Cigar Buying Guides

CA Report: Top New Cigars (May 11 2020)

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Looking for normalcy? Cigars are a great way to maintain it. The climbing temperatures don’t hurt, either. And that reminds me…cliché as it might be to say about any month, I can’t believe it’s May already. I know what you’re thinking. With everything going on right now, days, weeks, and even months seem to run together. Even though we can’t go out to the bar on Friday or the cigar lounge on Saturday, smokers like us are the ultimate experts at making the best of our time at home.  

To make that best time even bester, we’ve got a handful of new cigars, just in at Famous Smoke Shopand waiting to make your acquaintance. In this edition, we’re premiering Viva La Vida Famous Exclusivo, Villiger do Brasil, and Romeo y Julieta Anejados. Each one of them is making waves and I’ll give you the insider’s peek. 

If there’s a new smoke you’ve been enjoying, or if you pick one of these up and give it a spin, let me know in the comments below! 

Viva La Vida Famous Exclusivo 

Wrapper:  Nicaragua Habano 2000 
Binder: Nicaragua 
Filler: Nicaragua 

top new cigars May 11 2020 Viva La Vida cigars box press at Famous Smoke Shop

You asked, we answered: Viva La Vida Famous Exclusivo is now available! As the name suggests, this new size is available exclusively through FamousAnd…the debut marks the first time they’ve been offered online through any major retailer. With notes of caramel, coffee, spices, and sweet peppers, these AJ Fernandez-made flavor bombs score big points with experienced smokers. If you’ve been drooling over these from afar, now’s your chance – but be warned. Only 100 boxes were made. 


Villiger do Brasil 

Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca/Brazilian Connecticut Shade 
Binder: Brazilian 
Filler: Brazilian 

top new cigars May 11 2020 Villiger do Brasil cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

There are Brazilian cigars, and then there’s Villiger do Brasil. With 100% Brazilian tobaccos from end to end, these truest of true puros are handcrafted in Brazil, too. The cigars are offered in two distinct selections. First, there’s the Claro. Its Connecticut-seed leaf gets some extra South American sun for a dollop of extra spice to its silky, medium body. Next, there’s the full-bodied Arapiraca Maduro with a vibrant sweetness, spicy aroma, and notes of coffee, cream, and earth. Whether you’re new to cigars or you’ve been around the block a few, there’s a Villiger do Brasil for you. 


Romeo y Julieta Anejados 

Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut Shade 
Binder: Mexico 
Filler: Dominican Republic 

top new cigars May 11 2020 Romeo y Julieta Anejados cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Romeo’s been padding their resume with some easier-going Connecticut blends as of late, and Anejados speaks to the big ring fans among them. The smoke reminds me of a latte. Creamy and pleasant in aroma, with some sweet cedar influence. Anejados has quite a bit of structure (to borrow a wine term) in its smoke. The aroma, the flavorsall of them play off each other well. It’s more than just tasty, it’s an overall great experience for all your senses. With the weather getting so nice, mornings on the porch are pleasant. Here’s a way to enjoy them even more. 

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Jared Gulick

Jared Gulick

Features Editor, Jared Gulick, is a Certified Tobacconist, nerd of all things science, musician and serial abuser of the Oxford comma. He made his way to the Famous Smoke Shop retail store in 2018 and joined the Advisors when it was discovered that he could locate the shift key. Prior to his work in the cigar industry, he was a recording studio engineer, songwriter, and a journalism major at Northampton Community College.

Show all Jared Gulick's Articles
cigar advisor 5 most common burn issues - cover

How to Fix 5 Common Cigar Burn Issues

Reading Time: 6 minutes Cigar burning up one side only? Burning unevenly? Not burning at all? We can solve these problems and more. See our handy guide inside on common cigar burning issue fixes!

Read More
cigar advisor top 10 best dominican cigars - cover

CA Report: Top 10 Best Dominican Cigars

Reading Time: 6 minutes We’re taking a fresh look and vetting new and classic smokes in order to provide a definitive guide to cigars from the Dominican Republic. From smooth and mellow to feisty and full-bodied, our picks span the spectrum. Find a new favorite or see if your old standby made the cut.

Read More
cigar-advisor-news-hamlet paredes leaves rocky patel cigars-release-cover


Reading Time: < 1 minute Hamlet Paredes, master roller for Rocky Patel Cigars, has taken a consultant position for Bond Roberts, the “Aged, Rare & Vintage Cigar Exchange” which hosts an online cigar auction platform for private and retail Cuban cigar sales.

Read More

2018 CA Report: 10 Cigar Boom Cigars Your Humidor Shouldn’t Be Without

Reading Time: 11 minutes For those who remember the Cigar Boom ’90s (and those who wish you did), step into the Hot Nub Time Machine as we report on 10 cigars that helped light the match. Many veteran cigar smokers still enjoy these seminal smokes today; newer cigar smokers, you’ll discover some true classics well worth adding to your collection.

Read More