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Image’s Top 10 New Release Cigars of 2013- Part Two

Continued from last week, here are our final selections for the Top 10 New Release cigars of 2013, #’s 5-1:



5. L’Atelier Maduro

Pete Johnson’s second release under the L’Atelier Imports umbrella, the L’Atelier Maduro delivers bold and clean flavors of earth, coffee, pepper, and wood through a razor-straight burn on every stick. This medium-to-full-bodied blend perfectly conveys its layered flavor profile loaded with vivid and easily identifiable tasting notes for a delicious smoke that’s more than worthy of its #5 position on this year’s list.






gar_c-300x200 4. George Rico S.T.K. Miami American Puro

Comprised of 100% American tobaccos from Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and Connecticut, the George Rico S.T.K. Miami American Puro is handmade at Rico’s GR Tabacaleras Unidas Co. factory in Miami, Florida, making it truly an all-American affair. The American Puro’s patriotism factor is cool, but it’s the dynamic, complex flavor of the cigar that we just can’t get enough of. The fire-cured tobaccos used in the blend add an irresistibly dark and smoky dimension to this earthy, creamy, and leathery smoke.





photo6-300x196 (1) 3. Herrera Esteli by Drew Estate

Drew Estate recruited renowned cigar blender Willy Herrera, formerly of El Titan de Bronze in Miami, to create their latest smash hit, the Herrera Esteli. Blended as a homage to the Cuban cigars of old, this sweet and spicy stick hit all the right spots with a level of balance to its flavors that many cigars aim for but very few achieve. Herrera Esteli transitions effortlessly from notes of cedar and white pepper to baking spice, syrupy sweetness, cocoa, molasses, and more, all through a fluid draw with loads of creamy smoke.





mayimba-blog-a-300x200 2. Mayimbe 2013

Limited in production to just 2,500 boxes of 10 in each size, A.J. Fernandez’s Mayimbe 2013 was one of this years greatest new stogies by a wide margin. In addition to being a smooth smoke with a spot-on burn, the Mayimbe absolutely dazzled us with its layered profile of complimentary flavors that fit together perfectly and seemed to only become more harmonious the longer we smoked. This was a “Special Release” cigar that was really special, and I concluded my review of the Mayimbe by immediately ordering some for myself, an extremely rare occurrence.





torano-d042-blog-a-200x300#1 – Torano Vault D-042

The Torano family’s second “Blend from the Vault” release, the D-042 was complex, smooth, unyieldingly full flavored and just all around good. The cigar’s precise composition of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper around a proprietary filler blend of Nicaraguan tobaccos and a rare Pennsylvania leaf proved to be a winning combination, as both burn and draw were right on the money and the flavor was off the hook. The Torano Family simply knocked it out of the park with this one and we give it our full recommendation. Anyone who enjoys a fine smoke is bound to agree: it just doesn’t get much tastier than Torano’s Vault D-042.







So there you have it, our picks for the best new cigars of 2013. Thanks for reading our blog over the past 12 months, we’ve got much more in store for the year ahead. With so many amazing new projects in the works, 2014 is set to be our best year yet. Be sure to tune in as we continue to bring you all the latest cigar news, reviews, and special features in the weeks and months to come.