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These 10 Breakfast Smokes Will Start Your Day Off Right!

by Tommy Zman

Not everyone feels the need or is fortunate enough to light up a nice stick in the early part of the day, but for those of us who do, I think we’d all agree that a nice cigar in the morning is the real breakfast of champions. For me, personally, nothing goes better with a cigar than a good cup of coffee or after a Taylor Ham (that’s pork roll for you heathens outside of north Jersey) egg and cheese sammich -there’s nothing better than smoking some tasty tobacco to get me into gear.

While I admittedly don’t smoke a whole lot of cigars on the mild side later on in the day, I will fire up a nice golden Connecticut wrapped stick when the day is young and my palate is still pretty fresh. A toasty, woody smoke with a nice aroma awakens my senses without over-powering the taste buds.

So I put together a little list of ten suggestions that I feel pair well with your morning meal and a nice cup of coffee (or ‘caw-fee’ as we say in Sopranos country). Keep in mind, these are mostly on the mild to medium bodied side, and again, they’re just suggestions – so, if you’ve got a fave, share it with us in the comments below the article.

On to our list of morning cigars…

Montecristo classic cigars on saleMontecristo Classic – Mild to Medium Bodied

This is a cigar that has set the standard for mellow smokes for decades. The tobacco is aged Dominican on the inside with highest grade US Connecticut shade wrapper that is silky smooth to the touch. Toasty notes of wood and a creamy nuttiness, along with a flawless draw make this a true morning classic!

 

CAO Gold cigars on saleCAO Gold – Mild Bodied

The Gold has always been an extremely well made stick utilizing filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and a beautiful Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper leaf on the outside. A super flavorful mellow smoke with a very toasty aroma. Affordably priced and always consistent.

 

Romeo y Julieta cigars on sale CapuletRomeo y Julieta House of Capulet – Medium Bodied

I think this one right here just may be the sleeper of the bunch. While it sports an Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf wrapper, the flavor profile is ramped up from a smooth yet hearty blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos. Don’t let the golden wrapper fool you, this is a wonderfully tasty smoke and I highly recommend it – especially if you’re making morning cigars part of your routine.

 

La Gloria artesano retro cigars for saleLa Gloria Cubana Artesanos Retro Especiale – Medium to Full Bodied

Yeah, okay, that’s a long name, but in Spanish it means, “damn, this thing is a flavor bomb!” This one really surprised me because despite the color of the golden brown wrapper, it’ll give you some nice bang on the morning palate. The wrapper is Connecticut seed grown in Honduras with Nicaraguan, Dominican and Mexican inside. This one is a must try.

 

Java latte cigars for saleJava Latte – Mild Bodied

Ahhhh… the light and flavorful essence of Mocha Java gives this stick a naturally sweet taste with a heavenly aroma that even non-smokers will give praise to. They’re made by the good people at Drew Estate with a blend of aged Nicaraguan leaf and covered with a beautiful Connecticut wrapper. Skip the Danish, because this is the absolute perfect after-breakfast dessert smoke.

 

Oliva connecticut reserve cigars on saleOliva Connecticut Reserve – Mild Bodied

The one thing you need to know is that Oliva is renowned for making some of the world’s very best tobacco, and this one is simply a gourmet gem. The Connecticut wrapper is like silk and the draw is just perfection. Nutty, mellow, with woody notes and a natural sweetness to the tobacco. A luxurious smoke and one that is meant to be savored.

 

Baccarat cigars for saleBaccarat – Mild Bodied

Baccarat is a brand that’s been around since the late 1800’s and has consistently remained a staple for those who love a creamy and mild smoke. The core tobacco is Honduran grown and the wrapper is a Connecticut leaf with a slightly sweetened cap like many of the old Cuban cigar makers did at one time. If you want a light post-breakfast treat, this is a nice pick.

 

Plascencia reserve organica organic cigar for salePlasencia Reserva Organica – Medium Bodied

Okay, okay… I know I said the Capulet was the sleeper of the group, but sleeper #2 goes to this incredibly tasty, impeccably-made smoke. Utilizing pre-Columbian farming methods, the tobacco grown by the Plasencia family is 100% certified organic. Cured and aged for three years, the blend is well-balanced with rich woody flavors. A guys her in the office makes this one of his everyday morning cigars. If you haven’t tried it, a nice surprise awaits!

 

EPC carrillo new wave ct cigars on saleEP Carrillo New Wave Selectos – Mild Bodied

With Nicaraguan and Dominican fillers making up the inner blend and a truly golden Ecuadorian Connecticut encasing it, we’re talking about an ultra-creamy cigar with a light spiciness, nuttiness and naturally sweet flavors. An elegant smoke that pairs so well with coffee or a nice cappuccino. Damn, this man makes great cigars.

 

Perdomo lot 23 cigars on salePerdomo Lot 23 – Medium Bodied

Nick Perdomo knows a whole lot about making cigars that people love and the Lot 23 has become a longtime fave among morning cigars for many. That wrapper is just an exquisite Connecticut shade from Ecuador and much of this gem’s toasty goodness comes from it. The tobaccos used for Nick’s stick is grown on a virgin plot of land discovered by Perdomo, hence the name, Lot 23. Such a consistently good smoke and a great breakfast ‘gar if there ever was one.

 

So there ya go, ten interesting selections that’ll bring a flavorful zing to your mundane morning routine. Tell us which one’s you like and let us know a few of your own. Remember, cigar smoking is a subjective thing so share your thoughts to help other smokers make some new choices!

 

 

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Blaine Aponte
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Blaine Aponte

Via Havana Connecticut dulce.
Don Benigno laguito no.2
Leaf by Oscar Connecticut

Nick Miller
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Nick Miller

Perdomo Champagne or Perdomo Lot 826 – Perdomo “Nicks” stix Ct:

Frank Kelley Jr
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Frank Kelley Jr

Cinco Vegas Gold, AVO Classic, H. Upmann original.

Randy Carey
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Randy Carey

Montesinno #1 is very good.

Mike Collier
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Mike Collier

The Goldie, Davidoff Colorado Claro, and Quesada Reserva Privada are also go-to smokes for me.

Michael Phillip Mitchell
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Michael Phillip Mitchell

Drew Estate Tabak is also a nice after breakfast, with coffee smoke?

Cliff Kammerdiener
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Cliff Kammerdiener

Good choices. I would add to the the RP Cargo Nicaragua. A nice mild – medium stick.

Abdul Wahid Al Fulaij
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Abdul Wahid Al Fulaij

I enjoy Punch Champion With a good cup of Coffee … Have a good day ..

Drew Brew
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Drew Brew

Great article Z-man…and a subject close to my heart. My continuing Morning Connie Quest confirms two highest award winners in the Monte and the EPC New Wave. In addition my highest awards have gone to the following. Ashton Cabinet, Gurkha Beauty, Hammer & Sickle Icon, Kristoff Galerones DR4, Perdomo ESV 2002, Man O’ War Virtue, Zulu Zulu Connecticut, San Lotano Connecticut, Perdomo Bugatti, Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Connecticut, Ramon Bueso Connecticut, Lou Rodriquez Connecticut, Pedro Martin Gold, Caldwell Eastern Standard Euro Express and the Villiger Selecto. These are all superb mild-medium Connecticut cigars that pair awesomely with a hot cup… Read more »

Don McCortney
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Don McCortney

The Camacho Connecticut is my morning favorite although I would certainly not reject a Montechristo Classic Robusto.

David Till
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David Till

I enjoy a nub Cameroon in the morning

Paul Bujak
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Paul Bujak

I wold agree on the CAO Gold, and Montecristo. I would add Nat Sherman Host (Host Maduro is pretty good in the morning as well). I would also add Macanudo Gold Label because the lemony sweetest pairs well with the coffee (like having a lemon danish with coffee.).

Walter Cassell
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Walter Cassell

My number 1 breakfast choice is Davidoff 2000!

Harry Flaxseed
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Harry Flaxseed

Oliva G Maduro

Dennis Sacher
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Dennis Sacher

The padron damaso is a perfect morning smoke with strong coffee. The avo syncro robusto is also a great one.

Jeff Winters
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Jeff Winters

Antano & Coffee, Black, but thats just me.

Stefan Mazzara
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Stefan Mazzara

Acid Kuba Kuba

Al Randerson
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Al Randerson

Acid toast

Tommy Zman Zarzecki

Tommy Zman Zarzecki

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Tommy Zman, is an obsessive enjoyer of life’s leafy pleasures. Growing up in the bowels of northern New Jersey, parented by an eccentric Polish father and a neurotic Italian mother, what else could this man possibly be other than a humorist? ZMan’s a real throwback to a time when men were kings of the castle and smoking a cigar in public didn’t label you an outcast and a pariah. He’s an old–school down to earth guy - but when it comes to p.c. tyranny and nanny-state legislature, he’ll draw his sword and swing for the fences. Tommy gathered a faithful following as a longtime feature writer at Cigar Magazine, and his testosterone laden FaceBook community, CROMAG NATION™ is truly the last great bastion for Men’s Men.

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