Casa Magna Oscuro Toro (6 x 52): A big, chewy, full-bodied cigar that’s robust and fantastically smooth for a rich, earthy, naturally sweet, and moderately spicy smoke with notes of espresso in the mix. A dynamite “special occasion” cigar with great balance.
Padron 1964 Anniversary Exclusivo Maduro (5 1/2 x 50): I’ve mentioned this cigar often in past articles, and I just never get tired of smoking this dark, box-pressed beauty. The smoke is full-bodied, the wrappers are delectably sweet, and the perfectly balanced smoke chugs along with Padron’s trademark coffee and cocoa notes. A marvelous treat that I file under “Nubber.”
601 (Green) Oscuro La Fuerza (5 1/2 x 54): I fell in love with this cigar from the first puff. Though it’s considered one of the more potent cigars in the 601 line, I find it amazingly smooth, devoid of peppery spice, sweet, and brimming with caramelized flavors. A super complex cigar that hits on all cylinders.
Winston Churchill Marrakesh (6 x 50): I’ve only had a few of these since they were released in 2008, but this Toro is one of the most memorable Davidoff cigars I’ve ever smoked. Rich, creamy, complex, aromatic, and perfectly balanced, not to mention a thing of beauty and joy to admire. Yeah, it’s pricey, but you only live once.
My Father No.1 (5 1/4 x 52): A masterpiece from Jaime Garcia, wrapped in a gorgeous Ecuadorian Habano Rosado/Criollo hybrid wrapper. The first few hits are a little startling, but once it gets going, morphs into a virtual buffet of well-balanced flavors ranging from sweet wood to coffee, to nutmeg, and more. A real palate pleaser.
As Frank Sinatra used to croon, “One more for my baby, and one more for the road”…
Kinky Friedman The Governor (5 3/4 x 60): This is the cigar you usually see Kinky sucking on when he’s on TV. This big boy is one of the creamiest cigars that virtually sings with a marvelous balance of caramelized flavors of nutmeg, cocoa, toasted nuts, and sweet tobacco flavors that refuse to get off the stage.
Finally, a couple of suggestions that come to mind are the Guillermo Leon Gran Toro (6 x 58), the Rocky Patel Decade Toro (6 1/2 x 52) and the Oliva Serie V Double Robusto (5 x 54), all of which are pure joy!
Care to share? Let me know what’s on your list by leaving a comment below. Happy holidays!