Top Cigars to Smoke Holiday Season 2019

Top Cigars to Smoke Holiday Season 2019

Check out some great suggestions for cigars to smoke this 2019 holiday season, put together for your smoking enjoyment. 

Christmas is almost upon us and there is no better way to celebrate the holiday with friends and family than with a perfect premium pre-meal or after dinner cigar. I’ve put together some great suggestions for cigars to smoke this 2019 holiday season for your smoking enjoyment. 


Top Holiday Cigars 2019

#1. Macanudo Café

Macanudo Café is a mellow cigar with a light body and aromatic smoke. A tan Connecticut Shade wrapper leaf holds a smooth blend of long-fillers from the Dominican Republic and a San Andres binder. Creamy notes compliment the touch of sweetness of the Connecticut Shade wrapper. The undemanding Macanudo Café is a perfect cigar for everyone at your holiday gathering. 

#2. Oliva Connecticut Reserve

The marvelously approachable Oliva Connecticut Reserve is ideal for a midday, pre-dinner cigar. A gleaming Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper is paired with a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. Mild to medium-bodied, the Oliva Connecticut Reserve has notes of cedar, hazelnut, and hay combined in a variety of popular shapes and sizes.

#3. Arturo Fuente Hemingway

The Arturo Fuente Hemingway series is a meticulously handcrafted cigar in an award-winning portfolio. A perfectly fermented African Cameroon wrapper hugs a blend of premium Dominican binder and filler tobaccos. The easygoing medium-bodied profile delivers notes of woody spices, chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, and walnuts. A mix of shorter and longer vitolas makes it easy to decide to have a cigar before dinner if you’re unsure when the bird is coming out of the oven.

#4. My Father Flor de las Antillas

Introduced by Jose “Pepin”  Garcia in 2012, Flor de las Antillas is the first boxed-pressed line from My Father. The “Flower of the Antilles” is an homage to Garcia’s native Cuba. This medium bodied beauty is a blend of pure Nicaraguan tobaccos with a Nicaraguan Sun Grown wrapper. Notes of signature My Father spices, white pepper, nutmeg and cocoa lie lusciously on the palate. The versatile cigar pairs well with rum, wine, an after dinner cognac or a seasonal cocktail.  The Flor de las Antillas Toro was awarded #1 Cigar of the Year by Cigar Aficionado in 2012 with a 96 rating.

#5. New World Puro Especial by AJ Fernandez

The premium New World Puro Especial by AJ Fernandez features top-quality aged Nicaraguan tobaccos.  New World Puro Especial Gordo provides the rich, medium to full-bodied Cuban-style taste that AJ Fernandez cigars are famous for. With notes of spice, cocoa, leather, almonds, and dried fruit, with a sweet finish, this smoke makes for an ideal cigar after your Holiday feast. 

#6. Alec Bradley Magic Toast

Raise a glass to Alec Bradley Magic Toast cigars. Master blenders applied a stunning dark Honduran wrapper with a recipe of lush, toasty Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers and binders. Magic Toast presents warm notes of espresso, rich dark chocolate, cherry, and pepper. Magic Toast is a special occasion cigar that comes at a price that's more than worthy of a few cheers. 

#7. illusione Epernay

The illusione Epernay is named after the French Champagne region, Epernay. This box-pressed Nicaraguan puro combines the finest shade-grown Corojo '99 Café Rosado wrapper and choice aged Corojo and Criollo filler tobaccos to deliver an excellent medium-bodied smoke. The Corojo ’99 Café Rosado leaf wrapper imparts that feeling of silk that we all crave in our cigars. Distinct floral notes give way to sweet chocolate, nuts, coffee and honey that are complemented by a complex, smooth finish. illusione Epernay Le Taureau was awarded the #3 spot of Cigar Aficionado's Top 25 Cigars of 2011 list and rated 94.  Just like a bottle of bubbly, it might be best saved for special celebratory moments. 

#8. Brick House Double Connecticut

An after-dinner dessert wine, such as a Tawny port, holds up well with a cigar that has a medium body and a spicy profile. The Brick House Double Connecticut is comprised of Nicaraguan and Connecticut Broadleaf filler tobaccos that create an outstanding complex and flavorful smoke at a great price point. The Brick House Double Connecticut cigars are a medium bodied smoke, welcoming you with a nice balance of spice, sweetness and strength with a creamy smooth finish. 

#9. Padrón 1964 Anniversary Maduro

The toasty Padrón 1964 Anniversary Maduro is made in Nicaragua by one of the most noteworthy and respected cigar families in the industry.  This box-pressed line is packed with flavorful nuances while remaining immaculately balanced the whole way through. With flavors of cocoa, almonds, and a little titillating peppery spice, this cigar is a masterpiece. It's not only a celebration of the family's 30 years in the business, but also a celebration of cigar making at its finest. The Padrón 1964 Anniversary Maduro can best be appreciated with a premium bourbon.


Meanwhile at the bar…

Sage Bourbon Smash

4 Sage leaves

1 oz. Simple syrup

2 oz. Bourbon

½ oz. Honey

½ oz. Lemon juice

Muddle sage and simple syrup together in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, bourbon, honey, and lemon juice. Shake and strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass.


Enjoy your holidays with these fine premium cigars and buy cigars online and more at El Cigar Shop.

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