Looking for a gift that will knock the socks off the cigar aficionado in your life? Look to our handy list of eight of the top rated full-bodied cigars. Amateur hour is over—these smokes aren’t for the faint of heart.
Full-bodied cigars are heavy, thick, and expertly-crafted, offering the rich and deeply nuanced flavor profiles. These aren’t bargain bin picks, but some of the finest handcrafted cigars on the market. Here are our top recommendations for best full-bodied cigars.
- Camacho Triple Maduro Robusto
- Cohiba Esplendido
- El Rey Del Mundo Flor De Llaneza Maduro (Pyramid)
- Arturo Fuente OPUS X Perfecxion No. 2
- Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 1
- Joya De Nicaragua Antano Gran Perfecto
- La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 4 Maduro
- Liga Privada No. 9 Toro
#1: Camacho Triple Maduro Robusto
Made by renowned cigar maker Christian Eiroa, this is one punch-packing smoke. Light it up and the first thing you’ll notice is the explosion of peppery notes. But don’t let that first puff intimidate you; this cigar is a gift that keeps on giving.
Flavors slowly mellow and you’ll be greeted with a tantalizing mixture of sweetness and spice. About halfway through, notes of chocolate, raisins, dark-roast coffee, and licorice come to the front––and here, that blast of pure flavor, is why the Triple Maduro Robusto made our list.
#2: Cohiba Esplendido
No surprise: the best known and most sought after Cuban cigar manufacturers made our list. Hey, it may not be the most original pick, but it is a coveted smoke for very good reason.
A beyond elegant and aromatic cigar, the Esplendido offers up strong notes of Spanish cedar and leather, and its flavor profile is dominated by cocoa and cracked pepper. It’s one of the more complex cigars around and definitely not a choice for the casual smoker.
This is a pick perfect for celebration—a more appropriate choice for a wedding than a weekly poker game. It’s the kind of smoke that’ll make a great night even more memorable.
#3: El Rey Del Mundo Flor De Llaneza Maduro (Pyramid)
While it’s name may be long, the experience of smoking one of these beauties is agonizingly short. Wrapped in a smooth, oily Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, you’ll savor every last puff of this buttery smoke.
With notes of leather, coffee, sweet spice, and chocolate, there’s something in here for everyone, and it’s finished off with a surprising burst of creamy delight––the dessert portion, if you will. That long name translates to “the King of the World,” and that’s only fitting; you may find yourself bowing down to this regal smoke the second it’s out.
#4: Arturo Fuente OPUS X Perfecxion No. 2
With its 100% Dominican tobacco, cured in rum barrels for a year prior to shipping, the OPUS X Perfecxion No. 2 is one of the legendary cigarmaker’s most aromatic selections.
The smoking experience starts off rather mellow, but unexpectedly, you’re blasted with notes of cocoa, leather, caramel, cedar, raisins, nuts, and pepper. Frankly the smoking experience of this cigar defies description. Needless to say, trying is believing.
#5: Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 1
Put simply, this is one pretty cigar. A Nicaraguan puro held snugly in a reddish-brown wrapper, this cigar looks almost as good as it smokes. Light her up and find yourself greeted by strong black pepper and spice, followed by delightful notes of nuttiness.
Keep smoking, and you’ll notice cocoa, coffee, cedar, and sweet spice, to name just a few of the stops on this cigar’s incredible flavor journey. It’s the kind of well-balanced cigar that burns slowly and evenly down to the nub, and it’d be enough to just look at it...if it didn’t taste so darn good.
#6: Joya De Nicaragua Antano Gran Perfecto
Dressed in an exquisite rosado colored Nicaraguan Habano Criollo wrapper, this is the kind of smoke you’ll be bragging to your buddies about for years to come. The initial puffs are robust yet sweet, a unique marriage of raisin and exotic spice.
But its full power isn’t revealed until about a quarter of the way through, when you’re suddenly stunned by an incredible flavor burst of coffee, cedar, cream, and cocoa. It finishes with just a pinch of spice, the perfect finale to what will be one of the great smokes of your life.
#7: La Gloria Cubana Serie R No. 4 Maduro
A rather squatty roll, don’t let this choice’s ordinary look fool you. This cigar is one of the finest achievements in cigar legend Ernesto Carillo’s catalogue. With a licorice black wrapper that’s oily to the touch, you’ll be enveloped by a rich aroma of dark earth tobacco the second you lift it from the box.
It draws well, produces huge plumes of savory smoke, and tastes most notably of raisins, leather, and espresso. As La Gloria comes to a close, things get sweeter and a bit milder, with licorice, cocoa, and caramel coming to the forefront. All we can say is, “You did it again, Ernesto.”
#8: Liga Privada No. 9 Toro
Raise a glass and a smoke to another home run from Drew Estate. Rolled in a gorgeous dark chocolate Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, this smooth rests comfortable between your fingers, as if it was always meant to be there.
But what’s underneath the delicious wrapper is even better: a thick and spicy Brazilian Mata Fina binder covering up choice Honduran and Nicaraguan filler. Light it and bask in the glorious notes of pepper, leather, coffee bean, roasted nuts, and sweet spice.
There’s a reason why the Liga Privada is one of the best-selling full bodies out there––put simply, it’s a remarkable smoke.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of 8 of the top rated full-bodied cigars on the market. Whichever cigar you choose, make sure you’ve got all the necessary tools to enjoy it to the max.
One of the most necessary tools for enjoying a high-end smoke is the Stage V Cigar holder. A simple, versatile solution for cigar lovers looking to rest their cigar or avoid dirtying it up on an unhygienic surface, Stage V holders are crafted with industrial-strength neodymium magnets that attach easily to golf carts, boats, or cars.
After all, if you’re going to go big with a full-bodied cigar, why not treat it with the respect it deserves? Enjoy!