Best Nighttime Cigars: Top 10 Cigars To Smoke At Night
Best Nighttime Cigars: Top 10 Cigars To Smoke At NightCharles-Philippe2022-01-09T14:53:25-05:00
The night is one of the most popular times of day to enjoy a cigar. Indeed, it often evokes imagery of a darkly-lit room under a haze of smoke. For most cigar smokers, it’s usually the only time when they can enjoy one free of any chores or responsibility. In some cases, it’s a social occasion after a hearty meal.
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What Are The Best Cigars To Smoke At Night?
Before you discover the Top 10 Cigars For The Night, please note blends featured here are not listed in any particular order of preference. We believe that every cigar has its own unique characteristics that are worth considering for your nighttime smoke.
Similarly, please leave us a comment if there are any cigars that are absent here and you believe that they deserve a place!
An aptly named 2017 addition to the Winston Churchill line, we made every effort to not let its cunning marketing influence our evaluation. However, this full-bodied and complex blend speaks for itself.
Firstly, the filler consists of Dominican San Vicente “Mejorado” Visus, Piloto Seco, Olor Visus as well as Nicaraguan Estelí Visus and Condega Visus. Additionally, the Condega has been aged in single malt whisky casks, which provides a rich caramelised depth to the cigar’s overall character.
Meanwhile, its flavoursome filler is held together by a bold Mexican San Andrés, which is itself concealed beneath a mature Oscuro Habano wrapper that glistens with a oily sheen.
"Davidoff's well-named The Late Hour is a masterfully blended cigar, offering a rich and lavish experience that is perfect for once the sun has gone down."
Although we were reluctant to include two cigars in a row from the same brand, we just couldn’t resist featuring the Yamasá. We first tried the Yamasá when shooting our Davidoff documentary in the Dominican Republic and had the pleasure of Henke and Klaas Kelner explain us its story in person.
Over the course of 20 years, the Kelner family developed a farm to grow tobacco in the unique soil of the Dominican Republic’s Yamasá municipality. However, it was well outside the typical tobacco region at a much lower altitude. In fact, it was also close to swampland due to the nearby Rio Ozama.
However, they persevered in order to create a remarkably rich and earthy tobacco. The resulting blend is composed of a Dominican Piloto Visus, San Vicente Seco and Visus as well as Nicaraguan Condega and Estelí.
Meanwhile, the binder is a San Vicente leaf from Yamasá as well as a Yamasá wrapper. The result is extraordinary with an earthy tableau of uniquely spicy and citrus notes, which crescendos into a leather and rich espresso bean accord.
The Coyolar is a Honduran puro made solely from Criollo sourced from a single 15-acre farm near Danlí that was re-released in 2018. Its dark Criollo wrapper glimmers with its rich sheen of oil and a distinctive aroma of grape must.
Meanwhile, its flavours offer notes of crème brûlée, walnut, and agarwood in the first third, which then transitions to a thick leather finish. Although we initially reviewed the Perfecto, which is still a highly-rated smoke, we do actually prefer the “Super” Toro.
Affectionately known as the “Nub Dub”, the Nub Double Maduro is a cult favourite for some. It earns its name by featuring a two layers of Brazilian Maduro wrapper.
A deep blend with a full yet smooth bouquet, it provides you with a gourmand experiences with notes that range from bitter espresso to charred oak. Throughout the smoke, the flavour is dominated by a rich liquorice root and dark chocolate accord.
We were enamoured when we first sampled Rocky Patel’s Vintage 1990, which is the mildest cigar featured on this list. A beautiful box-pressed blend, its 12-year old Honduran Maduro broadleaf wrapper captures the light with a glistening shimmer.
The resulting experience is a caramelised flavour profile with hints of nut, coffee, and cocoa before revealing a sweet finish of spice and red pepper.
They say imitation is the highest form of compliment. Presumably this is the case as the Cohiba Maduro 5 is one of the most faked cigars on the market today! Indeed, the Maduro 5 is a rich and lively blend that’s perfect for a contemplative nighttime smoking experience.
Its wrapper is a Ligero (or “Corona” in Cuba’s vernacular) that has been aged 5 years after being harvested later than usual to ensure the leaf was fully ripened. Despite its full-bodied composition, the Maduro 5 is remarkably well-balanced and offers deep gourmand flavours all the way down to the nub.
Another cigar that has reached cult status acclaim, Man o’ War is AJ Fernadnez’s celebrated project for crafting premium cigars. When composing Armada, he sought out a bold Eduadorian Sumatra for the wrapper that produces its iconic broadside of flavour.
If you’re looking for an opulent blend of succulent earthy flavours, the Armada may well be the blend for you. Rich in gourmand notes, its bouquet consists of coffee, peppers, and nutmeg softened by a vanilla finish.
A joint launch between Studio Tobac’s Nub and Cain series by Oliva Cigars, the Maduro is the follow-up from the original Cain-F. On this occasion, the filler consists of 25% Estelí Ligero, 27% Condega Ligero, and 30% Jalapa Ligero.
Overall, we find the Maduro somewhat more complex with flavours that are more vivid than its predecessor, which is ideal for nighttime smoking.
As a particularly intense cigar, we have a slight preference for the Nub Gordito. However, if you have time and you’re feeling brave, the Cain Gordo is a great drawn-out smoking experience. Nevertheless, it’s best enjoyed slowly as it is a very full-bodied experience!
Perdomo’s Champagne Noir is a Nicaraguan puro that showcases a Cuban-seed Maduro wrapper that is triple-fermented over 14 months. Following that, it’s then aged for an additional 6 months in oak bourbon barrels.
The result is a sweetened flavour profile that envelops the palate with savoury notes of chocolate and coffee bean. Rich in flavour yet with a surprisingly mild body, this is a unique blend that should satisfy novice cigar smokers while satiating veteran enthusiasts too.
You should never judge a book by its cover, which is definitely the case here. Behind the shiny wrapper that is reminiscent of a Pokémon card hides rare gem of a different kind.
Comprised solely of aged tobacco, filler consists of 8-year old Dominican Habano, which is held by an 8 year-old Cameroon binder under a surprisingly dark 10-year old Connecticut broafleaf.
The result is a full-bodied experience that is rich in espresso, cocoa and other gourmand notes. A hint of sweet spice glimmers during the second third as well as some roasted peanut that creates a touch of astringency.
Although the night is usually defined by the period when the sun is set, the can vary somewhat depending on where you are in the world. However, this guide to the best cigars to smoke at night is part of a series that includes other times of day.
Therefore, we’ve sought to define to avoid any confusion since they may overlap in some circumstances. For instance, the evening is usually a particularly brief period that occurs when the sun is setting.
Taking into account typical dinner times and social events that occur during this time, we decided that the evening consists of the period between 6pm and 10pm.
Meanwhile, the morning is another time of day that’s treasured among certain smokers. Given that there are some early risers who cherish their cigar ritual before the sun rises, we’ve consider that it starts at around 5am
As a result, this guide caters to the period between 10pm and 5am. If you’re more interested in any of the other times stated, we suggest that you check out the related guides linked above.
Furthermore, we realise that this 7-hour window is particularly large. However, many cigar smokers are veritable night owls that will enjoy their sticks until dawn. Similarly, many social gatherings may end with cigars after a late dinner, which can sometimes last until the wee small hours of the morning.
Therefore, this guide seeks to cover this window and help both enthusiasts and novices alike in finding the right blends for the occasion.
Bold & Full-Bodied Cigars At Night
Nighttime is a period that’s usually associated with bold and heavy cigars by most enthusiasts. Although you may ask yourselves why, there is actually some science and logic to it!
Firstly, our palates and olfactive nerves have their own daily cycle, which is at its most sensitive in the morning. As you progress through the day, it becomes essentially dulled by all the stimuli that you accumulate.
In fact, this is often why dinner will consist of stronger food than lunch or why you’ll drink a whisky in the evening but prefer beer during the day.
Furthermore, an after-dark cigar is often a nightcap and will usually follow a meal and may be accompanied by some heavy liquor. Therefore, the choice is cigar is often dictated by the context. Conversely, beginner or occasional cigar smokers may actually something milder.
Typically, a full-bodied cigar is comprised of more potent varieties of tobacco that have been matured for longer-than-average periods of time. Similarly, later primings may be used of milder tobacco varieties to create more rounded flavours.
Full-Bodied & Mature Tobacco Varieties
There are many full-bodied tobacco varieties such as Dominican Piloto, Nicaraguan Condega, and Estelí. These vary between each country and tend to be imported according to the blender’s needs as they each have their own distinctive flavours.
As far as primings are concerned, you may have heard about Ligero, which is very strong. This is indeed true as it is the last row of leaves that are harvested from the plant. Due to their increased sun exposure and surplus of nutrients when the other leaves of removed, they tend to be thick and rich in nicotine.
Despite some exceptions that you may see above, these are rarely blended alone. Many brands will normally use a combination of Ligero with milder primings to create a harmonious blend. When Ligero is used alone, it tends to be strong but not as flavoursome with unreliable combustion.
Finally, while tobacco does benefit from a long fermentation and ageing process, this won’t necessarily make it stronger. Instead, it is more likely to become complex and mellow in flavour. Indeed, maturation can often provide rich flavours without overly changing the resulting intensity.
Similarly, darker tobacco doesn’t always equate to strength either. In fact, this is a general misconception that has led to the cigar industry intentionally crafting full-bodied cigars with consequently dark Maduro wrappers.
Nighttime Cigar Pairings
Whether it’s a nightcap before bed or the height of a social gathering, you’ll likely be pairing your cigar with a libation. Arguably, choosing a beverage with a cigar at night is much easier than any other time of day.
This is largely because alcoholic spirits aren’t quite as socially acceptable in the morning or early afternoon! Typically, we tend to reach for the harder stuff at night for similar reasons as we mentioned earlier.
Lots of options are available such as Scotch whisky, bourbon, rum, cognac, or even brandy. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can seek out interesting pairings with wine. However, this can sometimes be challenging.
When selecting your pairing, we suggest basing it around whatever there is in smaller variety. For instance, if you have only a few drinking options but a wide selection of cigars, start by choosing your drink. Conversely, limited cigar options will dictate the choice in beverage if lots of choices are available.
We work by scent rather than sight when choosing a pairing, which consists of smelling your first half of the pairing. If possible, we then smell the others in order to find an accord that contrasts or complements the first.
For instance, if you already have a cigar, smell its foot. Once you have a clear idea of its aromas, proceed to open a few bottles and smell each one to help you make your choice.
As we were tired of the seemingly arbitrary scores used by many publications, we sought to create a quantifiable formula that allowed us to accurately assess a cigar. Throughout its development, we trialled the formula and consulting with industry professionals.
We have since gone back and used it on all the cigars that we have reviewed. While they may not be live on these articles, we have kept a record of the scores. As a result, we’re able to put together these guides with conviction.
Firstly, did we miss anything out? Feel free to let us know in the comments below! Otherwise, now that you’ve seen the best cigars for the morning, why don’t you also check out our related guides below?