The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2006
Don Tomás Clasico Presidente
The Don Tomás brand is more than 40 years old and has survived the ups and downs of the cigar market, a change in owners (it went from UST to General Cigar) and, now, a change in blends. General Cigar, led by president and chief operating officer Angel Daniel Núñez, reworked the Don Tomás blend for a relaunch in late 2005. Dubbing it Clasico, the company's idea is to get back to the brand's roots as a hearty, no-nonsense cigar for a fair price. The Don Tomás tends to be toasty, woody and slightly sweet. The Presidente is a huge cigar, 7 1/2 inches long with a full 50 ring gauge, and has a suggested retail price of only $3.95, making it one of the greatest bangs for the buck in the world of premium cigars.