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El Mejor

The don't call it El Mejor for nothing....

For a limited time, take an additional $10 off every El Mejor box purchased. Discount reflected in prices below.

El Mejor is quite the package. Beauty, charm, substance, and flavor in spades. If this little beauty only did laundry and made a rockin' meatloaf, I bet more than a handful of you fellas would be down on a knee in no time. It's good - very, very good - and here's why....

Boasting a dark, extra-fermented Cuban-seed Corojo wrapper that's oily, toothy, and brimming with flavor, El Mejor was bred to deliver a rich, complex experience. Underneath this sultry leaf lies a robust blend of well-aged, Cuban-seed tobaccos harvested from Nicaragua's most fertile growing regions. This combination promotes a densely flavorful, medium to full-bodied smoke that's layered with notes of earth, richness, hints of coffee, and a sweet, spicy finish. The smoothness is impressive, the flavor is ample, and after you take that final puff, you'll be wishing you had another. Prepare yourself here....El Mejor is rather exciting.



  Size Pack In Stock MSRP Price Qty Cart
Churchill (7.0"x50) BOX OF 20 Sale In Stock $130.00 $59.95
5-PACK In Stock $32.50 $22.00
Corona (5.6"x46) BOX OF 20 Sale In Stock $95.00 $39.95
5-PACK Out of Stock $23.75 $15.00    
Robusto (5.0"x50) BOX OF 20 Sale In Stock $110.00 $49.95
5-PACK In Stock $27.50 $18.00
Toro (6.0"x52) BOX OF 20 Sale In Stock $120.00 $54.95
5-PACK In Stock $30.00 $20.00
Toro Gordo (6.0"x60) 5-PACK In Stock $35.00 $24.00
Torpedo (6.1"x52) BOX OF 20 Sale In Stock $135.00 $59.95
5-PACK In Stock $33.75 $22.00
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Customer Reviews of “El Mejor”
About 5-6 years ago I started the enjoyable art of cigar smoking while toasting my son's college graduation (Go Blue!) with an Opus X. I then "grew up" on many traditionals like Fuente, Onyx, RyJ, La Gloria, etc. Once I started browsing and shopping from CI several months ago I've enjoyed sampling many of the great boutique brands you sell (Mo'W, Cuba Libre 1, La Aroma, Brickhouse, Padilla 68, Gran Habano etc. etc.). On a whim I ordered some El Mejor ("plain", not Emerald or Espresso) Toros and found them to be GREAT! Quality, feel, burn, great flavor and smoke throughout. I noticed no staff review on them and thought I'd send a hint!
JS of Palatine, IL
The new El Mejor is a nice cigar for that price. Well constructed with a nice even burn. Much more full bodied than the Emerald.
JM of Cumbola, PA
This is an excellent cigar. Very smooth with a bold draw. Definitely worth a try.
RH of Coraopolis, PA
This is a great smoke. It is packed with flavor, the construction is perfect and you cant beat the price. This is a quality cigar. I started with a 5 pack and will be purchasing a box very soon.
TH of Warrenton, VA
El Mejor is A Quality smoke at a Low Price.Satisfying taste while forcing the Palate to Enjoy it as though it were an Expensive Cigar!!!!!!!!
TS of OLDBRIDGE, NJ
Received in the Dozen Roses for Men Sampler in Feb. 2013. I decided to smoke this Toro Gordo today while listening to the Cigar Dave podcast. My wrapper had a couple small imperfections and the wrapper tore slightly when I removed the band; neither of which affected the smoke. Burned pretty evenly with lots of smoke. Flavor was true to the description. Started with lots of spice, but mellowed throughout. Smoked to the nub as usual with no harshness. Great stick for the price. I would definitely order again and recommend.
RW of LITTLESTOWN, PA
just had one with 14 months in humidor very creamy smooth tasted like a dpjj exellent
JH of DORSET, OH
Definitely a winner for an "everyday" cigar choice. Great flavor, solid construction, and generous pricing on boxes. CI scores a 'Mejor' victory with this one!
DC of OGLESBY, IL
These are great cigars!
ES of Moody, AL
El Mejor is a VERY satisfying smoke for me. It is full of rich, thick , creamy flavor. Perfect draw, great burn, and very well made. I would recommend resting them for a while before smoking. I find this greatly improves the flavor.
BW of Gouldsboro, ME
This company (CI) is insidious! Not long ago, I bought a nice little humidor/sampler combo for a nice little price. But 10 cigars look kinda sad in a 50-cigar humirdor, so I order some more, and then some more, and then a bigger humidor. Along the way, I got 10 of these El Mejor Toro Gordos as a bonus with another order. I very much agree with the staff review on these: they didn't knock my socks off, but I enjoyed them. I'm tending to like very full-bodied cigars. These are milder, but satisfying, and seem well made. Definitely a cut above most of the machine-made cigars I've had in the past, but I'm liking that I don't feel I have to make a big production out of smoking one. I just ordered 20 on MMAO, hope it's accepted. The toro gordo is a little fat for me, so I'll have to try the toros, sometime. I warned you - they're insidious!
MS of Westover, WV
This is a pretty good cigar. Burned nice. Taste okay. Didn't have the expected coffee taste. Good daily smoke.
CL of saint rose, LA
Smooth stick with a nice burn. Nice smooth flavor aroma is excellent.
BW of Longview, WA
I was a big fan of the El Mejor "Emerald" until its untimely demise. I read some of the fan mail, so I thought I'd pull the trigger on this smoke; it was love at first sight. The construction was put together quite well, it made volumes of smoke, had a nice and easy draw, and an outstanding flavor profile. Rich and very smooth - with zero harshness. This one is a keeper. I really miss the Emerald, but this is a nice trade. The reviews pretty much say it all, but I wanted to throw my 2 cents into the fray. It's priced right and tastes great...you should give it a try.
PC of PENFIELD, NY
el mejor is a great burning and tasting cigar at a great price. surprisingly consistant burn and draw for a cigar in this price range. stay away and do not buy!!! leave more for me...
DP of Ventnor City, NJ

El Mejor

Posted by Steve R

This is a great time of the year. New products are rolling in from the annual trade show, showcasing new brands, new line extensions, and exciting new blends. I love this time of the year....and it’s easy for us to get caught up with blogs, advertisements, and ratings....driving our decisions and setting our expectations. However, plenty of new items are flying in well beneath the radar, and El Mejor is a perfect example.

At first glance, El Mejor looks very familiar. Simple yet charming packaging, classically-themed color tones, and a comfortable, nostalgic appearance that exudes trustworthy and dependable. Then there’s the blend. Handmade in Honduras using pristine Corojo wrappers and a vintage recipe of Nicaraguan, Cuban-seed long-fillers, each El Mejor offers a soft, well-aged aroma with a touch of barnyard mixed with baked bread and a dash of pepper. Indeed, it feels like I’ve been here before, setting the stage for – hopefully – a reminiscent experience.

My first impression of El Mejor is well-made. Each cigar is beautifully rolled using leathery wrapper leaves boasting nice oils and a (very) consistent color from head to toe. Each is firmly packed, leaving no soft spots and an easy draw with the slightest bit of resistance. The cap is flawlessly applied with care, and veins are at a minimum. Yeah....this cigar screams dependable.

The first few puffs are spicy and stout. A warm, feisty opening that awakens my taste buds and ignites my nose on the exhale. After a couple minutes this spice subsides, allowing a rich core of tobacco flavors to dominate, with softer hints of toast and wood hanging in the background. The first third is somewhat soft and elegant, setting the stage for more complexity as I approach the midway point. This is where things become more interesting. There’s a warm spice that enters the fray, along with a deliciously raw earthiness typically found in aged Honduran tobaccos. I’m even getting a little bit of semisweet cocoa from time to time, which quickly fades as the peppery, woodsy finish completes each puff. These flavors keep me occupied, hiding the underlying strength of the tobaccos at play.

Note: this is not the strongest cigar by any means, but it’s easily a medium, medium to full-bodied smoke with ample flavor. The flavors never overpower or overwhelm, but they certainly satisfy as the cigar evolves and becomes more eventful.

Describing the final third is a bit difficult. It’s a culmination of sorts. A balanced culmination of ‘soft’ yet apparent flavors with equal representation on the palate. No one flavor dominates, and each is vital in completing a well-made, medium to full-bodied array of familiar yet interesting flavors.

The bottom line: if you’re looking for a cigar to blow you away, look elsewhere. But, if you’re looking for a cigar you can depend on when it comes to quality, flavor and strength....at a very appealing price point, I’ll be shocked if El Mejor lets you down.