Welcome to Leaf and Grape’s inaugural launch of a series simply known as “Take 5″. Our goal here is to bring you a short, hopefully unique perspective on a certain facet within the cigar or wine industry, keeping it to 5 minutes or less. (hence the name Take 5) With today’s future announcement of Cigar Aficionado’s #1 Cigar of the Year, we decided to make this first installment on the topic of “World’s Best Cigars” – we hope you enjoy…
Ask anyone on the street where the best cigars in the world come from. Chances are you’ll hear the same four-letter word uttered each and every time – Cuba.
Now, take that same question to local cigar shops and smoking lounges across the country and the debate begins to heat up a little as customers state their preferences for Cuban, Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan tobacco. In the end, we’re left no closer to an answer than when we started.
So we decided to start combing through the Cigar Aficionado archives to see if there were any clear indicators or trends there. We took every Cigar Aficionado Top-10 list over the last 5 years, capturing the country of origin for each of the Top-10 cigars. The final results are as follows: (49 cigars announced to date)
So there you have it, the numbers don’t lie – Cuba is a distant 3rd behind #1 Nicaragua and #2 Dominican Republic.
Speaking of Nicaragua, there’s still one cigar left unannounced on this year’s Cigar Aficionado Top-10. So who will be named the #1 Cigar of the Year? While there’s no way of knowing for sure until the official announcement – if I were a betting man, I’d go with the numbers and put my money on the #1 cigar being from Nicaragua. That being said, here are a few of my Nicaraguan front-runners for CA’s Cigar of the Year:
- My Father Flor de las Antillas
- My Father La Reloba Seleccion Sumatra
- Oliva Serie V Melanio
- Padilla Studio Tobac Special Edition
But like the rest of you, we’ll simply have to tune in later today to discover who is actually crowned the 2012 Cigar Aficionado #1 Cigar of the Year. Either way, this little experiment has been a fun one for us to break down and analyze. Thanks for tuning in, until next time…long ashes!