Top five Cuban cigars for 2017 announced by Cuba Journal

Posted: 11-Nov-16 09:52

The votes have been cast, and the embers have been stubbed out. Expert analysis have revealed their top five of Cuba’s legendary smokes, and we explain a little about their appeal in general. It makes good reading for Bolivar, while one of the oldest manufacturers in the business also makes the list.

Top five Cuban cigars for 2017 announced by Cuba Journal

They are the thing of legend. Thick, dense, heavy, a smoky sedative that represents the ultimate in indulgent inhalation, hence the somewhat mythical allure of the world’s most elusive tobacco product.

Things are changing for Cuban cigars, though. For American visitors, it’s now possible to bring back these once-prohibited items to enjoy at home. Similar rules applying to rum, where once there was a ban in place. And this isn’t the only major news in this industry coming from the island, according to the website, Cuba Journal.

5 Best Cuban Cigars for 2017

The writers have come up with their 5 Best Cuban Cigars for 2017 list, and the coveted quintet represent the cream of the cream of the crop – hand-rolled smokes from Cuba are considered the very best the world has to offer. The out and out winner is a small producer called Bolivar, with the Coronas Gigantes coming in at number one in the list.

It was praised for its balanced nature, despite somewhat serious size, with notes of cappuccino, cinnamon, leather, coffee and spice.

Hand-rolled smokes from Cuba are considered the very best the world has to offer

The rest of the list included the iconic Montecristo No.2, fittingly at number two. "A superb torpedo", consistency and elegance were among the adjectives. A second Bolivar also features, as does the Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No.2, and H. Upmann Magnum 50, the latter being a particularly famous brand, first established in Cuba circa 1844, making them one of the oldest manufacturers still in existence.

It takes 100 individual stages to make one individual Cuban cigar

In many ways, they are indicative of what is so good about Cuban cigars in general – artisanal products made using methods that stem from a long tradition. Currently, the government still supervises the entire industry, ensuring that only the best quality makes their way to the market. It is estimated that it takes 100 individual stages to make one individual Cuban cigar, which is astonishing to say the least. Thanks to U.S. embargoes, the coveted smokes were largely unobtainable for many, leading to a huge black market trade along with many fakes.

Rules to import Cuba cigars to USA have now lightened up

Needless to say, this is set to change now rules have lightened up, but only to some extent. It remains illegal for wholesalers and commercial businesses to import Cuban cigars, meaning they are only available within the U.S. from individuals that have visited the island and brought cigars back for themselves.

Of which there are about to be much larger numbers, with travel requirements also easing up with the reduction of economic embargoes. This means it’s now possible for Americans to visit the island for a number of different reasons, ranging from family visits to cultural purposes, opening Havana, Santiago, and the wealth of other destinations this remarkable country has to offer.


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