Cigar Federation Consolidated Top Cigars of 2013: #4 Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro

As we near the end of 2013, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community. The Cigar Federation team decided to attempt to do something a bit different. Each of the main reviewers on the site - Logan, Rob, Dustin, Jerad and John - has their own list, but we also wanted to see what a Cigar Federation Consolidated list would look like.

I gave the guys absolutely no direction - I just asked for their lists. Some of the lists included only cigars released in 2013 and others included the reviewers favorite cigars smoked in 2013. Some of the lists were just cigars that the reviewer had reviewed on Cigar Federation while others might not have been reviewed and were only smoked. Some lists included Cubans and some were just "domestic". This, coupled with the fact that the 5 reviewers live in different parts of the country and Canada (and, thus, have access to different cigars) and have vastly diverse palates, produced some interesting results. The #1 cigar on our Consolidated list only showed up on 3 of the 5 total lists. The most any cigar appeared was 4 times meaning no cigar was a unanimous "Top" cigar for all our reviewers.

Over the next ten days (not including weekends), I will unveil another cigar in the Consolidated List. In the end, each of our reviewers will unveil their personal lists. How does your list match up? Without further adieu, I unveil #4 on our list - please check back tomorrow for #3!


#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 Crowned Heads JD Howard Reserve

#4 Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro

Of all of the entries on our Consolidated List, the manufacturer behind #4 on our list is arguably the most established. Formerly (and still sometimes) referred to as Tabacalera Tropical, while Casa Fernandez has been producing cigars for many years, it has definitely seen an uptick in popularity over recent years after the move to Miami.  The namesake of this factory - the Casa Fernandez Miami - was extremely popular and appeared on several Top Cigars of 2011 lists including Cigar Aficionado's.  The "sequel" to that cigar is #4 on our Conslidated List of Top Cigars of 2013 - the Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro.

Casa Fernandez is known for its use of Aganorsa leaf in its blends and also tends to use a San Andres Mexican wrapper on most of its maduros, and the Miami Reserva Maduro is no different. Named because it is rolled in Casa Fernandez' Miami factory, the Miami Reserva Maduro is a Nicaraguan Puro comprised of Medio Tiempo Maduro, Ligero and Viso from several Aganorsa farms in Jalapa, Condega and Esteli wrapped by a San Andres Mexican maduro.

"I am normally very critical of San Andres wrapped cigars, but the Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro was perfect in every way."

"The Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro to me was like smoking a chocolate bar with hints of pepper and a fruity sweetness.  It was full-flavored, complex, full-bodied and medium-plus on strength."

"There was a point when I was smoking where I put the Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro down and said, 'Damn, this is freaking good!'"

"Was one of my most surprising cigars I smoked all year."

You can see the Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro discussed on Half Ashed here.
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