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Best Cigars to Smoke in the Morning

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Shane K.

Rise and shine! Imagine starting off your day with a relaxing premium cigar. It’s hardly a new idea. Winston Churchill smoked in his bed – often his first and last ritual of the day. While your wife or significant other may not approve of puffing on the pillows in your pajamas, there are plenty of cigar lovers who rise early and love to fire up a cigar first thing in the morning.

Your palate is clean. The coffee is hot. It’s quiet and it’s the perfect opportunity to organize your thoughts for the day. Maybe you’ve got the car to yourself and you’re heading into traffic. Enjoying a cigar is the ultimate form of meditation. What better way to get in the right frame of mind before you’re firing off emails or stretching your limbs for a long day of manual labor. Here are the best cigars to smoke in the morning.

#1 - Ashton Classic

While Ashton Classic is an iconic cigar for almost any occasion you can image, it’s an especially perfect cigar in the morning. Its mild, creamy and nutty flavor lacks nothing in the way of complexity. A golden-blond Connecticut Shade wrapper leaf embraces a well-aged amalgam of Dominican binder and filler tobaccos blended by legendary cigar-maker Carlito Fuente. Early in the day is an ideal time to perceive its refined and delicate flavor and aroma.

Strength: Mild
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade

#2 - San Cristobal Elegancia

Although award-winning cigar-maker Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia is best known for blending ultra-full-bodied cigars, San Cristobal Elegancia proves he is equally capable of crafting a less intense recipe. For fans of rich Nicaraguan tobaccos, there’s hardly a better compromise for the morning than Elegancia. A glistening Ecuador Connecticut wrapper leaf conceals a premium marriage of Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. Toasted notes of white pepper, almonds, and chestnuts satisfy with signature Garcia family spices in a collection of classic shapes.

Strength: Mild-Medium
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut

#3 - Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente

Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente is an attractive, nutty, and approachable cigar for early in the morning. Legendary cigar-maker Carlito Fuente counts the Chateau Series as a cornerstone in his brand’s revered portfolio. A silky recipe of Dominican binder and filler tobaccos supports a light-blond Connecticut Shade wrapper leaf. Notes of vanilla beans, nuts, and black pepper meld perfectly.

Strength: Medium
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade

#4 - Oliva Connecticut Reserve

The celebrated, top-selling Oliva portfolio includes Oliva Connecticut Reserve with its creamy profile of cashews, almonds, white pepper, and buttered toast. An Ecuador Connecticut wrapper leaf hugs a well-blended amalgam of Nicaraguan long-fillers in a collection of classic shapes. Oliva fans love to start the day with Connecticut Reserve over any other blend.

Strength: Mild-Medium
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut

#5 - Montecristo

The classic Cuban-legacy profile of Montecristo is accessible and easygoing for novice cigar lovers and as a first cigar of the day for many. A reliable blend of Dominican binder and filler tobaccos rests beneath a light-tan Connecticut Shade wrapper leaf in popular formats like the tapering No. 2. A mellow profile of cashews, coffee beans, and cedar layers the palate without overwhelming or leaving a residual aftertaste.

Strength: Mild
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade

#6 - Macanudo Cafe

As one of the most widely distributed cigars brands in the world, Macanudo Cafe is as common as an Egg McMuffin. If you’ve scheduled a bright and early cigar on the horizon, Macanudo Cafe is creamy, mellow, and easy to get your hands on. Tasting notes of nuts, toast, and blonde roast coffee culminate in a collection of traditional shapes. You can find Macanudo cigars at premium cigar shops as well as convenience stores. Even gas stations sell Macanudo, if you’re topping off the tank in an 18-wheeler and need a cigar for a long haul.

Strength: Mild
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade

#7 - Rocky Patel Renaissance Connecticut

Rocky Patel has earned a solid following of devoted cigar lovers over his twenty-plus years in the business. The 90-rated Rocky Patel Renaissance franchise is one of his biggest hits to date. Indulge in ‘RP’ Renaissance Connecticut for an approachable profile of roasted almonds, baking spices, and cocoa powder in a menu of bestselling shapes. Because the brand was repackaged in bundles in lieu of the ornate boxes it once came in, Rocky Patel Renaissance is one of the best values in Rocky’s portfolio with big discounts applied to the prices every day of the week.

Strength: Mild-Medium
Country: Honduras
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut

#8 - Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne

Brand founder Nick Perdomo stakes his reputation on sought-after blends like his bestselling Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne. Rich notes of coffee beans, chestnuts, and peppery almonds culminate in a creamy finish in several slightly thicker ring gauge shapes. A silky finish characterizes the perfect Perdomo blend to begin with in the morning. Pair it with a frothy espresso or hot cup of black coffee.

Strength: Medium
Country: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut

#9 - Romeo y Julieta 1875

The classic Cuban-legacy profile of Romeo y Julieta 1875 is a sensible selection when you’re searching for a familiar brand at a great value for your first cigar of the day. A gingerbread-hued Indonesian wrapper leaf marries a toasty interior of Dominican long-fillers to deliver a touch of leather and baking spices in a wide range of shapes. Plus, Romeo y Julieta 1875 regularly gets a generous discount during our weekly specials.

Strength: Mild-Medium
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Indonesian

#10 - Davidoff Aniversario

If your butler has been pouring fresh-squeezed orange juice while you take your morning lap in the pool, chances are good a Davidoff Aniversario won’t be too rich for your blood, even for a breakfast cigar. Spoil yourself and get your day started with the white glove reputation of Davidoff Aniversario. A mild profile of Dominican binder and filler tobaccos lies beneath an Ecuador Connecticut wrapper leaf. Luscious flavors of wild grasses, musk, buttered toast, and coffee with cream meld in a moderate finish.

Strength: Mild
Country: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut

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