Its that time of year again and we've already seen a few Top lists come out.  Got me thinking - if you made a list for Top Cigars of 2013, what would be on it?

Here is what has currently been announced from the Cigar Federation Consolidated Top Cigars of 2013:

#10 Jameson Santos de Miami Lancero

#9 Regius Mitchell Orchant Seleccion

#8 El Cedro

#7 Ortega Serie D Maduro Lancero

#6 Nomad Esteli Lot 1386

#5 The Crowned Heads JD Howard Reserve

#4 Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro 

#3 Ezra Zion Tantrum

#2 AKA Nth Degree

#1 The Crowned Heads Headley Grange Drumstick

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hmmmmmmmmm.... this is tough. I don't keep close enough track of what I smoke to be able to rank things so well, but here are some that come to mind...

  • Padron 1926 #36 - one of the first cigars I've smoked. Really kinda sealed the deal for me
  • MUWAT Baitfish - great stick that blows it's larger brethren out of the water.
  • 7-20-4 Hustler - can't pass on a barber pole! 
  • Aging Room Maduro Presto - because maduros can pack a punch too
  • TLJ Legend Reserve 63 Habano Corona - I can smoke this all day any day. 
  • Tatuaje Petite Cazadores Reserva - I've smoked a TON of these and they've always been perfect cherry bombs. Burn is always great. Flavors always consistent. 

no particular order, but I think I'd have to through those into the ring.

Would the Mayimbe be on your list, Matt?

Haha - now you'll just have to wait and see.  While my picks are not included in the Cigar Federation Consolidated list, I will have a quick blog post with my picks.

Literally ALL of the cigars I've smoked have been in 2013 except for 1 lone ACID Toast, soooo...

Ones I remember that I really liked, in the order I remember them (best you're gonna get):

Toraño Exodus Silver
LGC Serie R
Tatuaje "Brown Label"
Padron 2000
Sancho Panza Glorioso
Don Lucas Linea Classica
Romeo y Julieta Churchill (CC)
Cohiba Siglo III (CC)
Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo

And yes, the Opus X & the Ligas are NOT on this list, they easily could be, but 1) I've only had 1 of each & won't be having more any time soon, 2) I didn't like them as much as the CC's I've had only once, and they'd lose out to the Bolivar and the Montecristo before they made the list. :P

when you are talking about 2013 cigars you are talking about cigars released in 2013 right?  Like CAO flathead, el centurion, etc. etc.

basically anything on this list right:

Well, its an interesting conversation.  In my eyes, yes, when you are talking about Top Cigars of 2013, it has to be on that list.  However, as we detailed in our Consolidated List, not everyone does that.

In the end, its your call - is it just Top Cigars Released in 2013, or Top Cigars You Smoked in 2013?

There are two schools of thought to this.

On one hand, it is like the Oscars.  With the Oscars, you vote for Best Movie for the Year.  In other words, the Godfather and Rocky are not eligible to be the Best Movie for 2013 when they came out almost 35 to 40 years ago.  They might be great movies, but you award for the year.  You can view cigars the same way.

On the other hand, you can't compare cigars to movies.  Movies stand the test of time, cigars change - and aging can do wonders both positively and negatively.  

For a variety of reasons, I have opted to use the first school of thought and award cigars released during a specific time period.  I've also opted to do a "Best Aged Cigar" to go back and revisit some of those cigars released previously to see how they've done.

I applaud anyone who takes the time to do a list - no matter what their school of thought is.  

If I did my top NEW cigars of 2013, my list would shrink to the 3 I've actually had. And none of those are on my above list. So, meh, you get what you get from me. :P

I saw right away, though, that list is not conclusive. There are sticks missing, even sticks that were announced at IPCPR--CAO Flathead, Aging Room Maduro, and I felt the El Centruian was more of a Re-Release. 

It all gets sketchy when you say "best of the year". IMO, it's more of a "what is available on the shelves right now" type of a deal. 

1. Tortuga 215 Reserva by Victor Vitale

2. Padilla Vintage Reserve

3. Aging Room M21 Fortissimo

Padilla Vintage Reserve

La Jugada Prieto Toro

AJ Fernandez Pinolero Maduro

JDC Cuatro Cinco

CigarAficionado has announced their Top 25, and now we've announce #2-10!  What do you think so far? Any guesses for #1?



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