While it might not be possible everyday or during the week, enjoying a cigar after lunch is a cherished practice. Furthermore, there are several occasions throughout the afternoon and up until dinner when someone might like to take the time for a quality cigar.

Therefore, this guide will outline the Top 10 Best Cigars For The Morning:

  1. Davidoff Escurio
  2. Ramon Allones Superiores LCDH
  3. Montecristo Línea Edmundo
  4. E.P. Carrillo Encore
  5. Nub Habano
  6. Romeo y Julieta Añejados
  7. Avo Syncro Nicaragua
  8. Nat Sherman Timeless
  9. Montecristo Artisan Series Batch II
  10. Partagas Serie D N°4

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What Are The Best Cigars For The Afternoon?

Before you discover the Top 10 Cigars For The Afternoon, please note that the blends are featured here in no particular order of preference. Each listed cigar has its own merits and unique characters as to why you should consider it.

Furthermore, feel free to leave a comment if you have any personal favourites that you feel that we left out!

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1. Davidoff Escurio

Davidoff Escurio Robusto Cigar
  • Filler: Mata Fina, Cubra, San Vicente, Piloto, Olor Dominicano
  • Binder: Cubra
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Preferred Vitola: 6.5 x 50 Robusto
  • Assembly: Tabadom [Dominican Rep.]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Mild – Medium
  • Smoking Time: 70 Minutes
  • Pricing: $17 / Single [Buy Now]
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Davidoff’s Escurio is refreshing combination of Dominican, Brazilian, and Ecuadorian tobaccos. Its filler consists of Visus primings of Cubra and Mata Fina as well as San Vicente, Piloto and Olor Dominicano Seco. Meanwhile, the binder is also Brazilian Cubra and the wrapper is an Ecudorian Habano leaf.

As Davidoff’s least intense Discovery Pillar offering, it’s an intricate option to enjoy as either a post-lunch digestif or even a pre-dinner apéritif. Beginning with a creamy first third, its intensity slowly mellows to develop a rich albeit balanced pepper and coffee finish.

A number of vitolas are available for this blends including a large Corona Gorda or an unusual Gran Perfecto. However, we’re quite fond of the Robusto that just hits the right spot during the mid-afternoon.

"A wonderfully balanced experience, the Escurio offers a creamy opening, which develops to reveal spicy gourmand notes."
Bespoke Unit Rating: ★★★★★

2. Ramon Allones Superiores LCDH

  • Filler: Cuban Puro
  • Binder: Cuban Puro
  • Wrapper: Cuban Puro
  • Preferred Vitola: 5.63 x 54 Corona Gorda
  • Assembly: Partagás [Havana Vieja, Cuba]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium
  • Smoking Time: 70 Minutes
  • Pricing: $14.70 / Single [Buy Now]
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We dare say that the Ramon Allones Superiores is one of our current favourite Cuban cigars. Out of the growing number that we have smoked, we have yet to discover any construction or flavour inconsistencies, which we can all admit is something of a rarity.

As a La Casa del Habano exclusive, the Superiores may be somewhat hard to come by. Yet this often overlooked blend deserves seeking out for its quintessentially Cuban musty terracotta characteristics. With complementary notes of pecan, grapefruit, bay leaf, and nutmeg, it’s an excellent choice following lunchtime.

3. Montecristo Línea Edmundo

Montecristo Double Edmundo
  • Filler: Vuelta Abajo
  • Binder: Vuelta Abajo
  • Wrapper: Vuelta Abajo
  • Preferred Vitola: 6.1 x 50 Double Edmundo
  • Assembly: Romeo y Julieta [Havana, Cuba]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium
  • Smoking Time: 80 Minutes
  • Pricing: $12.40 / Single
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First launched in 2004, Montecristo’s Edmunda line was a break from the usual Cuban tradition and lean cigars. Instead, they offered a mealy 50 ring gauge, which proved such a hit that the Double Edmundo was released in 2013.

Another gourmand yet harmonious blend, its warming aromas of oak, leather, and chocolate are ideal for the afternoon all the way until dinnertime. Although Habanos S.A. officially state that the Double Edmundo will only offer an hour of smoke time, we found it to be much more forgiving.

4. E.P. Carrillo Encore

EP Carrillo Encore Majestic
  • Filler: Estelí, Condega, Jalapa
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaragua
  • Preferred Vitola: 5 3/8 x 52 Majestic
  • Assembly: Tabacalera La Alianza [DR]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium
  • Smoking Time: 60 Minutes
  • Pricing: $11.60 / Single
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Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s critically-acclaimed blend witnessed considerable media attention in 2018 when it was awarded Cigar Of The Year by Cigar Aficionado. A Dominican-assembled Nicaragua puro, it’s an aptly-named return following Perez-Carrillo’s 2014 La Historia.

Despite the presence of Nicaragua most mineral-rich tobaccos, the Encore is never overbearing. Instead, it retains a delicate harmony while offering notes of candied citrus fruits and salted caramel. We’re particularly fond of the Majestic vitola, which is the perfect shape and size for a pre-dinner apéritif.

5. Nub Habano

Nub Habano Cigar Opening Notes
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Preferred Vitola: 4 x 60 Gordito
  • Assembly: Oliva [Estelí, Nicaragua]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium
  • Smoking Time: 60 Minutes
  • Pricing: $8 / Single
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Following the success of the Connecticut, a staple of Bespoke Unit’s daily rotation, the Habano promised further complexity than its first release. Indeed, its flavour profile includes aromas of salted caramel, cinnamon, fig tree as well as a mineral clay finish.

Similarly, the Habanos can be picked up cheap when purchasing strategically online. A number of retailers will often heavily discount samplers and boxes so you can pick them up for well under $5 a stick!

6. Romeo y Julieta Añejados

Romeo y Julieta Añejados, ST Dupont Case, Hooked, Xikar MTX
  • Filler: Cuban Puro
  • Binder: Cuban Puro
  • Wrapper: Cuban Puro
  • Preferred Vitola: 6 x 52 Pirámides
  • Assembly: La Corona [Havana]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium
  • Smoking Time: 90 Minutes
  • Pricing: £33 / Single
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While the practice is nothing new in itself, the Habanos SA Añejados project is an interesting concept to say the least. First launched for Padrón, there have since been Montecristo and Romeo y Julieta versions where the cigars are aged in their cigar boxes for between 5 to 8 years before being released.

The flavour profile is much mellower as a result, which curbs any full or heavy aromas by offering a smooth complexity. Consequently, they’re very easy to smoke and provide notable flavours of liquorice, star anise, beech, and oak.

7. Avo Syncro Nicaragua

Avo Nicaragua Ash Burn
  • Filler: Piloto, San Vicente Mejorado, Hybrid Olor/Piloto, Ometepe, Olancho
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
  • Assembly: OK Cigar Corp [Dominican Rep.]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium
  • Smoking Time: 80 Minutes
  • Pricing: $11 / Single [Buy Now]
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Featuring no less than seven different varieties of tobacco, the Avo Nicaragua is a wonderfully smooth medium-bodied cigar. With the added Nicaraguan Ometepe and Peruvian Olancho, its complexity is somewhat reminiscent of the Escurio listed above.

We’re especially fond of the box-pressed edition, which can be difficult to find at times. However, it’s well-worth persevering as it creates a much cooler smoke, which is ideal for a contemplative moment during the mid-afternoon.

8. Nat Sherman Timeless

Nat Sherman Timeless CIgar
  • Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Honduran Criollo
  • Preferred Vitola: Hermoso 5 ¼ x 54 Robusto
  • Assembly: MATASA [Dominican Rep.]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium-Full
  • Smoking Time: 70 Minutes
  • Pricing: $8.30 / Single
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Made in partnership with the Quesada Family, the Timeless is one of Nat Sherman’s most iconic blends since Michael Herklots took the helm. As a rich experience, it may be a little too full-bodied for some palates in the afternoon. Nevertheless, it is perfectly balanced for the more adventurous.

As a compromise, would recommend the Hermoso vitola for the afternoon. Thanks to its wider ring gauge, its gourmand notes are much mellower and take time to fully develop.

9. Montecristo Artisan Series Batch II

Montecristo Artisan Series Batch II
  • Filler: Piloto Cubano, Olor, Tairona
  • Binder: Indonesian Java
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
  • Preferred Vitola: 6 x 54 Toro
  • Assembly: Tabacalera de García [DR]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium
  • Smoking Time: 70 Minutes
  • Pricing: $18 / Single
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Featuring Dominican Piloto Cubano Ligero and Olor Seco, its filler also contains some Colombian Tairona, which is an original choice. Meanwhile, the binder is an Indonesian Java with Ecuadorian Habano used for the for the binder.

Consequently, this is a somewhat spicy yet particularly creamy smoking experience, which carefully walks the line between medium and full-bodied. Finally, don’t let the steep MSRP scare you away. Careful buyers can pick these up for a third of the price from the right online retailers.

10. Partagas Serie D N°4

Partagas Serie D N°4
  • Filler: Cuban Puro
  • Binder: Cuban Puro
  • Wrapper: Cuban Puro
  • Preferred Vitola: 4.88 x 50 Robusto
  • Assembly: Partagás [Havana, Cuba]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium
  • Smoking Time: 45 Minutes
  • Pricing: $11.50 / Single
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A celebrated Cuban blend affectionately referred to as the “D4”, this iconic blend is considered to be the quintessential Robusto by many enthusiasts. The D4 is an exceedingly balanced blend that’s easy to smoke for both beginners and veterans alike.

Indeed, we expect that the Partagás Serie D N°4 has a dedicated spot in every Cuban cigar lover’s humidor – and for good reason. Furthermore, they’re great to smoke immediately but age wonderfully and are worth reserving for months in advance.

What Makes A Cigar Ideal For The Afternoon?

Gurkha Official Release Cask Blend CigarAs you may have noticed in the menu above, we have a number of cigar guides for different times of day such as the morning or evening. While the morning is quite easily defined, the afternoon and evening may overlap.

Just so that this guide is perfectly clear, the afternoon starts at noon but there’s no precise definition for when it ends. Arguably, it would be just before the sun begins to set but for the purpose of this guide, we’ll define it at around 6pm.

Traditionally, this would be dinner time for most cultures despite certain exceptions in continental Europe and elsewhere.

Whether it’s as post-lunch digestif or a pre-dinner apéritif, there are lots of ways to enjoy a cigar during the afternoon. Of course, it may be neither of the two aforementioned examples and just you seizing the opportunity for a mid-afternoon break.

Opt For Medium-Bodied Cigars

La Gloria Paraiso Exclusivo Caribe CigarThe olfactory nerves become desensitised as they’re exposed to stimuli throughout the day. As a result, your choice of cigar intensity may increase from the morning until later at night.

Therefore, if the morning’s best suited for mild cigars and the evening may call for fuller-bodied ones, then it’s safe to assume that the afternoon is the medium-bodied cigar’s playground.

That said, this isn’t a rule or a dogmatic tradition. On the contrary, it’s a matter of personal preference. Nevertheless, this rule of thumb tends to reflect most people’s tastes.

For instance, a particularly heavy-bodied and intense Ligero blend may be far too overwhelming earlier in the day. Meanwhile, a creamy Olor Dominicano blend with a Volado Connecticut-shade wrapper may not be quite as satisfying in the evening.

While the wrapper’s colour may be an indicator of a cigar’s character, it isn’t always the most reliable. Despite today’s tendency to use wrappers that reflect market expectations, its shade may not tell you as much as you think.Tobacco Leaf Primings For making Cigars

In fact, the best way to ascertain whether a cigar is medium-bodied is by the varieties of tobacco used to make the blend and their primings. They’ll often feature relatively even proportions of a spectrum of varieties as well as both later and early primings.

However, if you can’t find this out, smelling the cigar can actually be much more reliable that inspecting it visually. Here, you’ll have a better chance of using the aromas to gauge the cigar’s body and its character than just by looking at it.

Afternoon Cigar Pairings

Romeo y Julieta Añejados With RumUnlike the morning, convention is much more liberal when it comes to pairing an afternoon cigar with an alcoholic beverage. Consequently, you’ll have a little more freedom when selecting an ideal libation.

That said, coffee is still an excellent pairing options, especially if the cigar is to be enjoyed as a post-lunch digestif! A double espresso pick-me-up accords wonderfully with the majority of recommendations listed above. Likewise, consider opting for balanced coffee blends if you can.

Alternatively, relaxing a mid-afternoon cigar may call for a refreshing drink rather than liquor. Some cigar sommeliers argue against cold drinks with whisky as the lower temperature can undermine a cigar’s aromas. Nevertheless, we believe it’s absolutely fine if you’re enjoying the moment.

Similarly, purists may suggest sparkling water first, which is indeed one of the most respected pairings for a cigar. That said, we’re very fond of a craft root beer or Coca-Cola with a cigar as long as the flavours marry well. Even certain beers such as Stout or English Ale pair wonderfully with a medium-bodied cigar.

Finally, if the hour is waning, you may prefer to experiment with some more creative accords. There are a whole host to choose from but we have something of a guilty pleasure for an anise Pastis or even a fresh rosé wine if the weather permits.

How Did We Rank These Cigars?

Davidoff Winston Churchill Travel Humidor, Boveda Pack & CigarsTo ensure that our reader are supplied with a trustworthy and sincere list, only cigars that we have reviewed or at least tried ourselves have been listed here. As you may have noticed in their accompanying photos, these were all taken ourselves to document the process.

This is because we want to ensure that you can rely on our recommendations and make a leap of faith. Given that cigars are an investment in both time and money, we don’t want you to feel disappointed by our suggestions!

Furthermore, each reviewed cigar was recorded using the Bespoke Unit Cigar Formula. This is our proprietary review matrix that enables us to provide accurate and quantified assessments of the experience that they provide.

Founder, Paul Anthony, and Editor-in-Chief, Charles-Philippe, had been developing this concept since 2017 following the success of the Bespoke Unit Fragrance Formula.

After consulting with leading cigar industry professionals, it was finally rolled out in August 2019. Our review of the Avo Nicaragua was the first to feature it in the review itself if you wish to see it in action.

Even before the Cigar Formula was released, it served as a baseline for all reviews and has been implemented for this guide. As a result, we can guarantee that the cigars featured here aren’t arbitrary but are featured using quantifiable research.

What Next?

Firstly, did you find a personal favourite absent in this list? Let us know in the comments below! Otherwise, now that you’ve seen the best cigars for the afternoon, why don’t you also check out our related guides below?

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