The 5: Great Cigars

This Week on The 5:  Five Great Cigars

With the cost of cigars going through the roof, you can’t afford to pick your smokes blindly.  So whether you’re new to smoking and don’t know where to start, curious about branching out to new brands, or just looking for some gifts to buy for someone you know that loves cigars, here are five of our current favorites.

  • Tatuaje Seleccion de Cazadores (also known as the Cabinet Selection or Brown Label).  They come in all kinds of sizes and shapes to fit your personal tastes and range from an incredibly affordable $5 for the Petite Cazadores Reserva through about $12 for The 7th Reserva.  In fact, you can’t go wrong with any Tatuaje label.
  • Drew Estate Liga Privada.  Try the #9 and the  T-52.  Usually range from about $9 to $16. Originally created as a private blend for the company’ s owner,  the liga privada line is a full bodied smoke made from a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, a Brazilian binder and filler tobaccos from Honduras and the Dominican Republic.
  • Padrón: 1964s.  Exclusivos $11-13, Principes $9-11, and a whole host of other sizes that will run you anywhere from $8 to $35, these special edition smokes have a robust dark flavor.  If you’re really looking to splurge check out the Padron 44 Natural, at about $30 each.
  • Ashton: La Aroma de Cuba (red footband)  All sizes.  These are a bargain at $5-10 a piece and have a The Connecticut broadleaf wrapper and Nicaraguan filler and binder, and a smooth finish.
  • Fuente Fuente Opus X.  These hard to find gems are always expensive, strictly price regulated by the manufacturer and usually there are restrictions on how many you can buy.  But they’re really an outstanding smoke, and a gift every smoker is happy to receive.   Usually range from $9 to $30 each.
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