Top 25

Top 25 Cigars of 2016

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.

Noah CutLightSmoke
Leander LeeMack912

Notes on Leander’s Top 25 Cigars of 2016:

  • Rankings were based on ratings in his reviews.
  • The only sizes specified are blends offered in one size.
  • Most cigars were released in 2016 and readily available.
Notes on Noah’s (CutLightSmoke) Top 25 Cigars of 2016:
  • Some cigars that made Noah’s top 10 list from the IPCPR trade show have moved positions in relation to others on the same list. He revisited many of these cigars and noticed great improvements with a number of the blends before making his top 25 list.
  • To be eligible for his list, cigars must either be regular current production blends or be released in 2016 if they are a limited run.
  • A cigar that makes Noah’s top 25 list is then ineligible the following year. This means that any cigars on his 2015 list were no longer eligible for 2016, although, they will once again have a shot at it in 2017.
Notes on Mark and Hyacinth’s Top 25 Cigars of 2016:
  • Selections were based on cigars smoked during 2016.
  • The lists are truncated due to limited European supply of cigars.
Notes on the Community Top 25 Cigars of 2016:
  • Viewers submitted all cigars for this list.
  • Submissions were only eligible if they were current regular production or release in 2016 if they were a limited run.
  • Submissions did not have to be vitola specific, although, some specific sizes were submitted.
  • Our Community then voted on their submissions to determine final rankings you see today.

Top Cigars of the Year

Reveal Leander's Top 10 Cigars
#10 – Alec Bradley Raices Cubanas Designio
#10 – Hoyo La Amistad
#10 – Foundation The Tabernacle
#9 – Crowned Heads Angels Anvil 2016
#8 – Viaje Furiosa
#7 – La Galera Connecticut
#6 – Asylum Lobotomy
#5 – Eiroa The First 20 Years
#4 – Fratello Bianco The Boxer
#3 – Davidoff Yamasa
#2 – 1502 XO
Cigar of the Year – CLE AZABACHE

Reveal Noah's Top 10 Cigars
#10 – Nomad C-276 Robusto
#9 – Tatuaje The Krueger
#8 – Crowned Heads Le Careme Robusto
#7 – Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Lancero
#6 – Salamanca Cigar Group Joseph Nica Vana Nica Bella (formerly Nica Vana) Torpedo
#5 – Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark
#4 – Warped Maestro del Tiempo 6102R
#3 – Foundation Tabernacle Toro
#2 – 1502 XO Toro
Cigar of the Year – Fable Fourth Prime Mi

Reveal Mark's Top 10 Cigars
#10 – Santa Damiana Vintage Maduro Robusto
#9 – The Foundry – Heritage Bolivar 1895
#8 – Alec Bradley Filthy Hooligan 2016
#7 – 1502 XO
#6 – Bolivar Libertador
#5 – Ramon Allones (Cuban) Robusto
#4 – Pura Soul Barber Pole
#3 – Macanudo Inspriado Black
#2 – Royal Danish Cigars Umami Blend Claro Fat Robusto
Cigar of the Year – Eiroa Cigars First 20 Years

Reveal Hyacinth's Top 10 Cigars
#10 – YO by Axel Ortiz
#9 – Leaf by Oscar Sumatra – Lancero
#8 – Rocky Patel The Edge Candela
#7 – Macanudo Inspriado Black
#6 – The Foundry – Heritage Bolivar 1895
#5 – Pura Soul Barber Pole
#4 – Ramon Allones (Cuban) Robusto
#3 – Royal Danish Cigars Umami Blend Claro Fat Robusto
#2 – Bolivar Libertador
Cigar of the Year – Eiroa Cigars First 20 Years

Reveal Cigar Aficionado's Top 10 Cigars
#10 – Punch Gran Puro Santa Rita
#9 – Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure No. 2
#8 – Oliva Serie V Melanio Robusto
#7 – Norteño Robusto Grande
#6 – Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R Vitola “Forty-Four”
#5 – Padrón Serie 1926 No. 90 (Natural)
#4 – E.P. Carrillo Selección Oscuro Piramides Royal
#3 – Partagás Serie E No. 2
#2 – Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Robusto
Cigar of the Year – La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull

Reveal the Community's Top 10 Cigars
#10 – Warped Corto
#9 – Padron 1926 Serie 40th Anniversary Maduro
#8 – Padron 1926 Serie
#7 – Jas Sum Kral Red Knight
#6 – My Father Flor de las Antillas
#5 – Montecristo (Cuban) No. 2
#4 – Davidoff Yamasa
#3 – Ramon Allones (Cuban) Robusto
#2 – Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve
Cigar of the Year – RoMa Craft Neanderthal

Reveal Leander's Top 11-25 Cigars
#25 – My Father The Judge
#24 – Drew Estate FSG
#23 – Charter Oak
#22 – Blood Red Moon Habano Broomstick
#21 – Aging Room Solera
#20 – The Big Payback Connecticut
#19 – Long Live the King Jalepeno
#18 – Alec Bradley Medio Fuerte Ligas de Reyes
#17 – Guardian of the Farm
#16 – Perdomo Factory Tour Maduro
#15 – Padron 1926 F75
#14 – La Boheme
#13 – La Gran LLave Reserva
#12 – Whiskey Rebellion
#11 – Southern Draw Firethorn

Reveal Noah's Top 11-25 Cigars
#25 – My Father El Centurion H-2K-CT Toro
#24 – La Palina Illumination Robusto
#23 – Que Vida Robusto
#22 – Duran Neya F8 Texas Tactical Lancero
#21 – Matilde Oscura Toro Bravo
#20 – AJ Fernandez Bellas Artes
#19 – AVO Syncro Nicaragua Fogata Short Torpedo
#18 – Warped/Casa Fernandez Guardian of the Farm Selección de Warped
#17 – Jas Sum Kral Zlatno Sonce Toro
#16 – Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra
#15 – Cubariqueno Protocol Lancero
#14 – Emilio Cavatina Toro
#13 – Cornelius & Anthony Daddy Mac Robusto
#12 – Padron 1926 Serie No. 90 Maduro
#11 – Ohana Pulse Toro

Reveal Cigar Aficionado's Top 11-25 Cigars
#25 – El Güegüense Corona Gorda
#24 – Illusione MK
#23 – Casa Cuba Doble Cinco
#22 – Henry Clay Stalk Cut Toro
#21 – Villiger San’doro Colorado Robusto
#20 – Enclave Churchill
#19 – Cohiba Siglo Vi (Tubo)
#18 – Alec Bradley Coyol Petit Lancero
#17 – Brick House Corona Larga
#16 – El Centurion H-2k-Ct Toro
#15 – Cromagnon Anthropology
#14 – Aging Room Small Batch M356ii Mezzo
#13 – La Aroma De Cuba Mi Amor Belicoso
#12 – Casa Turrent Serie 1901 Robusto
#11 – Casa Fernandez Miami Aganorsa Leaf Maduro Robusto Extracasa Turrent Serie 1901 Robusto

Reveal the Community's Top 11-25 Cigars
#25 – Drew Estate Herrera Esteli
#24 – Crowned Heads Le Careme
#23 – Oliva Serie V Melanio
#22 – La Flor Dominicana La Nox
#21 – Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9
#20 – Foundation El Gueguense
#19 – Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida
#18 – La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero
#17 – Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa
#16 – RoMa Craft CroMagnon
#15 – Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro
#14 – Drew Estate Liga Privada T52
#13 – 1502 XO
#12 – Foundation The Tabernacle
#11 – Warped Maestro del Tiempo

Fun facts about the iROBUSTO top cigars of 2016:

  • Most Expensive Cigar (on any list): Padron 1926 Serie 40th Anniversary Maduro ($26.50)
  • Least Expensive Cigar (on any list): Blood Red Moon Habano Broomstick ($5.00)
  • Company with the Most Awards (between all lists): Foundation & Warped tie with five awards each
  • Most Popular Vitola (between all lists where specified): iROBUSTO, DO U? The 5×50 Robusto dominated our lists with seven awards.
  • Wrapper with the Most Awards: Ecuadorian Habano took the cake with eleven awards!
  • Most Popular Puros: Nicaragua is where it’s at! Fifteen Nicaraguan puros were awarded this year.
Other Awards:
  • Best Budget Cigar of the Year: Foundation Charter Oak Broadleaf – This cigar exceeds expectations with phenomenal flavors for right around $5. You can’t beat that!
  • Best New Company: Jas Sum Kral – Riste Ristevski has stormed the industry with groundbreaking and industry-changing blends at reasonable prices. These cigars ooze quality which is expected given they come out of the New Order of the Ages factory which is overseen by Noel Rojas. With only one year under his belt, we can’t wait to see where JSK goes from here.
  • Strongest Cigar: RoMa Craft Neanderthal – All of us agree that this beast is no joke. The hair on all our chests can be seen for miles after smoking this explosive blend. Not only is it strong, it’s a great smoke, too!
  • Most Controversial Cigar: Davidoff Yamasa – Between conflicting reviews from Noah and Leander and left and right commentary from our viewers, we’ve determined this cigar makes the biggest pitch for love it or hate it relationship
  • Best Special Occasion Cigar: 1502 XO – This well-aged blend puts out such unique and delicious flavor that it’s the perfect pick for a birthday, wedding, or that big sale. It’s a beautiful stick made in limited quantities that won’t disappoint. There’s a reason why Enrique Sanchez knows how to “Relax & Enjoy.”
  • Hardest Name to Pronounce: Foundation El Güegüense – We here at iROBUSTO (experts of course) can usually manage to get this one out without twisting our tongues, but we’ve spent two years laughing at the way people pronounce this cigar name. Hats off, Nick Melillo!

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.

1502 XO Toro
Size: 6×50
Price: $17.75
Wrapper: Undisclosed
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Undisclosed
Notes: 18 year aged tobaccos, appeared on four iROBUSTO lists

Aging Room Solera
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Dominican Sun Grown
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican

AJ Fernandez Bellas Artes
Size: 6×54
Price: $9.50
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan, Brazilian, & Honduran

Alec Bradley Filthy Hooligan (2016)
Size: 6×50
Price: $8.50
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Jalapa & Honduran Candela
Binder: Sumatran
Filler: Honduran & Panamanian
Notes: Mark’s favorite Candela

Alec Bradley Medio Fuerte Liga de Reyes
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan & Honduran

Alec Bradley Raices Cubanas Designio
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Honduran
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Honduran & Nicaraguan

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark
Size: 5.75×52
Price: $11.25
Wrapper: Undisclosed
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Undisclosed

Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve
Size: 5.25×50
Price: $13.00
Wrapper: Undisclosed
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Undisclosed

Asylum Lobotomy
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Notes: Famous Smoke Shop Exclusive

AVO Syncro Nicaragua Fogata Short Torpedo
Size: 4.5×52
Price: $8.90
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano 2000 Clara
Binder: Mexican San Andres Negro
Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan

Blood Red Moon Habano Broomstick
Size: 5.5×54
Price: $5.00
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Bolivar Libertador
Size: 6.4×54
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Cuban
Binder: Cuban
Filler: Cuban
Notes: Appeared on two iROBUSTO lists

Caldwell Long Live the King My Style is Jalepeno
Size: 7.25×40
Price: $10.00
Wrapper: Dominican
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan

CLE Azabache
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Honduran, Nicaraguan, & Peruvian

Cornelius & Anthony Daddy Mac Robusto
Size: 5×50
Price: $9.00
Wrapper: Brazilian
Binder: Ecuadorian
Filler: Nicaraguan

Crowned Heads Angels Anvil (2016)
Size: 5.5×54
Price: $10.50
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Crowned Heads Le Careme Robusto
Size: 5×50
Price: $8.25
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Nicaraguan
Notes: Appeared on two iROBUSTO lists

Cubariqueño Protocol Lancero
Size: 7.5×38
Price: $10.99
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Davidoff Yamasá
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Dominican Yamasá
Binder: Dominican Yamasá
Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan
Notes: Appeared on two iROBUSTO lists

Drew Estate Herrera Esteli
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Nicaraguan

Drew Estate Liga Privada No. 9
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf Ligero Oscuro
Binder: Brazilian
Filler: Nicaraguan & Honduran

Drew Estate Liga Privada T52
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Stalk-Cut Connecticut Habano
Binder: Brazilian
Filler: Honduran & Nicaraguan

Drew Estates FSG
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Brazilian
Binder: Honduran Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan & Florida Sun Grown

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Mi Querida
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust Sobremesa
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Ecuador La Meca Ecuador Habano Grade 1
Binder: Mexican Matacapan Negro de Temporal
Filler: Nicaraguan & Pennsylvanian Broadleaf Ligero

Duran Neya F8 Texas Tactical Lancero
Size: 7×40
Price: $8.00
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Maduro Corojo
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Eiroa Cigars First 20 Years Double Toro
Size: 6×60
Price: $14.00
Wrapper: Honduran
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Honduran
Notes: Appeared on three iROBUSTO lists (#1 cigar of 2016 for Hyacinth & Mark)

Emilio Cavatina Toro
Size: 6×50
Price: $9.50
Wrapper: Undisclosed
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Undisclosed
Notes: Collaboration with Black Label Trading Company

Fable Fourth Prime Mi
Size: 5.75×46
Price: $9.00
Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan
Notes: Noah’s #1 cigar of 2016

Foundation Charter Oak Connecticut Broadleaf
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan

Foundation El Güegüense
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 99
Binder: Nicaraguan Corojo 99
Filler: Nicaraguan

Foundation Tabernacle Toro
Size: 6×52
Price: $11.50
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Nicaraguan & Honduran
Notes: Appeared on three iROBUSTO lists

Foundry Bolivar Heritage Series 550
Size: 5×50
Price: $6.49
Wrapper: USA Havano Connecticut
Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Filler: Domincan, Honduran, Mexican, & Nicaraguan
Notes: Appeared on two iROBUSTO lists & Mark’s favorite budget stick

Fratello Bianco The Boxer
Size: 6.25×52
Price: $10.00
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Negro
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Pennsylvanian, Dominican, & Peruvian

Hoyo La Amistad
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Notes: Collaboration with AJ Fernandez

Jas Sum Kral Red Knight Lancero
Size: 7×38
Price: $9.50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Mexican & Nicaraguan
Filler: Undisclosed
Notes: Appeared on two iROBUSTO lists

Jas Sum Kral Zlatno Sonce Toro
Size: 6×52
Price: $10.50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Mexican & Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Notes: Double Ligero in filler

La Boheme
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican

La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican

La Flor Dominicana La Nox
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Brazilian
Binder: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Dominican

La Galera Connecticut
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican

La Gran LLave Reserva
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Nicaraguan

La Palina Illumination Robusto
Size: 5×52
Price: $11.50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Ecuadorian
Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan

LEAF by Oscar Sumatra Lancero
Size: 7×40
Price: $8.50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Honduran
Notes: Hyacinth’s favorite Sumatra

Macanudo Inspriado Black Cananazo
Size: 5.75x5x52
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Connecticut Habano
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican, Honduran, & Nicaraguan
Notes: Appeared on two iROBUSTO lists

Matilde Oscura Toro Bravo
Size: 6.5×54
Price: $8.50
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Sumatran
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, & American

Montecristo No. 2 (Cuban)
Size: 6.1×52
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Cuban
Binder: Cuban
Filler: Cuban

My Father El Centurion H-2K-CT Toro
Size: 6×52
Price: $7.10
Wrapper: Connecticut Habano 2000
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

My Father Flor de las Antillas
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Sun Grown
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

My Father The Judge
Size:
Price:
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Nomad C-276 Robusto
Size: 5×50
Price: $8.75
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Notes: Five different filler leaves

Ohana Pulse Toro
Size: 6×52
Price: $9. 50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Oliva Serie V Melanio
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Padrón 1926 F75
Size: 5×54
Price: $21.00
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Padrón 1926 Serie
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Padrón 1926 Serie 40th Anniversary Maduro
Size: 6.25×54
Price: $26.50
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Padrón 1926 Serie No. 90 Maduro
Size: 5.5×52
Price: $19.50
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Perdomo Factory Tour Maduro
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Pura Soul Barber Pole Toro
Size: 6×54
Price: $11.70
Wrapper: Honduran Corojo & Maduro
Binder: Honduran
Filler: Honduran
Notes: Appeared on two iROBUSTO lists & Mark’s favorite Honduran puro

Que Vida Robusto
Size: 5×50
Price: $7.50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Ramon Allones Specially Selected
Size: 4.9×50
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Cuban
Binder: Cuban
Filler: Cuban
Notes: Appeared on three iROBUSTO lists & Hyacinth’s favorite Cuban brand

Rocky Patel The Edge Candela Toro
Size: 6×52
Price: $7.20
Wrapper: Honduran Candela
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Undisclosed

RoMa Craft CroMagnon
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: US Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro
Binder: Cameroon
Filler: Nicaraguan

RoMa Craft Intemperance Whiskey Rebellion 1794
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Indonesian Bezuki
Filler: Dominican & Nicaraguan

RoMa Craft Neanderthal
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Dominican, Nicaraguan, & Pennsylvania

Room 101 The Big Payback Connecticut
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut
Binder: Mexican
Filler: Dominican

Royal Danish UMAMI Claro Fat Robusto
Size: 4.5×56
Price: $7.95
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Claro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Notes: Appeared on two iROBUSTO lists & originally European exclusive

Salamanca Cigar Group Joseph Nica Vana Nica Bella (formerly Nica Vana) Torpedo
Size: 6.25×52
Price: $9.25
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Santa Damiana Vintage Maduro Robusto
Size: 5×50
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder: Ecuadorian
Filler: Nicaraguan, Peruvian, & Dominican

Southern Draw Firethorn
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosada Clara
Binder: Mexican San Andres
Filler: Nicaraguan

Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra
Size: 6.5×52
Price: $13.00
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Tatuaje The Krueger
Size: 7.25×48
Price: $13.00
Wrapper: Mexican San Andres
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Viaje Furiosa
Size: n/a
Price: n/a
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 99
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Warped Corto X46
Size: 4.5×46
Price: $8.50
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan

Warped Maestro del Tiempo 6102R
Size: 5.25×48
Price: $10.50
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Notes: AGANORSA tobaccos

Warped/Casa Fernandez Guardian of the Farm Selección de Warped
Size: 6×44
Price: $8.00
Wrapper: Nicaraguan
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Notes: AGANORSA tobaccos & appeared on two iROBUSTO lists

YO by Axel Ortiz Toro
Size: 6x52
Price: $6.40
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Notes: Hyacinth’s favorite boutique blend

2016 Cigars of the Year

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Top 25 Cigars of 2015

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.

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Cigar of the Year

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Top Cigars of the Year

Top 10 Cigars
by Leander LeeMack912

#10 – Asylum Nyctophilia Robusto 5×50
#9 – Duran Cigars Neya F8 6×56
#8 – MoyaRuiz The Rake The Cut 5×52 Boxpress
#7 – La Palina Black Label
#6 – Por Larrañaga TAA En Cedro by Altadis USA
#5 – Amos Triple Wrap
#4 – Drew Estate MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured Delfinas 6×26
#3 – Asylum Petit Corona 4×44
#2 – Edgar Hoill OSOK Everyday Hustle
Cigar of the Year – Warped Futuro
Top 10 Cigars
by Noah CutLightSmoke

#10 – AJ Fernandez Enclave Figurado 6.5×52
#9 – 1502 Ruby Robusto 5×50
#8 – Maltilde Renacer Lancero 7×40
#7 – Warped La Colmena Unico Especial 5×48
#6 – Drew Estate Herrera Esteli Norteño Edicion Limitada 7×48
#5 – FullNine La Muñequita Corona 5.5×46
#4 – RoMa Craft Tobac Neanderthal SGP 4.25×52
#3 – Padron 1926 Serie 80 Years Maduro Perfecto 6.75×54
#2 – Bolivar Libertador Sublimes 6.5×54
Cigar of the Year – Padron 50th Anniversary Maduro Toro 6.5×52

Descriptions of cigars are provided below on this page.

Top 10 Cigars
by Mark Swanson

#10 – La Mission du L’Atelier 1989 Toro
#9 – Bolivar Belgravia UK 5.25×55
#8 – Nat Sherman Sterling Churchill 7×48
#7 – 1502 Cigars Black Gold Toro 6×52 Boxpress
#6 – EPC New Wave Reserva Elegante 6×52
#5 – Edgar Hoill OSOK Desmadroso
#4 – Nyctophilia Robusto TAA 5×50
#3 – Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff 6×52
#2 – Ramon Allones Club Allones Edicion 2015
Cigar of the Year – My Father LE 2015 Anniversary Toro
Top 10 Cigars
by Hyacinth LaPanatela

#10 – Quesada Oktoberfest Bavarian 5.5×52
#9 – Henry Clay Tattoo 6×52
#8 – EP Carrillo Shortrun 2015 Vencedores
#7 – 1502 Ruby Robusto 5×50
#6 – Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff 6×52
#5 – Asylum Nyctophilia Robusto 5×50
#4 – Nat Sherman Sterling Churchill 7×48
#3 – Ramon Allones Club Allones Edicion 2015
#2 – H. Upmann Magnum 56 Limited Edition 2015
Cigar of the Year – Eiroa CBT Maduro Toro 6×54

Descriptions of cigars are provided below on this page.

Top 10 Cigars
by Cigar Aficionado

#10 – Liga Privada No. 9 7×54
#9 – Bolivar Belicoso Fino 5.5×52
#8 – Ashton Symmetry 5×50
#7 – Rocky Patel The Edge Habano
#6 – Illusione Ultra Op. No. 9
#5 – Padron Family Reserve 50 Years Natural 5×54
#4 – Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Belicoso 5.375×52
#3 – CAO Flathead V660 Carb
#2 – Ramon Allones Specially Selected
Cigar of the Year – My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo Box Pressed
Top 10 Cigar Social
chosen by voters

#10 – Warped Flor del Valle Sky Flower
#9 – La Flor Dominicana La Nox 6 1/2×50
#8 – Tatuaje Verocu No. 4 Robusto 5 1/4×50
#7 – La Mission du L’Atelier 1989 Toro
#6 – Padron 50th Anniversary Maduro
#5 – Sobremesa
#4 – El Gueguense
#3 – Tatuaje M80
#2 – RoMa Craft Neanderthal
Cigar of the Year – Tatuaje TAA 2015

Top 25 Cigars of the Year

Top Cigars 11-25
by Leander LeeMack912

#25 – Romeo Y Julieta 1875
#24 – Padron Damaso
#23 – Camacho Shellback
#22 – Crowned Heads Las Calaveras (2015)
#21 – Espinosa Laranja
#20 – Rocky Patel Prohibition San Andres
#19 – Warped La Hacienda
#18 – Rocky Patel Super Ligero Lancero
#17 – BG Meyer Standard Issue
#16 – Nomad Therapy Habano
#15 – AJ Fernandez Enclave
#14 – Asylum Insidious
#13 – Foundation Cigar El Gueguense
#12 – East India Trading Co. Havana Blend
#11 – Perdomo Craft Series Pilsner
Top Cigars 11-25
by Noah CutLightSmoke

#25 – 1502 Black Gold Toro 6×50
#24 – Drew Estate MUWAT Kentucky Fire Cured Kyotos 5.5×34
#23 – Ave Maria Reconquista Torpedo 7×54
#22 – Camacho American Barrel Aged Toro 6×50
#21 – Drew Estate Liga Privada T52 Toro 6×52
#20 – Arturo Fuente Anejo No. 46 5.6×46
#19 – Cohiba Maduro 5 Secretos 4.3×40
#18 – Alec Bradley Prensado Robusto 5×50
#17 – Davidoff Nicaragua Toro 5.5×54
#16 – Drew Estate Undercrown Shade Gran Toro 6×52
#15 – Aging Room F55 Quattro Concerto 7×50
#14 – Oliva Serie V Melanio Maduro Torpedo 6.5×52
#13 – AJ Fernandez New World Governador 6.5×55
#12 – La Gloria Cubana Medaille d’Or No. 4 6×32
#11 – Padron Family Reserve 50 Years Maduro 5×54
Top Cigars 11-25
by Cigar Aficionado

#25 – Sublimes Robusto Extra
#24 – La Flor Dominicana Coronado Corona Especial
#23 – Nub Cameroon 358
#22 – Padilla Miami 8&11 Torpedo
#21 – Nat Sherman Timeless Collection Nicaragua 652T
#20 – Espada by Montescristo Quillon
#19 – Caldwell The King is Dead The Last Payday
#18 – Heritage by Dunhill Robusto
#17 – La Mission du L’Atelier 1959
#16 – Avo Syncro Nicaraguan Toro
#15 – Alec Bradley Sanctum Toro
#14 – Trinidad Vigia
#13 – Larana Reserva Toro
#12 – La Bohème Pittore
#11 – Hammer + Sickle Tradición Serie Churchill
Top Cigars 11-25 Social
chosen by voters

#25 – Caldwell Blind Man’s Bluff 6X52
#24 – CAO Pilon
#23 – Tatuaje Drinking Age
#22 – Warped Lirio Rojo
#21 – Warped Corto
#20 – My Father Limited Edition 2015v
#19 – Warped La Hacienda
#18 – LAtelier-Racine
#17 – Tatuaje W
#16 – RoMa Craft CroMagnon
#15 – Tatuaje H-Town Lancero
#14 – Ramon Allones Club Allones Edicion
#13 – Crowned Heads La Imperiosa
#12 – Warped Futuro
#11 – Tatuaje Monster Hyde

Top Cigar of the Year Information

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.

Bolivar Belgravia

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.

Honorable Mentions

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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2015 Cigar of the Year

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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