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New Videos—Top Three (Legal) Cigars of 2012

Posted: December 3, 2013

Every year, tickets for the Big Smoke Las Vegas Saturday Seminars sell out quickly for good reason: There is a wealth of cigar education to be gained from attending.

Throughout the day this year, makers of Cigar Aficionado's top-scoring legal cigars for 2012 (the No. 2 cigar of the year was a Cuban) told the stories behind their celebrated cigars to the crowd.

The first to speak was Jorge Padrón of Padron Cigars, maker of the No. 4 Cigar of 2012, the Padrón Family Reserve 85 Years in natural wrapper, a Nicaraguan puro measuring 5 1/4 inches by 50 ring gauge that received 94 points. Next on the podium was Javier Estades and Larry Palombo of Altadis U.S.A, the men behind the No. 3 Cigar of the Year, the Romeo by Romeo y Julieta Piramide. And finally, José Ortega and the Garcia family, father Pepin with daughter and son Janny and Jaime, took to the stage to talk about the reigning Cigar of the Year: the Flor de las Antillas Toro.

Since many wanted to attend but couldn't, we thought it a good idea to bring some of the speeches to our readers. Enjoy the three videos below.

Frederick Amodeo Bellport, New York, USA, December 4, 2013 4:03pm ET
Great video portraying 3 remarkably well represented cigar producers! It is a joy to witness, although through a video, the professionalism and commitment that these three individuals portray to the us the cigar consumers. Thank you for their cigars, quality assurance, and commitment to the cigars they produce and their value of the consumer. BRAVO!
Javier Suarez Ennis, Texas, United States, December 8, 2013 10:11am ET
Its great to hear the history of of some of the best cigar makers. I'm new to the world of cigars but even I can appreciate the dedication and enthusiasm for cigars these makers have. All I have to say is thank you for the wonderful product and wish I was there.
Guy Buscema Calvisson, Gard, France, December 18, 2013 8:06am ET
Dear sirs,
Connoisseur Corner, in CA Mag. 99.0% of cigars cuban. NC usually lowest rated, if they are even there. Marvin Shanken humidor room full of mostly cuban cigars. CA Magazine full of non cuban cigar ads, as that is all they can put in it.And you still believe their 25 top cigars list ? Who believes It ? GURKHA ?
Guy, in France

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