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Connoisseur's Corner: Near-Perfect Smokes

H. Upmann No. 2 (1992)

This cigar starts and keeps a perfectly smooth draw. There are toasty nutmeg and cinnamon notes on the palate, and a long nutty finish with a hint of olives. This is a great example of Cuba’s potential. —Marvin R. Shanken

Davidoff 80th Anniversary (1986)

A beautiful, beautiful cigar with a chocolate brown wrapper. It has a perfect draw. This “A” size cigar has an incredible core of nuttiness, with a strong nutmeg quality and a light toastiness throughout the incredibly long finish. It is hard to put down. —Marvin R. Shanken

Fuente Fuente Opus X Petit Lancero (1995)

This cigar is from the original release of this Dominican puro. It has a strong note of sweet cedar, and a long, long finish that turns out ground coffee flavors. Perfectly balanced. —Gordon Mott

Punch Punch (1998)

The dark, oily wrappers on these box-pressed smokes are a testament to the type of tobacco used before the turn of the century. Still plenty of coffee, nut, earth and spice notes. Surprisingly full bodied and probably will be for many years. —Gregory Mottola

Romeo y Julieta Corona Grande (1995)

This isn’t a powerhouse of a smoke, and is reminiscent of the 1995 vintage. There are hints of leather and dry caramel that are perfectly balanced on the palate. —Gordon Mott

Cohiba Esplendido (1991)

A gorgeous wrapper with perfect construction. It has a firm draw but has rounded out into a wonderfully smooth cigar. There are balanced tobacco flavors with hints of earth and cocoa. —Gordon Mott