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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

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94 -- Montecristo Millennium Reserve Robusto, October 2001

94 -- Montecristo No. 2, Winter 1995/96

94 -- Partagas Serie D No. 4, June 2002

The highest cigar rated in the June 2002 issue, and the highest-rated Cuban since October 2001. A dark and oily robusto, it has scored in the 90s consistently -- six times overall -- including 92 points in the August 1997 issue.

94 -- Ramon Allones Gigantes, Spring 1995

A full-bodied double corona. Although inconsistency has sometimes plagued this rare cigar, it rated 92 in the Winter 1992/93 issue and 94 in the Spring 1995 issue, propelling it into the Top 10 for Cuban cigars.

94 -- Romeo y Julieta Churchill, Autumn 1993


The surge in quality of non-Cuban cigars over the last 10 years can't go unrecognized. The increase has been astounding, and many brands rolled in the Domincan Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua are now seen as worthy competitors to Cuban cigars. Here are the Top 10 non-Cubans rated by Cigar Aficionado since 1992.

94 -- Onyx Reserve Mini Belicoso, Dominican Republic, August 2001

Rolled in the Dominican Republic by Altadis U.S.A., this cigar made a memorable debut when it scored 94 points. Featuring a maduro wrapper and a bargain price tag, Onyx Reserve has scored in the 90s on two occasions since.

94 -- Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Corona Maduro, Nicaragua,

June 2001

Simply one of the best and most consistent cigar brands around -- Cuban or non-Cuban. The Anniversary Series was released in 1994 and since then has scored 90 points or higher 20 times.

94 -- Padrón Magnum Maduro, Nicaragua, August 2001

The biggest of the regular line of Padrón cigars rolled in Nicaragua, this "A" size cigar scored well the last two times it was rated. Along with this 94 rating it also notched a score of 93 points in October 2002.

93 -- Fuente Fuente OpusX PerfecXion No. 2, Dominican Republic,

June 2000

One of the most sought-after -- and difficult to find -- non-Cuban cigars on the market. Recognized as the first cigar to be sold with a Cuban-seed Dominican wrapper, it is full-bodied with an abundance of flavor. The Fuente Fuente OpusX has consistently scored in the 90s.

93 -- Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Corona, Dominican Republic,

Spring 1995

93 -- Fuente Fuente OpusX Robusto, Dominican Republic,

February 2000

93 -- Licenciados Toro, Dominican Republic, Summer 1994

The only time Licenciados has scored in the 90s. Rolled by Manuel (Manolo) Quesada in the Dominican Republic, the Licenciados is a medium-bodied smoke with a Connecticut-shade wrapper and a blend of Honduran and Dominican filler and binder.

93 -- Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Diplomatico Maduro,

Nicaragua, October 2000

93 -- Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Exclusivo Maduro, Nicaragua,

August 2001

93 -- Padrón 1964 Millennium Series Maduro, Nicaragua,

December 2000

A limited-edition cigar released to mark the millennium, this Nicaraguan puro is the third brand from the Padróns to earn a spot in the Top 10. It is beautifully constructed with a deep, spicy core of coffee and cocoa flavors.

93 -- Padrón Magnum Maduro, Nicaragua, October 2002

93 -- Sosa Piramide No. 2, Dominican Republic, April 1998

The Sosa brand was created in the 1970s by Juan Sosa and is now rolled in the Arturo Fuente factories. The Piramide No. 2 is one of Sosa's benchmark cigars. Featuring an Ecuadoran wrapper, it's a strong cigar with balanced flavors.

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