Connoisseur’s Corner: Romeo y Julieta Cedros De Luxe No. 2 Dunhill Seleccion Suprema

Romeo y Julieta Cedros De Luxe No. 2 Dunhill Seleccion Suprema

Montecristo No. 4 (1959)

A perfectly preserved piece of history from 62 years ago, this little Cuban burns razor straight with an impeccable draw, right from the first puff. It has a minty taste, with crushed espresso bean that gets slightly sweeter as it burns. Toward the end, wisps of graham cracker and cocoa emerge, still framed by that persistent and subtle mintiness. What a cigar. —David Savona

Punch Diademas Extra Exclusivo Italia (2009)

Completely wrapped in gold foil, this nine-inch-long figurado was made just for Italy. Once the burn evens out past the tapered foot, the cigar shows a dried fig and caramel character before an unmistakable burst of hazelnut blossoms on the palate, setting the nutty tone for the rest of the cigar. It takes on notes of dark chocolate and walnut liqueur as well. Smoked in three big ashes. Plenty of life left. —Gregory Mottola

La Aurora 100 Años No. 4 (2005)

This little Dominican puro is spicy and herbal, showing plenty of power that 16 years of aging have yet to temper. There’s a heavy wood character framed by spicy licorice. The austere start gives way to some pleasant sweet maple notes that bond well with the wood, and the herbal quality remains. A strong, distinctive and flavorful cigar from the DR’s oldest producer. —David Savona