It's that time of year when everyone's top ten (or top 13) lists are being published, and i thought I should jump in with one of my own. I'm not going to hit books. Too many are already out that share some of my favorites. Music? I leave that for my man, Steve McCoy and other more qualified. I thought it would be fun to post am end of year top ten list not yet covered by Christian bloggers yet (at least to my knowledge). So, I offer to you my top ten cigars of 2013.
Cigar smoking is a regular part of my life. If you follow me on social media you probably already know that. If you are a member of Redeemer you definitely know it. The cigar shop is where I hang out, do a lot of sermon prep, and have wonderful gospel conversations. In 15 years of pastoral ministry I have never seen a more conversation-friendly environment than the local tobacconist. This is not a post in defense of cigar smoking (I don't really think it needs any). The real reason for this post is I get a lot of requests for recommendations. What cigar would you recommend? What's your favorite? What cutter works best? How much does a good humidor cost? These brief summaries are simple, not only for the sake of time, but also because my pallet doesn't pick up "notes of cherry, leather, and the warm air of Nicaragua." I'm a simply guy.
My Favorite Cigars in 2013
Flor De Las Antillas - This was rated the cigar of the year in 2012 for good reason. A sweeter, medium to full-bodied cigar that has a soft box press.
Tatuaje Havana VI - The whole Tatuaje line is incredible, but I have smoked more of these than any of their other cigars. (Tatuaje means tattoo, so how could I not like it?) The Havana VI (red band) is a delicious medium-bodied, slightly peppery smoke.
La Gloria Cubana Serie R Estelli - I have been a long time fan of the older Serie R, but this new Estelli has an easier draw, is a little milder, and is more affordable. I love sharing these with friends. Everyone loves them.
Perdomo Habano Maduro - This is a rich, medium to full-bodied cigar that has a lot of flavor. Another favorite in my group of friends.
Perdomo Fresco Maduro - This is Perdomo's bundled cigar (no fancy packaging or box). Medium-bodied, very inexpensive, well constructed, and yet full of flavor. Perfect for those wanting to hand out cigars to your groomsmen, share on the golf-course, or to celebrate the birth of your child with friends.
La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amore - I love the whole La Aroma line, but this baby is fantastic. It's another medium to full-bodied cigar that is darker and a bit sweeter than some of the others I have been smoking.
Camacho Connecticut - The new packaging and blend of the Camacho's are great, and the Connecticut is an easy, medium-bodied cigar with full-flavor. I go with the Robusto size on these.
Ashton VSG Très Mystique - This is a full-bodied (strong) cigar with a sweet, rich flavor. I love this small size (4 3/8" x 44) for a shorter smoke.
Namakubi Roxxo - Namakubi (from Room 101) is one of the lesser known cigars I smoke, and now my local shop carries them after I expressed just how good I think they are. This is a small (48x4) cigar, full-bodied, with a complex flavor.
Illusione Rothchild - Yes, I refer to this as my breakfast cigar--not that I smoke when I eat. But this is often the cigar I enjoy in the morning with a cup of coffee. It's a light-bodied, woodsy flavored smoke that everyone seems to enjoy. It's small and inexpensive, making it perfect to pass out to friends. It's also a good first-time cigar for the newbies.
For those asking, I prefer a perfecto-style cutter and use this beast of a lighter. My favorite cigar app for great deals is Cigar Monster.
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