Cigar Aficionado Announces Top 10 Cigars of 2012
Every year Cigar Aficionado releases their top 25 cigars around this time and we’re so excited to see what they pick for 2012. With so many awesome cigars released throughout the year we can only imagine how hard it is to narrow it down to only 25. Over 700 cigars have been tested throughout the year through Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider. After various rounds of cigar tasting the top 25 list arrives. Cigars #2 through #10 of the 2012 top 25 cigars were announced today and yesterday and we are salivating at the mouth over these beauties.
This is the first time a Nat Sherman has been placed on the top 25 list. Handmade in the Dominican Republic, the Timeless Collection No. 2 is a newer blend from Nat Sherman cigars, a company that has been around since the 1930’s. After testing different blends made by several manufacturers they settled with one rolled in Santiago, Dominican Republic, by Manuel Quesada. This delicious cigar is composed of Honduran, Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos that create a pleasant taste with notes of cedar, espresso, nutmeg and dark chocolate.
This limited edition box pressed cigar came in three wrapper varieties, Habano, Broadleaf and Sumatra, each with Nicaraguan tobacco. The Sumatra version out-shined the others and picked up the #9 spot on the top 25 list. Pete Johnson, brand owner of Tatuaje, chose a box pressed cigar in order to reduce airflow to make the smoke much more concentrated. The term “Cojonu” is Cuban slang for someone who is bold or ballsy, a perfect title for this full bodied cigar. Handmade in Nicaragua, the Cojonu is a 6 ½ x 52 cigar with hints of woody and earthy flavors that make it a strong yet well balanced smoke.
We’re not surprised Rocky Patel landed a spot on the top 25 list, and the Rocky Patel Fifty Robusto was a perfect choice. The Rocky Patel Fifty came out in 2010 to celebrate Rocky Patel’s 50th birthday. This cigar comes in a handsome dark wood box with a lid that glitters with crystals that spell out Rocky Patel. The Fifty Robusto is a peppery and leathery smoke from Rocky Patel and for the 2nd year in a row he’s had a cigar in the top 10.
Made by the Fuente family, the Ashton Heritage Puro Sol brand is the only Ashton made with a Cameroon wrapper. The Puro Sol Belicoso No. 2 has a great taste and measures just less than 5 inches at 4 7/8 x 49. The Cameroon wrapper gives this cigar a creamy and sweet flavor. Sophisticated and rich, the Ashton Heritage Puro Sol Belicoso No. 2 is the second Ashton Heritage Puro Sol that has been placed on the top 10 list, the robusto size ranked #10 in the 2008 top 25 list.
The # 6 is the latest addition to the Cuban cigar list and is already a favorite. This Cuban cigar is a bit larger than the traditional Cuban and is a 5 3/8 x 52 sized smoke. Created in 2011, the H. Upmann Royal Robusto was unveiled at the Habanos Festival in Cuba and arrived on the market later that year. This is not an extremely limited cigar as it is available in about 140 stores around the world. With notes of earth and spice, the H. Upmann Royal Robusto has been described to have a classic Cuban flavor profile and is the perfect cigar if you’re looking for one that packs some punch!
For a brand that has just turned 100 years old the Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R Vitola Forty-Four is a fresh take on an already awesome brand. Arturo Fuente cigars are known for their powerful, full bodied smokes but the Vitola Forty-Four is a more subtle smoke. Handmade in the Dominican Republic, this cigar is actually the least expensive cigar on the top 10 list at the low price of $6.75.
Padron family cigars have been on the top 25 list for a while and are also the only company in the industry to win cigar of the year three times. The Padron Family Reserve 85 Years is one of the more recent cigars from Padron and was made in honor of Jose Orlando’s 85th birthday. These tasty cigars come in two varieties, natural and maduro. The natural features a milk chocolate Nicaraguan wrapper and has notes of black cherry and truffles, making this a truly delicious smoke. Call our friendly customer service team to find out how you can get your hands on these beauties!
From the Dominican Republic comes the Romeo by Romeo y Julieta Piramide. This cigar is a strong blend for Romeo y Julieta and is a complex smoke with notes of earth and cocoa bean. The Romeo by Romeo y Julieta is a new cigar and was made in 2012 in the largest cigar factory in the world, the Tabacalera de Garcia. This is also a budget friendly cigar coming in at only $7.50.
Last year the El Laguito factory in Cuba released a Cohiba for its Edicion Limitada program and it just landed in the #2 spot for the top 25 cigars of 2012. The Cohiba 1966 Edicion Limitada 2011 is a bold and flavorful smoke that leaves a lasting impression. This classic Cuban smoke is striking and powerful and managed to score a 95 from Cigar Aficionado. The Cohiba 1966 commemorates Cohiba’s 45th anniversary and is named for the year that Cohiba was created. A bit on the pricey side but well worth it, this 6 ½ x 52 sized cigar is worth the splurge if you’re looking to grab a limited Cuban that represents everything great about these awesome cigars.
Cigar Aficionado’s #1 cigar of 2012 is the Flor De Las Antillas Toro.
This medium bodied beauty pays tribute to the Pepin family’s Cuban cigar heritage and was released in May of 2012. Featuring a variety of Nicaraguan tobaccos, this cigar uses a wrapper leaf grown in the open sunlight and was rated a 96 by Cigar Aficionado. The Flor De Las Antillas is a complex smoke with notes of nutmeg and pepper making it delicious right down to the last puff. This cigar comes in four sizes but the Toro is the one that stands out with its beautiful wrapper and classic taste. This box-pressed Nicaraguan puro is an excellent, well balanced and full flavored smoke that every cigar fan will love.
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