The 10 Best Nicaraguan Cigars

July 27, 2015

Of all the premium cigars on the market, some of those that are among aficionado’s favorites would be Nicaraguan cigars. Perhaps one of the reasons that Nicaraguan cigars sport such fan appeal is because the country is situated in an area that is perfect for growing tobacco. Nicaragua has quickly become known for producing some of the best tobaccos in the world. The nutrient rich volcanic soil, paired with the ideal weather conditions, has created some of the most fertile and tastiest leaves on the planet.  All these things considered, choosing the Ten Best Nicaraguan cigars was quite the difficult task, but combining my quarter century in the industry, and having smoked all of them, I feel that I can produce a selection, that if nothing more, can be a great guide in choosing an outstanding smoke from this amazing region.

Number 10:        Casa Magna Torito · 4.75 × 60

The creative minds and hands of two of the cigar industry’s most esteemed manufacturers, Manuel Quesada and Nestor Plascencia, created the popular Casa Magna Torito. This short fat Nicaraguan Puro is comprised of Ligero and Viso fillers from the most fertile regions of Nicaragua, covered with a beautiful Cuban-seed Ligero Colorado wrapper. Hand-rolled in Plascencia’s Nicaraguan Factory, the result is a smooth, rich, full-bodied cigar with hints of coffee, dark chocolate and sweet spices. Well-made and very consistent, this is one of the most reasonably priced premium cigars on the market.

Number 9:          Herrera Estelí Robusto Extra · 5.25 × 52

One of the newest additions to join the ranks of Drew Estate’s huge portfolio, the company continues to gain a large foothold in the non-infused sector of premium cigars. Drew’s blending brainchild Willy Herrera in tribute to the old-style Cuban cigar has created a modern day masterpiece. Dense, lush flavors of sweet cream, leather, almonds, and spice provide the lavish taste of those great pre-embargo Havana’s your granddaddy enjoyed. Medium to full body in flavor, Herrera Estelí Robusto Extra is a must try for any fan of top-quality Nicaraguan tobacco.

Number 8:          CAO Gold Corona · 5.5 × 42

Made by hand in Nicaragua, the smooth as silk  CAO Gold Corona cigar is blended from aged long filler leaves from Honduras and Nicaragua that reside inside an exquisite wrapper made of Connecticut-seed Ecuadorian leaf. The thin stature of this cigar bring to life its deep and complex, medium-bodied flavors of almonds, caramel, spice, and cocoa. A beautiful cigar inside and out, the Gold Corona is a pleasure to smoke.

Number 7:          Genuine Pre-Embargo C.C. Edicion Limitada 1958 Gordito • 4.75 × 52

Don’t let the gimmicky name or inexpensive price fool you, the Genuine Pre-Embargo C.C. Edicion Limitada 1958 Gordito is a seriously delicious, first rate, premium cigar. This 4.75 x 52 fireplug is handcrafted in Nicaragua to mirror the extremely desirable (and astronomically priced) dark-wrapped Cuban cigars introduced by Habanos S.A. These classic shaped little gems will give those Habanos, along with other fine Nicaraguan sticks, a serious run for their money! The closest thing to the real deal, the deep chocolate brown Habano wrapper and aged ligero filler tobaccos, have these gems are overflowing with bountiful notes of leather, cedar, spice, and sweet dark tobacco.

Number 6:          AJ Fernandez San Lotano Oval Maduro Robusto • 5 × 52

The San Lotano Oval Maduro Robusto is an amazing creation from master blender AJ Fernandez. Produced in his famous factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, the Oval features a truly unique shape. Its distinctive profile and square pressed design quickly made this cigar the talk of the industry.

This beauty starts out with binder and filler tobaccos from three nations that are nestled beneath a black and oily, specially harvested H2000 wrapper. This fabulous recipe delivers sweet spice, cocoa, chocolate and creamy caramel notes that linger on the palate. The Oval maduro is a true testament to the art of cigar making.

Number 5:          Davidoff Colorado Claro Aniversario No. 3 · 6 × 50

The Davidoff Colorado Claro Aniversario No. 3 is a 6 x 50 Toro-sized premium luxury cigar. This luxury smoke is clothed in a rare and well-appointed reddish-brown Ecuador Connecticut sun-grown wrapper leaf that engulfs an Ecuador binder, and aged filler leaf from the Dominican Republic. Well balanced, smooth, and beautifully built, the smoker will taste notes of  roasted nuts, caramel, cocoa s and a soft, subtle  buttery sweetness that engulfs palate. Extraordinary flavor and impeccable quality control make Davidoff one of the most recognized brands in the world.

Number 4:          Oliva Serie V Churchill Extra · 7 × 52

Oliva Serie V Churchill Extra is a captivating Nicaraguan puro that captures the essence of this lush region. A beautiful Habano Sun Grown wrapper glistening with oil covers a powerful, yet smooth blend of aged Nicaraguan ligero from the Jalapa Valley of Nicaragua. This magnificent stick is full-bodied and brimming with layer upon layer of coffee, spice, wood, nut, and sweet and dark tobacco flavors, with a touch of heavenly black coffee on the finish. You’re in for a delicious treat every time you light this big cigar up.

Number 3:          Alec Bradley Nica Puro Diamond Rough Cut · 6.25 × 54

Alec Bradley Nica Puro Diamond Rough Cut is part of the first Nicaraguan puro cigars that the company introduced to the market. Considered a tribute to the city of Esteli, Nicaragua with the year 1685 featured on the label, this cigar offers a complex blend of all aged Nicaraguan fillers and binder with an oily Habano wrapper completing the formula. This hefty Toro encompasses all of the fabulous complex flavors that this fertile growing region has to offer. Expect a medium-bodied vitola with tasting notes of earth, leather, nuts, sweet cocoa, and a dash of black pepper that will perk up the palate. Destined for greatness, the Alec Bradley Nica Puro is truly a diamond in the rough!

Number 2:          La Aroma de Cuba Monarch · 6 × 52

Handcrafted in Nicaragua, La Aroma de Cuba Monarch is a delicious smoke expertly constructed under the supervision of world famous cigar master Jose “Pepin” Garcia. This generously sized Toro features a premium Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, and hand selected binder and filler tobaccos from the most fertile regions of Nicaragua. The Monarch has a medium-to-full body profile with ample notes of cedar, leather, toast, sweet spice, and dark chocolate.  La Aroma de Cuba embodies every quality a smoker is looking for in a top-quality Nicaraguan cigar.

Number 1:          My Father Flor de Las Antillas  Belicoso · 5.5 × 52

Taking the cigar world by storm in 2012, the My Father Flor de Las Antillas Belicoso cigar is an award winning, masterful display of flavor and construction. Expertly constructed, this well-packed beauty contains binder and filler tobaccos from the rich volcanic soils of Estelí Nicaragua. Completing the blend is a smooth to the feel, silky Corojo/Criollo wrapper. The seasoned smoker will simply love the billowy clouds of sweet aromatic smoke and tasty notes of nutmeg, sugary coffee, cedar, sweet spice, and a hint of white pepper for a nice refreshing finish. A true gem worthy of securing a special place in any cigar aficionado’s humidor.

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