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CA Report: Top New Cigars (Sept 30 2019)

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If you think you’re ready for the MLB Playoffs, check your humidor first. If you’re seeing more wood than wrapper leaf, it’s probably a good time to stock up. Besides, a relaxing cigar is a better and more affordable way to calm down, after your team’s screw-up, than launching the remote through your 4K TV screen.

Here, we focus on the newest cigars to make their way to the Famous Smoke Shop humidor. Instead of rendering your eyes bloodshot from countless hours of searching for new sticks, we’ve done the grinding for you, putting them all into this convenient little corner of Cigar Advisor.

Happy hunting and let us know what new cigars you’ve enjoyed in the comments below.

HVC La Rosa 520 Maduro LE

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

top new cigars sept 30 2019 HVC La Rosa 520 Maduro LE cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

HVC may not be a household name yet, but they’re getting close, especially with cigars like La Rosa 520 Maduro LE. The blend has been slightly tweaked from the original to accommodate the new Exquisitos (5 ¾” x 46) and Magicos (5 ½ x 54) sizes. It’s full-bodied, yet not overpowering, and it delivers bold waves of coffee, leather, cocoa, spices, and pepper. Be one of the first to give it a shot and see how it burns for you.


HVC Serie A

Wrapper: Corojo 99
Binder: Aganorsa Nicaragua
Filler: Aganorsa Nicaragua

top new cigars sept 30 2019 HVC Serie A cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

You’re about to celebrate victory, but not before the rivals tie it up in the 11th hour. Extra innings mean an extra cigar, so why not make it the second HVC on our list? The Serie A is made entirely of Aganorsa Leaf’s Grade A tobaccos (hence the name). It smokes sweet, but also has a salty note, too – among pepper, earth, and spices. The best part? These boutique beauties are under $10 a stick. That means you can pony up for that “Division Champs” t-shirt when your team gets it done.


Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Connecticut

Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

top new cigars sept 30 2019 Joya de Nicaragua Antano Connecticut cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Seems everyone is jumping on the bold Connecticut bandwagon. Now it’s Joya de Nicaragua’s turn, and let me tell you…they got it right. The smoothness from the wrapper rounds out peppery elements from the binder and filler with flawless execution. But…we wouldn’t expect anything less from JdN. I picked up cedar, butter, earth, spice and pepper. If you’re into cigars that are sometimes Jekyll and sometimes Hyde, you’ll feel right at home.


Drew Estate BOTL

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

top new cigars sept 30 2019 Drew Estate BOTL cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

You’ve planned a playoff party and need some cigars to divvy out to your buds. For once, don’t go with cheapies. Instead, grab some Drew Estate BOTL (Brothers of the Leaf). These limited release smokes boast servings of coffee, dark wood, caramel, and dark chocolate. A gathering like this calls for a cigar crafted to be enjoyed with brothers (and sisters). And let’s be real. You’ll all remember this cigar…unlike those dog rockets you’d have gotten instead.


Hoyo Dark Sumatra by AJ Fernandez

Wrapper: Ecuador Sumatra Sun Grown
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican, Honduras, and Nicaragua

top new cigars sept 30 2019 Hoyo Dark Sumatra by AJ Fernandez cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

AJ Fernandez has raised the Hoyo stakes again with Dark Sumatra. Using meticulously selected Ecuador Sumatra Sun Grown leaves that are aged in labor-intensive tercios, the cigars are rich, flavorful, and consistent. You’ll indulge in aromatic notes of nuts, cedar, citrus, fruit, and spicy pepper. Each is rolled at the San Lotano factory in Esteli, Nicaragua under the watchful eyes of AJ and his expert staff. If you’re looking for the next evolution of Hoyo, it’s already here.


Acid and Tabak Especial Frenchies

Wrapper: Sumatra/Ecuador Connecticut Shade
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

top new cigars sept 30 2019 ACID Frenchies cigars Tabak Especial Frenchies cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

For this list’s finale, we’ve arrived at Drew Estate’s Acid and Tabak Especial Frenchies. If you love smaller-format cigars, and swoon over sweet, infused flavors, these might be your dream ticket.

First, we have Acid Frenchies. Easily the most trusted name in the infused market – 20 years on, they can now be enjoyed 15 minutes at a time. They’re known for a pleasant aroma and easygoing sweetness that’s hard to put down.

Not to be outdone, Tabak Especial has been the go-to cigar for coffee lovers since its release in 2007. Since then, many have attempted to dethrone them, but none yet have succeeded. With notes of coffee, cream, and a dash of cocoa on the finish, these Frenchies will likely become your favorite coffee-laced cigarillo, too.


You: on the hunt for more new and exciting stuff to smoke…Us: watching the delivery truck roll up, so we can work up our next list of Top New Cigars. Check it out here!

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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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