Gary Korb takes one more look at the Holidays with his list of top shelf cigars adorned with fancy white & gold bands. Whether it’s a last minute gift idea or a humidor-worthy primo to ring-in the New Year, you’ll find 12 of them all dressed-up and ready to smoke.
Cigars have changed in Recent Years
Haven’t cigars basically done the same thing? It used to be that Punch, Hoyo de Monterrey, and La Gloria Cubana were strong cigars. Besides ample strength and body, these cigars had tons of nuance. But these do not compare in strength to La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero or Camacho Triple Maduro, let alone the following crop of ultra-strong blends: Oliva Cain F, Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo, E.P. Carrillo Cardinal Series, among others.
Don’t get me wrong I enjoy a really strong cigar now and then. I really do (I’m smoking a 601 Green as I type this). And I grant you that everything becoming more extreme is sort of a sign of the times. But where do we draw the line?
Have cigars forsaken character for raw power? Have your say below with a comment!