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

2013 was a fantastic year for new cigar releases, as a slew of great new sticks arrived at BCP in rapid succession. Continuing in our annual tradition, we’ve made some tough choices in selecting the 10 best new cigars that we saw in the past 12 months, and believe me when I tell you, this year it wasn’t easy. After much consideration, here are #’s 10-6 of our picks for the Top 10 New Releases of 2013:









10. Pura Soul

Christian Eiora’s longtime business associate Robert Wright unveiled the silky and complex Pura Soul at this year’s IPCPR Trade Show. We were thoroughly impressed with these Nicaraguan puros loaded with rich notes of sweet cedar, cocoa, butter, and spice. That smooth and layered profile combined with a flawless burn and draw land Pura Soul in this year’s #10 spot.








cao-flat-d-200x3009. CAO Flathead
CAO’s latest innovation, the Flathead features a unique shape and vintage muscle car aesthetics, complete with an in-box pin-up poster worthy of any gearhead’s garage wall, but that’s not what earned it the #9 position on this year’s list. Lush and creamy notes of cocoa, pepper, nuts, and leather flowing through a generous draw result in a seriously bold and well-balanced smoke that leaves many other similarly strong cigars in the dust.








8. Aging Room Maduro

Boutique Blends owner Rafael Nodal spent six years perfecting the blend for the Aging Room Maduro and needless to say, it was well worth the wait. These ligero-heavy Dominicans smoked like a charm, right off the truck. Vivid notes of cocoa, red and black pepper, cinnamon, and anise make the Aging Room Maduro one of the most interesting new sticks of the year.









7. Leccia Black

Sam Leccia made a triumphant return to the cigar industry this year with the introduction of his Black and White series. The Black in particular stood out as a an awesome new offering thanks to an inventive blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican ligeros, Brazilian viso, and wood fire-cured “Dark Fire” tobaccos beneath a Habano wrapper with a Nicaraguan Rosado binder. Though it wasn’t the only cigar featuring fire-cured tobaccos to debut this year, it had a smoky, spicy, and sweet taste unlike any other cigar on the market.





6. Surrogates Animal Cracker

The beefy Animal Cracker by Surrogates Cigars wowed us with deep complexity and nice subtle flavor transitions that really shined in the 6×60 format. Full-bodied and supremely balanced, these thick sticks made at the My Father factory in Nicaragua are undeniably tasty, even if you’re not into the big-ring trend.






Happy New Year everyone, click here for  #’s 5-1 of this year’s list.

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