The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2006
During the mid-1990s, Spain's Tabacalera S.A. catapulted itself into the surging U.S. cigar market, acquiring factories for heady sums and launching several cigar brands. Among them was Quintero, a mild smoke at a bargain price. It was later removed from store shelves. A decade later, Altadis U.S.A. Inc.—the U.S. subsidiary of Altadis S.A., which was created by the merger of Tabacalera and France's SEITA—has brought back Quintero. The bargain price was kept, but the blend was vastly improved, resulting in a hearty Central American smoke. The wrapper is a Cuban-seed Honduran leaf and there is a touch of Nicaraguan in the filler blend, which keeps it from being a Honduran puro. This 7 1/4 by 54 smoke is yet another quality, inexpensive cigar coming from the Flor de Copan factory.