The Massive Thought: A Stronger Smoke
The cigars we’re smoking have gotten extra buff. Simply have a look at this 12 months’s Better of the Finest winners: Full- and medium-full-strength smokes dominate, with the Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua the lone consultant on the rostrum for the medium-strength class. Absent solely are any cigars from the delicate and even medium-mild segments. In the meantime, a quantity of well-liked smokes, such because the J. C. Newman Diamond Crown Maximus and the CAO Vision, have debuted intense new variations that not solely grabbed our consideration however made our listing for the 12 months’s finest cigars.
Meaning so lengthy candela cigars, with their ultra-mild yellow-green wrappers, and hey to the flavors of Jalapa and Estelí, two of Nicaragua’s hottest areas for producing the darkish, muscular tobaccos utilized in a lot of as we speak’s premium stogies. Actually, 6 of this 12 months’s 10 Better of the Finest winners come from Nicaragua and have its characteristically wealthy, earthy tobaccos. And the development holds exterior of our curated choice: Over the previous a number of years, for the primary time Nicaragua has outpaced the Dominican Republic because the main exporter of premium cigars to the US.
The gravitation to stronger smokes is the results of a rising appreciation for the various taste nuances to be present in fuller premium cigars, as with the present penchant for cask-strength whiskeys. We’re additionally firing up extra stogies total, with January 2021 exports to the US up by 55 p.c in comparison with January 2020, in accordance with the Cigar Association of America. That is unsurprising, maybe, in probably the most homebound 12 months in trendy reminiscence. With many people now working from house, lighting up a mid-afternoon stogie is much extra possible than in an workplace setting. For people who smoke, at the least, that’s one cloud with a silver lining.