Top cigars #25 - #21

Top cigars #20 - #16

Top cigars #15 - #11


In order to qualify for my list this year a cigar must meet the following criteria:

  • It either had to have been formally reviewed, or smoked more than 3 times
  • Has to have been released in 2016. If it was a pre-release it will move to 2017
  • Line extensions to a previously released cigar will count


#10: Charter Oak Broadleaf - Foundation Cigar Company

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Nick Melillo made a big splash in the cigar industry when he announced his return and released the El Güegüense cigar. After a year of enjoying them, and mastering the name pronunciation, everyone was eager for the follow up. It was time for the “Chief of the Broadleaf” to release a Broadleaf cigar.

One of two Broadleaf releases from Foundation Cigar Company in 2016, it uses Connecticut Broadleaf as the wrapper, with binder and filler from Nicaragua.

Available at a very affordable MSRP between $4.00 and $6.00.

For me the Petite Corona ended up being my favorite vitola of the 5 options.


#9: Corto X46 - Warped Cigars

Another cigar from Warped Cigars, and another release being manufactured out of the TABSA factory. Originally created in 2015, the cigar is produced in limited quantities and then a new size is created.

For 2016 the line was produced as an X46 and an X46. Both cigars are Nicaraguan puros,  with the X46 in a Petite Robusto (4-1/2” x 46) vitola, and the X50 in a Petitie Robusto (4-1/2x50).

The Corto X46 has set a personal record for the number of cigars smoked without writing a formal review. As of the publishing date of this article I’ve managed to smoke through 8 of these, and currently have more on order.

An official review of the Warped Corto X46 is pending.

#8: Joya Black - Joya de Nicaragua

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Two years ago, at the IPCPR in New Orleans, Joya de Nicaragua released their Joya Red and turned a lot of heads. At the 2016 IPCPR in Las Vegas they followed the release up with the new Joya Black.

The cigar features a San Andres Maduro wrapper, the first time Joya de Nicaragua has used the wrapper on their cigars. It also features binder and fillers from Nicaragua.

I equally enjoyed the Toro and the Nocturno vitolas, of the 4 available options.


#7: Fifty-Five - Rocky Patel Cigars

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One of the surprise releases from the 2016 IPCPR for me. To celebrate Rocky Patel’s 55th birthday, a unique cigar was blended utilizing custom molds.

The end result is a magnificent cigar, and outside the Tabaquero is my favourite Rocky Patel release to date.

Although I haven’t had the opportunity to sample all 4 vitolas, the Corona (4x55) was such an impressive release I found myself immediately seeking a box.


#6: Tabernacle Lancero - Foundation Cigar Company


Not content with one Broadleaf release, Nick Melillo opted for two adding The Tabernacle, a super premium release. It utilizes a San Andres Mexico binder, and fillers from Honduras and Nicaragua.

With six available vitolas to choose from, the Lancero ended up beating the Toro for me. I found the Toro to be more balanced and complex, while the Lancero was an unfiltered in your face Broadleaf experience.

An official review of the Tabernacle Lancero is pending.


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Comment by Jason Raybuck on January 10, 2017 at 10:10am

Charter Oak Broadleaf surprised me. Still waiting to smoke the one I got in the CotM

Comment by Cigar Surgeon on January 10, 2017 at 10:13am

I think the Charter Oak Broadleaf was pretty divisive among reviewers. I saw a lot of people that thought it was a big miss, but I think vitola performance was important on this one.

Comment by Trippopolis on January 10, 2017 at 10:57am

Smoked a TubeyNoodle for the first time over the weekend.  No surprise that that one is on the list, it was fantastic.

Comment by juliusjun on January 10, 2017 at 10:59am

Surprise Tabernacle is off top 3. I guess Illusione Haut 10, Padron 90, Opus 20 for top 3.

Comment by Cigar Surgeon on January 10, 2017 at 11:00am

JuliusJun I think it's positive thinking that I would have received any of those cigars as samples for review!

Comment by Jeff LaPlante on January 10, 2017 at 11:13am
Tabernacle out of the top five! That one is definitely top three for my palate but there were so many quality releases this year. Can't wait to read 5-1!

Comment by Cigar Surgeon on January 10, 2017 at 11:14am

Tabernacle out of top 5! #1 will shock you!

Comment by Jeff LaPlante on January 10, 2017 at 11:17am
lol remember when every show came out one episode at a time and there were no DVRs so people had to actually wait to find out what happened? This is like that.

Comment by Jason Meyers on January 10, 2017 at 11:35am

I can't get enough of the Warped Corto x46

Comment by MillerMan on January 10, 2017 at 8:53pm
He's crazy! Somebody stop him!


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