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Do You Know Why Cuban Cigars Are Coveted ?

Nov 13, 2007
Cuban cigars set the standard for all cigars worldwide. Their inimitable rich flavor and unexcelled craftsmanship makes them pricey, but stogie aficionados believe them to be worth every penny. In this article, we'll distinguish between the different types of Cuban cigars available and find out how the cheaper brands compare.

Each cigar brand has its own specialized blend of tobacco that makes it famous, but the reputation of Cuban cigars is beyond compare. Also known as Havanas, this type has a very strong flavor and aroma. The body and strength of them vary among the many brands and range from lighter colored to medium-bodied cigars to the high end popular brands for which Cuba is famous.

The mild Guantanamera brand is popular among inexperienced stogie smokers because of its light body and moderate price. Other mild favorites include the extremely popular Jose L. Piedra brand and Fonseca Cosacos. These flavorful, mild to medium cigars are machine bunched, hand finished and are very competitively priced.

The Montecristo No. 4 is the most popular cigar in the world and is the standard by which other Cuban cigars are judged. They have a unique spicy flavor and cost about $13 US each.

It's more expensive cousin, the Montecristo 'A', is a very high end variety that sells for about $48 US. The Hoyo de Monterey line comes in a variety of sizes and has a very unique flavor. The most popular are the mild and nutty Churchill, The Corona, Le Hoyo des Dieux and Le Hoyo du Prince.

Partagas is another top brand available in a number of shapes and sizes. Most of the larger cigars are quite full-flavored and mimic the characteristics of Partagas coffee and chocolate. Romeo y Julieta's are one of the most famous and delicious Cuban cigars and feature many different shapes, sizes and blends.

These cigars are handmade but are very inexpensive. Comparable in taste and price is the Rafael Gonzalez Panatela Extra. Another inexpensive but good choice is the Los Statos De Luxe Selectos. Individually wrapped in cedar, these cigars have their own unique blend of toast and light spice flavors. One retails for about $6.50 US.

Cuban cigars are as famous for cost as they are for quality. However, this doesn't prevent aficionados from coveting them. The Cuban cigar industry has been alive since the fifteenth century when Spaniards landed on the island. Growing locations, soil conditions, processing practices and blending techniques all contribute to the unique flavor of Cuban cigars.

Great care is taken with growing the tobacco and traditional methods such as hand tilling of the earth are still used today. There are imitation Cuban cigars available on the market at a significantly cheaper price and although they are made with Cuban tobacco, they lack the quality and craftsmanship of the major brands.

Cuban cigars have become the standard that other manufacturers aspire to and their spicy flavor and incomparable craftsmanship are revered by smokers around the world. You can find Havanas in the cigar boxes of average people, celebrities and world leaders. Few products can boast such acclaim.

Tradition and a genuine love for the product helps Cuban cigar makers continue their unexcelled work, generation after generation.
About the Author
Mike Selvon has some great cigars articles for the smoker, where you can find out more about the cuban cigar. We appreciate your feedback at our tobacco blog.
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