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View the Top 25 Cigars from each year, ranging from 2004 to 2022. Select a year below.
The story of Cigar Aficionado ’s 2012 Cigar of the Year begins in Cuba, the island home of José “Pepin” Garcia, his son Jaime and daughter, Janny. Pepin began rolling cigars at the age of 11 in his hometown of Baez. He rose to prominence …
We review the highest-scoring cigars from the past year and assemble a new tasting of only these cigars.
Repurchase, re-band and then re-smoke the cigars blind—tasters don’t know the identity of the cigar.
The top-scoring cigars are then smoked against each other through multiple rounds.
A new list of 25 cigars is assembled.