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