This year, we are moving to a 2 year cycle for our top 25 list.  This means any cigar released in 2017 or 2018 is eligible. Jason, Denis and I each created a list, and then worked together to re-rank all of the candidates in an order we could agree on.  And now we present... The list for 2018!  --Tripp

25. Joya Silver Ultra

Size: 6 1/4x46

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Oscuro

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Spicy, earth and chocolatey, this stick rounds out the new Joya portfolio perfectly.  The size and box-pressed shape combined with the intensity of flavor make the Ultra our favorite in the line. --Tripp

 

 

24. The T Toro

Size: 6x52

Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Caldwell, Matt Booth and AJ Fernandez working together on a cigar created something special and the Toro size really shines in this blend. It’s a spicy cigar with coffee, chocolate and earthy flavors that achieve a great balance to create a unique and totally satisfying smoking --Jason

 

23. Drew Estate Liga Privada T52 Corona Viva

Size: 6x46

Wrapper: Connecticut Habano

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

The T52 Corona Viva takes an already loved and established blend to the next level for fans and newcomers alike. The smaller ring gauge allows for a deeper focus on the richly textured spiced caramel and coffee notes of the cigar, while still providing a completely new and exciting smoking experience. An inspiring new take on an old classic. --Denis

22. Protocol Probable Cause Corona Gordo

Size: 5 5/8x46

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

This cigar is a chocolate bomb with coffee flavors and nice subtle sweetness. This size stands out as the most full bodied the line and is an impressive smoke from start to finish. I didn’t think it could get any better than the Lancero but the Corona Gorda is a head turner. --Jason

21. Jas Sum Kral Toothpick 2.0 Maduro

Size: 5x50

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Maduro

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

A budget-priced, mixed-filler cigar, but you’d never guess either when smoking it.  Strong and spicy wearing a San Andres Maduro wrapper, with flavors of wood, nuts, and sweet earth, all at an everyday smoking price. --Tripp

20. Micallef Migdalia

Size: 4x46

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres Habano

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

This is a great small format cigar that offers an impressive amount of complexity and enough strength to please fans of fuller bodied cigars, but also be approachable for fans of mild to medium bodied smokes. It’s impressive that a cigar of this size can offer such a complete smoking experience. --Jason

19. Saga Short Tales Tomo VI: El Tobaco

Size: 5 1/2x58

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres

Country of Origin: Dominican Republic

The sixth release in a series originally debuted in 2016, known as Short Tales, the Tomo VI presents us with a proper smoking adventure. Nuanced by a touch of white pepper, stone fruit, and cedar, the San Andreas wrapper narrates the experience from first light to final ash without overshadowing some of the more delicate flavors. Those in need of an escape will find a fine companion in this cigar. --Denis

18. RoMa Craft CRAFT 2018

Size: 5x60 Trumpet

Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf/Ecuadorian Connecticut Dark Candela

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Using the Neanderthal blend as a jumping off point, this cigar is an intense mix of spice, earth, and leather, with a hint of herbal bitterness from the Ecuadorian Candela wrapper hiding underneath the Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper.  Not easy to find due to the limited quantity, but worth a buy if you can find them. --Tripp

17. Illusione OneOff Corona

Size: 5 1/2 x42

Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

The OneOff brand was resurrected by Dion Giolito of Illusione Cigars in 2018 and while I never smoked the original OneOff, this one really impressed me, especially in this classic corona size.  --Jason

 

16. Eiroa First 20 Robusto

Size: 5x50

Wrapper: Honduran Corojo

Country of Origin: Honduras

Medium bodied, but extremely complex, this cigar from Eiroa uses a 5 year aged Corojo wrapper, and has tons of creamy peanut butter flavors, with just enough spice to keep things interesting.  --Tripp

15. La Barba Ricochet Corona Gorda

Size: 5 3/4x46

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres

Country of Origin: Dominican Republic

The Ricochet is stronger than the previous offerings from La Barba, but manages to ramp up the flavor while retaining the complex nuance that is characteristic of the brand.  The best smoke yet from La Barba.  --Tripp

14. La Volcada

Size: 7x48

Wrapper: Mexican San Andres

Country of Origin: Domincan Republic

Yet another San Andreas adorned all-star of 2018, the La Volcada brings some serious funk to the table. Medium-plus in strength, it carries a pleasant earthy nuttiness adorned by spice and an ever-present citrus quality that dances on the palate and pulls you in to take another puff.  --Denis

13. Nuevitas Esteli Robusto

Size: 5x52

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 99

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

The Nuevitas Esteli is a unique cigar in the Tatuaje portfolio offering more woody, nutty and leather flavors that you don’t typically see in the other lines. This is a true medium all the way through and rewards you for smoking through it slowly with a ton of nuance and complexity. --Jason

12. Avo Improvisation 30 Years

Size: 7 1/2x50

Wrapper: Ecuadorian

Country of Origin: Dominican Republic

Sporting an Ecuadorian wrapper with Dominican binder and filler, the AVO 30th Anniversary celebrates the occasion perfectly. Well-balanced and refined, it leaves a pleasantly lingering gentle creaminess on the palate. A great reminder to sit back, relax, and celebrate the small things in life. --Denis

 

11. Todos Las Dias Thick Lonsdale Mas Fuerte

Size: 6x46

Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

A recurring theme for Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust has been releasing slightly stronger version of an existing blend in a new vitola.  This time, the Todos Las Dias gets the ‘Mas Fuerte’ sticker, increasing the strength of an already strong blend.  The result is a version of the blend that we find to have sharper and more defined flavors than the original blend. --Tripp

10. Southern Draw Cedrus Hogan

Size: 5 1/2x52

Wrapper: Indonesian Sumatra

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

The latest core line from Southern Draw, the Cedrus dons a Sumatra wrapper and starts off strong with intense black pepper and cedar and slowly fades into an elegant mix of sweet, creamy and smokey.  While it doesn’t factor into cigar’s ranking on this list, the packaging on this one is unique and fantastic. --Tripp

9. HVC First Selection Broadleaf Toro

Size: 6x52

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

This the one of the best examples of Connecticut Broadleaf over Aganorsa tobaccos ever. Offering strength with a ton of nuance and complexity it really impresses all the way through. This cigar is a little bit under the radar of many but if you have the opportunity to try one of these, don’t miss out.  --Jason

8. Aganorsa Leaf Signature Selection Corona Gorda

Size: 6x44

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo 99

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

This cigar offers that distinct and magic flavor found in Aganorsa Corjo 99 and medio tiempo tobacco. The blend is a showcase of medium bodied, full flavor complexity that makes me want more every time I finish one. --Jason

7. Cornelius & Anthony The Gent Robusto

Size: 5x52

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Rosado

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

This a medium bodied cigar with a ton of complexity. The cigar has strong earthy flavors balanced nicely by some spice and sweetness giving the smoker a great all around experience. Cornelius and Anthony has a portfolio of great cigars and this blend really impressed. --Jason

6. Tatuaje 15th Anniversary Claro Belicoso Fino

Size: 5 1/2x52

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Rosado Claro

Country of Origin: U.S.A.

The 15th Anniversary brings out notes of sweet hay complimented by classic cedar and a modicum of spice. Yet another great example of gentle complexity that is refined and oh so smokable. Bravo Pete Johnson and team! --Denis

5. Byron 21

Size: 8.5x52

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade

Country of Origin: Costa Rica

 

Elegant, intriguing, and with an incredibly well balanced portfolio of nuts, cedar, and gentle yeasty sweetness, this cigar really encourages the smoker to slow down and pay attention. Coming in at solid medium in strength, it remains approachable to even the most discerning of smokers. --Denis

4. Mombacho Cosecha 2013

Size: 6x52
Wrapper: Nicaraguan

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

The Cosecha 2013 from Mombacho is blended using tobaccos from a single harvest season in 2013, rolled the following year, and then aged just under 4 years before release.   The follow-up to last year’s debut of the Cosecha series offers an even more much stronger blend  than the original with black pepper, chili pepper, and earth as the primary flavors with a bit of coffee and earth rounding out the profile. --Tripp

3. Aladino Corojo Reserva Robusto

Size: 5x50

Wrapper: Honduran Corojo

Country of Origin: Honduras

This is a full bodied, full flavored cigar offering spice, wood, coffee flavors and that distinct Honduran Corojo quality only found in this tobacco from the Jamastran Valley of Honduras. While the cigar is strong, it also offers balance and complexity that will appeal to a wide variety of cigar smokers. --Jason

2. Dunbarton Sin Compromiso No. 5

Size: 6x54

Wrapper: San Andres Negro

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

Saka introduces yet another titan to an already impressive family of cigars. A hint of sweetness perfectly marries the rich chocolate and pepper notes that continue to evolve to the very last puff. Rock solid construction and clean packaging make the Sin Compromiso an absolute pleasure for the eyes as much as the palate. --Denis

1. Joya de Nicaragua Cinco Decadas Diadema

Size: 6x54

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano

Country of Origin: Nicaragua

 

As the name implies, the Cinco Decadas celebrates the 50th anniversary of the oldest Nicaraguan cigar company.  The cigars are flawlessly rolled, and offer an incredibly rich mix of oak, maple syrup, black pepper, cream and earth.  Simply put, this is an incredible cigar that manages to one-up the Quarto-Cinco that celebrated the companies 45th anniversary. --Tripp

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Comment by Mark Anthony on December 28, 2018 at 3:09pm

Interesting list fellas.  So many that I have not had the chance to try..


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Comment by Trippopolis on December 29, 2018 at 12:06pm

Thanks, Mark!

Comment by Harley Holmes on December 31, 2018 at 9:44am

I need to try a few.  Thanks for all the work you put into the list.

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