Editors' Note: The Toughest Test
Cigar ratings are the bedrock of Cigar Aficionado magazine. In this issue, they take center stage as we name the Top 25—the very best cigars of the year. It’s the toughest test a cigar will face, and it’s a process that we take very seriously. We begin by assembling a list of the highest-rated cigars of the year from the pages of Cigar Aficionado magazine and Cigar Insider newsletter, cigars that have already proven themselves in one blind taste test conducted by our panel of cigar-smoking editors. We then create a buy list and send our tasting coordinator out to purchase new versions of these cigars for more rounds of testing. Once again, the cigars are smoked …
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