Best Beginner Cigars

We’re here to make your decision simple. With the numerous products available to you, what’s the best cigar for beginners? Learn more about the best beginner cigars that are sure to improve your palate and keep you loving the experience, puff after puff.

best beginner cigars

Oliva Connecticut Reserve

Traditionally, cigars seem to be thought of as an afternoon treat or as a relaxing way to unwind in the evening, but with a stick as mellow-bodied and smooth as the Oliva Connecticut Reserve, it will be the perfect way to start your day. The Connecticut Reserve is a rare gem in the Oliva line of cigars.

They are notorious for expertly crafting complex, full-bodied blends that linger on your palate throughout the day. However, the Connecticut Reserve offers a whole new take on the traditional Oliva specialty. This cigar, with its silky Connecticut wrapper and prime Nicaraguan fillers, pairs perfectly with your morning cup of coffee.

The Connecticut Reserve treats you to mellow, nutty notes as well as a smooth and creamy smoke that builds into sweet wood, coffee, and light pepper, creating a flavor profile that is anything but harsh.

Romeo y Julieta 1875 Exhibición No. 1

Fun fact: The 1875 Exhibición No. 1 was named after the year Romeo y Julieta was founded. So why not make your first smoke a tribute to cigar-making history?

This beautiful, light to medium-bodied blend is wrapped in a rare and exotic Indonesian, Java wrapper, rich-tasting Olor binders, and filled with choice Dominican long-fillers.

With just a little more strength than your average mellow-bodied cigar, the 1875 Exhibición No. 1 is full of flavor without being overly complex. Cigar lovers can expect hints of cedar, oak, nuts, and spice that resolve beautifully into a light and creamy finish.

Alec Bradley Occidental Reserve

Everyone has to start somewhere. Especially when it comes to cigars. So, around the year 2000, Alec Bradley debuted one of their first premium cigars, the Occidental Reserve, a mellow-bodied cigar with a flavor profile that is anything but.

This wonderfully complex blend is the handiwork of Jesus Fuego, the man behind iconic cigars such as J. Fuego Corojo No.1, Sangre de Toro, and VUDU cigars. Greeting you on the outside is a silky smooth Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper, filled with fully-aged long-fillers and binders that make for a creamy, smooth, and rich-tasting smoke.

This boutique cigar will surprise you with its multifaceted flavor profile: cream, tasteful spice, cedar, and earth. So, if you’re looking for a cigar that will turn you into the aficionado you’ve always dreamt of, the Occidental Reserve by Alec Bradley is a great place to start.

La Galera Connecticut

When you take one look at its beautiful embossed band, surrounding a shimmery Ecuadorian grown Connecticut shade wrapper, you’ll be tempted to make the La Galera Connecticut your first smoke.

And we won’t stop you! But despite its opulent exterior design, the inside of this cigar is where the real beauty lies. Blended by the prolific Jose ‘Jochy’ Blanco  (AKA the #1 grower of tobacco in the Dominican Republic), this mellow-bodied Connecticut is dominated with notes of creamy cedar along with hints of light floral notes, culminating in a light finish that could hardly offend anyone’s palette.

Brickhouse Double-Connecticut

Looking for a cigar that features the classic American stars, and stripes? Search no further. The Brickhouse Double-Connecticut is the only cigar we know of that features a U.S. Connecticut wrapper/binder combination, making it a truly unique blend worthy of your first smoke.

Sheathed inside, you’ll find hearty and rich-tasting Nicaraguan tobacco that works beautifully with the sweeter Connecticut flavors. This mellow to medium-bodied cigar also offers a smoke that is well-balanced, creamy, and toasty, revealing complementary notes of sweet cedar, hay, coffee, cocoa, leather, and roasted nuts.

This is a tasty blend that you won’t be forgetting anytime soon, and perhaps the best beginner cigar on our list.

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