Top 10 of 2011
With 2011 coming to a close and 2012 opening a new chapter in life I am torn between many thoughts for the New Year. The picture above, John Cassel’s Mixed Signals; October 1931, probably speaks lots of truths to many of us. Sometimes we get so caught up in what to do next or plan, plan, plan, for the future that we forget to STOP, and enjoy some of the finer parts of life. i.e.) family, friends, health. For me one of my favorite ways to reflect upon life’s gifts is with a cigar. And just as we have for the past 3 years here at Classic Cigar, we will continue to provide our thoughts and reviews of cigars, both new and old, that the industry has to offer in 2012.
We were also blessed this year at Classic Cigar, to bring on a new reviewer to the team. Let me take this opportunity to thank `//otan (Mark) for all the hard work and time he puts into giving his thoughts and opinions…cheers and long ashes to you in the new year buddy!
Just as in the past, the cigars on the list may not have been reviewed on the website but were smoked, numerous times, throughout the year. You also need to know that this is my Top 10 list not my partners however, having smoked and discussed many of these cigars together I think he will tend to agree with most of my choices.
For me personally one cigar maker really hit a “Grand slam” this year with quality, production, and innovation. That person would be Mr. Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars. Out of my 2011 Top 10, four cigars are part of his portfolio. No, I am certainly not bias or one dimensional in anyway but those of you that know me, do understand that I call it how it is. Without a doubt Mr. Pete Johnson is creating some amazing things in the cigar world and deserves that praise and recognition.
So without further ado, here are the Classic Cigar Top 10 cigars of 2011:
10. Oliva Connecticut Reserve Toro (Nicaragua)
9. Davidoff Puro D’Oro Deliciosos (Dominican Republic)
8. Cohiba Siglo II (Cuba)
7. Arturo Fuente Don Carlos No.2 (Dominican Republic)
6. Tatuaje Havana VI Victorias (Nicaragua)
5. Cabaiguan Guapo 46 (Nicaragua)
4. Rafael Gonzalez Corona Extra (Cuba)
3. Por Larranaga Petite Corona (Cuba)
2. Tatuaje Black Petite Lancero (Nicaragua)
and the #1 cigar of 2011 is…
1. Ambos Mundos Short No. 1 Habano (Nicaragua)
Again and again, all year long this cigar offered me a great smoking experience. Without a doubt, I burned through an entire box of these this year and not once was I disappointed or let down. In fact, the cigar tended to continually grow on me. By offering notes of smooth leather, peppery spice, rustic antique aromas, and a creamy smoke texture the Ambos Mundos Short No.1 Habano won my heart and palate for 2011. Not to mention that these sticks are priced under $5.00 a piece, so you definitely can’t beat that.
Well, that does it for 2011 here at Classic Cigar. We hope you have a very blessed and Happy New Year, as we bring in 2012 with a bang. From our family to yours;
God Bless and Cheers!