Mike’s Top Cigars of 2011

First off I have to take my hat off to Walt for coming out and telling how it is. I don’t understand the major misconception that all bloggers get showered with free items all the time. Most of my cigars are bought from my own money or have been graciously sent to me by my viewers or friends.

Secondly, Walt is absolutely correct in his idea for a top list. If a cigar is in your top (whatever number) you should have BOUGHT that cigar all year long because you can’t live without it. If you put something in your top (again, numbers vary) list and you only smoked samples or a five pack, then shame on you (unless of course the cigar was just released or was limited and can not be found anymore). I figure, if it is good enough to be in your top list then you better have spent money on it since it is worth it to you (supposedly).

Think of it it terms o doing a review. We like to have 5 cigars for a review just to make sure of consistency and such across the line. I do first impressions of cigars but I would rather have the full 5 to smoke just to see how they do. I know that cigars are “supposed” to be the same across the line but some are, others are not. Only by smoking more of the cigar will you find this out. I still think that Dion, Illusione Cigars, has the best consistency of any cigar out there today. Do you believe the same, maybe so, maybe not.

Flame on.

Not all of the cigars were released in 2011 and I, like Walt, have not had very many of the new sticks to come out (Four Kicks, any Viaje, Casa Magna, San Lotano, the list could go on and on)

I am going to do something different this year and actually pick my number one cigar of the year. I base this on the amount of enjoyment I get from the cigar and the amount of boxes I have bought.

Drum roll please……..

Mike’s Cigars of the Year

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Gran Habano Gran Reserva #3 – Gran Robusto

I have gone through no less than 6 boxes of theses in the gran robusto size and have enjoyed all of them but the first one and one that was super plugged. You better buy these now if you can find them because they were limited and I believe all the stock has been spoken for by shops. There is no doubt this should be number one on my list and I am really surprised at how few people have heard of it or tried it.

I stole it from Walt

E.P. Carrillo New Wave – Divino

One of the most enjoyable Connecticut cigars I have ever had. If I could ever keep these around in my own humidor, I would love to see how they age.

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Tatuaje Serie P – 2011 version – toro

What can I say? Best bang for your buck would be good words. This Tat P replaced my Ambos Mundos Sumatra this year for most Tatuaje purchased cigar.

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Tatuaje El Triunfador – various sizes

I smoke these as much as the wallet will allow. I do wish they were cheaper as they tend to smoke quickly and go great with a morning coffee.

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Murcielago – various sizes

Since the price reduction I have been snagging these cigars every time I go to the shop. Just a flavorful smoke at a good price.

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La Gloria Cubana Serie N – Glorioso

Super, super cigar from LGC. I like the octagon box design even though store owners seem to absolutely hate the space it takes up. I also still vote to give the people who apply the “N” a raise.

Joyo de Nicaragua Cabinetta – various sizes but toro most

I am surprised that we do not have a review (at least that I could find) on this cigar and I have none in my humidor to take a picture of (I smoked the last one I had on Monday). I was handed a lancero at CigarFest and even though I mostly smoke toro and up in size, it was phenomenal.

I thin k it is Walt's I stole again :)

Nestor Miranda Art Deco – Robusto Grande

I really enjoy smoking these and the lunchbox is neat to have also.

Honorable Mentions

These cigars I have enjoyed but either can not find them to buy them locally, can not afford to buy them or just have not had the time to get any more but want to in the future.

Rocky Patel Vintage 2003 Cameroon
CAO OSA Sol 58 – Jerry and his 50 can bite my shiny metal ass

Now these two are cigars I enjoyed but are in the full bodied range that I am not comfortable smoking all the time so I doubt I would ever smoke enough to have them in a top ten but they are definitely worth it to take a look.

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Well there you have it. I hope you give some of those cigars a try and definitely let me know what you think of them. I always value feedback, even if it is negative.

I will also throw a plug in for The Little Robusto Project. I think this is a wonderful project and I even bought a box to help out. This just shows how great the cigar community, including manufacturers, can be.