It’s a new year, which means it’s time for you to try a new smoke! Taste buds may be vastly different, but cigar aficionados agree that a great cigar is wrapped beautifully, filled with flavor and high-quality tobacco, has an even burn, good draw, aroma, and feel. There are other factors that make your cigar experience more enjoyable, such as complexity, balance, smoke intensity and fullness, and burn length. Plus, there’s always an intangible factor of greatness that you simply can’t put your finger on. Big Biv and Kayla have reviewed cigars on the following criteria: appearance, construction, flavor, complexity, draw, and burn. Lucky for you, Cheap Humidors decided to compile this list of their combined top rated cigars, so you don’t have to waste time and money smoking mediocrity. Cheers to smoking only the best in 2014!
Top 10 Cigars of 2013
1. Drew Estate – Undercrown
The Drew Estate Undercrown is by far my favorite smoke, so it easily ranks in the top 10 cigars. Drew Estate Undercrown’s appearance is absolutely stunning. She’s a show stopper, for sure. Heads turn when she walks into the room. Her band is beautiful. This beauty is put together very nicely. She has a flavor of chocolate with hints of leather. What a complex smoke. She’s absolutely enjoyable every time with lots of white smoke and an incredibly even burn. I’ve never had to relight…ever. Read Biv’s full review here!
2. Nat Sherman – Timeless
I enjoyed the smoke right away. The cigar was flawless. It’s a very classy looking stick, well crafted with no soft spots. It tasted of coffee and cocoa with a hint of spice. It’s an easy smoke—easy draw with lots of white smoke. The burn was great; it doesn’t need a relight. After the smoke I told myself, “I have to get a few of these to take home.” So, I bought two more to save for special occasions. Well, they are gone. I’ve been home two weeks and nothing “special” has happened. They are that good! Read Biv’s full review here!
3. Crowned Heads – Headley Grange
The Headley Grange starts off just like the song – bold. Then, it mellows a bit and has tastes of coffee followed by nutmeg. Ending with a smooth leathery taste with notes of sweet tobacco, this cigar is bold, but it won’t overwhelm you. This is a smooth cigar with lots of white smoke. The ash stays on for about an inch. This is a great smoke! I would not be surprised to see it on the Best Cigars of 2013 list. Check out his full review here!
4. Oliva – Serie V
This is a great smoke—I’ve smoked many of them. The first third hits you with a taste of pepper and dark coffee. The second third introduces a leathery flavor as the pepper dies down a bit. This is a great transition from the strong peppery start. And the final third has an interesting vanilla and oak flavor medley. You will fall in love with this cigar. The Oliva Serie V is a full-bodied cigar. But, at the same time, it won’t overpower you. Bravo, Oliva! This is a winner! Read the full review here!
5. La Aroma De Cuba – Robusto
I really enjoyed this smoke and I have a few more in my humidor. It’s all I can do to save them for another day. You’ll find some earthy flavors with hints of spice and pepper. It is really a well-balanced medium strength cigar throughout and the spice is sharp but not bitter. This is a cigar I could get used to. It started out with a bite and held its own to the very end. My plan is to age the ones in my humidor and give them a try over the next 3 to 6 months to see how the flavors change. You must get a few of these and give them a try! I doubt you’ll be disappointed.
Read his full review here!
6. San Lotano by A.J. Fernandez
I love this cigar. It ranks in the top 10 cigars because of rich flavors that pack quite a punch. The wrapper gives off a gentle aroma of toasted oats and vegetation while the foot contributes a bit of pepper and black cherries. The cold draw is slightly spicy with a bit of citrus on the exhale. I actually felt the nicotine in it, which doesn’t happen very often. Read Kayla’s full review here!
7. Aging Room – Quattro
This was a good smoke, but I think it needs a bit more complexity. The perfectly aged Sumatra wrapper gives off a faint bouquet of semi-sweet coco, earth, and nutmeg. The foot has a pleasant aroma of barnyard vegetation. The cold draw is perfectly open with delicious flavors of earth and black pepper, leaving an intense tingle on the tongue. I love trying new brands and while this cigar is exquisitely constructed, I wish the flavors were more complex. Read Kayla’s full review here!
The Pinolero is another gem from A.J. Fernandez. It is a beautiful stick with tons of complex flavors. I paired it with a Mad Hat. I don’t usually enjoy beer, but the flavors paired perfectly in this case. The cigar is a bit stronger than I was expecting and left me a little loopy, so I would recommend eating before smoking. Read the full review here!
9. Kristoff Corojo
The Kristoff Corojo Limitada is a nice medium bodied cigar. It is nicely constructed and full of complex earthy flavors. It is full flavored without being overwhelming. Once lit, the flavor profile is consistently complex throughout the cigar: a nice balance of semi-sweet spice, earth, cedar, and the slightest hint of raisin with a leathery finish. The draw was the only thing that I would change.
Read her full review here!
10. Gurkha Factum
This cigar has been aging in my humidor for about three years. I hadn’t smoked it because I got a bad taste for Gurkhas after smoking the incredibly over-priced and mediocre at best Black Dragon, but I must admit, the Factum is a masterpiece. I am not one to nub a cigar. I usually finish with at least an inch and a half left (I can hear the boos and hisses from here), but with the Factum, I was willing to toast my fingertips to get a few more puffs out of it. Read Kayla’s full review here!
CheapHumidors.com Top 10 Cigars of 2013
by David Sabot
What are your cigar related New Year’s Resolutions?
What are your cigar related New Year’s Resolutions?