THE TOP 25 PROCESS
Distinction and consistency are the hallmarks of high quality in the cigar world. There are plenty of merely good cigars in existence. Many great ones too. But Cigar Aficionado’s list of Top 25 cigars showcases the exemplary—smokes that, even after multiple rounds of scrutiny and analysis, continue to produce one of life’s finest experiences.
Now in its 13th year, the Cigar Aficionado Top 25 list is a tournament of sorts. First, we review the lineup of cigars rated throughout the year in Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider — nearly 750. Then, we choose the cigars that scored 91 points or higher (but eliminate brand redundancies). After that, our tasting coordinator purchases those cigars at retail, strips the identifying bands and passes them out to our panel for an entirely new blind-tasting process. What remains after elimination are 25 of the most sublime, memorable and extraordinary smokes of the year.
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