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Best Tasting Cigars for 2019

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Shane K.

Cigars share many parallels with fine wines. Every year, different releases get rated and re-rated by the critics. Some cigars age exceptionally, while others either peak or need more time. Because things like climate and growing season affect tobacco crops, every year we revisit the best-tasting cigars you can buy. Some may be newer releases, some may be iconic blends that have been around for decades. Here is our rundown of the best-tasting cigars for 2019.

#1 - Ashton Symmetry

Ashton Symmetry debuted five years ago and remains the youngest blend in the brand’s world-renowned portfolio. Ashton cigars are prized for their consistency and taste. Symmetry is distinct, as it is the only cigar in the historically Dominican collection to feature Nicaraguan tobacco in its recipe. A reddish-brown Ecuador Habano wrapper leaf embraces a premium aged amalgam of Dominican and Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos blended by legendary cigar-maker Carlito Fuente. Notes of coffee beans, ripened figs, cedar, and dried fruit converge in a sweet and zesty finish. Ashton Symmetry scored 94 points and a ‘Top 10’ ranking from Cigar Aficionado following its debut.

#2 - Arturo Fuente Don Carlos

An aged Cameroon wrapper leaf encapsulates a balanced interior of premium Dominican binder and filler tobaccos aged to perfection in Arturo Fuente Don Carlos. A lavish, medium-bodied profile of wood, fresh ground coffee, chestnuts, and cinnamon ushers in sweet and spicy nuances in a well-rounded conclusion. The 94-rated cigar was blended and named for the celebrated late Fuente family patriarch, Carlos Fuente, Sr. Arturo Fuente Don Carlos has ranked Cigar Aficionado’s annual ‘Top 10 Cigars of the Year’ on numerous occasions.

#3 - San Cristobal Quintessence

Tasting notes of cocoa, black pepper, molasses, and wood emerge in a medium to full-bodied blend created by award-winning cigar-maker Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia. San Cristobal Quintessence is handcrafted in Estelí, Nicaragua from select binder and filler tobaccos grown on prized Garcia family estates and paired beneath a glistening Ecuador Habano wrapper leaf. Quintessence is an excellent choice when you’re sipping on an after-dinner bourbon or scotch.

#4 - La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva

La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva was blended on the heels of the original La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor, which scored 95 points and Cigar Aficionado’s ‘#2 Cigar of the Year’ ranking in its debut year. What sets La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva apart is its more full-bodied profile thanks to a decadent San Andrés Oscuro wrapper leaf. Beneath, an ample core of Nicaraguan long-fillers delivers notes of sweetened hickory, espresso beans, dark chocolate, and almonds with signature Nicaraguan spices. Mi Amor Reserva has earned plenty of praise, in addition to a 94-point score since its inception more than seven years ago.

#5 - My Father La Opulencia

As two-time winners of Cigar Aficionado’s prestigious ‘#1 Cigar of the Year,’ the Garcia family has mastered the art of creating top-rated cigars for their My Father brand. My Father La Opulencia is simply the latest blend to get a lauded reception as the ‘#2 Cigar of the Year’ for 2018 and a 95-point score. Notes of dark-roast coffee beans, earth, and leather furnish an abundant pepperiness throughout a full-bodied conclusion. A chalky and dark San Andrés Oscuro wrapper hugs a hearty blend of Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos matured for optimal taste.

#6 - Padron 1926 Series #90

Blended to commemorate the 90th birthday of Padron family patriarch, José Orlando Padron, the Padron 1926 Series #90 departs from the brand’s iconic box-pressed shape in lieu of a 5.5 x 52 ring gauge format rolled in the round and tucked into an elegant tube – maroon for the Maduro wrapper leaf, and cream for the Natural. Both exhibit marvelous complexity with the brand’s extensively aged Nicaraguan tobaccos and signature notes of cocoa, cinnamon, cedar, cayenne, and baking spices. Although José Padron passed in 2017, his legacy lives on in a 94-rated classic.

#7 - Oliva Monticello

The ultra-popular Oliva brand delivers an exclusive profile of dark chocolate, cashews, cinnamon, spices and black pepper with Oliva Monticello. Handcrafted at the company’s award-winning factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, Oliva Monticello is drawn from an all-Nicaraguan amalgam of vintage tobaccos, including its dark-brown Maduro wrapper leaf. Indulge in a top-shelf Oliva gem in a handful of classic shapes find out why Oliva fans continue to be so impressed with this limited edition rarity.

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