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The 2021 Top 25 Reveal Schedule

Dec 13, 2021 | By CA Editors
The 2021 Top 25 Reveal Schedule

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

Year Cigar Country Rating
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

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