Posted by Ana Cuenca on January 06, 2017
Another magazine that deserves our attention is the Cigar Journal. This is an European cigar Magazine that follows closely the world of cigars. As with Cigar Aficionados and to my surprise, Non Cuban Cigars got better rating than the fabulous and world wide known prohibit fruit that are the Cuban Cigars. That's sounds very interesting to me. On their latest list released last December 16, 2016, only one Cuban cigar make it to the Top 10 and altogether, only three cigars make it to the top 25. Some may like to say it's just because Cubans don't pay advertising fees, while the rest of the world does. But I believe the reality is totally different, the quality of tobacco, manufacturing and construction in Cuba cigars is in decay while the quality of non Cuban has gone to the roof.
Anyway, this will be a theme in another moment. Holidays are killing me and the stress from the mountains of orders we need to fulfill may not let me be clear on my point. In time, I will revisit the subject and give you my modest opinion in the subject.
For now, let's just get to the "THE COMPLETE LIST OF CIGAR JOURNAL’S TOP 25 OF 2016".
San Cristóbal Quintessence Robusto is another treat for the cigar enthusiasts from one of the leading brand in the premium cigar world. Quintessence is a solid cigar that is blended by none other than Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia and beautifully handcrafted by his skilled rollers at My Father Cigars factory in Esteli. The tobaccos used for blending these cigars are al taken from Garcia family farm only. These tobaccos are patiently aged and tucked inside a lush Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Hefty dose of well-aged Nicaraguan tobaccos impart rich taste and refined flavours to the smoke. It smoothly burns showcasing a medium to full body strength and silky notes of spice, coffee, dried fruits, and molasses. Emanating rich aromas and thick plumes of smoke it creates a memorable experience. A sweet taste lingers on the palate even after the cigar is finished. The San Cristóbal Quintessence Robusto is 5 ½ x 50 in size and available in boxes of 24. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
No. 2 Davidoff Yamasá Pirámides
Davidoff Yamasá Pirámides is part of Davidoff’s ‘Discovery Pillar’ project where they release a black banded cigar each year. These cigars are focussed on a particular tobacco growing region and this year it is Yamasa, a small region in Dominican Republic. The wrapper and binder are both from this region. The fillers are a mix of Dominican Piloto and Majorado leaves with Nicaraguan tobaccos from Esteli and Condega. It is a masterfully crafted cigar which takes the Davidoff brand a few notches higher in popularity ladder. The burn, draw, flavours everything is perfect and on point. It displays a medium-full body and finely balanced complexity. The palate gets coated with generous notes of nuts, cedar, coffee, spices and black pepper. The slow burn offers ample time to savour the taste and a relaxing experience. The warm aroma pleases the olfactory senses. The Davidoff Yamasá Pirámides is made in the size of 6 1/8 x 52 and packed in boxes of 12. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Hermoso Maduro is a celebratory cigar which is very much worthy of the occasion it is released in. It marks the 30 th anniversary of this legendary brand that has impressed the smoke enthusiasts with one after another 90+ rated masterpieces. This cigar is a Nicaraguan puro blended with fine quality tobaccos that are aged for 4 years at a stretch. This imparts a refined and complex character to the leaves which is every bit enjoyable. It scores highly in all departments, looks, construction, flavours and burn. When you light one of these short stogies you are surely in for a treat and burst of flavours. Notes of coffee, cocoa, hazelnut coat the palate while sweetness prevails throughout the smoke. The beautiful box-pressed design in line with a traditional Cuban cigar ensures a smooth burn. The Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Hermoso Maduro is made in the size of 4 x 46 and packed in boxes of 26. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
Hoyo La Amistad Robusto is an example of a great cigar collaboration involving General Cigar Company and master blender AJ Fernandez. They selected top quality Nicaraguan tobaccos from four distinct regions of this country and blended them in a precise proportion to achieve the best ever taste. A gorgeous Ecuadorian Habano wrapper that is aged till perfection is employed to encase this blend. The recipe offers a great tasting cigar with full vigour and power. The full bodied and full flavoured profile is stopped from going overboard by expert blending and helped it to retain a smooth characteristic. This masterpiece can be safely said to be one of the best to come out of Hoyo de Monterrey tobaccos. The Hoyo La Amistad Robusto is 5 x 54 in size and come in boxes of 20. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
Aging Room Pelo De Oro Scherzo claims a special place in the portfolio of Boutique Blend as it has lot of firsts to boast off. To begin with it is the first to be made in collaboration with AJ Fernandez, then the first one to be produced in Nicaragua as well as the first ever Nicaraguan puro by this brand. The USP of this cigar is its rare tobacco, that is, Pelo De Oro. This particular tobacco is grown in Fernandez’s farm in a very measured quantity and hence, this line is a limited production. It is released in the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show and has already captured the cigar world with its excellent performance. The body strength is full and robust with lots of complexity and character. Notes of earth, pepper, nuts, oak and coffee beans fill the mouth as you take a puff. The finish is rather long. The cigar truly meant for those who enjoy a bold, powerful smoke with a very strong character. The Aging Room Pelo De Oro Scherzo is made in the size of 5 ½ x 55. They come in 10 count boxes that flaunt a new style of printing. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
A.J. Fernandez Enclave Salomon is a great cigar coming out of the collaboration of two genius minds, A.J. Fernandez and his father, Ismael. It is their second venture after the tremendously popular New World line. Enclave is a blend of choicest Nicaraguan long fillers mixed with Piloto Cubano tobaccos grown in AJ’s own farm. A Cameroon binder keeps them safe while a gorgeous reddish brown Habano Rosado wrapper from Ecuador hugs them snugly. It is blended not just offer a fine cigar but also an experience that you can cherish over and over again. The father son duo wanted to give the feel of old Cuba and its wonderful smokes through this cigar. It won’t be wrong to say that they have succeeded to a great extent. It coats the palate with notes of cedar, cinnamon, white pepper and sweet spices in a balanced way. The body strength is medium-full and complexity is of just the right amount. The skill of the experienced rollers at Tabacalera Fernandez factory is displayed through the unwavering burn and easy draw. The A.J. Fernandez Enclave Salomon is made in the size of 6 ½ x 52 and packed in boxes of 20. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
No. 7 Partagás Añejados Corona Gorda (not available in USA)
Partagás Añejados Corona Gorda is part of a special release by Habanos S.A. in which they take one vitola from their popular series and age them for minimum five to maximum eight years in their boxes. This is their Añejados line and this Corona Gorda of Partagas series is one of them. It is released in February of this year. This is a Cuban puro with a mellow and refined taste that is as close to perfection as possible. Each of these cigars is tasted for flavour and balance before finally releasing them with a second band and stamp of ‘Revisado’ on the boxes. It takes you in for a wonderful smoking experience that is every bit enjoyable and cherish-able. These sublime cigars exude smooth notes of earth, leather, oak, black pepper and hints of sweetness throughout the smoke. It displays medium body strength and restrained power which ensures a perfect smoke. The Partagás Añejados Corona Gorda is crafted in the size of 5 5/8 x 46. They come in boxes of 25 with both the rolling date and Revisado date printed on them. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
El Centurion H·2K·CT Toro is an outstanding cigar that is offered by revered My Father Factory, which is a home of some of the most wonderful cigars in the world. These stogies are blended by legendary Jose Pepin Garcia with tobaccos grown in their coveted family farm. The fillers are all Cuban seed of Criollo 98 and Corojo 99 variety of leaves from Nicaragua bound by the same country binder. They are wrapped in a unique hybrid wrapper which is a sun grown Habano 2000 leaf grown in the fertile Connecticut River Valley. This concoction delivers a medium to full bodied smoke with nuanced flavours that touch the palate in a delicate manner. Cedary, honey and nutty notes keep the palate engaged before a sweet, creamy finish ends the show. Masterfully crafted they offer a fine smoking experience that you would like to reach for quite often. So, stock up on these beauties as long as they are available. The El Centurion H·2K·CT Toro is 6 x 52 in size and come in boxes of 20. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
Only available to the European Market. Stay tune for more.
Leaf By OscarThe Oscar Robusto is a stunning cigar that looks gorgeous and tastes marvellous. From the very first glance you will be impressed by this beauty. It is one of the newest releases of Oscar in 2016. It packs a mix of Honduran and Nicaraguan long fillers inside bound by a Honduran binder. This blend is tucked inside an Ecuadorian wrapper. They create a medium to full bodied smoking experience with smooth, rounded flavours. It displays a medley of flavours that includes notes of cocoa, fruits, cinnamon, cedar, almond and little spicy hints. The top notch construction helps in smooth, razor sharp burn with an effortless draw. Hearty and satisfying, whenever you pick this one you are sure to have a good time. The Leaf By Oscar The Oscar Robusto is rolled in the size of 5 x 50. They are packed in bundle of 11 wrapped in a cigar mold and not as cigars comes traditionally packaged in boxes. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
No. 10 Perdomo Small Batch 2005 Toro Especial Maduro
Perdomo Small Batch 2005 Toro Especial Maduro is a fine example of the expertise and skill that Nick Perdomo has acquired in his long cigar blending career. He crafts his cigars worth only the finest tobaccos that are aged to perfection. In this puro he has used all Nicaraguan tobaccos that are patiently aged for 10 long years. One more notable point about this cigar is the use of small leaves that add a unique touch to the smoke. It is a small batch production as the tobaccos used are rare. The all-Nicaraguan blend delivers a full bodied, full flavoured smoke with truckloads of flavours. The palate is washed by notes of earth, leather and white pepper. Balanced and smooth are the words that come to the mind while you smoke this stogie. The precise construction ensures an even burn and easy draw. Overall, it is an excellent cigar that would give you a robust smoking experience whenever you lit up one. The Perdomo Small Batch 2005 Toro Especial Maduro is 5 ½ x 54 in sizes and come in boxes of 30. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
No. 11 Davidoff Escurio Corona Gorda
Davidoff Escurio Corona Gorda is a member of Davidoff’s Black Band wagon where several series of cigars are created focussing on a particular tobacco growing region. Escurio is the second offering of this project after the hugely successful Davidoff Nicaragua. This one is based on Brazil but not entirely made up of Brazilian tobaccos only. The blend of this cigar features three types of Dominican fillers, namely, San Vicente, Piloto and hybrid Olor with Brazilian Cubra and Mata Fina fillers. They are bound by a Brazilian Cubra binder and finally rolled in a Habano Ecuador wrapper. Medium to full in body strength the primary taste of this cigar leans towards spicy-sweet. However, it does display a good amount of complexity to be enjoyed while it burns in a slow manner. The palate is treated with notes of leather, cream, nutmeg and cinnamon one by one keeping it on toes till the end. The Davidoff Escurio Corona Gorda is crafted in the size of 6 x 46 and packed in boxes of 12. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
No. 12 Vegafina Edición Limitada Conde Pigtail (Only Available for the European Market)
Vegafina Edición Limitada Conde Pigtail is an impressive cigar made under the limited production series. These are released in the spring of this year and have already become a favourite of smoke enthusiasts and critics. Exquisitely crafted these cigars feature a variety of tobaccos from different nations. The core is packed to brim with Dominican Olor Seco and Piloto ligero, Nicaraguan Seco and lastly, Columbian Tairona fillers. They are bound together by an Indonesian Java binder and enwrapped in a gorgeous Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. The wrapper is folded in a pigtail like shape on the top which gives its name. What makes this blend even more special is that all these tobaccos are aged up to seven years. The result is a smoother, creamier profile with fine balance of flavours. It showcases a medium strength body profile and washes the palate with notes of cream, coffee, leather, fruits, raisins, sweet spices and pepper. This tasty treat is filled with woody and toasty aromas. The Vegafina Edición Limitada Conde Pigtail is rolled in the size of 5 ½ x 48. They come in boxes of 10. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
Kristoff San Andrés Robusto is a magnificent cigar that once again shows why Kristoff is one of the fastest growing boutique brands today. They are known for their expertly blended and masterfully handcrafted cigar that often land in the 90+ rated category. The San Andres is a three-nation blend that displays some mouth-watering flavours and perfect dose of complexity. It begins with an eye-catching dark brown San Andres wrapper from Mexico. Underneath it rests a blend of perfectly aged Nicaraguan fillers bound by an Ecuadorian Habano binder. The result is a medium to full bodied enjoyable smoke that fills the mouth with refined notes of black pepper, spices and chocolate. A trace of smooth creaminess lingers on the palate at the end. If you haven’t yet tried any Kristoff then it is a perfect choice to begin your relation with this top notch brand. The Kristoff San Andrés Robusto is 5 x 54 in size and come in boxes of 20. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
CLE Chele 646 is an adventurous project for Christian Eiroa as he ventures into the fertile soils of one of the prominent tobacco growing nation, Nicaragua. The outer look of the cigar is first thing you would notice and am sure would love it. The name Chele is a Latin American word meaning white and it denotes to the wrapper used here. This wrapper is a blonde Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. The blend inside has Nicaraguan long filler and binder tobaccos. Eiroa known for his innovation shows his skill here as well. Instead of giving it a mellow profile like other Connecticut wrapped stogies he made it medium bodied. It is achieved by using rich tobaccos from Nicaragua. The cigar releases finely balanced notes of earth, leather, bread, and spices with floral aromas all through the end. It is a delicious as well as hearty cigar that you can smoke anytime. The CLE Chele 646 is a 6 x 46 sized vitola and come in boxes of 25. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
Doña Nieves Sentimiento Ternura is a Nicaraguan puro exquisitely handcrafted in Nicaragua. It is a medley of various aromas and nuanced flavours that coat the palate as long as the cigar burns. The cigar is wrapped in a Nicaraguan Oscuro wrapper in deep brown complexion and it packs top quality tobaccos from Jalapa and Esteli in Nicaragua. The profile is medium to full with smooth, balanced notes that overtake the palate for good one and a half hours. Dark chocolate, berries, leather, earth, toast and wood nuances underscored by peppery spiciness appear one by one till you reach the very end. Aromas of sweet fruits and citrus also have a prominent presence. Whenever you lit up one of these you are sure in for a treat. The Doña Nieves Sentimiento Ternura is rolled in the size of 6 x 54 and packed in boxes of 21. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
1502 XO Toro is an excellent cigar that is very hard to find due to its extremely limited production. This is the fifth release to come out of Global Premium Cigars Company and blended by Enrique Sánchez. This one is launched in 2015 and they have also announced a plan of adding new vitolas to for this blend every year. The blend of this cigar is a mystery as Enrique hasn’t disclosed the name of the tobaccos used. The only information we have is that these tobaccos are aged for 18 years. The XO in the name stands for this extra-long aging procedure and 1502 denotes the number of boxes released. This mysterious cigar surprises from the very first puff with its rich mix of flavours, outstanding complexity and smooth balance. It starts off with cocoa, cedar, natural tobacco and pepper and then shows some nutty, chocolaty and fruity nuances. The body strength remains in the medium of full territory giving a satisfying feeling. The precise construction leaves you awestruck and no room for complaints. This 1502 XO Toro is 6 x 50 in size. It comes in individually numbered boxes of 10. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
Macanudo Inspirado Black Cañonazo is a German cigar that debuted in Inter-tabac 2015 trade fair. It has taken sometime to enter the US cigar market and when it did everyone took notice of this jet-black stogie. It blended with some exclusive tobaccos that are specially grown for this cigar. It utilises a Connecticut Habano wrapper that is cultivated in Thrail family farm. It conceals a blend of Dominican Piloto Cubano and Olor with Honduran and Nicaraguan fillers bound by a proprietary binder. The result is a superb cigar with medium to full body profile and robust flavours. It tickles the palate with smooth notes of cedar, cocoa, coffee and toast. With this one you get a heartier smoke without compromising on the smoothness and balance. The Macanudo Inspirado Black Cañonazo is a 5 ¾ x 52 sized vitola and come in boxes of 20. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
Flor De Selva Grand Pressé is the fifth addition to the popular Flor De Selva line and released in the IPCPR Trade Show 2016. This is their first vitola in the line with a soft box-pressed finish. According to Gabriel Alvarez, U.S. Director of Sales, they felt a Prensado will be a right choice to add to their portfolio as it is the only niche left for them to cover. The blend of this cigar features a mix of well-aged Brazilian Mata Fina binder that holds Honduran fillers sourced from the Jamastran region. The top layer is made of a well-fermented Honduran Habano wrapper. Masterfully handcrafted they display a beautiful sharp burn with thick plumes of smoke. The tasting notes include touches of earth, oak, black pepper, roasted coffee and almond. Raisin sweetness and floral notes also have a discernible presence throughout the smoke. The body profile remains in the medium to full range. The Flor De Selva Grand Pressé is rolled in the size of 6 x 56 and come in boxes of 10. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
No. 19 Cohiba Medio Siglo (not available USA)
Cohiba Medio Siglo is a very special release by this enormously popular Cuban brand which is now 50 years old. On this occasion they released this new vitola for their Siglo 1492 line that pay tribute to the Cuba’s century old tobacco history. This particular size is a combination of two standard sizes, namely, Siglo I and Siglo VI. It has borrowed the length of one and the ring gauge of other. As a result it has turned out to be a compact and modern style cigar. Siglo means century and medio means half which perfectly indicates to the occasion it is meant for. The blend of this cigar is same as the previous ones in the series which comprises of tobaccos from Vuelta Abajo region in Cuba. It utilises seco and ligero fillers that go through a third stage of fermentation which is exclusive to this brand. The body profile is medium to full and tasting flavours include notes of black pepper, white pepper, wood and leather with little hints of sourness. The construction, burn and draw are all top notch leaving you with only an intense and gratifying smoke. The Cohiba Medio Siglo is 4 x 52 in size and come in boxes of 25. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
Gurkha Heritage Toro is a new launch in 2015 by the brand known as the Rolls Royce of Cigars. Gurkha portfolio is packed with outstanding cigars that have not only garnered high ratings and high ranks but have become a favourite choice when you are in a mood for celebration. The Heritage is blended by Juan Lopez, the national sales director, with the blessing of Gurkha CEO, Kaizad Hansotia. The blend comprises of a host of tobaccos from four different nations. To begin with it has an Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper that overlay a blend of Dominican Piloto Cubano, Nicaraguan and Pennsylvanian fillers bound by a Nicaraguan binder. This concoction delivers a medium to full bodied smoke with hearty flavours of natural tobacco, pepper and cedar with sprinklings of cherry notes and sweetness. They display a beautiful even burn with an easy draw and release thick clouds of smoke creating a delightful smoking experience. The Gurkha Heritage Toro is made in the size of 6 ½ x 54 and packed in boxes of 35. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
No. 21 Punch Supremos ER 2015 Suiza
Punch Supremos ER 2015 Suiza is an exclusive cigar for the Swiss smokers released in 2015 at Habanos Day. They are produced in limited numbers and that is only 50,000 pieces. Made in Cuba they comprise of top quality Cuban tobaccos that are fermented and cured patiently before rolling. This is a vitola known as Sobresalientes and is the first one to come out of this brand. The smoke is mellow with mild to medium body strength and harmonious flavours. It offers the palate tastes of dried fruit, wood, spice and cream that mingle together beautifully creating a delightfully enjoyable smoke. It is definitely a must have if you can lay your hand in one of the boxes. The Punch Supremos ER 2015 Suiza is crafted in the size of 6 x 53. They are available in boxes of 10 cigars and restricted to 5,000 boxes. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
Dunhill Aged Maduro Short Robusto is one of the vitola released under the first ever Maduro line by this brand. Dunhill is known for their mellower, milder blends but now they are trying their hands at Maduros with this 2016 release. It employs a dark sun grown Broadleaf wrapper leave from Connecticut U.S. Inside, it is stuffed with Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos that are chosen carefully. This blend is aged to perfection to achieve a harmonious character. It displays medium body strength with balanced nuances of coffee, dark chocolate, sweet cream and cedar. It retains a smooth character till the end. The burn and draw is perfect due to its top notch construction. This one is a delicious choice for Maduro lovers, both experienced and beginners. The Dunhill Aged Maduro Short Robusto is rolled in the size of 4 x 54 and packed in boxes of 10. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
Tabaquero By Hamlet Paredes Toro is a creation of a famed cigar roller who has displayed his outstanding rolling skills in various countries. This man is Hamlet Paredes, after which this line is named. He joined hands with Rocky Patel and started blending cigars with his name. This cigar is blended with Nicaraguan fillers bound by double binder from Mexico and Brazil. They are cloaked by a dark Mexican San Andres wrapper. This Cuban style cigar is handcrafted in the Patel’s Nicaraguan factory, Tabacalera Villa Cuba S.A. These cigars display a restrained medium to full bodied smoke abounds in delicious notes of earth, pepper, spices, coffee and caramel. This is an excellent treat for all the smoke enthusiasts and more so for the Rocky fans. The Tabaquero By Hamlet Paredes Toro is a 6 x 52 sized vitola and come packed in boxes of 20. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.
Villiger San’Doro Colorado Robusto is an exquisitely crafted cigar from a relatively new player in the premium cigar market. Villager is not new to the premium cigar world altogether as they have a long relationship with tobaccos since 17th century. The name of this cigar is derived from Latin name of tobacco which means scared plant of India. Choicest Nicaraguan tobaccos blended precisely to craft this premium. On the top a luscious Ecuadorian wrapper is laid beautifully. The top notch construction makes sure that this solid stick burns smoothly with an easy draw. The palate is treated with soft and rounded notes of cream, coffee, chocolate, nuts, wood and earth with little spices. From start to end this medium bodied gem is a total winner and worth your money. It has managed to impress critics and enthusiasts alike. The Villiger San’Doro Colorado Robusto is crafted in the size of 5 x 50 and available in boxes of 20. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2015 by Cigar Aficionado.
No. 25 La Aurora Black Lion Cameroon Toro (We are trying to figure this out)
La Aurora Black Lion Cameroon Toro is a latest release of 2016 by La Aurora, one of the leading premium cigar brands. It is closer to the classic La Aurora blend but with more power and punch. It is blended with well-aged filler and binder tobaccos from Dominican Republic. A dark and toothy Cameroon wrapper adorns this blend from outside. The recipe packs good amount of flavours and strength which culminates into a fine smoking cigar. Medium to full in body range it shows intensity almost from the very first puff. The smoke is layered with notes of sweet cedar, coffee, nuts, cream and earth. Backed by a masterful construction it displays a smooth burn with an easy draw. The look of this cigar is also striking with the wide line themed band with blue accents. A perfect choice when you want a satisfying cigar that doesn’t overpower your senses but offers a nice smoking experience. The La Aurora Black Lion Cameroon Toro is made in the size of 6 x 50 and packed in boxes of 25. You can buy them online at Cuenca Cigars or simply Shop our 25 Best Cigars of 2016 by Cigar Journal.