Every year there are a multitude of exceptional cigars released onto the market for the enjoyment of cigar smokers everywhere. Oftentimes though, some of the best cigars come out of the smallest factories from brands that don’t have the same advertising budget as the big guys. It can often be difficult to explore every new release and cigar that hits the pavement, so we did all the hard work for you. After smoking hundred of boutique cigars, we whittled the list down to our favorites…
..It’s our great pleasure to share Cigar & Spirits Magazine’s Top 10 Boutique Cigars of 2015.
Each of these cigars are guaranteed to be delicious, and hail from a smaller manufacturer that you may or may not have already heard of. So go ahead, read on and perhaps you’ll discover your newest favorite smoke!
1. Falto Dos Banderas Lancero 6 7/8″ X 40
Wrapper: Dominican Corojo
Filler: Dominican and Cameroon
Tasting Notes: Undertones of roasted coffee with touches of molasses, dark chocolate and leather with pleasant creaminess and a clean finish.
2. Esteban Carrera Chupa Cabra 6 X 50
Wrapper: Habano Oscuro
Tasting Notes: Medium to full-bodied with a heady essence and rich, earthy taste. There are notes of coffee in the sweet and creamy smoke.
3. La Sirena Original King Poseidon Gran Toro 6 X 60
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Oscuro
Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo
Filler: Nicaraguan Jalapa and Condega
Tasting Notes: Medium to full-bodied with notes of dark chocolate and hay.
4. Wilson Adams Mr. Wilson Torpedo 6 1/8″ X 52
Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
Filler: Predominantly Nicaraguan
Tasting Notes: Full-bodied, balanced, oily smoke full of sweetness, pepper, wood and coffee with hints of cocoa and a smooth finish.
5. Southern Draw Kudzu Robusto (Box Pressed) 5 1/2″ X 52
Wrapper: Habano Oscuro
Binder: Ometepe Nicaraguan
Filler: Proprietary Nicaraguan
Tasting Notes: Medium-bodied, velvety smooth with notes of suede leather, semi-sweet cocoa, black pepper and a sweet earthiness.
6. Kings Arapiraca Robusto 5 X 52
Wrapper: 2006 Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Dominican San Victor
Tasting Notes: Medium-bodied with a smooth taste and spice
7. Hiram & Soloman Fellowcraft
Wrapper: Habano 2000
Tasting Notes: Medium/Full bodied with rich pepper notes surrounded by a symphony of cedar and dried dark fruits with hints of earthiness.
8. Foundation Cigar Co. El Güegüense “The Wise Man” Churchill
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 99- Finca Puntalito Jalapa
Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo 99- Finca San Jose Jalapa
Filler: Nicaragua Corojo 99 and Corojo from Esteli and Jalapa
Tasting Notes: Well balanced with cedar notes, hints of spice, and light sweetness.
9. Sindicato Maduro Toro 6 X 54
Wrapper: San Andrés Morrón
Binder: Double binder, Esteli Nicaraguan
Filler: Esteli and Jalapa Nicaraguan
Tasting Notes: Bold, cocoa, earth. 4 of 5 strength.
10. II Saints La Nuit Blanche by Felix Assouline
Wrapper: Jamastran Criollo 98 Ligero Wrapper
Filler: Jamastran, Jalapa
Tasting Notes: La Nuit Blanche is an extremely rare blend because of its ligero wrapper. The cigar starts with a full bodied chocolate arrival, as the oils warm up a long espresso finish lingers on the palate. Complex leather, molasses , and chocolate play back and forth throughout this wonderful rich experience. II SAINTS is the jewelry company that customizes all of ST Dupont’s world famous lighters. Felix Assouline Cigars were chosen above all other Cuban & non-Cuban cigar companies in the world to make their II SAINTS cigar.