Cigar Buying Guides

CA Report: Top New Cigars (July 8 2019)

Instead of sifting through the sea of press releases and announcements of the industry’s latest cigars, we’ve done all the legwork so that you can more easily find them. There’s no better time than now, especially with summertime well underway. These warm months always remind me that this gorgeous weather will be over before you can say, “pass the Robitussin.” Why not make the most of it now with some of the best new, and new-to-Famous cigars that we have on tap? Drew Estate gets us started, making way for an assortment of boutique sleepers, and a new Romeo y Julieta Famous exclusive that may end up finding a regular rotation in your humidor.

Herrera Esteli Miami

Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Oscuro
Binder: Sumatra
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua

On these summer days, it’s hotter than a car’s trunk in Death Valley at noon, and it’s even worse when your window unit is on the fritz. Toss some ice in your glass and cool off poolside with a lush Herrera Esteli Miami. Fresh slices of cream, cedar, and coffee will glue you to your deck chair for a smoke that lasts well past sundown. Cigars like this are few and far between, and with its middle-range price point just north of $10 a stick, you can even get that pesky AC fixed, too!

Crux Union Fire

Wrapper: Proprietary
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua

As with every summer, the thermostat wars have begun. While you don’t mind some cool air to keep things breezy, your spouse seems keen to have icicles forming off your ears. Why not take a warm, moonlit stroll around the neighborhood with a Crux Union Fire? The Famous Smoke Shop exclusive’s savory appeal is underscored by a fresh sweetness on the finish to bring you back to a welcomed equilibrium. And at prices near $7 bucks a stick, you can still afford to get yourself a light sweater to gear up for your next arctic expedition to the kitchen.

Crowned Heads Las Calaveras EL 2019

Wrapper: Habano Oscuro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

You’re off to the beach to enjoy some well-earned time in the sun. When it sets in the evening, and you have the beach and the stars to yourself, you’re going to want a stellar smoke to add to the ambience. Crowned Heads‘ Las Calaveras LE 2019 will serve you well. Its rich appeal is underscored by a hearty mixture of cocoa, spice, and a bold, yet refined finish. And remember…LE stands for Limited Edition – 1700 boxes to be exact – so don’t expect them to stick around too long…

Romeo y Julieta Esteli

Wrapper: Nicaragua Habano
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

You’ve got great lawn tickets to see your favorite band and better yet… the venue allows smoking! All you need now is a few great cigars to bring along. You’re in luck because the Famous exclusive, Romeo y Julieta Esteli, is factory fresh: full-bodied and oozing with flavor, you can expect notes of sweet spices, pepper, dark wood, and nuts that will be sure to get you right into the groove. At less than $7 a stick, you can easily afford that tour t-shirt you’ll be eyeing up at the merch stand, too.

San Pedro de Macoris Nicaragua and Sun Grown

Wrapper: Nicaragua/Brazilian Arapiraca Sun Grown
Binder: Dominican Olor
Filler: Dominican Olor and Piloto, Brazilian Mata Fina, and Nicaragua Viso

San Pedro de Macoris isn’t the most noteworthy name in our humidor, but what they lack in notoriety is made up for in spades by their flavor. Choose from two new options: Nicaragua, which is feisty and loaded for bear, or the Sun Grown, which sports a more toned-down Brazilian-spicy sweetness. Your taste buds are in for a wild ride of flavor regardless of your pick. The good news is that you don’t need to choose, because with prices near $5 a stick, you can easily double down on some new stogie goodness!

Casa Cuevas

Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut/Habano/Mexican San Andres Maduro
Binder: Dominican Republic
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua

It seems everywhere you turn; someone is trying to tell you that their favorite cigar wrapper is best. Enter Casa Cuevas. With options in a creamy Ecuador Connecticut, spicy Habano, and Mexican San Andres Maduro with a sweet cocoa finish, you can see for yourself which one of these Dominican jewels pairs perfectly with your palate. Don’t let the peanut gallery make your pickings for you when you can try all three of these tasty new smokes for under $8 apiece.

What is the best new cigar you’ve enjoyed lately? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll see you in two weeks for the next edition of Top New Cigars!