Top cigars #25 - #21

Top cigars #20 - #16

Top cigars #15 - #11

Top cigars #10 - #5


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


#5: Bishops Blend - Black Label Trading Company

Review is completed, waiting to be posted.


The Bishop’s Blend from Black Label Trading Company, or more appropriately Black Works Studio, was an 11th hour review for me. One of those special cigars that I’m far too late to the party to get my hands on.

The Bishop’s Blend has an Ecuadorian Maduro wrapper, Ecuadorian Habano binder, and fillers from Nicaragua along with Connecticut Broadleaf, and Pennsylvania Broadleaf. Released in a Corona Larga (6-1/4x46) and a Robusto (5x48), I reviewed the Corona Larga.

If the Bishop’s Blend has taught me anything, it’s to buy new BLTC releases before they sell out.


#4: Maestro Del Tiempo - Warped Cigars

Video Review

Audio Review


Another Warped Cigars release, and another cigar produced at the TABSA factory featuring 100% Aganorsa tobacco.

Available in 2 regular release vitolas of the 5205 (Lonsdale), 5712 (Petite Robusto) and a limited release 6102R (5-1/4x48).

Since we first ran into Kyle Gellis and Warped Cigars in 2014, they’ve had a near vertical trajectory with their cigar releases.

I can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2017.


#3: Quickdraw Connecticut - Southern Draw Cigars

Video Review

Audio Review

A Connecticut Shade wrapper in a Blogger top ten list? Yes Virginia, Bloggers enjoy Connecticut Shade cigars when they’re made as well as the QuickDraw Connecticut is.

It has an Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and fillers. Available in a Petite Corona (4-1/2x44) and a Short Panatela (5-1/2x40) with an MSRP around $5.00.

The QuickDraw Connecticut Short Panatela is the cigar that could convert me into a daily Connecticut Shade smoker.


#2: Martial Law - Nomad Cigar Company

Video Review

Audio Review


Nomad Cigar Company moved to the Fabrica Oveja Negra factory for production. I heard the information prior to reviewing this cigar, and went into the review with high expectations.

Those expectations were met, as this Nicaraguan puro, available in a single Toro (6x50) vitola, delivered across the flavor map.


#1: Protocol Lancero - Cubariqueno

Video Review

Audio Review


A true 7-1/2x38 ring gauge Lancero, and Nicaraguan puro, the Protocol Lancero is rolled out of the La Zona factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. It is also available in a Corona Gorda, and Toro vitolas.

I first smoked the Protocol Lancero at the IPCPR 2016 in Las Vegas. The Protocol line is a full bodied cigar that does not pull any punches. Thinking the environment of the trade show was impacting my assessment I smoked it again.

Then I smoked it again.

Then I sat down and did a formal review.

Then I purchased a box.

You should too.


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Comment by shadowbates on January 12, 2017 at 8:22am
great list and even better summaries! You do good work for a Canadian!!! Hahahaha


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