Cigar Talk: What Five Cigars Should Everyone Try?

by Jesse on April 6, 2007

If you were asked by a novice cigar smoker this question, what five cigars would you tell them to try? What reasons would you choose those cigars? Here is my list:

Padron Anniversary Maduro 1964

Simply put this is one of the best Non-Cuban Cigars made and I’d actually choose this or an Ashton VSG over some Cuban Cigars.

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chiselito

Alright I’m probably cruel for suggesting this one, but those newbies need to learn that looks and size can be deceiving. This cigar will kick your ass plan and simple, but it delivers some wonderful flavors. This little guy will teach you to respect a cigar.

Belmore Cameroon Selection

The reason I chose this one is just to show that the big boys don’t always make the best cigars. I’ve found so many gems in little known brands that are amazing. So you need to reach out and not be afraid of a brand you’ve never seen. Don’t buy a box of cigars you’ve never tried before though. I reviewed the Belmore awhile back.

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Short Story

Another big thing that comes in a small package. This cigar is one of the reasons I’m a cigar smoker today. On second thought maybe I shouldn’t tell anyone. My favorite shop has trouble keeping these in stock already.

Partagas Serie D No. 4

This cigar to me defines the Cuban Cigar and with a few years age on it can be as sweet as that dream you keep having about the Jello and the supermodels. Actually it is better than that dream.

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John April 6, 2007 at 3:55 pm

PARTAGAS BLACK LABEL
I LIKE THIS CIAGR A LOT. IT IS A GREAT FULL BODY CIGAR WITH A VERY NICE FINISH.

La Aurora 100 Anos
This is a very good cigar, which has a limited production. This one of my top five cigars and has an excellent blend.

Arturo Fuente Anejos Shark #77
By far my most favorite cigar ever, you can finds deals on them for about $9. However, they get up to $19 or $20 per stick. Excellent flavors from start to finish.

CAO ITALIA
Very nice cigar for an everyday smoke. The flavors are nice and smooth with a little bit of sweetness to it.

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chiselito
This is a strong cigar to try early on but it a very flavorful and intense cigar, which I love very much. You should try this knowing it is a very strong cigar and see what you think, but do not be surprised if you no not finish it the first time. Oh yea you should have eaten some food before taking this on.

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Cigar Jack April 6, 2007 at 4:30 pm

The Partagas Black Maximo is still one of my favorite cigars. The Maximo is the version that came in a tube. The Italia is one of my favorite morning cigars. I’ll have it a or a Casa Torano with a cup of coffee.

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John jmatkins BOTL April 6, 2007 at 4:45 pm

Yes the Maximo is my favorite of the black line.

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ColbyPants April 6, 2007 at 6:01 pm

WOW, you really have good taste. The only one of those I havent tried is the Belmore Cameroon Selection and the other four are amazing, with probably 3 being ones I would suggest (the chiselito, hemingway and 1964). I would add the Hoyo Epicure #2 (possibly more novice friendly) and Torano Signature ;)

TomC

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Cigar Jack April 6, 2007 at 6:08 pm

I have yet to meet a Torano Cigar I didn’t like. I can put most of Rocky Patel’s in that category also. They both make some suburb cigars.

Thanks for the comment.

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Eric "Speedcat Hollydale" April 7, 2007 at 5:25 am

You know I agree with you on this one. Great post Cigar Jack!
I did try the La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chisel, and yes, it is a fine smoke……strong, yet not harsh. Flavorextreamo Primo Brother

Speedcat Hollydale

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Cigar Jack April 7, 2007 at 10:53 am

I’m glad you enjoyed the cigar Eric! I stick with the Chiselito on those the Chisel can be a bit over powering for me. I’m going to the try some of LFD’s other cigars soon. A friend sent me an LGD I’m eager to try.

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Cigar Corner April 10, 2007 at 6:59 pm

Hey Cigar Jack, have you tried the Torano Noventa yet? Not a bad smoke. Anyway, One primo smoke that I don’t see on your list is a Fuente Opus X. Everyone should try them atleast once. I guess for a novice smoker, I wouldn’t have them indulge into that right away, until their pallate is accustomed to diifferent types of cigars. Than they can differentiate the good smokes from the bad smokes. A decent list you have though. Padron 64′s, yet pricey are one hell of a smoke.

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MonkeyDan April 10, 2007 at 8:13 pm

In no particular oder:

Pleiades Paris Envoy
La Finca Robusto (best $1.69 smoke ever!!!!!)
Padron 1964 Anivesario Torpedo Maduro
Pardron 1926 Series #6
Punch Rare Corojo Magnum

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Cigar Jack April 10, 2007 at 9:09 pm

The Opus X just doesn’t do it for me. I love Torano cigars, but the Noventa is one cigar I haven’t had the time to smoke. I’ve been searching out some lesser known brands of late and found some fantastic gems out there. I’m going to be reviewing the La Tradicion Cubana soon which is fantastic cigar that goes for about $80 for a box.

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Cigar Jack April 10, 2007 at 9:16 pm

Dan, I’ve never heard of the Pleiades Paris Envoy got a link to someone who carries it?

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MonkeyDan April 11, 2007 at 7:04 pm

CJ-

JR Cigars is the only place I can find them. Here is a link.

http://www.jrcigars.com/index.cfm?page=cig_view&itemcode=PPEN3

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Rah55 April 19, 2007 at 11:41 am

Boy you guys are a little tough on the rookies aren’t you? Some of those sticks pack a punch and drain the wallet! Here is my list, most on the milder size and a bit more economical:

CAO Gold – the one that hooked me and still a staple
Rocky Patel Connecticut – mild but flavorful
Indian Tabac Cuban Corojo – a nice intro to corojo. save the Camacho for later
Nestor Placencia Reserve Maduro – Real maddie, great price from a man who knows cigars
5 Vegas Classic – A little step up in power, very affordable.
They can graduate from there as their tastes and budgets dictate.

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jmatkins BOTL April 19, 2007 at 1:04 pm

La Aurora 100 Anos
Arturo Fuente Anejos Shark #77
La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero Chiselito
CAO ITALIA
PARTAGAS BLACK
The reason I picked these is one I love them all. The Sand Shark can be bought for $9 a little high but not too bad, La Aurora 100 Anos is the most $ but it is one of the best premium cigars I have ever had. The rest are nicely priced and give you a range of medium to strong cigars and if you are starting out I feel you should try a lot of diffrent types to get a feel of what you do and do not like. .02

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Cigar Jack April 19, 2007 at 1:25 pm

I really need to snag some of the Aurora 100′s before they are gone.

Not all of these are cigars I’d smoke every day but they’d give you an idea of the range and depth of the cigars out there.

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jmatkins BOTL April 19, 2007 at 1:33 pm

“Not all of these are cigars I’d smoke every day but they’d give you an idea of the range and depth of the cigars out there.” from Cigar Jack and thats why I stand behind them get a range of smokes under your belt and then really see what you like. And for the Anos this will be the last year that they make them so I will need to bight the bullet and get a box before they are gone.

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kevink868 June 15, 2007 at 1:38 am

Awesome topic, Jack. Tough one. Here goes…

LA TRADICION CUBANA MINI-TORPEDO: Shade wrapper at the top of its game. Smooth and creamy, but with evolving body. A morning smoke for those take Tabasco on their eggs.

NACIONALES W CORONA: Proof that you don’t need a monster ring gauge to get a complex blend. And our hypothetical newbie would benefit from an early introduction to the Pepin Garcia flavor.

PUNCH GRAN CRU #2 MADURO: The only CTBL smoke anyone has made a case for is the Party Black, so I figured I’d weigh in with an alternative. Properly aged, the Gran Cru #2 is the benchmark CTBL stick. Broadleaf sweetness, earthy Honduran filler… hell, yeah.

HOYO DE MONTERREY DOUBLE CORONA: When it’s right, it’s the ultimate adventure smoke. The best example of what 7″ sticks have to offer – two hours of ever-changing flavors, running the gamut in terms of body without boring you or beating you down.

BOLIVAR ROYAL CORONA: Pound-for-pound, the best stick on planet Earth. The epitome of the blender’s art.

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Cigar Jack June 16, 2007 at 8:38 am

I had yet to smoke the LTC Torpedo when I wrote this. It would be on this list if I had.

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mitchT February 25, 2009 at 9:30 am

All good cigars mentioned above. Don’t forget the
Perdomo Silvio series, a wonderful stick esp the cameroon

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