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Best Cigars to Smoke on Your Birthday

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Shane K.

What makes a great birthday cigar? Rarity, price, an indulgent flavor profile, a hard-to-roll or unreleased size? Maybe all of the above. Always, there are a number of amazing top-shelf smokes worth saving for a special occasion like your birthday. For many, even better than saving that special cigar for months until your next birthday rolls around is getting someone else to buy it for you and say, “Happy Birthday!” as they hand it over.

Some birthdays are milestones and practically command a cigar that’s heads and tails above all others – 21st, 30th, 40th, 50th, and so on. Whatever notch on your belt is coming up next, here are a handful of awesome cigars to smoke on your birthday. Start dropping hints around your friends and family that it’s never too early to start hunting down your favorite birthday smokes. You can’t go wrong starting with these.

Fuente Fuente Opus X

Hold onto your horses if you think you can run down the street and pick up a Fuente Fuente Opus X at the last minute at your local smokeshop. The few stores that receive any Opus X to speak of typically get a very small allocation on an annual or semi-annual basis, and they’re often spoken for well in advance. Blended entirely from a recipe of ultra-rare Dominican tobaccos, including its reddish-brown wrapper leaf, the legendary cigar debuted to massive anticipation in 1995. Celebrated cigar-maker Carlito Fuente created Fuente Fuente Opus X – a true Dominican Puro – after many said it couldn’t be done. To this day, Opus X easily retains its reputation as the ultimate special occasion cigar.

Ashton ESG

Blended to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the world-renowned Ashton brand, ESG (which stands for Estate Sun Grown) debuted in 2006. Legendary cigar-maker Carlito Fuente created Ashton ESG from a premium aged recipe of select tobaccos harvested from his esteemed Chateau de la Fuente Estates in the Dominican Republic. Like Carlito’s pride and joy, Fuente Fuente Opus X, Ashton ESG is one of very few Dominican Puros ever created. Whereas Opus X is spicy and intense, Ashton ESG is rich, creamy, and full-flavored with notes of graham cracker, caramel, and black pepper. Few cigars match up with bourbon or scotch as dynamically as the 94-rated Ashton ESG. Skip the cake and candles if there’s an ESG waiting.

Arturo Fuente Anejo

An impressive profile of dark chocolate, cognac, and coffee beans emerges with buttery Dominican spices in Arturo Fuente Anejo. Another hard-to-find cigar from Fuente amounts to a perfect birthday treat due to its scarcity. Carlito Fuente originally created Anejo as a temporary substitute for his beloved Opus X cigars after Hurricane Georges destroyed a number of barns harboring precious Opus wrappers. To distinguish Anejo, Carlito re-blended his Opus tobaccos beneath a lavish Connecticut Broadleaf fermented inside old cognac barrels. Arturo Fuente Anejo is an exceptional follow-up to a top-shelf birthday libation with a slice of chocolate cake.

La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse

Award-winning cigar-maker Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia achieves an elegant and silky richness with La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse. Floral notes of cashews and cedar unfold with signature Nicaraguan spices in a woody and versatile finish. A glistening Cuban-seed wrapper leaf embraces a creamy and peppery core of all-Nicaraguan long-fillers aged to perfection. Plus, the cigar’s jaw-dropping and ornate band is entirely deserving of an extra-special reason to indulge. Must be somebody’s birthday.

San Cristobal Ovation

A high-profile recipe of full-bodied, vintage Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos rests beneath a dark and glistening San Andrés wrapper leaf. Pepin Garcia blended the annual limited edition San Cristobal Ovation exclusively from stores of his most prized tobaccos. A full-flavored profile of sweetened hickory, earth, espresso beans, and wood entices from the first puff with its flavor and aroma. Save San Cristobal Ovation for your after-dinner birthday cigar. It’s bit rich for an empty stomach, but perfect after a big birthday steak.

Padron Family Reserve

The lauded reputation of Padron Family Reserve includes some of the highest ratings and rankings ever bestowed on a brand by Cigar Aficionado. A full-bodied blend of all-Nicaraguan tobaccos furnishes the cigar’s now-iconic profile of cedar, cayenne, cinnamon, baking spices, and cocoa. Many cigar lovers specifically save Padron Family Reserve for birthdays, anniversaries, and job promotions. It’s simply too special (and maybe a bit pricey) for an everyday smoke.

My Father La Opulencia

Two-time ‘#1 Cigar of the Year’ titleholder Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia blended another hit with My Father La Opulencia, Cigar Aficionado’s ‘#2 Cigar of the Year’ for 2018. Cocoa, wood, and pepper combine in a 95-rated gem drafted from a rich brown San Andrés wrapper leaf over a full-bodied amalgam of aged Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. Because it’s been around for less time than other award-winning My Father cigars that you’ve likely already tried like Flor de las Antillas or Le Bijou 1922, My Father La Opulencia deserves your attention on big occasions like your birthday.  

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