2014 was a great year for new cigar releases. My Top Ten list this year includes cigars only released during 2014.
Only ten cigars made my list, but there were a few cigars on the bubble that should be recognized. Honorable Mentions for 2014, and in no particular order, are:
Surrogates Cracker Crumbs
D’Crossier Golden Blend
EPC 5th Anniversary
Illusione Fume D’Amour
Flor de Selva Maduro no.15
My Top Ten cigars for 2014 are:
10. Sindicato Maduro
I reviewed this cigar on Blind Man’s Puff after I already smoked a sample from IPCPR. I think smoking it blind really highlighted the great Aganorsa tobacco used in this cigar.
9. Cohiba Nicaragua
This cigar came out of left field and totally blew me away. Initially, based on the NC version of the Cohiba, I thought this cigar was going to be blah. This was totally not the case. If you love Nicaragua tobacco, then this is a must try. The only reason it didn’t make it higher on my list is due to the price point. Read Rob’s review of the Cohiba Nicaragua here.
8. Arandoza Red
The Arandoza Red is another cigar that surprised me, in a good way. I wasn’t a fan of the Arandoza White and Blue, but the Red is a different story. It is a full bodied, Nicaragua flavor bomb, wrapped in a San Andres wrapper. I probably like it so much because it has triple ligero J. Read the Arandoza Red Group Review here.
7. Roma Craft Neanderthal
It should be no surprise this cigar showed up on my list. This cigar is the highest rated cigar I have ever rated since we started the rating system. If you love Roma Craft or love balls strong cigars with a shit load of flavor, then you need to try the Neanderthal. The only reason this didn’t land higher on my list is because I haven’t been able to find them anywhere after IPCPR. Read my Roma Craft Neanderthal review here.
6. Crux Passport
I think the Passport is the best cigar Crux has released to date. I love the half corona and corona gorda vitolas the best. They have great packaging, construction, flavors, and price point. This is a cigar everyone must try. Read Jerad’s Crux Passport review here.
5. Crowned Heads Jericho Hill
This was the Cigar Federation “Consensus” Cigar of the Year. I think it is similar to a Padron 1926 but maybe that is just me. Read the Crowned Heads Jericho Hill Group Review here.
4. Herrera Esteli Norteno
I wasn’t a huge fan of the Herrera Esteli but the Herrera Esteli Norteno blew me away. It is a very interesting take on a San Andres by Willy Herrera. I couldn’t get enough of this cigar. I have already smoked two boxes and working on my third. Read the Herrera Esteli Norteno Group Review here.
3. Roma Craft Aquitaine Mode 5
I smoked more of these than any other cigar on my list. I love the Aquitiane, and in the Mode 5 vitola, I believe it shines the best. Everything about this cigar kicks ass and is one of my go-to cigars.
2. LFD 1994
This is the best cigar LFD has produced in a long time. I personally think it rates up there with some of the Litto Gomez Small Batch releases. I love this cigar because it shows Dominican cigars can still bring a ton of strength and flavor. I have smoked a box and I am working on my second box. For the price point, it is really hard to beat. Read my LFD 1994 review here.
1. Viaje Leaded
I was able to score a box of these and smoked them in about a month, and now I am kicking myself because I didn’t buy more boxes. IMHO is the best cigar Viaje has put out in a while. The use of medio tempio tobacco is just sublime in this blend. I really hope this becomes an annual release for Viaje. I know people like Catfish will hate this cigar, but if you like high priming Nicaraguan cigars, then this should be on your must try list. Everything about this cigar was excellent. Read my Viaje Leaded review here.