Here at Classic Mindset, we take our cigar-smoking seriously. We’re avid cigar aficionados and are constantly pursuing the best smokes out there. Since smoking cigars is a lifelong pursuit that can easily feel overwhelming, we wanted to make a list of the top ten cuban cigars to have in your Cigar Humidor.
The intent of this article is not to evaluate the cigars from best to worst. It is simply a list of “cigars to try” that we curated for you. With that being said, we do have in-depth cigar reviews for many of these sticks on our website. We will provide links below.
Please feel free to leave a comment below if you think we should add or change something. We look forward to hearing from you!
- Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2
- Montecristo No. 2
- Bolivar Belicosos Finos
- Cohiba Siglo VI
- Trinidad Fundadores
- Romeo Y Julieta Churchill
- Montecristo No.5
- Partagás Lusitania
- Partagas Serie D №4
- Cohiba Behike 52
Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure No. 2
The Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 is a beautifully constructed Robusto. This cigar is a little different than most Cubans. It’s fairly mild, yet what it lacks in strength, it makes up for in complexity and nuance. The Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2’s flavors stay consistent all the way from the cold draw down to the final third.
They start out bready and sweet, and then subtly transition to notes of coffee, cream, cocoa, and cedar. It has a perfect draw and burn from start to finish, with a wonderfully smooth mouthfeel. The Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2 pairs well with cognac, bourbon, stout style beers, espresso, and dark roast coffees.
Montecristo No. 2
The Montecristo No. 2 is a giant cigar. It’s a Pyramid, meaning the ring gauge at its foot is bigger than at its head. Though it starts mild to medium bodied, the Montecristo No. 2 quickly becomes a strong, full bodied cigar, some even saying it’s the boldest and richest of all the Cuban cigars. The Montecristo No. 2 is an interesting mix of subtle, yet highly complex flavors that range from notes of light spice, to strong coffee, leather, oak, and cedar, before finishing out with bright notes of white and black pepper.
All the way from the cold draw to the finish, this cigar presents its smokers with a perfect draw and burn. Even though the Montecristo No. 2 has a wide variety of flavors, they manage to blend together perfectly. So between that and the beautiful construction, this cigar is a must-have for fans of Cuban cigars.
Bolivar Belicoso Fino
The Bolivar Belicoso Fino is beautiful. It’s hand rolled and almost rustic looking because of its dark brown color. This is a quintessentially Cuban cigar. Similar to the Montecristo No. 2 and Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2, this cigar is bold and highly nuanced. The Bolivar Belicoso Fino is the cigar shape called a Figurado. This means that it becomes tapered at the head, concentrating all the smoke and flavor.
The Bolivar Belicoso Fino is a surprising cigar. You’ll notice notes of toasted tobacco that turn earthy and minerally, and then end with spices, coffee beans, cocoa, and leather. Mixed in with the heavier, earthy, minerally notes are hints of sweetness, creaminess, and nuttiness. This is a cigar you don’t want to miss out on.
Cohiba Siglo VI
The Cohiba Siglo VI is a fairly big cigar; it’s shape is called a “canonazo” or “cannon shot”. It has a triple-cut head, which is something uniquely Cuban. Smoking a Cohiba Siglo VI is like taking a trip back in time to the Cuba of the old days. This cigar is complex, but oh so warm and smooth. Its flavors blend seamlessly and somehow manage to never overpower each other. Cedar is the backbone of the Cohiba Siglo VI.
Earth and leather come into the mix, followed by some light spices, before finishing out with warm notes of coffee, vanilla, and nutmeg. The Cohiba Siglo VI reminds me of a fine, expensive perfume in the way it artfully blends and changes. This is a medium bodied cigar. The draw and burn are perfect and the smoke is thick and almost sweet. The Cohiba Siglo VI is seductive perfection.
The Trinidad Fundadores is a seriously classy looking cigar, due in part to its unique shape called a Lonsdale. This means it’s long and thin and elegant. Something interesting about this shape is that it makes the flavors much more concentrated than in a thicker, shorter cigar. The Trinidad Fundadores features sweet notes of baked goods. There’s chocolate, honey, hay, sweet almonds, and coffee. This cigar is light to medium bodied, which is perfectly in character for its flavor profile.
Its smoke is creamy and sweet and settles wonderfully on your tongue. The draw and burn are excellent throughout. The Trinidad Fundadores is a timeless cigar, making it perfect for a lazy, late afternoon smoke.
Romeo y Julieta Churchill
The Romeo y Julieta Churchill, at 7”, is a long, elegant looking cigar. It’s well known as a favorite among cigar aficionados and has a reputation of upholding the high quality this brand is known for. The Romeo y Julieta has a backbone of cedar, but there are spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg that really dominate its overall taste. You’ll encounter notes of black pepper, cedar, leather, pine, earth, and some citrus all mixed in with the spices.
Something to note with the Romeo y Julieta is that although this cigar is fairly mild, its spiciness makes it a better smoke for a seasoned cigar smoker; it might intimidate a less experienced smoker. This cigar has an amazing draw and burn, and the ash stays suspended beautifully before falling cleanly off as you smoke it. You’ll want to take your time smoking the Romeo y Julieta.
The Montecristo No.5 is a petit corona, coming in with a length of only 4”. But what this cigar lacks in size, it more than makes up for in taste and strength. If you’re looking for a quick-smoking, really classic Cuban cigar experience, the Montecristo No.5 is for you. Cocoa, vanilla, cream, cedar, tobacco, and chocolate come out to play as you work your way from the cold draw all the way into the final third of this cigar.
The flavors all blend seamlessly, and a smooth, creamy, sweet smoke coats your mouth. The ash hangs on for quite awhile, and the burn line is beautiful. This is a great cigar for a quick afternoon smoke, and because it’s overall so sweet and mild, you won’t feel overpowered or slammed with too big a nicotine buzz. The Montecristo No.5 is the ideal intro to Cuban cigars.
The Partagas Lusitanias is a complex, medium-to-full bodied Cuban cigar. It’s actually one of the oldest Cuban cigar brands, so it oozes quality from the start. You’re expecting something supremely flavorful, complicated, nuanced, strong, and yet still approachable, and this cigar doesn’t disappoint. The draw and burn are perfect all the way to the end of the final third. The backbone flavor note of the Partagas Lusitanias is a creamy cedar. Then things get more interesting.
Mixed in seamlessly with the creamy cedar are notes of peanut, hay, leather, earthiness, baking spices, and natural tobacco. To add to this delishiousness are notes of cocoa and mocha that turn into this perfect, rich dark chocolate flavor, topped off by a subtle saltiness. A piece of trivia worth noting here is that there’s a lot of lithium in the soil in the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba, and because lithium is close to salt, it lends the tobacco a subtle salty note. The Partagas Lusitania is a cigar every cigar aficionado will need to smoke.
Partagas Serie D No.4
The Partagas Serie D No.4 comes wrapped in a seductive band. It’s a full-bodied smoke, dominated by notes of cedar and sensual dark chocolate. Baking spices come into the mix and mingle perfectly with the chocolate and cedar. By the second half of the Partagas Serie D No.4, some curious floral notes have joined the spices and cedar. This fascinating mix of flavors creates a cigar that is so classically Cuban in its ability to blend spices, wood, creamy sweetness and floral without ever feeling harsh or confusing. The strength of the Partagas Serie D No.4 builds as you smoke it but it never makes you feel like you got hit by the nicotine bus. The burn on this smoke is perfect and even and the draw stays beautifully consistent throughout. If you want a Cuban cigar in your humidor that will age perfectly and delight you no matter when you smoke it, the Partagas Serie D No.4 is definitely the one for you.
Cohiba Behike 52
The Cohiba Behike 52 is astounding. It’s a Cuban cigar that never fails to impress anyone smoking it. It’s not a cigar for a first-time smoker, due mainly to its incredible strength and intense flavor profile. It might also knock a first timer out. The Cohiba Behike 52 does something a bit unique in the world of Cuban cigars; its flavors start out rich and spicy and then they transition to notes that boast more toasty sweetness and vanilla and cedar. This cigar is a thicker Robusto so I’m thinking that’s what gives this smoke its interesting flavor transition and strength. The draw and burn on the Behike 52 are impeccable and its rich, Colorado colored wrapper is such a thing of beauty. I can’t think of another Cuban that can rival the Behike 52’s perfection in terms of construction, appearance, and flavors. This is a cigar you don’t want to miss.