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CA Report: Top New Cigars (Nov 9 2020)

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For everything that’s gone wrong in 2020, the lineup of arrivals fresh on the Famous dock is one of the few silver linings. They help us take our minds off an endless cycle of bad news, politics, and crappy 9-5sThat being said…I’ve always said that cigars are a journey, not a destination. New blends lead to discoveries – not just about the cigars, but about ourselves. I’ve been guilty of writing off certain cigar wrappers or even entire manufacturers – just to have a cigar come along and completely reshape my perspective. Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, you’ll get pleasantly proven wrong. 
In this edition of TNC, we’ve got three smokes I think are well worth adding to your must-smoke list. We start with Foundation Cigar Co. and then check in with CAO before wrapping up with Rocky Patel. Join me in a continuing flavor odyssey to find the best new cigars! 

Charter Oak Habano 

Wrapper: Nicaragua Habano 
Binder: Nicaragua  
Filler: Nicaragua 

Top New Cigars Nov 2020 Charter Oak Habano cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

You already know about Charter Oak Connecticut and Maduro; we’ve talked them up ad nauseam, and for good reason…they’re fan-f@#$ing-tastic cigars at a bargain price. Joining in other flavorful fun is Charter Oak Habano, a blend that shares all the attributes that just got me bleeped out. The flavors are straightforward: buttery spices, cedar, and pepper (lots of it) with some hints of caramel at times. It’s still medium-bodied like its brethren, but the Nicaraguan Habano wrapper gives it a kick that full-bodied fans will love. If you’ve turned your nose to Charter Oak in the past, Habano is more than enough reason to pull the trigger. 


CAO Bones 

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf 
Binder: Connecticut Shade 
Filler: Honduras and Nicaragua 

Top New Cigars Nov 2020 CAO Bones cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

We recently reviewed the CAO Bones Blind Hughie and found it to be a solid Maduro smoke. There isn’t much coloring outside the lines here, but that’s the point. Maduro is something that CAO does well, and in my opinion, you don’t fix what isn’t broken. Look for notes of coffee, spices, and hints of cocoa inside big rips of smoke that flow off the foot like a cascade of white silk. Plus, the box comes with a set of dice and a felt-lined lid for craps (which will assist you in taking some fast cash from your buddies). We won’t tell anyone if you don’t. Bottom line…this is Maduro at its finest. Everything you want and nothing you don’t. 


Rocky Patel Quarter Century 

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro 
Binder: Honduras 
Filler: Nicaragua  

Top New Cigars Nov 2020 Rocky Patel Quarter Century cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Rocky Patel’s officially gone silver. 25 years. That amount of time in any industry is impressive, but cigars are particularly unforgiving. There are many best-selling reasons Rocky’s gotten here, but he’ll tell you that Rocky Patel Quarter Century is his “greatest masterpiece ever.” Strong words, but then again, it’s a strong cigar that certainly makes a statement. Nuts, oak, cream, and sweet, earthy nuances filled my palate. This could easily be a Thanksgiving nightcap that goes down smooth when your belly’s full of turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. I say RP Quarter Century is one super premium that is well worth the price tag. Let me know if you agree. 

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Ed. Rodriguez
2 years ago

Now that La Gloria Cubana has discontinued the Serie N line, in particular, the Glorioso, can anyone recommend a cigar that’s comparable in size and flavor… or even close?

Gary Korb
2 years ago
Reply to  Ed. Rodriguez

You might want to try the Oliva Baptiste Double Toro, or the EPC La Historia Regalias deCelia. Let us know if either of those worked for you, too.

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.

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