Cigar & Spirits magazine is counting down the world’s best cigars from 2014, as rated by our expert ratings panel, the eight members of which have in excess of 100 years of cigar-smoking expertise. During the past year they have smoked literally hundreds of cigars from many cigar makers, comparing tasting notes to arrive at the 2014’s best 20. Check them out, and be sure to come back to find out which ones come next!


Villiger La Capitana

Villiger La Capitana

#20

Villiger
La Capitana
6×50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo Rosado
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican Ligero
Tasting notes:
A complex smoke with prominent notes of dark chocolate and red pepper


Falto Invicto

Falto Invicto


#19

Falto
Invicto
6 1/4 x 52
Wrapper: Dominican Corojo
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Tasting notes:
Medium to full-bodied with notes of roasted coffee, finishing with notes of sweet tobacco and a complementary wood flavor.


My Father Don Pepin Garcia Original

My Father Don Pepin Garcia Original

#18

My Father
Don Pepin Garcia Original
6 x 50
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo Oscuro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaragua
Tasting notes:
Full bodied with flavors of cinnamon and spice, and subtle notes of leather and cedar.


Esteban Carreras Covenant Maduro

Esteban Carreras Covenant Maduro

#17

Esteban Carrerras
Covenant Maduro
6 1/4 x 54
Wrapper: Habano Maduro
Binder: Blend of Esteli, Ometepe and Jalapa
Filler: Blend of Esteli, Ometepe and Jalapa
Tasting notes:
Rich and creamy with bold, multi-layered flavors, fruit notes complement flavors of spice and cocoa.


Davidoff Millenium Blend

Davidoff Millenium Blend

#16

Davidoff
Millenium Blend
51⁄4 X 50
Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Tasting notes:
Full-bodied, a slightly higher percentage
of Piloto tobacco provides a bolder, fuller flavor and accentuates chocolaty notes


JC Newman Brickhouse Mighty Maduro

JC Newman Brickhouse Mighty Maduro

#15
JC Newman
Brick House Mighty Maduro
61⁄2 X 60
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler:  Nicaraguan
Tasting notes:
Medium to full- bodied with rich chocolate flavor and hints of coffee, spice and cocoa


Ernesto Perez Carillo E Stunner

Ernesto Perez Carillo E. Stunner Brahman

#14

Ernesto Perez Carrillo
E. Stunner Brahman
51⁄2 X 54
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Dominican
Tasting notes:

Full-bodied with notes of spices that intermingle with
an earthiness, along with oak and natural tobacco flavors


Psyko Seven Gordito

Psyko Seven Gordito

#13

Ventura Cigar Company
PsyKo Seven Gordito
4 X 58
Wrapper:  Dominican hybrid
Binder: Mexican Sumatra
Filler: Nicaragua, Peru, Honduras, Dominican,
United States
Tasting notes:
Savory and nutty, increasing in complexity in
the second third


Rocky-Patel-PROHIBITION_BROADLEAF

#12

Rocky Patel
Prohibition
61⁄2 X 52
Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf
Binder:  Brazilian
Filler: Nicaraguan
Tasting notes:
Well-balanced with a sweet spicy core that is accompanied by notes of coffee, leather, dark chocolate and a slight hint of molasses. The finish is big and rich, with a lingering sweet, woody flavor

La Palina Classic Lancero

La Palina Classic Lancero

#11

La Palina
Classic Lancero
7 x 38
Wrapper: Brazilian Habano
Binder: Ecuadorian
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan
Tasting notes: Medium-bodied with sweet notes of cinnamon and spice mingle with elements of espresso

Padilla Vintage Reserve

Padilla Vintage Reserve

#10

Padilla
Vintage Reserve
5 x 54
Wrapper: Pennsylvania broadleaf
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Cuban seed Corojo
Tasting notes: Medium to full-bodied with notes of coffee, molasses, cocoa, and subtle spice

Pinar del Rio

Pinar del Rio

#9
Pinar del Rio (PDR)
1878 Capa Habana Reserva Dominicana
5 X 52
Wrapper:Dominican Habano
Binder: Dominican Habano
Filler:  Dominican Criollo ‘98 and Dominican Corojo
Tasting notes: Medium-bodied, creamy and rich, with subtle spice complemented by hints of sweet coffee and cedar.

Arturo Fuente Anejo

Arturo Fuente Anejo Reserva 48

#8
Arturo Fuente
Anejo Reserva 48
7 X 48
Wrapper: Connecticut Maduro
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Tasting notes: Rich, spicy, slightly sweet

AJ Fernandez New World

AJ Fernandez New World Almirante Belicoso

#7
AJ Fernandez
New World Almirante Belicoso
51⁄2 X 55
Wrapper:  Dark Nicaraguan
Binder: Jalapa
Filler: Blend of Ometepe, Condega and Estelí
Tasting notes:  Medium to full- bodied with elements of sweetness and spiciness

Boutique Blends

Boutique Blends Aging Room Small Batch Quattro F55 Concerto

#6

Boutique Blends
Aging Room Small Batch Quattro F55 Concerto
7 X 50
Wrapper: 2003 Sumatra
Binder: Habano Dominicano
Filler: Habano Dominicano
Tasting notes: Well-balanced
 with rich notes of roasted coffee bean and sweet cedar

Rocky Patel

Rocky Patel

#5
Rocky Patel
Vintage 1990 Torpedo
6¼ X 52
Wrapper: 12-year-old Honduran Broadleaf
Binder: 7-year-old Nicaraguan
Filler: 7-year-old Nicaraguan and Dominican
Tasting notes: Medium-bodied, leaning toward mild, with a nutty, caramel essence

H. Upmann

H. Upmann 1844 Reserve

#4
Altadis USA
H. Upmann 1844 Reserve
6 X 54
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Dominican
Tasting notes:  Medium to full-bodied with complex flavor characteristics; notes of tobacco and toasted oak

Gurkha

Gurkha – Cellar Reserve Limitada

#3
Gurkha
Cellar Reserve Limitada
6 X 58
Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca Maduro
Binder: Dominican Olor
Filler: Dominican
Tasting notes: Rich and robust, full of flavor and complexity with an added layer of Maduro sweetness and body on the finish

MiamiCasa Miranda

Miami Casa Miranda

#2
Miami
Casa Miranda Chapter Two
Gran Toro
6 X 60
Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan, Dominican and Brazilian
Tasting notes: Medium to full-bodied, with notes of wood, leather and pepper, with creamy notes at the finish.

Drew Estate

Drew Estate

#1
Drew Estate
Norteño by Willy Herrera
6 X 50
Wrapper: San Andrés Maduro
Binder: Honduran
Filler:  Blend of Estelí and Jalapa
Tasting notes: Spicy, rich and bold

 

 

Top Five Up and Coming Cigars for 2014

Warped CIgars El Oso

Warped CIgars El Oso

#5
Warped Cigars
El Oso “Papa Belicoso
6×48
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
Binder: Ecuadorian
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican
Tasting notes: Medium-bodied with notes of dark chocolate, cream, cherry and a balance of black pepper spice

Nino Vasquez

Nino Vasquez Cask-aged Connecticut Toro

#4
Nino Vasquez
Cask-aged Connecticut Toro
6 x 54
Wrapper: Connecticut
Binder: Dominican and Nicaraguan Cuban seed
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan Cuban seed
Tasting notes: Mild to medium-bodied with notes of cedar and nuts

Primavera Contento (Lonsdale)

Primavera Contento (Lonsdale)

#3
Valeroso
Primavera Contento (Lonsdale)
6 1/2 x 44
Wrapper: Ecuadorian
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican and Nicarauguan
Tasting notes: Smooth and medium-bodied with notes of cedar and dark coffee and a hint of spice

Southern Draw Kudzu

Southern Draw Kudzu

#2
Southern Draw
Kudzu Oscuro
6 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano Oscuro
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Tasting notes: Medium to full-bodied with notes of cocoa and spice

Habano Cesar No. 3

Habano Cesar No. 3

#1
Cesar Cigars
Habano Cesar No. 3
5 1/2 x 52
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano
Binder: Dominican Corojo
Filler: Dominican and U.S.
Tasting notes: Spicy, followed by creamy and toasty, to a peppery end

One Response

  1. Bill Williams

    Agree with a lot of the list.. but to have Ernesto Perez Carrillo’s E Stunner on it instead of his La Historia I don’t understand.
    Cesar Cigars is one I totally agree with, great smokes.