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CA Report: Top New Cigars – Jan. 7 2019
The New Year has arrived and while you’re still recovering from a long First Night of drinking, it’s time to get back to work. We both know that once you return, you’ll be daydreaming of a smoke that’s a bit sweeter and more flavorful. We kick off 2019 with five brand-spanking-new offerings from the infused cigar market, to ensure that you survive the cold…
Isla Del Sol Maduro
The winter blues have taken their toll and you’re ready for that island getaway. Why spend all of your Christmas bonus on a Caribbean getaway when you can bring the island lifestyle to you? Enter Isla Del Sol Maduro – a trifecta of Nicaraguan leaf goodness draped in a silky, Maduro wrapper that brings sweeter notes of coffee and cocoa than its Natural counterpart. At around $5/stick, you’ll find that these cigars agree with your bank account just as much as your palate.
Kentucky Fire Cured Sweets
The hibachi out back may be frozen shut, but that doesn’t mean you have to don a snowsuit to enjoy the barbecue experience right now! Kentucky Fire Cured Sweet ticks that box for you by adorning a toothy, San Andres wrapper atop a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and fire-cured Nicaraguan fillers. If you love the smoky flavors of Kentucky Fire Cured but want to cater to your sweet tooth as well, look no more. With pricing that’s easy on the wallet, you’ll feel like you’re grilling in no time.
Ugly Coyote Natural Leaf
As the mercury falls, so does your desire to be outside. A good cigar is worth braving the elements, but you’ll want a faster smoke that doesn’t sacrifice flavor. Luckily for you, there’s Ugly Coyote Natural. Hailing from Honduras with a Habano wrapper and natural sweetness, these little babies will hit the spot and get you back inside quick. If Natural isn’t your thing, there’s also a metric ton of other flavors you can choose – and with pricing that’s under a buck a stick, these Ugly Coyote Natural Leaf small smokes will give you something to howl about!
M by Macanudo
They say there’s no better way to start your day than with a cup of coffee, but we’d say it’s better to start with a coffee-flavored cigar. M by Macanudo brings you all the quality you’d expect from a time-tested household brand with the added deliciousness of freshly-brewed java. A beautiful Indonesian wrapper is expertly secured around Nicaraguan binder and fillers, bringing you luxurious notes of coffee, cream, and spice. At less than $8/stick, you’ll be wanting M-more!
PDR 1878 Medium Roast Cafe
You’re waiting to get your coffee, you can’t remember what the company changed the name of your size to this week, and it’s pretty obvious that the new barista is going to get your name wrong – again. Why not jump out of line and serve yourself a made-to-order cigar that will be way better? Cue PDR 1878 Medium Roast Cafe. Pig-tailed and wonderfully aromatic from the second you pull it from the shelf, the Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper pairs with a Criollo ’98 binder and Dominican fillers to bring you the ultimate café experience. Notes of cream, cane sugar, and chocolate are aplenty. If a lighter experience is your thing, light up a PDR 1878 Natural Roast with a Connecticut Shade wrapper and you’re sure to be just as pleased. If you fancy your coffee black, a Dark Roast Maduro is on the way soon! The bonus is that, given PDR’s always-friendly price point, it’s probably cheaper than that double Frappuccino you were waiting for anyway.
A new year means more fresh-off-the-truck and new-to-you cigars are coming…Give these a try and let us know what you think – or tip us off to another new cigar you’re excited about, it in a comment below. And be on the lookout for our next edition of Top New Cigars!