Top 5 San Andres Cigars of 2021
Mexican San Andres leaves used primarily for cigar wrappers have dated back as far as the days that Mayans roamed the world. Since then, San Andres wrappers have just gained popularity all over the world. You’ll find companies like EP Carrillo, AJ Fernandez, and Drew Estate really utilize the San Andres wrappers correctly within their portfolio.
In 2019, Nick shared his favorite cigars that utilize San Andres wrapper. Two years later, Nick revisited some delicious smokes that have that gorgeous, oily-looking San Andres wrapper and made a new Top 5 list. So here are the Top 5 San Andres Cigars of 2021. Don’t forget to click the link below for our limited-edition sampler.
Introduced in 2019 as a limited test blend called the “Space Fresh Packs”, the Fratello Arlequin was voted as the best of two blends. Later in 2019, Omar Frias went into full production so the entire world could enjoy this delectable premium-made cigar. These box-pressed beauties hail from the famous Joya de Nicaragua factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.
Along with the Mexican San Andres wrapper, the Fratello Arlequin Toro Prensado has a binder from Ecuador and fillers from Nicaragua and Peru. Some flavor notes you’ll detect in this medium to full-bodied smoke are earth, pepper, spice, oak, black coffee, and caramel. The mixture of perfect construction and delicious flavors will make the smoking experience of this San Andres gem that much better!
Crowned Heads Juarez
The Juarez OBS is an effort between Jon Huber of Crowned Heads and Arsenio Ramos of Tabacalera Pichardo. Located in the heart of Nicaragua, Tabacalera Pichardo recruited Ramos, the master blender for Aganorsa Leaf, where he put his magic to the test and the Juarez came to fruition. The Juarez was created as a value-conscious alternative to the ever so popular Jericho Hill, another popular brand under the Crowned Heads umbrella.
Knowing that an earthy San Andres cloaks the exterior of the Juarez, other tobaccos featured in this smoke are an Ecuadorian Sumatra for the binder and top-notch fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. This medium to full-bodied smoke has a plethora of flavor notes such as chocolate, black pepper, and oak. The dark and oily gem that is the Juarez OBS is a smoke that belongs in your humidor ASAP!
Dunbarton Sin Compromiso
We’ve had tons of variations of this specific line on many of our top five lists. Quite frankly, we cannot get enough of this brilliant creation from Steve Saka and Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust cigars. The Sin Compromiso, which translates to “no compromise” is the exact approach we should all take in life. The stunning, dark brown San Andres wrapper provides is an element that drew us in when we revisited this list.
This full-bodied smoke has a binder from Ecuador and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua that complement the gorgeous looking San Andres wrapper perfectly. Its delicious flavor profile includes notes of chocolate, wood, pepper, and dark roast coffee that would pair nicely alongside a root beer. The No. 5 Parejo, along with the four other sizes the Sin Compromiso provides are some of the most well-constructed cigars in the industry that provided some of the most complex flavors we’ve ever tasted.
Onyx Bold Nicaragua
Onyx Bold Nicaragua is the newest creation to come out of Altadis USA. This collaborative effort between longtime friends Rafael Nodal and famous master blender AJ Fernandez. Each and every size under the Bold Nicaragua line was rolled and manufactured at AJ Fernandez’s factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, and uses tobaccos that have been aged for over four years.
Nicaraguan tobaccos are used to make up the binder and filler, which is paired alongside the sleek and oily Mexican San Andres wrapper. This medium to full-bodied Robusto has powerful flavor notes of cocoa, black cherry, leather, espresso, and cream that flow throughout this smoke.
The silver band that is on the foot and middle of the cigar really allows the dark features of the San Andres wrapper to pop and make it eye-catching to every Onyx cigar lover. If you can’t get your hands on this sampler, then order the hot new Bold Nicaragua cigars today, and get a head start on what’s destined to become another award-winning blend from Onyx!
Black Label Trading Co. Morphine
Black Label Trading Co. Morphine cigars are the 7th release in this highly anticipated annual series from brand owner and cigar master James Brown. Being that the Morphine is a limited-edition cigar, It’s able to feature some of the greatest leaves that hail from South America. Although the Morphine has a firm, tight exterior, the draw in the smoke is seamlessly effortless. It’s the perfect balance James Brown delivers with all of his cigars.
With gorgeous San Andres tobacco leaves cloaked all over the Morphine Corona Gorda, other tobaccos featured in the binder, and filler hail from Nicaragua and Honduras. This full-bodied smoke delivers complex tasting notes of earth, raisins, chocolate, and zesty spice on the finish. Pick up a 20-count box of these limited-edition gems and discover a boutique smoke that’s second to none.
Here is Nick’s Top 5 Favorite San Andres Wrapped Cigars. From Mexico, the San Andres leaf is bold, spicy and has hints of chocolate. Check out this video to see what Nick picked. And if we missed one let us know in the comment section.