Pleasure / October 2016

Holy Smokes: The Top Ten New World Cigars

The Rake’s resident cigar aficionado sets his mind to the finest cigars of the New World, and confirms that they’re not all full of hot air…

After doing a fair bit of travelling over the last couple of months and actually smoking more New World cigars than Cuban, the chaps down at The Rake HQ, said that it was perhaps time for a New World Top Ten Must Try List.

In mid-September I attended a tobacco trade show called Intertabac in Dortmund, Germany. Over 3 days I got to see and smoke many New World brands. It's a great opportunity to see what's new on the market and more importantly to see what improvements are being made to the tobacco blending. At present it feels like New World cigars are being blended for one market, the American. It is the largest cigar market after all, with something in the region of 400 million cigars being sold a year - that's more than the rest of the world put together. It does make sense that cigars would be blended with the main market in mind, however with the new FDA (Food and Drug Administration) laws being imposed in August in the USA, more New World brands are looking at Europe and Asia to maintain and hopefully increase their sales.

As I'm still learning about New World cigars, I don't feel qualified to make a top ten cigar list, so I've put together a short list of cigar brands from all the ones I've tried in the last few years which I would recommend to others to try.

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Mike Choi

These views are my personal views and you are welcome to yours and I respect that. They come from my experience of both smoking and managing a cigar shop. I have my own vintage cigar company called Casa Puro, I am a Master of Havana Cigars, Runner Up Habanosommelier World Championships, Winner UK Habanosommelier Championship and also won Cigar Journal’s World’s Best Cigar Lounge Award.