Tobacco Business’s Top 24 Cigars of the Year

Tobacco Business magazine has released its annual list of the top cigars of the year. This isn’t a ranking chosen by a single editor, or even a room full of decision makers. This list is the result of several votes cast by the magazine’s readers themselves. The result is an eclectic range of cigars that suite a wide array of tastes. No matter what kind of palate you have, no matter what your budget is, this list has something for everyone.

Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Maduro

Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Box

This box-pressed beauty utilizes 100% Nicaraguan tobaccos to deliver a naturally sweet cigar with notes of espresso and dark chocolate. Get yourself a box of this 10th anniversary treat from Best Cigar Prices.

E.P. Carrillo Pledge

E.P. Carrillo Pledge Box

E.P. Carrillo’s Pledge cigars have earned a reputation for greatness. The 5 x 50 Prequel vitola even garnered a mind-blowing 98 rating from Cigar Aficionado. If you can find a box of this rare blend, do not hesitate to buy!

Room101 Big Payback Maduro

Room101 Big Payback Box

If you’re looking for a unique blend, the Big Payback offers a spicy combination of Honduran, Nicaraguan, and Dominican tobaccos. Cover that blend in a Connecticut Shade binder and a Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, and you’ve got something special, courtesy of Room 101.

Camacho Corojo

Camacho Corojo Box

Some cigars are just a mainstay. That’s why it should come as no surprise that the Camacho Corojo has found itself on this list. Consider this your formal reminder that this cigar is consistently satisfying and well worth the price point.

Liga Privada Unico Year of the Rat

Released in 2020 for the first time since October 2016, the Year of the Rat is one of the most storied cigars in Drew Estate’s portfolio. Take advantage of any opportunity you get to try this peppery, complex smoke and you’ll understand how it ended up on Tobacco Business‘s list.

Perdomo Lot 23 Connecticut

The Lot 23 line from Perdomo has no shortage of wrappers and sizes, but the Connecticut is the variety that Tobacco Business readers have chosen. If you’ve ever enjoyed one of these creamy, balanced cigars, it’s easy to see why.

AJ Fernandez New World Connecticut

Looking to add some mellow sticks to your humidor? The New World Connecticut from AJ Fernandez is a sure bet. Not only is it bursting with rich, earthy flavor, but boxes have an extremely wallet-friendly price—just over $5 per stick.

Alec & Bradley Gatekeeper

With signature dark packaging and a name like “Gatekeeper,” you may expect an intense cigar that takes hours to smoke. Instead, Alec & Bradley has given us a meticulously crafted medium-bodied stick constructed around a spicy Ecuador habano wrapper.

Alec Bradley Magic Toast

The rich blend of Alec Bradley’s Magic Toast offers a unique flavor profile, with flavor notes ranging from cocoa to leather. Best Cigar Prices carries Gordos, Robustos, and Toros of this magical blend, along with the four-and-a-half-inch Chunk size.

Oliva Serie G

The Oliva Serie G marks the only Cameroon wrapper on the list. This elegant wrapper is what allows the Serie G to deliver a perfectly balanced combination of spice and coffee flavors. Best of all, you can get them at less than $4 per stick.

Caldwell Eastern Standard Sun Grown

Cloaked in a hybrid Mexican/habano sun grown wrapper, Caldwell’s Eastern Standard manages to cycle through an incredibly diverse range of flavors. When you first light one up, you can expect nuanced notes of earth, sweet apple, and pepper.

Aladino Corojo Reserva

JRE Cigars produces a very small number of these cigars at select times. As the name suggests, these sticks are made using some of the finest reserve tobaccos out there. If you love corojos and want to treat yourself, you can’t go wrong here.

Plasencia Alma del Fuego

Plasencia Alma del Fuego Box

Born of the volcanic soils on Nicaragua’s Ometepe Island, Plasencia’s Alma del Fuego is the worthy third installment of the Alma series. The del Fuego Tempers its full-bodied spice with subtle sweetness to create a layered smoke that will keep you coming back for more.

Macanudo Inspirado Green

If you think a cigar has to use tobacco from Nicaragua or Honduras to be top-shelf, think again. The Inspirado Green was voted onto this list with a blend of tobaccos from Indonesia, Colombia, and the Dominican Republic. Pick up a box for when you want a smoke that’s truly different.

Supreme Leaf

Aganorsa’s Supreme Leaf is constructed with all-Nicaraguan tobaccos. These are the same tobaccos used in the original blend, but covered in gorgeous vintage Corojo ’99 wrapper. If you’re in the market for a Nicaraguan puro, look no further.

Cohiba Royale

The Royale is undoubtedly a cigar for the seasoned smoker. Beneath its hearty Nicaraguan broadleaf wrapper is an intense, full-bodied blend of filler tobaccos from Esteli, Nicaragua and the Jamastran Valley of Honduras.

Eiroa Dark Natural

The Eiroa family has earned a reputation for using authentic corojo tobacco to its fullest potential, and the Dark Natural is no different. Masterfully crafted, these cigars burn perfectly to deliver an oaky, nutty flavor profile through the entire cigar.

Romeo y Julieta Reserva Real Nicaragua

Romeo y Julieta has released so many outstanding cigars, it can be hard to choose a favorite. However, the readers of Tobacco Business settled on the exceptional Reserva Real Nicaragua. That’s not surprising, considering how smooth this full-bodied blend smokes.

Buffalo TEN Natural

In 2020 Tabacalera El Artista released a new version of their Buffalo TEN. Its maduro wrapper was replaced with an Ecuadorian-grown habano leaf that is fragile but flavorful. The result is an earthy smoke that doesn’t hold back on its peppery overtones.

CAO Bones

Don’t be deterred by the dark Connecticut broadleaf wrapper that adorns CAO Bones cigars. Though its strength is medium to full-bodied, it also offers sweet notes of vanilla and walnut. You can pick up a box of 20 from Best Cigar Prices with an incredibly low price tag.

The Royal Return King’s Gold

The Royal Return King's Gold

Sporting an unrefined Connecticut broadleaf wrapper that isn’t afraid to show some veins, The Royal Return King’s Gold is surprisingly well-constructed. Over the course of its smooth burn, you can expect to enjoy flavor notes of cocoa, espresso, and more.

Fratello Arlequin

The Arlequin boasts an interesting combination of Nicaraguan and Peruvian filler tobaccos, all cloaked in an oily San Andres Mexican maduro wrapper. Enjoy your choice of the Robusto or Toro, both of which are box pressed to perfection.

Soberano Reserva

If you want the perfect balance of quality and affordability, it’s hard to beat the Soberano Reserva from Maya Selva Cigars. Should you come across this medium-strength Honduran puro, it’s well worth the money at roughly $8 per stick.

Odyssey Sweet Tip

The fact that this sub-$3 cigar made the list is a testament to the universally agreeable taste of Plasencia’s Odyssey Sweet Tip. Available in several different sizes, it seems safe to say that this is the ultimate yard ‘gar.


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