This is one of my favorite annual lists, the one where the experts name the finest cigars in the world. Why is it a favorite of mine? Well, unlike sampling fine Wine and rare Bourbon, I genuinely don’t have time to sample 150+ different cigars in a year. My body would f*cking hate me. Honestly, let’s not beat around the bush here. Smoking is not good for you but I’m 100% down with smoking cigars in moderation, every now and then, when the weather’s right, yada yada yada. Whatever I have to tell myself, right?
Also, there really aren’t a ton of experts out there when it comes to cigars. More often than not, the person you’re asking for advice is whoever is working at the local cigar shop.
But I love this particular list of the world’s best cigars because I have a limited amount of time to enjoy cigars each year and I don’t want to waste that smoking garbage. I want to know what the best cigars in the world are and I want to know what to expect from them and where I can buy them. That’s what makes this a special list.
The experts over at Cigar Aficionado release their list of the ‘Top 25’ cigars in the world each year. If you’re lucky enough like me to have a massive cigar + liquor store around the corner like Total Wine then like me you also appreciate how they list the CA ratings of each cigar in the humidor room. For anyone else out there reading this who shop somewhere that doesn’t list the ratings you can just bookmark this article.
Here’s what the Top 10 looks like from Cigar Aficionado‘s list. The top three are all from Nicaragua and all three retail for under $15 at the store.
— 93 points: “The H. Upmann 175th Anniversary Churchill is a limited-edition cigar, available in 10-count boxes or a commemorative humidor. In the box, each Churchill sits in its own dignified slot, and all are beautifully adorned with a gold band that looks as though it were struck by the U.S. mint.
The flavors are as opulent as the presentation, each puff rich with chocolate, dried cherry and salty leather notes that continue to pay dividends on the finish.”
— 93 points: “The Jibaro No. 1 smokes quite unlike any of the other cigars on the Top 25. Upon first puffs, that exposed binder gives the cigar an up-front blast of spice that sets the tone for the rest of the smoke. Once the Nicaraguan Corojo ’99 wrapper starts to burn, the entire cigar really rounds out.
The intense spice then recedes a bit to the background, making way for a bold but balanced smoking experience of leather, chocolate, almonds and wood.
— 95 points: “The blend is a mélange of Nicaraguan tobaccos grown by agricultural giant Aganorsa that come together brilliantly with a balanced profile of malted chocolate, coffee bean and an earthy undertone, all of which reflect the packaging: noticeable but never obtrusive and with tasteful restraint.”
— 95 points: “The Serie 1926 No. 6 smokes beautifully, offering rich layers of cocoa and earth atop a core of chocolate-covered espresso beans. A subtle note of dried cherry adds some elegance to the smoke, making the Padrón Serie 1926 No. 6 a true cigar smoker’s cigar.
— 96 points: “The cigar is essentially Nodal’s vision, crafted by Fernandez with his distinct tobacco and signature factory style. Every last leaf in this blend is Nicaraguan and every puff is an overture of flavors that’s at times heavy and rich with notes of dark chocolate and wood, and other times, subtle and understated with hints of fine caramel and toasted almonds. In musical terms, the word for this box-pressed torpedo would be dynamic.
If you want to see the full top 25 list over on Cigar Aficionado all you need to do is click right here to visit their website and see this year’s full rankings…But not until tomorrow! Numbers 11 through 25 will be revealed on Friday, December 20th.
To see last year’s list of the 25 Best Cigars in the World just follow that link!