Every January, Cigar Snob releases its rankings of the previous year's 25 best smokes. This year's list comes on the heels of a rollercoaster year for the cigar industry, as the consequences of looming FDA regulation converged with the uncertainty of a tight presidential election to make waves through all 12 months of 2016. There were acquisitions, product releases and all sorts of shakeups at cigar brands big and small.
So how do we put this list together? It starts with a review of all the cigar ratings we released during 2016. Any cigar that scored 91 or higher was smoked one more time by our tasting panel. We used this feedback to create the list you see below.
Let us know your thoughts by writing us at firstname.lastname@example.org; we might just publish your letter in an upcoming issue of the print magazine.
Scroll to the bottom of this list for links to the rest of our Top 25 rankings.
21. TABSA Aganorsa Leaf Connecticut
Manufacturer: TABSA (Nicaragua)
Wrapper: Ecuador; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Nicaragua
Vitola: Toro; Physical size: 6 x 52
22. H. Upmann The Banker Ingot
Manufacturer: Tabacalera de García, S.A.S. (Dominican Republic)
Wrapper: Undisclosed; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Nicaragua
Vitola: Toro; Physical size: 6 x 54
23. Heritage by Dunhill
Manufacturer: Scandinavian Tobacco Group (Honduras)
Wrapper: Ecuador; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua
Vitola: Robusto; Physical size: 5 x 50
24. Villiger La Libertad
Manufacturer: ABAM Cigars, SRL (Dominican Republic)
Wrapper: Peru ; Binder: Nicaragua; Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Vitola: Torpedo; Physical size: 5 1/2 x 52
25. Debonaire Maduro
Manufacturer: De Los Reyes Cigars, SRL (Dominican Republic)
Wrapper: USA/Connecticut ; Binder: Dominican Republic; Filler: Nicaragua, Dominican Republic
Vitola: Belicoso; Physical size: 6 x 54