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All-Time Top Cigars

A special reprint from the 1992/93 issue of Cigar Aficionado
CA Staff
From the Print Edition:
10th Anniversary Issue, Nov/Dec 02

In the winter of 1992, Cigar Aficionado ran profiles of five Cuban cigars hailed as the benchmarks of the cigar world. The cigars set the standard for quality craftsmanship, flavorful tobacco and overall performance. They were the cigars that smokers yearned to get their hands on, cigars to be savored until the smoker's fingers were near the burning point. A lot has changed in the cigar industry since then. Non-Cuban cigars have evolved into market competitors, rivaling Cuban smokes with their own style and quality. But that doesn't mean Cuban cigars have lost their identity, or that such brands as Cohiba, Montecristo and Hoyo de Monterrey are no longer held in the same regard as they once were. In 2002, these five cigars remain paradigms for aficionados, and are some of the most sought-after cigars in the world. Following are the descriptions and scores for these wonderful cigars, as they appeared in our Winter 1992/93 issue.

 

99 -- Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona

What more can be said about the Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona? This is one of the biggest smokes with the greatest amount of flavor and style. Measuring 7 5/8 inches long by 49 ring gauge thick, the Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona incorporates some of Cuba's finest tobacco and greatest workmanship.

98 -- Cohiba Esplendido

The Cohiba Esplendido is perfectly named. This is truly a splendid cigar to smoke. It has great richness and full tobacco flavors, yet it retains a great class and finesse on the palate. A Churchill-sized cigar, measuring 7 inches long by 47 ring gauge thick, it is called a "Julieta" in factories by the workers, and remains one of the favorite smokes of the rollers.

96 -- Cohiba Robusto

The Cohiba Robusto is one of the hottest selling Cuban cigars. No other offers such a burst of flavor in such a relatively small size. The Robusto measures 5 inches long by 50 ring gauge thick.

94 -- Punch Punch

Punch Punch is Cuba's cigar for the connoisseur. It offers plenty of captivating, creamy, coffee character yet maintains a harmony in aroma and flavor that leaves you spellbound. The Punch Punch is basically a shortened Churchill cigar measuring 5 5/8 inches long by 46 ring gauge thick. The thicker format gives the cigar richness, but the length makes it easy to enjoy in less time than a full-fledged Churchill. Called the "Corona Gorda" in Cuban cigar factories, the Punch Punch is rolled in the La Corona factory.


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