A few years back I went to see the silent movie Phantom of the Opera at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Accompanying the movie was, if I remember correctly, the Los Angeles Philharmonic. I went in thinking it was going to be a horrible experience but I left with the opposite impression: it was great. I have to thank my brother and dad for making me go to see it.
The video below isn’t quite the same thing (it’s a video, how could it be?) but it’s good nonetheless. If you have a couple of extra hours this Halloween night you should watch this.
Another year is over and that means it’s time for another Top 10. For review, here are my previous Top 10s:
A few notes of caution: 1. I didn’t review a ton of cigars in 2012 and 2. Taste is subjective. You already knew that but it had to be said. Also, this ranking isn’t just straight from my scores. Rather, I use a very unscientific methodology that includes memorability, price and my ratings of these cigars.
Without further ado, here’s my Top 10 Cigars of 2012:
A very solid offering from Drew Estate that made me really appreciate medium bodied cigars again. As the rest of this list will attest, I prefer stronger cigars but this medium bodied cigar hit the spot. I purchased a box and went through it too quickly. Fortunately, I still have a couple of sticks hiding somewhere.
I have to admit that I could have made a Top 10 with just those cigars made by My Father Cigars. This one is also in the medium bodied realm and was blended by Pete Johnson in honor of Janny Garcia.
The “hl” stands for Holy Lance (if memory serves) and this was an excellent cigar. Gifted to me by a friend, I smoked a few of these cigars and enjoyed each one immensely.
In my opinion this is the best value on this list; it’s ridiculously cheap (less than $4 a stick on occasion) and packs a ton of flavor. It is fairly full bodied but not overwhelmingly so.
Great story behind the maker of this cigar and the cigar was pretty amazing too. I won some at the Chattanooga Tweetup and was kind of indifferent about my winnings because I did not recognize the cigar in the least. And then, after a long day of smoking, I lit one up and the flavor profile just cut through the detritus like a laser through a sheet of paper. It’s a special cigar.
Full bodied, tons of flavor and a good price. This review was of the 4.5″ x 40 short corona and for months it was my go-to cigar.
This blend has reached something of an iconic status amongst cigar smokers and for good reason. Extremely flavorful cigar hovering on the border of medium and full bodied this cigar should appeal to every smoker.
Extremely expensive and extremely good. If you are looking for a refined cigar experience for a special occasion then you should give serious consideration to this cigar. (I’ve always liked the maduro Padrons the best but you might prefer the naturals.)
That is not a misprint; this year I am awarding two #1 cigars. (HACK!) The Tatuaje Avion 11 actually scored the highest out of all cigars I have ever reviewed earning 98 points. It is an amazing cigar and I have since purchased a box, which is a rarity for me for a cigar that is this expensive (like many cigar smokers I buy in ones and twos and, sometimes, threes). Full bodied, spicy and loads of flavor makes this one of my two most favorite cigars I have ever had the pleasure of smoking.
In a cigar of equals this is perhaps the most equal cigar I have ever smoked. Even though I gave it a rating of 97 points, which is one point lower than the Avion 11 earned, my opinion has slightly switched where I could be swayed into saying this is my favorite cigar of all time. (But then I will smoke an Avion 11 and get swayed a little in the other direction.) Like the Avion 11, this cigar is full bodied, spicy and has loads of flavor packed into it. Like the Avion 11 it has a special shape (trademarked in the Chisel’s case). Basically, I can’t go wrong with either of these cigars so I’m giving them both top honors this year.
Cigars I didn’t Review but they Deserve Recognition
I smoked these cigars but, for whatever reason, I didn’t review them. That’s an oversight on my part and one I intend to rectify as soon as possible.
- Cromagnon Aquitaine: Superb cigar and I liked it better than the original CroMagnon (which was 7th on my 2011 Top 10)
- Room 101 Namakubi: This was just one of those cigars that clicked for me and when I was smoking one late last year I went to check my review and found out that I haven’t published one. Room 101 has some excellent cigars (the Daruma just missed my list this year).
There’s probably some others that I have smoked but haven’t reviewed yet that will be strong contenders for the 2013 Top 10 but I cannot recall them at this time.
Love it? Hate it? Fortunately, there’s literally dozens of other cigar lists of varying length and quality for you to peruse. I’m not going to link to them lest you find one you like more and cease coming to this site from time to time.
Here’s to a great 2013!
Another year is almost over and I wanted to thank all of you who have checked in on The Perfect Draw. Before the end of the year I plan on posting a Top 10 for 2012. Until then, have a Merry Christmas and, if you’re in the mood, watch this Christmas special featuring America’s most popular fat, orange cat.
Actually, the title is “Halloween is Grinch Night” and, to be honest, I hadn’t seen this before last night but I’m willing to bet watching this will be nostalgic for some of you old farts.
You’re welcome, old farts.
Yup, that’s right, we have a winner for the box of personalized cigars. His name is Michael W. and, based off of his comment, he’s a comedian.
I want to thank CigarCountry.com for sponsoring this competition. It was great and the post has received the most comments of any of the posts on this site.
For those who didn’t win I definitely feel your pain. I’ve lost pretty much every one of these contests I have entered. Hopefully, in the future, we will do some more of these contests. So check back. Well, really, you should be checking back every once in a while for the great cigar content too.
Thanks everyone. That’s all.