Like any new hobby, knowing where to begin when it comes to cigar smoking can sometimes be a little daunting. If you have decided you would like to join the wonderful world of cigar smoking, then one of the biggest hurdles can be deciding which cigar is the right one to make your first time enjoyable! As this is such an important yet difficult decision, we have put together our guide to the top ten cigars perfectly suited to new smokers.
As a newcomer, you probably won’t be fully aware of what makes a great starter cigar. It can be difficult to know what to look for when selecting what to begin with, and with so many brands, wrappers, colours, smells and sizes, trying to make a decision unaided can prove a little overwhelming. However, it is all of these factors that makes a cigar so special and luxurious, and over time, you will learn not only to differentiate between them but also which ones are your favourites!
To help you get started on your stogie journey, we have put together what we consider to be the top ten cigars for smokers new to the cigar world!
Made solely from tobacco, cigars tend to be significantly stronger than what you may be used to from cigarettes or pipes. Rather than jumping straight into the deep end, it is important to start off with a light and mild yet flavourful stogie, which are perfect for beginners, such as the ones below.
Montecristo No.3 Cigar
Montecristo is a premium cigar brand with some truly exceptional cigars on offer in its collection. The No.2 is often considered to be the world’s best cigar, and the No. 4 is a best seller around the world, so the Montecristo No. 3 is certainly in good company.
While Montecristo is generally more tailored to the experienced cigar fan, the Montecristo #3 is one of the milder stogies in their range. These cigars guarantee a good draw and burns evenly, making it an uncomplicated smoke, with great coffee flavours.
Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure No.2 Cigar
The Hoyo De Monterrey Epicure No.2 Cigar is a favourite for cigar lovers of all experiences. Offering crisp and fruity notes, this smoke is great all year round.
We consider this to be one of our top ten smokes here at Havana House and think it would make a fantastic starting point for newcomers to the world of cigars.
It’s light in strength – perfect for a newbie – but still packed with deliciously gentle flavours of cocoa and vanilla, which offer a complexly creamy texture from the get-go!
H. Upmann Majestic Cigar
The Majestic by H. Upmann is an extremely popular smoke among beginners, with the Corojo wrapper and fillers making for a complex, yet mild tasting profile. Heavy roasted tobacco flavours intertwine with fruity and vegetal aromas give a certain Mediterranean feeling to the smoke, which is best enjoyed outside on a sunny afternoon.
Hoyo De Monterrey Petit Robusto Cigar
The Hoyo De Monterrey Petit Robusto is a light cigar that, from the moment it is lit, boasts mild and earthy flavours that evolve progressively without being aggressive, resulting in an exceptional smoke for cigar newbies.
The finish is outstanding and is an excellent addition to the Hoyo De Monterrey range, becoming a firm favourite among beginner cigar smokers and aficionados alike.
This small corona has an excellent draw, with a milder flavour and aroma, making this a perfect starter cigar. Another Havana House exclusive, Le Flor de Cano is competitively priced for a Cuban.
Cohiba Siglo I Cigar
The Cohiba Siglo I Cigar was introduced in 1992 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Colombus’ discovery of the New World!
The Cohiba Siglo I cigar itself is a tiny Corona and is very similar in taste to the other coronas in the Siglo line. The Siglo I’s flavour profile consists of a creamy sweetness, to begin with, followed by coffee bean and mocha flavours with a medium tobacco taste.
Punch Petit Coronations Tubos Cigar
The Punch Petit Coronations cigar is mild in flavour and strength, with woody and fruity notes present throughout. It is a delightful smoke for all experiences, but its mildness makes it perfectly suited to beginners.
Partagas Petit Corona Especiales Cigar
The Partagas Petit Corona Especiales packs a mighty punch and a delicious flavour profile that is a great cigar to light up in the early evening with a good cup of coffee.
Partagas are loved the world over, as not only does the brand produce an exquisite range of well-blended and complex cigars, but the founder, Jaime Partagas, is responsible for developing the maturation method of tobacco that has been adopted by most Cuban cigar brands today!
Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill Cigar
The Romeo y Julieta Short Churchill cigar is the smaller version of the traditional Churchill cigar, making it a better choice for newer cigar smokers.
Despite its smaller stature, the Short Churchill is still packed with flavour, which offers fruity flavours and earthy notes.
It offers a very consistent draw, which makes it an ideal choice for novice smokers who will want the experience to be as simple as possible.
H. Upmann Half Corona Cigar
When you’re just starting out with cigars, you probably don’t want to be dedicating hours of your time to a smoke – you want something short and sweet to test the waters!
The H. Upmann Half Corona is the perfect one for this, taking only around 30 minutes to smoke from start to finish. Within this shorter cigar is a well-balanced and flavourful smoke.
You’ll start with sweet, floral notes that offer creamy hints, which develop into coffee notes as you smoke it. It is complex, with a great draw, making it a fantastic smoke for new and experienced smokers alike.
Camacho Machitos Orange Connecticut Cigar
This beautiful little cigar is the perfect smoke for when time is of the essence, featuring a Connecticut wrapper and a blend of Dominican and Honduran long-fillers that give way to flavours of spice, cedar and vanilla.
These tasty little cigars have the exact blends as their larger counterparts and are available in Connecticut, Corojo, and Criollo. Pick up a pack and take them on your next weekend away – we personally take them on our camping trips, and as the weather warms up, there’s no excuse for you not to do the same!
All of these smokes for beginners are available for you to buy cigars online here at Havana House!