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Best Cigars to Enjoy in the Spring

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Shane K.

Ahhh, spring is in the air! At last, you can hit the golf course again, get the boat out of storage, and gas up the grill. Warmer temps and more sunlight mean you can be outside without bundling up.

Before you break out the shish kebab skewers and give your motorcycle a bath, don’t forget to pick up some cigars. Your pals will be on cloud nine if you’re the first one to pass around a few premium handmades when you’re preparing to hit the park. Here are five amazing brands you should have on your radar when you’re looking for the best cigars to smoke this spring.

#1 - Ashton

An iconic Dominican-made brand blended by legendary cigar-maker Carlito Fuente is handcrafted in a tremendous variety of classic shapes. A golden blond Connecticut Shade wrapper embraces a creamy recipe of premium aged Dominican binder and filler tobaccos. Notes of toasted almonds, cashews, and coffee with cream accompany soft spices and a touch of sweetness. Your pals’ mouths are guaranteed to water the second you present them with an Ashton. Break out a case of craft beer to complete the picnic.

#2 - San Cristobal Elegancia

Blended by award-winning cigar-maker Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia, San Cristobal Elegancia is handmade in Estelí, Nicaragua from a rich and creamy blend of vintage Nicaraguan long-fillers beneath a silky Ecuador Connecticut wrapper leaf. Nutty notes of caramel and white pepper combine perfectly in an array of traditional shapes. Pair this 91-rated cigar with a crisp lager or a cool and refreshing Moscow mule.

#3 - Arturo Fuente Chateau Series

Arturo Fuente Chateau Series is an exquisite and wildly popular Dominican cigar in the renowned Fuente family portfolio. It’s handcrafted in three well-aged wrapper varietals: Natural, Maduro, and Sun Grown. For a number of more casual outdoor smoking occasions, we frequently recommend the Natural version which is blended with a glistening, light-blond Connecticut Shade wrapper leaf over a creamy easygoing recipe of Dominican binder and filler tobaccos. The profile is spicy and woody with slightly sweetened zest. Longer shapes like the Double Chateau (6.75 x 50) and Royal Salute (7.625 x 54) are perfect when you’re preparing to hit the links.

#4 - Oliva Connecticut Reserve

Toasty, creamy tasting notes of baking spices, chestnuts, and fresh ground coffee captivate the palate in several popular shapes. A velvety Connecticut-seed wrapper is grown in Ecuador and placed over a mild to medium-bodied combination of premium aged binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. Oliva Connecticut Reserve is handmade at the brand’s award-winning factory in Estelí, Nicaragua to a superlative standard. Fire up your favorite shape when you’re cracking open a cold shandy.

#5 - Rocky Patel Velvet Edition

Rocky Patel Velvet Edition appeals to a wide variety of cigar lovers with its medium-bodied blend of all-Nicaraguan long-fillers and a shimmering Ecuador Connecticut wrapper leaf. A handful of classic, slightly thick shapes deliver a luscious profile of coffee beans, cashews, oak, and cedar with a smooth and subtle finish. Whip up a mint julep or pour yourself a pitcher of margaritas in your favorite flavor to go with an ‘RP’ Velvet Edition.

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