Hands down this year’s all around best cigar: Alec Bradley’s Coyol (Petit Lancero).

Runners up: Davidoff Nicaragua Diadema,
Rocky Patel’s Super Ligero (Lancero),
Drew Estate Kentucky Fire Cured Kyoto,
Edgar Hoill’s OSOK Lancero,
La Flor Dominicana N.A.S.,
La Flor Dominicana Capitulo (Chapter) II,
Iconic Cigars Amadeus (Robusto & Toro),
La Flor Dominicana “1994” a twentieth Anniversary release (needs a Lancero),
Señorial by Jose Blanco (Corona Gorda),
Cohiba Comador,
Crowned Heads Jericho Hill,
Tatuaje Pudgy Monsters’ Chuck & Tiff.

Honorable mentions:
Ashton Symmetry (Prism, still haven’t tried one),
Foundry Chillin’ Moose,
Montecristo Espada (Guard),
Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva Limited Release 8-8-8,
Joya de Nicaragua Red,
Padrón Puro Gold (yet to be released, and therefore un-sampled),
Tatuaje Belle Encre Reserva,
Avo LE-88.

The worst:
No tabacalera released anything that was truly deplorable this year in my honest opinion, yes there were a lot of questionable releases e.g. Altadis’ Romeo y Julieta 1875 Cigarros wasn’t too good a blend at all, but not a truly bad cigar. The same could be said for the genius blender Michael Giannini’s recent addition to the Foundry line with the Worm-hole series, all six facings pale in compare to all of the other Foundry releases. It’s also seen in the boutique realm, for instance Padrón’s Family Reserve #50 was found lacking in both capa iterations, both the maduro and sungrown wrappers left me wanting much more than what was offered; they seemed as though they were an afterthought with sub-par blends.

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