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2021 CA Report: Top Limited Edition/LE Cigars You Don’t Want to Miss

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Smoke These Limited Edition Cigars Before They’re Gone

Updated April 2021

Adding the words “Limited Edition” to a cigar’s name doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a better cigar, but it does tell you there’s something special about it. It could be the cigar is made with a wrapper from a rare harvest, rolled in a unique shapeit represents a milestone anniversary, or it can be all of the above. And depending on consumer anticipation, many Limited Edition, or LE cigars, can disappear in a hurry. 

Same Time Next Year? 

A fair number of LEs are released on an annual basis and designated by year. For instance, the Avo LE cigars are released every March 22 on Avo’s birthday. Punch Rare Corojo cigars are released every April in a special shape. The Alec Bradley Filthy Hooligan is always released in time for St. Patty’s Day, the Camacho Liberty for Independence Day, and the Tatuaje Monster cigars for Halloween. Others are made in limited edition for the annual Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) and Tobacconists’ Association of America (TAA) trade shows. Moreover, since many annual limited editions are one-offs, if you miss a year you’re out of luck. 

There are some cigar makers who release limited edition cigars even if they don’t wear an LE designation, like the Muestra de Saka Nacatamale listed below. Fortunately, a few LE cigars are released in quantities large enough to sustain themselves in the market for a longer period. 

The last several years have continued to be exceptional for limited edition cigars. The cigars in this report span from 2017 to 2021, with most coming from prominent boutique cigar makersSome are Nicaraguan puroswhile others are Nicaraguan forward blends, which also shows you how dominant Nicaragua has become in the blending and manufacture of today’s premium handmade cigars. 

 

Alec Bradley Black Market Estelí Diamond 

Size6 1/4″ x 54 Double Toro 
StrengthMedium – Full 
WrapperNicaragua 
Dual BinderHonduras/Nicaragua 
FillerNicaragua 
Production1,500 boxes of 16 cigars

Top Limited Edition Cigars Alec Bradley Black Market Esteli Diamond cigar at Famous Smoke Shop

Leave it to Alan Rubin, who gave us the triangular Alec Bradley Trilogy cigars in 2004, to create a proprietary diamond shape cigar in limited edition. They did it in 2014 with the Nica Puro Diamond Rough Cut, but the first Black Market Estelí Diamond cigars were released in October of 2020. Made by Plasencia in Estelí, the core Black Market Estelí blend is rolled with an extra filler leaf of Habano Ligero from Nicaragua and then carefully pressed to its diamond shape before aging. Sure, as figurados go, it’s a must-have for collectors. But it’s the dark, earthy, 93-rated flavor profile of the BME blend that really make it a must-smoke for passionados. 

 

Avo Improvisation LE 2021  

Size x 50 Double Corona 
StrengthMedium – Full 
WrapperSun Grown (Ecuador) 
BinderEcuador 
FillerDominican Republic 
Production2,500 boxes of 20 cigars 

Top Limited Edition Cigars Avo Imrovisation LE 2021 cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

The AVO Improvisation LE cigars continue to be among the most highly anticipated annual releases. And without fail, on March 22—the late Avo Uvezian’s birthday—the 2021 version was released boasting a sun-kissed Ecuador-grown wrapper 

“The cigar’s shape draws inspiration from the timeless and celebratory history of the AVO line and the iconic AVO Improvisation Series,” said Lana Fraser, director of marketing and retail at Davidoff of Geneva USA. 

The copper-colored wrapper undergoes a special aging and fermentation process that boosts the creaminess and sweetness of the tobacco. Then you have the fully aged Dominican filler that only Davidoff can do. The result is a fragrant, medium to full-bodied smoke with a sweet-spicy flavor profile accentuated by an occasional power chord 

 

Casa Fernandez Aniversario Boheme 2013 

Size6” x 54 Double Toro 
Strength: Medium-plus 
Wrapper: Nicaragua Corojo 99 
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua (Estelí, Condega, Jalapa) 
Production2,000 boxes of 10 cigars 

Top Limited Edition Cigars Aganorsa Leaf Casa Fernandez Miami cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

This LE cigar was released the year Casa Fernandez celebrated their 35th anniversary. Made in Miami, Florida, it’s nice to see that it’s still around. Like many of the cigars produced by Aganorsa Leaf, the Casa Fernandez Aniversario Boheme 2013 is a Nicaraguan puro perfectly pressed in a buttery, tan Corojo wrapperAnd Aganorsa’s Corojo is stellar, to say the least. (Take a whiff of it before you light up.Once lit, the smoke is thick and creamy offering rich, earthynutty flavors augmented by notes of coffee, oak, and baking spices once you hit the sweet spot. A very refined treat for smokers of every experience.   

 

HVC 500 Years Anniversary Limited Edition Tesoro 

Size: 5 7/8″ x 52 Double Robusto  
Strength: Full  
Wrapper: Nicaragua Jalapa Corojo 99  
Binder: Nicaragua Jalapa  
Filler: Nicaragua Estelí Criollo 98, Jalapa Corojo 99  
Production1,333 boxes of 15 cigars

Top Limited Edition Cigars HVC 500 Years Anniversary Tesoro cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

In 2019, when HVC Cigars founder, Reinier Lorenzo wanted to honor the 500th birthday of his hometown, Havana City, Cuba, he created the HVC 500 Years Anniversary Limited Edition cigar. Here again, is another boutique Nicaraguan swollen with Aganorsa Leaf corojo and criollo tobaccos. Those tobaccos have helped HVC earn a lot of well-deserved recognition, too. Light this doble robusto up and the smoke greets you with creamy pour and exits with a peppery finish. There’s also a fair amount of sweet tobacco, citrus fruitiness, and a chorus of nuts and woody spices. Although itvery smooth on the palate, cigar smokers who tend to favor spicy, full-flavored blends are more apt to enjoy this HVC gem 

 

Henry Clay War Hawk Rebellious LE Toro 

Size: 6”x 54 
StrengthMedium-plus 
WrapperVintage Nicaragua Habano  
Binder & FillerNicaragua 
Production1,200 boxes of 20 cigars 

Top Limited Edition Cigars Henry Clay War Hawk Rebellious cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

The Henry Clay War Hawk Rebellious Ltd. Ed. is just one of many collaborations between Rafael Nodal of Tabacalera USA and A.J. Fernandez. This special follow-up to its 93-rated predecessor, is a more complex recipe aimed at providing “a unique Nicaraguan experience.” As I said in my review of the Rebelliousit’s worth picking up for the vintage wrapper aloneIf you’ve had the War Hawk, you may notice that its feisty brother is a little bolder in spots but keeps its strength well-restrained. The medium-bodied smoke is uber-creamy and flows lazily out of the head. There’s a fair amount of leather with an underlying spicinessfollowed by oak, molasses, a few mineral notes and a peppery finish. A really solid smoke.  

 

L’Atelier Côte d‘Or 2017   

Size7” x 47 Churchill 
StrengthFull 
WrapperEcuador Sancti Spiritus 
BinderNicaragua Double-Binder 
FillerNicaragua
Production1,000 boxes of 10 cigars 

Top Limited Edition cigars L'Atelier Cote d'Or 2017 cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

L’Atelier CigarsPete Johnson’s follow-up to his hugely successful Tatuaje cigars, speaks to the workshop side of the blending artsThe piece de resistance is the dark, oily Sancti Spiritus wrapper that envelops the Côte d’Or 2017 LE. Its glossy color and distinctive flavor come from the hybridization of criollo and pelo de oro tobaccos. There’s also a modest amount of pelo de oro in the filler. Citrusy notes along with baking spices and a breath of cocoa, make this limited edition Churchill one of the finest artisanal cigars in its class. A must-smoke for satisfying the cigar connoisseur in you. 

 

Crowned Heads Mil Dias Mareva Edición Limitada XX 2020 

Size51/8” x 4Cuban “Mareva” Corona 
StrengthMedium-plus 
WrapperEcuador Habano Maduro 
BinderNicaragua 
Filler: Nicaragua, Peru, Costa Rica 
Production: 1,000 boxes of 30 cigars 

Top Limited Edition Cigars Crowned Heads Mil Dias Mareva Edición Limitada XX 2020 at Famous Smoke Shop

Mil Dias is “one thousand days” in Spanishprecisely the length of time Crowned Heads and Tabacalera Pichardo took to produce this outstanding lineBut the standout in the line is the limited edition Mil Dias Mareva, traditional Cuban Mareva Corona released after the initial debut. The blend remains the sameWhat’s special is the cigar’s 51/8”x 42 dimensions. According to Jon Huber, We began work on a Mil Dias Mareva even before we began shipping out the first Mil Dias boxes, as I knew in my gut that this blend would translate beautifully in a Mareva vitola.” Medium to full in body, the Mareva reveals plenty of depth, complexity, and pinpoint balance supported by flavors of wood, sweet and peppery spices, citrus, and caramel on a peppery finish. One of Crowned Heads’ crowning achievements that the more experienced passionado will applaud. 

 

Muestra de Saka Nacatamale 

Size: 6″ x 48 Corona Gorda 
Strength: Full  
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano  
Binder: Nicaragua  
Filler: Nicaragua Jalapa  
Production: 2,250 boxes of 7 individually coffined cigars  

Top Limited Edition cigars Muestra de Saka Nacatamale cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Named for a popular, traditional Nicaraguan food dish, and presented in its own private apartmentthe Muestra de Saka Nacatamale (pronounced, “nä-kä-tə-môl), beams with flawless construction. Finished with an attractive, fantail cap, the blend is done viejo granja or “old farm” style, meaning all of the tobaccos come from the same farm; in this case, a small, independent farm in Nicaragua’s Jalapa Valley. Careful positioning of the tobaccos in the bunch is what makes this Toro creamy, full-flavored, and complex. Light peppery spice, sweet tobacco, citrus tanginess, brown sugar, baking spices, oak, hazelnut, and floral notes unveil a virtual wheel of flavors. Suffice it to say, the Nacatamale is one of Mr. Saka’s finest muestras, or “samples. 

 

Southern Draw Rose of Sharon Short Lancero 

Size6½” x 40, box-pressed  
StrengthMedium 
WrapperConnecticut (Ecuador) 
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua 
Production20,000 cigars (10,000 boxes / 10,000 bundles)

Top Limited Edition cigars Southern Draw Rose of Sharon Short Lancero cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

One cigar company with a soft spot for Lanceros is Southern Draw. Just about every line in their stable offers a Lancero. Most Lanceros run 7 to 7½-inches in length, but this box-pressed Rose of Sharon Short Lancero at 6½” Robert says is, “our own interpretation of the classic size.” (Also see the Firethorn Factory Faux Pas Lancero which were cut short by accident.) The smoke is medium-bodied and creamy offering well-balanced notes of nuts, cedar, graham cracker and a sweet lick of caramel. Plus, the flavor of the Rose’s buttery Connecticut Shade wrapper really pops. You’ll find Rose of Sharon in a more traditional Lancero size, too, but check out this limited edition version first 

 

Winston Churchill LE 2021  

Size6’ x 52 Toro 
StrengthMedium – Full 
WrapperEcuador Habano 
BinderDominican Hybrid 257  
FillerDominican Piloto LigeroHybrid 20-20 SecoSan Vicente Mejorado Ligero and VisoNicaragua Estelí Viso 
Production4,500 boxes of 10 cigars 

Top Limited Edition Cigars Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2021 cigars Davidoff at Famous Smoke Shop

When Davidoff sets out to make a complex cigar, they don’t kid around. The Winston Churchill Limited Edition 2021 is the second limited edition cigar made for the line. Not only is the Ecuador Habano wrapper stellar, the five-leaf core blend is a virtual estate tobacco showcase. Medium to full in body, the smoke oozes fine clouds of creamy smoke. Base flavors of earth, cream, and nuts lead the charge in this highly refined blend. Not unlike Sir Winston, who was quite the Renaissance man in his day, you’ll find the LE 2021 an equally multi-faceted masterpiece. Few other cigars in its class are as elegant or rewarding for capping-off the remains of the day. 

 

Do you have some rare birds in your humidor? Let us know what limited edition cigars you‘ve enjoyed in the past or present. 

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Luke Draeger
1 year ago

I picked up a few of the Asylum Eight in the 11/18 size. I’ve smoked all but one of them; I’m going to try to let that one chill for awhile. Spendy cigars but VERY good!

Julio Fortis
1 year ago

No punch kung pao? One of my favorite ones.

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