Best Cigars to Smoke on Cinco de Mayo

Best Cigars to Smoke on Cinco de Mayo
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Cinco de Mayo is a popular holiday in the U.S., but many people don't know what exactly it celebrates. Cinco de Mayo is much more than an excuse to indulge in some tacos, tequila, and your favorite cigar.

What is Cinco de Mayo?

The date that Cinco de Mayo — which is Spanish for May 5 — commemorates what wouldn't happen for several decades after the Mexican War of Independence. The day actually celebrates a single battle — the Mexican army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla. The colonizing French were led by Napoleon III. While the United States was preoccupied with the Civil War, the Emperor thought it was a good time to establish a French outpost in the Americas as a replacement for the French-controlled land lost during the Louisiana Purchase.

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Also to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year, we put together a list of cigars with Mexican San Andres wrappers!

The San Andres Valley in Veracruz, Mexico, is the largest supplier of Mexican wrapper tobacco. The dense fertile volcanic soil with the humid climate in the valley creates an ideal environment for these unique flavored San Andres wrappers. The stalk-cut leaves tend to withstand higher temperatures and have a longer curing time. This results in tougher, darker, and earthier flavored wrappers.


Camacho Triple Maduro 60 x 6 Cigars

The cigar that started a revolution, the Camacho Triple Maduro, is about to knock your socks off once again. Never ones to rest on their laurels, the fine ladies and gents at Camacho Cigars are giving all of their cigars a makeover, but don't worry. While many of the core Camacho recipes have been tweaked to bring out even more character, the Triple Maduro remains the same blend of ultra-bold, ultra-dark leaves you have come to know and love. It is all still here, from the expertly aged San Andreas wrapper to the dense Corojo Maduro binder and all the way down into the reams of lush Dominican, Honduran, and Brazilian filler.

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Kristoff San Andres Cigars

A rapidly rising star in the boutique cigar world is the fantastic Kristoff San Andres. After quietly building a cult following over many years and racking up 90-plus ratings like it's the easiest thing ever, Kristoff and their stellar stable of blends are getting noticed more and more by aficionados tired of being disappointed by marketing hype. These smokes are the real deal. Crafted in the Dominican Republic, the name comes from the Mexican San Andres wrapper, which many of you should recognize as one of the most popular tobaccos for Maduros in recent years. For good reason, too, because it adds a gorgeous sweet and spicy flavor to the Ecuadorian Habano binder and triple-fermented Nicaraguan Habano filler.

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Island Jim San Andres #2 Torpedo Cigars

Island Jim San Andres is the first line extension to the original Island Jim cigar by "Island" Jim Robinson and Leaf by Oscar. Manufactured at the Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co. factory in Honduras, Island Jim San Andres is built with the same recipe of Honduran filler and binder tobacco as the original blend, only this time with a dark, oily Mexican San Andres wrapper leaf. The flavor is different, but the heart and soul of the Island Jim cigar are still there, perhaps now more than ever.

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La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor Cigars

When it comes to award-winning cigars, the Garcia family are no slouches, and Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor is just one of many in their arsenal. Made for Ashton in the My Father factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, the Mi Amor line was crafted as the maduro extension of the well-regarded La Aroma De Cuba brand, which was introduced in 2002. This full-flavored cigar is squarely in the medium-bodied range. The best Nicaraguan tobaccos are used for the binder and filler, but the real star is the Mexican Cuban-seed Maduro wrapper. The level of flavor and smoothness this tobacco brings is nothing short of astounding.

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My Father La Opulencia Cigars

My Father La Opulencia is among the finest cigars offered by Don Pepin and My Father Cigars down in Nicaragua. Making its debut in 2017 and storming into the world of cigars in full force, La Opulencia has garnered boatloads of positive attention and is quickly becoming a favorite among loyal My Father fanatics. It is, in essence, a box-pressed extension to the world-renowned My Father brand but is tweaked just enough to be "different." As for the blend, La Opulencia consists of a bold, complex core of Nicaraguan long-fillers. A double Nicaraguan binder (Corojo and Criollo), and a gorgeous Mexican Rosado Oscuro wrapper leaf. Though the recipe seems simple, the end result is a work of art that has already earned multiple 90+ ratings, including a more-than-respectable 93 from Cigar Aficionado.

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Herrera Esteli Norteno Cigars

If you worked at a prestigious and widely heralded cigar company, you too might get access to the absolute best tobaccos available and be able to create a world-class smoke like the Norteño by Willy Herrera. Rising from humble origins crafting quality cigars for a small Miami boutique, Herrera is now a master blender at the famed Drew Estate in Nicaragua. With this access to the La Gran Fabrica factory's vast stores of quality leaf, he was given ample time after joining the team to prove his mettle, and he took full advantage. First blending a collection of aged Esteli and Jalapa tobacco for the filler, Willy then selected a Honduran binder to add a spicy kick to the rich San Andres Maduro wrapper he laid over each box-pressed vitola.

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