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CA Report: Top New Cigars (Feb. 18 2019)
Valentine’s Day has come and gone and now that you’ve pampered the missus with the perfect gift, it’s time to splurge a bit on yourself. Before you run out to stock up on the same old smokes, here are five of the latest cigars that you won’t want to miss…
AVO Signature 30th
Wrapper: Ecuador Sun Grown Binder: Four-year-aged Dominican San Vicente Ligero Filler: Dominican Republic
Day after day of blustery conditions, limited sunshine, and winter weather all take their mental toll, and it’s one that’s particularly hard on Brothers and Sisters of the Leaf. Opportunities to enjoy a great cigar are fleeting this time of year, and that’s why this revival of AVO Signature is such a great choice. Complex notes of pepper from a well-aged San Vicente Ligero binder, spices, and a touch of balancing sweetness bring flavor that you can only obtain from a super-premium smoke and you’ll be relaxed within seconds of your first puff.
H. Upmann Connecticut
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
For some of you, Valentine’s Day is the worst. You’re plenty happy flying through life solo, but that doesn’t mean you need posters of hearts and roses throwing solitude in your face every ten feet at the mall. While the rest of the world was busy planning dates and buying flowers, you gave yourself the gift of H. Upmann Connecticut. Traces of almonds, nuts, cedar, and pepper ensure that you didn’t need to get hit by Cupid to fall in love. And with prices shy of $10 a stick, it’s a gift you can keep giving yourself many times over.
La Aurora Untamed Extreme
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua
You just got off the ski lift and the rest of your buds want to take the bunny hill. Funny how they were all talk until it was go time! You’re still planning on traversing the double black diamond, though, even if you navigate through most of it on your posterior. If for you, life is too short to be faint-hearted, La Aurora Untamed Extreme has your name on it. The notes of sweetness that you can only get from a Broadleaf Maduro balance hefty portions of pepper, cedar, cocoa, and spices that were crafted for only the bravest of smokers. With prices south of $8/smoke, you’ll have no trouble affording that trip to the ER.
Cedrus by Southern Draw
Wrapper: Indonesia Sumatra Binder: Nicaragua Habano 2000 Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano and Nicaragua Criollo ’98, Habano ’92, and Corojo ’99
You know who you are: you’re the type who rummages through the shelves of the cigar store in search of limited-run and otherwise hard-to-find smokes. Shop after shop, you leave empty handed. As frustrating as it is, it doesn’t have to be that way. Enter Cedrus by Southern Draw – a 2000-box limited run dream to those who chase the pot of gold. Deploying creamy swaths of pepper, bread, herbs, and cedar, these cigars are as delicious as they are rare. With pricing at $12 a stick, you can pony up for the entire box (and it’s a really sharp looking box presentation).
La Bomba Warhead IV
Wrapper: USA Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua
Have you ever found yourself hankering for a fantastic strong cigar? It seems like you’ve tried every stogie under the sun but, let me guess – all of them were pepper bombs without any flavor. What if you could have both? The good news is, with La Bomba Warhead IV, you absolutely can. With a genuine USA Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro on deck, you can expect hearty, dark notes of oak, leather, earth, black pepper, and a hint of creaminess. And the best part? At under $11/stick, you can get enough to replace the rest of the duds in your humidor.
What did you think about our list? What new cigars are you smoking? Let us know in the comments below. And as always, keep an eye out for the next edition of Top New Cigars!