Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Cigars of 2013 – #2-5
This morning Cigar Aficionado unveiled the second installment of this year’s Top 25 list. Here are the picks for #2-5:
Quite possibly the most coveted of all Cuban cigars, the Cohiba Behike clocks in at #5 this year, this time in its 54-ring incarnation. The blend’s inclusion of special medio tiempo tobaccos results in a bold, earthy, and leathery smoke that has become legendary among aficionados worldwide.
A brand that’s become synonymous with CA’s Top 25, Padron has previously claimed three different Cigar of the Year titles. This year the 1964 Anniversary Series Diplomatico Maduro makes the list for its exemplary burn and draw and decadent, complex flavor profile.
A departure from Davidoff’s usual high-end Dominican offerings, the Davidoff Nicaragua was blended to appeal to today’s growing audience of aficionados with a taste for Nicaraguan cigars. The brand applied its strict quality control methods and time-tested construction techniques to a batch of premium Nicaraguan leaves and the resulting cigars were met with an amazing positive reception from fans. CA noted refined flavor and balance with a long finish as reasons for Davidoff Nicaragua’s #3 nomination.
Two years after Aging Room landed their first spot on the list with the Aging Room M356 Presto at #16 in 2011, the Quattro F55 Concerto rises through the ranks to claim the #2 slot. Balance and sophistication with rich notes of sweet coffee and cedar gave a shining performance in this year’s taste tests, sealing the deal for these Sumatra-wrapped Dominicans.
Be sure to check tomorrow for the highly-anticipated #1 Cigar of the Year.