Revealing our annual Top 25 list is always an exciting event. The cigars here represent the finest examples of creativity and craftsmanship in the premium, handmade industry, but naming a cigar of the year is no quick or easy task. First, we create a list of the highest-scoring cigars that were rated in the magazine and in Cigar Insider throughout the year via our blind-tasting process. Then, we eliminate duplicate brands to avoid redundancy. Once we’ve chosen our candidates, a tasting coordinator purchases the cigars at retail and we smoke them all over again using the same blind tasting methodology.
Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 is less of an awards ceremony and more of a tournament, where consistency is as important as quality. The cigars that could perform repeatedly at a high level advanced in the rankings, while those that couldn’t were eliminated. It’s not easy to make it to this list, and because of our stringent test, we can say with confidence that these 25 smokes are truly in an elite class. They vary in style, origin and price, but all have proven themselves to be the very best cigars of the year.
Click here to check out the Top 25 Cigars of 2019.