The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2009
Ambos Mundos No. 2 Robusto
When Pete Johnson created Tatuaje cigars with José “Pepin” Garcia in 2003, the high cost of Miami labor translated into a lofty price tag. Garcia’s expansion into Nicaragua offered less expensive alternatives that allowed Johnson to create this bargain-priced brand, the least expensive on our Top 25 list. “I made this cigar partly due to the economy and partly because this is where I originally wanted the cigar to be priced,” says Johnson. Despite the price, Ambos Mundos (which means “both worlds”) is still handmade from long-filler tobacco. And it’s tasty: a hearty cigar with roasted coffee bean, earth and leather notes, and a long, peppery finish.