1st Class Cigars has assembled a list of its most popular and best cigar lines . A number of factors including flavor, body, filler, wrapper, draw, burn consistency, and overall smoking experience were taken into consideration when compiling our top 10 list. 1) Macanudo - Macanudo cigars are manufactured in the city of Santiago in the Dominican Republic. The Macanudo line of cigars use a mild Dominican filler blend, a unique binder originated from the Tuxtla Valley of Mexico, and a premium grade Connecticut shade wrapper. Macanudo always deliver a distinctively smooth and mellow taste that is consistent from cigar to cigar. 2) Arturo Fuente - Master cigar makers Carlos Fuente Sr. and Jr. are known as the masters of the cigar craft.
The Casa Magna Colorado Robusto has set off a frenzy in the cigar industry. The No. 1 Cigar of the year is something that comes around, well, only once a year. It’s a highly coveted prize by all cigar blenders and manufacturers.
Deciding which cigar is the definitive best of the year isn't always an easy task, especially in lieu of all the great cigars in the market. We start by looking back at all the cigars tested throughout the year in both Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider —more than 700. Then we focus on the top-scoring smokes, and from there begin the blind-tasting process all over again. Our tasting coordinator heads out to the retail shops, purchases the cigars, removes the bands and orchestrates an entirely new tasting. After multiple rounds, we arrive at a list of 25.
David Savona Posted: January 7, 2011 Everyone appreciates a bargain, especially today. Cigarmakers from around the world are striving to release cigars with good quality as well as reasonable price tags. If a cigar scores 88 points or more and has a suggested retail price of $6 or less, we call it a Best Buy.
Gregory Mottola From the Print Edition: George Lopez, January/February 2010 Americans are natural bargain hunters. It's a national instinct that has developed over decades of comparison shopping, chasing down sales and other adapted behavior to best survive in the free market. The cigar smoker wants as much value for his dollar as anyone else, but is also cognizant of quality, perhaps more so than the average consumer, so we have amassed our annual list of high-quality, bargain cigars. This year, a bargain is defined as any cigar that costs no more than $6 and scored no less than 88 points in our ratings. The previous "bargain" cap was $5, but given inflation, rising taxes and the general increased costs of operation, we decided to raise the margin by a dollar.
Padron’s 1964 Anniversary cigars are so classic at this point that it’s hard to believe the blend is only fifteen years old. The 1964 was created to celebrate the Padron company’s 30th Anniversary in 1994. It was also, as George Padron added in a CA interview, ” something special as we went to nationwide distribution .” There are currently ten sizes in production, all available in either a sun-grown natural wrapper or maduro. The maduro version seems to be the most popular, but I have to say I like the natural just as well, if not better.
Frank Llaneza is a lion of the cigar industry who has been described by the Wall Street Journal as “the last grand old man of the cigar business as it was carried over from Cuba.” He is best known as the former president of Villazon & Co., which was started by his father and his partners in Tampa in 1920. Young Frank was conscripted into the cigar industry, starting out with janitorial duties in his father’s factory, a job that he would have gladly forsaken to spend more time in school instead. But this was the during the Depression, and his choices were limited. As part of his education in the business he soon left for Cuba, where he learned how to select wrapper leaf under the legendary Angel Oliva, Sr., a man who would become first his mentor and later his collaborator. Llaneza was on the ground in Cuba “when Fidel Castro came down from the mountains into Havana.”