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Five Top Barrel Aged Cigars

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Five Barrel Aged Cigars You Need to Try

Barrel aged cigars are having their turn in the spotlight in the premium cigar industry—and for good reason. They’re delicious. Whether it’s due to the smoother and refined character—because barrel aging typically mellows out the tobaccos—or the unique flavor profile that only barrel aging delivers, these premium cigars have amassed legions of fans.


Are Barrel Aged Considered Infused Cigars?

Yes, technically barrel aged cigars are ‘infused’—but they shouldn’t be confused with brands like Drew Estate ACID, CAO Flavors, or Tatiana. Barrel aged blends use no added flavorings like coffee, chocolate, or fruit and the infusion method is entirely different.

The process of barrel aging cigars involves further maturing tobacco leaves inside a barrel that was previously used to age alcoholic spirits, such as bourbon, whisky, rum, or cognac—to name a few. The tobacco leaves then absorb the flavors and aromas of the spirit, imparting a unique character to the cigar. However, the exact barrel aging process used will vary depending on the brand and the desired flavor profile of the cigar.


Top Barrel Aged Cigars

When choosing a barrel aged cigar, there are other factors to consider outside of the brand and intensity. Here are a couple things you want to keep in mind:

  • The type of alcohol used to age the tobacco will significantly impact the flavor. For example, a premium aged in a bourbon barrel will have a different flavor than a cigar that aged in a rum barrel.
  • The length of time that the tobacco—and whether one leaf, like the wrapper or binder, or the entire blend—has been aged will also affect the flavor of the cigar. A cigar aged for a longer period of time will have a more complex flavor profile than one aged for a shorter period of time.

To help further whittle down your options, here are some of the best barrel aged cigars that you should try.


Perdomo Habano Barrel Aged Maduro

cigar advisor five top barrel aged cigars - perdomo habano barrel aged maduro at famous smoke shopThe tobaccos in this beauty from Nick Perdomo were aged a minimum of 6 years before the barrel aging process. Then, Maduro wrapper gracing this blend was aged in bourbon barrels for an additional 14 months, resulting in a perfectly balanced and smooth smoke. The Perdomo Habano Barrel Aged Maduro is expertly crafted with an effortless draw and even burn. Expect rich and robust notes of cocoa, espresso, and spice, while the strength stays in medium-plus range. Overall, Perdomo Habano Barrel Aged Maduro is a rich and complex cigar that should be added to your ‘must try’ list.


Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro

cigar advisor five top barrel aged cigars - partagas 1845 extra oscuro at famous smoke shopFor the last 150 years or so, Partagas cigars have been reliably rich and tasty. The 1845 Extra Oscuro is a shining example with a decidedly dark and oily wrapper over a host of barrel aged Dominican and Nicaraguan ligero long-fillers, and an earthy, Dominican-grown Vega Especiale binder. The results are a cigar with a robust flavor profile with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and spice that combine to create a truly indulgent, full-bodied experience. The construction is spot-on, with a smooth draw and an even burn that lasts throughout the smoke. Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro is perfect for those seeking a full-flavored smoke, and it is sure to satisfy even the most discerning cigar enthusiast.


La Aurora Barrel Aged

cigar advisor five top barrel aged cigars - la aurora barrel agedA testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of the La Aurora brand. The tobaccos used in La Aurora Barrel Aged are matured in oak barrels (previously used to age rum) for a minimum of four years, resulting in a smooth and flavorful smoke. The flavor profile is complex, with notes of cedar, leather, and a subtle sweetness that lingers on the palate. La Aurora Barrel Aged is an ideal choice for those looking for a premium cigar that is both elegant and nuanced.


Weller by Cohiba 2022

cigar advisor five top barrel aged cigars - weller by cohiba 2022 at famous smoke shopA collaboration between two iconic brands, Weller by Cohiba captures the best of both worlds. The blend features Nicaraguan, Honduran, and Dominican tobaccos with a bourbon barrel aged Connecticut Broadleaf binder. The blend is capped off with a stunning, oily Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. The result is a medium-bodied smoke with a perfect balance of flavor and complexity. Notes of cedar, leather, and spice are present throughout, with a touch of sweetness and a smooth finish that is both satisfying and memorable. Definitely not a bargain basement cigar—Weller by Cohiba deserves a spot in your humidor for those moments when only the best will do.


Davidoff Winston Churchill Late Hour

cigar advisor five top barrel aged cigars - davidoff winston churchill late hour at famous smoke shopDavidoff Winston Churchill Late Hour cigars are a tribute to the iconic leader’s love of fine cigars and whisky. The blend features a dark and oily Ecuadorian Habano Marron Oscuro wrapper, a Mexican San Andres binder, and long fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Of note, the Condega (Nicaragua) Visus in the blend was aged for 6 months in single malt scotch whisky barrels. The result is a rich and complex smoke with notes of leather, dark chocolate, espresso, oak, cream, and a hint of sweetness. Sometimes you need a little luxury—and in those times, Davidoff Winston Churchill Late Hour makes an excellent choice for those seeking a full-flavored and richly indulgent experience.


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George Glover
8 years ago

Tommy I’ve smoked all the cigars in your article many times and I’m probably going to have to agree with you but I think that the Fuente Anjeo is the best that’s why is was picked for #77 my cigar. But the Dragon’s Milk is excellent anytime. Partagas is extremely consistent. The Perdomo Gordo stout from their craft series is a winner and General’s Camacho barrel aged is quite good but the Perdomo 12 yrs is exquisite!

Leonard Mozley
8 years ago

I have smoked the Fuente Anjeo and I loved it but then again I’M a Arturo Fuente man. Now after reading your review I have to try the others you’ve mentioned. Thanks

Albert Montalvo
8 years ago

You’re the man Zman,see you if you will still be on at 09:30 tonight

Matthew Facas
8 years ago

One down. Four more to try out.

Brian Zwetzig
8 years ago

I have had the Asylum Dragons Milk and the Partagas 1845 Extra Oscuro and have more of them in my Humidors. They are excellent. Wanting to try the Camacho as I already love the Tripple Maduro.

Larry Upton
8 years ago

And no mention of Drew Estates Pappy Van Winkle Reserve? Your list, gentlemen, while remarkable, needs one addition.

Vance Johnson
8 years ago

Availability of the Camacho ABA has been problematic until this week…seems like they have suddenly become available across the board.

Dan Colley
8 years ago

I’ve had the Partagas, the Camacho and the Arturo Fuente. All three of them are excellent. I hope to be able to locate some of the “dragon’s milk”. I’m not usually one to purchase infused or flavored cigars, but this one sounds like it would be a keeper. Thanks for a good review.

Jim Fain
8 years ago

I am 5 for 5 and think they are all excellent. Have a few of each in my humi’s.

Trenton Robinson
8 years ago

The AF Anejo is an absolute joy! The Partagas Oscuro is equally pleasing. I’ll have to try the others.

Mike Newbern
7 years ago

I’ve had the Camacho and find it enjoyable. I’m going to have to try the rest in this selection as well. Thanks for the tip.

Erik Molnar
7 years ago

Nice article Zman…I love the Camacho. I also love that Partagas and didn’t know it was a barrel aged cigar.

Mike Holbrook
7 years ago

Have not had the Perdomo Double Aged 12 Year Vintage Sun Growns.I will now,Good article

Aaron Taubman
7 years ago

Nothing about La Aurora Barrel Aged? That right there is another really good smoke and at a great price!

Tad Ishihara
5 years ago

Do any of these cigars need to be stored separately like some of the flavor infused Acid cigars?

Thomas Wesley
4 years ago

I like Partagas Black Label!

Wendell Elam
3 years ago

Have you tried the Karl Malone La Aurora 32 Barrel Aged? If so what are your thoughts? Thanks

Gary Korb
3 years ago
Reply to  Wendell Elam

Hi Wendell,
Not I have not, but I have heard very good things about it so far.
If I get my hands on one, I’ll let you know. G-~

Paul Lukens

Paul Lukens


Paul first fell in love with the leaf back in college, where he majored in Philosophy (yes, seriously). Upon graduating, Paul stared into the abyss and unemployment stared back. He responded by founding the ‘Pounding Fathers,’ a traveling Beer Pong team with the other Philosophy grad at UMass. Aspiring to subsist on more than Ramen Noodles and Natural Ice, Paul put down his ping pong balls and picked up a pen - and a cigar - and began working in the premium cigar industry in 2013.

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