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Sublimes Robusto Extra
Nicaragua 92 $7
Sublimes began in 2004 as a local, Miami-made cigar, but didn't become a national brand until 2011. Once the cigar began to get some exposure, demand made Sublimes too large for Miami and the operation moved to the A.J. Fernandez factory in Nicaragua. The blend is a combination of Ecuador Habano wrapper, a Corojo-seed binder and Criollo filler. The label on the cigar reads "Jaromirski & Co." which is a reference to brand owner Thomas Jaromirski. Though the cigar is made in a large factory, Sublimes are still treated as a boutique brand. According to Jaromirski, only 90,000 are produced a year. The Robusto Extra was impressive in its ability to show both a strong and sweet quality with earthy carob chip notes balanced by a touch of toffee. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Robusto

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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La Flor Dominicana Coronado Corona Especial
Dominican Republic 92 $9
Critical and commercial success are not always one and the same. The La Flor Dominicana Coronado is a perfect example. Previously called Coronado by La Flor, the cigar rated very well in Cigar Aficionado when it debuted in 2006, and has even appeared on our Top 25 list. For some reason, Coronado didn't exactly soar commercially and interest for the cigar inexplicably waned, so Litto Gomez only produced it sporadically. This year, he decided to bring this great blend back. The brand has a new name, a new box and new bands, but the blend has not changed, and we're glad it hasn't. Each puff of this corona gorda exhibits a soft and mellow nuttiness that develops to an elegant combination of nutmeg and graham cracker with a subtle, spicy undertone. Read more

Country: Dominican Republic

Cigar Size: Corona Gorda

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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Nub Cameroon 358
Nicaragua 92 $5
Just the sweet spot. That was the tagline for the NUb concept when it first came out. It claimed that the cigar needed no time to warm up or develop, but was able to localize the most flavorful portion of a cigar and keep the smoker there from first draw to the last. Whether or not this concept is true is a matter of opinion, but we found the NUb Cameroon to burn cool, smoke well and deliver loads of nutty, earthy flavor. NUbs have successfully infiltrated the culture of premium cigars. Since the brand's debut in 2008, anytime a cigar is short and fat, smokers will casually refer to it as a nub, no matter the brand. They are made by Oliva Cigar Co. but marketed under Studio Tobac, which is the more creative, experimental arm of Oliva. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Odd

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

22
Padilla Miami 8&11 Torpedo
U.S.A. 92 $14
First it was made in Miami, then it wasn't, then it was again. Today, the Padilla Miami 8&11 is rolled in Miami's El Titan de Bronze factory on the corner of 8th Street and 11th Avenue in Little Havana. Brand owner Ernesto Padilla has always considered his cigars to be boutique brands and the Padilla Miami 8&11 stays true to this sentiment. If there is a Miami-style of cigar, it's most apparent in the construction, as many rollers in Little Havana were trained in Cuban factories before emigrating to Florida. These Torpedos are impeccably assembled and benefit from the slow pace of a small, boutique-style rolling gallery. We found them to have a light cocoa quality along with notes of candied fruit and oak. Read more

Country: U.S.A.

Cigar Size: Figurado

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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Nat Sherman Timeless Collection Nicaragua 652T
Nicaragua 92 $9
Nat Sherman Tobacconist has been synonymous with the New York City smoking scene for more than eight decades, however there were years when Nat Sherman as a company struggled to produce a national brand. That time has changed. Through cooperation between the Sherman family and Michael Herklots, Nat Sherman is now a national player in the premium cigar business, most notably with its Timeless Collection. There are two versions—one made in the Dominican Republic, and the Nicaraguan version here. The Nat Sherman Timeless Collection Nicaragua 652T, a handsomely box-pressed torpedo, captured the No. 21 spot on our list. These figurados are a medium- to full-bodied affair offering a rich range of molasses, oak and semisweet chocolate. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Figurado

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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Espada by Montecristo Quillon
Nicaragua 92 $13
Unlike most non-Cuban Montecristos, the Espada by Montecristo brand is made in Nicaragua at Plasencia Cigars and is a collaboration between Plasencia and the Altadis blending team, known as the Grupo de Maestros. They're made entirely from Nicaraguan tobacco and come packaged in striking suede boxes of 10. Each cigar is adorned with three bands: a primary Montecristo band, a foot band that reads "Espada" and a certificate wrapped around the middle. Spanish for "sword," Espada is also a reference to the rapiers found on the iconic Montecristo logo, which was reinterpreted for this line. The large Quillon is an exceptional smoke offering the spice of a gingersnap with touches of cinnamon that build to a sweet, spicy finish. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Churchill

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

19
The King Is Dead The Last Payday
Dominican Republic 93 $11
These cigars may be whimsically named and the packaging might look a bit avant garde, but The King is Dead is an interesting brand that uses uncommon tobaccos—and uncommon imagery. The band features a surreal imprint of a split throne. If you look passed the artsiness, you'll find that brand owner Robert Caldwell has sourced some rare tobaccos in the blend, specifically a type called HVA 20/20. It's a Cuban hybrid developed by Dominican grower Leo Reyes and is rarely used. The wrapper is grown from another Dominican varietal called Negrito. When blended and rolled into a torpedo, one gets The Last Payday. The name is unorthodox and perhaps doesn't evoke visions of the everyday smoking experience, but this cigar combines the nuance of maple sweetness and the tonality of earth in unexpected ways. Read more

Country: Dominican Republic

Cigar Size: Figurado

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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Heritage By Dunhill Robusto
Honduras 93 $10
The storied Dunhill line originated as a Cuban brand, but is now owned by corporate concern British American Tobacco (BAT) and both made and distributed by General Cigar Co. Since General took on distribution, the Dunhill brand has had a few iterations, but none have been as impressive as the Heritage by Dunhill. The first thing one notices is the band. Dunhill has brought back its original "white rose" bands and put them around these dark smokes. Although the band is a bit larger than the original, the Heritage line mixes the past with the present by resurrecting its vintage labels but giving the cigar a strong, modern blend. The box-pressed Robusto is covered in an Ecuadoran Habano wrapper, the rest of this cigar is full of meaty, peppery Nicaraguan and Honduran tobacco. Read more

Country: Honduras

Cigar Size: Robusto

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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La Mission du L'Atelier 1959
Nicaragua 93 $8
If Bordeaux comes to mind (think Chateau La Mission Haute-Brion), it's not a mistake. Francophile Pete Johnson of Tatuaje fame has taken his love of French wines and projected it on to this Mission du L'Atelier project. It's another variation (or "label" in wine parlance) of his original L'Atelier line, which is the collaborative effort of Johnson, his brother K.C., Dan Welsh and Sean Johnson. La Mission distinguishes itself by its striking appearance: dramatic box-pressing, pigtail caps and a dark Mexican San Andrés wrapper. It also features Sancti Spiritus tobacco in the filler, an uncommon varietal grown in Nicaragua by the Garcia family. The blend is impressive, especially in the 1959 size, which shows a savory, leathery note, sweet baking spices and a touch of anise. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Robusto

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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Avo Syncro Nicaragua Toro
Dominican Republic 93 $10
There are a lot of "firsts" for the Avo Syncro Nicaragua brand. It's the first regular-production Avo to be box pressed. It's the first regular-production box-pressed cigar to ever come out of Davidoff of Geneva's factory in the Dominican Republic. And, as is indicated in the name, it's also the first Avo to use Nicaraguan tobacco. The name is also meant to suggest synchronization between the different tobaccos in the blend, which include Nicaraguan tobacco from Ometepe and Dominican tobacco types such as Piloto Cubano, San Vicente and a hybrid tobacco spawn from Piloto and Olor. The Toro's blocky dimensions and smart blending allow each tobacco to express itself, showing notes of leather, minerals and a dried apricot sweetness. Read more

Country: Dominican Republic

Cigar Size: Corona Gorda

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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Alec Bradley Sanctum Toro
Honduras 93 $8
The Alec Bradley Sanctum Toro is the brainchild of company executive vice president Ralph Montero, who carefully oversaw the project. The name Sanctum is simply intended to refer to the personal time devoted to the enjoyment of the cigar. However, the Sanctum blend moves away from the earthier cigars that Alec Bradley has traditionally released and aspires to be a more rounded smoke. This was achieved by the combination of a Honduran Corojo wrapper, Costa Rican binder and a multination filler. All together, it amounts to a four-country blend of tobaccos that culminate beautifully in the Toro size, which starts mild, but intensifies to show a diverse but harmonious range of flavors from white pepper and cinnamon to vanilla bean and almond paste. Read more

Country: Honduras

Cigar Size: Corona Gorda

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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Trinidad Vigía
Cuba 94 £21
Trinidad is one of the anomalies within Cuba's collection of cigar brands. It started as a commercially unavailable cigar reserved for diplomats and dignitaries. Once the brand was released to the public in 1998, it came in one long, thin size called Fundadores. Then the brand expanded by adding a few more vitolas, only to contract afterward by deleting sizes in 2012. Trinidad's newest addition, the Vigía is the exact opposite of the Fundadores. Rather than being long and slender, this cigar is short and squat. While it maintains Trinidad's signature pigtail cap, its heavy ring gauge offers an abundant smoke, lush with earthy truffle notes, oakiness and a warm nutty finish. Vigía is named for the watchtowers in the Cuban city of Trinidad erected to observe the sugarcane fields. Read more

Country: Cuba

Cigar Size: Odd

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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Laranja Reserva Toro
Nicaragua 94 $11
Laranja is the Portuguese word for orange, but it's also an interesting brand from Espinosa Cigars. According to brand owner Erik Espinosa, the Laranja Reserva's all-Nicaraguan blend is covered in a Brazilian "Laranja" wrapper. If you've never heard of Brazilian Laranja, it's because it doesn't really exist. Laranja is simply the new name that Espinosa gave this particular wrapper type because of its unique orange hue. When he first encountered this tobacco, Espinosa was so intrigued by its color and fragrance, that he blended an entire line around the Brazilian wrapper. The Toro serves as a bright and flavorful showcase for the wrapper, offering plenty of graham cracker flavor. But, as the wrapper and name suggests, we also detected a distinctly citrus-like quality and zest. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Corona Gorda

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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La Bohéme Pittore
Dominican Republic 94 $12
Fans of the opera La Bohème have their favorite acts the way fans of the La Bohème cigar line have their favorite sizes. For us, the cigar that gave the finest performance was Pittore. In the opera, Pittore is Marcello the painter. But in the cigar world, Pittore is a memorable smoke made with well-aged tobaccos from the inventories of José "Jochy" Blanco in the Dominican Republic. The combination of Ecuadoran Habano wrapper and Cuban-seed tobaccos has all the dynamic range of an operatic performance, hitting baritone notes like earth and ripe fruit, all the way to bright soprano tones of spice, ending with a midrange nutty finish. For added romance, brand owner Rafael Nodal took the art from a discontinued vintage Cuban brand and repurposed it for La Bohème. Read more

Country: Dominican Republic

Cigar Size: Robusto

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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Hammer + Sickle Tradición Serie Churchill
Dominican Republic 94 $9
The Top 25 list is often a combination of classic cigar sizes and more experimental shapes. As the brand name indicates, Hammer + Sickle has opted for tradition over trend with its Tradición Serie Churchill. It isn't a scaled up, modern interpretation of a Churchill, as others have created, but stays within traditional parameters. Eric Hanson, who released his first Hammer + Sickle brand in 2010, has adopted the symbol of Russia as the cigar's logo. He points out that the hammer and sickle does not represent the Soviet Union (which incorporated a star), but symbolizes Russia's industrial north and agrarian south. For him, it's a heritage symbol and not political. The Churchill is tasty, but understated with a floral quality, touches of nutmeg and a sweet, earthy aftertaste. Read more

Country: Dominican Republic

Cigar Size: Churchill

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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Liga Privada No. 9 Corona Doble
Nicaragua 94 $17
Look closely at the band of the Liga Privada No. 9. The words "Hecho Exclusivamente Para El Jefe" are printed in small font. It translates to, "Made Exclusively For The Boss." In this case, the boss was Drew Estate's former president. He's no longer with the company and the boss is now Swisher International (which acquired Drew Estate last year), but the cigar remains on the market. And why shouldn't it? It has a fiercely loyal following that's gone way beyond cult status, and La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Nicaragua can't make enough of them. The bands also resemble the type of industrial labels found in distillation plants and tasting laboratories, thus emphasizing the notion of Ligas being intended for internal consumption. The look and story behind Liga Privadas intrigued cigar smokers everywhere, but so did the cigar itself. Each one is a dark and ominous shade that can go from dark brown to an oily black. They're solid to the touch and packed tightly with loads of hearty tobacco, yet still draw beautifully. It's one of the heaviest blends on the market and is bound by a gutsy Connecticut broadleaf wrapper and Brazilian Mata Fina binder. Every puff of the Corona Doble seems to make a bold statement with a complex range of strong earthy flavors, a sweet quality redolent of perique tobacco and a sweet tarry finish. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Churchill

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

9
Bolivar Belicoso Fino
Cuba 94 £18
Perhaps the single most consistently full-bodied smoke that Cuba produces, the Bolivar Belicoso Fino is a perennial favorite for those favoring strong Cuban smokes. It's named after Simon Bolivar, who lead the effort to liberate much of South America from Spain. Consider him the George Washington of America's Southern hemisphere. The brand was created in 1902 and features a bold, prominent portrait of the man on both the bands and the boxes. The Belicoso Fino is the only figurado in the Bolivar line, which is probably why it registers as the strongest smoke across the brand. The fairly heavy ring gauge provides an abundance of smoke while the tapered head concentrates it before it reaches the palate, resulting in an elementally earthy smoke, heavy in minerals, raw cocoa and coffee bean. But the tapered head also adds a piquancy to the already full-bodied cigar. Strong and earthy, Bolivar Belicoso Finos are offered in both wooden slide-lid cabinets and paper-lined dress boxes. Some believe that the cedary environment of cabinets are ideal for long-term aging, while others prefer the neutrality of paper. The cigars we smoked for this test were from traditional dress boxes (with a March 2015 production stamp), so they were packaged as 13 cigars on the top row, 12 cigars on the bottom, causing the tightly packed Belicosos to take on the kind of squarish, box-pressed appearance that cannot be achieved in a cabinet. Read more

Country: Cuba

Cigar Size: Figurado

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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Ashton Symmetry Robusto
Dominican Republic 94 $12
It had been nearly a decade since Ashton Distributors Inc. released a new brand under the official Ashton label, but in 2014, the company decided the market was ready for Ashton Symmetry. The project was four years in the making and was blended by Carlos "Carlito" Fuente Jr. Like all Ashton-branded products, it's made in the Dominican Republic at Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia. Each cigar is wrapped in a stunningly pristine, reddish brown leaf of Ecuadoran Habano, but the cigar owes its character to a series of specific farms—Chateau de la Fuente, Villa Gonzalez (both in the Dominican Republic) and a Fuente family farm in Nicaragua called Un Buen Vecino. This release marks the first time that an Ashton-branded cigar has ever incorporated Nicaraguan tobacco. The cigar was actually intended for an earlier release, but fires in Fuente's warehouses destroyed a lot of precious tobacco, some of which was set aside for the Symmetry project. The idea behind Symmetry is balance. Specifically balance between blending Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos, which could easily clash if not done skillfully, though blending can be as much, if not more, of an art as it is a science. Both creativity and textbook precision integrate quite elegantly here, as notes of nougat, toast, chicory and nuts blossom on the palate and stay interesting down to the robusto's last puff. Read more

Country: Dominican Republic

Cigar Size: Robusto

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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The Edge Habano Torpedo
Nicaragua 94 $7
If anyone brought "rustic chic" to the premium cigar world, it was Rocky Patel. When he first released The Edge in 2004, the concept was simple: a roughly hewn wooden box that held 100 unbanded cigars. And they retailed for only $5 each. It was offered in Corojo or Maduro, came in only two sizes and retailers had to purchase them in 100-count chests. Not that retailers had any trouble selling them. Edge was an instant commercial success, spawning new sizes, new varieties and even new packaging. According to Patel, there were too many other companies trying to copy the rustic presentation, and it was not only confusing customers but affecting business, so he affixed the cigars with an identifying footband. One of the newest iterations of this popular brand is The Edge Habano. It's the only Edge made entirely from Nicaraguan tobacco, and the blend comes together quite well in the Torpedo size, which is our No. 7 cigar of 2015. The Edge Habano comes in a chest that looks as though it's made of wood reclaimed from an old barn, and the cigar is reflective of the packaging. The countrified blend is spicy and woody, smacking of hickory and leather. Made with tobacco from three growing regions of Nicaragua—Estelí, Condega and Jalapa—the brand is named for the Cuban-seed wrapper. While it's no longer $5, it's still a great bargain, delivering a level of richness normally found in cigars twice the price. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Figurado

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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Illusione Ultra Op. No. 9
Nicaragua 94 $12
When Illusione brand owner Dion Giolito released the Illusione Ultra line, they were the most full-bodied cigars he had ever blended. Big and box-pressed, the cigars came in near-black wrappers and were made in Honduras. That was three years ago and Giolito has made some changes. While the cigars are still indeed dark in appearance, they aren't quite as close to black as the originals, and the Ultras aren't made in Honduras anymore. Giolito moved the production to the TABSA factory in Nicaragua, citing logistical reasons. But a change in factory can have a significant effect on a cigar. In the case of the Ultra, it seems to have been a change for the better. The cigars performed so well and so consistently that the Ultra Op. No. 9 made it to the No. 6 spot on our list. The cigar is an imposing toro and one of this year's best examples of a strong, spicy Nicaraguan blend that also has some of the qualities of a pint of coffee stout. The smoke is dense and chewy, and leaves a reverberating peanut-and-caramel aftertaste that sticks to the palate. Since it was first released, Ultra was intended to be a full-bodied offshoot of the core Illusione line. Giolito makes fewer Ultras than any other brand in his repertoire. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Corona Gorda

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

5
Padrón Family Reserve 50 Years Natural
Nicaragua 94 $25
It seems the Padróns are always celebrating something. And when they decide to honor an occasion with a commemorative cigar, it's always nothing short of excellent. The Padrón Family Reserve 50 Years Natural marks the company's 50th anniversary. Company patriarch José Orlando Padrón began selling fumas-style cigars for 25 cents apiece in Miami, and today he is one of the most respected names in the premium cigar industry. The list of accolades and critical acclaim is beyond impressive, as Padrón has proven itself to be not only a model of excellence, but of consistency. This is the 12th Top 25 list in Cigar Aficionado magazine's history. A Padrón cigar has been named Cigar of the Year three times and has made the Top 10 list every year consecutively. The Family Reserve began as a box-pressed torpedo only offered at cigar events where a Padrón family member was present. The line was eventually commercialized and now exists in a few sizes. Astute Padrón fans might remember how the Padrón Family Reserve 50 Years made the 2014 list. Last year, it was the maduro version, but this year, the natural wrapper version of the 50 Years made our list. These cigars have all the signature traits of a great Padrón: box pressing, perfect draw, plenty of body, and a hearty combination of earth, cocoa bean and coffee. Each note folds into the palate individually and then harmonizes for a sublime experience. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Robusto

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Belicoso
Dominican Republic 94 $12
There aren't many cigar brands using high-quality Cameroon wrapper today. It tends to be quite expensive, rough in appearance and temperamental during the fermentation process. But the Fuente family doesn't seem to mind, and there was no better expression of Cameroon wrapper put to market in 2015 than that of the Don Carlos Belicoso. Its wrapper-to-filler ratios resulted in a perfect combination of the Cameroon cover leaf's sweet-and-sour properties along with the Dominican binder and filler, which gave the cigar a zesty, nutty quality full of shaved almonds and candied orange peel. The brand was named after Carlos Fuente Sr., patriarch of the Fuente family. The factory, Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia., is the largest family-owned cigar-making operation in the premium cigar business. Fuente Sr. recently turned 80 years old, and the Don Carlos is said to be blended to his personal taste. The combination of Cameroon and Dominican tobacco has been its hallmark since the brand debuted 30 years ago. The portfolio currently has seven sizes, including a slightly larger torpedo, but there's something about the precise dimensions, ratios and combustion rate of the Belicoso that makes it stand out. They are aged for no less than a year, and the dark chocolate aroma so prevalent in the aging room certainly emanates off the cold bouquet of each cigar, and recurs on the palate as well. Refined and delicious, it's also enhanced by a nutty, sweet-and-sour finish. Read more

Country: Dominican Republic

Cigar Size: Figurado

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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CAO Flathead V660 Carb
Nicaragua 95 $8
It's big. It's blocky. And it has the flattest head we've ever seen on a premium cigar. It's also loaded with surprisingly rich, complex tobacco. The CAO Flathead V660 Carb is one of the bulkiest cigars in the CAO Flathead line, which is made by General Cigar Co. in Nicaragua. General inherited the entire portfolio of CAO's preexisting brands after Swedish Match and ST Cigar Group Holdings merged in 2010. Flathead, however was created under General Cigar by Rick Rodriguez and Ed McKenna. The idea was for the cigars to resemble the engine blocks found in America's classic hot rods, and this is reflected in the packaging as well. Each box looks like an engine and even comes with a vintage-style print of a pinup girl. There is undoubtedly a jovial aspect to the theme, but it would be a mistake to dismiss the Flathead as a novelty. The cigar is a gutsy blend that starts with a dark Connecticut broadleaf wrapper, a Cuban-seed binder also grown in Connecticut and a combination of Nicaraguan ligero and Dominican Piloto Cubano tobacco. If Rodriguez and McKenna intended the blend to reflect hot rods and muscle cars along with the packaging, we'd say they delivered. The name Carb 660 is named after the carburetor of a combustion engine and 660 indicates the length and ring gauge. From the first light, this seriously squared-off cigar takes off with notes of ripe fruit, leather and molasses that only gain intensity as it smokes. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Grande

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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Ramon Allones Specially Selected
Cuba 96 £16
When it comes to Cuban cigars Ramon Allones isn't exactly a household name, as it's one of the smaller brands coming out of Cuba, but Habanophiles know it well. It's also a cigar that fans of more full-bodied tobacco tend to reach for, and the Specially Selected is probably the most recognized vitola in the Ramon Allones portfolio. Not that the portfolio is terribly large—over the years, official deletions have whittled down the brand to a mere three sizes. Ramon Allones is as rich in history as it is in flavor. Founded in 1837, it's one of the oldest brands still produced and is credited as the first manufacturer to decorate its boxes with ornate, branded labels. Other cigar companies naturally followed suit and now, more than 150 years later, the branding of cigars and cigar boxes is commonplace. What is less common, however, is the amount of complex character that the Ramon Allones Specially Selected delivers. The cigars we originally smoked and rated earlier in the year were from a box stamped with a 2013 production date. The Specially Selected cigars we revisited for the Top 25 test were from 2014—and they were quite magnificent. Forget, for a moment, that these cigars are supposed to be strong and rustic by reputation. While there is indeed an intensity to these cigars, the Ramon Allones Specially Selected smokes of 2014 are also dynamic and, at times, elegant. Each puff is layered with earthy espresso bean but notes of marzipan and citrus show the cigar's more sophisticated side. Read more

Country: Cuba

Cigar Size: Robusto

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo Box Pressed
Nicaragua 97 $11
The original My Father brand was created by Jaime Garcia to honor his father, Pepin. A year later, Pepin decided to honor his own father with an offshoot brand called My Father Le Bijou 1922. Unlike the originals, which wear an Ecuadoran cover leaf, Le Bijou 1922 cigars are darker and stronger. The blend is Nicaraguan from top to bottom, showcasing Cuban-seed wrappers that the Garcia family calls oscuro. Only one size—this torpedo—is box-pressed. Some will say that box-pressing a cigar is only an aesthetic decision. But when the Garcias took this hearty, complex blend, rolled it into a torpedo shape and then gave it a pressing, the result stood out for its ability to deliver complex notes clearly and harmoniously. The date 1922 denotes the birth year of José Garcia, the father of José "Pepin" Garcia. Le Bijou means "the jewel" in French. And this cigar is emblematic of all the Garcia family has achieved. Pepin started as a roller in Cuba before emigrating to Miami and eventually opening up a tiny rolling gallery in Little Havana. Commercial and critical acclaim for his cigars allowed expansion into Nicaragua. Today, Pepin, Jaime and Janny Garcia lead My Father Cigars, and their factory in Estelí produces millions of cigars a year. Despite rapid growth, the family still takes great care in producing cigars of quality and distinction, which shows in this My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo Box Pressed. It takes a profound understanding of cigar tobaccos to create a smoke that conveys uncanny impressions of dark chocolate-covered raisins, savory leather and a sweet-and-salty finish that resonates on the palate. This cigar has an ideal combination of power and finesse to make it No. 1. It's the second Cigar of the Year for the Garcias. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Figurado

Issue Date: 2016-01-01

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