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Best Nicaraguan Cigar Samplers

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Nicaragua is home to several of the world’s leading premium cigar brands. Award-winning cigar-makers, like José ‘Pepin’ Garcia and José Orlando Padrón, made their brands world famous by blending cigars from tobaccos cultivated in the fertile soil of Nicaragua’s key growing regions, including Estelí, Jalapa, Condega, and Namanji. Today, their families continue traditions set in place in Cuba many generations ago.

There’s hardly been a better time to add Nicaraguan cigars to your collection with the number of amazing smokes the nation produces today. Discovering your favorite blends is easy when you start with cigar samplers. Cigar assortments include different blends as well as shapes and sizes from either a single brand or multiple brands. Here are some of the best Nicaraguan cigar samplers to explore.

La Aroma de Cuba 5-Cigar Assortment

La Aroma de Cuba is a famous Cuba-legacy brand once enjoyed by Winston Churchill. Today, La Aroma de Cuba cigars are blended and produced in Estelí, Nicaragua, by award-winning cigar-maker José ‘Pepin’ Garcia. This 5-cigar collection includes the 95-rated, former ‘#2 Cigar of the Year,’ La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor in two sizes with the 93-rated original La Aroma de Cuba, 94-rated Edición Especial, and 94-rated Reserva. Savor the full spectrum of flavor and aroma that has made this brand immensely popular around the globe.


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Padrón Family Reserve Maduro Sampler

The lauded Padrón portfolio is home to four ‘#1 Cigar of the Year’ awards from the critics in Cigar Aficionado. Get acquainted with this prestigious brand in the Padrón Family Reserve Maduro Sampler. What distinguishes the Family Reserve blend from other Padrón cigars is the age of the tobaccos, which are more than ten years old. Five unique sizes express a brilliant profile of dark cocoa powder, molasses, hickory, and cayenne pepper with a succulent Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper leaf. The Padrón Family Reserve No. 45 Maduro was rated 95 points and ranked the ‘#1 Cigar of the Year’ in Cigar Aficionado in 2009, and it’s included in this lineup. This full-bodied sampler makes a phenomenal gift for an aficionado.


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San Cristobal 5-Cigar Assortment

Five distinguished San Cristobal cigars blended by Pepin and Jaime Garcia include the 95-rated Quintessence, 93-rated Revelation, 91-rated Elegancia, and two bestselling sizes of the 93-rated original San Cristobal blend. Savory tasting notes of cedar, molasses, cocoa,  black cherry, espresso bean, and nuts unfold across a series of flawless sizes crafted by expert artisans in Estelí, Nicaragua. In 2021, San Cristobal Quintessence earned ‘#3 Cigar of the Year’ honors from the critics in Cigar Aficionado. Add this superb sampler to your humidor and experience the full range of flavor and aroma San Cristobal offers today.


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Oliva 8-Cigar Assortment

Since scoring a ‘#1 Cigar of the Year’ title from Cigar Aficionado for Oliva Serie V Melanio in 2014, the Oliva brand has grown by leaps and bounds. This 8-cigar assortment is one of the best introductions to Oliva cigars because it’s affordable, and it includes all the original classics, like the 95-rated Oliva Serie V, 92-rated Oliva Serie V Maduro, 94-rated Oliva Serie O, 92-rated Oliva Master Blends 3, and more. This spicy and earthy collection boasts an excellent variety of wrappers blended over vintage Nicaraguan long-fillers to deliver perfect flavor. Consider the Oliva ‘Celebration’ Sampler, too, if you want to explore this popular brand in greater detail in a 20-cigar sampler that includes the ultra-rare Oliva Monticello.


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Perdomo Award-Winning Connoisseur Collection

Nick Perdomo owns and operates a growing network of farms and an impressive factory in Nicaragua where he produces a growing portfolio of cigars regarded for their quality, value, and consistency. Nick has nailed down a successful formula for his blending process by offering Ecuador Connecticut, Maduro, and Sun Grown wrappers across his bestselling blends. Sample them all, including the sought-after Perdomo 30th Anniversary Connecticut, in the Award-Winning Connoisseur Collection. This comprehensive 12-cigar assortment encapsulates the most popular Perdomo cigars with mild, medium, and full-bodied profiles.  


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