Staff Picks

Our hard-working staff is busy smoking dozens of cigars, so you don't have to! Each week, they choose their favorite stick from the bunch.
Rene
AGE:30
TASTE:Wood, Earth, Leather
HOBBIES:Guitar, Beer, Sarcasm
STRENGTH:Medium/Full

FAVORITE BRANDS
Padron 1964 Anniversary Maduro
Liga Privada No. 9
Eiroa CBT Maduro
Kristoff GC Signature Series
Tatuaje Miami Seleccion del Cazador

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Warfighter Nicaragua .50 Cal Field Maduro Robusto 5 * 52
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The Warfighter Tobacco Company is owned and operated by combat veterans who love cigars so much, they decided to make some of their own! Blended in part by active member of the U.S. Army David Blanco (Blanco Cigars) and hailing from the Plasencia factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, this halfway rustic-looking .50 Cal Field Maduro takes no prisoners. Full-bodied and rich, I was instantly greeted with heavy notes of leather, and as the minutes passed, earth and even a hint of oatmeal showed face. The burn was decent; it started off a bit iffy but then corrected itself about an inch or two in. Towards the end, notes of cedar and nuts began to appear, making for a more neutral finish than how it began. The aroma that emitted from this cigar was exceptionally noticeable and pungent; musty, but still interestingly pleasant. I can imagine some folks perhaps finding it a bit intrusive, but that's not necessarily the target audience Warfighter is aiming for. They're looking for those who like it a bit rough. Those who will spit every other minute whilst smoking. Those who will have this cigar hanging from their mouth as they clean their gun. Those who don't mind fighting for what they believe in. And especially those who can do all of the above and still crave an excellent premium cigar. Pick this one up to show some support for those who've risked their lives for their country, and if you happen to be reading this and are active military or a veteran - Thank you, and enjoy. Cheers. Picked on 01/15/2018
Michael Diaz-Silveira
AGE:23
TASTE:Wood, Leather, Nut, Maple
HOBBIES:Guitar, Football, Basketball, Volleyball
STRENGTH:Full

FAVORITE BRANDS
Herrera Esteli
Eiroa CBT Maduro
Liga Privada No. 9
Perdomo Double Aged 12 Year Connecticut
CAO Amazon Basin


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Adrenaline Junkie!
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Liga Undercrown Connecticut Shade Coronets 4 * 32
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Being a big fan of Undercrown I had to try their Undercrown Shade and what better way to try it than the short and to the point coronet. The cigar at 4" * 32 lasts about 30-45 minutes and is delicious every minute. The draw of the cigar is easy and with a lot of smoke as expected from an Undercrown cigar. The cigar has this sweetness behind the woody and earthy tones. The refined flavors of the cigar pair well with a dainty coffee. Cigar is great for a short break or a quick smoke in the cold. Pick one up, you wont regret it. Picked on 01/15/2018
Gurkha Warlord 7 * 55
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With one of the most sought after cigar boxes around, how could one resist this cigar. This cigar has a nice oily Connecticut wrapper, Dominican binder, and strong Nicaraguan fillers. Upon first light, a blast of spicy black pepper strikes but then settles down and is joined by earthy and cedar notes. Into the second third, cocoa and woody notes take over which develops into a mellow sweetness, nice complexity. Into the last third, the pepper definitely amps up again, ending with fullness and nutty notes. Construction was subperb--tons of thick white smoke, great burn and draw. This cigar ended up to be a way longer smoke than one would think--almost 2 hours! I thought it was a delicious and complex cigar and I have no clue why it took me 4 years to finally smoke it!! Extremely strong and bold but very smooth. Enjoy! Picked on 01/07/2018
Marianela Mena
TASTE:All
HOBBIES:Reading, running and smoking good cigars
STRENGTH:Medium-Full and Full

FAVORITE BRANDS
Liga Privada T52
Eiroa by CLE
Tatuaje Miami Seleccion del Cazador
Aging Room Quattro F55
Ashton VSG
Joya de Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo

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Camacho Diploma Limited Robusto 5 * 54
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I just can’t pass the opportunity to try a cigar with such gorgeous packaging. The blue diamond shaped box is stunning and the craftsmanship is something to talk about it but I know...you just want to know about the cigar experience. Let start: first thing I noticed is the pleasant aroma, very earthy and woody. Upon lighting it’s incredibly smooth and what is more exciting is there are no traces of pepper or any harsh flavors. Very nutty at the beginning and developed some cedar notes in the second third with some sweetness in the background. An increase on strength as well without loosing the velvety touch. In the last third the right amount of pepper combined with more noticeable cedar and earthy notes, gives the cigar a perfect ending. It was absolutely delicious. Great draw, great burning line, flavorful yet subtle, worthy of every penny you pay for it. I didn’t have the chance to try the original but thumbs up this is an excellent smoke. Picked on 01/01/2018
Ibis Luis
TASTE:Sweet, Earth Cream and Cedar
HOBBIES:Reading, Traveling, Cigars
STRENGTH:Medium

FAVORITE BRANDS
Ashton Symmetry
Davidoff Nicaragua
Padron 50th Anniversary Limited Edition
Diamond Crown Black Diamond
Arturo Fuente Magnum R
La Aurora 1962 Corojo

Diamond Crown Black Diamond Marquise 51/4 * 56
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The Diamond Crown Black Diamond Marquise shows off a rich profile of brown sugar and cocoa on the first draw. There is almost no pepper or spice to be found in the Sun Grown Connecticut wrapper that was aged for eight years and underwent extended fermentation. The Dominican tobaccos used in the binder and filler are grown at the Chateau de la Fuente farm, and have not been used in any other blend before. Prime features include a perfect draw, beautiful white ash and exceptional aroma with a medium strength body. This cigar embodies qualities of silkiness, sweet and smooth while maintaining a mild boldness that never compromises its flavor profile. A cigar of this quality and caliber can be casually enjoyed on the regular, with a side cup of coffee or an old fashioned. Picked on 12/29/2017
Max Gunn
AGE:26
TASTE:Natural earthy taste, with hints of sweetness
HOBBIES:Music
STRENGTH:Medium to full, but smooth and mild in the mornings

FAVORITE BRANDS
Liga Undercrown Maduro
Arturo Fuente Hemingway Natural
Padron Family Reserve Maduro
Romeo y Julieta 1875

Davidoff Nicaragua Short Corona 3 3/4 * 46
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To kick this review off, I have to say this is the first Davidoff I have ever smoked. I was always apprehensive due to the price point, however, the one thing I have to say; it is absolutely worth it. The Nicaraguan Short Corona by Davidoff is nothing shy of perfect. At a glance, the construction is immaculate with a stunning, dark chocolate-colored wrapper. The ash is a beautiful, white pillar that holds throughout the entire smoke and doesn't even entertain the thought of breaking. The draw is smooth and you don't have to work for your smoke, allowing you to enjoy without relighting or struggling on the pull. Now to the flavor. When you first fire it up your palette is instantly teased with flavors of chocolate and coffee, and as you progress through this short smoke those notes are joined by hints of nuts and oak that continue on through to the finish of the cigar leaving you with a pleasant aftertaste as if you hadn't even smoked. Now on to strength. Do not be fooled by the size of the cigar; it is a very powerful little smoke, definitely on the full-side of the power spectrum providing a gentle buzz to compliment the flavors. An overall outstanding 30-45 minute smoke. I highly recommend this cigar for after a long, hard day working and you want to treat yourself. Enjoy with a smooth glass of scotch! Picked on 12/21/2017
Mike Freire
TASTE:Taste-earthy,Cream
HOBBIES:Art, Jazz Music, Reading
STRENGTH:Medium to Full

FAVORITE BRANDS
Arturo Fuente
Padron 1926 Serie Natural
Ashton VSG
La Aurora 100 Anos

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Padron Family Reserve No. 45 Maduro 6 * 52
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The Family Reserve 45 maduro took Cigar Aficionado's magazine cigar of the year back in 2009. They are wrapped in a dark Maduro leaf and are complex, flavorful, rich with notes of spice cedar, nuts and subtle floral accents. These beauties come in a box of 10 cigars. This cigar like all of the Padron cigars has the signature of consistency written all over them, something that has become a little rare in our industry lately. Easy draw, solid construction, smooth creamy aged tobaccos with a slight hint of pepper on the start and finish, not overpowering just the right amount. In our endless search for the perfect cigar many of you will find this your favorite. Love to pair this cigar with a 12 year old Scotch. Picked on 12/14/2017
Luz Normand
TASTE:Earthy, Pepper
HOBBIES:Cooking, Reading, Traveling
STRENGTH:Medium

FAVORITE BRANDS
Arturo Fuente
Tatuaje Black Label
La Aurora Preferidos Cameroon Platinum
Montecristo Espada
Crowned Heads Headley Grange

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Padron Damaso No. 34 6 * 50
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Many folks don't know that the Padron Damaso No. 34 is a different blend than the original Damaso. The company has since revamped the cigar band to look different than the original Damaso. If you thought Damaso was too light a cigar for your taste, I suggest that you try No. 34 which is stronger. Damaso is the first line with a Padron name that uses Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, plus they are all round cigars. They are meant to appeal to the consumer who has not tried a Padron yet, intimidated by the darker, more powerful look of their cigars. The Damaso 34, however, can also be enjoyed by die-hard Padron fans. Maybe as a morning smoke, or when you are craving a mild to medium bodied stick, this beautiful cigar does not disappoint in both flavor and construction. It brings a delicious array of flavor to the palate, with cream, cedar, light pepper, vanilla, and dried fruit in the mix. Picked on 12/07/2017
Elvis Batista
TASTE:Anything but BITTER CONNECTICUT
HOBBIES:Cooking, Swimming, Cycling, Racing Sports & Cigars
STRENGTH:Depends on the day, but usually from Medium to Full

FAVORITE BRANDS
Liga Privada T52
Aging Room Quattro F55
Arturo Fuente Hemingway Natural
Camacho Nicaraguan Barrel Aged

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Tatuaje Monster Series The Krueger No. 9 7 1/4 * 48
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Is that time of the year again, and i just couldn't let the opportunity pass up on reviewing a cigar named after one of or if not my favorite spook as a young boy. I know this is the 2016 version for the monster series, but i had never smoked it before and i prefer cigars aged a bit more after they are out of production. First looks, the Dress box is amazing with the Rustic Wood and the famous Krueger Sweater colors of Red and Dark Forrest green, the stick itself had this dark oily San Andres wrapper that i just couldn't wait to sink my teeth in to. As to be to expected from a Nicaraguan cigar, there was a peppery start at first light which work itself out to some interesting flavors thru out this great smoke. Some notes of creamy caramel and graham crackers where incorporated in this cigar, Beautiful chalky white ash make their way once you advance on the thirds of the cigar and a Grass herbal aroma that really gave a nostalgic feeling, much like playing in the Caribbean fields as a young explorer, far away from any nightmare Krueger would ever get me. Picked on 10/24/2017
Daniel Gutierrez
AGE:26
TASTE:Wood, Cream, Cedar
HOBBIES:Painting, Animation, Music
STRENGTH:Medium/Full

FAVORITE BRANDS
Padron 1926 Serie Maduro
Partagas
Arturo Fuente Fuente Opus X

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La Gloria Cubana Coleccion Reserva Torpedo 6 * 54
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I’ve heard a lot of people talk about how La Gloria Cubana use to taste back in the late 70s, and 80s. “The blend isn’t the same when EP left.” -Customers. Carrillo and General Cigars has heard your cry for a classic. “The blend is very much in keeping with the spirit of the original La Gloria.” -Perez-Carrillo. Thus, the Colección Reserva was born. A soft looking Sumatran-seed wrapper and viso, ligero, from Nicaragua. Which makes this a nice, smooth, and medium to full bodied cigar.The first light and inch was very subtle, with some pepper and light cumin. I was actually expecting a lot of spice, but it’s a nice change from a blast of spice like a Don Pepin, who is notorious of. Second to three quarters, it turned to cedar and nut-brown notes, but smoothly, no spice. Forth and passed the band gets interesting. The cigar opens up beautifully, with sweet undertones like dark molasses, almost like sugar being cooked to an amber toasty finish. I really recommend this cigar to those who miss the old blend and new comers to enjoy and appreciate. Picked on 08/12/2017
Adam
AGE:38
TASTE:All
HOBBIES:Music, Reading, Art, Nature, Craft Beer, Slacking
STRENGTH:All

FAVORITE BRANDS
Tatuaje Black Label
Liga Privada No. 9
Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970
Arturo Fuente

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Joya de Nicaragua Antano 1970 Gran Perfecto 6 * 60
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Though this cigar has been on the market for quite a while now, it has not lost any of its appeal. It is a big, fat (perhaps not by today's standards, but still...) Nicaraguan Puro that is well packed and feels heavy in the hand. Its reddish brown chocolaty wrapper is beautiful and flawless. Be patient when you first light it as the draw will be tight until you work through the tapered foot. Once it opens up however, it will open with a bang. You will be hit with an intense and wonderful aroma followed by flavors of spice, cocoa, molasses, raisin, cedar, earth and licorice. The spice will get more intense as you work your way through the stick, but it at no point does it override the other flavors. The ash is sturdy and white. When you figure out just how good this cigar is in combination with its very reasonable price tag...you will understand why there are always at least a few of them in my humidor. Much like a 64.5 Mustang or a well worn pair of Levy's, this cigar is a classic. Picked on 04/02/2017