Cigars represent a special indulgence for many, an emblem of celebration, relaxation, and contemplation. One factor contributing to a cigar’s overall character is its body, which refers to the intensity of flavor, strength, and overall smoking experience. Medium-bodied cigars offer a balanced blend, neither overpowering like full-bodied ones nor too light like the milder ones. They’re perfect for those who prefer something in-between. For the enthusiasts who appreciate a perfectly blended cigar with a harmonious mix of flavor and strength, we’ve curated a list of the top 5 medium-bodied premium cigars.
- Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature
The Arturo Fuente Hemingway Signature is an exquisite choice for the cigar aficionado. Its unique blend of Dominican filler and binder tobaccos, wrapped in an African Cameroon leaf, provides a complex yet balanced experience. The cigar offers notes of earth, spice, cedar, and a hint of sweetness, making it incredibly smooth. The Hemingway Signature is meticulously handcrafted, resulting in consistently exceptional smoke with an even burn. This cigar is a testament to the Arturo Fuente family’s commitment to quality and tradition.
- Oliva Serie V Melanio
Named after Melanio Oliva, the family’s patriarch, the Oliva Serie V Melanio is a medium to full-bodied cigar that delivers a symphony of flavors. The cigar features a unique blend of Nicaraguan long filler tobaccos wrapped in a beautifully aged Ecuadorian Sumatra leaf. Upon lighting, it presents a rich, creamy smoke with notes of pepper, cocoa, and a subtle hint of sweetness. The Melanio offers flavor and impressive construction, sporting a slow, even burn and solid ash. Its excellence is reflected in multiple ‘Cigar of the Year awards.
- Ashton VSG (Virgin Sun Grown)
The Ashton VSG is a unique cigar crafted by the legendary Carlito Fuente. It’s a medium to full-bodied blend with a reputation for richness and depth. The VSG’s unique blend of Dominican long-fillers is wrapped in an Ecuadorian Sun Grown wrapper, selected for its strength, rarity, and dark, oily appearance. This cigar offers a profound complexity of flavors, from cedar and spice notes to espresso and dark chocolate. Its flawless construction ensures an even burn and white, sturdy ash.
- My Father Le Bijou 1922
My Father Le Bijou 1922 is a tribute from Jose “Pepin” Garcia to his father, born in 1922. This medium to full-bodied cigar features an all-Nicaraguan blend of tobaccos, including a specially aged Habano Oscuro wrapper. It produces a complex flavor profile, introducing notes of coffee, cocoa, earth, and a hint of pepper. The cigar’s construction is as impressive as its taste, delivering an even burn and a firm ash. The Le Bijou 1922 is a testament to the Garcia family’s dedication to quality and tradition.
The Besa Cigar encapsulates the essence of the Albanian spirit, entwining the rich and turbulent history of the nation with the craftsmanship of premium cigar production. The cigar’s name, Besa, represents Albania’s deeply ingrained cultural principle, which translates to “faith” or “oath.” This encapsulates internal commitment, loyalty, and solidarity.
The Besa Cigar further imbues the legacy of the celebrated Albanian military commander, Gjergj Kastrioti, known as Skanderbeg. Skanderbeg, who once served the Ottoman sultan, rose to become a heroic figure who unified Albania, championing a rebellion that won numerous battles from 1443 to 1468. Much like Skanderbeg, The Besa Cigar unites diverse elements into a harmonious whole, providing an enriching and complex experience.
Crafted with a blend of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Ecuadorian Sumatra binder, and a Nicaraguan-Dominican filler, the Besa offers a unique medium-bodied experience. It unveils an intricate flavor profile, introducing hazelnut, cocoa, and cedar notes, culminating in a peppery finish.
What are some of your favorite medium-bodied cigars? Let us know in the comments!
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