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Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Pyramid
Dominican Republic 92 $17
Julius Caeser Newman (the middle name is a misspelling of the famed Roman emperor's moniker) was the founder of J.C. Newman cigars, a company that dates back to 1895 when Newman first rolled cigars in Cleveland. The company, now in Tampa, Florida, remains a strong force in the cigar industry. Grandsons Eric and Bobby remembered Julius with the 2010 creation of the Diamond Crown Julius Caeser line of cigars, rolled by the Fuente family. Our favorite of the line is the Pyramid, which has loads of rich coffee flavors, along with some sweet and spicy wood. This is the third cigar from Fuente to make our Top 25, tying it with My Father Cigars S.A. for most from any cigar manufacturer. Read more

Country: Dominican Republic

Cigar Size: Figurado

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Diamond Crown Julius Caeser Pyramid
Dominican Republic 91 $17
A very well-rolled torpedo with a full draw that imparts coffee, spicy licorice and nutty flavors with a considerably tangy undertone. Medium bodied and complex. Read more

Country: Dominican Republic

Cigar Size: Figurado

Issue Date: 2013-12-01

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Camacho Corojo Torpedo
Honduras 92 $7
Corojo tobacco was created by the Rodriguez family, and gets its name from their famous pre-Castro Cuban tobacco farm called El Corojo. Corojo seed grows into delicious tobacco, but it's exceptionally hard to grow and quite vulnerable to disease. The father-son-team of Julio and Christian Eiroa, who farm in Honduras, are among the few people who still grow the seed variety (Cuba abandoned plantings of Corojo years ago). The wrapper is used on the delicious and hearty Camacho Corojo line of cigars, which are now part of the Davidoff group. Reddish brown in color, the Camacho Corojo Torpedos are tasty and bold, with exciting flavors of leather and earth culminating in a cocoa and nougat sweetness. Read more

Country: Honduras

Cigar Size: Figurado

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23
La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Matatan
Dominican Republic 92 $7
Litto Gomez has built a reputation for creating powerful, creative cigars. The La Flor Dominicana Air Bender line, which debuted in January 2010, shows his talents. Air Benders are powered by serious, hearty tobaccos. Beneath a gleaming, dark and oily wrapper grown in Ecuador from Habano-seed lies Dominican tobaccos grown on Gomez's farm in La Canela. The complexity of flavor in the cigar comes from using three seed varieties in the blend: Sumatra, Corojo and piloto Cubano. The La Flor Dominicana Air Bender Matatan, a robusto, is bold and zingy, with a considerable red pepper kick. The name Air Bender comes from the Kung Fu movies Gomez loves, and he likes to say he's bending the air when he smokes a cigar. Read more

Country: Dominican Republic

Cigar Size: Robusto

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22
Oliva Serie V Liga Especial Double Robusto
Nicaragua 92 $7
Oliva Cigar Co. of Miami Lakes Florida makes millions of cigars each year in Nicaragua, but none are finer than its Oliva Serie V Liga Especial. The brand is made by a small team of rollers in Nicaragua—only 22 are entrusted to make it, and unlike the other cigarmakers in the factory they are paid on salary, rather than by the number of cigars they make. Furthermore, Oliva uses some of its most powerful leaves in the blend, which is finished with a Habano-seed wrapper leaf grown in Nicaragua. The result is a full-flavored cigar with balance and complexity. The Oliva Serie V Liga Especial Double Robusto is a nutty and spicy cigar, complemented by notes of vanilla and cloves. An Oliva Serie V has made our Top 25 list for five years running. This is no small feat, and it speaks to the cigar's admirable consistency. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Robusto

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21
H. Upmann No. 2
Cuba 92 £18
We've long been fans of H. Upmann No. 2s, even if the typical cigar smoker tends to overlook the lovely pirámide for other cigars. One of the fine things about the H. Upmann brand is its small size. Many of Cuba's biggest cigar brands—Cohiba, Romeo y Julieta, Montecristo—are too large in production to be made in only one place, but all H. Upmanns are rolled at the H. Upmann Factory, which is now located in the building that once was the old Romeo y Julieta Factory. José Miguel Barzaga Maceo is the factory manager, ensuring quality control over the smokes. We found this H. Upmann No. 2 well made with consistently even combustion. It began with light tea notes and woody intonations, but became heavier as we puffed it, finishing with great notes of chocolate, nuts and some black pepper. Read more

Country: Cuba

Cigar Size: Figurado

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20
La Reloba Selección Sumatra Torpedo
Nicaragua 92 $7
The Garcia family continues to do extremely well in Cigar Aficionado's Top 25 rankings. The family has made multiple appearances every year for several years, and they are maintaining that trend with the La Reloba Selección Sumatra Torpedo, the third cigar from their My Father Cigars Factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, to make our Top 25 ranking of 2011. (That ties the factory with Tabacalera A. Fuente for most on the list.) Unlike My Father's other Top 25 smokes (the No. 2 La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Belicoso and the No. 8 Cabaiguan Guapo) La Reloba is owned by the Garcias themselves. It's a well-crafted and absolutely delicious smoke, showing balance and complexity as well as notes of sweet vanilla, coffee and minerals. The Garcias have certainly cemented their reputation as top crafters of cigars. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Figurado

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19
Dunhill Signed Range Toro
Nicaragua 92 $14
The Dunhill Signed Range Toro is an intriguing blend of leaf from three of the best-known tobacco growing countries: the wrapper is from Nicaragua, which has become one of the most popular sources for such leaves in the cigar industry; the binder is from the West African nation of Cameroon, which is better known for wrapper leaves; and the filler is from both Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. The combination is a balanced and flavorful smoke. The Dunhill Signed Range Toro has a mix of nutty and sweet flavors with a cedary finish smacking of fruit. These cigars have shown consistency over the years, always the key to success in the cigar business. This is the second time this particular cigar has made our list; the Dunhill Signed Range Toro was named No. 10 cigar of the year back in 2007. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Corona Gorda

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18
La Gloria Cubana Rabito De Cochino
U.S.A. 92 $5
If it seems like every new cigar in the humidor is ultra fat, consider the La Gloria Cubana Rabito de Cochino. This long, slim smoke has a pigtail tip and an uncut tuck, or foot, so the early puffs give a smoker a taste of only the Ecuadoran Sumatra wrapper. The smoke comes from the creative team at General Cigar Co. known as Team La Gloria, which is spearheaded by Michael Giannini. La Gloria Cubana Rabito de Cochinos are eye-grabbing. The intriguing smokes come in three-packs wrapped in a ribbon inside a coffin-style box. They are also a bargain, selling for $15 per box of three, or only $5 per individual cigar. But looks and price aside, it's the flavor that won the cigar its spot on this list. The Rabito de Cochinos are balanced and elegant, with substantial woody notes, followed by hints of cocoa and toast. Read more

Country: U.S.A.

Cigar Size: Lonsdale

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17
Winston Churchill Chartwell
Dominican Republic 92 $10
The Winston Churchill brand, which was launched in late 2007 as a collaboration between Davidoff of Geneva and Sir Winston Churchill's grandson, is rolled at the Cigars Davidoff factory in the Dominican Republic, run by Hendrik "Henke" Kelner. The line is the only cigar made at that factory that doesn't bear the Davidoff name. The brand struggled in the beginning—early versions scored in the mid 80s, and prices as high as $22 per cigar made them a difficult sell. With lower prices and some new sizes, today's Winston Churchills are faring better. The corona-sized Chartwell—which wasn't one of the original sizes—is a delicious smoke, with a pleasant combination of earthy flavors, hearty coffee bean notes and just enough sweetness on the palate. The cigar has a pleasant toasty finish. Read more

Country: Dominican Republic

Cigar Size: Corona

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Aging Room Small Batch M356 Presto
Dominican Republic 92 $7
Aging Room is a new brand that has impressed us in our blind tastings. Created by Rafael Nodal, owner of the Oliveros brand of cigars, and made by Jochi Blanco of Tabacalera La Palma in Tamboril, Dominican Republic, the Aging Room brand is the duo's best effort to date. The 2011 launch of Aging Room was delayed due to the scarcity of some of the tobaccos used to make the cigars. The cigars are made entirely of Dominican tobaccos, including some Habano-seed ligero. There are four sizes in the line, and we were most fond of the smallest, known as the Presto. This shorter, thinner version of a robusto was simply brimming with hickory notes and roasted nuts. Aging Room Prestos are not made in great quantity, so the cigars are a tough find, but they are definitely worth the search. Read more

Country: Dominican Republic

Cigar Size: Robusto

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15
Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona
Cuba 92 £21
Cuba's double coronas are smoking beautifully right now, and the Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona is the second Cuban double on our Top 25 list this year. (The other is the Punch Double Corona, which ranked No. 8.) Massive and stately, Hoyo Doubles have built up quite the repuation over the years. Aside from some bad showings in 2001 and 2002, when Cuban cigar production as a whole was inconsistent, Hoyo de Monterrey Double Coronas have scored in the 90s in Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider blind tastings, outstanding on our 100-point-scale. Recent production Hoyo Doubles are all about medium-bodied flavors. They offer a combination of sweet spices, coffee notes and a touch of orange peel. These are sublime, rich, but not-too-powerful smokes that are perfect for whiling away an afternoon. Read more

Country: Cuba

Cigar Size: Double Corona

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14
E.P. Carrillo Golosos
Dominican Republic 92 $9
Ernesto Perez-Carrillo has been making cigars for more than 40 years. He learned his craft by working alongside his father in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood, where the family made La Gloria Cubana cigars. Perez-Carrillo developed a reputation for making serious cigars that were appreciated by connoisseurs, and his brand soared in popularity and became an industry mainstay. Today Perez-Carrillo has set out with his son and daughter to make a cigar under his own name in the Dominican Republic. He began with limited-edition smokes, and in 2010 he finally came out with his core line of regular production smokes called E.P. Carrillo. None are finer than the Golosos, a 60-ring-gauge behemoth that is creamy yet spicy, taking on savory notes of leather and a black-cherry sweetness. Read more

Country: Dominican Republic

Cigar Size: Corona Gorda

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13
Ashton Estate Sun Grown 22-Year Salute
Dominican Republic 94 $20
There is profound nuttiness to this cigar, which ranges in quality from nutmeg to peanuts to almond paste, all of which are interwoven with earth, cream and leather. Read more

Country: Dominican Republic

Cigar Size: Figurado

Issue Date: 2014-09-23

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Ashton Estate Sun Grown 22-Year Salute
Dominican Republic 92 $20
The shade-covered fields of Chateau de la Fuente near the tiny town of El Caribe, Dominican Republic, yield reddish brown, supple and oily tobacco used for wrappers. That leaf was once reserved solely for Fuente Fuente OpusX cigars, but the wrappers now also go to a very small production brand called Ashton Estate Sun Grown. Made for Ashton Distributors, each size in the brand commemorates a year of that company's existence. The 22-Year-Salute is a gorgeous pyramid that packs considerable power beneath that supple wrapper leaf. The cigar is quite intense, full of copious amounts of rich nutty flavors and coffee notes. The cigar not only has a high-octane kick, but shows considerable balance as well. Read more

Country: Dominican Republic

Cigar Size: Figurado

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Ashton Estate Sun Grown 22-Year Salute
Dominican Republic 94 $20
There is profound nuttiness to this cigar which ranges in character from nutmeg to peanuts to almond paste, all of which are interwoven with earthy, creamy and leathery intonations. Read more

Country: Dominican Republic

Cigar Size: Figurado

Issue Date: 2014-10-01

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Casa Fernandez Miami Toro
U.S.A. 92 $8
Sixty years ago virtually every cigar smoked in America was rolled domestically, but the art of making premium cigars by hand is practiced almost exclusively on foreign shores now. Miami is a holdout, with a few tiny factories located in its Little Havana neighborhood. One of its newest has produced the only American-made cigar on our list, the Casa Fernandez Miami Toro. Tabacalera Tropical opened a 2,200-square-foot factory in South Florida named Casa Fernandez Miami last summer, and moved production of most of its Casa Fernandez brand to the factory. The tiny operation works exclusively with the company's high-quality tobacco grown throughout Estelí, Condega and Jalapa, Nicaragua by Aganorsa S.A. The Casa Fernandez Miami Toro is packed with nutty and leathery flavors, and the finish smacks of a creamy cup of cappuccino. Read more

Country: U.S.A.

Cigar Size: Corona Gorda

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Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R Vitola "Fifty-Four"
Dominican Republic 92 $8
Carlos Fuente Jr. began the power cigar trend with his 1996 release of Fuente Fuente OpusX and the 1999 creation of Ashton VSG. In December 2009 he showed the world his nuanced side with the creation of the Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R. Dipping into his family's stocks of old tobacco, Fuente turned to Ecuadoran Sumatra tobacco that was leftover in his inventory from his Arturo Fuente Sun Grown line. The old wrappers—they sat for up to 10 years—came from much lower on the plant, giving them less power and spice. The result is a sublime, balanced and elegant cigar with plenty of sweet wood and earth flavors, just a touch of leather and a sweet finish. Fuente is celebrating its 100th anniversary (see page 88) and it makes more than 30 million cigars a year. It speaks to the company's reserves of well-aged tobacco as well as to the creative juices of the family that a company that has been doing this for so many years and in such large capacity can come up with something so new and so delicious. Read more

Country: Dominican Republic

Cigar Size: Corona Gorda

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10
Casa Magna Colorado Diadema
Nicaragua 92 $9
Casa Magna Colorado cigars have been a hit for creators Manuel Quesada of the Dominican Republic and the Plasencia Family of Nicaragua since the robusto size was named Cigar Aficionado's Cigar of the Year in 2008. The superb smoke was also a tremendous value—retailing for all of $5 at the time—a cigar priced for the masses with a taste for connoisseurs.The Diadema size is a far larger, more ornate version of the robusto. The cigar is gorgeous, showcasing the rolling talents of Plasencia Cigars, a cigar factory in Estelí, Nicaragua, that looks like a church and was once known as Segovia. A fat, long stick with a pigtail tip twisted tight against its tapered head, it has a curved bottom that needs just a bit of a clipping to get going. The wrapper possesses a cold aroma of well-tanned leather. The cigar is loaded with cocoa bean, cedar and spicy notes that come together in balanced fashion, culminating in a savory, leathery finish. And while it's not the bargain of the robusto, you still get quite a bit of cigar for your money considering its size. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Figurado

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9
Warlock Robusto
Nicaragua 92 $6
The Warlock brand, with its gothic lettering, silver-on-black cigar bands and outlaw name, was quite a departure for cigar giant Altadis U.S.A. Inc. It has the edgy look of many a hot boutique cigar brand. Regardless of the image, the cigars are delicious.Virtually every other Nicaraguan cigar factory makes its home in Estelí, but Warlocks hail from Condega, crafted by Omar Ortez at the Agros Tobacos Industriales cigar factory. Condega is a well-known tobacco growing area with a balance—the leaf is not as strong as that in nearby Estelí, nor as elegant as that grown farther north, in Jalapa. Warlocks are designed to be strong, and they deliver, with power from the initial puff and a salty, leathery and earthy flavor that ends with notes of wood. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Robusto

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8
Punch Double Corona
Cuba 93 £21
Cuban double coronas went through an inconsistent period in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Today, they are superb, rivaling their days of glory before the modern-day cigar boom. The stately size, measuring 7 5/8 inches long with a ring gauge of 49, is known as a prominente in Cuban cigar factories. Double coronas are cigars that should never be rushed, something to be lit only when you are going to be free of interruptions and can truly enjoy all that they have to offer. The mother factory for Cuba's Punch brand is La Corona, a cigar factory located near Havana's largest baseball stadium. The factory has a tasting room where workers come in every morning, sit at a small desk, and light up, filling out forms to ensure the previous day's production tastes as it should. Quality control of this nature—along with a less rushed atmosphere in which to make cigars, more draw testing in the factory and better tobacco—are among the reasons that Punch Double Coronas are so delicious to smoke. They build in flavor and complexity. First you will taste the coffee, then dark fruits and some vanilla, then nuts, then more. Complexity, balance, power—the Punch Double has it all. The cigars also age beautifully, only adding to their allure. Read more

Country: Cuba

Cigar Size: Double Corona

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7
Cabaiguan Guapo
Nicaragua 93 $11
Pete Johnson, owner of the Tatuaje brand, works counter to brand building 101. His cigar names are nearly unpronounceable. For those who had trouble with Tatuaje, he followed up with Cabaiguan, a cigar named for Cabaiguán, Cuba, located almost in the direct center of the island. Cabaiguans have been made for Johnson by the Garcia family since 2006, first in Miami and later in Nicaragua. The brand was good but not remarkable until the addition of the bolder, darker Guapo size that garnered our high ratings. The success of the one size inspired Johnson to make an entire line of Guapos, in natural and maduro versions, for a combined eight sizes. The original Guapo (which Johnson now calls the Guapo Toro Grande) is still our favorite, a cigar that is stunning to behold, with an impeccably crafted head and a flag tip—it's unfair to call it a pigtail—that's wider at the top than at the bottom, in the shape of a fan. The cigar has balanced flavor, with sweet but not cloying notes of cocoa powder, a sprinkling of black pepper and cedary, leathery intonations. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Corona Gorda

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Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary Torpedo
Nicaragua 93 $11
Rocky Patel calls his Fifteenth Anniversary brand "a Decade on steroids." We call it his best blend ever. Patel released the cigars in 2010, combining Nicaraguan tobaccos with high-priming Ecuador Habano wrappers. Patel says that some of the tobacco comes from a farm in Estelí that grows "some of the richest and spiciest tobaccos I've ever had." Patel built his name on cigar brands rolled for him in Honduras by the Plasencia family and General Cigar Co., but this new brand is made in the Tabacalera Villa Cuba S.A. cigar factory in Estelí, Nicaragua. Patel is an owner in the factory, which is run by Amilcar Perez. The fabrica makes its cigars the Cuban way: entubado rolling, finishing with triple caps, and crafting with two binder leaves rather than one. The Rocky Patel Fifteenth Anniversary Torpedo is dark and box-pressed, with superb construction. Its lush draw is laden with coffee bean, cocoa and earthy flavors that grow in power as the cigar is puffed. This is the best finish ever in our Top 25 for a cigar from Rocky Patel. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Figurado

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5
Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Exclusivo Maduro
Nicaragua 94 $11
The Padrón family continues to impress the cigar world with their complex, flavorful and eminently balanced cigars. Family patriarch José Orlando Padrón began making cigars under his name in 1964. His original efforts were made solely for his fellow Cubans living in Miami. His son Jorge began expanding the company's sales to new markets, and the 1994 introduction of the Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series took the brand to new heights, making them a must-have in the humidors of top cigar shops. The Exclusivo size is a bit thinner than the typical corona gorda, and longer than the typical robusto. The smokes are packed with Nicaraguan tobaccos from Jalapa, Condega and Estelí, all of it grown in the open sunlight. Then they are sharply pressed in a distinctive style. In maduro wrapper, the cigar is dark, with that trademark rich Padrón cocoa flavor. The Padróns have never failed to have a cigar in Cigar Aficionado's top five, and have won Cigar of the Year on several occasions. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Corona Gorda

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Partagas Serie P No. 2
Cuba 94 £18
That old adage of things getting better with age is perfectly suited to Cuba's Partagás Serie P No. 2. The cigar, originally called the Partagás Pirámide, was released in 2000, scoring in the high 80s in our publications. The popular smoke was made part of the regular Cuban cigar portfolio, and was renamed the Serie P No. 2, again scoring in the upper 80s. In recent years, however, these cigars have gone from good to great. Versions in 2006 scored 90 points, the scores crept up to 91 points by 2009, and last year the cigar scored even higher. In this tasting, it scored a near classic 94 points.The cigar shares the same dimensions as all of Cuba's pirámides, and the Partagás Serie P No. 2 is currently smoking better than all of them, even the legendary Montecristo No. 2. Brimming with black pepper, coffee bean, leather and sweet cappuccino notes, the cigars are powerful and complex, loaded with bold Cuban flavors. This Partagás smoke shows true evolution: it has been transformed into something incredible, a perfect example of the level of top-quality smokes that are being made in Cuba today. Read more

Country: Cuba

Cigar Size: Figurado

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Illusione Epernay Le Taureau
Honduras 94 $11
Some people believe it takes massive amounts of power for a cigar to impress in a Cigar Aficionado tasting, but our No. 3 cigar of the year belies their theory. The Illusione Epernay Le Taureau is made without ligero tobacco, the strongest variety of tobacco leaf, and it's blended for balance and elegance rather than strength. The cigar, designed to be lighter and sweeter than the original Illusiones, gets its name from the town of Epernay in the heart of France's Champagne region. The Illusione cigar brand is the brainchild of Dion Giolito, a cigar retailer from Nevada who makes very few cigars, but they all seem to be superb. His smokes, made under contract, have impressed us from the very beginning. We first tasted Illusiones in August 2007, when a vertical brand tasting delivered eight scores of 90 points or higher. We love Illusiones, but we really love the Illusione Epernay. This is the third year in a row that one has appeared in the Top 25. The Le Taureau is one of a trio of new box-pressed sizes that were added to the line last August. It has a chocolate sweetness, plenty of rich nutty flavors and a complex, leathery aftertaste. Illusione cigars are the prototypical boutique smoke, and this is the best showing ever for the brand. Read more

Country: Honduras

Cigar Size: Corona Gorda

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La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Belicoso
Nicaragua 95 $8
Ashton Distributors Inc. has owned its own cigar brands for more than 25 years, but the company has broken new ground with the creation of La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor. The cigar brand is the first from Philadelphia's Ashton to be made with a Mexican wrapper. Mexican leaf has been used forever in the cigar industry, but Ashton has always opted to use Connecticut broadleaf on its dark cigars. Most Mexican maduros are made with a leaf known as San Andrés Negro, while these La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amors have wrappers grown from Cuban seeds. The lush and fertile San Andrés Valley outside of Veracruz turns these leaves dark and oily, packing them with flavor.La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor is rolled for Ashton in Nicaragua at My Father Cigars, the massive factory run by the talented Garcia family. Originally from Cuba, José "Pepin" Garcia, his son, Jaime, and daughter, Janny, now make millions of cigars at My Father, perhaps none finer than the La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Belicoso. They combine Nicaraguan tobacco they grow themselves—using two binder leaves, as is their custom—with this dark, Mexican wrapper, and the combination is sublime. The tidy Belicoso is a box-pressed smoke that burns beautifully and has a lovely woody component balanced by notes of sweet nougat and copious amounts of nuts on the palate.These cigars are not only delicious, but consistent. This is the second year running a Mi Amor has made our Top 25 list. Read more

Country: Nicaragua

Cigar Size: Figurado

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Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill
Honduras 96 $10
Alan Rubin has come a long way in 16 years. He first joined the cigar business in 1996, selling a cigar brand designed for sale at golf courses. It didn't succeed. Rubin had left the family fastener business for something he enjoyed: selling cigars. He named his young company after his two sons, Alec and Bradley, but struggled to find his way. Deep in debt, he realized he had to be in premium cigar stores. He gained a measure of popularity by selling cigars in bundles. Trying to find an edge in an industry that was going through difficult times, he showed signs of innovation early with the release of a cigar with a triangular shape, a first for the cigar business. In 2007 he finally hit his stride with the creation of Alec Bradley Tempus, a heavy-bodied cigar that brought his best ratings to date as well as industry buzz. Two years later, he created a blend called Alec Bradley Prensado. Rubin had smoked a very dark wrapper leaf grown in a region of southern Honduras called Trojes and decided to build a cigar brand around it, using Central American tobacco exclusively. And what a cigar he made. The brand hit the market in 2009 and was acclaimed from the very beginning. In a vertical brand tasting in Cigar Insider of the five original sizes, each scored 91 points or more and earned our accolade of Humidor Selection. The Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill, made at the superb Raices Cubanas factory in Danlí, Honduras, is as gorgeous a cigar as you'll ever see, with a picture-perfect head and a stunning wrapper. But it is the flavor that makes it a classic smoke. The Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos come together to create leather, chocolate and spice notes, and a long, lush finish. Read more

Country: Honduras

Cigar Size: Churchill

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