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Top 5 Cuban Sandwich Cigars

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Shane K.

Previously, we described what Cuban Sandwich cigars are and how they’re different from traditional long-filler smokes. Cuban Sandwich cigars are also called “mixed-filler” cigars or “Fumas.”

Premium Cuban Sandwich cigars consist of “mixed-filler tobaccos” (or short and medium-length filler tobaccos) placed inside long-filler (or whole leaf) tobaccos. Cuban Sandwich cigars do not consist of “chopped-filler” tobaccos and are not to be confused with machine-made cigars. Mixed-filler cigars are far closer to traditional long-filler smokes than cheap machine-made brands and, as a result, they represent a tremendous value to many cigar lovers.

A number of premium brands manufacture mixed-filler blends, some of which consist of remnants from the premium long-filler brands they produce. Cuban Sandwich cigars are often available in bundles of 20 or 25 cigars. Cuban Sandwich blends are perfect for variety of occasions like mowing the grass, shoveling the driveway, fishing, and tinkering around outside in the garage. They are sometimes referred to as “utility cigars,” due to their affordable and practical nature.

When you want to enjoy a cigar while you’re occupied with an activity, you may not want to fire up a $15 Padron 1964 Anniversary or a $20 Ashton ESG. What if you drop it in the grass or over the edge of the fishing boat? A great-tasting mixed-filler cigar is far less cause for alarm when you need a casual smoke. Another critical reason to keep a handful of Cuban Sandwich cigars in the coolerdor is even more obvious: cigar-ransacking pals. When your man cave gets overrun by cigar-starved freeloaders on poker night, it’s nice to have some tasty, but less expensive smokes to go around. Below, we’ve outlined our Top 5 Cuban Sandwich cigars just for such an occasion.

Top 5 Cuban Sandwich Cigars

#1 - Bella Cuba

Bella Cuba is mild to medium-bodied, nutty and easygoing with notes of coffee beans and pepper. The brand is crafted in the Dominican Republic in your choice of a Sumatra or a Connecticut Shade wrapper leaf. Starting as low as 99-cents per cigar, Bella Cuba has been a bestseller for years thanks to its mellow, approachable flavor and the high-quality, consistent recipe of tobaccos you can enjoy in five classic shapes.

#2 - Rocky Patel Mulligans Caddy’s Choice

Rocky Patel Mulligans is one of Rocky Patel’s fastest-selling and most popular brands. The franchise includes a huge variety of blends, wrappers, and tasting profiles. ‘RP’ Mulligans Caddy’s Choice is an exclusive Cuban Sandwich blend and one of the most popular Mulligans to date, thanks to everyday prices as low as $1.49 per cigar. A gingerbread-hued Sumatra wrapper leaf embraces a medium-bodied recipe of chestnuts, leather, fresh ground coffee, and spices in three classic shapes. If you prefer a lighter, Connecticut Shade wrapper leaf, another popular mixed-filler blend is available in Rocky Patel Mulligans 19th Hole for the same unbeatable savings.

#3 - Rocky Patel Renaissance Fumas

Rocky Patel Renaissance Fumas is an extension of Rocky’s uber-popular 90-rated Renaissance franchise. Today, you can indulge in one of Rocky’s finest Cuban Sandwich delights, starting at $1.99 per cigar. Each blend is crafted in a perfectly balanced Toro format in your choice of wrappers, including Connecticut, Habano, Maduro, or the original Sumatra varietal. Rich, creamy, complex, and consistent taste continues to keep ‘RP’ Renaissance Fumas among our top-rated bundles.

#4 - Padilla Fumas

Padilla brand founder Ernesto Padilla is the son of celebrated Cuban poet Heberto Padilla. He debuted Padilla cigars in 2003 and scored three back-to-back appearances in Cigar Aficionado’s ‘Top 25 Cigars of the Year’ with his early releases. Today, his original brands can be found periodically for a hefty discount, but the Honduran–made Padilla Fumas are among the bestselling. Ultra-low prices under $2 per cigar add tremendous appeal to Padilla Fumas because they are carefully crafted to a high standard and deliver reliable profiles of nutty, woody, and earthy tasting notes. Padilla Fumas are well-known among cigar lovers who look for the best bargain they can find on a box.

#5 - Quorum

Quorum comes to us from the folks at J.C. Newman. The brand is crafted in Nicaragua in three distinctive wrapper options, Ecuador Sumatra (Quorum), Ecuador Connecticut (Quorum Shade), and an oily and succulent Maduro (Quorum Maduro). Beneath each wrapper resides a well-assembled core of Nicaraguan tobaccos drafted in the traditional Cuban Sandwich style. Tasting notes range from almonds, cashews, and toasted coffee beans to dark chocolate, black pepper, cinnamon, and cedar. With several shapes to choose from, Quorum is an easy fit in the coolerdor for as low as $1.49 per cigar.

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