iStock_000011519639XSmallWhether you are new to cigars or have been smoking cigars for a while.  The first question you may want to ask if if you want a mild, medium or strong cigar.  From there, cigar blends vary widely and give each cigar a unique taste.  Cigars are like any natural product of the earth that take time to grow, age and manufacture.  From seedling to finished product is a minimum of 4 years for a premium long fill cigar.  Long fill, is using a long leaf filler instead of chop fill found in very inexpensive cigars.  The longer the tobacco is aged, typically adds flavor and complexity and like anything else is a major factor in the overall price of the cigar.

 

Once you have determined your strength desire you can move into the different regions where cigars are made.  Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua are the three major areas where most cigars come from. 

 

Final analysis of what your taste buds may be looking for can range from what time of day you are planning on smoking a cigar, what you had to eat and what you plan to drink with the cigar.  
Usually in the morning you may want a mild, very smooth cigar, like a Montecristo White.  In the evening after a nice dinner and with a glass of your favorite beverage, you may want something more full bodied with a little spice like an Ashton VSG.

 

Forbes' top five favorite cigars

1.  Padron No 45 - Medium plus, earthy, smooth and very complex. One of the best to pair with a nice single malt scotch or after a nice meal.

2.  Padron 1926 and 1964 - the 64 is very smooth and creamy.  Padron's 26 and 64 have one of the best draws of any cigar in the industry, and gives you a great mouth full of smoke on every puff. The 26 is stronger and a little more complex.

3.  Ashton VSG sorcerer - Dominican - full bodied, complex and spicy

4.  La Flor Dominican double ligero chisel and Pigtail- Good everyday cigar - full bodied and complex - the pigtail is that much more if you looking for the "after a nice meal" cigar, and the single ligero (such as L-300 and L-500) with oscuro natural wrapper is good for a medium balance and similar complexity, but easier on the pallet than the double ligero if you're used to a more medium focused smoke.

5.  Bahia Vintage - One of the best value's you can get from Nicaragua.  At under $7.00 a stick, it represents a well aged, complex cigar that's a little lighter than the others here.  Just a tasty treat at any time of the day.

 

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