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Cigars Across America: U.S. Cigar Makers

Michael Frank
From the Print Edition:
maduro issue, Winter 93/94

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As a general rule, cigars at chinchales are less expensive than name brands. But be careful, sometimes they cost much more than they are worth. Also, be aware that cigars labeled fumas are cheaper (under $1) because they are made with short filler--the cuttings left over from the production of the long-filler smokes.

Buying Guide

A bit of caution should be used when purchasing chinchales-produced cigars. These cigars smoke best right off the rollers' table. If you can't buy them locally, be certain to revive them in a humidor--otherwise they'll be too dry to smoke. Also, these cigars are generally less complex than other commercially available products. Quantitatively, you get more cigars for your money at chinchales, but there's no comparing them to the quality of most premium cigars; that's the point. It's a different cigar and a new experience.


Antelo Cigars
437 S.W. 17th Ave. (305) 642-8911
Laurencio Double Corona: This cigar has an even draw, delivering a combination of lightly spicy aromas and a full-bodied taste. The finish is rather mild.
(Ring Gauge: 42 Length: 7 1/2" Price: $1.40)

El Canelo Cigar Factory
709 N.W. 27th Ave. (305) 541-6315
Miniatures: A slightly sweet smoke with a fast draw. A lot of smoke comes out of this little, no-nonsense cigar.
(Ring Gauge: 30 Length: 4 1/2" Price: $16 for 25 cigars)

Moore & Bode
810 S.W. 16th Ave. (305) 649-5308
Pyramid: A lovely looking cigar, with mild creamy aromas and flavors. Lacks a certain "punch," but the pyramid is a well-made, enjoyable smoke.
(Ring Gauge: tapered Length: 5 1/2" Price: $5)

Chavelo Cigars
7345 West Flagler St. (800) 222-9930
No. 1: The best feature of this cigar is a good fill and solid construction, which gives it an even draw. It emits sweet aromas, which evolve into spicy notes later in the smoke.
(Ring Gauge: 44 Length: 6 7/8" Price: $39 for 25 cigars)


La Isla
505 42nd St. (201) 864-2627
No. 1: An initial sweetness gives way to peppery tastes and full, spicy aromas. A genuinely Cuban style comes through.
(Ring Gauge: 38 Length: 6 1/2" Price: $1.40)

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