Top 25 Cigars of 2017
Top 25 Cigars of 2017
The Top 25 Cigars of 2016 are here. Another year is in the books, and whether you enjoyed last year or were counting down the seconds until it ended, we can all agree there were some mighty fine cigars on the market in 2016. Now, it’s time for the iROBUSTO crew and community to narrow down the best of the best. This is our absolute favorite time of year!
The cigar industry saw an explosive year in 2016. With archaic FDA regulations coming down the pipe in the United States, we witnessed an unprecedented amount of new releases hit the market. Add this to the already exceptional selection of smokes available to consumers, and there was a daunting amount of smoking to be done last year (but hey, someone has to do the hard work!)
We’ve done our best to smoke everything we could get our hands on. Admittedly, just like any other year, there will always be cigars we either didn’t get to or could not find. For this reason, we always include Community Awards in our publication, as we want to know what you, the viewers, are enjoying, too. If we missed any gems, be sure to let us know in the comment section at the bottom of this page.
Notes on Leander’s Top 25 Cigars of 2016:
2016 Cigars of the Year
We have listed all of the cigars with quick notes that have appeared on any of the lists by Hyacinth, Leander, Noah and Mark.
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The Top 25 Cigars of the Year have been chosen. We have included six “Top 25” cigar lists for you to evaluate. You will find the Top 10 iROBUSTO Ambassador choices alongside the The Top 25 iROBUSTO Social Choices. The Ambassadors will also be in including their choices for cigars rated 11-25.
This page will be updated and all of the best Top 25 Cigar of the Year Lists will be right here for you to critique, evaluate, learn and enjoy.
Here you will find information about the cigars in alphabetical order from the Ambassador Top 10 Lists and the Social Top 25 Cigars.
1502 Ruby Robusto 5×50
Appearing Twice so far, the 1502 Ruby is the 9th cigar of the year for CutLightSmoke due to its rich flavor profile and reasonable price and comes in on Hyacinth’s list at 7th. With a gorgeous, dark Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper securing all Nicaraguan tobacco, this box-pressed stick exudes rich, plentiful smoke. Dried fruit and wood flavors dance around a complex mix of chocolate, black pepper, caramel, and toast. Not often do you find a cigar of this caliber with such great construction for around $7. This growing company has a bright future ahead!
1502 Black Gold Toro
The Black Gold by 1502 Cigars is a 6″ by 52 ring gauge boxpressed cigar with a different profile than the Ruby which appeared on Hyacinth and Noah’s Top 10 Cigar List. This cigar has impeccable construction and dark chocolatey cocoa tastes with hints of coffee. There are hints of dried fruit upon a medium draw and strength. 1502 has made several of our Top 25 Cigar of the Year lists including a special mention because if quality and craftsmanship as well overall tastes and construction. At under $8, it’s well worth the money.
Amos Triple Wrap
This unique cigar was created by master blender Consuelo Gomez of Puros de Santiago. Connecticut, Candela and Corojo wrappers provide a uniquely complex smoke as the mix of wrapper is constantly changing. At a price of around $7, it sits squarely in the sweet spot for cigar sales. This is a unique boutique cigar that is worth a try. The full line of Puros de Santiago cigars are available at Famous Smoke Shop https://goo.gl/HZ1yDI
AJ Fernandez Enclave Figurado 6.5×52
After a successful release of the New World, AJ Fernandez came into 2015 with a bang. The Enclave claims the 10th spot on the CutLightSmoke top 10 cigars of the year list with excellent construction and flavor for a phenomenal price. Its Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper secures a Cameroon binder and Nicaraguan fillers that all come together to offer a complex mix of balanced flavor. Within, sweet flavors of caramel, vanilla, and cedar can be found mixed with notes of peanut, pretzel, and black pepper. The biggest kicker is that this stick retails for just under $7 – another win in the AJ Fernandez portfolio.
Asylum Nyctophilia Robusto 5×50
The Top 10 Cigar of The Year list is rounded out by a Tobacconist Association of American (TAA) limited edition stogie. The Asylum Nyctophilia is made of all maduro tobacco. Out of the gate it is strong with bold cocoa, tobacco and pepper spice. As the smoke continues, the strength ramps down to a nice medium + level. The $6 price point helped this cigar move ahead of some its able bodied competitors. This stick has appeared on three separate reviewer Top 10 lists – an impressive feat!
Asylum Petit Corona
Known for its line of large ring gauge cigars, Asylum produces this tasty 4 x 44 treat. It is a sub $5 treat that provides a good smoking experience with flavors of nut, wood, hay and hints of cinnamon. The price allows you to smoke it every day and the flavors allow you to enjoy the ride.
The Belgravia UK Habanos Regional Edition 2015 5.25 X 55 s a Cuban blend specifically for the UK Market. Bold full flavours of cocoa from the wrapper encompass a wood-like earthy core. As most Bolivar cigars it delivers strength and construction that is flawless. The Bolivar comes with two bands, one specifically representing its UK exclusivity.
Bolivar Libertador Sublimes 6.4×54
The Bolivar Libertador is, simply put, one of the best Cuban cigars to come out in recent history. This La Casa del Habano exclusive was released in 2013 and is still currently in production. It comes in at 6.4×54 – stout by Cuban standards. This cigar produces an insane amount of thick, creamy smoke. On the draw, there is creamy toast, cedar, and coffee complimented by sweet desert flavors and occasional spice. The retro-hale is superb with bombs of salty caramel, hay, floral earth, and acidic coffee. The finish is lasting, treating the palate to spicy leather, roasted nuts, honey graham cracker, and pretzel. This stick takes complexity to a new level and burns perfectly. You’ll have to chuck up around $20 per single, but it’s money well spent and easily snags second place on CutLightSmoke’s Top 10 Cigars of 2015.
Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff 6×52
A very complex cigar with sweetness tempered by salt, mineral and earth. The cigar has excellent construction and transitions that will delight seasoned cigar enthusiasts. This makes Hyacinth’s list at number six and possibly some of the other ambassador lists. The cigar has strength from mild to medium and ramps up flavor that builds toward the head of the cigar. A long enjoyable cigar that could easily top any Top 10 Cigar list and definitely appear on most Top 25 Cigar of the Year lists. This cigar is a winner.
Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Norteno Edicion Limitada Prensado Perejo 7×48
Drew Estate claims the 6th spot on CutLightSmoke’s Top 10 Cigars of the Year. Brand new for 2015, the Herrera Esteli Norteño Edicion Limitada is an extension of the original Norteño line. It comes in one size, a pressed 7×48 Parejo Prensado Churchill, and it features a very dark Mexican San Andres wrapper on top of a Honduran binder and Nicaraguan fillers. The special size is essentially the same blend as the original with some minor tweaking. Well, whatever Willy Herrera, Master Blender for Drew Estate, tweaked, it made all the difference. This stick has all the goodness of the original Norteño and then some. The draw on this stick produces a rich mix of raspberry and cocoa paired with black pepper spice, and the finish is earthy with musty oak and grass alongside espressso. The retro-hale is where this beauty really shines with delicious toast and caramel flavors mixed with earth and floral notes. This is truly a winner worth stocking up on. Don’t wait too long, though, as this $14 cigar is a limited production. Get it while you can!
Drew Estate MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured Delfinas 6×26
If you are not a fan of Kentucky Fire Cured cigars the Delfinas size may change your mind. This slim 6 x 26 panatela has a slightly tight draw and an aroma reminiscent of the day after a house fire. The slightly snug draw allows the perfect amount of sweet smoky tobacco smoke to come through. Flavors of sweet tobacco, toast, nut, coffee and several different peppers appear throughout the smoke. The flavors are light but pronounced and increase in complexity and strength until the end of the smoke.
Duran Cigars Neya F8 6×56
The Neya F8 Typhoon has earned the number spot on the LeeMack912 Top 25 Cigar of the year list. This well rolled cigar shows why it is deserving of a spot on the Top 10 Cigar of The Year list as soon as you pick it up. It feels firm in the hand and the smoker is met with a sweet baking spices (nutmeg, alspice, dried fruit) on the cold draw. This followed by a medium + which builds slowy to a full strength cigar. It has strength without an overabundance of pepper spice. the smoker is treated with a smooth blend of tea, sweet tobacco, salt, black pepper and a very thick chewy smoke.
Edgar Hoill OSOK Desmadrosa
Almost double the price of Leander’s OSOK Cigar of the Year, the Desmadroso has unique profile considering its dark and deadly look. “…completely the opposite of what I expected…” explained Mark “…from the head to the foot, impressive Salomon shape and dark wrapper, I thought strong and cocoa, but the surprise was cream and vanilla…” The cigar smokes long and light to medium in strength with full-bodied sweetness of tobacco and hazlenut. See the iROBUSTO Review: Edgar Hoill OSOK Cigar Review.
Edgar Hoill OSOK Everyday Hustle
Everyday Hustle is OSOK’s first Honduran puro. This $5 cigar is one that can easily be an everyday smoke. Earthy, floral aroma, dried fruit, citrus and tobacco aromas mixed with flavors of charcoal, nut, red & black pepper with good smoke output. This cigar is a winner. Edgar Hoill has done what I have been looking for a cigar maker to do all year. He created a medium bodied, peppery,complex yet smooth cigar for under $6. Full Review
EPC New Wave Reserva Elegante Toro 6×52
Sporting a wrapper from Ecuador, a Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and Dominican and Nicaraguan filler this cigar provides a medium blend of power and flavor. The prominent flavors coat the mouth right away with short tinge of spice. Earth, metallic and wood blends in strength that builds to medium from a light airy tinge of cinnamon. Cool smoke and great transitions. Mark described the coastline and construction as, “phenomenal!”
EP Carrillo Shortrun 2015 Vencedores
The EP Carrillo Shortrun 2015 Vencedores is another full-flavored cigar making Hyacinth’s Top 10 Cigar of the Year. The cigar has Jalapa Valley Criollo 98 wrapper and a Nicaraguan binder and filler from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. The cigar is boastful in its flavor. It has sweet overtones surrounding an earth, cocoa and coffee core. The Vencedores s a large cigar that makes a stunning appearance in any humidor and worthy of any Top 25 Cigar List.
FullNine La Muñequita Corona 5.5×46
FullNine is a new kid on the block in the cigar industry. Based out of Washington state, this new brand released its first cigar this year – La Muñequita. Not often does a new brand come into the market as strong as FullNine has with this new stick. La Muñequita in the 5.5×46 Corona size claims the number 5 spot on CutLightSmoke’s Top 10 Cigars of the Year list with unique, Cubanesque flavor and excellent construction. The Brazilian Cubra wrapper, H-192 Dominican-Habano hybrid binder, and Dominican, Nicaraguan, and Peruvian fillers come together to offer an extremely complex smoking experience. On the draw, the palate is greated with toast, sweet earth, cinnamon, and wheat. Through the nose, an explosion of floral notes are paired with notes of corn flakes, wood, and nuts. The finish takes it one step further with dried fruit, black licorice, vanilla, and additional floral notes. This is one fine cigar and a deal at just $9 per stick!
La Mission du L’Atelier 1989 Toro
Created in the My Father factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, La Mission du L’Atelier is a full-strength and full-body cigar. The cigar has a Mexican San Andres wrapper that adds a complex sweetness making it worthy of a Top 10 Cigar chart. The 1989 Toro is under 6″ and is just the right size as any longer might level even the most experienced smokers. Besides being perfectly balanced by its size, the cigar is priced right as well at around $8.50.
La Palina Black Label
Leander’s number 7 cigar of the year starts with an aroma of pipe tobacco with tastes of tobacco, red pepper, plum, raisin and dried fruit on the cold draw. Upon first light it starts with a bang with tastes of earth, leather and medium and strength that is ready to roll. Long finish with a slight Dominican twang. Complex, smooth mix of flavors. Pepper dies down (only to quickly return) and the sweet dried fruit flavors move to the front. The strength moves into the full strength range. This cigar belongs on the Top 25 Cigar of the Year for its complexity, flavor and construction.
Maltilde Renacer Lancero 7×40
The Matilde Renacer is a newer product of Jose Seijas, a veteran in the cigar industry. The limited lancero size comes in as CutLightSmoke’s number eight cigar of the year. It features an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Dominican binder, and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. This slim stick offers some bold flavors of leather, dark chocolate, espresso, and black cherries complimented by cedar, popcorn, herbal tea, and peanuts. The cigar has a gorgeous appearance with a classy label and comes in at $9 per stick. This is another manufacturer with a lot of future potential.
My Father Limited Edition 2015 Anniversary Toro
The My Father Limited Edition 2015 Anniversary Toro is a Nicaraguan cigar manufactured in the same factory as the #1 Cigar Aficionado rated My Father Le Bijou 1922. This cigar has a cool pink label surrounding a cigar that burns like a slow fuse. The cigar delivers VIP treatment to anyone who smokes this cigar. Coffee and cocoa on the retrohale with nutty sweetness and strong espresso on the core. A balanced cigar slightly over medium in strength and body. When we asked Mark about the cigar he said, “Perfect cigar period!” and it didn’t take long before he explained the flavors and tastes. He went on to say that the cigar was almost a three-hour odyssey and that he had to bow down to the blender. A cigar with such a smooth and firm draw and perfect construction adds to the overall experience. The finish was short and allowed for each puff to be voluminous in flavors to entice you to puff again and again. For these reasons, it’s Mark’s #1 Cigar of the Year.
Nat Sherman Sterling Churchill
A classic in the making and a definite Top 10 contender making two iROBUSTO Ambassador Top 25 Cigar of the Year lists, the Sterling Churchill delivers a smooth creamy smoke with woody under tones. The Sterling blend is produced by the Quesada in the Dominican Republic. It has an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper with binder and fillers from the Dominican Republic. The silver band which covers a natural wrapper further promotes its classy, smooth and elegant construction. The cigar is priced at $15.00+ and is full worth the price. This cigar is on two separate reviewer Top 10 lists!
Padron 1926 Serie 80 Years Maduro Perfecto 6.75×54
Every cigar smoker knows about Padron cigars. They’ve developed a reputation for excellence, and the 1926 Serie 80 Years Maduro is no exception. This $32 Perfecto comes in at 6.75×54 with a chocolate brown Maduro wrapper from Nicaragua concealing all Nicaraguan tobacco within. On the draw, the palate is treated to a bold blend of dark chocolate, espresso, and hazelnut all mellowed out by an underlying buttery cream. Strength is manageable, but this is certainly full-bodied, full-strength cigar. Through the nose, there is a potent blast of black pepper spice, earth, leather, and strong coffee. The finish is exceptional with many of the same flavors as the draw but with an even more noticeable creamy element, that lasts forever. The perfectly balanced, refined flavors on this stick slide it into the third spot on CutLightSmoke’s Top 10 Cigars of 2015. It’s certainly a finger-burner, and the mix of bold yet creamy is well-worth the hefty price tag.
Padron 50th Anniversary Maduro 6.5×52 Toro
Made to celebrate the company’s 50th year in business, the Padron 50th Anniversary Maduro is a limited, high-dollar stick released in only one size, a 6.5×52 box-pressed Toro, and packaged in humidors of fifty that retail for $5,300. It features all Nicaraguan tobacco touting 10 years of age with an exceptionally dark and aromatic wrapper. On the draw, the palate tingles with sweet cocoa, blackberries, leather, bold espresso, and smoky cedar. This cigar has an extremely spicy retro-hale with loads of black pepper, rich earth, and floral cedar complimented by a delightful creamy wheat and sweet toast. The finish never ends with classic Padron bombs of buttery, creamy chocolate on top of espresso, citrus, hickory, and sweet peppers. Be warned, this thing is quite a powerhouse, but if you can handle it, you’ll find it to be the epitome of perfection in a cigar. CutLightSmoke names this his number one cigar of 2015. Some may say the price should disqualify the cigar from top cigar lists as singles range anywhere from $35 to $125, but sometimes you get what you pay for, and this cigar defines that truth. Nothing quite compares to this phenomenal smoke, and it should be scavanged for far and wide while it’s still around!
Por Larrañaga TAA En Cedro by Altadis USA
The $7.60 price tag helps move the Por Larranaga by Altadis into the number 6 spot in the Cigar of The Year competition. The cold draw give the smoker tastes of sweet tobacco and cedar without any hints of pepper. This cigar is well balance with smooth sweet tobacco flavors, baking spice, dried fruit. Medium – strength. The retrohale is something special. Its smooth with tastes of fruit, tiny amounts of black pepper.
Quesada Oktoberfest Bavarian
The Oktoberfest 2015 was not as spicy as its predecessor and is a full-bodied cigar. The cigar delivered as promised to pair well with beer in the tradition of Oktoberfest. This cigar makes the Top 25 Cigar of the Year for Hyacinth as she stated, “the cigar works well with pairing…” and also expressed that even without the pairing the cigar holds up on its own. The flavors are balanced with earth, mineral, wood, leather and a subtle almond or charred nut.
RoMa Craft Tobac Neanderthal SGP 4.25×52
Not for the faint of heart, the Neanderthal SGP by RoMa Craft Tobac is a powerhouse stick guaranteed to knock the socks off of even the most seasoned aficionados. It’s not just a powerhouse, though. This thing has phenomenal, rich flavor that bumps it into the 4th spot on CutLightSmoke’s Top 10 Cigars of the Year list. This short 4.25×52 stick features a flat head with a a Mexican San Andres wrapper, Connecticut Broadleaf binder, and Pennsylvania Double Ligero, Nicaraguan, and Dominican fillers. This potent blend brings out huge amounts of spicy black pepper, leather, and char on the draw. Through the nose, the smoke takes on a one-of-a-kind oatmeal characteristic mixed with additional black pepper spice, bold earth, and wood. The finish is ever-lasting with dried fruit, spicy coffee, gingerbread, and caramel. This one will likely give any cigar smoker a bigger nicotine buzz than any other stick out there, so don’t smoke this on an empty stomach. There are only a limited number of boxes of this shop-exclusive size, and they go for $9 and $10 per stick for boxes and singles, respectively. Be sure to snag them up when you can!
Warped Cigars Futuro
Futuro is a collaboration between Kyle Gellis (Warped) and Max Fernandez (Casa Fernandez). This Nicaraguan puro is available in two sizes. The initial run of 8,000 cigars was created from a selection of tobacco found in the vault at AGANORSA. Futuro starts with a mix of red pepper, floral and cocoa. It has a medium+ strength level which transitions to full by the end of the smoke. The finish is peppery and leaves the smoker with a strong essence of red pepper. However, this cigar is very complex and travels through several complexity & flavor shifts before ending with light red pepper, smoked meat (umami), floral, earth with a very spicy retrohale. Futuro is the #1 Cigar of 2015 on LeeMack912’s Top 25 Cigars of The Year.
Warped La Colmena Unico Especial 5×48
Coming in as CutLightSmoke’s 7th Cigar of the Year, La Colmena by Warped in the Unico Especial size is a 5×48 Belicoso with a silky smooth Ecuadorian DesFlorada wrapper, Ecuadorian binder, and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. It’s an elegant cigar reminiscent of great Cuban smokes but with a twist. Herbal notes dance on the palate with coffee, honey, and lemon grass. Under those core flavors are hints of toast, brown sugar, graham cracker, and the faintest spice. This superb stick with fantastic construction and a steady medium character. It comes in a bit steep at $15 per cigar, but it’s worth every penny.
There are so many cigars that have been evaluated and we feel that our list is a good representation of the Top Cigars sold throughout the world. Not all cigars can make the list and we appreciate the care and dedication that all cigar makers put into producing fine cigars.
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The Top 25 Cigars of 2015 is an annual event by cigar sites across the world. The top cigars from Honduras, Cuba, Nicaragua and the Dominic Republic are reviewed by sites like Cigar Aficionado, Cigar Snob Magazine, Blind Man’s Puff, HalfWheel and the Cigar Journal. Each site has its own rating system for choosing the top cigars of each year. There are also many different internet personalities that explain the Top 25 Cigars lists.
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On our site, Leander, Noah, Mark and Hyacinth will choose their top cigars and post them on the site. We will also post Top 25 lists from other sites as well. A voting system will be implemented to help decide which lists are the best. The cigar world is subjective and opinions and critiques are important to the industry. There is no one source that is the authority when it comes to cigar opinions. For the above reasons, we will post our opinion and allow our visitors to help decide which cigars are the Top 25.
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