The MFCEO's Top Ten List of New Releases from 2014

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

Tatuaje Tatoo

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.

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Comment by RobbyRas on January 21, 2015 at 10:53am

man... there was SOOOOOOOOO little crossover in all of our lists...

Comment by Docwill on January 21, 2015 at 10:54am

I think it's fantastic that your palate has evolved to the point that there are no sticks on the list that taste like dragging your tongue through the bottom of a 50 gallon coffee urn that's sat in a church basement over the weekend. I'm proud of you son.

Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on January 21, 2015 at 11:16am
Takes practice Doc. One day you can get there.
Comment by Docwill on January 21, 2015 at 11:35am

Haha, I crossed over to the flavor side years ago.

Comment by Ky70 on January 21, 2015 at 11:35am

Nice list!  Still have to try those Crux

 

Comment by Charlie on January 21, 2015 at 11:38am

Every shop that was supposed to get them in stock has been listed "backorder" since the release date was given. When I asked each shop they told me they haven't heard a word about them, one told me they were delayed, idk though.

Out of everything on your list my favorite is in your honorable mention....Fume D'Amour, cant get enough of them...I've smoked 6 this week already lol


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Comment by Jason Meyers on January 22, 2015 at 12:48am

Nice list! Aquitaine Mode 5, LFD 1994 and Crux Passport were all cigars that really impressed me. Still need to try a ton of the cigars that came out last year.

Comment by Stefan Lindblad on January 22, 2015 at 1:09am

Speaking of that 60% comment, I smoked that tabu conny today (the one Rob sent me), and I doubt that .000000000001% of smokers will like it. it was not great -- I'll leave it at that. 

Great list, Logan. Looking forward to trying the Neanderthal. Nicotine rarely affects me any more, so I'm curious to try this.

BTW, the Viaje leaded can still be purchased here: http://www.stogiesworldclasscigars.com/cigars/viaje-exclusivo-leade...  -- there is a coupon code from leaf enthusiast for 10% off -- LE10. This also gets you free shipping, according to the LE website. 

Comment by Stefan Lindblad on January 22, 2015 at 1:48am

Logan -- curious, which sizes of the Norteno have you smoked, and which do you prefer? 

Comment by Smokin Logan (Man Angel #1) on January 22, 2015 at 6:41am
Smoked the most of the coronita but I enjoy the Toro the best.

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