Connoisseur’s Corner: 1492 (1992)


Hoyo de Monterrey Le Hoyo des Dieux (1995)

Slim and alluring, the antithesis of the fat smokes that are so popular today, this little Hoyo is lively and bold from the first puff. It’s loaded with strong wood, crème brûlée, a touch of herbs and some red wine notes, with a heavy minerality to the finish. I could burn through a box of these in a weekend. —David Savona

Paul Garmirian Gourmet Series P.G No. 1 (1991)

Because these long, skinny Dominican smokes came from a cardboard five-pack, there isn’t the woodiness of cigars stored in cabinets. It starts with a dusty taste but develops the warm, sweet properties of gingerbread, nutmeg and molasses. The draw is firm, the burn even and overall combustion, cool and slow. —Gregory Mottola

Havana Blend Doubloon (circa 1970s)

A long, slim and quite rough looking smoke that’s a blast from the past, made by J.B. Back and Co. in Kingston, New York, which closed in the 1980s. The cigar claims to have some Cuban tobacco in the mix, which is possible, if not evident in the flavor. The smoke is rather simple, chewy and nutty, with some cocoa powder notes. A fun taste of yesteryear. —David Savona