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The 10 Best Nicaraguan Cigars for 2017

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As Central America’s largest country, the Republic of Nicaragua is a popular tourist destination known for its beautiful beaches, lush tropical forests, volcanic activity, and of course, its magnificent tobacco crop. The diversity of Nicaragua’s geography and culture is reflected in its cigars, as they are recognized the world over as being some of the finest produced. Narrowing a list of the best Nicaraguan cigars down to a manageable number is tough, but here are our Top Ten from the jewel of Central America:

#1 - La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor

One of the finest Nicaragua cigars available, La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor is the quintessential award-winner and as close to tobacco perfection as it gets. Offering a magnificent richness comprised of almonds, dark cocoa, crisp spices, and black pepper – with just a touch of black cherry sweetness, the result was named as Cigar Aficionado’s ‘#2 Cigar of the Year’ in its debut year.

#2 - My Father Le Bijou 1922

No Top Ten cigar list would be complete without a tribute to Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia and his son, Jaime Garica. The Garcia family is celebrated for a number of top-shelf Nicaraguan brands and it’s not surprising a handful occupies our Top 10 list. A Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Oscuro wrapper and impeccable Nicaraguan filler tobaccos set My Father Le Bijou 1922 apart. The resulting flavor is primarily steeped in black peppery spice, augmented by dark, buttery notes of semi-sweet cocoa. Yes, it sounds as good as it smokes.

#3 - Padron 1964 Anniversary

Experience a rich, full-bodied flavor with every draw and shower your palette in a gorgeous, flavorful mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, cedar and balanced, peppery spices. Padron 1964 Anniversary lives up to its legendary status with unmatched consistency and extensively aged tobaccos.

#4 - San Cristobal Revelation

Looking for the perfect medium-bodied profile with an undeniable enticing complexity? San Cristobal Revelation offers smokers a flavorful array of tastes, ranging from peppery caramels and cedar to almonds and leather, all contained in a delightful milk-chocolate-shaded Ecuador Sumatra wrapper over a premium core of Nicaraguan long-fillers.

#5 - Flor de las Antillas

Flor de las Antillas was lauded right out of the gates upon its release. Cool, easy draws deliver a fruitful profile of aged Nicaraguan long-filler tobaccos beneath a Sungrown Nicaraguan wrapper patiently blended by the Garcia family. If you enjoy a medium to full-bodied cigar that marries spice and cedar, officiated by a delectably creamy smoking experience, then this is the choice for you.

#6 - Oliva Serie V

If full body is what you want, full body is what you’ll get with the bestselling, Ligero-laden Oliva Serie V. Earthy, intense spices and notes of dark chocolate are at the heart of every Oliva Serie V, touched by hints of wood and leather that result in a robust, easy-to-relish profile.

#7 - Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne

Value and approachability reign supreme in the silky, balanced flavor of Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne. An earthy blend of white pepper and leather furnishes hints of coffee and cream that satisfy with amazing consistency. Taste the benchmarks for satisfaction and versatility from Perdomo.

#8 - Tatuaje

A dark brown Ecuador Habano wrapper and a hearty amalgam of Nicaraguan core tobaccos have been enticing boutique cigar fanatics for years from Tatuaje. This cigar’s amplified flavor and full body is derived from a splendid blend that yields a spectrum of nutty spices, earth, leather and wood. Fans of small-batch faire are devoted to Tatuaje for good reason.

#9 - Liga Privada #9

Liga Privada #9 turns a corner for the Drew Estate brand with a traditional, non-infused profile blended from a host of regional Central American tobaccos. A lustrous, oily Nicaraguan wrapper shows off potent, full-bodied notes of roasted coffee beans and black peppers that deliver a powerful finish with a divine sweetness around the edges.

#10 - Davidoff Nicaragua   

For Davidoff devotees who crave a medium-bodied cigar that is deftly blended toward a spicier result, Davidoff Nicaragua epitomizes tobacco elegance and smoking pleasure. Slightly more robust than other blends within the brand’s portfolio, a Cuban-seed Nicaraguan wrapper furnishes a bit of a peppery bite alongside traditionally creamy Davidoff tasting notes.

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