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Cohiba Majestuoso 1966 (2016)

This cigar was handed out at the 2016 Habanos Festival, and made at El Laguito, the spiritual home of Cohiba. It’s a classic Cohiba with the perfect balance of strength and flavor—coffee bean, a hint of leather, a bit of nutmeg. The finish is long and smooth, with a mouth-filling earthiness. Like the critics say about great Bordeaux, the best vintages taste great from the beginning and only get better. This cigar has decades of life left. —Gordon Mott

San Cristobal de la Habana El Morro (2003)

This gorgeous large smoke (known as a Paco in Cuban cigar factories) is nearly the same size as a typical double corona, and comes with a wrapper the color of milk chocolate. Smoking this is like diving into a bowl of warm, roasted nuts, with almond, peanut and meaty Brazil nut flavors. A dusting of sweet cedar accentuates the long finish. It’s neither mild or strong, but well balanced and elegant. A fine morning cigar. —David Savona

Partagás Partagás de Partagás No. 1 (1950)

Completely unlike today’s Cuban lonsdales, with its tapered 109-style belicoso head and odd diamond-pressed shape. Even after all these decades, the wrapper is still dark and oily, the draw full and the burn, dead even. Dusty and slightly bitter at first, the cigar shows its age, but it eventually picks up, with detectable notes of fruit, flowers and nuts. Certainly past its prime, though an interesting period piece in the history of pre-Castro Partagás. —Gregory Mottola