Earlier this week Cigar Aficionado announced #2 through #10 of their top 25 cigars from 2012 and we think their list is looking pretty good so far. To narrow it down to only 25 cigars must have been a daunting task with so many great cigars in 2012. Here are the first nine cigars on the top 25 list with the #1 cigar to be announced tomorrow.
First up is #10, the Nat Sherman Timeless Collection No. 2 cigar. Nat Sherman cigars have never made Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 list, so this is a first time for them. The Timeless Collection No. 2 is handmade in the Dominican Republic and features a delectable wrapper from Honduras. This stogie is made of Honduran, Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos that give it a great taste with notes of cedar and dark chocolate.
The #9 cigar is Tatuaje Cojonu 2012 Sumatra. Cojonu is Cuban for someone who is bold or ballsy and is the perfect name for this full bodied, bold cigar. This is a strong but balanced smoke with hints of wood and earth.
The Rocky Patel Fifty Robusto came in at #8 on the top 25 and we aren’t surprised to see a Rocky Patel smoke on the list. The Fifty came out in 2012 to celebrate Rocky Patel’s 50th birthday and comes in a unique box with a glittery lid. This stogie is peppery with notes of leather and puts Rocky Patel on the list for the second year in a row on the top 10.
The Ashton Heritage Puro Sol Belicoso No. 2 comes in at #7 and is made by the Fuente family. The Ashton Heritage Puro Sol brand is the only Ashton that features a Cameroon wrapper. This is the second Ashton Heritage Puro Sol that has been placed on the top 10 list. The Cameroon wrapper creates a creamy and sweet flavor making this one tasty smoke.
Coming in at #6 is the H. Upmann Royal Robusto which is the most recent addition to the Cuban cigar list. This is a larger Cuban cigar sized a 5 3/8 x 52 and is available in about 140 stores worldwide. Full of spices and earthy flavors, this stogie has been described as a perfect Cuban.
The Arturo Fuente Rosado Sungrown Magnum R Vitola Forty-Four hits the list at the #5 spot and is a subtle smoke handmade in the Dominican Republic. This cigar is the lowest priced stogie on the list coming in at only $6.75.
Padron family cigars have been on the top 25 list for quite some time; at #4 is the Padron Family Reserve 85 Years (Natural). These cigars come in two varieties, the natural and the maduro. This year the natural made the list and features a milk chocolate Nicaraguan wrapper with notes of cherry and truffles.
#3 on the list is the Romeo by Romeo y Julieta Piramide. This Dominican beauty is a stronger blend from Romeo and was made at the Tabacalera de Garcia, the largest cigar factory in the world. Expect notes of earth and cocoa bean from this complex smoke.
At #2 we have the Cohiba 1966 Edicion Limitada 2011. This Cuban powerhouse is a bold and flavorful smoke that leaves you more than impressed. The 1966 commemorates Cohiba’s 45th anniversary and has been named for the year that Cohiba was created. This Cuban is well worth its high price and represents everything we love about a good Cuban cigar.
Tomorrow Cigar Aficionado will reveal the #1 cigar of 2012 so be sure to check back with us to find out what it is!