale in US. Here’s a look at some of the most popular Cuban cigars.
Guantanamera Cristales Montecristo No.2
These stogies use tobacco grown in Vuelta Arriba,the second-largest tobacco-growing area in Cuba. They’re relatively affordable because unlike many other Cuban cigar brands, they’re not rolled by hand. The wrapper and fill have a woodsy flavor with just a hint of pepper. You won’t need to cut the end off this cigar in order to enjoy smoking it.
The Montecristo No.2 is the bestselling Cuban cigar in the world. The No.2 is pricey: Acquiring one in the U.S. can set you back as much as $30. Each draw contains a number of subtle flavor variations that start with cedar, move toward pepper and end on a note that’s reminiscent of nutmeg and other baking spices. This cigar burns best after it’s aged one or two years.
Romeo Y Julieta Short Churchill
The Short Churchill is a prime example of a robusto, meaning that it is short and thick with a 50-ring gauge. The tobacco company that manufactures this cigar was founded in 1875, and the British statesman Winston Churchill was such a fan that the company named several of its bestselling products after him. Short Churchills are made from tobacco harvested from Cuba’s Vuelta Abajo region. Their taste is somewhat nutty with surprising flashes of apple and pear.
Partagas Serie D No.4
The Partagas Serie D No.4 is widely regarded as the true cigar lover’s cigar. It’s a robusto with a spicy flavor that carries over tones of coffee and wood smoke. The Partagás company was founded in 1845 and is one of Cuba’s most beloved brands. People who know a lot about cigars will tell you the No. 4’s construction, draw and burn are practically flawless.