Top 25: The Winners’ Circle

Top 25: The Winners’ Circle
Recent Cigar of the Year accolades have been awarded to La Flor Dominicana's Andalusian Bull (2016), My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo Box Pressed (2015), Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado (2014), Montecristo No. 2 (2013) and Flor de las Antillas Toro (2012).

Cigar Aficionado has named a Cigar of the Year continuously since 2004. There have been 13 Cigars of the Year to date with scores ranging from 93 to 97 points. All the ratings are conducted blind, and to become Cigar of the Year requires repeated top scores in blind tastings, so consistency is key.

Nicaragua has had more No. 1 cigars than any other nation, with seven, followed by Cuba with three. Cigars made by the Padrón family have scored a record three No. 1 cigars, more than any other producer. The Garcia family is the only other two-time winner, with two No. 1 cigars. Both the Padróns and Garcias make their cigars in Nicaragua.  

The reigning Cigar of the Year is the La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull, which scored 96 points.


Cigar Aficionado's Cigars Of The Year

Year Cigar Country Rating
2004 Padrón Serie 1926 40th Anniversary Nicaragua 93
2005 Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Corona Dom. Rep. 95
2006 Bolivar Royal Corona Cuba 94
2007 Padrón Serie 1926 No. 9 Nicaragua 97
2008 Casa Magna Colorado Robusto Nicaragua 93
2009 Padrón Family Reserve No. 45 Maduro Nicaragua 95
2010 Cohiba Behike BHK 52 Cuba 97
2011 Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill Honduras 96
2012 Flor de Las Antillas Toro Nicaragua 96
2013 Montecristo No. 2 Cuba 96
2014 Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado Nicaragua 96
2015 My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo Box Pressed Nicaragua 97
2016 La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull Dom. Rep. 96
2017 To be revealed December 21, 10 a.m., TBA TBA

On Monday, at 10 a.m., we will begin our countdown to the No. 1 cigar of 2017 right here at On that day, the No. 10, 9 and 8 cigars will be revealed. On Tuesday, December 19, cigars No. 7, 6 and 5 will be unveiled, followed by No. 4, 3 and 2 on Wednesday, December 20. Thursday, December 21 is the big day when the No. 1 Cigar of 2017 will go live. The rest of the Top 25 cigars, No. 11 through 25, will be revealed on Friday, December 22.

Any guesses? What cigar do you think will join this illustrious winners’ circle next week? Put your guesses below in our comments section.