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Oliva Serie O Perfecto

Serie O

The Oliva Serie O is a selection of cigars that commemorate one of the most famous tobacco families in the cigar industry. The secret behind this cigar is the proud heritage and the prominence of the Oliva family, whose contribution to the cigar world is immeasurable. It is well known that the Oliva's have the best wrapper leaf available. Made of all Cuban seed Habano fillers and finished with a silky Sun Grown Habano wrapper, this is a true Nicaraguan puro. And it tastes as good as it looks. An excellent pedigree, this cigar can be enjoyed by the novice and veteran smoker alike.

Miami 8/11

Padilla is a captivating tale of migration from the Canary Islands to the Cuban shores. Today, Ernesto and Carlos Padilla captain the Padilla name like a ship headed for continued success, showing every sign of longevity. Full-bodied with one of the loveliest oiled wrappers imaginable, this is a shiny, inviting smoke. As Ernesto says, "The Miami blend, is made by a friend of ours, who we've known since he came to the States, and I heard of even before he came here-- Pepin Garcia." The blend is assisted by Pepin, but like all the other cigars in the Padilla line, the results are magnificent, with the Miami blend rated slightly higher.

Padron 1964

Padron 1964
1964 Anniversary Series

Introduced to commemorate the company's 30th year anniversary, and produced with the same loving care and attention to detail that lives up to its name. The construction, appearance and quality, make Padron a top contender and a favorite among its loyal following. Lighting this beauty will reward you with a fine draw and complexity, enhanced by the smooth flavors of nut and cocoa. The ash remains affixed for quite some time, white in color, signifying a cool burn. This cigar is beautifully box pressed, and features a numbered guarantee bar-coded band to guard against counterfeiting. Everything about this fine smoke is regal and refined. The Padron Anniversary 1964 is what any cigar might aspire to be.

Serie 1926 40th Anniversary
Wrapper/Filler: Nicaragua

The Padron family offers this magical cigar in honor of its 40th anniversary, and might possibly be the best cigar ever created. It's that good! The only downside to this offering is the difficulty in finding one. You can't help but notice the impeccable construction. The quality workmanship provides dignity with almost flawless features. The natural Nicaraguan wrapper feels like the finest of silk to the touch. After lighting, the first 1/3 of the cigar imparts a nut-like flavor with chocolaty undertones. As the ash grows and clings on to the end, so does the complexity and enjoyment of this Padron. Luxurious for sure, and one of the best cigars you will ever smoke.

Padron Serie 1926
Partagas Serie P #2

Serie P #2

Celebrating the brand's 160th year, this Cuban only just arrived in 2005. The same size as the Montecristo #2, but different in flavor and in its heritage. Subtly spicy, this cigar embodies the classic Partagas character all the way. The wrapper is oily and brown with a musky scent that greets the lucky smoker. The cigar looks creamy and tastes that way upon lighting, with the famous hint of Partagas spice. It is a known fact that some cigars improve measurably with age. This is one cigar that will age and refine the longer it rests in your humidor. Some say this is the best cigar coming out of Cuba at present. Absolutely deserving to be among the fifty best.

Paul Garmirian
15th Anniversary Series

Produced in collaboration with one of the best cigar makers in the Dominican Republic. This cigar has reviewers raving, rivaling such heralded names as Monte #2 and Opus X, among others. The oily Colorado/Nicaraguan wrapper cloaks the filler and binder, creating a complex blend of flavors for the lucky smoker. An intriguing smoke, offering a fullness, yet, at the same time, rich and smooth. Five years of aging allows for this smoothness to develop. Taste cedar and hints of cinnamon, with the appearance of cocoa as the cigar reaches an end. The very fine construction and craftsmanship make this cigar a true masterpiece.

Paul Garmirian
Perdomo Edición de Silvio

Edición de Silvio

Edición de Silvio was created by Nick Perdomo, Jr. as a living tribute to honor his late grandfather, Silvio Perdomo. The origins of this tobacco is a closely held secret, known only to the Oliva family. Created as a premium of premiums, it is much more than that. By tasting this gem, you can bear to light that the tobaccos were resting in 50-year-old spice-laden casks. Cherish the complex tastes and the effort that went into this special offering. The experience will make you feel fortunate as you savor all this cigar can offer. The spicy, nutty undertones are delicious. Rich and creamy, you will smoke this Perdomo to the last bit of nub. The Edición de Silvio is the best of a great cigar-making company with a long tradition of excellence. Allow this cigar to captivate you . . and it will.

Perdomo ESV 91
Estate Selección Vintage (ESV) 1991

Prepare yourself for a smoke of monumental character and proportion. The construction is truly stunning. This luscious Maduro is oily to the eye, coated with a sheen that glistens. Earthy and robust, the sun-grown wrapper releases its full flavor enriched from the soil, plus 200 days of cedar aging. When smoked from start to finish, notice the various flavor profiles building in intensity, but always remaining silky on the palate. Coffee, cocoa, and spice mix and swirl in the mouth, as the superior complexity is fully achieved. Sweetness of flavor is apparent in the last third, along with peppery notes of pure joy. Hard to find, since quantities are limited, but it's well worth the effort. In fact, pick up a few. This is one cigar experience that should not be missed.

Perdomo  ESV 91
Pryme Gold

Limited Edition Gold

Alan Rubin, president of Alec Bradley is swinging for the fence, and hits it out of the park with this offering. The Pryme name comes from the corona or flowering top of the plant used for this cigar's wrapper. The wrapper is oily and very shiny because of its duty to protect the plant from the sun. Also called ligero, it is better known for power boosting characteristics from filler and not as wrapper. Well conceived by balancing the ligero's full aromatic flavor with a rich-tasting Mexican binder and four-nation filler blend from Nicaragua, Honduras, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. This cigar is lustrous in a beautiful, glistening glow of appeal. Costly to produce, there is less than 10% yield from an entire year’s crop worthy of this medium to full-bodied cigar. With only 1,500 boxes produced, the Limited Edition Gold Series is a complex and rare find, arriving in humidors made from Nogal wood, indigenous to Central America. It is actually very easy to speak of this cigar in loving terms, as one dares to bring fire to the foot and begin smoking.

Puros Indios
No. 4

Cuban-trained roller and expatriate, Rolando Reyes, Sr. was a cigar legend. There has never been a more discriminating and skillful cigar maker, also regarded as the master of tobacco blending. The factory is in Honduras, but the cigar is reminiscent of Old World Cuba. Showcasing the talents of an incredible master, only a world-renowned blender could create the complexity of flavors. This medium-bodied jewel with the bright green band is a result of tremendous dedication and effort. A great choice for when you want to experience a straightforward, easy to enjoy cigar. The unrelenting quality control will ensure it. Very reasonably priced, so it will fit in your budget as well as your humidor.

Puros Indios

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Mon. August 28, 2017 2:37 AM - by: AdminR
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Sat. November 26, 2016 8:37 PM - by: David H
I was also in Cuba recently and smoked some good and some not so good fakes. I am new to cigars, being more of a pipe person, and was looking to experience the whole cigar thing, but without blowing a boatload of cash. I have tried some decent cigars as my brother-in-law is a serious guy and I've had a couple of his, after aging for at least a year in his humidor. Contrary to Steve, I found that the Cubans loved us (Canadians) and did not care that much for Americans, who tend to see things a certain way, and usually only that way. My wife is heading down to Cuba soon with her sister and her mom, can you recommend a few cigars that she should seek out for me..a rank beginner without a humidor. Best to be safe and go with very inexpensive, as I am sure I can't tell good from great, or middling from mediocre at this stage. Thanks for an excellent website and resource.
Sun. May 8, 2016 8:22 AM - by: Jim
Not one cigar from Drew Estate or Tatuaje?
Tue. March 22, 2016 3:26 PM - by: Steve
I was in Havana last month and bought 5 of the Cohiba at the factory. $8.00 a piece and worth every penny. But, the rest of Havana is a pit with dirty hotels, a lack of food and nice people-but they don't like us. They can't believe that it's their stupid gov't that's done it to them, not our embargo. You can't run a GNP on cigars and rum.
Sun. December 13, 2015 10:13 PM - by: Matthew M
I would like to do some reviews on your cigars and tell people about the taste about the quality of the cigar with a none bias opinion. I have been told that i have the right pallet and hasnt been wrong much at all. So if you woulld consider me to do reviews for you that would be great and im sure my list would be more about the cigar itself instead who made it which does play a part but it doesnt tell the whole story. I have had some budget cigars that will rank right up there it doesnt always have to be a $20 cigar to reach what you are looking for and thats just being honest and im sure most of you seasoned smokers would agree. So if you are looking for some one brutally honest im your guy and you can contact me at the email i signed in with.
Mon. November 16, 2015 3:43 PM - by: Al
Nice choices. The Sancho Panza you have displayed is not the one from Cuba it's from Honduras. I like the one you listed it's a very good cigar that I keep in my humidor.
Thu. October 22, 2015 5:33 AM - by: rakihasan
ciggerate is the depends on life style of a person.sometimes it varies on culture and custom. it s depend on income and habit. cigerate makes people more smart and fashionable.
Mon. September 28, 2015 8:42 PM - by: Matt
I would add the Don Pepin Garcia Blue Generosos (toro) (6.0"x50) to this list and near the very top!
Wed. August 5, 2015 10:14 PM - by: Robin STERBINSKY
Sun. August 2, 2015 11:01 AM - by: Matthew
I was expecting more from the list like something I haven't smoked. So your telling me that I have already smoked the best cigars in the world bull theres no way there has got to be the Cuban brand that would fit this list and I'm sure theres some cigars from other countrys I have never heard of. But I refuse to think that I have already smoked the 50 best cigars in the world there are about 4-5 cigars that I haven't tried at some point. Some one just disrespected all of the cigar smokers in the world by not dong his home work...
Wed. February 25, 2015 3:40 PM - by: Rodney Dunbar
Being a third generation cigar smoker these brands were in my father's humidor year after year my father found that just having the perfect cigar was perfection at its best.I have learned that quality is first second is taste the feel of the roll and the slow flavored burn.All in all these fifty of the best can not be duplicated for just those who know the meaning of a good quality cigar.Do you agree?
Fri. September 26, 2014 11:04 PM - by: Bob
Looks the fellow below "Hammilton" works for the Padron family. Maybe his full name is Hammilton Padron Jr... Man take it easy. With all my appreciation for the Padron products, most Cuban cigars taste are at least as good as the the Padrons. All the Cuban limited editions are way better than the Padrons. It's just that folks in the US got an acquired taste for all those mediocrities available to them in the absence of real cigars.
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.
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
Thu. February 4, 2010 6:07 AM - by: STEVE PFOUTS
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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