In our last blog we explored some affordable Cuban-style cigars in our huge inventory right here at JR, now, for this blog, we will look at some of the best high-end Cuban style cigars available on our website that will appeal to the most discerning aficionados looking for a smoke reminiscent of old Havana. All the ultra-premium cigars listed below are critically acclaimed for their top-notch construction, slow burn, and an abundance of rich Cuban-style flavors, and have set the standard for quality tobaccos.
Montecristo White Series
Reminiscent of the original Cuban Montecristo cigar, the elegant Montecristo White boasts a stunning, hand-selected Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper, paired with a Nicaraguan binder and a blend of the choicest premium Dominican and Nicaraguan long fillers. The White makes for a smooth, and creamy, rich, flavorful, well-rounded smoke. with nuances of spice, cocoa, cedar, coffee, and caramel. The Montecristo White has quickly become a favorite for aficionados who appreciate a good complex Cuban-style smoke without an overwhelming amount of strength.
La Flor Dominicana Cigars
Ranked as the top cigar of 2016 by Cigar Aficionado, these premium handmade beauties from master blender Litto Gomez have remained a top choice among smokers looking for very powerful, yet well-refined Cuban-style smoking experience. La Flor Dominicana cigars feature a full-bodied blend of aged Dominican binder and fillers paired with an incredibly oily Ecuadorian wrapper, to provide the seasoned cigar connoisseur with intensely delicious flavors of white pepper, earth, cocoa, leather, and a creamy vanilla-like finish.
Liga Privada No. 9
Born from an extraordinarily detailed blend created from seven different strains of top-quality Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos, Liga Privada No.9 cigars are bound with a sturdy Brazilian leaf and a Connecticut broadleaf wrapper that’s been aged for over 18 months. this results in a bold, delicious full-bodied smoke offering consistent satisfaction in every draw. The lush, earthy, espresso-like flavors of the Liga Privada No.9 cigar is an undeniable luxury to the seasoned smoker’s refined palate. These handmade beauties from Drew Estate have received remarkable accolades by both Cigar Snob (rated 93 in 2013) and Cigar Aficionado (rated 90 in 2013).
Oliva Serie V Melanio
With an abundance of rich Cuban style flavors, thanks to premium Nicaraguan tobaccos in conjunction with an Ecuadorian wrapper, every puff of Melanio Serie V offers up full-bodied goodness with distinct layers of wood, creamed coffee, and warm buttery toast. This top-shelf brand has been a go-to for those looking to recreate the great taste of pre-embargo Havana, and, there isn’t a better Cuban-style cigar to be found on the planet. No stranger to Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 list, in 2014, the Figurado was Cigar of the Year and in 2016, the Robusto was No. 8.!
AJ Fernandez San Lotano Habano
San Lotano Habano is a full-bodied take on the classic Cuban-style blend. The unique cigar is fashioned with aged long-fillers from Nicaragua, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic snuggled inside a Nicaraguan binder. Most importantly though, the San Lotano cigar gets its name and dark, oily good looks from the rare, Brazilian Habano wrapper which is only obtainable by AJ Fernandez and one other manufacturer in the entire world. After lighting, this masterpiece displays notes of wood, nuts, earth, espresso, and spice, with a sophisticated complexity that will have you experiencing some of the closest flavors you can find to a genuine Cuban cigar.
Davidoff Signature Series
Noting the misconception that all Cuban cigars are strong, The Davidoff Signature Series cigars pair a stunning Ecuador Sun Grown wrapper with the finest aged Dominican binder and fillers to create a harmonious mellow to medium-bodied blend that still delivers an abundance of rich, Cuban-style flavors. Once lit, these Dominican beauties serve up a fragrant medley of white pepper, wood, salty caramel, cocoa, and a rich, tobacco sweetness that remains in the background throughout the entire length of the smoke. A favorite of Winston Churchill, Davidoff makes some of the best super-premium cigars available on the market today, and, if Sir Winston, (a Cuban cigar connoisseur) was still alive, he’d surely be smoking the Signature Series cigar—it’s that good!
Fuente Fuente Opus X The Lost City
Any high-end Cuban-style cigar review would be remiss without the world-famous Opus X, specifically this fabulous top-rated line extension called The Lost City. As close you’ll ever come to a genuine Cuban cigar without a passport and plane ticket, Fuente Fuente Opus X The Lost City features exclusive Dominican tobaccos grown on the renowned Chateau de la Fuente family farm that is aged for 5 full years. The blend is topped with a zesty and delicious chocolate brown Dominican wrapper. Complex notes of earth, spice, cedar, and pepper meld beautifully with the delectable essence of cream, and caramel, to create a smoke worthy of its legendary name.
Using only premium tobaccos grown in the famed Vuelta Abajo region of the country, no cigar truly captures the full essence and character of a genuine Cuban cigar, but the brands mentioned above have their own distinct flavor profiles that rival, or in some cases top, the great taste of these forbidden pleasures.