If you were to ask any random person (who isn’t a cigar aficionado like you or me) what the best type of cigar is, odds are pretty good that they’re going to answer Cuban cigars.
They’re such a world-famous variety of cigar that even nonsmokers are instinctively familiar with the revered Cuban cigar.
While we prefer Dominican cigars, there’s certainly no denying that their Cuban cousins dominate the cigar market. To be fair, they do stand out for good reasons; they’re far from a product that is all hype and no substance.
Cuban cigars are made from very high-quality materials and a lot of care and attention goes into handcrafting each cigar.
With that in mind, many people often ask about the best Cuban cigars. So today we’re going to point out a few picks for what we believe are the cream of the crop when it comes to Cuban cigars.
The following list is by no means exhaustive or ranked in any order but consider it an excellent starting point to dive into the world of Cuban cigars and discover your personal favorites.
The 10 Best Cuban Cigars
Trinidad La Trova LCDH
A member of Habano’s highly reputable Trinidad brand (with rumors circulating that they were even the brand of choice of Fidel Castro), this is one big Cuban cigar. Don’t let that put you off because it’s one of the most fantastic cigars that you’ll ever have the pleasure of smoking.
It offers up a full palette of flavors, tasting incredibly rich when you first light up before providing tantalizing tastes of spice mixed with white chocolate.
H. Upmann Magnum 54
If you’re a regular cigar smoker, then you’ll truly appreciate the larger cousin to the Magnum 50. The Magnum 54 provides a stellar medium-body smoke that makes it ideal for lighting up at any time of day.
It should come as no surprise that it also offers up a great selection of flavors, with tastes that range from peppery to earthy to dark chocolate.
Montecristo No. 2
Nearly instantly recognizable to Cuban cigar aficionados, the Montecristo No. 2 is one fine piece of handiwork. The torpedo shape is truly iconic but not nearly as iconic as the No. 2’s incredible flavor profile.
You’ll immediately be able to taste hints of spices and pepper. As your smoking experience continues, the flavors then blend into a delightful mix of almond and cedar.
Cohiba Siglo VI
We’re entering the territory of truly premium Cuban cigars with the Cohiba Siglo VI. It’s been a regular feature on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 list – something that is no small feat.
This rather fat cigar is most definitely not intended for novice smokers; on the contrary, the Siglo VI is perfect for experienced smokers as it offers up a legitimate full-body smoking experience. You’ll be getting some pretty intense flavors from this one, ranging from coffee to leather.
Hoyo de Monterrey Double Coronas
Don’t let the tongue twister name put you off – this is one incredible Cuban cigar. It’s a rather large cigar that certainly doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to going large on flavor as well.
This medium-bodied smoke provides flavors of coffee, citrus, and even a hint of sweet spices. This is one Cuban cigar to be savored as you smoke it!
Partagas Maduro No. 1
Yet another iconic Cuban cigar, the Partagas Maduro No. 1 is truly something that every cigar aficionado should experience at least once in their lives.
As with all Maduro cigars, the tobacco leaves have been fermented for quite some time, giving them a much darker color to go alongside their more intense flavors.
Cohiba Behike 52
Widely considered by many Cuban cigar lovers to be the absolute holy grail of Cuban cigars, the Cohiba Behike 52 is yet another one that we firmly believe has to be experienced by everyone at some point in life.
Available in three different sizes (52, 54, and 56), the Behike 52 is our top pick – as well as the No. 1 pick for Cigar Aficionado. Well worth seeking out.
Hoyo de Monterrey No. 2
Perhaps the best entry on our list for Cuban cigar smoking beginners, the Hoyo de Monterrey No. 2 is a classic pick for good reason. First-time Cuban cigar smokers are in for a real treat and a fantastic introduction to the world of Cubans with this one.
It’s a delightful light-bodied smoke that packs a full amount of flavor, making it a beginner’s perfect starting point.
Romeo y Julieta Cedros De Luxe LCDH
There are certain Cuban cigars that just immediately scream luxury items as soon as you look at them. The Romeo y Juliete Cedros De Luxe LCDH is one such cigar. With a rather unique wrapper compared to other options on this list, this cigar commands respect as soon as you look at it.
Backing this up with a flavor profile that includes tastes of vanilla and floral, this is one pick that no cigar lover should miss out on.
Punch 48 LCDH & Habanos Specialist
Some aficionados of Cuban cigars may be surprised to see the Punch 48 end up on this list because of how young it is compared to some of the other picks included here (it was released back in 2016).
Don’t let that cause you to miss out on one incredibly flavorful Cuban cigar though. The Punch 48 hits you with a surprising amount of complexity for such a young cigar, making it well worth seeking out if you’re at all a fan of Cuban cigars.
As you can see from the list of 10 cigars above, Cuban cigars do offer something for everyone. They come in such a variety of flavors and are made with such immaculate attention to detail that it’s no wonder they’re so popular all across the globe.
It’s even more impressive when you stop to consider the fact that genuine Cuban cigars have been carefully made in the same way for centuries. It just goes to show that there are still some things in life where the old ways will always be best.