Despite being the shortest period of the day, especially compared to the afternoon before it, the evening is far from the least important. In fact, it is actually one of the most popular windows for enjoying cigars!

Whether it’s just before or after dinner, alone at home, or even out with friends, this guide will provide you with our ultimate list of the Best Cigars For The Morning:

  1. Davidoff Nicaragua
  2. JC Newman The American
  3. Cohiba Maduro
  4. Montecristo AJ Fernandez
  5. Fuente Fuente OpusX
  6. Montecristo Línea 1935
  7. Nub Sumatra
  8. Ashton VSG
  9. San Cristobal Ovation
  10. Cain Straight Ligero Habano

You can use the links above to jump ahead. We also have a menu below that will show what else is in this guide as well as some others.

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What Are The Best Cigars For The Evening?

Before you discover the Top 10 Cigars For The Evening, note that the featured cigars are listed in no particular order of preference. In fact, every cigar listed here has its own unique merits as to why it would be a perfect evening companion.

Additionally, don’t hesitate to leave a comment if any personal favourites feel strangely absent here!

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1. Davidoff Nicaragua

Davidoff Nicaragua Box Press Cigar
  • Filler: Estelí, Ometepe, Condega
  • Binder: Habano Jalapa
  • Wrapper: Habano Jalapa
  • Preferred Vitola: 6.5 x 50 Diadema
  • Assembly: Tabadom [Dominican Rep.]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Mild – Medium
  • Smoking Time: 110 Minutes
  • Pricing: $21 / Single [Buy Now]
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A Nicaraguan puro made by Davidoff, this Discovery Pillar blend’s filler features Estelí Ligero and Visus primings as well as Ometepe Visus and Condega Ligero. Meanwhile both the binder and the wrapper consist of Habano Jalapa tobacco.

As a result of these tobaccos from mineral-rich regions, the Nicaragua offers an overall gourmand palate that is full-bodied yet balanced. Therefore, it’s ideal as a digestif with either a coffee or your liquor of choice.

Available in a variety of vitolas, our favourite is the Diademas that offers mellower flavours, which Davidoff hasn’t used since 2006. However, the robusto box-pressed is an excellent compromise if short for time after dinner.

"This Davidoff is a lavish puro, which offers some an iconic Nicaraguan experience with its characteristic gourmand notes of spice."
Bespoke Unit Rating: ★★★★★

2. JC Newman The American

JC Newman The American & Omega Seamaster
  • Filler: Havana Seed, Mennonite
  • Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
  • Wrapper: Florida Sun Grown
  • Preferred Vitola: 6⅛ x 52 Torpedo
  • Assembly: El Reloj [Tampa, Florida]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium – Full
  • Smoking Time: 70 Minutes
  • Pricing: $16 / Single
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A testament to the USA’s flourishing cigar culture, The American is blended from a Connecticut Havana Seed and Pennsylvanian Mennonite filler. Meanwhile, the binder is Connecticut broadleaf while the wrapper is the first to ever feature the Florida Sun Grown.

This unique cigar offers a medium to full-bodied experience with rich, gourmand notes of molasses and chocolate as well as notes of various wood and leather. Perfect with a well-aged bourbon, it’s a great way to either kick-start your evening or unwind after a long day.

3. Cohiba Maduro 5

Cohiba Maduro Cigar With Petite Fine Champagne Cognac
  • Filler: Cuba Puro
  • Binder: Cuban Puro
  • Wrapper: Cuban Maduro
  • Preferred Vitola: 4⅓ x 40 Petit Corona
  • Assembly: Partagás [Havana Vieja, Cuba]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium – Full
  • Smoking Time: 50 Minutes
  • Pricing: $12.60 / Single [Buy Now]
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Released way back in 2007, Cohiba’s Maduro 5 range has become so iconic that it is among the most faked blends in circulation. Therefore, be wary when making your purchases! As noted above, we’re particularly fond of the diminutive Secretos Petit Corona, which is as rich as the larger vitolas.

The Cohiba 5 offers an experience that’s as rich as it is lively with a full-bodied yet harnessed flavour. It features a 5-year aged ligero (or corona as the Cubans call it) wrapper that was cultivated in a late harvest so the leaves were riper than usual.

4. Montecristo AJ Fernandez

AJ Fernandez Montecristo Cigar
  • Filler: Nicaragua, USA, Honduras
  • Binder: Mexican San Andrés
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Preferred Vitola: 6 x 58 Gordo
  • Assembly: AJ Cigars [Estelí, Nicaragua]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium – Full
  • Smoking Time: 80 Minutes
  • Pricing: $13.15 / Single
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We’ve smoked numerous Montes by AJ Fernandez over the years and we are yet to become tired or disappointed with the experience. Blended by the renowned Abdel J. Fernandez, you know that it’ll be a unique take on a celebrated classic.

Deep gourmand aromas lace the Monte’s oak foundation with notes of salted caramel, dark chocolate, and espresso coffee. However, the blend is extraordinarily balanced, which makes it an ideal evening option even for the most inexperienced cigar smokers.

5. Fuente Fuente OpusX

Arturo Fuente Opus X
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Dominican Republic
  • Preferred Vitola: 5¼ x 50 Robusto
  • Assembly: Château de la Fuente [DR]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium – Full
  • Smoking Time: 60 Minutes
  • Pricing: $22.38 / Single
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Since its release in 1995, the OpusX has been Fuente’s iconic flagship range. Until relatively recently, it was very difficult to purchase. However, with increased production, it is much easier to find. Nevertheless, there are a number of exclusive special editions that are notoriously hard to locate.

Nothing quite beats the original, though. An earthy blend with an oily wrapper, it boasts lavish aromas of exotic spices, wood, and salted caramel with hints of rich cognac.

6. Montecristo Línea 1935

Montecristo Linea 1935 Dumas In Old French Town
  • Filler: Vuelta Abajo [Cuba]
  • Binder: Vuelta Abajo [Cuba]
  • Wrapper: Vuelta Abajo [Cuba]
  • Preferred Vitola: Maltés 6 x 53 Toro
  • Assembly: Romeo y Julieta [Cuba]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium – Full
  • Smoking Time: 90 Minutes
  • Pricing: $23 / Single [Buy Now]
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When released in 2017, Montecristo boasted that this was their fullest-bodied cigar yet. While it may not quite be as full-bodied as most of its New World peers, it’s still an opulent and succulent experience.

We prefer the Maltés Toro vitola over either the Dumas or Leyenda, which offers notes of grapefruit, bay leaf, smoked beech, and lapsang souchong tea. Indeed, an excellent choice for the early to mid-evening.

7. Nub Sumatra

Nub Sumatra Second Third
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
  • Preferred Vitola: 4 x 60 Gordito
  • Assembly: Oliva Cigars [Estelí]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium
  • Smoking Time: 50 Minutes
  • Pricing: $8 / Single
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Interestingly, this elusive 2016 Nub release features the same Sumatra wrapper as the Oliva Serie V Melanio. However, it’s much more affordable and comes in the classic Nub Gordito vitola.

Despite the Connecticut being our cult favourite, we recognise the Sumatra as the most elegant and refined Nub thus far. Its savoury flavour profile starts with notes of leather and nutmeg before leading to a molasses and honey finish.

8. Ashton VSG

Ashton VSG Cigar
  • Filler: Dominican Republic
  • Binder: Dominican Republic
  • Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sungrown
  • Preferred Vitola: 7.5 x 54 D. Corona
  • Assembly: Château de la Fuente [DR]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Full
  • Smoking Time: 90 Minutes
  • Pricing: $14 / Single
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Produced by Fuente Cigars, the Ashton VSG is another highly sought-after blend. Its initials stand for “Virgin Sun Grown” and refers to its dark, matured Sumatra wrapper, which is grown at a high altitude.

The filler consists of Dominican Ligero from the Fuente estate, which produces a bold and hearty flavour profile. If you’re looking for a long cigar to take you from the evening and into the night, we highly recommend the Spellbound Double Corona.

9. San Cristobal Ovation

San Cristobal Ovation Cigar
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: San Andrés Oscuro
  • Preferred Vitola: 6.5 x 52 Torpedo
  • Assembly: TACUBA [Estelí, Nicaragua]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium
  • Smoking Time: 70 Minutes
  • Pricing: $14 / Single
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The Ovation is a small-batch line from Asthon’s San Cristobal brand that’s produced by José “Pepin” Garcia at his Tabacalera Cubana factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. It features a remarkably dark and oily San Andrés Oscuro wrapper, which has experienced two and half years of double-fermentation.

Rich in gourmand notes of cocoa, grilled wood, leather, its body crescendos throughout the second third to reveal a black pepper and earthy finish. Its potent complexity may not be to everyone’s taste but it’s one worth considering for the late evening.

10. Cain Straight Ligero Habano

Cain Habano Ligero Cigar & Diplomatico Rum
  • Filler: Estelí, Condega, Jalapa
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Preferred Vitola: 6 x 60 Gordo
  • Assembly: Oliva Cigars [Estelí, Nicaragua]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Full
  • Smoking Time: 80 Minutes
  • Pricing: $8 / Single
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The Cain series is a project developed by Oliva Cigar’s creative department, Studio Tobac. Touting the girth of its Nub cigars and the length of a Toro, these Gordos are a force to be reckoned with.

However, it doesn’t stop there. The Cain also boasts a 100% straight Ligero blend with 25% Estelí, 27% Condega, and 30% Jalapa tobacco in the filler. As a result, their cigars are beefy with full, intense flavours.

We have a preference for the Habano, which is considerably more complex than the other offerings from the series. In the 1st third, you can expect some cocoa and labdanum, which transitions to leather and Catechu in the second before a long leather and charred oak finish.

What Is A Good Evening Cigar?

First of all, the definition of when the evening starts and finishes can be at somewhat vague at times. As it’s sandwiched between the afternoon and nighttime, its actual times can vary from country to country.

Usually, the evening begins just before the sun begins to set, which coincides with dinnertime for most cultures. It then ends shortly after a brief twilight period before night fully descends.

For the purposes of this guide, we’ve defined the evening from 6pm up until 10pm. While this may seem quite late, the night tends to still be quite young at this time for a cigar smoker!

Furthermore, our definition of nighttime is already the longest period, which stretches from 10pm all the way until 5am. After all, we cigar smokers tend to be night owls if Winston Churchill is anything of a reference.

There are a number of situations where you may find yourself enjoying a cigar in the evening. Firstly, it may be following dinner as a digestif before turning in. Alternatively, you may be spending an evening out with friends at a dinner or social gathering.

Traditionally, cigars are smoked much later after the dinner but this may fall into the evening in some cases.

Medium To Full-Bodied Cigars In The Evening

Montecristo Linea 1935 Maltés & BoxAs we have detailed in our other guides, people tend to opt for milder cigars in the morning and increase the intensity throughout the day. Indeed, there is logical and even some science to this approach.

When we wake, our senses and olfactory nerves are at their most sensitive. As you progress through the day, they’ve been subjected to various stimuli that dulls their perception. As a result, we tend to prefer stronger flavours towards the evening, which is also reflected in our drinking and eating habits.

In our guide to afternoon cigars, we mostly recommend a medium-bodied experience. However, once the sun begins to set, we would suggest reaching for something stronger.

While you could indeed choose the fullest bodied available, we still believe that a compromise between the two is best at this time. This is especially the case if you’re planning on having more throughout the night.

However, if it’s your last cigar, by all means choose something intense. You can even jump to our guide to the best cigars at night for some inspiration if you need it.

What Are Medium To Full-Bodied Cigars?

Defining the “medium to full” category is somewhat difficult as it is both a grey and subjective area. In fact, each classification is far from standardised and is fully dependent on the smoker and their frames of reference.

As a general rule, though, you can describe a medium to full-bodied cigar as something that is just teetering on the edge of fullness but is still restrained in character.

There are several ways a cigar will be relatively full in body. Firstly, the varieties of tobacco used in the blend have their own natural properties and flavours. For instance, Mexican San Andrés and Dominican Piloto are both quite rich varieties.

Yet, their opulence are subject to the fermentation process and the primings used for the blend. However, not all tobacco will increase in intensity with age and in some cases they instead mellow out by developing complexity. Therefore, it’s up to the blender to select the right ones to achieve the desired effect.

Tobacco Leaf Primings For making Cigars

Meanwhile, a priming is the leaf’s position on a plant when it is cultivated. This is undertaken in stages from bottom to the top, which takes several weeks. The first leaves at the bottom are thin and aromatic. By the time you reach the top, they become thick and heavy in oils.

As you may guess, the latter tends to be the strongest in both nicotine and intensity. Nevertheless, it doesn’t always have much flavour, which is why it will be blended with other varieties to produce some complexity.

Evening Cigar Pairings

Davidoff Nicaragua & Scotch WhiskiesThe evening is an exciting time to choose what to pair with your cigar. Normally, the day is over and the chores are done. Therefore, you can reach into the spirits cabinet and kick back with a favourite libation and a cigar.

That said, you may not always choose the same thing as later in the night unless it’s your last cigar and you’ll be heading to bed afterwards. After all, some of us are early risers as opposed to night owls.

Given that an evening cigar usually follows dinner, this will be the opportunity to select a digestif unless you are still finishing a glass (or bottle) of wine. Pairing wine with cigars is a challenging task but it is often overlooked too.

Indeed, it’s a little more complicated as the contrast of flavours can be nuanced and delicate. However, the result can be remarkably satisfying.

Alternatively, there are plethora of options available such as rum and whisky or even port and cognac. Each one has its benefits and can produce a harmonious accord by marrying with the cigar’s aromas.

Of course, there’s no hard and fast rule on what spirit to choose. Our best advice is to start with the one with the fewest options. In other words, if you have a large whisky collection but only a few cigars, begin with the cigar and then choose a whisky to accord it and vice versa.

You can then use this to find the most suitable pairing available. Continuing with the same example, you can smell the cigar’s foot and imagine its flavours. From this point on, you can compare the whiskies and their aromas to easily select the best match.

How Did We Rank These Cigars?

Charles-Philippe & Paul Anthony At RestaurantSince 2017, the Bespoke Unit team had been developing the Bespoke Unit Cigar Formula, a unique concept that we were proud to launch. After years of research and discussions with cigar industry leaders, it was first live with our review of the Avo Nicaragua in August 2019.

This formula is essentially a review matrix, which allows us to conduct our cigar reviews with a relatively scientific approach. Our scores are quantifiable and clearly explained rather than just producing arbitrary numbers.

Although it was published in 2019, we run all the cigars we test through the Cigar Formula in order to quickly assess and record it. This then serves as a basis for our guides and lists as well as the cigars we want to formally review in the future.

What Next?

Firstly, did we miss anything out? Feel free to let us know your favourites in the comments below! Otherwise, now that you’ve seen the best cigars for the evening, why don’t you also check out our related guides below?

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