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Rating System for Cigar Reviews

Cigar Smoke Rating System has changed for 2016




We have instituted a much stricter, tougher cigar rating system for 2016. The result is, overall, lower scores from prior years based on more of a standard grading system of 70-79 being average, to above average in the 80-89 range, etc. So when comparing our new ratings, please keep in mind that an 80-89 (previously 8.0-8.9) rated cigar is a very good, above average, recommended to highly recommended cigar. And we have move back to a more standard 100 point system as defined below.


And if you are wondering why there are no low score reviews (below 80, maybe a high 70’s score if the price is right), it is because we see no point in wasting your time reading a review about a cigar that you wouldn’t want to smoke. We just don’t write up a review after the first smoke.


Another factor is that there is no point in hurting the manufacturer with a review that will damage their business. We all have our own taste preferences in cigars, and just because we didn’t like a cigar doesn’t mean you won’t like it. So we will not injure these hard-working people and their families with harsh reviews.


0-59      Not worth smoking, even if it’s inexpensive.


61-69    Below Average- big issues with flavor & construction.


70-79     Average- decent construction and flavor. Can have some draw or construction issues and marginal flavor notes that just does not expand into a complex smoke. This can be a daily smoke based on a decent price, making it worth buying.


80-85     Above Average- a good, decent amount of flavor notes with only marginal draw or other issues that don’t compromise the smoke. This is a recommended cigar, especially if the price is good.


86-89    Very Good- this is where we expect many cigars to hit. Highly recommended smoke.


90-95     Great- above and beyond most cigars in flavor and construction. No draw issues, no softness in construction and complemented with complex flavors. Cigars of this rating really have to perform in all aspects and, well, wow us. A definite buy.


96-100   Stellar- a rare cigar. All aspects are perfect. This cigar has a very complex flavor profile delivering more and more flavors and becoming more complex as the cigar is smoked (typically). Cigars in this category just wow the smoker from start to finish. A must buy and recommended to buy and store some extras for the future.
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