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Cuba's Stars

The island's oldest and most venerable smokes have been superseded by the new kids on the block
James Suckling
From the Print Edition:
Cuba, May/June 2007

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Partagas Serie D No. 3 Edición Limitada -- 95
This always delivers loads of roasted coffee bean and tobacco character, while the typical Partagas decadence surfaces with each puff.

Montecristo Petit Edmundo -- 94
A concentrated version of the Edmundo gives you more spice, more cedar and more pleasure all in a quicker format. The perfect cigar for those in a hurry.

Montecristo Edmundo -- 93
This gets better and better with lots of spicy, cedar character and a full, rich finish.

Trinidad Robusto Extra -- 93
The creamy texture and cedar notes say Cohiba, but the spicy, light earth and vanilla flavors say Trinidad.

Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto -- 92
The rich, toasty and decadent character stimulates each taste bud in a elegant, creamy way. Quick satisfaction.

Partagas Serie D No. 4 -- 91
This is now the biggest-selling Cuban robusto and always delivers plenty of spicy, earthy, almost decadent character. A classic Habano.

James Suckling tasted these cigars non-blind in Havana.


Here are the original five Cuban cigar stars, along with excerpts of the reviews published in the Winter 1992/93 issue of Cigar Aficionado.

Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona -- 99
Perhaps Cuba's greatest cigar. The Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona is a benchmark for the cigar world. It is gorgeous and smokes like a dream. The aromas and flavors are incredibly distinctive and reminiscent of chocolate, nutmeg and cinnamon. This is one of the biggest smokes, with the greatest amount of flavor and style.

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