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2016 CA Report: Best Bachelor Party Cigars
Eight Picks for Best Bachelor Party Cigars
By Jonathan Detore
Wedding season is right around the corner. Whether it be you or a friend who’s taking the leap into responsible adulthood, there’s certainly a bachelor party in the works, and with it come the tried and true traditions like a chugging contest, strip clubs, and seeing how much damage you can do to the limo without losing your security deposit. But the one event on every bachelor party checklist is some quality cigar time with the crew. What better way to celebrate marriage than with a sacrificial burning of a few premium cigars between friends before you work your way to the bottom of every keg within a three block radius?
I’ve been through a load of bachelor parties the past few years, and undoubtedly a stop to a high-end cigar lounge is always in the works. It’s a great way to live the high life if only for a couple of hours before your night truly begins. And I only say BEFORE the night begins, because cigars are best enjoyed whilst not passed out at a bar or while your face is nestled tightly between a stripper’s rather expensive money-makers. To make this evening as simple as possible for the whole gang, I’ve compiled a list of bachelor party cigars every groomsman can enjoy as you start off your evening of joint celebration.
1st Groomsman (The Conservative One): Inferno Flashpoint Robusto
He’s shy, he’s nice, and he’s typically always the voice of reason in a crowd full of friends whose collective mantra is “hold my beer and watch this.” That’s why he needs something to light a fire under him and break him out of his shell. That’s where the Inferno Flashpoint comes in handy. Blended by Oliva, this remarkably affordable cigar is one of the best in the industry. It starts off mild and builds momentum as he smokes through the Nicaraguan longfiller core of tobaccos and Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. It’s creamy, complex, and loaded with flavor that will have this 1st groomsman’s eyes open and ready to go for the night ahead.
2nd Groomsman (The Wild One): Camacho American Barrel Aged Gordo
The wild one of the group needs something to match his attitude towards the night. He’ll always encourage one more shot of whiskey at least 5 times throughout the evening, and whether you decide to match him shot for shot or not, he’s going to plow through every one like a champ. This guy is in it to win it, so it only makes sense for him to go with a Camacho American Barrel Aged Gordo. Each long burning cigar is aged to perfection and left to rest in whiskey casks to infuse the subtle flavors of whiskey into each cigar. If he’s going to go all out, he might as well pick this bad boy up so he can enjoy every second of the festivities with a pairing that’s on point.
3rd Groomsman (The Cousin): Perdomo Champagne Noir Robusto
Sure, he’s not a permanent member of the crew, but he knows how to have a good time and wants his cousin to have a great last night of debauchery before he settles down into matrimonial bliss. Because he’s family, this is more of a celebration and thus warrants a celebratory cigar to match the occasion, making the Perdomo Champagne Noir a great selection for this loyal groomsman. Made by one of the most respected manufacturers in the industry, the Champagne Noir is a go-to celebratory cigar for any occasion. With an easy to handle medium-bodied profile made possible by an all-Nicaraguan blend of well-aged tobaccos, this groomsman will be met with rich and deep flavors with a crisp and clean burn.
4th Groomsman (Longtime Best Friend): Excalibur Dark Knight 1066 II
Old Faithful has nothing on the longtime best friend of the groom. He’s been there every time the groom needed him since 3rd grade, and they’ve shared plenty of experiences with each other. From talking about first crushes, going to their first house party, and heading to spring break together in college, this guy is always by the future groom’s side. That’s why, of all the bachelor party cigars, the Excalibur Dark Knight 1066 II is the best choice for him as a perfect representation of this monumental friendship. This wildly popular smoke is a heavy hitter courtesy of a rich blend of Honduran, Nicaraguan, and Dominican tobaccos for a rousing mix of unbelievable flavors that run as deep as this longstanding friendship.
5th Groomsman (The Wife’s Brother): Romeo y Julieta House of Capulet Robusto
Let’s face it; the future bride’s brother had to be in the wedding party, but everyone involved is glad he’s part of the night’s festivities. He’s a deserving member of the group, and will be right there with everyone throughout the night to help make it a memorable one for all. To welcome him into the group, there’s no better choice than the Romeo y Julieta House of Capulet, which represents the fair Juliet’s family in the great Shakespearean classic. It’s mild, smooth, and chock-full of select fully aged tobacco with smooth, crisp, and fully satisfying flavors. It’s the perfect cigar to welcome this newcomer to the group, and to the groom’s family, with open arms.
Best Man: Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro Principe
Aside from the groom, the best man gets top honors during the bachelor party. He’s set the entire evening up and has a few surprises in store throughout the night that will blow everyone’s minds, and will surely have the wife’s brother turning a nervous blind eye. As the man with the most responsibility out of all the groomsmen, and for all his hard work, the best man deserves one of the best cigars which is why he needs the Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro Principe. Using only the best tobaccos in this powerhouse cigar maker’s inventory, all aged at a minimum of four years, the best man will experience a tapestry of flavors including cocoa, coffee, nuts, cream, and a whole lot more. As bachelor party cigars go, this one is as memorable as the night ahead.
Groom: Davidoff Escurio Robusto Tubo
Finally, we reach the groom. This is his last night on Earth as a free man with those he considers his closest friends and family members, and he needs a cigar to mirror that sentiment. A cigar that was blended specifically to enjoy during a night partying with friends and finding adventure every step of the way. That’s where the Davidoff Escurio Robusto Tubos comes into play. Made with the idea in mind that no night should be an ordinary night, Davidoff has broken away from their more traditional cigars to create this astounding addition to their portfolio, delivering exciting and bold flavors with every puff. Perfect on its own or with nearly any drink ordered during the party’s time at the lounge, the Escurio will ensure the groom kicks off his night of celebration on the right foot.
The Bachelor Party Cigar for All: Oliva Serie O Robusto
But if the group simply wants to relax with the same bachelor party cigars in hand before hitting the town, then you can’t go wrong with the Oliva Serie O Robusto as the proper choice for everyone. With a smooth natural Habano wrapper and all-Nicaraguan blend of longfiller tobaccos, this medium-full bodied cigar represents everything that’s right with the cigar industry. It’s earthy, spicy-sweet characteristics attract cigar smokers both new and old while maintaining an extremely affordable price tag to help save everyone in attendance some money with which they can all later blow at the bars.
Bachelor parties are meant to be fun for everyone involved in the evening’s events, and the cigar lounge is no exception. It’s a ritual that spans generations and has become a rite of passage before the groom becomes one with his significant other. There’s no other group on Earth he’d rather spend his evening with than his loyal companions as he takes his first step towards married life. Give him, and everyone in the groom’s party, the night of their lives and think about adding these memorable bachelor party cigars to your lineup today.