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The Top 10 Cigars to Smoke Right Now - Maxim. Cigar Aficionado has finally unveiled its coveted list of the Top 25 Cigars of 2020.

The Top 10 Cigars to Smoke Right Now - Maxim

After blind-tasting that and rated nearly 700 smokes, the stogie bible's editors awarded top honors to a selection from the Dominican Republic produced by one of the industry’s most talented cigarmakers, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo. If you're looking for a truly supreme stogie, read on to learn about the 10 best cigars of the year, as chosen by Cigar Aficionado's experts: E.P. Carrillo Pledge Prequel 98 points - $10.75 The leader of the list is a masterpiece from top cigarmaker, Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, who has developed many award-winning cigars over his 50-year career. Fuente Fuente OpusX Double Robusto 97 points - $17.05 Even after 25 years, this phenomenal brand remains a favorite amongst cigar lovers. Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Hermoso 97 points - $13.20 The Hermoso is the ultimate example of a bold, luxurious cigar. Cigar Aficionado's Top 25 Cigars of 2018. If you’ve spent any amount of time reading Cool Material, you know we love a good cigar.

Cigar Aficionado's Top 25 Cigars of 2018

We’re still working our way through our own Cigar Bucket List, so we can’t imagine how the people at Cigar Aficionado managed to work through almost 750 different cigars this year. But they did, and now the results are in. The number one cigar of 2018 according to Cigar Aficionado is the E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic, a sub $12 stick with out of the Dominican Republic with Nicaraguan filler, binder and wrapper.

Check out the Top 25 list below, and head over to Cigar Aficionado for all of the details and tasting notes for each of the winners. #1 E.P. Is It Worth It: Cuban Cigars. Top 10 Bourbon Pairing Cigars. 12 Best Cigars to Smoke in 2018 - Top Picks by an Expert. How to Cut a Cigar. Optimum level of humidity. Inside the humidor cigars should be stored at a relative humidity of approximately 68-74%.

Optimum level of humidity

Generally it is assumed that the typical cigar flavors can best evolve in such a climate. This level of humidity supports an even burning of the cigar. At a relative humidity level of 70%, and a temperature of 64°F (18°C) the air contains approximately 10 grams of water per cubic meter of air. In such an environment, the cigar should absorb the ideal rate of humidity of 14% of its weight. Dry cigars become fragile and burn faster since their burning is not slowed down by the cigar’s natural humidity. Damp cigars, on the contrary, burn unevenly and take on a heavy and acidic flavor. Cigar Shapes, Sizes and Colors. A primer on cigar shapes, sizes and colors.

Cigar Shapes, Sizes and Colors

One of the missions of Cigar Aficionado has always been to bring cigar lovers together. Between the Big Smokes across the nation and our Internet chat rooms, we've done our best to help foster a community of connoisseurs. Through our events, our Web site and sections such as "Cigar Adviser" in our magazine, we've tried to provide aficionados with opportunities to meet others who share their passion, and forums for providing you access to the best, most accurate cigar information possible. But that's not enough. Overview of Cigar Shapes and Sizes. One of the most common ways to categorize cigars is by their shape and size.

Overview of Cigar Shapes and Sizes

Although this sounds simple, it can be very confusing. For many years, the cigar industry has been using terms such as Corona and Panatela, which correspond to the approximate length and width of the cigar, not the manufacturer or brand. Although most manufacturers use commonly accepted size names to describe their cigars, the actual size of a particularly named cigar can vary among manufacturers. In addition, cigars are now available in many more dimensions that were available in the past, and many manufacturers have created their own names for certain sizes. It is not too uncommon to find 2 cigars of the same size, made by different companies, that have different names to describe the size.

Are Numbers Better Than Names? What to Expect from Cuban Cigars — Gentleman's Gazette. In spite of recent news that relations with Cuba are once again being restricted by the US government, travelers (who can get there) will still be able to bring back Cuban cigars from the island.

What to Expect from Cuban Cigars — Gentleman's Gazette

Many Americans are salivating at the prospect – but are they worthwhile? Cigar Shapes, Sizes & Ring Gauge Explained. June 22, 2015.

Cigar Shapes, Sizes & Ring Gauge Explained

How to Light a Cigar: 13 Steps. Add New Question How do I choose a cigar?

How to Light a Cigar: 13 Steps

WikiHow Contributor It depends on the texture and flavor you want. Consider going to a cigar, tobacco, and pipe shop. The owners are experienced, and will be able to recommend a cigar for you. 7 Things You'll Never See A Real Cigar Smoker Do. Tips for Lighting a Cigar. How to Cut a Cigar with Different Types of Cutters. Coolmaterial. We absolutely love cigars.


If you’re an astute Cool Material reader, you already know this. Even though we’re preaching the good word about one of our favorite hobbies, we realize that cigar smoking isn’t necessarily the most easy to digest topic, and that there are many subtle nuances involved in everything: Why are cigars so popular? Where can I buy them? How do I store them? How do I cut them? It’s a lot to learn, but we think it’s more than worth it to be able to enjoy this centuries old hobby, tradition, and culture. Coolmaterial. Cigar Aficionado writers and reviewers enjoyed their fair share of good cigars this past year.


To finish 2016 off, they looked back over the 1,000 cigars they smoked in an attempt to discover the 25 best. This is the list they came up with. Visit Cigar Aficionado to see notes on each of the cigars listed below along with numbers 11-25. Then hope we have a slightly warmer winter so you can sit outside with one of these bad boys sooner rather than later. 10. Coolmaterial. Cigar smoking can quickly become a very expensive habit/obsession. It’s good to know the old adage “You get what you pay for” is often not true with cigars. It’s easy to needlessly pay top dollar for big name sticks, and it’s even worse to get a “deal” only to realize that the $2 dollar cigar you just bought tastes like the dry leaves on you front lawn. Truth is, great cigars can be found at almost any price point if you know what you’re looking for. Here are eight delicious options that won’t break the bank.

Arturo Funte is one of the most reliable brands on the market.