Top 5 Holiday Smokes for 2013
When the holidays roll around, you don’t want to be the guy who shows up at the party with a fistful of El Cheapos to pass off on your unwitting friends and relatives, you want to be the savvy aficionado that you are, right? We thought so, and with exactly that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of solid go-to smokes that will help you achieve the smoky satisfaction you’re looking for this season.
The mild and refined Avo Classic is always an excellent choice for the holiday season, and this year the good folks at Avo have decided to call attention to this by releasing special Holiday-themed boxes and samplers of these easygoing upscale smokes. They’ve also given the same festive treatment to the best-selling Avo XO Intermezzo. Choose these as a cigar gift for your favorite aficionado and you can skip the gift-wrapping, Avo has already done it for you.
Boasting balanced and bold holiday-friendly flavors of nuts, caramel, toasted bread, cinnamon, and nutmeg, the smooth and complex E.P. Carrillo Cardinal 52 pairs perfectly with your Eggnog or Hot Apple Cider, with or without spirits. This full-bodied blend also packs plenty of power to keep you warm on those frosty winter nights.
Okay, so technically this is not one recommendation, it’s ten. Much like the 1983 movie “A Christmas Story”, our Tis’ the Season 10-cigar sampler is destined to become a modern holiday classic. We’ve assembled an all-star selection of classic smokes from Avo, Partagas, Baccarat, and Romeo y Julieta, as well as some welcome new-comers like Sam Leccia White and H. Upmann Legacy, making for a fantastic festive assortment. While this collection is chock-full of stogie goodness by any standard, the real holiday magic of our Tis’ the Season sampler lies in what it will cost you –it’s only $34.95.
A darker-wrapped, slightly fuller-bodied version of the Fuente family’s celebrated Gran Reserva line, the Chateau Sun Grown conveys deep flavors of sweet cedar and dark cocoa along with a mellow and warm creaminess and notes of coffee and spice. These cedar-wrapped smokes are guaranteed to hit the spot at any holiday herf-session, thanks to their flawless burn and undeniably smooth flavor profile.
Because what “top 5” list would be complete without a little self-promotion? All jokes aside, our exclusive Star Insignia by Alec Bradley is a box-pressed flavor-bomb with ample notes of dark chocolate and smoky wood with hefty spice character and smooth performance, perfect for a post-dinner smoke at your annual family gathering. They’re affordable enough to pass out to your drunken uncles and good enough that you’ll want to save the last few for yourself. Try lighting up a Star Insignia with a good cup of coffee for an especially tasty holiday combo.
Hopefully this list will help you out when selecting your seasonal stogies this year. If you have any suggestions for great holiday cigars feel free to leave them as a comment below, and most importantly, have a happy, safe, and smoky holiday season!