The following lists take into account any cigar released in 2012 that we’ve smoked throughout the year, not just cigars that we’ve reviewed. There are many cigars on other Top 10 lists that aren’t on ours. Their omission from our Top 10 only means that we were unable to try them due to availability, funding, or time management.
1. Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Connecticut New England Edition Toro
2. Los Regalos Quetzal
3. San Lotano…
Gary Griffith of Emilio Cigars announced this morning that the first blend of the Los Regalos series, "Quetzal", made in Esteli, Nicaragua will begin shipping immediately.
"These cigars are being produced in a new factory for Emilio Cigars, and we are excited to have formed this new partnership," he said.
There will be a total of 4 blends in the series, as well as a limited edition cigar made entirely from 2006 harvest tobaccos.
"The Robusto, Toro, and Torpedo sizes are…Continue
Added by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on December 28, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments
The latest addition to the SWAG line of cigars is the SoBe (South Beach) Edition from Boutique Blends Cigars (a subsidiary of Oliveros Cigars). The SoBe Edition was blended to honor the famous Miami Beach neighborhood that epitomizes the city in which it resides.
Cigar Stats: Produced at Tabacalera La Palma, and consistent with all SWAG cigars, the…Continue
Added by Jason Zahner on December 21, 2012 at 10:12pm — No Comments
This is my review of the Cain F 464T.
This was a really interesting nose. I picked up a combination of caramel and roasted nuts with a coffee background.
The wrapper on the Cain F 464T was two different shades. Even with this being a larger ring gauge there were no construction defects to be found. The cigar was very firm to the touch with no soft…Continue
Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 20, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments
This is my review of the Oliva Nub 464 Maduro in the Torpedo vitola.
The Nub Maduro had a really interesting nose on it. I picked up sweet tobacco, coffee and chocolate as well as some light nuttiness.
The Oliva Nub 464 Maduro Torpedo (4 x 64) has a very well constructed and smooth wrapper to it. The outside is quite dark and has a slight oiliness. No construction…Continue
Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 18, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
I received today’s featured cigar with an order of cigars I placed with La Tradicion Cubana a couple of months ago, before they had been released into the market. Luis (Sanchez) told me to try them and let…Continue
Added by The Cigarmy (Kip) on December 16, 2012 at 4:49pm — No Comments
Gary Griffith and his Emilio Cigars operation continues to stay busy, rolling out for distribution this new stick that is made in Esteli, Nicaragua, by American Caribbean Tobacco. The cigar pays homage to legendary grower Alejandro Robaina, and it’s available in boxes of 10 and 20. All of this we know. If you also want to know about the tobacco you are smoking when you light…Continue
Added by Jason Zahner on December 14, 2012 at 9:09pm — No Comments
This Rocky Patel Edge Habano "Nicaraguan Edition" was a pre-release cigar sent to me from CigarBrief from their "Roll Like a Blogger" contest.
I spent some time smelling this cigar and I was able to pick up sweet tobacco with some notes of spicy pepper.
This pre-release has a dark brown…Continue
Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 13, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
This is my review of the Alec Bradley Black Market in the Robusto vitola.
The Black Market has an interesting nose to it. Careful consideration revealed pepper and a light underpinning of raw nuts.
This is the Alec Bradley Black Market Robusto. It measures 5 1/4x52. It has a dark brown wrapper that is smooth throughout with no imperfections. What stood out is…Continue
Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 11, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Today’s review is a side-by-side comparison of the Natural and Maduro lines in the new Cardinal series from Ernesto Perez Carrillo. The samples were sent to me by Ernesto’s son, Ernie, one of the nicest guys in the cigar industry and my first contact in the business almost seven years ago.
Cigar Stats: The Cardinal Maduro sports a Connecticut Broadleaf…Continue
Added by Jason Zahner on December 7, 2012 at 9:14pm — No Comments
This is my review of the Liga Privada Feral Flying Pig.I got this as a personal bomb from a Redditor Litui who came over and had an impromptu herf with me on my patio.
Not a lot of complexity on the nose here. All I picked up cedar and earth.
This is classic Drew Estates construction. Flawless cap and foot. A rich brown wrapper with no soft spots or any…Continue
Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 6, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
This La Escepcion Edición Regional Italia Selectos Finos was sent to me by another generous Redditor from Canada so I could review it.
Sweet tobacco and a light scent of cedar and other indistinguishable woods.
Flawless. The wrapper is golden brown with a striking black and gold band. It has another band underneath identifying it as an Exclusivo…Continue
Added by Cigar Surgeon on December 4, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments