Strong cigars are something of an acquired taste. Not only does your body have to build up over time the ability to consume cigars with a higher level of nicotine, but also your palette has to develop the ability to judge a full-flavoured cigar from a mild one. Although body and strength are two things that are commonly used interchangeably, they are, in fact, different beasts. This is something that we have addressed in full in our article covering cigar strength vs cigar body.
In this article, we’ll be specifically looking at strong, full-flavoured cigars that really require some experience to enjoy. Although this isn’t always the case, it is possible to get nicotine sickness when consuming a large amount of nicotine from a strong cigar, if your body is not appropriately fortified. So bear this in mind before jumping into strong cigars for your first smoke. Without any further hesitation, let’s dive into our list of strong, full-flavoured cigars that are begging to be smoked.
Bolivar Royal Coronas
Recognised as one of the finest from the brand, the Royal Corona was crowned ‘Cigar of the Year’ by Cigar Aficionado in the year 2005, cementing its place among the upper echelons of Cuban smokes. Despite being a strong flavour, a smaller ring gauge of only 25 makes this an accessible everyday smoke. The flavour is one of spice and wood, an ideal cigar for any time of year!
Partagás Aristocrats Cigars
Despite being a quicker smoke, this cigar manages to pack a lot of flavour into a short amount of time. Depending on how heavily you smoke it, this cigar can last you anything up to an hour. The flavours that come through are heavily woody and leathery that also come with a hint of coffee. The wrapper is beautifully smooth, which is a typical hallmark of the Partagás brand.
La Flor Dominicana El Carajón
Hailing from the Dominican Republic, perhaps something that comes as a surprise to some is the inclusion of this smaller smoke. The blends used in this stick result in a powerful, full-flavoured smoke that just keeps getting better and better! The cigar is packed full of Ligero, often associated with the creation of full-bodied cigars, finished off with Ecuadorian Habano wrapper.
Camacho Corojo Robusto Tubos
Hailing from Honduras, this punchy Camacho cigar uses vintage Cuban seeds to grow the tobacco, resulting in an authentic, yet flavourful smoke. The cigar tobacco is aged to create an interesting flavour profile while using the much-loved Cuban Corojo wrapper to complete the cigar. The handmade stick presents flavours of coffee, spice and bittersweet chocolate, with the occasional hint of fruit — definitely, something you can smoke with your feet up after dinner.
Davidoff Winston Churchill The Late Hour Churchill
With this cigar erring towards the more premium end of the full-bodied spectrum, we introduce this Prime Ministerial smoke. The Late Hour Churchill is a cigar that immediately descends into luxury, perfect for seasoned cigar aficionados. Tobacco used in the cigar has been aged for six months inside Scotch single malt casks to impart the flavours and body of the whisky. The tobacco is Nicaraguan Condega Visus, blended with two different tobaccos from the Dominican Republic complemented by a dark and oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. When smoking, expect flavours of chocolate, spicy earth and caramel.
Bolivar Tubos No. 2
This cigar is not one for the faint of heart. With a rough smoking time of 30 minutes, this intense smoke balances full strength will full flavour. When smoking, expect fruit flavours to come through the famed Cuban tobacco, providing a robust and tangy experience. Wrapped in Corojo tobacco to finish, the small and mighty smoke is one that should be reserved for the more experienced cigar smoker.
Have you tried any of these strong and flavour-full cigars? Maybe you have another suggestion that should be on our list? Either way, let us know in the comments below. And, if you fancy getting your hands on some strong Cuban cigars, make sure you check out our online store here!