Stocking up for the Summer - Cuban Cigars for the warmer months

Now's the time to stock up your humidor ready for the summer months. My guide will highlight the best Cuban Cigars to treat yourself with when the Sun is out. Includes One Pint Smokes, Cigars for the evening and Summery Smokes.

Although we are stuck in the coldest, darkest days of January, it won't be long before those warm sultry months appear. What better way to prepare for those much loved and anticipated days than getting those summer cigar purchases now.

When it comes to premium Cigars, one of the most important things to remember is to allow them to rest for a while in your humidor before you start to smoke them. This means that many an aficionado will plan what he will be smoking in the forthcoming weeks and months by making those hardest of decisions... What to spend his money on. This will mean one of the most exciting and rewarding elements of Cigar smoking - buying new boxes to replenish your humidor!

I'm going to run through some of the Cuban Cigars that it would be well worth purchasing now ready for June and July where you can happily smoke outside in the sun with your beverage of choice. I have split my choices into three categories:

I've tried to make sure that the Cigars that are on this list are easily obtainable from where you are.

One Pint Smokes

Here are my choices for small Cuban Cigars where you can smoke within forty five minutes with a beer or two.

Trinidad - Reyes

  • Width: 4 3/8"
  • Ring Gauge: 40
  • Price: ~£8.00
  • Smoking Time: 45mins

Possibly the best all-round short smoke available on the Cuban Cigar market today. Medium in strength but full of flavour, the Trinidad Reyes has a boutique of summery flavours including butterscotch, honey and subtle spice.

Trinidad Reyes

H. Upmann - Magnum 48

  • Width: 4 3/8"
  • Ring Gauge: 48
  • Price: ~£13.00
  • Smoking Time: 45mins

A limited edition for 2009, Cuban Cigar aficionado's have been waxing lyrical about the Magnum 48 for the last few years and I am happy to count myself amongst the general consensus.

Solidly in the medium bracket in terms of flavour, the Magnum 48 has noted flavours of walnuts, . If you love the H. Upmann flavour profile, then you will absolutely love this Cigar, as it embodies everything about the brand.

The H. Upmann Magnum 48 is versatile when it comes to drink pairings, making it the perfect summer smoke. You can easily pair the Cigar with a Premium Lager, or a Golden Ale, or even a heavy Beer such as a Guinness.

Currently, there's plenty of the H. Upmann Magnum 48 available, so you should be able to obtain these relatively easily.

H. Upmann Magnum 48 Edicion Limiteda

Summer Smokes

There are some Cigars that were meant for being smoked outside in the sunshine. These Cigars are usually light to medium in flavour intensity, however they still keep you interested, while maintaining a fresh palate.

El Rey de Mundo - Choix Supreme

  • Width: 5"
  • Ring Gauge: 48
  • Price: ~£11.00
  • Smoking Time: 1hr

I've always been fond of the Choix Supreme. For the price point, this is one of the better valued Cuban Robusto's available. Similar to the Cohiba marque, the Choix Supreme's flavour profile included honey, butterscotch and cream.

El Rey de Mundo Choix Supreme

Cohiba - Siglo IV

  • Width: 5 5/8"
  • Ring Gauge: 46
  • Price: ~£18.00
  • Smoking Time: 1hr

If you're looking for a Cuban Cigar that will smoke for around one hour and fifteen minutes, and is elegant and rewarding, there are not many Cigars available that could better fit the bill than the Cohiba Siglo IV.

Lonsdale in size, many smokers will exclaim that the Siglo IV, along with the Siglo VI, that these are the best what Cohiba has to offer. The Siglo IV is an expensive Cigar, but you will not find many better when it comes to out and out quality and sometimes it is worth remembering that paying that little extra can give you a whole different smoking experience.

Cohiba Siglo IV

Punch - Punch

  • Width: 5 5/8"
  • Ring Gauge: 48
  • Price: ~£12.00
  • Smoking Time: 1hr

I find the Punch Punch a good all rounder. Consistent in production and flavour, you will find the Punch Punch clean smoking, with a light to medium flavour profile that includes tobacco notes, mixed in with some fruit, cream coffee and spice. Over the last five years the Punch Punch as been one of the consistently best of the marquee and one that many of us have returned to time and time again.

Punch Punch

Cigars for the evening

Here is my selection of Cuban Cigars that you could smoke after a meal, whilst relaxing with the sun setting down behind you. These Cigars are medium to full in flavour, yet still suit the mood and ambience of a warm summer's night.

Saint Luis Rey - Regios

  • Width: 4 7/8"
  • Ring Gauge: 48
  • Price: ~£12.00
  • Smoking Time: 50mins

The Saint Luis Rey Regios is quite a flexible Cigar. Medium to full in flavour, there's plenty of sweet and fruity flavours available that are not too overpowering.

If you're out for the night and yet to have a meal, with an hour to burn, then the Saint Luis Rey Regios might just be the Cigar for you.

Saint Luis Rey Regios

Montecristo No. 2

  • Width: 6 1/8"
  • Ring Gauge: 52
  • Price: ~£16.00
  • Smoking Time: 1hr 20mins

When I was debating on whether to add a Cuban Cigar legend to the list, I thought "why the Hell not". The No. 2 is the most celebrated of the Montecristo brand.

The Montecristo No. 2 can hold up to a lot of different beverages including Single Malts, Porter's and Stouts, and even Red Wine. So if you want to smoke something with a legacy behind it and will match up to the beverage that you are drinking, then this Cigar legend may be the one for you.

Montecristo No. 2

Romeo y Julieta - Churchill

  • Width: 7"
  • Ring Gauge: 47
  • Price: ~£19.00
  • Smoking Time: 1hr 30mins

Another legend in Cuban Cigars, the Romeo Y Julieta Churchill is a versatile, medium bodied smoke. Of course, this size was named after Winston Churchill and this one is extra special as it was one of his favourites, what can I say? The man had taste! So there's a little bit of an extra allure to smoking this Churchill!

The Romeo y Julieta Churchill is easily available in most good tobacconists, and is available also in a tube so will not be damaged if it is on your person on a night out.

Romeo y Julieta Churchill

Partagas - Lusitanias

  • Width: 7 5/8"
  • Ring Gauge: 49
  • Price: ~£20.00
  • Smoking Time: 1hr 30mins

If you're looking for a full flavoured, powerhouse smoke to round off a large meal, while gazing at the stars, then you can't go wrong with the Paragas Lusitanias.

The Lusitanias contains all the classic Partagas flavours of strong tobacco, earth, leather and spice. This is a definite after supper smoke, best paired with the finest Scotch, Rum or Brandy.

Partagas Lusitanias
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