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2020’s Ratings In Review

A breakdown of our ratings from the past year
By Gregory Mottola | From Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky, March/April 2021
2020’s Ratings In Review
Last year may have started off normally enough, but 2020 turned out to be anything but typical, especially for the cigar industry. Shops had to close down, factories had to shut their doors and a general air of uncertainty plagued cigar smokers across the country in the wake of Covid-19. As it turned out, the industry adjusted to the circumstances, and despite the “pivots,” “new normals” or other buzzwords of 2020, Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider were able to conduct blind tastings with the same level of accuracy and volume as any other year. This analysis is an embodiment of 2020—a breakdown of 12 months’ worth of ratings, showing which countries produced the …
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