Whether they’re hand-rolled or manufactured, from the Dominican Republic or Nicaragua, cigars are a classic and timeless gift for your best mates. Enjoy them together over whiskey or a couple of brews at your bachelor party, or send your groomsmen home with a gift box that they can enjoy after the celebration is over.
Like flasks or cufflinks, cigars are a commonly beloved gift at weddings and other big life celebrations—and for good reason! They remind us of previous generations marking momentous occasions, and they usually come with interesting backstories, given that the best cigars are sourced from all around the world.
Across a range of prices, flavors, and burn time, we’ve compiled a list of the best cigars to show your groomsmen how much you appreciate their company.
Romeo y Julieta Vintage
It doesn’t get more classic than the vintage blend from this iconic cigar manufacturer. Originally a Cuban company, Romeo y Julieta moved to the Dominican Republic after the Cuban trade embargo and has a reputation for making some of the finest cigars in the world. The Vintage cigar features Dominican tobacco, a Mexican binder, and is wrapped in a smooth Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade, resulting in a natural sweetness with notes of cedar and pepper. It’s hard to find a cigar smoker who won’t enjoy this mellow, easy-to-smoke blend.
If your groomsmen are well-versed in cigar knowledge and would appreciate a stronger smoke from a legacy brand, the Bolivar Cofradia is for you. Made by the legendary Estelo Padron, Bolivars are a fine Honduran cigar filled with tobacco from both Honduras and Nicaragua. Finished with a Connecticut binder and a Connecticut Broadleaf/Ecuador Sumatra leaf wrapper, the notes are of earth and spice and make for a bold, full-bodied smoke.
Rocky Patel The Edge
Another full-bodied cigar, Rocky Patel’s The Edge is not here to mess around. With tobacco from Honduras and Nicaragua dressed in a Cuban-seed Corojo wrapper, The Edge boasts flavors of dark coffee and roasted nuts with a slow burn to be savored gradually. Rocky Patels are produced in small batches, so if you want your groomsmen to feel extra special, this blend is a great way to do it.
Arturo Fuente Double Chateau
The family-owned Fuente farm is a major name in cigars, sure to be appreciated by anyone who knows their way around cigar history. The Double Chateau boasts not just the Fuente name but a smooth, silky taste that will impress even those who know nothing about the cigar world. The Dominican tobacco is wrapped in a Connecticut shade wrapper, the cedar sleeve makes this cigar beautiful balanced in its mellow nutty and wood-forward notes.
From the gold-framed label to the cream-white box, this cigar has class written all over it. Originally a Havana, Cuba brand that’s now moved to the Dominican Republic, Cohiba is a major player in the cigar game. Their Connecticut wrapped cigar houses tobacco from Brazil, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic. This smooth and mellow flavor is full of notes of cream, nut, and toast. Easy to smoke and beautiful to look at, this cigar is practically begging to be gifted.
Liberation by Hamlet
In one of the best collaborations to happen in the cigar industry, Liberation by Hamlet is the product of Rocky Patel and Cuba’s Hamlet Paredes, and is full of Nicaraguan and Honduran tobaccos. A Nicaraguan binder and Ecuador Habano wrapper seal the complex caramel, pepper, and earthy flavors into a cigar that’s powerful and sweet in its medium-to-full body.
Made by cigar powerhouse Oliva — a Cuban cigar family that relocated to Nicaragua — the Nicaraguan filler is coated with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. This sweet and earthy bad boy is initially mild and builds in intensity as it is smoked, making it an excellent choice for those who prefer to live in the medium-to-full bodied smoke profile.
Perdomo Champagne Noir
A classic celebratory cigar (champagne is in its name, after all), Perdomo’s Champagne Noir is full of Nicaraguan tobacco that is triple-fermented for fourteen months, then aged for six more months in oak bourbon barrels. The resulting smoke is medium and sweet with no lack of flavor. If you have no idea what kind of smoke your groomsmen prefer, the Champagne Noir is an excellent bet for a smooth, tactful experience.
Davidoff Escurio Robusto Tubo
Individually packaged for easy gifting, the Davidoff Escurio Robusto Tubo is a special occasion cigar if ever there was one. Full of tobacco from Brazil and the Dominican Republic in an Ecuador Havana seed wrapper with Brazilian Cubra binder, the smoke is bursting with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cream flavors. The body is medium-to-full and bold, making it an excellent statement cigar that packs an exciting punch.
Romeo y Julieta Romeo
Inherently romantic in its name, the Romeo cigar by famed Romeo y Julieta company boasts classic Havana-style features with a modern, full-bodied twist. A Dominican binder and tobacco are folded into a beautiful Ecuador Habano wrapper, full of rich notes like dark chocolate, coffee, and pepper. A smooth, long-lasting smoke, the Romeo rivals the best of Cuban cigar varietals while challenging tradition with its intense flavor. The Romeo is a must for anyone who’d like to challenge convention and live on the edge.
This limited edition cigar is a beautiful collaboration between the Montecristo and Plasencia cigar families. The Montecristo brand is of Cuban heritage and now manufactures in Nicaragua, pulling only the purest Cuban seeds for tobacco from the motherland, now grown in Nicaragua. This medium-bodied cigar features hints of leather, cocoa, and spice. If your groomsmen appreciate something special that they might not ever be able to get again, wow them with this choice.
La Gloria Cubana Serie R Black Maduro
Last but certainly not least, the La Gloria Cubana Serie R Black Maduro is the boldest cigar on this list. Full, full, full in body and flavor, this cigar is not for those who want a mild-to-medium blend. The extra-dark Cuban-seed Nicaraguan binder and filler tobaccos pack this baby with black pepper, honey, and spice notes in a masterfully strong blend. Have we mentioned that it’s full-bodied? If you know that your groomsmen can handle the heat and want to give them a smoke they’re sure to remember, La Gloria is for you.