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12 Best Cigar Picks of 2014

Cover Page December 2014

Here’s our final list of 2014 Best Cigar Picks.  In our last article, we showed you #13 through #24; and now, we continue our countdown with our Top 12 industry best cigars.  We hope you are able to grab a few of these sticks and enjoy yourself.

La Duena Cigars #12


La Duena delivered thick clouds of spicy smoke to my palate. The burn was slow and even, and the taste was hearty with a long, full-flavored finish. Overall, La Duena is a very enjoyable smoke for any time of the day and one that we would strongly recommend.


 Time Smoked: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf.

Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf / Nicaraguan.

Filler: Connecticut Broadleaf / Nicaraguan.

Size: 5” x 50.

Rating: 91

Sublimes Cigars #11


My overall impression of the Sublimes is that while it is a medium body cigar, it has a great complexity of flavors.  With its good construction and smooth draw, Sublimes Cigars is a very enjoyable smoke.


Time Smoked: 1 Hour 50 Minutes

Wrapper: Ecuador Habano Rosado.

Binder: Nicaraguan Habano Corojo.

Filler: Nicaragua Habano Criollo.

Size: 6 3/4 x 56.

Rating: 91

CAO Flathead V660 Carb #10


The cigar was packed with a lot of flavor which ended with a small taste of toast on my palette.  A great size with an easygoing aroma with a long and rich finish.


 Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf

Binder: Habano Connecticut

Filler: Nicaraguan Ligero and Piloto Cubano Ligero

Size: 6 x 60

Time Smoked: 2 hours 20 minutes

  Rating: 91

Torano Vault Cigars #9


 Overall, the Vault D-042 is a medium body full of flavor and an alluring aroma. This cigar stands out and while complex, it is nicely balanced and extremely well made.


 Time Smoked: 1 hour 55 minutes

Wrapper: Habano Ecuador.

Binder: Habano Nicaragua.

Filler: Jalapa, Esteli and Pennsylvania

Size: 5’ x 52.

Rating: 92

AJ Fernandez Mayimbe Cigars #8


The Mayimbe cigar is a unique smoke that we highly recommended.  Beyond its excellent construction, you will find no resistance on the draw and great full flavored smoke in a range of flavors.


 Time Smoked: 2 hours 20 minutes

Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf.

Binder: Nicaraguan.

Filler: Nicaragua / Dominican Republic.

Size: 5 7/8’ x 60

Rating: 91

Room 101 Namakubi EC Cigars #7


The Room 101 Namakubi EC has outstanding construction with a remarkable burn and aroma.  With its clean draw and impressive flavor profile, the cigar is very tasty and effortless to enjoy.  While it is complex, it is not too much for the Average Joe to appreciate.  This extremely well-made cigar by Room 101 Cigars is a must try.


Time Smoked: 1 hour 55 minutes.

Wrapper: Ecuadorian Habano.

Binder: Honduran.

Filler: Dominican Republic / Honduran.

Size: 6 x 52.

Rating: 91

Padilla Reserva Maduro Cigars #6


Overall, this cigar had full and rich characteristics with spices and flavors that consistently developed as the cigar was smoked.  What I enjoyed most is that while the flavors were complex, it was not overwhelming.  It was well made and effortless to enjoy – this cigar will have a true connoisseur wanting more.


Wrapper: Pennsylvania Broadleaf

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: 5 x 54

Flavor: Medium / Full Body

Strength: Medium

Rating: 93

7-20-4 Hustler Cigars


This medium body cigar is well made and offers a lot of complexity and rich flavor.  Three quarters of the way through, I was introduced to a creamy texture on my palate; however, there are plenty of robust flavors throughout the smoke that are easy to enjoy.  The Hustler is an effortless smoke with a long and tasty finish. A real pleasure to smoke!


 Time Smoked: 1 Hour and 10 Minutes.

Wrapper: Barber Pole Brazilian Mata Fina & Ecuadorian Ct.

Binder: Costa Rican.

Filler: Nicaragua.

Size: 5 x 46.

Rating: 92

Nat Sherman Timeless Collection Divino Cigars #4


The Nat Sherman Divino has perfect overall construction coupled with a great burn and draw. It is very consistent in delivering rich flavors and a slow even burn all the way through the smoke. Just enough sweetness and earth tones round off this great cigar. Divino provides a smoking experience that is a must try for all.


Time Smoked: 1 hour.

Wrapper: Honduran.

Binder: Dominican.

Filler: Nicaragua/Dominican.

Size: 5” x 50.

Rating: 92

El Centurion Cigar by My Father Cigars #3


Overall, the El Centurion is a great medium-bodied cigar with a nice balance of flavors.  With a price of only $8.50, it is a very good buy for the value.


Time Smoked: 2 hrs. 5 Minutes

Wrapper: Sun Grown Criollo

Binder: Nicaraguan

Filler: Nicaraguan

Size: 6.25 X 52

Strength: Full Body

Rating: 92

Senorial by Jose Blanco Cigars #2


Overall, Señorial is an easy going, medium body cigar that had a great balance of spice and a long, flavorful finish. The quality is evident in both its construction and complexity. It is a tasty and effortless smoke that I highly recommend.


Time Smoked: 2 hours.

Wrapper: Habano Ecuador.

Binder: Nicaragua.

Filler: Dominican Piloto & Dominican Corojo.

Size: 6 x 54.

Rating: 92

Alec Bradley Mundial Punta Lanza No.5 Cigars #1


Mundial Punta Lanza No. 5 has a full and complex character with a very long and full bodied finish. It is really a shame that it is only a limited run. It is a very well made cigar that was effortless to enjoy and left a lasting impression. Bursting with flavors, intriguing combinations and richness, this cigar is of unmistakable quality.


Time Smoked: 1 hour 40 minutes.

Wrapper: Honduras.

Binder: Honduras/Nicaragua.

Filler: Honduras/ Nicaragua.

Size: 51/8 x 52.

Rating: 92


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