With the end of the year quickly approaching, I figured I would go ahead and post my Top 10 list for your viewing pleasure.

Here are a few clarifying statements about my list….

  1. Only cigars released during 2013 were eligible
  2. Cigars didn’t need to be “reviewed” to be eligible
  3. I didn’t include anything Ezra Zion because of my relationship with them. If I had, both the Tantrum and Eminence Corona would have made the list.

Without any further ado, here is my Top 10 List of 2013.

T10 – Moya Ruiz La Jugada Habano – After not liking the La Jugada Prieto, I didn’t have much hope for this cigar, but I was dead wrong. Moya Ruiz took the feedback I gave them on CigarChat, and worked it into the Habano. Don’t mess around with this cigar, because it is full on everything, but has a very nice sweetness about it. Also, when Rob tried to smoke it at IPCPR, he said it was too strong J

T10 - Miami Cigar Casa Miranda Chapter Two Robusto – I finally got to smoke this while I was in India after IPCPR. For the cost, it is one of the best values in a cigar released this year.

9 – AKA Nth Degree Infinite – The San Andres wrapper on the AKA is amazing. Frankly, every new cigar Jay Lundy makes gets better and better. I just wished they were sold only in B&M’s because it makes it very difficult to get a hold of them. The Nth Degree as a very classic taste to it.

8 – Room 101 Master Collection One Papi Chulo – I got this from Uptown Cigar while I was in Nashville. I really didn’t know what to think, other than the price point is much higher than all the other Room 101 cigars. This cigar is super flavorful and the perfect size for a quick smoke when it is cold outside. Easily the best Room 101 cigar released to date.

7 – Tatuaje Jason – I did a box split with Rob for the Jason. I wasn’t super impressed with the Mummy, but the Jason was different. For some reason the wrapper used came through in the flavors, and the Jason smoked for about three hours. I don’t normally like big ass cigars, but the Jason seemed to work.

6 – Emilio Quetzal – Nate from Emilio said I would like the Quetzal, and he was right. I normally gravitate to cigars which are triple full (strength, body, and flavor) and the Quetzal hits all three.

5 – Crowned Heads JD Howard Reserve HR46 – Another great cigar from Jon Huber and Mike Condor at Crowned Heads. It is very different than most BA wrapped cigars out there. The Corona Gorda is my favorite vitola hands down.

4 – Nomad Esteli Lot 1386 – Easily the best cigar made by Fred of Nomad Cigars. The Esteli Lot 1386 has a very unique sweetness and a very nice price point. I am just sad it is such a limited edition; they will soon be gone forever.

3 – Ortega Serie D Maduro Lancero – I am a HUGE fan of the Serie D Maduro, which has been documented already. I am so glad Eddie decided to make the lancero a full production run. The San Andres wrapper really comes out on this vitola. If you want to know what “earthy” taste like in a cigar, smoke this.

2 – Crowned Heads Headley Grange Drumstick – I have already gotten two boxes of the Drumstick and smoked one of them. The Drumstick is so different than the regular Headley Grange, because it uses no ligero. The Drumstick is smooth, creamy, and just amazing. I almost like the Drumstick as much as I did the Mule Kick.

1 – Casa Fernandez Miami Reserva Maduro Corona – Not many cigars make me stop what I am doing and say, “shit this cigar is amazing”. This cigar did. I was totally blown away by the flavor and complexity of this cigar. I am usually very critical of San Andres wrapped cigars but this just worked. This cigar was the most surprisingly good cigar I smoked all year.

Hope you enjoyed the list and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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Tags: 2013, Reviews, Top 10

Comment by Matt Ross on December 25, 2013 at 8:18am

The Ortega Serie D Maduro Lancero has now made our Consolidated List, Dustin's list, my list and now your list!

Comment by Smokin Logan on December 25, 2013 at 11:19am

It is a great cigar and just really shines in that vitola. Eddie hit a home run with it.

Comment by Calypso Cigar Review on December 25, 2013 at 2:06pm

Man, need to find that Ortega D Maduro Lancero...

Comment by Catfishbluezz on December 25, 2013 at 10:35pm
Yeah....we need that lancero at the store!!!

Comment by Echo Six Kilo on December 26, 2013 at 8:21am

You gotta respect the Miami Reserva Maduro!


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