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Best Cuban Cigars for Beginners

Article updated and revisited on 01/03/19

There have been many discussions and there will always be dialogue around what are the Best Cuban Cigars for beginners. Some people believe that the smaller formats are better, such as petit coronas and others suggest the lighter bodied ones like Hoyo de Monterrey Cuban Cigars.

Here at EGM Cigars, we can recall how our journey to cigar aficionado began and we’re almost quite envious of those that are yet to start theirs.  We remember deliberating over which brand and which cigar would be best, making sure we had done all of the appropriate research to ensure that our very first few smoking experiences would be pleasurable.

Choosing cigars can be daunting and difficult, but it’s also exciting and exhilarating, and we’re here to help make that decision a little easier for you and a hell of a lot more enjoyable.

As a cigar aficionado you will realise that selecting a cigar is part of the experience too and a lot of time and thought goes into the cigar you decide to buy. It really is one of life’s finest pleasures familiarising yourself with the brands, their sizes, the wrappers, the colours and the very flavours of today’s cigars.

Without further adieu, we present to you, our top five cigars for cigar beginners which are all available to buy through our website (perfect, huh?).


  1. Montecristo No.3 Cigar -142mm x42

Image of the Montecristo No.3 Cigar


Montecristo competes with Cohiba as perhaps the world's best-known brand and  is a reference point for all Cuban cigar smokers. The medium to full flavoured profile of this vitola from Montecristo Cuban Cigars is catered to the more experienced smoker but we think it’s a very accessible cigar for the beginners too, and an excellent choice if you’d like to familiarise yourself with the top brands without feeling overwhelmed by more intense cigars.


  1. Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleurs Cigar – 129mm x42

Image of the Romeo y Julieta Mille Fleurs Cigar


The Romeo y Julieta Cuban Cigars were smoked none other than the former British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill and are an excellent brand to get acquainted with in the first steps of your cigar journey. One of the brand’s more affordable cigars, it will provide you with typical Romeo y Julieta flavours, such as cedar and floral notes, without the powerful kick of others in its remarkable portfolio.


  1. H. Upmann Magnum 50 Cigar -160mm x 50

Image of the H.Upmann Magnum 50 Cigar


Just as the Romeo y Julieta are famously associated with Winston Churchill, the H. Upmann brand is connected to another major politician - president John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Reports claim that before signing the U.S embargo against Cuba, the American president sent out his press secretary, Pierre Salinger, to purchase a considerable amount of H. Upmann Petite Coronas, his favourite cigar at the time. The Petit Coronas by H. Upmann Cigar is very similar to the one preferred by Kennedy, but we don’t think it’s a suitable cigar yet, however a little later down the line we think you’ll love it as much as U.S President did. The Magnum 50 by H.Upmann Cigars is much more suited to beginners, as it is light to medium flavoured and smooth but spicy. It’s also got a thicker ring gauge than the previous two, perfect if you think you’d prefer a thick size.


  1. Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto Cigar -102mm x 50

Image of the Hoyo de Monterrey Petit Robusto Cigar


A real regular in lists similar to this one, the Petit Robusto by Hoyo de Monterrey Cigars is light and mild but delivers such plush and delicious flavours, making it perfect for every beginner of all palates. In addition, the smaller length provides the ideal, short smoke for those not quite acquainted with the longer ones.


    1. Cohiba Siglo I Cigar -102mm x 42

Image of the Cohiba Siglo I Cigar


We just couldn’t exclude a Cohiba Cigar from our list.  One of/possibly the most renowned and successful Cigar brands to come out of Cuba, Cohiba Cuban Cigars are celebrated for their memorable, flavoursome and distinctive portfolio. The one that we think would make a great cigar for beginners is the Cohiba Siglo I. It is a slightly milder Cohiba Cigar which will still give you the typical and much loved flavours of the brand, and adequately represent the brand’s expert construction of Cuban Cigars.

All of the cigars above are available on our website, ideal if you’re looking to purchase your first box of Cuban Cigars. If you want some more advice or are looking for additional information please email us via, or contact us on our Instagram or Facebook, we’d love to hear from you.

Now that you’re half way there to becoming the cigar aficionado we know you can be, why not purchase a Cuban Cigar Ashtray, or one of our S.T Dupont Lighters to make your experience much more enjoyable.

Please check our Cuban Cigar Blog for any additional tips/advice/general information and keep up to date with other EGM Cigars news.

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