In order to qualify for my list this year a cigar must meet the following criteria:
The Probably Cause is the 2016 follow up to the Protocol. Utilizing a Mexican San Andres maduro wrapper, with binder and fillers from Nicaragua.
It continues the law enforcement theme that was introduced with the Protocol. Opting for a rich red for the band and packaging, versus the deep blue of the Protocol.
The Probable Cause proved to be one of the most divisive cigars reviewed by the mods here at Cigar Federation.
In the end it was just right for my palate, and lands at number 20 on my top 25 cigars of 2016.
Anyone who has had the opportunity to smoke a MI Querida shouldn’t be surprised to see it on this list. I've been eagerly waiting on Steve Saka to release a Connecticut Broadleaf cigar, and he hasn’t disappointed here.
I found the Mi Querida in many ways the opposite of the 2015 Sobremesa. It’s rough, it’s dirty, it’s bold, and very much in your face. Working my way through the vitolas, the Fino Largo ended up being my favourite of the five options.
I’m happy to call the Mi Querida one of my favourite cigars of 2016.
The Sobremesa hit the market in 2015 with a lot of fanfare and intense debate, and discussion long after the IPCPR. Steve Saka decided to follow it up with two new sizes and the goal of ‘Poco Más Intensa’.
The Short Churchill still has the same core blend as the original Sobremesa, but it’s been tweaked for a more intense smoking experience.
A formal review is in the works, if I can stop smoking through all my Short Churchills before then.
In a market rich with Connecticut Broadleaf, Robert Holt of Southern Draw Cigars went with Pennsylvania Broadleaf, along with binder and fillers from Nicaragua. All that for an MSRP of $5.00.
The 4.5”x44 Petite Corona is a standout size. You could power through it in 30 – 40 minutes, or take your time and get over an hour of smoking experience, like I did.
If you smoke in the full bodied spectrum of cigars, you’ll want to pick up some of these the next time you hit your B&M.
Featuring an Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro wrapper, Ecuadorian Sumatra binder, and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Nicaragua. It’s rolled out of El Titan de Bronze in Miami, instead of La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate.
I believed that the Herrera Esteli had reached it’s apex with the Lonsdale vitola, but the Miami Edition manages to take this blend to the next level.
If you’re already a fan of the Herrera Esteli, the Miami Edition needs to be at the top of your buying list.
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