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Cigars are for guys, right? Think again. Jeannie Mark lights up and shares her favorites, from fat Cubans to pencil thin cigarillos.
Davidoff No. 2

A long cigar chock full of quality. Hand finished and composed of high quality tobacco. Kind of the Jimmy Choo of cigars.

Davidoff Long Panatela Natural Cigars

Creamy, giving taste. Imagine this lovely in one hand, a brandy in the other, and a dimly lit bar as the set piece. One word: Atmosphere.

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Fuente Flor Fina 8-5-8

The name alone rolls deliciously off the tongue, similar to a Spanish footballer’s moniker and measurements. Originally hailing from The Dominican Republic, this cigar is smooth and tastes like chocolate. Oh my.

Tatiana Flavored Cigars

Tatiana cigarillos wield an aristocratic taste. Tantalizing choices evoke not just a smoke, but also an experience. Mocha. Dolce. Black Amboise raspberries with vanilla. A stunningly popular cigar with women.

Sadly, this brand was recently discontinued in Canada; however, anywhere else in the world is open season.

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Leon Jimenes

One of the oldest cigars produced in the world. Leon has a cigarillo line that sets the taste buds on fire. Described as ‘petite’, indulge in a Caffe Coretto or Caffe Macchiato.

Cohiba Corona Especiales

A thinner cigar that deepens with age, this 1969 beauty is infused with a woody and earthy taste, accented by floral tones. Sounds like a heady perfume rather than a cigar, doesn’t it?

Romeo Y Julieta

Named in homage to Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy, this cigar held court over the European market for 40 plus years. It’s now produced in the Dominican Republic. A full-bodied, spicy taste – not for the faint-hearted.

La Aurora Principes Cigar (Vanilla)

Made from the trimmings of La Aurora’s regular production, this cigar is a great value. A single cigar goes for about $6.00. However, this isn’t a bottom feeder flavor, but medium-bodied. A silky pull.

Community Connection

Be sure to also check out Jeannie’s piece about smoking around the world. Smokers of another nature might check out seven coffee shops in Amsterdam that are good to go, as well as some interesting ways to turn fruit into a pipe.

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