As the summer heat fades to a pleasant warmth, family and friends traditionally gather on Labor Day to enjoy food that is grilled to perfection. You’d be hard pressed to find a better time of year to treat yourself to a cigar outdoors. Whether you’re looking for something to smoke while you man the grill or just want the perfect after-dinner cigar, there are plenty of options at your disposal.
Grilling is all about finding that perfect balance of smoky, savory, and maybe even a touch of sweetness. If you were to roll all of those flavor notes up in cigar form, you’d probably end up with something like the KFC (Kentucky Fire Cured) Sweets blend. This cigar features fire-cured tobacco that oozes mouth-watering flavor, complimented by a Mexican San Andreas wrapper and a kiss of sweetness. It’s like barbecue you can smoke! Try the Fat Molly for a stout cigar with medium strength.
The Crema No. 4 was initially blended to introduce new smokers to the Espinosa brand. It manages to provide plenty of creamy flavor while remaining light and unobtrusive. Rather than a full-strength powerhouse that you need to take your time smoking, the Crema No. 4 allows you to puff away while you focus on the grill. Beneath its smooth Connecticut shade wrapper is a delightful blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos that will instantly improve any cookout.
Another mellow cigar, the Macanudo Café, offers a very different flavor profile. While you could smoke one of these sticks as you prepare a Labor Day feast, they are equally (or perhaps more) satisfying after a meal. Few coffee-adjacent blends mimic the satisfaction of a nice cup of joe quite like these Macanudos, so if you enjoy a coffee after you eat, you can’t miss with these cigars. Better yet, you can find the Macanudo Café in practically any size, from a 6 x 60 gigante to miniature cigarillos.
Even if none of these cigars seem to be up your alley, let’s face it: the best cigar to smoke for any occasion is the one you love. So eat, drink, and be merry this Labor Day—just give yourself enough time to indulge in a good cigar too!