Recommendations for Flavored Cigars

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Flavored cigars have been around for a long time, but not the premium handmade variety, which has been growing in popularity during the last few years. Flavors such as peach, Irish Cream, Amaretto, rum, and many others are now being infused into premium cigars, to produce a different kind of smoking experience.

Store Flavored Cigars Separately

Before going any further, here is some advice about storing flavored cigars. Unlike machine made cigars that contain preservatives, handmade cigars will dry out if not properly stored (preferably in a humidor). However, you should not store flavored cigars in the same humidor as your other handmade premium cigars, as the other cigars will absorb the artificial flavors. This applies even if you do not remove the packaging. Also, it is best not to remove the cellophane, tubes, or other packaging from flavored cigars before storing them in a separate humidor, or in some type of Tupperware container with a damp sponge or towel (do not let any water touch the cigars). Unlike natural cigars, flavored cigars will not improve by aging them in a humidor, and may actually lose their flavor over time. The purpose of storing flavored cigars in a humidor (or another container) is to protect and preserve them, not to age them.

The Best Way to Sample

The best way to sample flavored cigars is to buy only a few at a time. This way, temporary and separate storage of a few cigars is not a problem. If you only buy a few cigars that you intend to smoke within a few days of purchase, then the cigars do not have to be stored in a humidor and should be fine if kept inside their original packaging. However, if you find a flavored cigar that you like well enough to buy a full box, then you should also consider the purchase of a second humidor to store the flavored cigars.

Flavored cigars are not recommended for beginners, but as occasional treats to regular cigar smokers who want to try something different. However, if you are a relatively new smoker who has not yet found a cigar to your liking, then it may make sense to try a flavored cigar, as opposed to throwing in the towel.

Cigars Worth Trying If You Like the Flavor

Which flavored cigars to try is a matter of personal taste. If you do not like peaches, then stay away from the Gurkha peach flavored cigar which comes in a glass tube. Here are some flavored cigars that are worth trying, but only if you like the particular flavors:

  • Kahlua Cigars.
    Production of these has been discontinued, so get some before they are all gone.
  • Helix Remix.
  • The Amaretto flavor in the larger ring gauges is especially enjoyable.
  • CAO Flavours.
  • CAO uses "Flavourette Girls" to promote each of its six flavors.
  • Acid Kuba Kuba.
  • Mild and very sweet cigars made by Drew Estate.
  • Tabak Especial.
  • A bold coffee flavored cigar at the start. Mellows and becomes sweeter after smoking beyond the cigar's shaggy foot. Also made by Drew Estate.