Herding Stogies: A Composite Top 10

28 responses

  1. Dave Hanifan
    January 11, 2011

    Really great analysis. Thanks for doing it. It provides an interesting perspective!

  2. Tony casas
    January 11, 2011

    I think you have too much time on your hands.

    Totally joking. Very cool list(s) man. I thought it was neat to see soo many similar cigars pop up in everyone’s lists this year. It really shows the manufacturer’s art of making each of thier products stand out. Respect goes out to ‘em. 2009/2010 was really flagship years for the industry. I’m really interested to see the next level of products that will be introduced this year. I think a lot of companies will be making or breaking themselves.

    • Brian Hewitt
      January 11, 2011

      Like Jerry said earlier on twitter, cut me some slack, we’re snowed in down here in “Hothlanta”.

      I couldn’t agree more, the past couple of years have been fantastic for fans of cigars. That is, when we can find places we can still legally smoke them.

      • Mike
        January 11, 2011

        Snowed in – LOL – what is that like 2 inches on the ground? :)

        Just messin with ya my friend. Was neat to see the geek numbers!

  3. Gary J. Arzt
    January 11, 2011

    I can’t believe your time could not have been better spent, Jerry. If you wanted to analyze something that is unimportant, you might have tried to explain Cigar Aficionado’s bizarre selections.

    But then, my position on Ratings and Lists is very clear.

    GJA

    • Don “Cruz”ado
      January 11, 2011

      Gary – sorry for the confusion but its actually Brian who wrote this article not myself. Remember there are 4 of us writing for Stogie Review. The e-mail notification is automated and uses my address. Thanks for the comment.

  4. Al N KWAL72
    January 11, 2011

    Great work Brian. FYI, in defense of the above comment crediting Jerry for all your geeky hard work…email of this article does not have your name credited to it anywhere, and the From field, as always, shows it coming from jerry@stogiereview.

    That said, whats up with this EP Carrillo Short Run 2010? Got one from my B&M after they returned from the IPCPR singing its praises and was not impressed in the least. Now you are going to go make me buy another one to see if my experience was a fluke.

    Good stuff man, thanks.

    • Don “Cruz”ado
      January 11, 2011

      Al – thanks for letting us know about the “from” field. We’ve corrected it so that it uses our generic address.

    • 858 Nick
      January 11, 2011

      Al,

      I’m with you on the EPC stuff. I havent been impressed with aly of them.

  5. Will
    January 11, 2011

    This is awesome. Thanks for the great work. I’m glad to see the La Aurora 107 at the top of the list. I just made it my first box purchase. I was a little nervous committing to such a large number of cigars. Haven’t opened them yet.

  6. DavefromPhilly
    January 11, 2011

    I have to say I’m extremely shocked by all the positive reviews of “the Face”. I smoked 2 and they were young as shit. I wont even touch any of the other 3 I have left at least another 2 years. I just don’t think it was a good smoke and I feel like everyone is just saying they liked it because it was so hyped.

    I can see the other blends being on some peoples lists, but i’m calling shananagins on “the Face”.

    • Brian Hewitt
      January 11, 2011

      Actually, I reviewed the data, and based on the lists I used, “The Face” didn’t rate. On the other hand, the “Pork Tenderloin”, appeared on 5 different lists, and the Black and El Triunfador appeared on 2 each as well. Like I said above, Tatuaje won with 10 different cigars, holding 16 top ten positions on the various lists.

      • DavefromPhilly
        January 11, 2011

        well thats good. i saw it on a few lists and was irritated every time. i wanna try that tenderloin but i may have missed the boat on that one

  7. DavefromPhilly
    January 11, 2011

    Oh, and awesome idea for the article. That was pretty cool

    • Brian Hewitt
      January 11, 2011

      Thanks.

  8. Timothy
    January 11, 2011

    Brilliant idea, Brian. It needed to be done and I hope you do this every year.

    And really, the results are not at all surprising if you read the blogs. The 107, Ligas and the Heritage were all huge hits. This list is much closer to what I would have put in my Top 10 if I were to make one and reflects what I see when I’m in stores, as the smokes that people were excited about this year. The CA list, as always is mind-boggling and irrelevant.

  9. Shane
    January 11, 2011

    This article is one of the best I’ve seen on any blog for three reasons. First, it is an original, creative take in a world of imitators and much of the same. Many bloggers understandably get frustrated by the day-in day-out grind of blogging and just put anything up on the website out of a sense of obligation. This article required a lot of creative thought about what might interest the reader. It took a blogger who wasn’t just mailing it in as so many do, but instead took his job very seriously.

    Second, Brian put a lot of hard work in. Isn’t that why we read these things? I mean, sure he has an informed opinion, but it’s informed because he spends tons of TIME smoking and reading and staying up to date on this stuff. That’s why his opinion is useful. This article is an extension of the advantage of that time commitment. He took a lot of his time–in a way none of the rest of us could–and gathered all of this data. It probably took a long long time. I appreciate him putting in the time to deliver an original take on the world of cigars in a way that I couldn’t otherwise have access to because of my day job.

    Third and finally, this thing is just super useful. Everybody in the cigar world does one of two things this time of year: 1. Rush to see what that other lifestyle publication says or 2. make their own list (implicitly imitating that lifestyle publication). What Brian has done here is truly novel and useful. Rather than following either herd, he took advantage of the wealth of information available on the internet to stockpile ALL of the relevant lists. He thought through the best way to organize that info in a useful way, and he delivered it all in a concise, clever, and engagin package. It would have taken any of the rest of us days to get this info. Instead, because of Brian’s hard work, we can all absorb it in five minutes. That’s what this site is all about!

    Brian, my hat’s off to you. To those of you casting stones, I ask this question: What exactly do you hope to see on a site like this? If you respond negatively, Brian will be less likely to take the time next time. If he makes that choice, we all suffer. Cheers.

    • Brian Hewitt
      January 13, 2011

      Thank you sir, I appreciate your appreciation.

      Of course, I still may phone it in (or mail, as it were) the rest of the year. As I tell Walt and Jerry, I’m generally good for one really good post each year, and plenty of filler.

  10. Cigaruy1
    January 11, 2011

    Awsome list man!

  11. Jeff
    January 11, 2011

    Love it, Brian. I agree with everything Shane said.

  12. S.J.Romeo
    January 12, 2011

    Brian thanks for not only a great article, but for your time! This is why I like this site so much. This will be very useful.

  13. Komodota
    January 13, 2011

    Brilliant! If you trying to hide the fact that you’re really some cigar smoking quants geek from MIT, your secret is now out in the open. (-LOL).

    Some time ago, I did a commentary that you and all of your other Bloggers were in the business of “Community Service”; albeit to a community comprised of cigar smokers. This article is one of the examples of serving your community I have ever seen.

    Because of this article, I am now inclined to try a few of the cigars listed wheras I might not have thought to do so without the comparison. Only a few of the cigars on this list were in my own personal Top 10; but that’s the beauty of such a brilliantly conceived concept article.

    I will say however that there is one particular cigar that was on a lot of people’s top lists that I personally felt was one of the all time over hyped disappointments – the La Aurora 107. Maybe I need to be on a alien planet or in an alternative universe; but I am not feeling this blend at all. The attacks may now commence but perhaps a few “years” of aging will bring about a different outcome.

    Warm regards,

  14. John Brooke – Drew Estate
    January 13, 2011

    Awesome post, Brian. I hope this becomes a tradition for you, as I love seeing which cigars and brands are “trending” over the course of a year.

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