After smoking hundreds of cigars through our blind tasting process, Cigar Aficionado has narrowed it down to the Top 25 cigars of 2021. Click here to follow along with the Top 25 Cigars of 2021.
The veteran tasting panel smokes cigars from a vast assortment of brands in different sizes, shapes and strengths from all over the world throughout the year. Then a list of top-scoring cigars are created for a test of champions, to see which cigars are the best of the best, worthy of inclusion in the Top 25. In order to keep the tasting completely objective, the band (or bands) of each cigar are removed by the tasting coordinator and replaced with a code before being given to the panel for assessment. Twenty-five of these cigars stood out from the rest as this year’s best.
The prestigious list will be revealed during the second week of January. Which cigars will make the cut, and which cigar will be crowned the king? Find out soon.
The reveal schedule for the Top 25 list is as follows:
Monday, January 10: Cigars 10, 9 and 8
Tuesday, January 11: Cigars 7, 6 and 5
Wednesday, January 12: Cigars 4, 3 and 2
Thursday, January 13: The 2021 Cigar of the Year
Friday, January 14: Cigars 11 through 25
Join us every day at 10 am to see each stage of the reveal, complete with video reviews from executive editor David Savona and managing editor Gregory Mottola.
The 2020 Cigar of the Year came out of the Dominican Republic from veteran cigarmaker Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, whose E.P. Carrillo Pledge Prequel astounded the panel with 98 points. Have a look at all of the Cigars of the Year from years past and try to guess what comes next.
Cigar Aficionado's Cigars Of The Year
|2020||E.P. Carrillo Pledge Prequel||Dom. Rep.||98|
|2019||Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Maestro||Nicaragua||96|
|2018||E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic||Dom. Rep.||96|
|2017||Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark||Dom. Rep.||97|
|2016||La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull||Dom. Rep.||96|
|2015||My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo Box Pressed||Nicaragua||97|
|2014||Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado||Nicaragua||96|
|2013||Montecristo No. 2||Cuba||96|
|2012||Flor de Las Antillas Toro||Nicaragua||96|
|2011||Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill||Honduras||96|
|2010||Cohiba Behike BHK 52||Cuba||97|
|2009||Padrón Family Reserve No. 45 Maduro||Nicaragua||95|
|2008||Casa Magna Colorado Robusto||Nicaragua||93|
|2007||Padrón Serie 1926 No. 9||Nicaragua||97|
|2006||Bolivar Royal Corona||Cuba||94|
|2005||Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Corona||Dom. Rep.||95|
|2004||Padrón Serie 1926 40th Anniversary||Nicaragua||93|