Why Smoke JR Cuban Alternative Cigars?

May 21, 2019

Here at JR Cigars, we pride ourselves not just on our prices but on our selection as well.  Of course we carry the newest ands most talked about brands, but we also have a tremendous selection of in house products as well.  While we have a full range of private label, none are more popular or well-known then our JR Alternatives.

These bundled cigars are essentially budget versions of some of your favorite cigars.  We use similar techniques and tobaccos to create a similar experience, but at a fraction of the price.  Our Alternatives fall into three lines.  We have our traditional line, our Edicion Limitada and of course our Cuban Alternatives.  Today I am going to explain what our Cuban Alternatives are and why they are a great choice for you.

What Are Cuban Alternatives?

Essentially what we did was work with various manufacturers on blending cigars that can mimic the flavors and experience of those world famous Cuban cigars.  Were talking the best known brands such as a Montecristo No.2, Bolivar Belicoso, and even Cohibas.  It’s a tough process, but countries such as Honduras and Nicaragua provide similar soil and growing conditions as Cuba.

This means we can mix and match various tobaccos grown in these countries to find the right combo to give us a close experience to these original Cubans.  We also can do it at a fraction of the price, making it an even better deal.

Why Do We Make Them?

This seems like a simple question, yet its important to examine the reasons behind our Cuban Alternative line.  Th first answer is the easy answer.  Cuban cigars are illegal.  If you are looking for more information on the situation with Cuba, you can read our entire Cuban cigar section on our blog page.

Seeing as they are illegal to sell in the US, we still wanted to be able to bring our customers an experience as close as possible to those famed cigars.  We have the sizes down and blends that should emit similar notes.  Seeing as most Cubans lay in the medium to full body range, you can expect most of Alternatives to fall in there as well.

Which Should You Try?

Well the answer here is based entirely upon your preference, but perhaps I can guide you a little bit, especially for those of you who have never tried a real Cuban or an Alternative.  As I stated above, Cubans are usually in the medium to full range, but if you were looking for a more mellow option there is till hope.  I would check out the Alterntative Montecristo No. 2 Cuban.  It’s a solid medium body but with a a smooth and creamy profile with hints of leather and nuts.

Lets say you are in the market for something a little stronger.  Well if im looking for a strong Cuban I usually head to Bolivar and it just so happens we have a Bolivar Belicoso Alternative.  This cigar turns up the heat with notes of pepper, oak and cedar with a nice sweet spice on the tail end.


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