As the summer sun shines bright and the smell of barbecues fills the air, it's time to gear up for one of the most celebrated holidays in the United States – the 4th of July. This iconic day commemorates the country's independence and is marked with fireworks, parades, and gatherings with family and friends. While food and drinks often take center stage during these festivities, let us not forget the pleasure of enjoying a fine cigar as we honor the birth of a nation. Let’s explore a selection of cigars for celebration that are perfect for igniting your 4th of July festivities, pairing beautifully with the spirit of patriotism and freedom.
When it comes to cigars that are truly ‘Made in the U.S.A’, The American from J.C. Newman Cigar Co. stands in a league of its own. This cigar project is a testament to American craftsmanship, with every aspect of its production sourced from the United States. From the tobacco inside the cigar to the materials used for the boxes, bands, labels, and even the cellophane, everything is proudly American-made.
The wrapper leaf for The American is grown in the Florida sun by retailer Jeff Borysiewicz, while the Connecticut broadleaf binder comes from eighth-generation farmer John Foster. The filler blend features Connecticut Habano, also grown by Foster, and Pennsylvania leaf cultivated by the Mennonites in Lancaster County. These meticulously selected tobaccos are skillfully rolled into cigars at El Reloj, J.C. Newman's historic cigar factory located in Tampa's Ybor City neighborhood. These are truly one of the best cigars for special occasions.
Alec Bradley American Classic
Before the Cuban embargo, many Americans enjoyed cigars made in Tampa with imported Cuban tobacco. Alan Rubin, the owner of Alec Bradley, sought to honor that tradition with the Alec Bradley American Classic. Rubin embarked on a journey to recreate the flavor profile of pre-embargo cigars made in Tampa. Utilizing his American ingenuity, he blended a Connecticut-seed wrapper from Honduras with mild Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. The result is a blend that captures the essence of Americana and pays tribute to the rich history of American cigars making it one of the most popular 4th of July cigars.
Rocky Patel Freedom
The Rocky Patel Freedom cigar is a powerful symbol of patriotism and unwavering support for the current cigar rights movement. Embracing the spirit of American pride, each cigar in this exceptional collection features a Maduro blend with a luscious Oscuro wrapper. Notably, the cigars are adorned with a distinctive red, white, and blue Rocky Patel seal displayed on a stars and stripes cigar band. The cherry box, adorned with a parchment paper label reminiscent of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, pays homage to the foundational documents that established personal freedom: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Arturo Fuente Hemingway Classic
For those seeking a classic and timeless cigar to celebrate Independence Day, look no further than the Arturo Fuente Hemingway Classic. Named after the legendary writer Ernest Hemingway, this cigar is a work of art in itself. With its perfecto shape and Cameroon wrapper, the Hemingway Classic offers a smooth and refined smoking experience. The flavors of cedar, leather, and subtle spices unfold gradually, inviting you to savor each moment. Light up an Arturo Fuente Hemingway Classic and be transported to a world of literary greatness while honoring the spirit of American independence.
The CAO America cigar is a true tribute to the stars and stripes. Its distinctive barber-pole wrapper combines Connecticut shade and broadleaf tobaccos, creating a visually striking cigar that mirrors the patriotic colors of the American flag. Beyond its stunning appearance, the CAO America delivers a medium-bodied smoking experience with flavors of earth, coffee, and a hint of sweetness. This cigar embodies the spirit of unity and diversity, reminding us of the strength found in coming together as a nation.
My Father Le Bijou 1922
For cigar aficionados seeking an exquisite and opulent cigar experience on the 4th of July, the My Father Le Bijou 1922 stands as an extraordinary selection. Paying homage to the birth year of José "Pepin" Garcia, the esteemed founder of My Father Cigars, this cigar epitomizes the pinnacle of taste and intricacy. Adorned with a luscious Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, expertly paired with a Nicaraguan binder and a blend of meticulously aged Nicaraguan fillers, the Le Bijou 1922 delivers a symphony of flavors.
Herrera Esteli Miami and Anything From El Titan de Bronze
Stepping into the El Titan de Bronze cigar factory in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood is like traveling back in time when cigars were rolled throughout the United States. With only about 10 rollers, this small but fully-functioning factory produces cigars for its own brands as well as standout smokes for various prominent cigar companies.
Notable cigars made at El Titan de Bronze include the limited-edition Goldie from La Palina and the La Colmena by Warped, which scored an impressive 93 points in Cigar Aficionado. Another gem from El Titan is the Herrera Esteli Miami Toro Especial, a medium-to-full-bodied cigar that offers a delightful smoking experience.
Tatuaje Havana Cazadores and Original Tatuaje Cigars
Pete Johnson, the founder of Tatuaje, was born in the United States, and his brand reflects his American heritage. While most of the Tatuaje cigars are now produced in Nicaragua, the original Tatuajes, known as brown labels, are still made in Miami. In a small rolling gallery attached to My Father Cigars' Miami headquarters and warehouse, these cigars continue to be handcrafted.
For a truly special experience, try the Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Rosado Oscuro Belicoso Fino, a full-bodied cigar that recently earned 92 points in Cigar Insider. With its leathery profile and notes of ground coffee and chocolate, it exemplifies the rich flavors that Tatuaje is known for.