Top 25 Cigars from 2011 to 2016

1. San Cristobal Quintessence Robusto

The San Cristobal Quintessence Robusto is made at the My Father cigar factory by the Garcia family in Nicaragua. The blend consists of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a Nicaraguan binder and long filler tobaccos. The San Cristobal Quintessence Robusto has a medium to full-bodied profile. When you smoke this Garcia family stick, you can detect notes of spice and coffee with a pleasant natural sweetness.

2. Aging Room Pelo de Oro

The Aging Room Pelo de Oro Scherzo was introduced in 2016 by AJ Fernandez for Boutique Blends. This full-bodied blend features a gorgeous Nicaraguan Pelo de Oro wrapper, a premium Nicaraguan binder, and a Pelo de Oro filler.

3. Perdomo Small Batch 2005 Maduro

It is rated 92 points by Cigar Journal. The Pedromo Small Batch Series Maduro features an aged Cuban-seed Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper, a Cuban-seed Nicaraguan binder, and a ten-year aged Cuban-seed Nicaraguan filler tobacco. The medium to full-bodied profile offers a rich sweet flavor with cocoa and coffee on the finish.

4. Davidoff Escurio Corona Gorda

The Davidoff Escurio Corona Gorda is a blend of Ecuadorian wrapper and Brazilian Seco binder. The filler is crafted with spicy Brazilian and sweet Mata Fina tobaccos from Todos os Santos Bay and tobacco from the Dominican Republic. The blend delivers a sweet taste and rich aroma with notes of salt and pepper, chocolate, licorice, and coffee. The Davidoff Escurio Corona Gorda has a medium body profile. This stick is a star in any cigar journal.

5. La Gloria Cubana Inmensos

The exclusive blend is made from tobaccos grown in the Vuelta Abajo region. The medium profile stogie offers balanced notes of cashew, creaminess, floral, graham cracker, and cedar. This flavorful gem is limited to 5000 boxes. La Gloria Cubana Inmensos is only available at La Casa del Habano stores.

6. Davidoff Yamasá Piramides

Henke Kelner’s wonderful blend from the Yamasá Valley in the Dominican Republic delivers a full-bodied smoking experience. The taste of one of the finest cigars offers notes of nuts, spices, coffee, and cedar.

7. A.J. Fernandez Enclave Salomon

The AJ Fernandez Enclave Figurado offers a smooth yet strong profile. The blend is crafted with a Habano wrapper, a Cameroon binder, and a Nicaraguan filler. The result is a truly remarkable complex of spice, pepper, cedar, and cinnamon with notes of cream. Enclave was rated 92 points by Cigar Aficionado and included in the “Top 25 Cigars of 2016”.

8. El Centurion H-2K Connecticut

Another stogie from Cigar Aficionado’s “Top 25 Cigars of 2016.” No surprise for a blend by Don Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia. “H-2K- CT” refers to the Connecticut-grown Cuban 2000seed hybrid wrapper. The medium-full strength profile also includes Nicaraguan filler and binder.

9. Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado

The Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado is a rich and robust blend of an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder, and a Jalapa Valley Ligero filler. A full-strength and full-bodied gem to have in your cigar journal.

10. San Lotano Connecticut Robusto

The No. 2 of the best cigars of 2012 for Cigar Journal is a mild to medium profile stick. The San Lotano Connecticut Robusto is a blend by master cigar maker AJ Fernandez that is adapted from his grandfather’s original Cuban recipe. The flavor features notes of cream, nuts, and wood.

11. Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill

This is the Cigar of the Year for 2011 of Cigar Aficionado with a 96-point rating. Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill is a full-strength stogie with a wrapper from Honduras, a Nicaraguan binder, and filler tobacco from Honduras and Nicaragua. This tobacco blend delivers the flavor of leather, chocolate, and spice notes.

12. Illusione Epernay Le Taureau

Illusione Epernay Le Taureau is a blend of pure Nicaraguan tobacco. This cigar is made without Ligero tobacco, the strongest variety of tobacco leaf, resulting in a delicious medium-strength profile. Cigar Aficionado’s #3 cigar of the year delivers a delicious blend of chocolaty sweetness, nuts, and leathery notes.

13. Warlock Robusto

This stick from Altadis U.S.A. Inc. features an Ecuadorian wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder, and long-filler tobacco from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic as filler. The Warlock blend is strong and delivers a flavor of salty, leathery and earthy notes with a woody finish.

14. Montecristo New York Connoisseur Edition

This blend from Altadis U.S.A. consists of an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, a Nicaraguan binder, and a Dominican filler. The cigar reflects the spirit of New York aficionados. Enjoy the medium strength with notes of chocolate, dried fruit, coffee, and spices.

15. Liga Privada Unico Serie Ratzilla by Drew Estate

This stick has a Connecticut Habano wrapper, a Brazilian Mata Fina binder, and Nicaraguan and Honduran filler. The full profile exudes notes of spice and graham cracker sweetness.

16. Davidoff Nicaragua Toro

Davidoff is famous for making some of the finest cigars. The Davidoff Nicaragua Toro is no exception. Cigar Aficionado gave this blend a rating of 95 points. The stick is made exclusively from Nicaraguan tobacco. It has a medium profile with flavors of floral notes, espresso, and leather.

17. Aging Room Quattro F55 Concerto

This is a flavorful stogie with an Indonesian wrapper and Dominican Republic filler and binder. The Aging Room Quattro F55 Concerto is medium to full in strength and full-bodied. The box-pressed blend offers you notes of roasted coffee beans, wood, sweet orange, and spice.

18. E.P. Carrillo La Historia E-III

The Perez-Carrillo family worked on this blend for two years. They chose a Mexican wrapper, an Ecuadorian binder, and a Nicaraguan filler to create this excellent cigar. Medium-full profile, box-pressed. Enjoy complex flavors of cocoa, espresso, earth, and nuts with subtle hints of sweetness on the finish.

19. Illusione Fume d’Amour Clementes

Illusione Fume d’Amour Clementes is a blend of pure Nicaraguan tobacco. This is a smooth cigar with a nutty cashew flavor and sweet notes of cream, cocoa, and nougat.

20. Rocky Patel Royale Toro

Such a list cannot do without a Rocky Patel cigar. This blend combines an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Connecticut Broadleaf and Connecticut Shade binders, and Honduran and Nicaraguan longfillers at its heart. The flavor is earthy at its core with notes of almond, espresso, spice, and leather. A medium to full bodied cigar that will not disappoint.

21. My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo Box Pressed

This is Cigar Aficionado’s #1 cigar of the year. A medium-full profile blend of Nicaraguan tobacco. The Torpedo vitola gives you all the complexity of dark chocolate, raisins, leather, and a long sweet, and salty finish.

22. Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Belicoso

Cameroon wrapper, Dominican binder, and filler make up this exceptional blend from Arturo Fuente. The medium-full profile delivers a flavor of dark chocolate accompanied by nuts, wood, and a sweet and sour finish.

23. La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull

The Andalusian Bull combines an Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper with a Dominican binder and filler in a blend with a full profile. This Torpedo will offer you flavors of caramel, leather, milk chocolate, spices, and hints of citrus.

24. Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2011 Maduro

This medium-bodied gem features a Honduran Rosado wrapper, a Honduran binder, and Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo longfillers. La Palina El Diario delivers notes of mocha, nuts, and leather with plenty of sweetness. 

25. La Palina El Diario

This medium-bodied gem features a Honduran Rosado wrapper, a Honduran binder, and Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo longfillers. La Palina El Diario delivers notes of mocha, nuts, and leather with plenty of sweetness.

All the stogies in this list are ones you should try, a treasure for connoisseurs. If you have these cigars in your cigar journal, you will have a wonderful smoking experience and a delight for your senses.

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Oliver Jones PhD

Oliver Jones PhD

Jones, Oliver Jones, content creator and editor. My passion for smoking has deep roots: my grandfather was a tobacco curer, and my first job was as a tobacconist. Ever since my grandfather introduced me to Cuban cigars in the 90s, I've been captivated by the relaxed enjoyment and rich culture surrounding them. My favorite cigar? It's always the next premium blend I try, and the same goes for pipes. So here I am, sharing my lifetime of knowledge and experience to help you discover your next favorite cigar or pipe.

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