5 Great Cigars for the New Dad

5 Great Cigars for the New Dad
A rite of passage for every man.

Way back when a new dad would provide a box of stogies to his friends to celebrate the birth of his child, you could actually smoke in hospitals. Dad stayed in the waiting room rather than joining the laboring mother in delivery, and lighting up a good cigar with his visiting buds was one of the best ways to both mark the moment, as well as pass the time.

Hard to imagine you could actually puff away in a hospital, we know, but those were Mad Men times. The tradition of lighting up for new dads has surely changed over the years. Smoking cigars is far less acceptable in public and, of course, prohibited in hospitals, bars, and restaurants. Outside of dedicated smoking clubs or shops, for a new dad to enjoy a good smoke with his buddies, it typically takes place in backyards, basements or garages.

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But before tackling the venue, it's choosing the right cigar to commemorate this new phase in life that can be a chore in and of itself. And now it's not necessarily the dad who buys the smokes (trust us, he doesn't have the time) but good friends, instead. If that task falls to you, and you'd like to do the honors with good taste and the brains to know what cigars to choose, we've selected five great cigars for the dad-to-be, each one of them an easy smoke that won't overpower the cigar newbies in your friend's tightly knit circle of men.

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1. Victor Sinclair Primeros Toro

Victor Sinclair isn't one of the more popular names, but that doesn't detract from their quality or flavor. The Primeros Toro is a cigar that anyone would love without worrying about getting socked in the palate with strength. It's a mild-bodied cigar with a gorgeous Connecticut shade wrapper, a Dominican filler with Seco tobacco and a touch of Ligero for spice keep the flavors complex and consistent from beginning to end. It's a gift the new dad will appreciate. The fact that they're less than $3 a stick is a gift to you.

$54.99 (box of 20)

cigars for new dads

2. Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Belicoso

Romeo y Julieta quality and taste are legendary. In fact, I have yet to smoke one that's not delicious.Their Reserva Real line is top notch with a paper-like flawless Connecticut Shade wrapper and a Nicaraguan long filler tobacco that lends richness and depth without strong body. The stunning red band accentuates a smoke that tastes as good as it looks. It's ideal for the man who likes the occasional cigar and can handle more than just the ultra-mild.

$171.00 (box of 25)

cigars for new dads

3. CAO Colombia Churchill

If it's something different your friends craves, the CAO Colombia is a fine choice since it's made with rarely utilized Colombian tobacco. The Colombian grown Cuban seed tobacco is grown along the coastline for a mild to medium bodied stogie experience. And just like Colombian coffee, there's a hint of java in there to enjoy (because your bud has had enough actual caffeine). To top things off, there's a saltiness that comes from the sea air to add another dimension of post-delivery enjoyment.

$88.39 (box of 20)

cigars for new dads

4. Alec Bradley American Classic Robusto

​If you haven't smoked one of the Alec Bradley American Classic Blends, you're missing out. Despite its use of typically strong Nicaraguan tobacco, this cigar uses blends of Nicaraguan filler and binder with a milder Connecticut and Honduran wrapper to balance things out. Construction is excellent, as is the dark aesthetic that beckons to the sleepy-eyed dad with promises of smoking enjoyment. Coffee, nuts and a touch of sweetness will keep him coming back for more.

$88.99 (box of 20)

cigars for new fathers

5. Oliva Connecticut Reserve Torpedo

Oliva cigars has been delivering some smoking powerhouses like their Serie V line. But they're also well known for their truly mild smokes including the Connecticut Reserve Torpedo. Tapered, light and well-constructed, it's a welcomed smoke for a man who's life has just changed forever. He can puff away with this delightful blend of mild coffee, a bit of woodiness and undeniable creaminess. This might just be the right smoke to have with your best bud after his four hours of interrupted sleep and a righteous breakfast.

$144.99 (box of 20)

Amos Kwon is the Editor-In-Chief for Web2Carz and has worked as the Automotive Section Editor for the popular men's digital lifestyle publication, Gear Patrol. He's covered topics such as cars, motorcycles, watches, cigars, spirits, travel, technology and style. He also has a background in real estate, telecommunications and law enforcement, which makes him oddly well-rounded. Amos is based in the Windy City, Chicago. Follow him on twitter @wrathofkwon.

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  • Jeremy

    Great post. I like how you emphasized more mild cigars that appeal to a broader range of palates. Most of the time I like the Robusto size, and I have a few of the R&Js in my house right now! One of my favorites I would suggest is the La Libertad Robusto.

    I’ll have to try the CAO Colombian soon. Thanks for the article!

  • CryptoReporter

    The only cigar Ive really enjoyed was a Montecristo with a white band on it. Not sure which one it is. It was a mild cigar that was very creamy and buttery. Delicious.

    • Amos Kwon

      That would be the Montecristo White. A fine mild-bodied cigar with a near perfect Connecticut Shade wrapper. A superb choice.

  • Tatuaje

    Ok, I am sorry, but you literally picked 5 total crap cigars. This would be like “5 Great Champagnes for your new job” and listing Korbel, Andre, Cupcake and Graham Beck.

    If you wanted to title the article “5 cigars that are cheap and don’t taste that much like good cigars” this my cover it.

    • Amos Kwon

      To each his own. Some of these are very affordable, but still rich in flavor. They’re not Tatuajes, mind you, but they are still flavorful — especially the Oliva and the RyJ Reserva Real. Everybody’s palate is different, but to call these crap is an ignorant statement.

      • Dominik Hussl

        I agree I tend to like a full flavored strong cigar myself also a fan of serious cigars house brand which is affordable and runs medium to bold http://www.seriouscigars.com/sorullos_cigars_list/hand-made.html

        To call what tatuaje describes as crap is unfair. Those are not bad smokes at all. I think there are many falvors for many different tastes and not everyone likes everything.

        If you would have listed a Swisher then I would agree but I have smoked some of the ones you mentioned and found them to be quite decent smokes myself.

        Keep up the good fight Amos!

  • http://www.vividroyalty.com Josh

    @tatuaje Can we be more constructive with the criticism then? How about you throw some input in of cigars that should be on the list for all the readers who are interested in their options.

    I enjoy a good smoke on occasion. Great idea for an article since most of us non-smokers that like to partake in a cigar here and there do not have the knowledge that an avid cigar smoker does.

    • Sarp

      This is a month old post but I see you got no answer, so ill try to help you out a bit.

      Most cigar smokers (or atleast most people ive come across including myself) move onto the stronger cigars, which is why somebody up above said “it was great to name 5 mild cigars for beginners”

      So that being said, I have only enjoyed 1-2 mild cigars…Man o’ war Virtue…its a cheap and awesome smoke

      But if you want to try to get into cigars, and want to try some of the more popular stronger cigars..Tatuaje is actually a really good brand..you can pick up a Tatuaje sampler online to see what you like

      My cheap go-to cigar is Drew Estate Undercrown. Almost all of the B&M stores carry it in stock and its under $10,

      For more special occasions, you can go Liga Privada, Opus X, Padron

      There are literally thousands of cigars out there and it would take pages to write about them (not that i can write about them all) but hopefully this helps a little bit!