Thanksgiving— the long-awaited fall feast that we spend with those closest to us, to give thanks for what we’re most grateful for in life. Often dubbed “Turkey Day,” most Thanksgiving-day celebrations are quite an indulgent event, loaded with a smorgasbord of proteins, stuffing, an influx of delicious carbohydrates you’re sure to regret for the remainder of the calendar year. And who can forget that delicious after-dinner treat of fresh-baked pumpkin pie, another overload of calories that will have you questioning why you took that second slice.
At its core, Thanksgiving is a rather cordial social affair, so what better way to celebrate this shared holiday than with a quality stogie? The crisp autumn air, the warm aroma of home cooked comfort foods, and overarching themes of comradery and appreciation, all set an ideal setting for a most indulgent, and gratifying smoking experience.
If you’re like me, and you feel you deserve a hand-rolled reward for carving the evening’s main dish, an exceptional smoke is an absolute must on your holiday menu. So, here are a few decadent choices to light up just as the sun begins to set, and your belt begins to loosen.
H. Upmann Connecticut by Grupo de Maestros
This celebratory stogie commemorates the 175th anniversary of the legendary H. Upmann brand, and turns to one of the most talented teams of cigar artisans in the world to do so. The H. Upmann Connecticut by Grupo de Maestros is the first Upmann to officially bear the Grupo de Maestro’s name, perhaps for being such a worthy masterpiece of impeccable construction and character. This luxurious release uses a refined Connecticut wrapper, distinctly topped with a rich Maduro cap, to deliver smokers an intricate display of complex flavor. This top-shelf blend not only pays an appropriate tribute to the brand’s significant milestone, but is an ideal selection to enjoy one of the most important holidays of the year.
Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real
Thanksgiving is all about sharing. But unlike the endless buffet of side-dishes and casseroles to please every palate, your cigar menu may not be as expansive. If you’re planning to host a larger group of guests, having an ultra-premium cigar for everyone won’t please your wallet as much as they do your palate. With holiday shopping right around the corner, you may want to search for a more affordably priced cigar, and the Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real makes for a fine choice! These flavorful, medium-bodied sticks will be a hit with both new and seasoned smokers at your Thanksgiving table— and is versatile enough to pair with virtually any food and beverage option. Plus, after all those calories, and a nice dose of tryptophan from your turkey, a more refined profile may be just what the doctor ordered!
Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve
This RP classic has finally returned to the premium portfolio it helped create. Olde World Reserve cigars come available in two distinct wrappers— a robust Maduro that’s been hand-rolled at Rocky’s Tavicusa factory in Estelí, Nicaragua – or the Olde World Corojo, handmade in the Paraiso factory in Danlí, Honduras. Whichever you choose, these blends will each ensure you a quality smoking experience, with a medium to full-bodied profile of classic tobacco flavors.