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Best Cigar Picks of 2014: #13 – #24

The year is coming to an end and yes, it’s time to reveal our top cigar picks of 2014.  There are so many different brands, from major to boutique; while we can only review so many each year, it has truly been a pleasure to review all of the cigars that we have.

Here is a countdown of our #13 – #24 Best Cigar Picks of 2014.

Dante Canto III Cigars #24

Dante II

The cigar offered a lot of flavor with forward character and a medium body.  It maintained consistent sweet notes and aroma with spice and a long finish.  The aroma also intensified and maintained a rich luring profile.  Very easy on the palate packed with flavor.  Very well made and a joy to smoke.


Time Smoked: 1 hour 35 minutes.

Wrapper: San Andreas.

Binder: Nicaragua.

Filler: Nicaragua.

Size: 5” x 50.

Rating: 89

Paxtian Privilegio’s Special Line Cigars #23


The Privilegio is a very well made cigar – a flavorful, medium body that is balanced throughout with a unique taste.  Overall, it is a pleasant and easy smoke.


Time Smoked: 1 Hour 50 Minutes.

Wrapper: San Andres.

Binder: San Andres.

Filler: San Andres.

Size: 6 x 60.

Rating: 89

CyB Cigar by Joya de Nicaragua Cigars “100% Nicaraguan” #22


The CyB is nicely balanced, medium body cigar that is rich in both flavors and complexity. It is an effortless smoke – very enjoyable and one that I would strongly recommend.


Time Smoked: 1hour 50 minutes
Wrapper: Ecuador Habano.
Binder: Dominican Republic.
Filler: Nicaragua / Peru.
Size: 5 1/2 x 46.
Rating: 89

J.D. Howard Reserve HR50 Cigars #21


J.D. Howard was the alias used by Jesse James after he went into isolation after an infamous bank robbery in Nashville, Tennessee. J.D. Howard Reserve blend was created to capture the juxtaposition and contradiction of this famous outlaw – its character is bold yet refined; its flavor profile is simple yet complex. The wrapper is rich and dark with an oily finish, and it has a very smooth draw with complex flavors and dense smoke. It meets your palate with a spicy pepper rush and leaves it with subtly sweet cocoa notes – I noticed these immediately. There is also some creaminess and earthiness that maintains throughout the smoke. It is a rugged yet balanced smoke that is medium in body and full in taste. Overall, the J.D. Howard Reserve is a very well-made cigar that I would highly recommend.

Time Smoked: 1 Hours and 5 Minutes

Wrapper: Brazilian Arapiraca.

Binder: Ecuadorian Sumatra.

Filler: Nicaragua.

Size: 5 ½” x 50.

Rating: 90

Cuban Zircona by Dignity Cigars #20


The smoke is dense and filled with woody flavors that fill the air.  Even with its strong earthy quality, the Cuban Zirconia definitely has floral notes as well.  Overall, it is a good cigar with a nice aroma and complex flavors that are well developed.


Time: 1 hour 55 Minutes

Wrapper: Habano Costa Rica

Binder: Costa Rica

Filler: Costa Rica

Size: 6 x 56

Rating: 90

Dominican Big Leaguer Cigars #19


It is a medium bodied cigar packed with great flavor.  Its sweet aroma was very rich, consistent and alluring – it is what really makes this cigar stand out.  The Dominican Big Leaguer is not only an extremely well made cigar, but it will leave a lasting impression with any cigar smoker.


 Time Smoked: 2 hour.

Wrapper: San Andres, Mexico

Binder: Dominican

Filler: Dominican / Nicaraguan

Size: 5 X 52

Rating: 90

OSOK Cigar by Edgar Hoill Cigars #18


The O.S.O.K. has great construction that provided for a slow burn with a dark gray ash. It produced a great aroma and its consistency in both flavor and body make it an excellent near full-bodied smoke.


Time Smoked: 1 hour 35 minutes.

Wrapper: Nicaraguan.

Binder: Nicaraguan.

Filler: Nicaraguan.

Size: 5 1/2” x 48.

Rating: 90

Intemperance BA XXI Envy Cigar by RoMa Craft Tobac Company #17


This blend has some great flavors of cedar, spiciness and earthiness. It is a Medium to almost full body with a long finish and an ash that won’t quit. Overall, the Intemperance is a well constructed cigar that delivers a near perfect burn and a lot of flavor and complexity.


Time Smoked: 1 hour 40 minutes.

Wrapper: Brazil Arapiraca.

Binder: Indonesia.

Filler: Nicaragua / Dominican Republic.

Size: 5 x 50.

Rating: 91

Americana Toro Cigar by J. Fuego Cigars #16


he J. Fuego Americana Toro is a well-constructed cigar with a smooth draw that produces plenty of thick, heavy smoke. The aroma and flavors develop in intensity, delivering very rich and full characters. It is bursting with flavors, texture, and a complex character. Its medium-body nature offers a well-rounded, clean and flavorful finish. This is an easy cigar to enjoy and it will impress you to the end.


Time Smoked: 1 hour 40 minutes.

Wrapper: Pennsylvania.

Binder: Costa Rican.

Filler: Honduras/ Nicaragua.

Size: 6 x 54.

Rating: 90

L’Atelier Selection Special Cigars #15


Overall, L’Atelier had great construction with an incredibly smooth draw that let plenty of smoke come through.  While it is a medium-full body, it delivered a unique combination of flavors that was really enjoyable to smoke.


Time Smoked: 1 hour 45 Minutes.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian / Sancti Spirtus

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Size: 5 5/8 x 54

Rating: 92

Hermosa Cigars present Tierra Santa Cigar #14


Hermosa Cigars is an extremely well-made and unique cigar that is bursting with flavor. Effortless to enjoy, it will leave you with a very strong first impression.


Time Smoked: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Wrapper: Nicaraguan Corojo / Criollo.

Binder: Nicaraguan.

Filler: Nicaragua.

Size: 6 x 54.

Rating: 92

Leccia White Cigar by Sam Leccia #13


Overall, Leccia White Label Cigar is very well made and lands between a medium and full body.  It has a nice, spicy character and is packed with a plenty of delicious, easygoing yet complex flavors with great aroma.  Sam Leccia has always been a bad boy in the cigar world and continues to set the margin.


Time Smoked: 1 hour 55 minutes.

Wrapper: African Sun Grown.

Binder: Ecuador.

Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero / Pennsylvania Seco.

Size: 6 x 60.

Rating: 92

 Until Then My Friend… Stay Calm and Smoke A Fine Cigar!

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