As a cigar smoker and a member of the cigar media, I felt spoiled in 2014. It all started with the release of The Collective and snowballed from there. For the purposes of this list (we have more to come) I stuck with cigars that were released in 2014. I'm not sure if this was a conscious decision or not, but I stayed away from line extensions. Had I included them, the 1502 Ruby Lancero and Corona would have been in the running. I really enjoy that blend.
2014 was a great year for new cigar releases. My Top Ten list this year includes cigars only released during 2014.
Only ten cigars made my list, but there were a few cigars on the bubble that should be recognized. Honorable Mentions for 2014, and in no particular order, are:
Surrogates Cracker Crumbs
D’Crossier Golden Blend
EPC 5th Anniversary
If you haven’t previously had the chance to try any 1502 cigars or see Enrique Sánchez on Stogie Geeks or Cigar Chat, you are truly missing out. I would say Enrique ranks among the top people I have met in the industry in terms of being genuine, kind, and passionate about the tobacco industry.
I had the good fortune of trying their 1502 Robusto in 2013 where it made my…Continue
I have learned a lot about Regius cigars from our buddy Catfish and he has gotten me into a few good conversations with Akhil. Who is an interesting guy for sure, and has been gracious enough to share his cigars, which is great since I can not find them anywhere else. ;) A few days ago I finally got around to lighting up this White Label, and I was very pleasantly surprised.
White Label by Regius Cigars…Continue
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Well gents and ladies, it is time to post our individual Cigar of the Year 2014 lists! This year I decided to stay at 20, as honestly I had a ton of graet smokes that I truly loved this year. Some were reviewed, some were not, and I am only posting pictures for the first five. Really the majority of this list was released in 2013 or 2014, as it truly does take forever to get to all samples and cigars I buy. So without further adieu my Cigar of the Year 2014 is……Continue
Espinosa Cigars created the Sensei's Sensational Sarsaparilla for Eric and the folks over at CigarDojo.com. The Sarsaparilla is the second cigar to be "dedicated" to the Dojo. Drew Estate released the Undercrown Dogma to much fanfare in 2014.
The Sarsaparilla is a limited run though I can't seem to find an exact number of how limited it is. It is available in 10-count…Continue
I you had not heard, Seth, Surgeon, and myself are all getting together to discuss our top rated Habanos of the year this Saturday on What Embargo. In doing so, we all made short lists to discuss live. Here is a snippet of mine...
It is time for a Top Five Habanos Cigar of the Year list for Habanos Critic and What Embargo. I wanted to keep the list short, as truly you could add any handmade Habanos to my list, as they all are made with superior tobacco. So for this…Continue
I figured I would mix it up today and completely a review on something other than a cigar. :)
Screwpop is an interesting take on a cigar cutter. The Screwpop not only cuts your cigars but clips on to about anything and can also open your tasty beverage of choice with ease. The name Screwpop pretty much says it all.…Continue
Commemorating PDRs 10 year anniversary, the company released the Flores y Rodriguez Reserva Limitada 10th Anniversary in the 2014 summer at the 2014 IPCPR. The cigar was meant to honor the ten year that Abe Flores and…Continue
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At one time, for a little over 20 years, a lover of Habanos could have the option of choosing between two 8-9-8s. While both somewhat similar in vitola offering, one is a little longer than the other, the big difference was in the…Continue
If you have not noticed, Crux is really making the rounds this year and coming out of the gate as a strong new boutique company. I have been reviewing for almost four years now, and every year as I get more engrained in the process, I find it to be rather watered down. New companies pop up every month, and for me, it takes a lot to get me excited about a brand or new release, because so many of these boutiques taste the same or end up underwhelming. Jared made a point to…Continue
Recently I had a rather divine experience with the Por Larrañaga Encantos, which kind of threw me for a loop. Every Por Larrañaga I had smoked prior did not settle well with me. However, the Encantos got me intrigued on the Regional releases, and I had received a Legendarios as a gift with it from my good friend Guy in France. The Legendarios is much bigger, a double robusto that looks larger then a 50 ring gauge. The Spanish market released the size in 2012 in dress…Continue
I reviewed the Crux Ninfamaniac Natural a few months back, and it got a 96, my highest rating to date. So, the natural progression would be to get a review done of the Dark version. Again, I just love the look and feel of this little cigar! The closed foot, perfecto shape and lancero size are win-win. The only difference on the dark version is Sungrown Habano Jalapa wrapper, which brings the strength level up into the "full" range.…Continue
It's been awhile now since Camacho rebranded themselves as the "Bold Standard" and the Camacho Ecuador is the one I wanted to smoke the most. So, naturally, it is the first one I will review. The Ecuador is a new addition to the Camacho line. It was released earlier this year and, unlike the Triple Maduro, Corojo, etc., it was not a revamp of a previous line.…Continue
Last week I reviewed the Mason Dixon Northern by Crowned Heads. This week I am going to tackle the Mason Dixon Southern. Tomorrow we have Jay aka “Black/White List” doing a head to head review of the Northern and Southern.
For those nerds out there this is the first cigar produced by Crowned Heads which uses a Connecticut wrapper. #funfact
If you want to read…Continue
In the late 1990's, Habanos S.A. announced four new brands to the market. It was the end of the Cigar Boom and Habanos S.A. was hot. A lot of companies out of the Dominican Republic, Honduras and Nicaragua earned a bad reputation for turning around cigars too fast, and while the same…Continue
There are not many companies that have been in the industry for 50 years. That is a long time for any company, not just in this industry to be honest with you, and the fact that the company has been family run for that long is just as impressive. I had the opportunity to spend some time…Continue
Viaje Cigars had three key releases during the 2014 Thanksgiving holiday season. Viaje Stuffed Turkey Dark Meat, Stuffed Turkey White Meat and Farmer Bill Hatchet. I grabbed a few samplers so I could review all three and for a completely arbitrary reason I started with the Dark Meat.
The Stuffed Turkey cigars are the first first Viaje White Label Projects to become a full fledged release. It is my understanding that these cigars will be re-released every November, similar to the…Continue
The Mason Dixon Project by Crowned Heads is a limited edition which released in October of 2014. These limited edition features who cigars, Northern and Southern, and is a play off the Mason Dixon line.
If you want to read more specifics about the Mason Dixon Project, you can so here.
With everything going on with me work, baby, business travel, ect.…Continue