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Punch Double Corona (1994)

This big, gorgeous cigar, presented in the round due to its cabinet storage, takes the flame eagerly and burns with little effort, its draw is superb. It’s considerably nutty, with a mix of notes ranging from cashew to peanut and almond, with a heavy woody character playing along as well as a hint of nougat. The finish is all cocoa powder. A delicious, lively double corona that has yet to peak. —David Savona

Cohiba Esplendido (1991)

A very slow starter, somewhat unusual for this vitola. It has a dry, woody start with lots of walnut shell. When it hits cruising speed, the cigar comes alive with heartier notes of tangy wood, coffee bean, a touch of vanilla and a long, long finish with a bit of spice. Nuanced, nutty and with a big chocolate core. —David Savona

Casa Magna Colorado Robusto (2008)

This 2008 Cigar of the Year is still a powerhouse. From a cold draw packed with chocolate, the Nicaraguan cigar starts off with a slight bite that offsets the sweetness of dark cocoa and earthy flavors, and then rounds out to a well-balanced smoke. On the long finish, there’s a hint of dried orange peel. It’s a full-bodied cigar that has many years of aging left. —Gordon Mott

H. Upmann Sir Winston (1992)

A classic Churchill covered in a healthy-looking, medium-claro wrapper. Woody, hickory notes speak to the time it’s spent in a wooden box, but the years have also given the cigar sweet, sugary bursts of almond paste. Touches of perfume and flowers also come and go. The ash is gray and solid. —Gregory Mottola

El Rey Del Mundo Grandes De España (1994)

There’s slight box pressing to this extra-slim cigar, which starts out with a thin straw-and-hay character. The draw is great, eventually imparting a fuller body and dense mineral qualities, along with coconut shavings, lemon zest and a floral finish. A slow starter. —Gregory Mottola