Grown in direct exposure to the nourishing rays of the ever-lovin’ sun, sun grown tobaccos are thick and dark in appearance and strong in taste. These robust leaves carry a greater oil and sugar content and are known for packing earthy and spicy flavors with a pleasant bite. In contrast to the creamy character of shade grown tobaccos and the cocoa-laden sweetness of maduro cigars, sun grown cigars present a supremely rich tobacco experience that, when blended with care, can produce amazing tasting profiles in a range of strengths and styles. Here are our picks for the best sun grown cigars you can fire up right now.
Debuted in 2015, the Sun Grown version of Perdomo’s best-selling Habano Bourbon Barrel-Aged line stands as one of the brand’s most temptingly tasty blends. Zesty, earthy, and rounded in taste, the unique essence of this medium-bodied vessel is influenced by its extensive barrel aging process and its uber-rich wrapper leaf in equal measure. The Perdomo Bourbon Barrel-Aged Sun Grown is your ticket to spicy-sweet complexity at its finest.
Handcrafted in Nicaragua using a sun grown Honduran wrapper over a sturdy Honduran binder and a hearty mix of aged Honduran and Nicaraguan filler leaves, the CAO Rare Select is deceptively smooth for its medium-full strength. This stealthy flavor-bomber’s aromatic floral character and profound undertones of leather, pepper, and exotic spices make for a perfectly bold combo you’ll want to fire up again and again.
Spicy, strong, and sweet, the Plasencia Alma Del Fuego features 100% Nicaraguan tobaccos under dynamic sun grown wrappers from the fields of the lush Jalapa Valley. Further empowered by the volcanic soils of Ometepe Island that its binder and filler leaves sprang from, the mighty Alma Del Fuego conveys savory notes of tangerine, roasted cashews, guava wood, and more.
Star cigar blender AJ Fernandez’s New World Dorado could just as easily have landed a spot on our Best Perfecto Cigars of 2023 list for its fantastic Figurado vitola, but we opted to highlight the entire line here instead. Built from 100% high-pedigree tobaccos grown on AJ’s Nicaraguan farm, the New World Dorado is earthy and meaty at its core with a smooth medium body. Rife with delicious nuances of orange peel, jalapeno, caramel, and more, this captivating smoke delivers an eventful experience in your choice of four unique sizes.
The Oliva Serie O is a true classic at this point, having collected high ratings since its original introduction as the “Oliva O” in 2000. This bold, fan-favorite blend is comprised of 100% Nicaraguan tobaccos spanning the nation’s famed Esteli, Condega, and Jalapa Valley regions. Its silky, sun grown Habano wrapper lends it a legendary richness that helped cement the Oliva brand’s reputation for excellence, and the Serie O’s cordial tones of deep earth and hints of coffee are just as striking today as they were when it first hit shelves.