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Top 10 Cigars for New Year's Eve

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Prepping for the ball to drop is serious business. You don’t want to get caught red-handed without a libation and a premium smoke in your clutches. Not while Kool & The Gang is cranked up in the background and you’re trying to knock a glass of bubbly back before the Holidays officially expire. 

Whether you’re chilling out with a couple of pals in your man cave, or you’re out on the town tying one on like a parched water buffalo, you can never go wrong bidding another year farewell with a premium cigar. 

New Year’s Eve is often fraught with anticipation, indecision and a bit of pressure to be doing something “important.” We’re here to say, “Take your foot off the gas and relax!” Cigars are the perfect companions for celebration and reflection. 

Here’s a top-notch list of the “Top 10 Best Cigars to Smoke on New Year’s Eve.” Top off your humidor with the perfect celebratory cigars this season.

#1 - Ashton Symmetry

Legendary cigar-maker Carlito Fuente blended an alluring recipe of the finest Dominican tobaccos grown on prized Fuente family estates alongside a special crop of Nicaraguan tobaccos harvested in the region’s rich, volcanic soil. 

A glistening Cuban-seed wrapper from Ecuador masterfully finishes the cigar with complex notes of dried fruit, figs, coffee beans, and classic Fuente spices. This ultra-refined cigar is an exceptional trigger for reflection and triumph as you close out your year. 

While a top-shelf, vintage champagne from Dom Perignon provides a sharp, citrusy exuberance, you’ll unerringly propel your senses into a sublime state sipping on an Oban 18 Year with Ashton Symmetry, as well.

#2 - San Cristobal Ovation

A crackling fireplace adorned with a sprawling pair of deer antlers is the perfect setting for a cozy New Year’s Eve and the hearty profile of hickory, cedar, earth and creamy spices the limited edition San Cristobal Ovation furnishes. 

An impeccably aged wrapper leaf from San Andrés is blended by the esteemed Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia over a mouthwatering amalgam of ultra-rare Nicaraguan tobaccos. Sip a vintage bourbon with notes of caramel and honey, like Woodford Reserve or Basil Hayden’s.

San Cristobal Ovation is a full-bodied, pondering smoke and probably one of the best you can pick up to close out an evening or an entire year, especially after an epicurean, candlelight dinner.

#3 - Arturo Fuente Hemingway

Arturo Fuente Hemingway is preceded by an iconic reputation thanks to its decades-long top-rated history and an approachable profile of wood and spices with sweet edges and a soft finish. A caramel-hued Cameroon wrapper leaf hugs a marvelous recipe of aged Dominican tobaccos blended by celebrated cigar-maker Carlito Fuente. 

Arturo Fuente Hemingway harbors wonderful versatility and can easily pair with a sparkling glass of champagne, a crisp light beer, or a darker spirit. Pull out the fringed, noisemaking party favors with a Hemingway Classic, or Short Story, when you want to keep your cocktail selections open-ended.

#4 - La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor

La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor is not only a highly rated, award-winning cigar, blended by the revered Pepin Garcia, but it is also tremendously well-rounded. The cigar’s complex, top-shelf taste is composed at a great value, too. 

A gleaming San Andrés wrapper beams with volcanic spice over patiently aged Nicaraguan long-fillers in a medium to full-bodied profile that delivers wonderful notes of cashews, cream, and coconuts. Go in with your pals on an entire box and we guarantee you’ll be entertaining a two-cigar New Year’s Eve. 

Mi Amor is also an outstanding selection when you’re alternating between spirits, like whiskey, beer, and champagne.

#5 - Padron 1964 Anniversary

The classic profile of Padron 1964 Anniversary brandishes a lavish opportunity to wrap up your year, indeed. Earthy spices accompany rich notes of cinnamon, nougat, cedar and cayenne pepper in an all-Nicaraguan recipe of supremely aged tobaccos. 

Lighting up a Padron is a cause for celebration, whether or not it happens to be the last day on the calendar. You’re in excellent company, though, with a blend that has scored innumerable top ratings and tastes great with champagne, vintage whiskey, or a variety of craft cocktails. 

Plus, whoever gets the chance to indulge in cigars with you will be completely flummoxed by the impressive Padron smokes you picked out.

#6 - Oliva Serie V

Potent, spicy and a bit ferocious, the Ligero-laden recipe of Oliva Serie V may require your pals to sit back in their chairs. The all-Nicaraguan blend has scored as high as 95-points in Cigar Aficionado and gets a lot of praise for its leathery, spice-forward flavor with a hint of brown sugar. 

Oliva Serie V is a worthwhile after-dinner cigar for New Year’s Eve, especially if you just finished gorging at a nice steakhouse. The pronounced density of Oliva Serie V will positively wake you up like a strong cup of black coffee. But, that could easily be just what the doctor orders before you start dozing off in front of a Times Square telecast with an eggnog in your lap.

#7 - Montecristo

Light, approachable and creamy, Cuban-legacy brand Montecristo is perfect with craft beer and champagne. Plus, it’s a brand that everybody’s heard of, so if you need to pass a few cigars out, your pals will easily believe you know your stuff.

A Connecticut Shade wrapper leaf blankets a nutty interior of binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic. The silky, sweet and slightly grassy finish is an ideal ceremonial New Year’s Eve cigar that won’t make anyone too woozy.

#8 - Romeo y Julieta 1875

Notes of roasted coffee beans, nuts and spices characterize Romeo y Julieta 1875 in a mild to medium-bodied blend with a recognizable Cuban-legacy pedigree. The Indonesian wrapper leaf hugs an all-Dominican core that burns perfectly and delivers an enticing room note. 

This is a great brand when you want to celebrate with an iconic box of cigars on a budget. Get a case of your favorite pilsner, or pop the cork on a magnum of your favorite sparkling white wine. New Year’s Eve is served, friends!

#9 - Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne

Brand founder Nick Perdomo makes a number of amazing cigars with accessible flavor for a great price. Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne is one of his most popular releases and is a phenomenal, easygoing smoke for aficionados who enjoy Nicaraguan flavors. 

A Connecticut Shade wrapper leaf enshrouds a luscious core of Nicaraguan tobaccos that furnish a desirable degree of spice with a cool, nutty finish and a creamy room note. As the cigar’s name implies, Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne was practically blended to host your palate in conjunction with a bottle of bubbly. 

If you’re pulling one of those all-nighter New Year’s Eves, you’ll easily be tempted to fire a Perdomo 10th Anniversary Champagne up in the morning with a mimosa, too!

#10 - H. Upmann 1844 Reserve

H. Upmann 1844 Reserve rounds out our list of the Top 10 Best Cigars to Smoke on New Year’s Eve. This medium to full-bodied, Cuban-legacy smoke delivers plenty of old-school appeal for fans of the classic brand’s modern reincarnation. 

A Cuban-seed wrapper leaf grown in Ecuador conceals a complex interior of binder and filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. Leathery notes of raisins, black pepper, and wood exhibit and easy draw and segue into a balanced finish. 

After you’ve swigged your champagne back, consider pairing H. Upmann 1844 Reserve with a dark beer, like a porter, or a silky glass of Cabernet Sauvignon. Ring in the New Year with a box of classic smokes that won’t eat up your entire cigar allowance.

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