Come in here, Dear boy, have a cigar.
You’re gonna go far,
You’re gonna fly high,
You’re never gonna die,
You’re gonna make it, if you try.
– “Have a Cigar,” Pink Floyd (Wish You Were Here – 1975)
One’s of Sigmund Freud’s most recognized quotes states “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” To the founder of psycho analysis, I would have to reply that “Yes, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, but other times it is a sign that you have made it and the world is your playground.” For much of my adolescence, my idea of a good cigar was a Vanilla Dutchmaster or a classy White Owl New Yorker and more often than not, they were filled with tobacco of the wacky kind. Now, as I have matured into the caviar eating, wine swilling, cufflink wearing socialite that I am – there is no better time than the present to educate you all on the finest cigars available for legal purchase (note: I have never tasted caviar, drank wine from anything other than a box, or own any cufflinks other than my novelty Star Wars Storm Troopers set). I will make no attempts to fool you into thinking that I have compiled the following list of premium cigars based on personal smoking experience, however I do believe I know what a good cigar should taste like and I certainly am an expert on the qualities of a shitty smoke. So kick up your feet, lean back, and smoke ‘em if you got ‘em because The Campus Socialite (with the help of some of the most experienced lungs under the sun) is about to reveal the Top 10 cigars for your smoking pleasure.
10. La Flor Dominicana Habano Perfecto
La Flor Dominicana is one of Cigar Aficionado’s favorite cigar manufacturers. Many hoped that they would produce something this year that would help them sway more customers to their lines of cigars. The Habano line was released at the IPCPR show in New Orleans in 2009 and features a habano wrapper and Dominican tobaccos. Most liked the cigar because it was medium-bodied and had a great flavor. The cigar struggled with the draw and construction, but it still scored very well with flavor. The La Flor Dominican Habano is a great buy for anyone that loves cigars because they’re only about $7 per cigar.
9. La Aroma De Cuba Robusto (Don Pepin Blend)
Well, Don Pepin has done it again. He’s reblended an old blend of a cigar and made it even better! The new La Aroma De Cuba 2009 Churchill is now rolled by Ashton in Nicaragua. The cigars now have a chocolaty Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, claimed to be one of the most flavorful wrappers, and features a rich and spicy blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos. By improving the flavor and quality, they’ve produced a new cigar without changing the full-flavored, spicy cigar that smokers have loved for years. Many liked this cigar because of its construction, flavor, and burn. The draw was a bit off, but otherwise the cigar scored very well with smokers.
8. Oliva Cain Habano Torpedo
Oliva is a favorite manufacturer of many experts as they’re constantly churning out fantastic cigars. They do it the right way and they don’t cut corners. Oliva scored a huge hit in 2007 with the Oliva Serie V Torpedo that earned a whopping 94 out of 100 overall quality rating by Cigar Aficionado and took the cigar industry by storm. Since then they released a few different blends of cigars including the Oliva Nub, Oliva Connecticut Reserve, and now the Oliva Cain. The Cain is a straight Ligero cigar that is packed with flavor and has a wonderful, spicy aroma. Unfortunately, the Cain didn’t do score well with some folks because the cigars were so damn strong! If you like the super-strong cigars then you might enjoy this cigar better than most. While it may scare some away with its power, the Cain reigns supreme in other categories including draw, burn, and construction. These are robust cigars and are made for a specific type of cigar smoker – one that loves a hearty smoke.
7. Illusione MJ12
The Illusione MJ12 was a well-accepted change for Illusione’s Dion and his cigar followers. This cigar is above par in every aspect and has hints of cedar and coffee. Some think it’s one of the best cigars that Illusione has produced and wish they could do more of these types of blends. Cigar Aficionado, we think, would agree considering that the 91 they gave the Illusione MJ12 is one of the highest ratings given to a cigar by Dion and Illusione. Great cigar and comes wrapped in foil in a box. This cigar is an over-sized Toro at 6 x 54 and features Nicaraguan tobaccos only – making it a Nicaraguan Puro. The Illusione ranks well because of its unique flavors, construction, and burn.
6. CAO La Traviata Radiante
CAO tried to make a “Cuban-like” cigar when they made the entire La Traviata line of cigars. Taking the best of the best from Cuba, they’ve done everything they can to recreate what a Cuban cigar looks like, smells like, and tastes like with non-Cuban tobacco. The La Traviata Radiante is a winner in anyone’s book when it comes to comparing it to the other recently released cigars. The cigar has an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper & Cameroon Binder to the Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobaccos this cigar is fantastic. The cigar is well received because it is a pretty good representation of Cuban cigars and had a nice burn, draw, and pleasing flavors. A great buy and a great cigar.
Find an ashtray and put out your cigar for the time being as The Campus Socialite will be back on Wednesday to unseal the wrapper on the five finest cigars for today’s smoker.
* – Thanks to Cigar Aficionado for information used in this article.