As we near the end of 2014, you will begin to see many "Top" lists throughout the cigar community. In keeping with tradition, 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 group list would look like.
Unlike last year where I gave the guys no direction, we've changed it up a bit this year. Each reviewer was asked to provide 3 lists:
Like last year, 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 consensus list showed up on 4 of the 5 total lists, the most any cigar appeared meaning no cigar was a unanimous "Top" cigar for all our reviewers. Its worth noting here that my list is not included in the Cigar Federation list as a means of remaining impartial in producing this content - I will share it after completion of the site's list.
Over the next ten days (not including weekends), I will unveil another cigar in the List. In the end, each of our reviewers will unveil their personal lists. We're also trying to get the FedHeads involved. How does your list match up? Join the discussion and get involved here.
Without further adieu, I unveil #5 on our list - please check back tomorrow for #4.
#5 D'Crossier L'Forte
As we enter this year's Top 5, we come across a cigar that actually took home one of our reviewer's top spots this year (pay attention to the site to find out who) - the D'Crossier L'Forte! While relatively unknown to many in the cigar world, the brand under the Pure Aroma Cigars umbrella is based out of Miami and manufactured in Costa Rica under Isaias Santana Diaz. D'Crossier announced their newest blend at IPCPR2014 which is to be a limited production run of only 2,000 numbered boxes each year.
The L'Forte blend isn't completely known. The cigar is blended with Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers and a Costa Rican wrapper. D'Crossier uses a yearly aging process based on a rotation of 24,000 cigars that allows the company to inspect and ensure the quality of the L'Forte supply. The L'Forte is available in four vitolas: Robusto (4-7/8 x 50), Genio (5-1/8 x 55), Bullet (5-1/8 x 58), Trabuco (5-1/8 x 60).
"The nose on the L’Forte is sweet wet leather with hints of white pepper."
"The first starts off with light dry cedar and pepper that is subtle and starts to build as I proceed. The initial profile is excellently balanced."
"The second third starts off with a spicy cedar that lingers on the palate. I liken it to a spicy rich curry. There is some real tobacco strength hitting home now."
"The final third and I’m really feeling some full body tobacco now, without losing any of the flavor complexity. The cedar ends up dominating here so that the last third isn't quite as complex as the first and second."
"The L’Forte’s flavor profile is a blockbuster."
You can read John's pre-release review of the D'Crossier L'Forte Genio here.
You can watch our interview with D'Crossier Cigars at IPCPR2014 here.
You can watch CigarChat with D'Crossier Cigars here.
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