Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of 2012: No. 11 – 25
On Monday morning Cigar Aficionado announced the remaining cigars on their top 25 cigars of 2012 list, #11 through #25. Each of these cigars are unique in their own way and we were excited to see the complete and final list.
Handmade in the Dominican Republic, the Kristoff Corojo Limitada Torpedo is made with Cuban-seed Nicaraguan tobacco. This well balanced stogie has notes of spice and because the tobacco’s used are so scarce only 16,000 of these torpedos are made a year.
This cigar has a unique wedge-shaped head inspired by Litto Gomez, the cigar maker behind the La Flor Dominicana brand. Gomez was inspired to make this cigar while chomping on a torpedo one day on his way to work. Handmade in the Dominican Republic, the La Flor Dominicana Cameroon Cabinet Chisel is a robust cigar with notes of spice, nuts and a bit of leather.
#13 Partagas Serie E No. 2
The Partagas Serie E No. 2 is a robusto cigar that is one of Cuba’s best-selling premium stogies. This dynamite cigar is a much fatter cigar than other Cubans. With notes of cedar and floral sweetness, this is a well-balanced cigar that everyone will love.
Most cigars by the Fuentes are from the Dominican Republic but the El Baton Belicoso is a premium cigar from Nicaragua. This bold cigar has loads of flavor from coffee and raisins to earthy spices.
The H. Upmann 1844 Reserve Belicoso is a delicious cigar made at the Tabacalera de Garcia Ltd. in the Dominican Republic. This complex smoke has a rich Ecuadoran Habano wrapper leaf with Dominican filler tobaccos. The H. Upmann 1844 Reserve Belicoso stands out and delivers a fresh and toasty taste.
#16 Bolivar Belicoso Fino
Another Cuban on the list, the Bolivar Belicoso Fino is a really strong Cuban and comes from a brand that dates back to the early 1900s. This hearty cigar has flavors of leather, sweet chocolate and cedar and is a full body, bold smoke that will leave your palate fully satisfied.
Each year Camacho releases a limited edition Liberty Series and the 2012 was one of the best so far. The 2012 blend used estate vintage tobaccos and has different flavors such as almonds and cedar to notes of floral. Each Liberty 2012 comes in an individual coffin with a slide-lid box, all within a unique chest of 20.
Oliva cigars are powerful and always tasty and the Oliva Serie V Belicoso is no exception. This complex cigar is made with a dark Nicaraguan wrapper and Nicaraguan fillers. This premium Belicoso is expertly made and has a lush draw with savory notes of leather, nuts and spice.
Handmade in Honduras, the La Palina El Diario KB is a full bodied and meaty cigar with notes of pepper, cedar and earth. This stogie has been given high ratings and this is also the first time a La Palina has taken a spot on the top 25 list.
This cigar came onto the scene 10 years ago and is General Cigar’s only cigar that has tobacco from Honduras. Wrapped in a dark Cuban-seed wrapper, this bold cigar is well constructed and has a flawless burn. Full in flavor, the Punch Gran Puro Santa Rita has a rich taste every cigar enthusiast will enjoy.
#21 Alec Bradley Fine & Rare
Made at the Favrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas in Honduras, the Alec Bradley Fine & Rare cigar is a limited edition, medium to full bodied cigar. This delicious cigar is presented in a unique way with its extra-large band that shows full details on the production of the cigar. With notes of berries, this cigar is toasty and savory down to the last puff.
#22 E.P. Carrillo Elencos Series Don Rubino
The E.P. Carrillo Elencos Series Don Rubino is a limited cigar due to the less common Cuban-seed Brazilian tobacco used to make it. These cigars were handmade in the Dominican Republic with only 50,000 produced.
This is General Cigar’s only medium strength Macanudo cigar. The Cru Royale Poco Gordo presents notes of leather and nuts and is much stronger than the Macanudo Café. Featuring a flavorful Ecuadoran Habano leaf wrapper and a thick ring gauge, this cigar delivers a beautiful and even burn.
#24 Headley Grange Estupendo
From the Dominican Republic comes the Headley Grange Estupendo. Medium to full in body, this cigar has rich coffee flavors along with notes of spice and almond. The back story on this cigar is pretty awesome too, the goal was to make a cigar that tasted like the pounding intro of Led Zeppelin’s classic “When the Levee Breaks.”
Last on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 cigars of 2012 is the San Lotano Oval Corona. This Nicaraguan smoke is full of robust flavors and features a Habano 2000 wrapper from Ecuador. Notes of leather and wood are present throughout the smoke with a pleasant dried cherry aftertaste.
So there you have it, Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 list of stogies from 2012. Check out the top 10 here. We have been hearing a lot of different opinions on the list and would love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment below and tell us what you think of their top 25 cigars of 2012.