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Cigar Smoke 2016 Top 25 Cigars

Cigar Smoke 2016 Top 25 Cigars

There are only three of us at Cigar Smoke, so the selection of new release cigars is critical. Thanks to Toar—who made great selections—I believe we hit on some major winners. Not an easy task considering how many incredible cigars were created in 2016. The new releases were so massive and incredible that we expanded our list from our usual Top 10 to a Top 25!
Cigar Smoke 2016 Top 25 Cigars

Cigar Smoke 2016 Top 25 Cigars

#1 Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa Short Churchill

Sobremesa Short Churchill

Sobremesa Short Churchill

Rating: 97

Size: 4 3/4 x 48
Strength: Upper Medium

Wrapper: Ecuador La Meca Ecuador Habano Grade 1
Binder: Mexican Matacapan Negro de Temporal
Filler: Nicaraguan GK Condega C-SG, Pueblo Nuevo Criollo, La Joya Estelí C-98, ASP Estelí Hybrid Ligero, Pennsylvania Broadleaf Ligero

Flavor Notes:

  • Toffee
  • Caramel
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Sweet/Plain Tea
  • Raw Cinnamon
  • Light Coffee
  • Sweet Cedar
  • Black Pepper
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Cocoa
  • Retro producing White/Black Pepper evolving into flavors of Caramel

#2 Maestro del Tiempo 6102R

Warped Maestro Del Tiempo 6102R

Warped Maestro Del Tiempo 6102R

Rating: 96

Size: 5 1/4 x 48
Strength: Medium to Full

Wrapper: Nicaragua Jalapa Corojo ’99 Clara
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua Criollo ’98 and Corojo ‘99, Medio Tiempo

Flavor Notes:

  • Leather
  • Cedar
  • Chocolate
  • Corn Nut
  • Cinnamon
  • Light Coffee
  • Black Pepper
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of warm Chocolate

#3 Warped Corto X46

Corto X46

Warped Corto X46

Rating: 95

Size: 4 1/2 x 46 Petite Robusto
Strength: Medium Plus

Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Flavor Notes:

  • Pepper
  • Malt
  • Floral
  • Honey
  • Cedar
  • Charred Wood
  • Leather

 

 

 

#4 La Barba Cigar Co. One and Only

La Barba Cigar Co. One & Only

La Barba Cigar Co. One & Only

Rating: 95

Size: 6 x 50 Toro
Strength: High Medium

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: undisclosed
Filler: undisclosed

Flavor Notes:

  • Woody Cedar, Oak
  • Hazelnut
  • Nutmeg
  • Vanilla Bean
  • Cinnamon 
  • Sunflower Seeds, Cashews
  • Minimal Black Pepper
  • Retro White Pepper Evolving into Woody Cedar Notes

 

 

 

 

#5 MBombay Tobak Gaaja

MBombay Tobak Gaaja

MBombay Tobak Gaaja

Rating: 95

Size: 6 x 54 Box-Press Toro
Strength: High Medium

Wrapper: Ecuador Connecticut desflorado, Variety Hybrid Mejorado 2004
Binder: Ecuador HVA Seca Mejorada
Filler: Seco: Perú Hybrid Habano. Viso: Ecuador Criollo 98, Paraguay Hybrid Habano 2000, Dominican Criollo 98. Ligero: Dominican HVA Mejorado

Flavor Notes:

  • Graham Cracker
  • Nutmeg 
  • Floral Spice 
  • Burnt Caramel
  • Toffee
  • Natural Tobacco

#6 Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida

Rating: 95

Size: 6 x 56 Muy Gordo Grande
Strength: Full

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Flavor Notes:

  • Burnt Cedar/Bitter Char
  • Dark Chocolate 
  • Coffee
  • Maple/Molasses 
  • Black Pepper
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving to warm chocolate 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#7 MBombay Tobak Vintage Reserve Lancero 1973

MBombay Vintage Reserve Lancero 1973

MBombay Vintage Reserve Lancero 1973

Rating: 95

Size: 8 1/2 x 38 Lancero
Strength: High Medium

Wrapper: Ecuadorian DesFlorado Connecticut
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican & Peruvian

Flavor Notes:

  • Thyme
  • Coriander
  • Marjoram
  • Black Pepper to Red Pepper
  • Initial Oak to Charred Cedar
  • Milk Chocolate

#8 Michael Argenti La Gran Llave

La Gran Llave

La Gran Llave

Rating: 94

Size: 5 x 54 (Robusto)
Strength: Medium

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Ecuadorin Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan Habano

Flavor Notes:

  • Black Pepper
  • Woody Cedar
  • Aged Tobacco
  • Almonds, Cashews
  • Coffee

 

 

#9 Davidoff Yamasá

Davidoff Yamasa

Davidoff Yamasa

Rating: 94

Size: 6 x 52 Toro
Strength: High Medium to Full

Wrapper: Yamasá
Binder: San Vicente Yamasá
Filler: Nicaraguan Condega-Esteli, Dominican Piloto, Mejorado

Flavor Notes:

  • Chocolate
  • Black Pepper
  • Ginger Bread
  • Aged Natural Tobacco
  • Molasses
  • Roasted Walnuts
  • Retro with Black Pepper/Warm Cocoa

#10 Leaf by Oscar Maduro

Leaf by Oscar Maduro

Leaf by Oscar Maduro

Rating: 94

Size: 5 x 50 Robusto
Strength: Medium

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa
Binder: Honduras
Filler: Honduras

Flavor Notes:

  • Chocolate
  • Black Pepper
  • Cocoa
  • Creamy Leather
  • Roasted Almonds
  • Brownies 
  • Cedar
  • White Pepper On The Retro Evolving into Warm Chocolate

 

 

 

 

#11 Joya de Nicaragua Joya Black

Joya Black

Joya Black

Rating: 94

Size: 5 x 56 Double Robusto
Strength: High Medium to Full

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Negro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Flavor Notes:

  • Cedar
  • Anise
  • Ginger/Sassafras
  • Leather
  • Dark Roast Coffee/Espresso
  • Black Pepper
  • Black Pepper on the retro evolving into Caramel/Toffee

#12 Viaje Full Moon Collector’s Edition

Viaje Full Moon Collector's Edtion

Viaje Full Moon Collector’s Edtion

Rating: 94

Size: 6 x 56 Toro
Strength: Upper Medium

Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Flavor Notes:

  • Coffee
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Cinnamon
  • All Spice
  • Leather/Earth
  • Woody Char
  • Roasted Walnuts
  • Medium Black Pepper
  • White/Black Pepper on the retro producing flavors of Milk Chocolate

#13 Caldwell Co. Savages

Caldwell Savages

Caldwell Cigar Co. Savages

Rating: 94

Size: 6 x 54 Toro
Strength: Medium Plus

Wrapper:  Assuming a Dominican Habano
Binder:      Undisclosed
Filler:         Undisclosed

Flavor Notes:

  • Black Pepper to White Pepper
  • Coffee
  • Cream
  • Leather
  • Chocolate
  • Cherry
  • Molasses
  • Caraway
  • Nutmeg
  • Malt
  • Cedar

#14 LFD Andalusian Bull

LFD Andalusian Bull

LFD Andalusian Bull

Rating: 93

Size: 6 1/2 x 52 x 64 Solomon
Strength: Medium to Full

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican

Flavor Notes:

  • Rich Leather
  • Toffee
  • Caramel
  • Charred Cinnamon
  • Malt
  • Black Pepper (Minimal)
  • Raw Walnuts
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Ginger
  • White Pepper on the Retro Evolving into Warm Caramel

 

 

#15 Foundation Cigar Co. Charter Oak

Charter Oak

Charter Oak, Foundation Cigar Co.

Rating: 93

Size: 4 1/4 x 50 Rothschild
Strength: Medium

Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
Binder: Sumatra
Filler: Nicaraguan Estelí, Jalapa Region

Flavor Notes:

  • Walnuts
  • Graham Cracker
  • Vanilla 
  • Creamy Black Pepper (Mild)
  • Sweet Natural Tobacco 
  • Leather
  • White Pepper on the Retro Evolving into Caramel and Dry Cheerios

 

 

#16 RoMa Craft Tobac CroMagnon Firecracker

CroMagnon Firecracker

RoMa Craft Tobac CroMagnon Firecracker

Two Guys Smoke Shop Exclusive
Rating: 93

Size: 3 1/2 x 50 Short Robusto
Strength: High Full

Wrapper: U.S. Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Flavor Notes:

  • Heavy Black Pepper
  • Espresso/Black Coffee
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Leather
  • Cedar
  • Cocoa Bean
  • Retro Produced Black Pepper Evolving to Flavors of Dark Chocolate/Cocoa

 

#17 Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua

Viaje Exclusivo Nicaraguan

Viaje Exclusivo Nicaraguan

Rating: 93

Size: 5 1/2 x 54 Double Robusto
Strength: Upper Full

Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Flavor Notes:

  • Woody Char
  • Molasses
  • Black Pepper
  • Bitter Dark Chocolate
  • Creamy Leather
  • Mocha/Coffee
  • Earthy Core
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Dried Fruit/Black Cherry/Raisins

#18 RoMa Craft Tobac Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion

Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion

Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion, RoMa Craft Tobac

Cigar Dojo/Famous Cigars Exclusive
Rating:
93

Size: 5 x 50 Robusto
Strength: Medium

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano  Ligero
Binder: Indonesian Besuki
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan

Flavor Notes:

  • Roasted Nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Leather
  • Black Pepper
  • Smoked Hickory
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of warm chocolate

 

 

 

#19 Viaje and Quesada Juntos

Juntos

Juntos by Viaje & Quesada

Rating: 93

Size: 6 x 54 (3 Torpedo) (1 Toro)
Strength: High Medium

Wrapper: Dominican Negrito
Binder: Dominican Criollo
Filler: Criollo ’98 and ligero tobacco from Nicaragua

Flavor Notes:

  • Coffee
  • Chocolate, Bitter Dark, Semi Sweet
  • Black Pepper, Mild
  • Brownies, Chocolate Bread
  • Leather
  • Charred Cedar
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Coffee/Chocolate

#20 Quesada Oktoberfest Das Brauhaus

Quesada Oktoberfest Das Brauhaus

Quesada Oktoberfest Das Brauhaus

Rating: 93

Size: 41/2 x 60 Perfecto
Strength: High Medium to Full

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Flavor Notes:

  • Black Pepper
  • Coffee
  • Chocolate
  • Raw Almonds
  • Nougat
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Caramel, Chocolate and Coffee

#21 Liga Privada No. 9 Pork Beli

Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9 Pork Beli

Liga Privada No. 9 Pork Beli

Rating: 93

Size: 4.72 x 52 Belicoso
Strength: Medium

Wrapper: Connecticut River Valley Broadleaf
Binder: Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina
Filler: Honduran and Nicaraguan

Flavor Notes:

  • Chocolate Dark/Milk
  • Cocoa Bean
  • Coffee
  • Baked Brownies
  • Hazelnut
  • Nougat
  • Mild Black Pepper
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Raisins/Chocolate

#22 My Father The Judge

My Father The Judge

My Father The Judge

Rating: 92

Size: 5 x 60 Grand Robusto
Strength: Medium to Full

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Flavor Notes:

  • Black Pepper (Medium)
  • Woody Cedar
  • Cornbread
  • Corn Nuts
  • Chocolate (Bitter/Milk)
  • Charred Cinnamon
  • Coffee/Mocha
  • Retro Black Pepper evolving into flavors of Coffee, Chocolate. Burnt Cedar

#23 Caldwell Cigar Co. Eastern Standard Midnight Express

Caldwell Cigar Co. Eastern Standard Midnight Express

Caldwell Cigar Co. Eastern Standard Midnight Express

Rating: 92

Size: 5 x 50 Robusto
Strength: Medium

Wrapper: Connecticut Arapiracca Maduro
Binder: Dominican Habano
Filler: Dominican Habano Seco, Criollo 98 Viso, Corojo Ligero

Flavor Notes:

  • Chocolate
  • Black Pepper
  • Caramel
  • Coffee
  • Burnt Maple
  • Leather
  • Cedar
  • Retro – White Pepper/Dried Fruit/Raisins

 

 

 

#24 Cornelius & Anthony Venganza

Cornelius & Anthony Venganza

Cornelius & Anthony Venganza

Rating: 92

Size: 5 x 52 Robusto
Strength: High Medium to Full

Wrapper: Ecuadarian
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Flavor Notes:

  • Black Pepper
  • Coffee
  • Mocha
  • Leather
  • Chocolate, Bitter Dark Chocolate 
  • Cedar
  • Retro Black Pepper Evolving into Warm Chocolate

 

 

 

 

#25 Black Works Studio NBK

Black Works Studio NBK

Black Label Trading Company: Black Works Studio NBK

Rating: 92

Size: 5 x 52 Robusto
Strength: Medium

Wrapper: Ecuadarian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Flavor Notes:

  • Milk Chocolate to Dark Chocolate
  • Black Pepper
  • Earth
  • Malt
  • Roasted Peanuts to Roasted Cashews
  • Minor Floral Notes
  • Cream
  • Raisin
  • Molasses
  • Espresso
  • Leather
Rob Malgieri

Rob Malgieri

Reviewer & Webmaster at CigarSmoke.net
Rob Malgieri

3 Responses to “Cigar Smoke 2016 Top 25 Cigars”

  • Bob Langmaid:

    There’s a few of those I haven’t had yet, but WOW! What a great list‼❤

  • Arless:

    Nice list. Of those I am familiar with and have smoked I agree that they should receive recognition. Quite a few I haven’t yet had the opportunity to light up. I’ve been enjoying the Mi Querida and the MBombay cigars are very good.

  • Arless:

    I forgot to mention the Roma Craft Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion which I am enjoying these days.

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