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Top 10 Medium-Bodied Cigars

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Shane K.

It’s no secret some of the most popular cigars ever created are medium-bodied. They’re not too strong for folks who prefer mild cigars and they’re not too mild for aficionados who usually reach for something stronger. Medium-bodied cigars possess immense appeal. When you need to keep a box of cigars in the man cave for when your buddies drop by, a medium-bodied blend is always a safe bet. A nice middle-of-the-road cigar is also ideal when you’re buying a gift for a cigar connoisseur, but you’re not sure what exact brand to go with. Here are our top ten recommendations for the best medium-bodied cigars available today.

#1 - La Aroma de Cuba

La Aroma de Cuba possesses a prestigious pedigree that dates back to Cuba in the late 1800s where the brand became an early favorite of a young Winston Churchill. Today, the 93-rated cigar is blended by award-winning cigar-maker Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia in Estelí, Nicaragua, where senior rollers handcraft every shape to a superlative standard. A rich, brown Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper embraces an aged interior of premium Nicaraguan long-fillers. Notes of brown sugar, coffee beans, and black pepper resonate with a tremendous smoothness that captivates the palate without overpowering it.

#2 - San Cristobal Revelation

Notes of fresh ground coffee, caramel, and signature Nicaraguan spices resonate in San Cristobal Revelation. Also blended by prominent cigar-maker Pepin Garcia, Revelation is drawn from a milk-chocolate-hued Ecuador Sumatra wrapper over a luscious core of select Nicaraguan long-filler tobaccos. It pairs magnificently with a wide variety of spirits and its versatile flavor is largely responsible for its meteoric popularity with seasoned connoisseurs.

#3 - Arturo Fuente Hemingway

Legendry cigar-maker Carlito Fuente has been making the iconic Arturo Fuente Hemingway line for over three decades. A premium recipe of vintage Dominican binder and filler tobaccos is handcrafted beneath a toothy and complex Cameroon wrapper leaf in a handful of wildly popular Figurados. A senior-level skill set is required to make unusual shapes like the Hemingway Short Story, one of the most popular cigars in the world. A profile of cedar, baking spices, almonds, and cinnamon develops with sweetness and zest. Rum, coffee, pinot noir, and bourbon measure up wonderfully with this 94-rated gem.

#4 - Ashton Aged Maduro

Among the most prominent Maduros in the world, Ashton Aged Maduro is patiently made by the Fuente family in the Dominican Republic from an exceptional array of premium Dominican long-fillers and a perfectly fermented Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. Tasting notes of dark chocolate, nougat, and molasses make an exquisite after-dinner treat with a fine glass of Port, cognac, rum, or Turkish coffee. The bittersweet finish delivers peppery hints in a number of classic shapes.

#5 - Flor de las Antillas

In 2012, celebrated cigar-maker Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia won his first ‘#1 Cigar of the Year’ title from Cigar Aficionado with the 96-rated Flor de las Antillas, an all-Nicaraguan blend of premium aged tobaccos grown on select estates. Notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and white pepper merge perfectly in a collection of soft box-pressed shapes that burn cool and easy. The reddish-brown wrapper makes Flor de las Antillas especially enticing with the detailed color scheme on the band.

#6 - Padron

The unrivaled reputation of Padron needs little introduction. The brand’s iconic 1964 Anniversary and 1926 Series are widely regarded as some of the finest cigars ever made by critics and connoisseurs alike. The original, 94-rated Padron blend – known for bestselling shapes like the #3000, #4000, Londres, and the elongated Magnum – is sometimes overshadowed by the brand’s award-winning vintages. The classic Padron blend exhibits plenty of complexity with familiar notes of cocoa powder, cayenne, cinnamon, and cedar in a medium-bodied profile. Plus, the original Padron blend begins at the brand’s most approachable price point. You can choose a Natural or Maduro wrapper in every shape.

#7 - Punch Vintage

Punch Vintage represents an unbeatable value for a premium Cuban-legacy brand. It’s rich and intricate taste is handcrafted in several classic shapes in your choice of an Ecuador Sumatra (Natural) wrapper or an oily Connecticut Broadleaf (Maduro). Meaty flavors of wood, chocolate, and spices emerge in an eventful blend of Dominican and Honduran binder and filler tobaccos.

#8 - Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne

Among the most popular smokes in Nick Perdomo’s extensive portfolio is Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne. Bright and creamy spices resonate with notes of nuts, earth, and coffee beans in a menu of cool and easy-burning formats. A golden Ecuador Connecticut wrapper leaf binds a premium aged interior of all-Nicaraguan tobaccos assembled to Nick’s standards for flawlessness and flavor.

#9 - Rocky Patel Ocean Club

A gingerbread-hued wrapper leaf grown in Nicaragua enrobes a luscious core of premium binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and San Andrés in Rocky Patel Ocean Club. In Rocky’s tremendous portfolio of blends, Ocean Club is one of the most reviewed and sought-after cigars. Three classic soft box-pressed shapes, plus a larger 60 ring gauge in the round, express the blend with impressive nuances of flavor. Notes of leather, almonds, wood, and black pepper include just a touch of sweetness around the edges.

#10 - Alec Bradley Black Market

As recent as 2018, Alec Bradley Black Market earned a spot in Cigar Aficionado’s ‘Top 10 Cigars of the Year’ and a 93-point score. An earthy portrait of peppers, raisins, cocoa, and wood is drawn from an oily Nicaraguan wrapper leaf and a concentrated core of Nicaraguan and Honduran long-filler tobaccos. Although the recipe sounds routine for the fellas at Alec Bradley, Black Market has no shortage of fans with a nourishing profile that leans just to the right of medium-bodied.

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