There are not many people who are able to put the words “top quality cigars” and “American made cigars” in the same sentence, after all, who could compete with Cuban made cigars?
While it’s true that the best cigars come from Cuba (and close runners up come from places like Nicaragua, Honduras or the Dominican Republic), settling for an American crafted cigar does not mean that you are limited in taste and texture to something that you will find in the checkout line of a convenience store or in packs of five behind the tobacco counter at Wal-Mart.
In fact, there are actually some very well made cigars that could easily compete with their Cuban or Central American made brothers, if only you know what it is that you are looking for. You may have to take a little extra time to track these particular brands down – in fact, you may need to check out an actual tobacco or cigar shop or possibly even order in order to find these particular beauties, but in the end, you will be very glad that you did.
Top Three American Made Cigars
Sabor Cubano. A Sabor Cubano cigar is something that any true cigar connoisseur will enjoy. Made by Luis Sanchez, Sabor Cubanos are rolled by professional tobacco rollers (or “Tabaqueros” as they are known in Cuba) who worked in Cuba itself before coming to the United States. The head of the Sabor Cubano team is an experienced gentleman by the name of Leo Peraza who has 46 years experience rolling cigars in his native Cuba.
A Sabor Cubano’s construction is nearly flawless; perfectly formed and with a dark, oily wrapper that is completely natural and will not leave black marks on your lips or teeth. The Sabor Cubanos have binders from Ecuador and are filled with a mix of tobacco from Nicaragua and the Dominican republic that combine to give a rich, full, well-rounded flavor; definitely a smoke you are going to want to try.
Tatuaje Cabinet Tainos. Tatuaje Cabinet Tainos Cigars are the brain child of Pete Johnson who relied heavily on Jose Garcia, a Cuban expatriate who has his own cigar factory in Miami. El Rey de los Habanos employs a dozen master rollers of Cuban decent. So well crafted are these cigars that to look at them you could swear that they came from Havana itself. The tobacco for the Tainos comes from Nicaragua, and the flavor is so impressive; nuttiness tempered with vanilla; that the Tatuaje Cabinet Tainos cigars rated #4 out of 25 in the Top 24 Cigars list of 2005 put out by Cigar Aficionado, an amazing achievement for an American made cigar.
Tres Hermanos. The Tres Hermanos cigar is made at The Cigar Factory New Orleans. While relatively new as cigar factories go (it opened its doors in 1998), the quality is not to be denied. One of three different cigar lines that The Cigar Factory New Orleans produces, Tres Hermanos has a spicy aroma whose flavor oscillates between cedar and cinnamon/nutmeg and is packed into a Mexican maduro wrapper.
All of the cigars made at The Cigar Factory New Orleans are freshly wrapped, which means they will smoke even better if you let them age in your humidor for at least a few weeks if not a few months before you smoke them.