Top cigars #25 - #21


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


#20: Probable Cause - Cubariqueno Cigar Company


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.


#19: Mi Querida - Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust


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.


#18: Sobremesa Short Churchill - Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust

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.


#17: Quickdraw Pennsylvania Broadleaf - Southern draw Cigars

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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.


#16: Herrera Esteli Miami Edition - Drew Estate

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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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Comment by Jeff M. on January 6, 2017 at 7:17am

John, this is turning into a shopping list.  I've only had the Mi Querida and Quickdraw PA BL.  Enjoyed both quite a bit.

Comment by Jeff LaPlante on January 6, 2017 at 9:33am
Miami in the top 20! One correct guess so far.I enjoyed that one a lot myself and love the 10ct box quantity.

Comment by Cigar Surgeon on January 6, 2017 at 9:36am

Jeff - absolutely. To me that's what this list should be, a shopping list of cigars I need to buy immediately.

Agreed Jeff, the Miami blew me away. I heard the H-Town is even better.

Comment by Jason Meyers on January 6, 2017 at 12:28pm

Still have not smoked the Probably Cause, Mi Querida, and Quick Draw, but that needs to change soon. Absolutely love the Sobremesa Short Churchill and HE Miami. HE really had a solid year of releases with the TAA 16, H-Town, and Miami.

Comment by Sam C. on January 8, 2017 at 9:35am
I need to try that Miami! Awesome list, Surgeon.
Comment by MillerMan on January 8, 2017 at 6:31pm
The list is looking pretty good John! Thanks buddy, I know this will be a trust worthy shopping list for 2017.


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