With the holidays upon us, it's time to be honest.
Do we give the gift of smoking splendor to family and friend alike?
Or do we discreetly buy, and avoid their prying eye,
Secretly savoring each stick, while avoiding in-laws we dislike?
Whatever the reason, let Klaro brighten this holiday season,
With stogies that are sure to pamper and impress.
And while a 10-pack of cigars may not hide all of the mental scars,
From this year's cesspool of a festive hot mess,
They can turn even the darkest winter night into a delectable delight,
All with a quick v-cut and a light.
~a heartfelt holiday poem by Micah
While the African Cameroon wrapper on this cigar produces traditional nutty flavors, it is the long-filler internals that make this blend one of the best-smelling cigars on the planet. This is achieved via the use of an earthy Connecticut Broadleaf binder and Dominican fillers that have been spiked with splashes of Irish whiskey, coconut milk, white chocolate truffle, and sweet cream.
While flavored/infused cigars may not be for everyone, we find this unsweetened blend from CAO to be one of those cigars that continues to impress both novice smokers and seasoned stogie fans alike. Intended to be more of an aromatic-infused experience than a flavored one, Eileen's Dream comes in a smaller Corona size and is ideal for pairing with eggnog and holiday-themed coffees.
If you are going to gift someone a stogie this holiday season, the "Elegante X2" by Lovely Cigars is sure to make an impression both in its presentation and performance, and flavor profile as well. There's a reason why this blend took "Surprise Stogie of the Show" at the 2023 PCA Trade Show. It's just a fantastic smoke that walks the line between mild and medium, while still providing the depth we desire in a premium cigar blend.
Produced in small batches and released just four times each year, this blend combines Nicaraguan long-fillers with a Mexican binder and then wraps it all up in an Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut Shade wrapper. A fantastic cigar, with an equally unique backstory, as this is a resurrected cigar brand from Green Bay, Wisconsin, from over 120 years ago.
If you are unsure as to what cigar to give (or smoke) this season, remember this time-honored tidbit of advice, "When in doubt, grab an AVO Classic No. 2." This Klaro pro tip still stands true today, for this ultra-aged Dominican cigar consistently provides one of the most outstanding smoking experiences on the planet.
A natural crowd pleaser, the heavily fermented, yet surprisingly mild Ecuadorian Connecticut sun-grown wrapper creates a milky, nutty profile, with just enough baking spice and depth to keep even the most experienced cigar smoker coming back for more.
Blended to appeal to fans of rough-n-tumble saloon cigars, this smoke takes everything we enjoy in a dark maduro and then gives it a pipe tobacco-like twist.
Aromatic as all hell, this cigar is all cocoa and earth for one moment, and then creamy vanilla and nutty toffee tastes the next. A blend that I boldly decreed in my in-depth Deadwood "Leather Rose" review was, "...a cigar for fans of Christmas cookies and caramel praline pecan pie."
This is a flavorful, smooth, cedary, and intense blend that seems built for quality time around the campfire with family and friends. A smoke so good, that our review of La Aurora's "120th Anniversary" has caused it to become one of the best-selling cigars we have ever stocked at Klaro.
Those cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and cinnamon notes advertised on the La Aurora webpage are all that and then some in this one, so best come prepared for some full-flavored action when you spark up this celebratory cigar!
What would the holidays be without a little bit of chocolatey fudge goodness and some salted mixed nuts? I think you see where we are going with this because when we reviewed the "Reserva Limitada Cafe Noir 56" by Curivari Cigars it was all that and then some.
Smooth, strong, rich, and cloaked in darkness like Bruce Wayne, this chewy dark habano-wrapped smoke is a breakfast cigar built for chocoholics. While Cuban seed corojo spices things up a fuzz, the blend's criollo long-filler tobacco adds a milky, nutty, earthy note to smooth over the sharper edge of this big and boxy premium cigar blend.
The "Pilón Añejo" takes what is already an outstanding CAO cigar, and then adds an additional two more years to the aging process post-production. This results in a cigar that is ultra cedar-forward, and extremely smooth for being so strong.
Notably Sumatran spice tasting at times, with exotic herbal tea notes on the tail end, this blend is meant for those who favor full. Combine this one with a hot cup of cheer or a cold Christmas beer to achieve the ultimate holiday pairing.
A former Cigar Aficionado "Cigar of the Year" winner, this dark and delicious box-pressed gem truly is that, a gem! Named after the French word for "the jewel," Le Bijou is a rich and full-bodied cigar that relies upon a lush habano oscuro wrapper and long-fillers from the My Father farms in Nicaragua to reach its pinnacle.
Tasting notes of dark chocolate-covered raisins, leather, and a sweet and salty finish have all been well documented, with a distinct caramel undertone carrying you through to a clean finish and licorice-like parting puffs.
Arguably one of the darkest Sumatran wrappers on the planet belongs to an all-new collab cigar between E.P. Carrillo and Oliva Cigars. Medium-to-full in body, this tribute cigar blend offers a nod to the relationships and friendships we form over the years.
As for the cigar flavor profile itself, believe us when we say that there is a reason why this blend remains a contender for "Cigar of the Year" over at Cigar Aficionado. Cinnamon and earth might be a primary portion of the Sumatran sun-grown puzzle, but it is the rich espresso and nutty cocoa milkiness that makes this such an unforgettable smoking experience.
Brought to you by the boutique brand that is Dapper Cigar Co., this woodsy cigar takes a lighter approach to Sumatran seed utilization than the previous blend on this list, without sacrificing flavor.
Sporting a medium profile of flavor, body, and strength, this oily stick allows your palate the opportunity to appreciate the flavors of fruit leather and spiked rum punch. All accompanied by that familiar exotic spice taste that only an Ecuadorian sun-grown Sumatran wrapper can provide.