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Best Dominican Cigar Samplers

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Shane K.

With Father’s Day right around the corner, cigar samplers receive an increasing amount of interest from gift buyers. We get questions from a lot of folks who are looking for cigar sampler deals this time of year. Whether or not you’re buying a gift for your dad or you’re looking to add some new cigars to your personal collection, samplers present a perfect opportunity to try new cigars from brands that you already know you’re a fan of, or to find a thorough introduction to a brand you haven’t had before.

Two of the biggest regions where cigars are made today are the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Maybe you’ve seen your favorite cigar connoisseur puffing on an Ashton, an Arturo Fuente, or a La Flor Dominicana in the past. They are all well-known Dominican brands. A number of the industry’s most prominent cigar-makers operate in the Dominican Republic because the country is home to some of the most sought-after tobaccos in the world. Following, we’ve outlined a handful of the bestselling Dominican cigar samplers available today.

Ashton 10-Cigar Sampler

Ashton 10-Cigar Sampler is jam-packed with top-rated, iconic Dominican blends that have been setting precedents for quality, flavor, and consistency for decades. Five award-winning blends are presented, each included in two distinct formats. The original Ashton Classic put the brand on the map over thirty years ago with its creamy, nutty, and luscious profile. Ashton Cabinet followed with a similar recipe of premium Dominican tobaccos aged for extended period of time inside a shimmering Connecticut Shade wrapper. Ashton Aged Maduro is drafted from a sought-after Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with notes of dark chocolate and maple, while Ashton Heritage delivers rich flavors of leather and nutmeg finished in a Cuban-seed leaf. Ashton VSG (Virgin Sun Grown) is lauded for its decadent profile of cedar, raisins, and black pepper. A glistening Ecuador Sumatra wrapper harbors a marvelous core of all-Dominican binder and filler tobaccos. The legendary Carlito Fuente blends every Ashton cigar to impeccable, mouthwatering standard. Add an acclaimed sampler to your humidor, or offer your favorite cigar lover an unforgettable and unrivaled assortment for only $103.95.

Arturo Fuente ‘Xtremely Rare’ Sampler

The Arturo Fuente ‘Xtremely Rare’ Sampler combines 10 celebrated cigars blended by master cigar-maker Carlito Fuente in a single tough-to-find collection. This prominent selection includes a pair of coveted Fuente Fuente Opus X Perfecxion X cigars that aficionados prize for their rare all-Dominican profile of figs, cedar, and dried fruit with tantalizing spices. The 94-rated Arturo Fuente Magnum R is also highly sought-after with its tapestry of leather, cedar, peppers and an accompanying sweetness in an amplified Toro format. Arturo Fuente Hemingway Classic has been a top-selling cigar for decades and is drafted from a shimmering Cameroon wrapper leaf over a premium recipe of aged Dominican tobaccos. The iconic, handcrafted Figurado shape of Hemingway is patiently made by skillful artisans. The uber-popular Arturo Fuente Chateau series concludes the assortment with two distinct wrapper varietals. A creamy and approachable Connecticut Shade wrapper reveals notes of toasted almonds with a touch of vanilla bean and white pepper, while a profile of cedar, dried blackberries, raisins and spices emerges in the Sun Grown version. Easily impress any connoisseurs on your gift list with the Arturo Fuente ‘Xtremely Rare’ Sampler for just $99.95.

La Flor Dominicana Chisel Sampler

Master cigar-maker Litto Gomez has been crafting the popular boutique brand, La Flor Dominicana, since the early 1990s. Gomez pioneered a unique shape in 2003, called the Chisel, with a flattened Torpedo head that concentrates the flavor in an original and now popular format. Despite the cigar’s narrow end, it delivers a copious, easy-burning draw and melds a wealth of complex nuances. The La Flor Dominicana Chisel Sampler presents this distinctive shape in 5 highly rated blends. Litto’s focus on potent, Ligero-heavy recipes shows off a signature of intense but balanced Dominican spices in a hearty variety of wrapper options. LFD Cameroon Cabinet weaves an intricate tapestry of sweet and peppery flavors with a touch of hickory. LFD Coronado Chisel features notes of leather, caramel, and black pepper with an oily Nicaraguan wrapper leaf. LFD Double Ligero delivers potent Dominican taste in both a Sungrown wrapper from Ecuador and a resonant jet-black Maduro leaf. Woody aromas follow a rich profile of raisins, dark chocolate, and hot peppers. The original single Ligero blend is also rich, but slightly less intense. La Flor Dominicana is particularly appreciated by fans of medium to full-bodied cigars. Indulge your curiosity over an innovative cigar shape from a respected boutique cigar-maker for only $39.95.

Ashton VSG Assortment

Although Ashton VSG (Virgin Sun Grown) is a cigar that’s included in the Ashton 10-Cigar Sampler, the VSG Assortment is an equally popular collection which highlights an important dynamic when it comes to cigar samplers: vertical tasting. In a vertical tasting, you get to smoke one blend in a variety of shapes and sizes. As a result, you can truly perceive the way that length and ring gauge influence the way you taste a cigar’s blend. Thinner cigars tend to burn hotter and faster than shapes with a thicker ring size and longer cigars deliver milder, more easygoing flavor early on than shorter formats, simply because the heat is further away from your palate when you light up. Shorter cigars like a Robusto actually intensify more quickly by comparison to a Churchill or a Double Corona.

The Ashton VSG Assortment couldn’t offer a better experience, as the blend is a celebrated classic with decades of top ratings and a tremendous demand to underscore its taste and consistency. Ashton VSG is blended by the world-renowned cigar-maker Carlito Fuente in the Dominican Republic. A blend of premium aged Dominican tobaccos grown on select Fuente family estates is handcrafted beneath a shimmering Ecuador Sumatra wrapper leaf.

Luscious notes of cedar, raisins, coffee beans, and leather accompany a touch of black pepper and foreshadow a lingering finish. The Ashton VSG Assortment presents the quintessential 30-45 minute Robusto (5.5 x 50) with the larger, cool-burning ring gauges of Wizard (6 x 56) and Eclipse (6 x 52). The Torpedo (7 x 49) marvelously concentrates VSG with a flawless and slightly spicier draw. Sorcerer (7 x 49) is a traditional Churchill shape and can easily last past an hour while delivering loads of approachable, rich flavor. At $57.95, Ashton VSG Assortment is an easy selection for any full-bodied cigar lovers you know, or anyone with a preference for Dominican brands.

Argyle 'Black Tie' Assortment

Argyle ‘Black Tie’ Assortment is an outstanding 10-cigar collection of rich and approachable Dominican releases from the industry’s premier boutique, value-minded manufacturer. Handcrafted to an unmatched standard, Argyle covers the bases with a tasteful selection of 5 distinct blends (2 each) in a handful of iconic wrapper varietals. The original Argyle and the ultra-premium Argyle Banquet reveal marvelous notes of toasted cashews, almonds, and chestnuts with a buttery spice thanks to a luscious Connecticut Shade wrapper leaf. Argyle Conundrum furnishes medium-bodied notes of dark chocolate, plums, and coffee beans with a glimmering Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Argyle Maduro is also drafted from a creamy Connecticut Broadleaf, but over a milder recipe of all-Dominican tobaccos. Argyle White Glove is drafted from a chewy Cuban-seed wrapper grown in Ecuador and rolled over a complex amalgam of Dominican and Nicaraguan long-filler tobaccos. Notes of sweet peppers, leather, and cedar emanate throughout a zesty finish. Connoisseurs accustomed to smoking brands that occupy the top shelf enjoy Argyle as much as budget-conscious cigar lovers. If you haven’t had the pleasure of indulging in Argyle to date, taste why the brand is officially called ‘The Most Trusted Name in Value Cigars’ when you pick up the ‘Black Tie’ Assortment for just $29.95.

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