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The Classics

Cigars that rated 95 points or higher in Cigar Aficionado blind reviews
Aug 30, 2022 | By David Clough
The Classics

Have you ever wondered—what are the highest rated cigars of all time? Wonder no more. These 72 smokes are the crème de la crème of the Cigar Aficionado blind tastings, each with a “classic” rating of 95 points or higher in a standard Cigar Aficionado review. This list does not factor in scores from our Connoisseur’s Corner reviews of vintage cigars, but it does include all classic ratings from our Top 25 ranking. 

The standout is the Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona, which earned a near-perfect 99 points in our Winter 1992 issue. The top of the list also contains the 98-point E.P. Carrillo Pledge Prequel and seven 97-point giants from Padrón, Fuente, My Father and Cohiba. The remainder of the list features a variety of exceptionally complex and flavorful cigars, all of them gems, including fan favorites such as Cohiba, Fuente Fuente OpusX and Padrón Family Reserve.

In the 30 years of this magazine’s publication, only 16 cigars have scored 96 points; only 47 have earned 95 points.

99 Points

Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona

Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona Winter 1992

98 Points

E.P. Carrillo Pledge Prequel

E.P. Carrillo Pledge Prequel 2020 Cigar of the Year

97 Points

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark 2017 Cigar of the Year

Cohiba Behike BHK 52

Cohiba Behike BHK 52 2010 Cigar of the Year

Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Robusto

Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Robusto 2020 No. 2 Cigar of the Year

My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo Box Pressed

My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo Box Pressed 2015 Cigar of the Year

Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Hermoso

Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Hermoso 2020 No. 3 Cigar of the Year

Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Torpedo Natural

Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Torpedo Natural 2021 Cigar of the Year

Padrón Serie 1926 No. 9

Padrón Serie 1926 No. 9 2007 Cigar of the Year

96 Points

Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Maestro

Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Maestro 2019 Cigar of the Year

Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill

Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill 2011 Cigar of the Year

Cohiba Robusto Autumn 1992

Cohiba Siglo V Spring 1993

E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic

E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic 2018 Cigar of the Year

Flor de las Antillas Toro

Flor de las Antillas Toro 2012 Cigar of the Year

Hoyo de Monterrey Double Corona Spring 1995

La Flor de Cano Short Churchill Autumn 1992

La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull

La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull 2016 Cigar of the Year

La Mission L’Atelier 1959

La Mission L’Atelier 1959 2020 No. 4 Cigar of the Year

Montecristo No. 2

Montecristo No. 2 2013 Cigar of the Year

Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado

Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado 2014 Cigar of the Year

Padrón Serie 1926 80 Years Maduro

Padrón Serie 1926 80 Years Maduro 2008 No. 2 Cigar of the Year

Padrón Serie 1926 No. 2

Padrón Serie 1926 No. 2 2017 No. 2 Cigar of the Year

Punch Double Corona

Punch Double Corona December 1999

Ramon Allones Specially Selected

Ramon Allones Specially Selected 2015 No. 2 Cigar of the Year

95 Points

Aging Room Quattro F55 Concerto

Aging Room Quattro F55 Concerto 2013 No. 2 Cigar of the Year

Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper Robusto

Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper Robusto 2020 No. 7 Cigar of the Year

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark December 2020

Bolivar Belicoso Fino

Bolivar Belicoso Fino 2020 No. 11 Cigar of the Year

CAO Flathead V660 Carb

CAO Flathead V660 Carb 2015 No. 3 Cigar of the Year

Cohiba 1966 Edición Limitada 2011

Cohiba 1966 Edición Limitada 2011 2012 No. 2 Cigar of the Year

Cohiba Behike BHK 54

Cohiba Behike BHK 54 June 2013

Cohiba Esplendido

Cohiba Esplendido April 2017

Cohiba Robusto 2019 No. 4 Cigar of the Year

Cohiba Siglo III Spring 1993

Davidoff Nicaragua Toro

Davidoff Nicaragua Toro 2013 No. 3 Cigar of the Year

E.P. Carrillo La Historia E-III

E.P. Carrillo La Historia E-III 2014 No. 2 Cigar of the Year

Flor De Las Antillas

Flor De Las Antillas December 2018

Fuente Fuente OpusX Belicoso XXX

Fuente Fuente OpusX Belicoso XXX 2010 No. 3 Cigar of the Year

Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Corona

Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Corona 2005 Cigar of the Year

Fuente Fuente OpusX PerfecXion No. 2

Fuente Fuente OpusX PerfecXion No. 2 2007 No. 2 Cigar of the Year

Henry Clay War Hawk Corona

Henry Clay War Hawk Corona 2020 No. 10 Cigar of the Year

Illusione Fume d’Amour Clementes

Illusione Fume d’Amour Clementes 2014 No. 3 Cigar of the Year

Joya de Nicaragua Número Uno L’Ambassadeur

Joya de Nicaragua Número Uno L’Ambassadeur 2020 No. 6 Cigar of the Year

La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Belicoso

La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Belicoso 2011 No. 2 Cigar of the Year

La Flor Dominicana Salomon

La Flor Dominicana Salomon April 2009

My Father La Opulencia Toro

My Father La Opulencia Toro 2018 No. 2 Cigar of the Year

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2

Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2 2021 No. 2 Cigar of the Year

Montecristo No. 2 June 2000

Oliva Serie V Belicoso

Oliva Serie V Belicoso 2017 No. 3 Cigar of the Year

Oliva Serie V Melanio Churchill

Oliva Serie V Melanio Churchill 2020 No. 8 Cigar of the Year

Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado October 2021

Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series “A”

Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series “A” June 2009

Padrón Family Reserve No. 50

Padrón Family Reserve No. 50 December 2021

Padrón Family Reserve No. 44 Maduro

Padrón Family Reserve No. 44 Maduro July 28, 2020 Cigar Insider

Padrón Family Reserve No. 45 Maduro

Padrón Family Reserve No. 45 Maduro 2009 Cigar of the Year

Padrón Family Reserve No. 45 Natural

Padrón Family Reserve No. 45 Natural 2010 No. 4 Cigar of the Year

Padrón Family Reserve No. 44 Natural December 2011

Padrón Family Reserve No. 44 Natural 2018 No. 4 Cigar of the Year

Padrón Serie 1926 80 Years Maduro April 2008

Padrón Family Reserve No. 44 Natural

Padrón Serie 1926 No. 48 Maduro December 2021

Padrón Serie 1926 No. 48 Maduro

Padrón Serie 1926 No. 6 2019 No. 2 Cigar of the Year

Partagás Serie P No. 2

Partagás Serie P No. 2 December 2011

Punch Double Corona July 21, 2015 Cigar Insider

Punch Short de Punch

Punch Short de Punch 2020 No. 5 Cigar of the Year

Rocky Patel Decade Torpedo

Rocky Patel Decade Torpedo June 2008

Rocky Patel Number 6 Corona

Rocky Patel Number 6 Corona 2020 No. 9 Cigar of the Year

Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Robusto

Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Robusto 2016 No. 2 Cigar of the Year

San Cristobal Quintessence Churchill

San Cristobal Quintessence Churchill 2021 No. 3 Cigar of the Year

The Wise Man Maduro Robusto

The Wise Man Maduro Robusto 2018 No. 3 Cigar of the Year

Viaje Oro Reserva VOR No. 5

Viaje Oro Reserva VOR No. 5 2010 No. 2 Cigar of the Year

Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988 Robusto

Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988 Robusto 2019 No. 3 Cigar of the Year

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