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Diamond Crown Maximus

Diamond Crown
Maximus
Toro

Stanford Newman approached Carlos Fuente with a new idea for his treasured Diamond Crown line, to create a full-bodied version. The Maximus derives its mystique from the El Bajo sun grown wrapper harvested on the Oliva family's Ecuador plantation. Not to be confused with a Maduro, it is made from the richest, heartiest tobacco cut from the top priming of the plant. The flavor lingers somewhere between a cappuccino and a double espresso-- neither delicate nor intense. Very rare and befitting the Crown name, even the band speaks loudly to what pleasurable offerings the tobaccos will deliver. This cigar hits the mark and is a true treasure in any aficionado's humidor.

Don Pepin Garcia
Invictos

Don Pepins have captured the love and admiration of many followers, and with very good reason. The first cigars made by Jose "Don Pepin" Garcia were under the Tatuaje label, but are now produced with his own label. Made in the El Rey de Los Habanos factory, following the Cuban style as closely as possible, without the use of Cuban tobacco. These cigars are of the finest quality, using a triple cap to complement a truly magnificent appearance. Cloaked in an oily Nicaraguan Corojo leaf, the wrapper is of a lovely cinnamon hue, banded in blue depicting both the Cuban and American flags. This cigar is strictly for professionals and not for beginners.

Don Pepin Gzarcia
Felipe Gregorio fusion

Felipe Gregorio
Fusion
F1

Born and raised in Switzerland, Philip Gregory Wynne, the namesake behind Felipe Gregorio cigars, was always fond of the Cuban-style, full-bodied Havanas he smoked in Europe. His first cigar, the Petrus, was introduced at a time when most smokers were favoring the lighter-bodied smokes, but still he persisted. Thankfully so, because he now produces some of the finest smokes around, with the Fusion as one of his many efforts. A technique developed by Wynn is the fusion of wrapper, binder, and filler, fermented together in the same bales, from the very beginning of the manufacturing process, enhancing the superb flavor. The Fusion is an obvious world-class performer with boutique qualities and Havana style. Noted for its fine aroma, not flavored or potpourri-like, yet pleasing to the senses. A noticeable increase in power develops as the cigar burns to the end. Smooth, regal and very well-constructed. Only 50,000 are made in each size, making it a rare find indeed. Capture one and relish the experience of smoking this fine cigar.

Fonseca
MATASA
30th Anniversary Toro

The Fonseca brand began in Havana, Cuba, way back in 1891. In 1974, the MATASA Cigar Factory opened in the Dominican Republic, and started rolling the Fonseca brand to satisfy the U.S. market. Made famous by Manuel Quesada, this cigar was introduced to commemorate that auspicious occasion. MATASA produces the 30th Anniversary in only two shapes, the Perfecto and the Toro. Of particular note are the deliberately selected leaves grown on a small micro farm in the Cibao valley, with a wrapper made from the topmost leaf, Olor Dominicano. These fine tobaccos endow this intense cigar with a diverse, yet specific flavor of chocolate pudding. Delicious.

Fonseca MATASA
Fuente Fuente OpusX

Fuente Fuente OpusX
Double Corona

They said it could not be done, but Arturo Fuente proved everyone wrong. With Cuban seed silken Rosado wrapper grown under shade on the Fuente farms in the Dominican Republic, and rolled with impeccable craftsmanship. A wonderful puro, meaning all ingredients are indigenous to one country, and many believe the best of the best. Medium-full bodied but never overpowering, this cigar is close to perfection. Take note of the complex flavors of wood, black cherry and leather, with coffee bean on the finish. A rare treat that is very hard to find. If they do have this one in stock, most retailers will limit purchases and charge plenty. But don't let that stop you, for this jewel is lustrous. If you're willing to wait, this cigar should also improve with age quite nicely. Enjoy!

Gran Habano
Corojo #5
Robusto

GR Tabacaleras Unidas was founded in 1995, the love child of Guillermo Rico and his son George. As a third generation leaf grower, this family understands tobacco both in recognizing potential and then nurturing it to its fullest extent. Every step of the process, from seed to cigar, is cultivated with care and knowledge. The medium reddish-brown Corojo wrapper has a very lovely oily hue that actually shines. Notice the heaviness when held, denoting the fully packed tobacco leaf construction. The Gran Habano is a delicious Nicaraguan handmade with a medium body and spice/peppery flavor. This is a dark, attractive smoke with an elegant draw and burn. Towards the end, a savory creaminess develops, replacing the distinct taste of spice with almond. Priced much less than many of its Fifty Best peers, it's a definite bargain. Smoke it and feel the love!

Gran Habano Corojo

Graycliff professional chairman

Graycliff
Professional Chairman

The Graycliff Cigar Company has achieved worldwide fame for its handcrafted cigars, produced within the lush tropical setting of the prestigious Graycliff Hotel. At one time, these cigars were meant to be enjoyed exclusively by the elite guests visiting the hotel, to be paired with the finest of wines and gourmet fare. Enrico Garzaroli, originally from the Lake Como area of Italy, is the founder of Graycliff cigars and owner of the Graycliff Hotel in Nassau, Bahamas. To realize his dream of producing world class cigars to complement the hotel’s supreme excellence, Enrico partnered with the well-known Cuban cigar legend Avelino Lara to create Graycliff's high-end, limited production cigars. This cigar has a smooth-burning Indonesian wrapper, with tobaccos emanating from notables such as Brazil, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. If you ever have the opportunity to enjoy one of these limited offerings, do not think twice, as pleasure is best seized at the moment.

Gurkha
Black Dragon
Edicion Especial

A result of enormous devotion by Kaizad Hansotia himself, the label is a tribute to the fierce Nepalese fighters known as “Gurkhas”. Made by Beach Cigar Group, the Gurkha line of cigars never cease to amaze. Referred to as the “Rolls Royce” of cigars, the Black Dragon is the epitome of refinement. Simply superb in taste, construction, elegance and packaging. The wrapper is Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro and hails from a vintage 1990 crop. 15 year-old Cameroon binder, together with 12 year-old Dominican filler completes the cigar’s pedigree. The resplendent boxes made from camel bone with interiors of Indian teak, are as exquisite as the cigars. To say that this cigar is limited is an understatement. The demand for Gurkha cigars is through the roof, and the loyal customer base ever increasing. A final note, few rare cigars sport ten year-old wrapper, this is a ten year-old cigar.

Gurkha Black Dragon

Hoyo de Monterrey

Hoyo de Monterrey
Double Corona

Havana, Cuba

Hoyo de Monterrey began in 1865, when Don José Gener y Batet opened his cigar factory in Havana. Translated from Spanish to "the hole of Monterrey", in reference to the concave terrain favored by growers of premium tobacco. As with other formats from Hoyo de Monterrey, the prominentes are one of the best ever made. The Double Corona is particularly prized among connoisseurs, and many believe this cigar sets the standard to which all others are compared. Strong and savory, with a convincing aroma. The flavor is consistent throughout, exhibiting elegantly rich characteristics. Look for the presence of spice, most notably cinnamon, which builds towards the end.

H. Upmann
Magnum 50
Havana, Cuba

German bankers, August and Hermann Upmann, founded their family-owned operation in 1844 in Havana, Cuba. Avid cigar smokers, the brothers used cigars packaged in cedar boxes as a promotion tool for their bank. H. Upmann was known to be President John F. Kennedy's favorite brand. The Magnum 50 is a gorgeous creation. Some claim that this cigar is a boost into paradise. Think chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Be sure to make note of the Upmann's unique floral and citrus-like qualities. Lighter than some of it’s Cuban counterparts, this light-bodied cigar is appropriate for a beginner who desires complexity in their cigar smoking experience. A cigar that will age beautifully!

H. Upmann Magnum 50
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Thu. June 12, 2014 12:11 AM - by: Peter Brown
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Sat. October 19, 2013 2:28 PM - by: Hammilton
I've tried virtually all of these cigars at some point or another. It looks more like they were just trying to come up with 50 cigars- as was noted above, they show the dominican Sancho Panza brand but talk about the Cuban, the Stradivarius talks about RyJ. Whoever made this list didn't take their time or do their homework. An accurate list can't ignore the Padron Family Reserve series. Any cigar from that series is about 3x better than any Perdomo or Stradivarius. To the fellow above, "Guy Buscema" who says that a peso Cuban is better than a high end non-Cuban, you're talking crap, I'm afraid. There are great Cubans and there are garbage cubans. A cheap cuban is a cheap cuban, though. After the revolution Cuba experienced a brain drain, a lot of the best blenders fled the country and set up shop elsewhere. It took them some time, but they've now established themselves as among the best cigars in the world. Padron has to be No. 1, but the Fuente, (Pepin) Garcia and Oliva families are certainly up there. There are few cigars that rival the quality of a Padron Family Reserve No. 45 Maduro or an Alec Bradley Prensado, Cuban or otherwise. I'm surprised the genius who made this list didn't include Acid cigars... Instead, the real geniuses like Jose Orlando Padron, Litto Gomez, Benji Menendez, or Gilberto Oliva are the guys who should really be honored in a list like this. I don't smoke much these days, as a result. I have about five hundred dollars of cigars aging in my humidor right now, not because I wanted to age them but because my buying has far outpaced my consumption. I've got a few three year old plain-band Padron's that in a couple years will be as good as the new Anniversary series cigars they make. Padron's Family Reserve series are basically pre-aged for you- they're made from tobacco that's at least 10 years old. That's a huge investment they had to make, holding back the best tobacco they had, and then continue to do so for at least ten years? They've already experienced a devastating fire, they know how that investment can turn sour, but they continue to do so because they're artisans and craftsmen of the highest order. Even their cheapie cigars can be aged for 5 years and they'll turn into the sort of cigars that earn 95 ratings in CA- some of which consistently obtain 90 ratings in the magazine fresh off the shelf! No one seems to buy them from my local B&M shop, and they put dates on the band w/ the name and barcode, so it's easy to see how long they've been there. Good for me, I got 5 year old cigars the first time I went in there.
 
 
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Sat. May 4, 2013 8:27 AM - by: Guy Buscema
In my opinion, ANY peso Cuban cigar is worth ANY high end N.C. Everytime.Period. Guy
 
 
Mon. January 21, 2013 10:36 AM - by: Guy Buscema
Dear sirs , A good Habanos,when good,is great. Amicalement, Guy
 
 
Tue. December 4, 2012 9:23 AM - by: Carl
love the list, giving me some ideas.. Got a little squirley on the Sancho Panza (you show the dominican version, but talk cuban) and the Stratavarious you talk about the Romeo Y Julieta.. Really want the Perdomo Silvio, but at $20, it may be waiting.. No Liga Privada?? Can't wait till the embargo ends, gotta try the cubans.. Thx for your list, very informative.
 
 
Tue. July 3, 2012 1:42 AM - by: DON P.
HAVE SMOKED SIGARS FOR 62 YEARS, GOOD ONES AND SOME BAD. BUT THE BEST CIGAR FOR MY MONEY ID THE HOYO de MONTETERREY IN THE MADURO OR OSCURO LINES. PEOPLE HAVE COMMENTED ON THE CIGAR FROM AS FAR AWAY AS 2 GAMING TABLES AWAY IN A CASINO. GREAT TASTE AND EVEN BURN. CONSISTANTLY GOOD. THE DARK SUMATRA, TRY IT.
 
 
Wed. May 30, 2012 7:44 PM - by: Bruce
I'm relatively new to the cigar world and have to say that Macanudo is by far the best smoke I have had yet. Baccarat is also a smoke that I really enjoy.
 
 
Thu. March 8, 2012 2:16 PM - by: Pancho Seaney
You know its a shame that any time you look at cigar ratings you only see the big names like flor de cano, CAO, AVO, LA GLROIA CUBANA, Arturo Fuentes, Cohibas, CAMACHO and so on... But what about all of the boutique cigar factories who have been for 10 years or more and manufacture great cigars and in some cases way better quality cigars then your big major brands!!! I mean have you guys ever been to any of the cigar shops along calle Ocho in little Havana Miami? How about Cigar Factory in New Orleans or there sister factory in PUERTO VALLARTA (VALLARTA CIGAR FACTORY)? What about babalus on 8th st in Austin TEXAS? How about Ibor City flority which is Cigar Meca!!! You guys have an amazing site but I am just saying that you guys are forgetting about the true essence of what it means to enjoy a cigar; which is to truly enjoy the over all experience and most of all the flavor!!!
 
 
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Sat. October 15, 2011 6:56 AM - by: Apuesto Roberto Juan El Hermoso
I believe you can pay $2 for a $20 cigar; but, I also believe you can pay $20 for a $2 cigar, so be careful and network. My philosophy is that it's better to smoke a Good $20 cigar once a month (in one hour of uninterrupted tranquility) than it is to smoke a Good $5 cigar once a week. If you boil all this down, you'll see the issue is to find a Good $20 cigar for only $5, and then only smoke it occasionally so you're not jaded. My problem is I have to go through 20 cigars before I find one good one (regardless of price, make or model). I went through most of a year thinking nothing was as good as the Macanudo Hampton Court, until I found the Monte Christo No. 2 Classic Bellicoso Torpedo, and now I'm in love. Now my problem is whether to smoke only this once a month, or quit smoking altogether because the Solution Saturation Syndrome just gives me Option Shock, and I don't particularly like the three piece suit cigar salesmen snobs....but who am I? I'm only an aspiring cigar aficianado who believes the whole purpose is to capture a moment of appreciating the goods things in ones life.
 
 
Mon. September 5, 2011 8:19 PM - by: CPT Valdes
I am CPT Valdes deployed in Kandahar City, Afghanistan. I have been looking for a good site to order cigars, but I wanted to know if I can get some samples to try them with my Soldiers over here. we have been through a lot and just need something to do and enjoy. Please help. CPT Valdes, Rolando HHD, 385th MP BN KAF APO, AE 09355
 
 
Tue. February 15, 2011 3:01 PM - by: William
Possibly the Zino Platinum Crown Stretch or the Padron Family Reserve No. 46. The most expensive may not necessarily be the best.
 
 
Tue. February 15, 2011 2:00 PM - by: Alma Alicia
please give me name of most expensive cigar. thank you Alma
 
 
Sun. October 17, 2010 2:33 PM - by: Derek J. W.
I love the DPG's...pretty much everything I've tried from him. really like the Tatuaje Brown labels. Didn't know he had a hand in the Padilla Miami line...I'll have to give them a try
 
 
Wed. October 6, 2010 10:36 AM - by: joe
i just love sancho panza. just to good for a smoke...:)
 
 
Thu. September 30, 2010 10:09 PM - by: Andre
I thought the Jose Seijas perfecto required a bit of effort to keep it lit... But the effort was a necessary evil to get at its earthy, spice laden notes... Though its smoke was thinner than I usually like, it was beautifully constructed and flavorful... definitely a cut above the usual suspects General or Altadis...
 
 
Thu. September 16, 2010 8:40 PM - by: Gavin
to andrew gwozdzialski....Romeo Y Julieta is a great brand of cigar, I really enjoy the Habana Reserve. As for suggestions on other cigars you might like, you just have to go out there and try as many as you can. I used to enjoy a more mild cigar, then my palate changed. Some cigars I absolutely cannot live without in my humidor have to be, Casa Magna Colorado, Partagas Black Label Clasico, Oliva 0, V, and G, on special occasions I recommend Padrons 45 family reserve (very expensive cigar $25, so I recommend you smoke other cigars to get an idea of the flavors and enjoy the experience). For everyone else, the blondie is a good FLAVORED cigar, my gf enjoys it, and every once in awhile its a nice change from an actual cigar. But the Blondie will never be on this list.
 
 
Fri. August 27, 2010 1:46 PM - by: andrew gwozdzialski
um iam new to the world of cigars but i can honestly say acid does not belng any where near this list. um if any one could give me some advice a would be gratefull um my brand as of right now is romeo y julieta and as i said iam a bit of a new guy but how would that rank in the world of cigars
 
 
Wed. August 25, 2010 12:05 PM - by: Jason
Please do not ever add flavored cigars. They corrupt the quality of the cigar. Sure an Acid Blondie is nice to smoke but it is not even close to being on this list.
 
 
Thu. July 22, 2010 11:54 AM - by: Raul
woul like injected cigars with vanilla cherry strawberry chery congac
 
 
Fri. July 9, 2010 7:13 PM - by: Brian
Yes, please add Acid. They are one of the best cigars for the money, period. The blondie is by far one of the smoothest cigars I have smoked.
 
 
Sat. June 12, 2010 7:31 PM - by: Gregory Evans
Your list and descriptions are wonderful. I have a suggestion for an addition to the list. The Gurkha "Park Avenue 44" K. Hansotia & Co. Very smooth, mild, lite nutty, creamy, similar to the CAO Gold and Rocky Patel Edge Lite. Love the website - Greg
 
 
Sun. February 14, 2010 8:58 PM - by: francisco
Which brands can be purchased in the united states in other words which brands are not under a trade embargo
 
 
Thu. February 4, 2010 6:17 AM - by: STEVE PFOUTS
ALSO HOW COULD YOU LEVE OUT POR LARRANAGA, THE LONGEST CONTINUOSLY RUNNING CUBAN, AND THE DOMINICANS ARE ALSO QUITE TASTY. COMPLEMENTS FOR LEAVING OUT ACID THOSE ARE SOME OF THE WORST CIGARS I'VE EVER HAD. THE ONLY PEOPLE I EVER SEE BUYING THEM ARE WOMEN AND INEXPERIENCED SMOKERS. ALSO CUBA ALIADOS IS A GREAT BARGAIN, DON'T KNOW IF IT SHOULD B ON LIST, BUT DEFINATELY WORTH THE MENTION.
 
 
Thu. February 4, 2010 6:07 AM - by: STEVE PFOUTS
WHERE IS CUBAO, 601, CHATEAU REAL, OR LIGA PRIVADA
 
 
Fri. January 29, 2010 3:01 PM - by: Eric Moser
I think Acid should be on that top 50 list for sure. I have had many cigars and coming out of Nicaragua, you have some listed but not Acid. I like the Blondie and the little C-note is a great bang for ur buck! I do have a assorted box of Acid cigars so there are a few I havent tried but will by the end of the month. Im sure after tasting and smoking some of the others there will be more I would add to this list. Cohiba being the best and most well known...no doubt. Thanks, Eric Moser
 
 
Sat. October 10, 2009 12:00 PM - by: Chaz Durgin
I would like to offer a candidate for the list! The Island Prince Cigar from the Kaua'i Cigar Company. It should be given serious consideration.
 
 
Fri. April 3, 2009 6:28 PM - by: Richard Hu - The Wall Street Humidor-18 Warren st. NYC-- 212-96-Cigar
Rick, It was a pleasure meeting you and as I promised I am sending you an invite to our next cigar night at Acappella (0ne Hudson St., Tribeca--212-240-0163) on Monday, June 1. Best regards, Richard Hu
 
 


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