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Stogie Commentary: Gold Star Smokes (Part V)

6 Jan 2010

It’s been a few months since the team published a new list of Gold Star Smokes. As you might recall, this special designation celebrates cigars that we feel are worthy of strong recommendations. They don’t necessarily have to be five stogie-rated—just commendable smokes we turn to time and again.

Gold Star Smokes

Co-Founder & Editor in Chief Patrick A

One smoke that I can’t recommend enough is the new Entubar by Berger & Argenti. If you’re the kind of cigar enthusiast who enjoys balanced, traditional-tasting tobacco and brilliant combustion qualities, you can’t afford to pass up this outstanding experience.

Co-Founder & Publisher Patrick S

Frankly, I’d be shocked if the new CAO La Traviata isn’t featured in Cigar Aficionado‘s top 25 list. It certainly makes my list of top cigars in 2009. This Ecuadorian habano-wrapped stick is medium-bodied and thick with leather, cedar, and roasted flavors. Best of all, in these tight economic times, all of the La Traviata’s three vitolas are available for less than $6 apiece.

Tampa Bureau Chief George E

I suggest you pick up one of Pete Johnson’s Cabaiguans. They’re pricey, but I find them terrific medium-strength smokes. The Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut shade wrapper mixes with the Nicaraguan filler to create a thick, rich experience.

Contributing Reviewer Patrick M

In 2009 I probably smoked at least two boxes of the Tatuaje Havana VI Angeles. With consistently great construction and combustion, this corona-sized cigar is a great value at about $5 per stick when purchased by the box. Featuring flavors of leather, earth, and cedar with a good amount of peppery spice, the Angeles has good complexity and balance. For all of these reasons this cigar will continue to be in heavy rotation for me and I suggest you try one or a dozen for yourself.

The Stogie Guys

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4 Responses to “Stogie Commentary: Gold Star Smokes (Part V)”

  1. cj Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 5:00 am #

    Well, I love the Cabaiguan…one of the best smokes I can find, anywhere. I have had several boxes of the Angeles, and for me they have been so inconsistent, some very plugged, some tasteless..I would rather pay the money for the Bombone! thanks guys!

  2. st Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    Love the Angeles. Never get tired of it, and it's perfect for these cold months.

  3. Jukka Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    Hi Stogie Guys. Thanks 4 you Invitation. I let you know my Havanna Gallery and enjoy:
    I hope all be Havana Cigar Lover and we next can meet in Habanos 2010 Festival:….
    "Have A Good Cigar"



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