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Shane K.

We’ve got an endless selection of the best cigar samplers you can buy. Most cigar assortments include different blends and different sizes, but there are a handful that feature a single blend in multiple sizes – or a vertical tasting. When you really enjoy a particular blend, smoking every size is a great way to taste the way a cigar’s size and shape influences its taste. Here are six exquisite vertical cigar samplers to smoke, or surprise your favorite cigar lover with a nice gift.

1. Ashton VSG Assortment

The Ashton VSG Assortment includes five distinct sizes of the iconic, 94-rated Ashton VSG. Carlito Fuente began blending this classic cigar in 1999 from a succulent Ecuador Sumatra wrapper leaf and a well-aged blend of premium Dominican long-fillers. Its chewy and rich profile delivers notes of cedar, espresso, and leather with a plethora of signature Dominican spices. VSG is handcrafted in twelve sizes, but here you can access a wealth of nuances in five popular, traditional shapes, including a bigger ring gauge Wizard and a delicious Torpedo. It’s easy to taste why VSG is a bedrock blend in the top-rated portfolio of Ashton cigars

Sampler includes:
1 - Ashton VSG Wizard (6 x 56)
1 - Ashton VSG Sorcerer (7 x 49)
1 - Ashton VSG Torpedo (6.5 x 55)
1 - Ashton VSG Eclipse (6 x 52)
1 - Ashton VSG Robusto (5.5 x 50)

 

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2. Fuente Fuente Opus X Lost City Assortment

Although we sell out of them fast, the Fuente Fuente Opus X Lost City Assortment is a superb way to sample the elusive Opus X blend from legendary cigar-maker Carlito Fuente. A spicy and glistening Sun Grown Dominican wrapper embraces a complex blend of premium Dominican long-fillers grown on the world-renowned Chateau de la Fuente estates. Tasting notes of cedar, leather, figs, coffee bean, nougat, and cayenne pepper bless the palate before a tangy finish arrives. One traditional Robusto, two chunky Robustos, and two classic Toros deliver loads of flavor and aroma you’ll want to smoke on repeat. Scoop up this delicious collection when they’re available, and indulge in the pinnacle of premium Arturo Fuente cigars.

Sampler includes:
2 - Fuente Fuente Opus X Lost City Double Robusto (5.75 x 52)
1 - Fuente Fuente Opus X Lost City Robusto (5.25 x 50)
2 - Fuente Fuente Opus X Lost City Toro (6.75 x 48)

 

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3. Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Edicion de Aniversario Assortment

The Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Edicion de Aniversario Assortment features an ultra-rare cigar blended from premium reserves of Dominican tobaccos to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the acclaimed Don Carlos line. This special release is finished an oily Sun Grown Dominican wrapper leaf over a precious amalgam of well-aged Dominican long-fillers. A luscious profile of coffee bean, cedar, almond, and baking spices culminates with creamy and tangy complexity. Savor an awesome cigar in one classic Robusto, a pair of thick Robustos, and a pair of Toros that bring this rare blend to life in every draw.

Sampler includes:
1 - Don Carlos Edicion de Aniversario Robusto (5.25 x 50)
2 - Don Carlos Edicion de Aniversario Double Robusto (5.75 x 52)
2 - Don Carlos Edicion de Aniversario Toro (6.25 x 48)

 

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4. My Father Sampler

The My Father Sampler is an exceptional tour from one of today’s greatest cigar-makers, Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia. Having spent decades as one of Cuba’s foremost cigar producers, Garcia’s old-world influences are alive and well in a 94-rated blend drawn from a Cuba-seed wrapper grown in Ecuador and a robust interior of vintage Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos. My Father Cigars is home to dozens of top-rated, top-ranked blends like Flor de las Antillas and My Father Le Bijiou, but the original blend is more than worthy of your taste buds with its peppery and pronounced flavors of cedar, smoked nuts, wheat, and nutmeg. Taste five unique shapes that vary in smoking time and intensity but deliver an equally gratifying finish.

Sampler includes:
1 - My Father #1 (5.25 x 52)
1 - My Father #3 (6 x 49)
1 - My Father #2 (5.5 x 54)
1 - My Father #5 (6 x 56)
1 - My Father Eminentes (5.625 x 46)

 

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5. Padrón 1964 Anniversary Maduro Sampler

The Padrón 1964 Anniversary Maduro Sampler is a perfect place to savor prestigious Padrón cigars in their bestselling blend. A hearty Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper leaf encases a well-aged blend of premium Nicaraguan long-fillers in five classic box-pressed shapes. Tasting notes of cedar, cocoa, cayenne, and black pepper impress the critics and connoisseurs alike, so it might be tough to choose a favorite size from this collection. Smoking until you decide what size you like best is the fun part. A nice range of shapes includes sharp box-pressed profiles in a Torpedo and an extra-long ‘A’ along with three traditional Padron formats.

Sampler includes:
1 - Padrón 1964 Anniversary Imperial Maduro (6 x 54)
1 - Padrón 1964 Anniversary Torpedo Maduro (6 x 52)
1 - Padrón 1964 Anniversary Exclusivo Maduro (5.5 x 50)
1 - Padrón 1964 Anniversary Diplomatico Maduro (7 x 50)
1 - Padrón 1964 Anniversary 'A' Maduro (8.25 x 50)

 

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6. Oliva Serie V 5-Cigar Sampler

Taste the first cigar to elevate the demand for premium Oliva cigars among connoisseurs in the Oliva Serie V 5-Cigar Sampler. Serie V is meaty and peppery cigar drafted from an Ecuador Habano wrapper leaf and a hearty blend of Nicaraguan Ligero tobaccos. Notes of fresh coffee, cayenne, red pepper, hickory, and leather leave a lasting impression on the palate in conjunction with a resounding and spicy finish. Smoke through the most popular sizes of Oliva Serie V, but not all at once. Serie V is a bit intense to smoke in back to back cigars, but you’ll likely appreciate why the critics at Cigar Aficionado awarded this blend 95 points after a few puffs of the first one. 

Sampler includes:
1 - Oliva Serie V Torpedo (6 x 56)
1 - Oliva Serie V Diadema (6 x 46)
1 - Oliva Serie V Double Robusto (5 x 54)
1 - Oliva Serie V Churchill Extra (7 x 52)
1 - Oliva Serie V Diadema (7 x 49)

 

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