The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2005

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Made By
Nicaragua American Tobaccos S.A
Factory Location
Nicaragua
Wrapper
Nicaragua
Binder
Nicaragua
Filler
Nicaragua
Price
$5.50
Ring Gauge
54
Length
6"
Rating
90

Juan Lopez Epicure No. 1


Altadis U.S.A. Inc. makes dozens of premium cigar brands, all of which until recently were made in the Dominican Republic and Honduras. Believing that it needed a Nicaraguan cigar, the company turned to Nicaragua American Tobaccos, a busy EstelĂ­ factory best known as the source of many low-cost brands for retailer JR Cigars. This frenzied, fast-paced factory showed that it could also craft a serious premium cigar by turning out the Juan Lopez Epicure No. 1. This fairly inexpensive smoke is a powerful and very dark Nicaraguan puro. The wrapper leaf practically drips with oils, and the 6 by 54 cigar is dark enough to be called a maduro.