Top Brands in Cigars
Founded in 1875 Cuba and named after the titular characters in Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, Romeo y Julieta Cigars are one of the most recognizable and well-known premium cigar brands ever made. A favorite of the legendary statesman Winston Churchill, Romeo y Julieta Cigars are the favorite of aficionados across the country.
Founded by Inocencio Alvares and Manin Garcia in 1875, Romeo y Julieta Cigars were off to a hot start from the beginning. Between 1885 and 1900, Romeo y Julieta cigars won countless awards and accolades in numerous competitions, which are still proudly displayed on every box of Romeo y Julieta Cigars. However, Romeo y Julieta Cigars would soon see a meteoric rise in popularity around the world.
In 1903, Alvares and Garcia sold Romeo y Julieta Cigars to Jose “Pepin” Rodriguez Fernandez. Fernandez was the former boss of the famed Cabanas factory, and he was obsessed with Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet. A man of high class and a socialite, Fernandez traveled all across the United States and Europe promoting Romeo y Julieta Cigars to the world’s wealthy. He even had a racing horse named Julieta.
With Romeo y Julieta Cigars’ popularity among members of high society, many customers had requested Fernandez create custom bands for their cigars. Over 20,000 unique and personalized bands were made for wealthy clients around the world, including Winston Churchill. Churchill was such a huge and public fan of Romeo y Julieta Cigars its main size was renamed in his honor, creating the famous Churchill vitola.
Fernandez would never see the turmoil that was soon to come for his beloved Romeo y Julieta Cigars. He passed in 1954 at the age of 88, and ownership passed on to his son. Five years later, Castro’s Communist Revolution swept across Cuba, and Romeo y Julieta Cigars, along with countless other Cuban brands, were nationalized by the Cuban government.
The younger Fernandez would keep the Romeo y Julieta Cigars trademark going in the U.S. until his passing in 1978, when the brand came under the purview of Hollco-Rohr. Romeo y Julieta Cigars were then made by the Quesada family in the Dominican Republic at MATASA for nearly 20 years. In 1998, Hollco-Rohr was spun into Altadis U.S.A. and was moved to Tabacalera de Garcia, where it remains today.
Although Romeo y Julieta Cigars has changed hands a few times, it still retains that same dedication to quality and luxury that made it a favorite among aficionados across the country. Today, they are blended by Rafael Nodal and the talented Grupo de Maestros.
Still unsure what to choose? We have come up with a fantastic Romeo y Julieta buying guide to help you pick your favorite blend. But whichever one you choose, make sure you order your Romeo y Julieta Cigars online right here with JR.
Famous the world over for its consistently top-rated offerings and exceptional tobaccos, Arturo Fuente Cigars is the preferred brand for aficionados who expect only the best from their cigars. Arturo Fuente Cigars is a family-owned brand that calls the Dominican Republic its home, and its blends have a focus on and make use of the finest tobaccos the island nation has to offer.
It all started in 1912 when brand founder and family patriarch Arturo Fuente first started rolling cigars in his home. Born in 1888 Cuba, Arturo Fuente and his family emigrated from Cuba to Ybor City, a haven for Cuban immigrants just outside of Tampa, after the end of the Spanish-American War. He would have Cuban tobaccos shipped to his Tampa home, roll them himself, and sell them to the local community.
The people of Tampa took notice of just how good Fuente’s cigars were, and the popularity of Arturo Fuente Cigars continued to grow. In just short 12 years, Arturo Fuente Cigars grew to a massive operation employing over 500 people, but Arturo Fuente Cigars would soon have its first encounter with its oldest adversary – fire.
Eight separate fires have plagued Arturo Fuente Cigars in its century-long history, and the first was catastrophic. Tragedy came in 1924 when a fire burned down the Tampa factory, forcing Arturo Fuente Cigars to shutter and halt production. It was not until 1946, after the Great Depression and World War II, when Arturo Fuente Cigars was able to start making cigars again.
When Arturo was ready to retire in 1958, he sold Arturo Fuente Cigars to his passionate son, Carlos, who had a vision of making the brand a household name across the country. However, roadblocks would soon hamper Carlos’ dreams for Arturo Fuente Cigars.
In the early 1960s, the United States enacted an embargo against Cuban goods, and Arturo Fuente Cigars was suddenly cutoff from its primary tobacco source. Experimenting with tobaccos from around the world, nothing satisfied Carlos Fuente in his search to replace Cuban tobaccos. With the cost of labor also skyrocketing in the United States, Arturo Fuente Cigars relocated to the fertile soils of Nicaragua.
The times would continue to be tough, as the Sandinista Revolution swept across Nicaragua and Arturo Fuente Cigars’ factory was once again burned down like its Tampa factory all those years ago. Relocating to Honduras, another fire struck the brand and was forced to move once again in 1980, this time to the Dominican Republic where Arturo Fuente Cigars still calls home.
Things began to take off during the 1980s with the release of Arturo Fuente Hemingway, a line of cigars using a Cameroon wrapper and Dominican fillers hand rolled into old-school perfecto shapes and capitalizing on the lack of competition for the format. Arturo Fuente Cigars was also heavily investing in tobacco growing and are credited with being the first to grow wrapper tobaccos in Dominican soil.
Get a taste of the rich history of perseverance, quality, and passion that shines through in every Arturo Fuente cigar. Fill your humidor with Arturo Fuente Cigars today by ordering your favorite blend right here at JR Cigar.
Montecristo cigars are very famous Cuban heritage brand that’s widely sought-after for its top-notch construction, the use of the world’s finest premium tobacco, and consistently great taste.
From its humble beginnings in Cuba in 1935, the enduring tradition of Montecristo continues today in the Dominican Republic and their newer state-of-the-art factories in Honduras and Nicaragua.
Employing the most highly skilled cigar blenders and rollers in the world, Montecristo continues to maintain its reputation as one of the best non-Cuban brands on the market, and the standard by which other premium cigars are judged.
Not a company to rest on their laurels, Montecristo has an ever-growing portfolio of fabulous, top-rated blends that include the Montecristo No. 2, White Series, Classic, Red, Afrique, Crafted by AJ Fernandez, and many more highly regarded offerings.
Best of all, Montecristo Cigars come in every conceivable shape, strength, wrapper color, and size to accommodate just about every cigar enthusiast smoking needs. Order your favorite Montecristo size, style, and blend from JR Cigar, knowing that you just purchased them for the best prices on the web. If you want to learn more about these cigars, check out our Montecristo Buying Guide on the Blending Room!
Our top-quality Cigar Sampler Packs allow you to fine tune your palate and experience many of the great blends that the ever-growing premium industry has to offer. With so many different brands, sizes, shapes, wrapper colors, and countries of origin on the market; finding your favorite cigars can often be a painstaking and costly process. Here, at JR, we make this task fun, easy, and affordable. Whether you are trying to find a cigar gift set or your next favorite smoke, search our humungous selection of Cigar Samplers today and discover some great new smokes at the best prices that you will find on the internet!
First launched in 1971, Macanudo cigars has gone to become one of the most popular and recognizable cigar brands ever produced in the Dominican Republic.
It all started with the original Dominican Macanudo Café line that quickly took the premium cigar industry by storm with its unmatched refinement, consistency, and creamy mellow bodied flavors. Even after all these years, the original Macanudo Café sets the standards by which all other Dominican cigars are judged.
The evolution of Macanudo cigars continues today with a huge portfolio of popular line extensions available in a variety of sizes, blends, shapes, and strength profiles, to accommodate every style of smoker.
Furthermore, by establishing state-of-the-art factories and plantations in Nicaragua and Honduras, blends such as the Inspirado Red, Inspirado Orange, Inspirado Black, and Heritage Reserve, ( a special JR Exclusive offering) , provide bolder blends that were made to usher in whole new audience of well-seasoned Macanudo smokers.
Expanding the portfolio even further, the Macanudo Cigar collection also includes Mbourbon By Macanudo and M by Macanudo the company’s very first flavor infused cigars.
Buy your favorite style of Macanudo’s cigars online from JR Cigar, and watch this iconic brand become a staple in your humidor.
Punch is undeniably one of the most recognizable and popular premium cigars ever made with a long and storied history that dates to Havana Cuba in the mid-1800s. Produced by General Cigar Co., the non-Cuban version of Punch was one of the first brands to be manufactured in Honduras and it remains one of the bestselling premium cigar brands in the United States. There are many different lines in the non-Cuban Punch portfolio, which range from medium bodied to full bodied and use the finest aged Cuban-seed tobaccos grown in Honduras, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic.
This illustrious brand is famous for creating Punch Champion and Classico cigars that have received a myriad of 90+ ratings and boast a pleasingly affordable price.
The Punch brand has grown extensively over the years with nine highly rated line extensions to the original Honduran offering. This includes Punch Gran Puro Nicaragua—the first ever Punch cigar to be handcrafted in Nicaragua.
Check out the full line of premium Punch cigars, available in a staggering array of shapes, sizes, wrapper colors and packaging, right here at JR Cigar, and find the perfect one that suits your smoking style and budget.
While you are here, why not visit the Blending Room section of our website where Nick, our expert in-house brand manager gives his glowing review on the powerful Punch Diablo Cigars.
Drew Estate is home to some of the most popular premium cigar blends on the planet. However, the brands story was not met with instant success, but rather with trials, tribulations, and an unyielding desire to create unique cigars that defy the guidelines of traditional cigar blending. This concept motivated both men to coin Drew Estate – “The Rebirth of Cigars”.
Unlike many other brands produced by a generational family of Cuban-born cigar makers, Drew Estate was founded by two frat brothers who in 1998 daringly opened a small 16-square foot retail cigar kiosk in the World Trade Center in NYC.
Driven by their passion for the country of Nicaragua, and the top-quality tobaccos grown there, Jonathan Drew and Marvin Samel moved their cigar operation to Nicaragua where it thrives today as the largest producers of premium cigars in Nicaragua.
With such a unique and extensive catalog (including but not limited to the extremely popular ACID, Liga Privada, Undercrown, and Herrera Esteli lines), it’s no surprise that Drew Estate cigars has amassed a huge portfolio of top-rated brands that are unlike any other.
Along with using conventional Nicaraguan tobaccos that are all grown on their prestigious farms throughout the country, Drew Estate imports tobaccos from Kentucky, Syria, Brazil, Turkey, Louisiana, and other leaves often found in premium pipe tobaccos for some of their unique creations.
Whether you prefer your smokes in the traditional style or on the cutting edge of blending creativity, Drew Estate has the perfect cigar for your own personal taste, lifestyle, and budget. Here at JR Cigar, we pride ourselves in carrying the full line of Drew Estate cigars for the best prices on the web, so find a few of your favorites and order them today.
Fueled by a desire to create the worlds most luxurious blends, Gurkha cigars use only the rarest and finest aged tobacco leaves sourced from several nations to create a smoking experience that’s second to none. The Gurkha tobacco portfolio of fine handmade premium cigars includes Ancient Warrior, Marquesa, Evil, Royal Challenge, 125th Anniversary, and many more that take the fine art of cigar making to a delicious new level. Beautifully appointed in artistically themed packaging, and sparing no cost in quality, Gurkha Cigars encompass strength profiles ranging from mellow to full bodied that will accommodate just about every style of smoker. The cigars are also sold in various sized boxes, affordable 5-packs, 10-packs, and bundles, to accommodate every budget. Order your favorite Gurkha cigar blend and packaging from JR today and find out why it’s often referred to as the "Rolls Royce of cigars”!
A true classic premium handmade cigar, the affordable Baccarat cigars are well- known for its flagship line’s sweet gum cap that has engaged the palates of veteran cigar smokers for decades. All rich, smooth, and high in quality while affordable in price, each Baccarat cigar line is crafted with care for fans of various strength premium cigars while offer differing characteristics and flavor profiles.
Whether it’s that trademark sweetness or the subtler but no less satisfying recipe like the famous Repeater cigars- a mixed filler blend of choice tobaccos that sells for about $2 a cigar- you are in for a very satisfying smoke at a price that you can love.
Are you looking for a little more kick from your stick? Then Baccarat Nicaragua has you covered. A long-awaited line extension to its enormously popular Honduran counterpart, Baccarat Nicaragua cigars are a line of Habano wrapped beauties that feature a Sumatra binder and a core of perfectly aged Nicaraguan long fillers. Medium in body, Baccarat Nicaragua cigars coat the palate with rich flavors of leather, toast, cedar, sweet spice, and wood.
Baccarat’s latest achievement was creating the company’s very first Barber Pole style cigar. What makes a barber pole a real treat for cigar connoisseurs is its intricate taste, because once lit, both the dark and light leaves release their own distinct flavors at the same time.
In the case of Baccarat Barber Pole cigars, the dual wrappers consist of a dark and oily Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper expertly intertwined with a lighter Connecticut Shade leaf. Underneath this striking dual crown, is the finest aged Honduran long filler tobacco, held together by a tasty Mexican binder. This all amounts to one of the most complex and captivating blends that Baccarat has ever produced.
While you are here, why not visit the Blending Room section of our website where Nick, our expert in-house brand manager gives his glowing review on the Baccarat Barber Pole and Baccarat Nicaragua cigars.
Since 1911, Davidoff has been producing unparalleled premium cigars that embody the luxury lifestyle. Davidoff cigars are beloved the world over for their top-notch construction, unwavering consistency, and distinctively delicious flavor profiles. Most of the Davidoff offerings have received worldwide acclaim and many 90-plus ratings that has it made one of the most highly sought-after brands ever produced.
Today, with prestigious state-of-the art factories in the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua, Davidoff has amassed a huge portfolio of blends that use the finest and rarest aged tobaccos covered by the very best grade “A” wrappers, to provide a range of strength profiles, sizes, and shapes, to suit every style of smokers needs.
To get a deeper understanding of the many wildly popular Davidoff blends that are sold here at JR Cigar, be sure to visit the highly informative Blending Room section of our website to further help you make a choice. We would also recommend reading our Top 5 Davidoff cigars article to get a better idea of what Davidoff cigars will fit your palette.
Famous cigar-maker Rocky Patel must never sleep, because he always seems to be expanding his star-studded portfolio of top-rated cigars. He accomplishes this task by using the finest premium tobaccos from a variety of nations and growing regions around the world. These top-grade tobaccos are covered by a variety of tasty wrappers, including Connecticut Shade, Ecuador Habano, Connecticut Broadleaf, San Andrés, and more.
Rocky Patel Sungrown Maduro Toro, named the #2 Cigar Of the Year, along with the 94-rated Decade, and the 94-rated The Edge Habano are just some of Rocky’s remarkable accomplishments throughout the years.
Ranging in strength from creamy smooth , to bold and full bodied, there’s a Rocky Patel blend to suit every style of smoker and his or her budget. This includes his vintage cigar lines from 1990, 1992, 1999, 2003, and 2006, considered by many to be the finest handmade premium cigars ever made.
In addition, his Java Mint, and Java Maduro lines proves that nobody makes coffee flavored cigars better than Rocky Patel!
Order your favorite Rocky Patel blends right here at JR Cigar and join the large legion of loyal smokers who keep their humidors fully stocked with Rocky Patel cigars.