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Best Premium Cigar Samplers

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Premium cigars are synonymous with fine wine in many ways. The regions where the tobaccos are cultivated, harvested, and aged play a pivotal role in the taste a handcrafted cigar presents. If you’re like me, navigating an aisle of premium wine labels can be intimidating and somewhat laborious. But, you know when you’ve got a good one when you’re sipping it at home. It’s always worth it to snap a photo of the bottle with your smartphone or save the receipt so you can locate the same brand again. Going back for more is a lot simpler that way.

When it comes to premium cigars, samplers pave a convenient path for discovering the best of what a given brand has to offer. It doesn’t matter if you’re into expensive cigar brands or you’re focused on sticking to a budget. You can really taste a cigar-maker’s talent by trying a brand’s most popular blends in a variety of sizes. All of the best brands offer premium cigar samplers just for this purpose. If you’re looking to enhance your own collection, or you want a premium gift for your favorite cigar lover, check out the top-selling samplers from the most popular brands in the industry.

#1 - Ashton 5-Cigar Assortment

Ashton 5-Cigar Assortment is one of the bestselling, premium cigar samplers in the world. Five prominent blends from an award-winning brand reflect a range of flavors and profiles that seasoned enthusiasts readily adore and newcomers can easily appreciate. It sells for $48.95. Prominent cigars like Ashton VSG, Cabinet, Aged Maduro, Heritage, and the original Ashton Classic are patiently handcrafted by the legendary Fuente family in the Dominican Republic to a flawless standard. Connecticut Shade, Connecticut Broadleaf, Ecuador Sumatra, and Cuban-seed wrapper varietals embrace the finest, aged Dominican tobaccos grown on Fuente family estates. Tasting notes of toasted cashews, dark chocolate, black pepper, cedar, and raisins seamlessly indulge the palate. Ashton 5-Cigar Assortment is an excellent top-shelf gift for your favorite cigar lover as well as a superb introduction to the best Dominican cigars available.

#2 - Arturo Fuente ‘Xtremely Rare’ Sampler

Arturo Fuente is a world-renowned brand that spans generations as a premier maker of premium, handcrafted cigars. Arturo Fuente ‘Xtremely Rare’ Sampler reveals five of the brand’s most sought-after and distinctive blends in a coveted 10-cigar collection. The ultra-rare Fuente Fuente Opus X joins Arturo Fuente Hemingway, Magnum R, and Arturo Fuente Chateau Natural with Chateau Sungrown (2 each) in a stunning assortment true cigar enthusiasts cherish. Notes of dried fruit, figs, toasted nuts and coffee beans accompany signature Dominican spices. Legendary cigar-maker Carlito Fuente blends the most selective wrappers from the Dominican Republic, Cameroon, and Ecuador over the finest, premium aged tobaccos cultivated from Fuente family estates. Add an impressive tour of rare and luxurious Dominican gems to your cigar collection for $99.95 with the Arturo Fuente ‘Xtremely Rare’ Sampler.

#3 - Padron 1964 Anniversary Sampler

Padron 1964 Anniversary Sampler harbors five unique shapes from a revered all-Nicaraguan blend that has been the recipient of numerous 94 and 95-point ratings as well as multiple rankings in Cigar Aficionado’s ‘Top 10 Cigars of the Year.’ Notes of walnuts, almonds, cocoa, nutmeg, and cedar shower the palate in a box-pressed profile that burns perfectly in every format. Well-appointed spices accompany a luscious finish in a prized profile veteran cigar lovers applaud. Padron 1964 Anniversary is available for $89.95 in both a Natural wrapper as well as a Maduro, when you’re craving an enhanced sweetness in this outstanding collection.    

#4 - Oliva Serie V Sampler

Oliva Serie V 5-Cigar Sampler includes a complex, full-bodied tour of spicy Nicaraguan flavors from an award-winning brand. Serie V is the blend that originally put Oliva on the premium map with a potent amalgam of Ligero-laden tobaccos tucked beneath a shimmering Ecuador Habano wrapper leaf. Numerous 90+ point ratings and a generous consumer reception have catapulted Oliva Serie V into the spotlight. Try the blend in five bestselling shapes for varying concentrations of woody spices, leather, and black pepper with a dynamic texture. Oliva Serie V entices with hearty flavor and unforgettable aromas. This top-selling sampler is available for a reliable everyday discount at 33% off MSRP, only $34.95.

#5 - San Cristobal 60-Ring Assortment

San Cristobal is a top-rated brand patiently handcrafted in Estelí, Nicaragua from the finest, aged tobaccos grown on award-winning Garcia family estates. Big ring-gauge cigars are more popular now than ever before. Leave it up to celebrated cigar-maker Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia to blend an entire collection of plus-sized gems in the San Cristobal 60-Ring Assortment. The original 93-rated San Cristobal release, the 92-rated Revelation, and the 91-rated Elegancia comprise an exquisite 6-cigar collection that burns perfectly cool with plenty of depth and approachability. Creamy notes of white pepper, dark chocolate, leather, and hickory show off signature Pepin spices with mouthwatering indulgence for only $48.95.

#6 - Davidoff 9-Cigar Assortment

Davidoff has long been considered a top-shelf, exclusive brand for connoisseurs of traditionally milder cigars with an easygoing finish and a prestigious reputation. Nine distinct shapes present an excellent introduction to the brand’s most popular blends in the Davidoff 9-Cigar Assortment, including Davidoff Aniversario, Millennium, Grand Cru, and more. Tasting notes of toasted nuts, wild grasses, mushrooms, cocoa, caramel and crème brûlée bless the palate with a touch of spice. Nine celebrated Davidoff shapes convey the brand’s creamy profiles with a tasteful range of nuances you’ll surely revisit when you’re craving premium Dominican cigars drafted from an elegant gamut of silky Connecticut-seed wrapper varietals. This elegant 9-cigar sampler sells for $155.95.  

#7 - Rocky Patel ‘Luxury Collection’ Sampler

Rocky Patel ‘Luxury Collection’ Sampler delivers ten outstanding, Toro-sized Rocky Patel cigars in the brand’s most popular blends. The 95-rated Rocky Patel Decade, 92-rated Vintage 1990, and 90-rated Renaissance join the esteemed Rocky Patel Ocean Club and Velvet Edition in a collection that scores high marks with devoted Rocky fans as well as new cigar lovers who are just getting acquainted with the brand. ‘Luxury Collection’ expresses a tasteful array of the finest Honduran-drafted cigars handcrafted to Rocky’s demanding standards for flavor, consistency, and satisfaction. Connecticut Shade, Connecticut Broadleaf, Ecuador Sumatra, and Nicaraguan wrapper varietals encapsulate a complex bevy of long-filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Honduras. Notes of cedar, walnuts, earth, cinnamon, and coffee with cream bathe the taste buds with brilliant transitions and marvelous aromas. Plus, it’s tough to beat a standard, everyday discount of 65% off MSRP, only $34.95 for ten handcrafted Rocky Patel cigars.

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