Top 5 Tailgate Cigars for Fall

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Tailgating season is upon us! Stock up on cigars at for the best time of the year. Cigars and football, name a better pairing! There are plenty of ballers who transitioned to the cigar industry, from Cam Newton’s cigar lounge to Jay Cutler’s Outsider cigar brand. Plenty of industry men were studs in their day too, such as Eric Newman or John Oliva, Jr. Despite being a Florida company, Luis Martinez is an equal opportunity cigar website and offers great deals and excellent cigars to all fans. Whether you’re in a cigar lounge, the stadium parking lot, or the comfort of your own mancave or smoking room, you deserve to light up and let up with a fine cigar watching your team soars to heights of glory or sinks to the bottom of the division. The following guide provides a list of recommendations from Luis Martinez’s stock, including new arrivals to their premium cigar roster and great savings for your wallet.

No. 5: Plasencia Alma del Fuego Candente (10ct Box)

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 Plasencia is a household name for cigar enjoyers due to the hard work, grit, and determination displayed by patriarch Nestor Plasencia, Sr. despite trials and tribulations faced transplanting the family from their homeland of Cuba to the lush tobacco fields of Honduras and Nicaragua. If not for the pioneering resolution of the Plasencia family, the cigar industry in Central America would be negligible and there might not be the quality leaf we cigar aficionados enjoy today. There is a reason virtually everyone in the cigar industry buys tobacco from Plasencia farms and warehouses. They grow some of the best quality leaf in the world. Only recently, compared to their history of tobacco farming, did Plasencia rock the cigar industry by putting out smash hit after smash hit of premium handmade cigar. The Plasencia Alma del Fuego line of cigars is a bold and spicy blend of sun grown tobacco which highlight the alluvial, volcanic soils of Ometepe and the sapid, Windsor soils of Jalapa, two growing regions in Nicaragua famed for the quality of their respective tobacco leaves. To the pride of the Plasencia family, Alma del Fuego cigars are Nicaraguan puros and thus medium to full-bodied. The cigar offers a hint of spice, complemented by savory notes of tangerine, roasted cashews, and guava wood. The Candente (robusto, 5×50) size takes about an hour to smoke, making it the perfect pre-game ritual.

No. 4: Ashton (Classic) Corona (25ct Box)

Open box of 25 count Ashton Corona cigars

Ashton has been a monolith on the cigar landscape since the cigar boom in the 1990’s. Known primarily for their Dominican high-end cigars, such as the Ashton VSG or the Ashton Cabinet, the Ashton Classic is an old standby often overshadowed by its showier cousins. The ideal off-hand for the tailgate’s grill master or bartender, the Ashton Classic offers a mellow and enjoyable smoke for any occasion. Ashton defines premium Dominican taste in an iconic profile, unsurpassed in quality and consistency. Luxurious Dominican binder and filler tobaccos, aged three to four years, support a rich, golden-blond Connecticut Shade wrapper leaf. Savor an impressive portrait of cedar, coffee bean, almond, hay, and cashew notes with a touch of sweetness and spice around the edges. New cigar lovers and seasoned connoisseurs discover and relive their affinity for premium cigars with the Cigar Aficionado 92-rated Ashton Classic. Although many cigar manufacturers produce larger ring gauge cigars, the slimmer Corona highlights the rich aroma of the Connecticut Shade wrapper. The cigar takes about an hour to smoke and burns evenly throughout the smoking experience. Ashton has been making these quality cigars longer than your team’s last Super Bowl appearance, enjoy!

No. 3: Brick House (Natural) Teaser (28ct Box)

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Brick House cigars rank amongst the most smoked Nicaraguan cigars of all time. Go to any cigar shop in America and you will see a plethora of Brick House cigar boxes open with a wide range of sizes available for purchase. Whether it’s a Brick House Mighty Mighty Maduro or a Brick House Double Connecticut Short Torpedo, however, nobody can beat the prices and saving offered by Luis Martinez Cigars. Now that it’s tailgating season, stock up on a box or two of Brick House! Brick House cigars are a great value stick and therefore perfect whether you are going to watch college ball or the NFL. Light up in the student section after a victory or smoke around the outdoor firepit in the backyard on gameday. Recently, Brick House cigars have become available in the “teaser” size (3.5×56). An overnight sensation, the Brick House Teaser cigar has become one of the most talked about cigars and a best seller nationwide. Brick House teaser awards include the Best Bargain Cigar of 2009 and a place in the Top 25 Cigars of 2010 by Cigar Aficionado. The cigar is a medium-bodied cigar with a sapid Ecuadorian Habano wrapper over top a bold, nutty blend of finely aged Nicaraguan long-filler tobaccos. This cigar is a fantastic smoke that takes about an hour or less.

No. 2: Leather Rose Torpedo (24ct Box)

Open box of 24 count Deadwood Leather Rose cigars

 In the same vein of great Nicaraguan value cigars for tailgating season, the Deadwood Tobacco Co. makes some of the most popular cigars in the American market. These are flavor infused cigars which have a sweet, chocolatey taste which pairs nicely with the peppery, leather-like taste of Nicaraguan tobacco. Some cigar aficionados are purists and view any violation of a tobacco’s natural flavor as an affront to their sensibilities. Go to any cigar shop in America, however, and you will see the popularity of flavor infused cigars firsthand. Deadwood Tobacco Co. cigars, such as the Sweet Jane or Fat Bottom Betty, move faster than most other brands. These cigars are popular for a good reason. The Leather Rose Torpedo (5×54 torpedo) represents the best value offered by the company as a box of twenty-four cigars. These cigars are medium to full-bodied Nicaraguan handmade cigars. The Deadwood Leather Rose Torpedo cigars are wrapped in a Maduro wrapper and blended with aromatic, exotic Nicaraguan tobaccos that bring out the natural sweetness of the cigars. This cigar takes about an hour to smoke and is the prefect party cigar for newer smokers to enjoy alongside more seasoned veterans at the tailgate.

No. 1: Don Rafael 1998 Reserva Natural Toro (20ct Box)

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The Don Rafael 1998 Reserva Natural Toro cigar by Victor Sinclair was made in honor of the year Don Rafael cigars were released to the public. Since 1998, Don Rafael cigars have been a go-to value stick for countless cigar aficionados across the globe. This latest blend crafted by Victor Sinclair is hand rolled in the Dominican Republic using aged tobaccos from four different countries and a golden Natural wrapper for a flavorful smooth cigar that can be enjoyed anytime of the day, perfect for the afternoon pre-game rituals of grilling and drinking. If you know cigars, you know this must be a special cigar as it was created to showcase and honor the legendary Don Rafael cigar brand from Victor Sinclair. See for yourself why Don Rafael is a timeless classic! The Don Rafael 1998 Reserva Natural Toro is a smooth to medium-bodied Dominican handmade cigar, delivering a mellow aroma which lingers gently on the palate. The cigar smokes evenly for about an hour with a flavorful blend of aged tobaccos.