The Best Cigars for Beginners

For those new to cigars, it is best to begin by smoking one of the mild or mild-to-medium varieties available on the market today. The cigars on the list below are top-quality products with plenty of flavor that should also appeal to nearly all veteran cigar smokers as well. For the best experience, beginners should make sure to:

  • Buy from quality tobacconists. With a good local tobacconist, you can be sure that the cigars have been stored properly, and the clerk will be able to advise you with authority.
  • Purchase only a few cigars at a time. You'll be able to sample many and quickly learn which types you enjoy.
  • Start on the mild side. Overpowering cigars might sour you on the whole experience, so begin mild and ease your way into more flavorful cigars.
  • Don't spend a fortune. There may come a time when you want to spend a lot of money, but you can find very good cigars for as little as three dollars, and most should cost less than ten.
  • Pair your cigar with a drink. Experienced cigar smokers will tell you that a cigar's flavor is always enhanced by a drink. Whiskey, especially scotch, is the drink of choice, but India pale ales also pair well, as do some varieties of coffee.
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Casa Torano

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Casa Torano cigars are made by the Torano family in Honduras. The Casa Torano is a mild-to-medium cigar that is packed with flavor. This cigar is mild enough for a beginner but has a complex flavor that will satisfy most seasoned smokers, too. The filler tobacco is a blend of Central and South American tobaccos and the wrapper is Ecuadorian-Connecticut tobacco. The taste is rich and smooth and very enjoyable all the way down to the last two inches of the cigar.

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Macanudo Hyde Park

Macanudo is one of the top-selling premium cigar brands in the United States, consistently ranking in the top 25. These cigars are made by the General Cigar Company in the Dominican Republic. Macanudo is one of the thicker cigars in the Hyde Park line. It's a pleasure to smoke, as it produces light tastes of almonds, cashews, and fresh herbs. This cigar is a great choice for beginners, and it can be used as a benchmark to evaluate other cigars.

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Gran Habano Connecticut No. 1

The Gran Habano Connecticut No. 1 cigar is mild-to-medium bodied but closer to the upper end of that range. Gran Habano cigars are made by Guillermo Rico in Honduras. The Connecticut No. 1 blend is made with Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrappers and a blend of filler tobaccos from Nicaragua. This is a great cigar for any smoker looking for something flavorful but not overpowering.

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Gispert is a mild-to-medium bodied cigar made in Honduras, using Honduran and​ Nicaraguan filler tobacco. It is an easy smoking cigar, available in several different sizes, that has an earthy and woodsy flavor with hints of leather. The aroma is quite pleasing also, with wood and leather undertones. At only about three dollars per stick, the price is very reasonable.

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Helix Blue Tubular

The Helix Blue Tubular cigar has a very enjoyable mild flavor. It is a great choice for beginner smokers as well as experienced smokers who enjoy an occasional mild cigar. The cigar is made by the General Cigar Company in Honduras and has some similarities to their more expensive and popular line of Macanudo cigars.