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Cigar Smoke Top 25 Cigars 2018

Toar Campbell

Toar Campbell

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Cigar Smoke Top 25 Cigars 2018

 

 

 

2018 was another great year for cigars showing in the quality of the products released. With the uncertainty of the looming FDA regulations we face in our future, the industry was virtually unaffected. 

Our review process is simple, a standard review requires a minimum of 2 cigars, unless stated otherwise as in our ‘Short Cut’ reviews.

Reviews are conducted on a clean palate over several days, compiling notes throughout the three identified smoking stages.

Cigars qualifying for this years list began in July, qualifying cigars had to meet only one criteria, domestic release and available for purchase in the U.S via Brick & Mortar or online purchase.

Despite the amount of product released and time constraints we met assessment goals and much was accomplished.

Virtually impossible to review every cigar released, Cigar Smoke is implementing a 2 year window giving adequate time to visit and or assess cigars released in the previous year.

There were several identical scores, one example from each duplicate rating was re-visited, smoked and then placed on the 2018 top 25 list accordingly.

We also added 2 new category’s this year, ‘Company of the Year’ and ‘Power Bomb of the Year’.

There are big things on the horizon for Cigar Smoke as we usher in 2019, which will be shared as the year progresses.

 

 

#1 Sin Compromiso Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 97

Size: 6 × 54 Selección No. 5 Parejo 

Capa: San Andrés Negro “Cultivo Tonto”

Capote: Hybridized Ecuador Habano “Thin Ligero”

Tripa: Independent Plantation Grown Nicaraguan

 

 

#2 OneOff +53 Illusione Cigars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 96

Size: 5 3/4 x 48 Super Robusto

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

 

 

#3 Aganorsa Leaf Signature Selection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 96

Size: 5 x 52 Robusto

Wrapper: Rosado-Claro Corojo ’99

Binder: Corojo ’99

Filler: Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 and Corojo ’99

 

 

#4  Moon Garden Warped Cigars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 96

Size: 7 x 40 Lancero

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo ’99

Binder: Nicaraguan Criollo ’98 and Corojo ’99

Filler: Nicaraguan 

 

 

#5 CEDRUS “THE HOGAN” From Southern Draw Cigars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 95

Size: 5.5 x 52 Belicoso Fino

Wrapper: Besuki, Sumatra

Binder: Habano 2000, Nicaragua

Filler: Piloto Cubano, D.R., Criollo 98, Corojo 99, Nicaragua

 

 

#6 RoMa Craft Aquitaine EMH Saber Tooth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score 94

Size: 5 x 56 Robusto Extra

Wrappers: Ecuadorian Habano Ligero and Light shade Connecticut

Binder: Cameroon

Filler: Nicaragua, Esteli, Condega and a small farm north of Esteli on the Honduran border

 

 

#7 Mombacho Cosecha 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 94

Size: 6 x 52 Toro

Wrapper: Nicaraguan, Habano, Sungrown

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua 

 

 

#8 Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Toro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 94

Size: 6 x 52 Toro

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Mexican San Andres/Nicaraguan Jalapa Seco Leaf

Filler: Corojo 99, Esteli, Jalapa

 

 

#9 Black Label Trading Co. Morphine Lancero

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 94

Size: 7.25 x 42 Lancero

Wrapper: San Andrés and Ecuadorian Maduro

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Nicaragua

 

 

#10 Protocol Themis Corona Gorda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 94

Size: 5 5/8 x 46 Corona Gorda

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

 

 

#11 Warped Corto RF-X50, R. Field Wine Co. Exclusive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 94

Size: 4.5 x 50 Petit Robusto

Wrapper: Corojo ’99, Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Corojo ’99, Criollo ’98, Medio Tiempo

 

 

#12 RoMa Craft Tobac Craft 18

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 93

Size: 5 x 60 

Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf Maduro, Ecuadorian Connecticut Dark Candela

Binder: Ecuadorian Habano Ligero

Filler: Pennsylvania Broadleaf Double Ligero GRS-1, Nicaraguan, Dominican Criollo

 

 

#13 Viaje Skull and Bones M?stery 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 93

Size: 4 3/4 x 54 Box Press Robusto

Wrapper: Undisclosed

Binder: Undisclosed

Filler: Undisclosed

 

 

#14 The Last Cowboy Maduro Scala, Sinistro Cigars 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 93

Size: 5 1/2 x 38/60 

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro

Binder: Mexican San Andrés

Filler: Dominican Piloto Cubano

 

 

#15 300 Hands Maduro, Southern Draw Cigars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 93

Size: 6 1/2 x 62

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro

Binder: Indonesia

Filler: Nicaragua/Dominican Republic

 

 

#16 Leaf By James

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 93

Size: 6 x 50 Toro

Wrapper:  Pennsylvania Broadleaf

Binder: Ecuadorian Habano

Filler: Nicaragua

 

 

#17 Hit & Run Part Deux Rip & Dip 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 93

Size: 4 3/4 x 54 (Almost Robusto)

Wrapper: Central American Habano

Binder: Undisclosed

Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, U.S.

 

 

#18 Archetype Mini Series Cloaks, Ventura Cigar Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 93

Size: 5 x 50 (Square Press Robusto)

Wrapper: Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaragua Habano

Filler: Nicaragua

 

 

#19 Cornelius & Anthony Mistress ( Power Bomb Of The Year)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 93

Size: 5 x 52 Robusto

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: United States

Filler: Pennsylvania

 

 

#20 300 Manos “Trescientos Manos” Habano from Southern Draw Cigars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 93

Size: 5 1/4 x 44 (Coloniales)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano

Binder: Cameroon

Filler: Nicaragua, D.R

 

 

#21 Viaje White Label Project Lemons to Lemonade 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 93

Size: 5 x 52 Robusto

Wrapper: San Andres Maduro

Binder: Unknown

Filler: Unknown

 

 

#22 Killer Bee Connecticut From Black Works Studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 93

Size: 4.5 x 46 (Petite Corona)

Wrapper: Connecticut and Ecuadorian Maduro swirl cap & closed foot

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Nicaragua

 

 

#23 Emilio Cigars Grimalkin Halloween Edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 93

Size: 5 x 50 (Robusto)

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro

Binder: Binder: Nicaraguan Habano

Filler: Nicaraguan

 

 

#24 Altar Q by Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 93

Size: 6 x 52 Toro

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra

Binder: Copán, Honduras

Filler: Copán, Honduras

 

 

#25 Luminosa Gigantes LE 2018 From Crowned Heads 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 93

Size: 6 x 60 (Gordo)

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut 

Binder: Unknown

Filler: Unknown

 

 

 

Honorable Mention

 

 

 

Tatuaje Halloween Series Pumpkin, Event Only

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 94

Size: 4 7/8 x 50 Robusto

Wrapper: Broadleaf or Sumatra

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Production: Unknown (Event Only)

 

 

Weaselitos from RoMa Craft Tobac

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Score: 94

Size: 3 1/2 x 38 Half Lancero

Wrapper: US Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Cameroon

Filler: Nicaragua

 

 

 

 

Company of the year Southern Draw Cigars

 

 

 

2018 was a big year for this manufacturer, with 3 major releases that made our top 25, their contributions to charity and bringing awareness to the unsung hero’s who craft their product in Nicaragua from seed to shop.

We recognize Southern Draw Cigars as our 2018 Company of the Year.

 

 

Power Bomb of the year Cornelius & Anthony Mistress

 

 

 

Like a predator with grace, stealth, style and a perfect balance of upper echelon strength and flavor.

Hell hath no fury like a Mistress scorned and in the second half this bitch bites!

Unleashing a powerhouse of red cayenne and black pepper with heavy doses of nicotine that will make your skin sweat and your head spin.

In the wheelhouse FULL-PLUS this years power bomb is the Cornelius & Anthony Mistress.

 

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