Cuban Cigars We Suggest You Should Try This Week

Our suggestions

Wine may be the drink of the gods, but the gratification only gets better when paired correctly with an exquisite cigar. As with any alliance, the first step is not to choose either a cigar or a wine that will totally dominate the other. This can be more complicated with wines than with traditional spirit matches. Heavy tannic red wines pair up comfortably with a full bodied cigar, whilst a crisp, dry white wine delightfully brings out the ‘mineraly’, salty aspects of the Cuban blend. Sip and draw, spit and exhale to form your ideal couples.
Here is CigarOne’s simple guide to Cigars and Wine

 
Cohiba
Espléndidos
Cohiba Espléndidos
Box of 25
US$ 818
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Considered the father of Cohiba. The Esplendido, has rapidly gained a reputation among large cigar lovers. Its heavy, smooth aroma appeals mainly to educated connoisseurs. Steady burning, the Esplendido is an excellent post dinner cigar to match with a vintage Porto. We sampled the 2004 Porto Vintage Nacional Quinta do Noval (Portugal) (97/100 Parker) and found the rich sweetness of the Porto gave extra life to the Esplendido blend. The Porto was strong enough to stand up to the body of the Esplendido whilst still finding place to exist. Add in a bit of Stilton and the ensemble becomes even more of delectable.

H. Upmann
Magnum 46
H. Upmann Magnum 46
Cabinet of 25
US$ 272
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One of the classic Cuban Coronas Gorda's. Its rapid burning - about sixty minutes- is characterized by a veritable aromatic explosion between the second and last thirds. It is by no means an easy smoke and requires an experience palate to tame the ride. The rich aromas cry out for a bold, powerful red wine. Older Bordeaux's or Barolo's would work, but we opted for a Spanish 2012 Viña El Pison Rioja Viñedos Lacalle y Laorden (97+/100 Parker). The creamy Tempranillo blend brings notes of nuts and coffee to the mix, allowing you to savour both cigar and wine in equal measures.

 
Bolivar
Royal Coronas
Bolivar Royal Coronas
Box of 25
US$ 239
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Unlike the rest of the Bolivar family, this generous Robusto develops full, spicy/woody flavours without being aggressive. Its pronounced spices are seductive, while its relative subtlety caters to modern tastes. An exciting voyage of a smoke that will leave you with censorial memories that go on and on. We sampled the Bolivar with a heavy Italian 2008 Amarone Valpolicella Classico DOCG Mater Domini Veneti Cantina Valpolicella Negrar. Interestingly in this case, it was the cigar that propulsed the wine to a new level. All the red berry, dark chocolate and pepperiness of the wine were amplified by the creaminess of the cigar.

Hoyo de Monterrey
De San Juan Tubos (pack of 3 cigars)
Hoyo de Monterrey De San Juan Tubos (pack of 3 cigars)
Box of 3
US$ 58
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The Hoyo de Monterrey De San Juan (Tubos format) is just in. A cigar that has been extremely hard to get hold of since its release last year, the San Juan is an excellent new addition to the Hoyo de Monterrey Serie Le Hoyo. 54 ring, medium in body, the aromas are floral, fruity and earthy. The smoke is very creamy and the burn even and smooth. We tried this cigar with a 2013 Pinot Noir Hemel-en-Aarde Valley WO Hamilton Russell Vineyards. Regarded by many as the best Pinot Noir coming out of South Africa, this wine paired beautifully with the young Hoyo. The woodiness of the wine complemented the floral, fruitiness of the cigar.

 
Romeo y Julieta
Belicosos
Romeo y Julieta Belicosos
Box of 25
US$ 294
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Medium in strength, this Cuban Belicosos is a nice size and is constructed with great skill and accuracy. Its mellowness and supportive structure make it a good cigar for intermediate smokers looking to enrich their palate. We chose a lighter wine, so as not to over power the cigar. The 2012 Cantastorie Merlot Ticino DOC Fawino (Switzerland) was the perfect match. The raspberry, cinnamon and cherry notes of the wine worked well with the leathery aspects of the RyJ Belicosos. The end of the cigar rather overpowered the wine, but the match worked nicely as an aperitif combination for the first two thirds.

Trinidad
Reyes
Trinidad Reyes
Cabinet of 24
US$ 179
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Thick, complex and very aromatic, the Trinidad Reyes is immediately rewarding upon lighting. The texture of the smoke is quite creamy with sweet spices and cacao flavors constantly developing over the 35 min it takes to smoke this little cigar. We explored the Syrah grape with this cigar with the 2012 Côte-Rôtie AOC Tardieu-Laurent (France). Although the wine was fairly powerful, the extreme creaminess of the cigar worked wonderfully, supporting the aromas and mineraliness of the Côte-Rôtie.

 
Hoyo de Monterrey
Épicure No. 1
Hoyo de Monterrey Épicure No. 1
Cabinet of 25
US$ 278
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Hoyo's fruity and floral bouquet are brought forth in this Corona Gorda. The palate is initially greeted with a distinct Jamaican pepper spice. Following this initial treat, notes of fresh herbs, rosewood and musk combine in a sweet medley of aromas on the palate. We looked for a wine that would go hand in hand with the cigar and therefore opted for a 2013 Languedoc Rosé AOC Domaine de Nizas (France). A Rosé with a cigar sounds an impossible mix, but this chilled Rosé worked a treat, sharing its fruitiness with the cigar. Warm weather combination that is ideal for a Summer afternoon.

Fonseca
Cosacos
Fonseca Cosacos
Box of 25
US$ 137
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The Fonseca Cosacos is mild in tobacco taste. Its smoke is subtly sweet and herbaceous. Rich toasted flavour with earthy and peppery overtones are the main characteristics of this terrific Corona. We had to try this cigar with a sweet white wine. The Alsatian 2007 Gewürztraminer Vendanges Tardives Alsace AOC Hugel & Fils (France) hit the mark. The cigar brought a grassy aspect to the fresh sweetness of the chilled wine. We were all surprised that this worked so perfectly, but when you think how well fresh fruits work with cigars, it should not have been an obvious choice.

 
Montecristo
Regata
Montecristo Regata
Box of 20
US$ 186
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It is a light and relaxed cigar, that explores the soft woody aromas that we all love in Cuban cigars. This delicateness required a very light white wine to compliment. We went for the Australian 2012 Sauvignon Blanc Verdelho Matilda Plains Langhorne Creek Bremerton Wines. Melon and passion fruit underlined by a cold mineral base loved the creamy woodiness of the Regata. This pairing was a revelation and worked especially well. The crispness of the wine cleansed the palate, allowing for the cigar to make a first impression over and over again.

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