Top cigars #25 - #21

Top cigars #20 - #16


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


#15: Ultra Op. No. 3 - Illusione

The Ultra OP No. 3, and No. 8 represent line extensions in 2016 to a cigar that has already received many accolades. A Nicaraguan puro, the Ultra OP No. 3 is a Short Robusto at 4-1/4” x 50 Ring Gauge, and is rolled out of the TABSA factory.

As this cigar illustrates, Dion Giolito continues to blend some of the best boutique cigars in the market.

An official review of the Ultra OP No. 3 is currently pending.


#14: Yamasa - Davidoff


With one of the most mispronounced cigar names in the industry (for the record it’s pronounced Yaw-Maw-Saw), Davidoff continues to confound expectations of their offerings. The name Yamasá refers to a tobacco region of the Dominican Republic, where Henke Kelner has produced the wrapper and binder for this release. The fillers are a combination of Nicaraguan and Dominican.

Although there were 4 available vitolas, the PIramides (6-1/8”x52 RG) edged the others out for flavour and complexity.

An official review of the Davidoff Yamasa Piramides is currently pending.

#13: Quesada Keg 2016 - Quesada

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Continuing their yearly release tradition, the 2016 release increase production quantity, and revamped their band for a more polished presentation.

With a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper, binder and filler from Nicaragua, they come in at an absurdly affordable MSRP of $5.95.

While blended to be paired with beer, I’ve already smoked my fair share without a pairing, and found them to consistently deliver.


#12: Villa Sombra - Warped Cigars

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Here’s another great release coming out of the TABSA factory. The Villa Sombra is available in Mojitos (5-1/2”x44) or Mecedora (5-1/2”x50) format. It has an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper, Aganorsa binder and filler from Nicaragua.

Although the wrapper is Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade, don’t smoke it expecting a light, or light-medium bodied experience.

The Villa Sombra Mecedora fights well out of its wrapper weight class, without running over what an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper brings to the profile.


#11: SA-17 - Nomad Cigar Company

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This is not the first time Nomad Cigar Company has appeared on my yearly top cigars list. It is however, the first time they’ve had a regular release with a Mexican San Andres wrapper (preceded by the limited H-Town San Andres Lancero).

With its Nicaraguan binder and filler, the SA-17 manages to deliver a fuller bodied flavour experience, without overpowering you with nicotine strength.

Expect copious amounts of cocoa, cedar, and elegant nuances from start to finish.


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Comment by RobbyRas on January 9, 2017 at 10:51am

That Davidoff is legit and that Keg makes me miss doing SOP!!!

Comment by Stefan Lindblad on January 9, 2017 at 11:56am

I have probably smoked more of those illusione ultra no. 3 than any other cigar over the last 5 months or so. I know exactly what I'm getting every time, it is a great winter smoke (~75 mintues), it pairs extremely well with bourbon and rye, and I've been able to get them for around 5-6 bucks. No brainer for me. 

Comment by juliusjun on January 9, 2017 at 2:11pm

Long live Arganosa!

Comment by MillerMan on January 9, 2017 at 7:29pm
13 for the Keg? I knew you guys liked it, but that's pretty good. I'm gonna have to check it out.
Comment by Jason Raybuck on January 10, 2017 at 10:13am

Only had the Nomad and all the others are on my shopping list


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