The top 25 cigars of 2014 (11-25)

 

Top #11 - #25

Though Cigar Snob has been around for close to a decade, this is only our third annual list. After releasing each of the last two, we were inundated with feedback—most positive, some negative, some validating, some challenging. The common thread running through just about all the reactions we got was an appreciation for our objectivity. We know how seriously you take these rankings, and—with this new list—we remain committed to offering our honest assessments.

How did we arrive at this list? First, we took all the cigars we’d rated over the course of the last year and set aside only those which received ratings of 92 or higher. There were 78 in all. That’s the easy part. We then had our panelists re-taste those candidates. While that’s far and away their favorite tasting assignment of the year, whittling the list down to a ranked 25 is harder than it sounds.

Today, we’re releasing the first and largest chunk of our newest list: cigars 11-25. Take a look and let us know your thoughts on the smokes that made the cut.

25. 1502 Black Gold

Country of manufacture: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexico; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Nicaragua
Vitola: Lancero; Physical size: 7 X 38
MSRP: $7.90
Rating: 92

24. Flor de Gonzalez Spectral

Country of manufacture: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Nicaragua & Peru
Vitola: Atom; Physical size: 6 ½ x 44
MSRP: $8.50
Rating: 92

23. Tattoo

Country of manufacture: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Nicaragua
Vitola: Bonito; Physical size: 6 1/8 X 52
MSRP: $6.00
Rating: 92

22. Padilla Vintage Reserve

Country of manufacture: Nicaragua
Wrapper: USA/Pennsylvania; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Nicaragua
Vitola: Torpedo; Physical size: 6 1/2 X 52
MSRP: $12.00
Rating: 92

21. Brick House

Country of manufacture: Nicaragua
Wrapper:  Nicaragua; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Nicaragua
Vitola: Robusto; Physical size: 5 x 54
MSRP: $4.95
Rating: 92

20. La Aurora Preferidos Diamond

Country of manufacture: Dominican Republic
Wrapper:  USA/Connecticut; Binder: Dominican Republic; Filler: Dominican Republic
Vitola: Double Perfecto; Physical size: 5 x 54
MSRP: $20.00
Rating: 92

19. La Flor Dominicana Colorado Oscuro

Country of manufacture: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador; Binder: Dominican Republic; Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Vitola: No. 5; Physical size: 5 3/4 X 60
MSRP: $8.20
Rating: 92

18. Avo Heritage

Country of manufacture: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador; Binder: Dominican Republic; Filler: Dominican Republic
Vitola: Toro; Physical size: 6 x 50
MSRP: $8.50
Rating: 92

17. Room 101 Master Collection One

Country of manufacture: Honduras
Wrapper: Mexico; Binder: Honduras; Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua & Mexico
Vitola: Mutante; Physical size: 7 X 38
MSRP: $10.80
Rating: 92

16. Nestor Miranda Collection Habano

Country of manufacture: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Brazil, Dominican Republic & Nicaragua
Vitola: Robusto; Physical size: 4 1/2 X 50
MSRP: $7.25
Rating: 92

15. Casa Cuba

 

Country of manufacture: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador; Binder: Dominican Republic; Filler: Dominican Republic
Vitola: Doble Tres; Physical size: 5 1/2 X 44
MSRP: $9.84
Rating: 92

14. Joya de Nicaragua Cuatro Cinco

Country of manufacture: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Nicaragua
Vitola: Cuatro Cinco; Physical size: 6 X 54
MSRP: $13.00
Rating: 92

13. Aging Room Bin No. 1

Country of manufacture: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Ecuador; Binder: Dominican Republic; Filler: Dominican Republic
Vitola: B Minor; Physical size: 6 1/8 X 52
MSRP: $12.60
Rating: 92

12. Oliva Serie V

Country of manufacture: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Nicaragua
Vitola: No. 4; Physical size: 5 X 43
MSRP: $5.96
Rating: 92

11. Camacho Ecuador

Country of manufacture: Honduras
Wrapper: Ecuador; Binder: Brazil; Filler: Honduras & Dominican Republic
Vitola: Robusto; Physical size: 5 X 50
MSRP: $6.80
Rating: 92