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Image’s Top 10 New Releases of 2011- Part Two

Continuing from last week, here are our remaining picks for the best new stogies we saw in 2011:

Puros Indios 2012 Churchill


6. Puros Indios 2012

An exceptional limited-production stogie from the Reyes family, the Puros Indios 2012 is an earthy, sweet and toasty smoke that is definitely among the tastiest to hit our humidor this year. A precise blend of select Nicaraguan and Dominican filler tobaccos and a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper make for a smooth, medium-to-full bodied smoke, calculated to entertain your palate rather than overwhelm you with strength. It hits this mark masterfully. Featuring awesome, unmatchable flavor and some of the sharpest box-pressed construction in the industry, the Puros Indios 2012 is a dynamite smoke that anyone who loves good cigars should be checking out.


Liga Privada Undercrown Double Corona by Drew Estate


7. Liga Privada Undercrown by Drew Estate

When I reviewed this cigar a few weeks ago, although I expected it to be good, I really didn’t think it was anything that would blow me away. I was wrong. This new blend from Drew Estate is nothing short of great, featuring a wide range of smooth flavors that work together beautifully from start to finish. A unique mix of Brazilian and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos and a Mexican Otapan Negro Último Corte wrapper leaf produce creamy notes of vanilla, oak, cocoa, pepper, and earth. Combine the outrageous flavor with an effortless burn and draw and the result is a truly unforgettable smoke that will have you coming back for more.


George Rico V.I.P. Natural by Gran Habano


8. George Rico V.I.P. by Gran Habano

The only “budget-priced” stogie to make this year’s list, the George Rico V.I.P. is a refreshing change of pace: a value priced cigar with actual value. Featuring the solid construction and quality one would expect from Gran Habano, the George Rico is surprisingly well-blended and supremely tasty, towering over other cigars in its modest price-range. What you have here is a “go-to” smoke that you’ll actually look forward to going to.


Carlos Torano Vault Torpedo


9. Carlos Toraño Vault

This zesty and full-bodied new offering from master-blender Carlos Toraño employs an “all-star” blend of tobaccos from Nicaragua’s Esteli, Condega, and Ometepe regions, and Honduran Jamastran tobaccos, paired nicely with a Nicaraguan shade-grown Colorado wrapper. The end result is a bold and rich tobacco flavor like none other. Derived from a blend that was originally conceptualized over a decade ago, the Vault is a savory and nuanced smoke that has proved to be well worth the wait.



10.  Perdomo Exhibicion

Perdomo Exhibicion Toro Sampler

Showcasing some of the rarest and most extensively aged leaves in the prolific Tabacalera Perdomo’s roster, the Exhibicion line is one you don’t want to miss. The Nicaraguan long-fillers in this stand-out stogie have been aged 4-6 years in charred-oak bourbon barrels, producing a distinctly rich character and taste. Available in creamy Connecticut, Spicy sun-grown, or chocolatey maduro wrappers, each of the three different wrapper shades provide a complex and tasty, first-rate smoke, and the perfect burn and draw reminds you that these cigars were crafted by some of the best torcedores in the world. Of the many releases from Perdomo we’ve seen recently, this one is at the top of the heap.


So there you have it, our top ten new stogies for 2011. Hopefully you’ll find the time to give some of these sticks a try in the new year, and find as much enjoyment in doing so as we did. Here’s to health, happiness and many good smokes in 2012, may it be your best stogie-year yet!


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