For 18 years, a panel of expert cigar smokers at Cigar Aficionado has selected the top-rated 25 cigars of the previous year. After the panel’s blind rating analysis of the shape, roll quality, flavor profile, and draw. The winner for the year 2021 is the Padron 1964 Anniversary Series Torpedo (Natural). This cigar is a Nicaraguan puro that first debuted in 1994. It has been featured five times on the Cigar Aficionado Top Rated Cigars list. It features Nicaraguan tobacco carefully aged for more than two years. Its taste profile consists of notes of leather, cocoa, and raisins with a hint of spice. Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2 is second on this year’s list. Often lauded as one of the best cigars the brand has ever blended. A Nicaraguan puro blended with premium tobacco from AJ’s farm. It is a full-bodied cigar with intense smoke and a complex flavor profile.
San Cristobal Quintessence Churchill is a brainchild of Ashton and My Father. A well-balanced cigar that uses an Ecuadorian Havana seed wrapper with Nicaraguan tobaccos as fillers and binders. The first few puffs hit you as bold and rich, which then transform into a hint of spice and a creamy finish. The fourth spot is occupied by Partagas Serie D No.4. This is the Cuban cigar for the true cigar Aficionado. It perfectly represents the values of a Cuban cigar. All elements of this cigar are made from aged Cuban tobaccos from the famous Pinar del Rio region. Each stick blesses your palate with notes of tobacco sweetness, pepper, and a nutty core. Rounding up the top 5 is Arturo Fuente Casa Cuba Doble Cuatro. The last project by Carlos Fuente Sr before he sadly passed away in 2016. A flavorful and complex cigar presented at a great price. Blended from aged Dominican fillers and binders housed in a stunning Ecuadorian wrapper. Notes of nuts, sweet spice, and leather hit your palate as you work through the cigar.
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