Connoisseur’s Corner: Arturo Fuente Destino Al Siglo Siglo de Amistad

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Padrón Family Reserve No. 45 Maduro (2009)

This cigar was rolled in 2009, the year it was named our Cigar of the Year. It was already made with aged tobacco, and 11 years later, the smoke has evened out into a perfectly balanced cigar with an exemplary draw and burn. The flavors were smooth from first puff to last, filled with leather, light earthiness and a white pepper note on the finish. The cigar is smoking at its peak, but it has a lot of life yet. —Gordon Mott

Por Larrañaga Picadores (2014)

Softly pressed with a wrapper that’s silky to the touch, this robusto draws and burns beautifully, bringing a consistently creamy, medium-bodied smoke. From its floral, nutty core comes notes of citrus and vanilla, subtle at first, but more pronounced as the cigar progresses, which leaves an aftertaste of nougat and cedar. Balanced and sublime. —Gregory Mottola

Partagás Serie D No. 5 (2012)

While the Partagás Serie D No. 4 is Cuba’s most popular cigar, I prefer the No. 5. It’s just as thick, a little shorter and it’s produced in far fewer quantities, giving it a more consistent performance. This eight-year-old smoke is pleasantly floral and woody, with plenty of almond notes and orange blossom, and lots of long-term aging potential. —David Savona