Super Bowl LIV, which pits the Kansas City Chiefs against the San Francisco 49ers, is only days away, and if you’re like most Americans you’ll be tuning in. After all, around 100 million people are expected to watch Sunday’s game, which begins a little after 6:30 p.m. with coverage on Fox starting at 2 p.m.
The all-day affair affords friends and family the chance to get together to enjoy great food, great drinks and for cigar lovers, great smokes. The fact that the game is a long one means you’ll want to go big for your cigar of choice. Think Churchills and double coronas.
For an idea of some of the best long cigars that are currently on store shelves, look no further than our Top 25 Cigars of 2019 list. On that list you will find five excellent Churchills that should take you at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours to smoke: at No. 8 the Fuente Fuente OpusX Reserva d’Chateau; No. 10 H. Upmann 175th Anniversary Churchill; No. 15 La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Churchill; No. 19 Enclave Broadleaf Churchill; and the No. 23 E.P. Carrillo Core Plus Maduro Churchill Especial No. 7.
To help you secure that perfect Super Bowl Sunday smoke, we culled our cigar ratings for the entire 2019 calendar year to find some long, top-scoring cigars. Check out the list below, grab your favorite cutter and lighter, and get ready for what should be a great game.
Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill (Honduras, 89 points) This former Cigar of the Year is rolled with a very dark wrapper leaf grown in a region of southern Honduras called Trojes, and Nicaraguan filler and binder tobaccos. See full tasting note.
Casa Magna Colorado Churchill (Nicaragua, 90 points) While it’s a little fatter and shorter than a traditional Churchill, there’s still plenty to love about this all-Nicaraguan blend. For less than $10, you’ll get a nice, sweet-and-spicy smoke with enough strength to pair with your favorite spirit. See full tasting note.
Herrera Esteli Norteño Edicion Limitada Churchill (Nicaragua, 89 points) Rolled with a Mexican San Andrés wrapper, Honduran binder and filler tobaccos from Estelí and Jalapa in Nicaragua, the Edicion Limitada Churchill comes in a delicious, 7 inch by 48 ring gauge box-pressed format. See full tasting note.
Illusione Epernay L'Excellence (Honduras, 90 points) This blend uses a shade-grown Corojo ‘99 wrapper from Nicaragua but, interestingly, no ligero, which is the strongest type of tobacco. The line is named after the Champagne-producing town in France, whose effervescent wine inspired the elegant character of the cigar. See full tasting note.
La Aurora 1985 Maduro Churchill (Dom. Rep., 90 points) The Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos of this cigar are covered in a dark, Brazilian wrapper. The number 1985 denotes the first year that Brazilian Maduro wrapper was used to make cigars at the La Aurora factory. With a retail cost of only $6, it’s also quite the deal. See full tasting note.
La Flor Dominicana 1994 Mambo (Dom. Rep., 91 points) Created to honor the year that La Flor Dominicana began making cigars, the 1994 Mambo is rolled with binder and filler from brand owner Litto Gomez’s farms in the Dominican Republic, and cloaked in a dark, Mexican wrapper. See full tasting note.
Oliva Serie G Maduro Presidente (Nicaragua, 90 points) At 8 inches long, this squarely pressed cigar is longer than most Churchills. While the tobacco inside is all-Nicaraguan, the cover leaf is Broadleaf grown in the Connecticut River Valley. See full tasting note.
Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Diplomatico (Nicaragua, 93 points) When the Anniversary Series was created in 1994, the box-pressed shape—unusual at that time—stood out from others on the market. The smoke starts with a distinct cocoa-and-coffee combination before a vanilla-like finish. See full tasting note.
Montecristo Platinum Series Churchill (Tubo) (Dom. Rep., 94 points) While the filler and binder tobaccos remain the same, brand owner Altadis U.S.A. recently changed the wrapper on this fine cigar from Mexican to Nicaraguan—and the difference was remarkable. No Montecristo Platinum has ever scored so high. See full tasting note.
Tabernacle Havana Seed CT No. 142 Doble Corona (Nicaragua, 90 points) Named after its Connecticut-grown wrapper leaf that can be difficult to grow, this smoke uses binder from San Andrés, Mexico, and filler from Nicaragua’s Estelí and Jalapa regions along with Honduran tobacco grown in Jamastran. See full tasting note.
The American Churchill (U.S.A., 88 points) What better cigar to light up on Super Bowl Sunday than a cigar rolled entirely with tobaccos grown in the U.S.? This American puro is made with a Florida wrapper, a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and a filler blend of Connecticut Habano and Pennsylvania Broadleaf. Even the packaging materials were crafted in the U.S. See full tasting note.
The Edge Corojo Double Corona (Honduras, 91 points) Rolled with an alluring Corojo wrapper grown in Honduras, this smoke is strong but balanced, with notes of marjoram, black pepper and cinnamon. It’s 7 1/2 inches long, so if you smoke this cigar properly, you should still be puffing well into the halftime commercials. See full tasting note.