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
|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., CigarAficionado.com||TBA||TBA|
On Monday, at 10 a.m., we will begin our countdown to the No. 1 cigar of 2017 right here at CigarAficionado.com. 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.