Flavored Cigars Worth Trying

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear “flavored cigars?” Vanilla? Cherry? Yuck? Well not so fast on that “yuck.” Though they might not be the cigars of choice for the majority of premium cigar smokers, flavored cigars are extremely popular. Ranging from convenience store-priced machine made cigars like Backwoods and Phillies, to affordable handmade premiums like Tatiana and CAO Flavours and more “up-market” selections like Java and Tabak Especial (both by Drew Estate),
there’s a good flavored cigar in any price category to suit every cigar smoker.

As when shopping for traditional non-flavored cigars, quality and value are key. For instance, you can buy a pack of 8 Backwoods Honey Berry (4 ½ x 27) machine-made cigars for around $6. Compared to a pack of 8 Ugly Coyote Honey Berry (4 ¼ x 32) at $5.25, not only are Ugly Coyote cigars handmade, but they use all natural fillers, and with their 32 ring, you’re getting more cigar for less money. Moreover, they’re available only at Famous Smoke Shop.

Take cigars like the Tatiana Mocha selection for example. They’re are all-premium handmade cigars blended with the flavors of luxury chocolates, vanilla essence and caffea robusta. Mocha and similar coffee-flavored cigars make great selections because cigars and coffee tend to go hand-in-hand, no pun intended. Tatiana also makes a wide variety of “standard” flavors like Chocolate, Cherry, Vanilla, and Honey to name a few.

Another noteworthy brand of coffee-infused cigars is Tabak Especial by Drew Estate. These cigars come in your choice of dark Connecticut Broadleaf and light natural Connecticut Shade wrappers. The filler is Nicaraguan Criollo, and before aging, the cigars are slowly infused with Nicaraguan estate-grown coffee. Tabak Especial and similar cigars such as Java by Drew Estate are the crème de la crème, but you can also expect to pay more for these cigars.

For the value-minded cigar buyer, there’s Solo Café. This is a bundle cigar, also exclusive to Famous Smoke Shop, that uses Dominican filler & binder tobaccos rolled in dark Indonesian wrappers with sweetened caps. The smoke is rich yet mild, with an appealing coffee flavored character, and prices start at under $40 for a bundle of 20 Coronas.

For an even more complex-tasting experience, there are the “gourmet” flavored cigars. CAO was the first cigar manufacturer to seriously dive into this market with their CAO Flavours line. One flavor for example is Moontrance. Moontrance is a Nicaraguan filler/Cameroon wrapper blend infused with natural exotic fruit and bourbon vanilla extracts, Georgia peach nectar, Hawaiian white honey, and other organic fruit extracts. Other CAO flavours include such names as CarameloJoe, Cherry Bomb, and Karma Sutra Splash.

Following CAO is Tatiana, who has been making excellent flavored premium cigars for years. Produced by La Aurora in the Dominican Republic, in addition to the more complex Tatiana Mocha (mentioned above),
there’s also a Tatiana flavored cigar named Waking Dream which uses oak-barrel-aged Dominican tobaccos infused with herbs and flavors of vanilla cream, hazelnuts and single malt whisky.

So when it comes to flavored cigars, there are plenty from which to choose. Many have become so popular that even cigar smokers who ordinarily might have snubbed them at one time are now willing to add them to their collections.

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  1. Jeremy says:

    No love for acid?

  2. Great question Jeremy.

    I didn’t mention them because I was speaking specifically about flavored cigars. I’ve smoked plenty of ACIDs in the past and have enjoyed many of them, but they don’t make a specific flavored cigar under the ACID brand name. They use herbals and botanicals. You should note that Drew Estate, who makes ACID, got plenty of love here because they make some of the best flavored cigars OUTSIDE of the ACID brand.

    ACIDs are in a class by themselves since they don’t fall under traditional flavored categories, like cherry, chocolate, grape, coffee, etc.

    As we like to say, “it’s not a cigar, it’s an ACID.”


  3. Albert Saavedra says:

    JAVA CLARO TORO I ordered a box at 94 rating never again

  4. Albert,

    The ratings on our site are straight from our customers, uncensored. When you hover over the rating, we tell you how many customers have rated the cigar. In general, the more customers that have rated the cigar, the more reliable the number probably is.

    My best advice for you is to buy a 5-pack of a cigar that you would like to try. If you like it, I buy the box later. Better yet, check out our 5-pack Frenzy page so you can try multiple 5-packs of similar cigars, then buy the box of the one you liked best.

    Here is a link to the 5-Pack Frenzy page – http://www.famous-smoke.com/cigars/5packs.cfm

    Thanks for your comments.

  5. Clint Pate says:

    The coffee infused are delectable! I have tried everything from Montecristos, Cubans, Hondurans, Jamaicans, Brazilian, etc. etc. etc. I enjoy a traditional cigar every once in a while (2-3 times a month). I like the Arturo Fuentes (peppery) at $10 bucks a stick. The Drew Estates 58s and Toros last around an 1 ½ hours! Dang that is worth it at a little less a stick. Solos and Tatianas are not bad for the price. The best bang for the buck is the Isla Del Sol by Drew Estate! Acids and Padrons are my next to try. Thanks for the ratings on the page as I buy a 5 pack normally to test them out. Good job and thanks for time and effort in providing a quality product and timely shipping.

  6. Kevin says:

    I’ve always wondered if it would be better to store flavored cigars into their own humidor? I sometimes order Tatianas & Acid but keep them in a separate Humidor. Does it matter?

  7. Gary Korb says:

    Plenty of love for ACID. Thing is, they’re not “flavored cigars.” They’re aromatics.

  8. Gary Korb says:

    Hey Kevin. You can keep flavored cigars with your regular smokes under two conditions:
    1) They don’t have a very strong odor coming from them while in their cello
    2) If 1 above is true, they must be kept in their cellos.

    For aromatics/spiced cigars like ACID, they should definitely be kept in a separate humidor, especially if you have a lot of them. You can put your flavored sticks in there, too, but you might want to place a divider between them then check the flavored cigars after a few days. If they’ve picked-up any of the aromas from the spiced cigars (ACID), remove them and keep them separated as well.

    Note that there is a distinct difference between flavored cigars (Cherry, Rum, Vanilla, etc.) and herbal/spice-infused cigars like ACID. For some reason, many cigar smokers to lump the two together.

    Hope this helped.

  9. shaun says:

    I am about to purchase some cao moontrace cigars and was goinng to buy some acid blondies along with them should i be putting those 2 particular cigars in different humidors, cause i only have one humidor for now and may wait to buy both if that is the case.

  10. Gary Korb says:

    Because both cigars (Moontrance and Blondie) are infused, you could store them together, but if you have other non-infused cigars in the humidor, I suggest you keep the cigars in their cellos and place them in a sandwich bag. The baggie will add an extra layer of scent protection. If all your cigars are infused, flavored, etc. no need for the latter, but I would keep the cigars in their cellos in either case.
    Hope this helped.

  11. Bill says:

    I was a big fan of the Drew Estates Kahlua cigars. Does anyone know an affordable alternative with similar flavor and smoothness? I am a 1-2 cigar a day guy…or at least I was. Looking for big savings on volume purchase. 600-700 cigars.

  12. Craig says:

    If you like coffee flavored I recommend the Tabak Especial Dulce! Good stuff!!!