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December 2013

Year's Worth of Cigar Tastings

Posted: Dec 20, 2013 12:00pm ET
By G. Clay Whittaker

It's usually around the holidays that I get a lot of questions about what I do as tasting coordinator, and what we do here at Cigar Aficionado when we rate cigars. This week you're seeing the final results of that as we reveal the entire Top 25 list for 2013. But to get to those 25, there's a long, ash-laden road that the editors take every year. In the last 12 months, Cigar Aficionado editors have puffed their way through more than 700 cigars for the ratings in the magazine and in Cigar Insider. On top of that, there was the special tasting of Top 25 cigars that began with a round of 45, then a second round of 13 finalists.

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