Top 10 Cigars of 2018

Top 10 Cigars of 2018

posted on January 18th, 2019

Montecristo Epic Craft Cured Toro

Montecristo Epic Craft Cured Toro

posted on January 14th, 2019

Davidoff 50th Anniversary Diademas Finas

Davidoff 50th Anniversary Diademas Finas

posted on January 10th, 2019

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Top 10 Cigars of 2018

Top 10 Cigars of 2018

Once again, the season of lists is upon us. And in keeping with tradition, we err on the side of caution when it comes to creating our list of the top 10 cigars for the year. The goal is to publish after we’re certain the old year is completely dead, but just before people get completely used to writing the next year in dates.

This is the place where make the obligatory note about how hard it is to make …

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Montecristo Epic Craft Cured Toro

Montecristo Epic Craft Cured Toro

Altidis USA released the third cigar under the Montecristo Epic series, the Montecristo Epic Craft Cured, in December 2017.  The Montecristo Epic cigar series is produced in Nicaragua by the Plasencia family and consist of the Epic, Epic Estoque and Craft Cured. The tobaccos used in the Montecristo Epic Craft Cured are quite unique in that they were fermented in small pilones instead of large ones because Altidis claims this gives the tobaccos a richer flavor.  The wrapper is …

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Davidoff 50th Anniversary Diademas Finas

Davidoff 50th Anniversary Diademas Finas

Davidoff introduced the Davidoff 50th Anniversary Diademas Finas as a limited edition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Davidoff Cigars. Originally released in 2006, the Diademas Finas was re-released in 2018 in 4 different 10 count ceramic jars featuring artwork from Mariane Leger with only 8000 cigars being made. Below is the press release from Davidoff on the Diadema Fina:

To mark Davidoff’s 50th anniversary, the Swiss cigar maker will bring back its popular Diademas Finas –a cigar that was

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Partagas Cameroon No. 1 Lonsdale

Partagas Cameroon No. 1 Lonsdale

This year General Cigars rebranded the Partagas line with new bands and boxes, including the original line featuring a cameroon wrapper.  I really like the new look and think it was overdue, honestly.  The new branding looks much more modern and away from the old Cuban style that we’ve all grown used to.  We have a video interview with Andres from Partagas about the new packing which you can see here.  The blends were to remain the same with the …

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Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut Robusto

Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut Robusto

I’m back, having fully recovered from a case of the seasonal crud, and I’m happy to get back into the swing fo things with a review of the Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut. It’s the third in a series that includes the original blend with a Nicaraguan wrapper, and the follow up San Andres Maduro version. Though the main band has been modified to reflect the name change (Casa Fernandez is now Aganorsa Leaf, ICYMI), and the colors are different, …

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Arturo Fuente Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame 2018

Arturo Fuente Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame 2018

The Opus X Forbidden X TAA Keeper of the Flame was released this year in the 2018 Tobacconist’s Association of America (TAA) cigar releases for the TAA retailers.  The Opus X Forbidden X TAA was, by far, the most anticipated release of the year and probably one of the most anticipated release since the Tatuaje 2014/2017.  The Opus X Forbidden X TAA was made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the TAA.  They just start arriving at TAA retailers and …

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Crowned Heads Court Reserve XVIII Robusto

Crowned Heads Court Reserve XVIII Robusto

Crowned Heads cigar introduced the Crowned Heads Court Reserve XVIII at this years IPCPR in Las Vegas.  I hadn’t heard much about the cigar before we arrived at the show so I was excited when we met up with Jon Huber of Crowned Heads to get the scoop on this exciting new release, which you can watch here.  Crowned Heads wanted to create a cigar for everyone that supported Crowned Heads through the years.  These retailers and supporters, including …

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Balmoral Serie Signaturas Dueto Gran Toro

Balmoral Serie Signaturas Dueto Gran Toro

What do you get when two manufacturers work together on a cigar? If you said “a collaboration”, you’d be right, but with this joint effort from Agio Cigars and the musically-inclined Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, the term we’re looking for is “Dueto”. As in the Balmoral Serie Signaturas Dueto. As you have probably guessed, Dueto is Spanish for duet, which is a fun way to think of a collaboration- two people singing a song. Accordingly, there are two names on the main …

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Davidoff Florida Selection Limited Edition 2018

Davidoff Florida Selection Limited Edition 2018

The Florida Sun Grown tobacco has been around for quite awhile in several cigar blends, but none seem to have really made the tobacco shine.  Davidoff decided to give it a try by introducing the Davidoff Florida Selection.  The Davidoff Florida Selection was introduced in October 2018 to appointed merchants and Davidoff flagship stores in the United States.  The cigar blends the Florida Sun Grown tobacco with Davidoff’s Yamasa tobacco to give the cigar a unique smoking flavor.  Here is …

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Warped Cigars Gran Reserva 1988

Warped Cigars Gran Reserva 1988

At IPCPR 2018, Warped Cigars introduced a few new cigar lines including the Warped Cigars Gran Reserva 1988.  The cigar was blended to commemorate the birth year of Warped Cigars founder, Kyle Gellis.  We talked to Kyle about the Gran Reserva 1988, along with other topics, at IPCPR 2018 which you can watch here.  The cigar is available in one size with a MSRP of $9.00 and is a Nicaraguan Puro using Aganorsa tobaccos.

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