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2009 Top 10 Cigars of the Year

2009 Top 10 Cigars of the Year 

Well I hope the year 2009 has bid you lots of love, wealth, friendship, and cigars.  I know my year has been very blessed, especially with the birth of my first son.  If the year has brought you hardships and frustration the good news is the end is here and a new start begins soon.  With a world economic downfall, jobless rates up, and “global warming” (what a joke) all on the plate this year, it was harder than normal just let go and relax, however no better way than with a great cigar!

I had the opportunity to smoke lots of wonderful cigars this past year and believe me it is really tough narrowing it down to 10.  Out of the 10 chosen for this year I only reviewed one here at Classic Cigar however I highly recommend all 10 on the list, so without further ado, I present the Classic Cigar 2009 Top 10 Cigars:

10. Illusione 88 (Nicaragua)
9. Tatuaje Havana VI Almirantes (Nicaragua)
8. Savinelli Special Selection 2005 Torpedo (Nicaragua)
7. Oliva Serie V Torpedo (Nicaragua)
6. Montecristo No.2 (Cuba)
5. Por Larranaga Belicoso Extra Asia Pacifico Regional Release (Cuba)
4. Rocky Patel Decade Torpedo (Honduras)
3. Cohiba Robusto (Cuba)
2. Padron Serie 1926 No.2 Maduro (Nicaragua)

and for the #1 cigar of 2009.…..

1.  Juan Lopez Selection No.2 (Cuba) Box Code: SMG ABR 08

This is an absolutely marvelous cigar with loads of complexity and flavor not to mention an incredible draw with a melting aroma.  If you get the opportunity to try the Juan Lopez Selection No.2, I am confident you will NOT be disappointed.

Well that is it for us here at Classic Cigar.  We hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a most wonderful 2010!  Thank you to all the readers and smokers out there who still believe in the relaxing art of……smoking!  Stay posted for the first 2010 cigar reviews and until then.



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Posted by on December 24, 2009 in Cigars Rated


Padilla Miami Lancero

Padilla Miami Lancero 

Manufactured here in the USA, the Padilla Miami Lancero is rolled at the Rey de los Habanos factory in Little Havana, Miami, Florida.  The brand and packaging are both owned by Ernesto Padilla however the blend for the Miami brand was created by Jose “Pepin” Garcia.

Ernesto Padilla’s cigar line consist of popular labels such as Padilla Achilles, Padilla Habano, Padilla Hybrid, Padilla Obsidian, Padilla Sig 1932, and Padilla Series 68.  With such a large arsenal you are sure to find something that personalizes your palate.

On to the review……

Padilla Miami Lancero Attributes
Size: Lancero
Length: 7 ½
Ring Gauge: 42
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Country: Nicaragua
Price: $9.00 USD

The pre-light experience for my Padilla Miami Lancero was very pleasing.  The wrapper was golden brown, carrying veins with an oily sheen.  I found a small crack in the wrapper leaf near the top of the cigar.  The wonderful triple seam, pigtail cap was pleasing to the eye and the band was odd shaped with black, red, and gold lettering.  Pre-light smell showed light white pepper and cream.  The cold draw tickled my palate with notes of sweet fruit and showed perfect resistance.
Pre-light Score:  9 pts.

The first 1/3 of my Padilla Miami Lancero was nice and creamy with signs of toasted nuts.  This cigar produced loads and loads of smoke from the smallest draw, however the burn was a little uneven.  The ash was a wonderful snow white and the cigar seemed to be burning rather fast.

The second 1/3 of the cigar showed woody signs paired with black cherry.  The transition of the flavors was amazing offering my palate just what it needed at that moment.  This cigar had lots of complexity and character and before beginning the last 1/3, tastes of cedar and spice were pleasantly noted.  The burn however, remained uneven and wavy.
Smoking Score:  8 pts.

On the last 1/3 the taste turned very spicy, bold, and tart on the palate.  Also, the wrapper started to unravel, which is kind of a bummer, considering how great this cigar had been thus far.  My final thoughts of the Padilla Miami prove it to be a very nice lancero with lots of complexity and flavor.  This cigar did burn faster than normal however every puff was enjoyable.  Personally, this cigar is not carried on a consistent basis at my local brick and mortar so, whenever I do find then again I will most certainly stock up.  Great bang for your buck!
Overall Experience:  8 pts.

Padilla Miami Lancero Rating:
Pre-light:                  9pts.
Smoking:                 8pts.
Overall Exp.:      8pts.
TOTAL:                    25pts.


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Posted by on December 14, 2009 in Cigars Rated