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CA Year-End Report: 2019 TOP 25 Best New Cigars of the Year

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Cigar Advisor’s Top 25 Cigars of the Year: The Best New Cigars of 2019

Besides the wild office Christmas party (and the ensuing need to update your resume), that staple December event is upon us: when everyone releases their Top 25 Cigars of the Year lists.

For our Top 25 list of cigars, we’re looking back at the smokes that came across our desks from the start of 2019, with a quick recap of what made each cigar special – along with a reason or two we think it deserves a space in your humidor.

Let’s finish off your year with something delicious…

About Our Top 25 Cigars of the Year

We’ve heard some cigar smokers dismiss “cigars of the year” lists because they’re (supposedly) packed with sticks geared exclusively towards the pros: full bodied, wildly complex, and you need a PhD in Cigarology to enjoy them. Also, that they’re unicorns. And they’re expensive. Of course, a few of our picks do embrace those qualities – but with the “Connecticut Resurgence” of the past 18 months, we found there were plenty of tasty smokes that the beginner and occasional cigar smoker could enjoy.

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That’s important – because in addition to turning our fellow cigar lovers on to these 25 new and (maybe) soon-to-be classics, part of our mission at Cigar Advisor is helping newcomers explore and expand their horizons. Everyone deserves to get satisfaction from smoking a cigar, and now you, too, can get in on the award-worthy smoking action with many of our Top 25 cigars.

How We Picked Our Top New Cigars of 2019

As you’ve probably noticed in our reviews throughout this past year, you won’t find ratings, scores or grades for the cigars we’ve smoked and discussed here at Cigar Advisor. That’s because it’s not up to us to tell you if a cigar is good…it’s up to us to tell you how it smokes, what we taste, and who we think will enjoy it most.

But do we have favorites? You bet we do.

So the criteria for a cigar to make this year’s Top 25 cigar list was simple: “Damn, that was a good cigar.” (It was last year’s criteria, too. At least we’re consistent.) In addition to the notes we made when we smoked them, we consulted a wide range of palates to reach our 25 cigar consensus: the three Advisors, the Master Tobacconists in our retail store, and the Famous Smoke Shop buyers. And these are what we enjoyed most, our best of the best for 2019.

A few important things to keep in mind about this Top 25 Cigars Report:

  • Cigar Advisor is ad-free – so there’s no money changing hands, or favors being done that would influence us to include a cigar. We just smoked ‘em and liked ‘em…a lot.
  • There are no Cuban cigars on our list. Sure, they’re good – but hard to get, and hard to afford. And with so many good cigars so readily accessible, we don’t need to explore that territory.
  • The cigars are listed in alphabetical order by brand, as opposed to order by number or rank (why nitpick when they’re all good?). Where appropriate, we’ve discussed certain cigar sizes. But feel confident in smoking any size you like, as again – they’re all good.
  • While some cigars are announced a number of months before they actually arrive, our Top 25 cigars were released to the general public 2019.

Now, on to our list…as we call out our Best New Cigars of 2019, we’re providing an extra detail or two about each cigar that stood out to us. If you decide to try one (or all) of these cigars, we hope you find some interesting details you can share in a comment at the end.

 

ACID 20 

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Indonesia
Filler: Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year ACID 20 cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Surprised to see an Acid here? Don’t be: it’s up for more of this year’s cigar industry awards than maybe you realize…so we’re not alone on this one. Besides – whether you love or hate infused cigars, it’s undeniable that Drew Estate changed the face of the industry with Acid in 1999. Jonathan Drew says that this is the best Acid since Kuba Kuba – and that’s a tall order. For us, Acid 20 is more of a culmination of the line. The infusion seems gentler, giving greater emphasis on natural tobacco flavors than Acids of the past. There’s plenty of fruit, spice, and sweetness, but this cigar feels more like a bridge between the flavored and non-flavored realms. – Jared Gulick

 

Alec Bradley Project 40

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Colorado
Binder: Habano (Brazil)
Filler: Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year Alec Bradley Project 40 cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Inspired by the Project 40 initiative, the Alec Bradley Project 40 selection epitomizes what many cigar smokers already know—that cigars have a positive impact on the mind and body. Take the 06.52, for instance. Notes of cedar, sweet tobacco, and pepper transition to a creamy, well-balanced, and aromatic smoke with oak, light honey, berry, and spice notes. As noted in my #nowsmoking review of this cigar: no need to think too much about this cigar. Let it do its thing, and it will reward you generously. The Toro clearly exceeded my expectations, making it one Project worth green-lighting for the list. – Gary Korb

 

Crowned Heads La Coalicion 

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder: Sumatra
Filler: Dominican Republic and Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year Crowned Heads La Coalicion cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Quick: name a more buzzworthy cigar than La Coalicion in 2019…we’ll wait. Anticipation is one thing, but the promise on delivery, that’s another animal all together. And delivering…that’s exactly what Crowned Heads and Drew Estate did with this blend. Notes of nuts, cream, black pepper, wood, and citrus are perfectly balanced. And though the cigar is plenty strong, it still smokes smooth – reeling you in as it burns. Let’s hope that La Coalicion is the spark for additional collaborations in their future. – Jared 

 

Crux Union Fire 

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium Plus
Wrapper: Proprietary Nicaraguan Engañoso
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year Crux Union Fire cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Inspired by the American colonies’ first fire department, Union Fire has arrived on scene to honor our nation’s bravest. And the Haugen clan has blended them a barnburner, wrapped in a savory Nicaraguan Engañoso capa (grown exclusively for their use, btw). Smooth, creamy, and complex, the Toro’s medium-plus smoke reveals some light saltiness plus flavors of sweet spice, roasted nuts, cedar, and citrus. What also got my attention were the floral notes in the mix – a rare facet in cigars made outside of Cuba. If you need rescuing from the average premium cigar fare, call the Crux Union Fire Department. – Gary

 

EP Carrillo Famous Smoke Shop 80th Anniversary

Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Strength: Medium/Medium-Full
Wrapper: U.S. Hybrid Connecticut Habano
Binder: Ecuador Sumatra
Filler: Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year EP Carrillo Famous Smoke Shop 80th Anniversary cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

With last year’s #1 cigar of the year to his credit, and now an entry in our iconic 80th Anniversary collection, it’s clear that Ernesto Perez-Carrillo is on a roll. Among the highlights of this pleasurable Carrillo fix: the blend is a blood brother to La Historia and Encore, and uses a rare Connecticut-Habano hybrid wrapper that EPC unveiled just for this special project. This soft-press Toro smokes very complex, with what I previously called “drive-by flavors”: tasty, come-and-go nuances that complement a satisfying flavor profile of pepper, oak, earth and crispy zest. – John Pullo

 

Eiroa Dark Natural

Country of Origin: Honduras
Strength: Full
Wrapper/Binder/Filler: Honduran Corojo

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year Eiroa Dark Natural cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

A straight Honduran puro made with an extraordinary amount of high priming Corojo, Eiroa Dark exerts plenty of Ligero aggression; two extra years of fermentation smoothes much of the peppery edge. It’s also what gives the wrapper its distinctly dark color. Dense, chewy smoke warms the taste buds and the soul with coffee bean and spice, along with a cocoa note that you’ll want to savorslowly. Powerful yet refined, with sweet, authentic Corojo charm that won’t quit. No wonder Eiroa Dark Natural quickly became one of the most wish-listed cigars of 2019. – John 

 

Guardian of the Farm Nightwatch 

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Nicaragua Jalapa Shade Grown Corojo Maduro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year Guardian of the Farm Nightwatch cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Not to be confused with Warped’s Guardian of the Farm collaboration, Nightwatch is an Aganorsa Leaf solo number. A tribute to the American bulldogs that protect their farms, each size carries one of the pup’s names. The profile is best described as Cuban-esque with a contemporary edge. There are nuances of earth, leather, espresso, coffee, and cocoa. Additionally, white pepper resides on the finish…especially in the retrohale. Aganorsa calls Nightwatch a “game-changer.” We tend to agree. – Jared 

 

Henry Clay War Hawk 

Country of Origin: Honduras
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Connecticut seed (Ecuador)
Binder: U.S. Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Honduras

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year Henry Clay War Hawk cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

With the War Hawk, the venerable Henry Clay brand takes aim at the new generation of cigar smokers. It jettisons the full-bodied boldness for which Henry Clay is known, opting for a complex, medium-bodied cigar. The Connecticut seed wrapper and Broadleaf binder balance perfectly with its robust Honduran core, and the result is an uber-creamy smoke teeming with earth, sweet spice, oaky notes, and light pepper. As mentioned in my earlier review of the Toro, it’s right in the pocket for both full-bodied fans and newbs seeking a rich tasting smoke that hits on all cylinders. – Gary 

 

Highclere Castle Victorian 

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Maduro
Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year Highclere Castle Victorian cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Midway through the year, I wrote an article about my then top 10 cigars so far, and the number one slot went to Tabernacle Havana Seed CT 142. Since 142 wasn’t released in 2019, it’s therefore ineligible for this list. Highclere Castle Victorian is, however, and it’s another of Nick Melillo’s creations that have truly wowed us. The cigar is full-flavored, oozes gusto, and exhibits warm spices, fiery peppers, and a bounty of caramel, cedar, and cinnamon. Super premiums they may be, but Victorian is among the few that justify the buy-in. – Jared 

 

HVC Serie A 

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Nicaragua Corojo ‘99
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year HVC Serie A cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

When it comes to HVC Serie A, I don’t think I’ve ever smoked a more consistent cigar, especially in the Perlas size. They say that every box has a bad stick, and after my third, I still haven’t found one yet. Thick smoke provides a mouthwatering disposition that’s salty-sweet with a flurry of pepper, spices, and wood. And with a price we feel is well under its value, Serie A is what daily smoking dreams are made of. I smoked the cigar with Gary earlier this year as part of his #nowsmoking series. Check that out after you’ve finished this list for a deeper dive. – Jared 

 

Joya de Nicaragua Antaño CT (Connecticut)

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium Plus
Wrapper: Connecticut seed (Ecuador)
Binder& Filler: Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year Joya de Nicaragua Antano Connecticut cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Exquisitely crafted with Connecticut seed wrappers, the CT is first for Joya de Nicaragua’s Antaño line. And they nailed it, too. Slightly rolled-back in strength, the CT imparts a medium-plus smoke, while upholding the brand’s full-flavored pedigree. Swollen with dense, creamy smoke, well-balanced flavors of leather, sweet cedar, oak, sundry spices, and white pepper abound. As I alluded to in my Corona Gorda review, the wider shape of the Robusto reveals more complexity and depth. A refined change of pace for Antaño disciples, including rookies, who’ll get a sharply-focused glimpse of Antaño’s CT remarkable attributes. – Gary

 

La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2007

Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Strength: Medium-Full
Wrapper: Ecuador HVA
Binder: Brazil
Filler: Dominican Republic (Cibao Valley), Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year La Aurora 107 Cosecha 2007 cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

In 2007, Mother Nature blessed La Aurora with tobaccos of rare quality…certainly, having one of their best harvests (“cosechas”) in years would be a reason to put La Aurora 107 in a Top 25 conversation. But what sealed the deal for us is the thick, rich and oily Ecuador Havana (HVA) wrapper: the same leaf used on Fuente’s coveted Rosado Magnum series, as well as choice delicacies from Pepin, AJ Fernandez and Herrera Esteli. Loaded with complex notes of dried fruits, coffee, chocolate and citrus, the limited-run Cosecha 2007 has “wow” factor aplenty – and more strength than you’d expect from La Aurora. A tasty comeback you’ll want to witness for yourself. – John

 

La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press 

Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Strength: Medium-Full
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa
Binder: Mexican San Andrés
Filler: Nicaraguan Jalapa, Dominican Piloto Cubano, Dominican Olor, Brazilian Mata Fina

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Earlier this year, I reviewed the La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press Gigante, but I was even more impressed by the Toro. The cigar has a crisp appearance and some slight toothiness on its oily wrapper, which is imbued with an attractive, reddish tint. Once lit, it yields an effusion of dense, creamy smoke, granting well-balanced flavors of earth, sweet spices, cedar, and a glimmer of pepper. Full of pleasant surprises, the Toro’s dimensions, rich flavors, and easy- to-handle strength make it approachable to just about everyone. A most “list-worthy” treat. – Gary

 

Laranja Reserva Escuro

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Brazilian Mata Fina
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year Laranja Reserva Escuro cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Still curious how much impact a cigar’s wrapper has on flavor? I present Exhibit A, Laranja Reserva Escuro. Erik Espinosa took his highly-acclaimed Laranja blend and went into dark mode: a leathery Mata Fina wrapper, which bumps the body and flavor up to full. Where the original was tinged with citrus and sweet spice, the back-in-black sequel now smokes with a sweet, earthy taste that’s loaded with peppery character – it is Espinosa, after all. If you like ‘em rich, Laranja Reserva Escuro will not disappoint. – John

 

Montecristo Espada Oscuro 

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Rosado Oscuro
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year Montecristo Espada Oscuro cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

With an exterior graced by its Nicaraguan Habano Rosado Oscuro wrapper, the Espada Oscuro is a stunner – especially the 5″ x 54 Ricasso. As for its interior, the all-Nicaraguan core unveils a bold, chewy, and aromatic smoke with optimal balance. An effortless draw leads-off a creamy mixture of earth, sweet tobacco, spices, and woody notes. Later, it takes several dramatic detours, granting additional flavors of leather, nutmeg, and cocoa with even more surprises in the last act. In my #nowsmoking review, I noted that the Ricasso was a wonderful example of a bold and very accessible puro; meaning, every smoker can appreciate this sumptuous treat. – Gary

 

My Father La Promesa 

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium-Full
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Rosado Oscuro
Binder & Filler: Garcia estate-grown Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year My Father La Promesa cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Meaning, “The Promise,” the La Promesa strikes a visual note of elegance exceeded only by its wealth of flavors. Skillfully handcrafted and sealed with a triple cap, the patina on the Habano Rosado Oscuro wrapper glows like Rudolph’s nose. It’s lusciously oily, and bares a little veinage, which gives it some extra character. As I smoked the Corona Gorda, earth, cedar, and sweet spice are revealed in the opening act, while clouds of creamy smoke abound. By the midsection, the medium-plus body finds its groove as flavors of leather, cedar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and dark chocolate converge. Hats off to the Garcias for making a cigar that fulfills its promise from foot to nub. – Gary

 

New World by AJ Fernandez Cameroon Selection 

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Cameroon
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year New World by AJ Fernandez Cameroon Selection cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Admittedly, I’m not the biggest Cameroon wrapper fan. I’m also not always a fan of the strength found in many of AJ’s blends. His ability to make me eat my words on both is part of the reason AJ New World Cameroon has made the cut. Few cigars this year were as memorable, and it’s largely due to beefy portions of wood, coffee, cedar, and cocoa. For added good measure, the Short Robusto is like smoking just the sweet spot of an already amazing cigar. If that somehow doesn’t impress you…wait ‘til you see the price. – Jared 

 

Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Figurado cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

There are some Shaq-sized shoes to fill, here. Why? Because Melanio Maduro’s natural-wrapped cousin took the top cigar honors of 2014. But this is Oliva…and it should come as no surprise that they rose to the challenge. Espresso, spices, pepper, earth, and a natural tobacco sweetness flawlessly work in full-flavored unity. I’m happy to see the Maduro blend finally getting its own Figurado in 2019, and happier the apple fell so close to the tree. – Jared 

 

Plasencia Alma del Fuego 

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Nicaragua Jalapa
Binder: Double Nicaragua Ometepe
Filler: Nicaragua and Nicaragua Ometepe

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year Plasencia Alma del Fuego cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

A blend so nice we honored it twice! Our inaugural Must-Smoke Cigar of the Week in our Top New Cigars series, Plasencia Alma del Fuego is fire. Literally: the name actually means soul of fire. And it gets that soul from leaves (two binders and a half leaf of filler) grown in rich volcanic soils on Nicaragua’s Ometepe Island. We found robust notes of coffee, spices, nuts, pepper, and a sweet finish. It’s still a super-premium, but Alma del Fuego boasts the lowest price in Plasencia’s Alma series thus far. That might help you off the fence. – Jared 

 

Rocky Patel LB1

Country of Origin: Honduras
Strength: Medium
Wrapper:
Ecuador Habano
Binder: Honduras (Jamastran Ligero)
Filler: Nicaragua (Estelí and Condega)

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year Rocky Patel LB1 cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

For the LB1, Rocky breaks the mold (almost literally) – as he’s skipped his usual box press treatment and opted to roll this new cigar as a traditional Parejo. It’s easygoing enough for almost any cigar smoker to enjoy, but you flavor hounds will get the most satisfaction from the LB1: sweet cedar, mocha coffee, roasted nuts, and hints of spice and dark chocolate contribute to a complex profile that leaves behind a long, velvety finish…making me think this is an ideal partner for a late-day bourbon. – John

 

Siboney Reserve by Aganorsa Leaf

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium-Full
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano (Aganorsa)
Binder & Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo (Aganorsa)

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year Siboney Reserve by Aganorsa cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

With their Nicaraguan leaf in high demand by many of today’s top cigarmakers, almost any cigar rolled with Aganorsa’s estate-grown tobaccos would be Top 25 material. And Siboney Reserve is loaded with it – offering layers of leather, sweet tobacco and light pepper within the creamy smoke. But Siboney Reserve’s most pleasant surprise is how it gets sweeter as you go, balanced by a cedar-spice combo. Try the 6” x 44 Lonsdale if you want a little more of the Habano wrapper’s bite; and considering the value proposition, don’t be surprised if you find yourself smoking this on repeat in 2020. – John

 

Sobremesa Brûlée

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Connecticut seed Shade (Ecuador)
Binder: Mexican San Andrés Negro
Filler: Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year Sobremesa Brulee cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

The Sobremesa Brûlée selection re-creates the Connecticut Shade-wrapped cigars of our forefathers’ era with skillful aplomb. Those cigars had a character rarely, if ever, found in today’s Connecticut resurgence. Like the Robusto I reviewed, the wrapper exudes that classic barnyard aroma. Once lit, its naturally sweet and creamy smoke imparts a mellow-to-medium mélange of cedar, caramel, and coffee complemented by a honeyed aroma. Moreover, the Toro smokes like a dream, checking all the boxes, and it does it without any Cuban or Dominican tobaccos. For those who say “They don’t make cigars like that anymore. . .” Yes, they do! – Gary

 

Southern Draw Kudzu Lustrum 5th Anniversary

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Nicaragua Ometepe Medio Tiempo
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year Southern Draw Kudzu Lustrum 5th Anniversary cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Kudzu Lustrum makes our list for blending rare Medio Tiempo tobaccos, painstaking fermentation, expert aging, and a fair price. According to Southern Draw founder, Robert Holt, it’s the company’s greatest cigar to date. It’s hard to disagree when you’re greeted with hefty portions of rich tobacco, earth, spice, nuts, and sweetness. Furthermore, there’s a dynamic complexity to keep you interested from toast to nub. And the nub is exactly where you’ll end up. Lustrum was an instant 2019 standout, and we feel it’s worthy of any seasoned smoker’s humidor. – Jared 

 

Trinidad Espiritu

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Full
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year Trinidad Espiritu cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Among the Cuban heritage brands, it’s Trinidad that’s had a…shall we say, less-than-distinguished past. Unsung and uncelebrated, AJ Fernandez was (once again) brought into the fold to help rescue Trinidad from cigar Purgatory – and stunningly, succeeded in making it Top 25-worthy. Of all the non-Cuban Trinidads, Espiritu is the strong one: a Nicaraguan puro that doubles up on pepper and earth. But even as it burns with plenty of AJ’s signature heat, this cigar’s Cuban influence is evident with a floral note over cedar, roasted nuts and peppery spice. And tempered with dark n’ sweet tastes of fruit and molasses, it screams for a classic Old Fashioned. Trinidad Espiritu is actually one of the biggest surprises I’ve smoked all  year, and a black sheep no more. – John

 

Villiger La Meridiana

Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder & Filler: Nicaragua

Top 25 Cigars of the Year Top 2019 Top 25 Best New Cigars of the Year Villiger La Meridiana cigars at Famous Smoke Shop

Created by Villiger as a tribute to Cuba’s bygone La Meridiana cigar factory, La Meridiana is an all-puro selection. The Toro – the only box-pressed vitola in the line – is a real standout. Its tawny wrapper is opulent, perfectly-pressed, and fitted with a flawless triple cap. I stand by my #nowsmoking review when I say this medium-bodied cigar is “creamysville.” It draws effortlessly, revealing some of the chewiest smoke ever to lap your palate. Earth, leather, pepper, oak, nutmeg, caramel, and more, ebb and flow from end-to-end. I can’t imagine any smoker who craves full-flavored cigars resisting its charms. – Gary

 

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Dale Wilbourn
3 years ago

I would prefer to see them ranked in order of #1 to #25 instead of alphabetically.
But……..
Thank Y’all.

Jared Gulick
3 years ago
Reply to  Dale Wilbourn

Thanks for reading. Our reason for not ranking is that we prefer not to play favorites. Most of the industry does this, and we feel this is what sets us apart.

Pete Zabaski
3 years ago

A reasonably price sampler of these 25 cigars would be enticing.

Dennis
3 years ago

I agree with the the other comments: Rank them. And even more so, put out sampler packs. You may not have ads but you are in the business of selling cigars. Can’t expect us to buy each, even in 5 packs. Come on, do sampler packs for your customers.

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Gary Korb
3 years ago
Reply to  Dennis

Yes, Dennis, and that’s a yes, to you, too, Pete, samplers would be a great way to go. We could even break them down into several sub-samplers. We will definitely take that into consideration going forward. Thanks for the comments, and feel free to share your feedback on any of our Top 25 cigars you’ve already smoked, or afterwards. Happy smokes! G-~

Cal Yooper
3 years ago

if you can’t list msrp, then it’s not worth my time to read — just another list made up by guys who live on freebies

VengaDragon
3 years ago
Reply to  Cal Yooper

If I’m not mistaken the prices and further description are listed when you click “Buy it Now”, prices may change so it’s fair not to put them on there. Stop the hate and smoke a cigar.

Jared Gulick
3 years ago
Reply to  Cal Yooper

Cal, each of the cigars links you to the Famous price, and as was noted in our intro, none of these cigars were chosen based on gifts or advertising sway received by manufacturers. Feel free to post your favorites, if you’d like.

Doug
3 years ago

I like mild. Don’t see any.

Jared Gulick
3 years ago
Reply to  Doug

Doug, I’d try the Brulee. It’s not mellow, but it certainly isn’t too rough – even for a fan of mild-mannered smokes.

Doug
3 years ago

None

Joe
3 years ago

Nice list. Have had some on the list Can’t wait to try the others. Great work. Famous is always good to buy cigars.

Jared Gulick
3 years ago
Reply to  Joe

Hey, Joe. Thanks for the comment and kind words. Keep it smokey! :)

Richard Lopez
3 years ago

I have to admit this is an enticing list of cigars that I have to try and wont break the bank.

Jared Gulick
3 years ago
Reply to  Richard Lopez

Richard, thanks for your comment. These are all worth trying, and you’re right about not breaking the bank!

Stan Walker
3 years ago

I have actually smoked several of the listed above, unusual for me. My favorite was the GOF Nightwatch, excellent cigar. La Promisa was excellent as well. La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press was very good, but a little harsh at the end. Siboney Reserve excellent as well. Went to an Aganorsa Leaf event and tried several different blends and they were all excellent. I’m a huge Laranja fan, so was excited to try the Escuro. Smoked one out of a five pack and was a little disappointed. Maybe too earthy for me. No fear, I will smoke the rest. Maybe it was just a day my taste buds were out of sync.
Being American and everything is a competition, would like to see them numbered as well. But, respect your reasoning for doing it the way you did.
As alway, great work.
Thanks

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CA Review Panel: West Tampa Black

Reading Time: 7 minutes We’re reviewing the new West Tampa Black—one of the two debut blends from Rick Rodriguez’s new cigar company. Does West Tampa Black stack up to Rick’s previous blends? Watch our full Cigar Advisor Panel Review and get the lowdown on this peppery, earthy, and flavorful cigar!

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Best Cigar Gifts For Dad On Father’s Day

Reading Time: 11 minutes Looking for the perfect cigar gift for Dad? See our definitive list in the the Cigar Advisor Best Father’s Day Cigar Gift Guide and find one fast!

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#NowSmoking: CAO Arcana Firewalker

Reading Time: 4 minutes The CAO Arcana Firewalker uses a Nicaraguan aging method called Chincagre in which the filler tobaccos are buried deep in volcanic soil for 60 days. Whatever contributions it makes to this medium-full cigar’s flavor and performance you’ll learn in this review, and more.

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#NowSmoking H. Upmann 1844 Classic Robusto

Reading Time: 4 minutes “You can tell the Maestros chose some really prime leaf,” says Gary referring to the all-Honduran tobacco core in his review of the H. Upmann 1844 Classic Robusto. This latest addition to the H. Upmann 1844 Heritage line also boasts an Ecuador Connecticut Shade wrapper. This combination amounts to what the company calls a “next level shade” cigar.” Learn more about that and what Gary thought of this cigar now.

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