My Favorite Cigar
Andy Garcia • actor
Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve
When Carlos Fuente Sr. passed a bundle of his Private Reserve cigars to Andy Garcia, he didn’t realize just what it would mean to the Cuban-born actor. “It was the connection he made with that gesture,” Garcia, 65, recalls. “It was as if he was saying, ‘Smoke this. This is me.’ And it was a great smoke. I still smoke them.”
The Oscar-nominated Garcia jumpstarted his career in the late 1980s, with stand-out roles in such film as The Untouchables. Today, he acts, produces and is involved in music projects that began with his love for jazz musician Cachao. But he still takes the time for fine cigars, and can’t find any that match the satisfaction he gets from one first given to him by Fuente, who died in 2016.
“There’s a smoothness to it that lets you smoke it late at night or early in the morning,” Garcia says. “Some cigars you can’t smoke in the morning because they’re too strong or heavy. But these are cigars that can be smoked at all times. It’s not one of those cigars that makes your head spin.”