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Top 10 Cigars From Our Blind Review Panel

Top 10 Cigars From Our Blind Review Panel

Each Friday, our Blind Review Panel sits down with a bandless cigar and answers a few questions to give us an unbiased, unfiltered, comprehensive view of the cigar without the hype. And after a brief summary of their experience, the Palates That Be suggest a purchase recommendation and drink pairing.

For this Cinco de Drinko, we’re taking a look at the cigars that received the highest praises in one of the most brutally honest assessments a cigar can undergo.

#1 Davidoff 702 Series

Top 10 Cigars: Davidoff 702 Series

Oregon: Fiver

California: Box

Wisconsin: Box

Quote from the Review: “The tasting notes move through this smoke like a carousel, with each taking its turn at the forefront and then moving on to the next one. I enjoyed every minute of this cigar.”

Drink Recommendations: Rum, Coffee

#2 Bespoke Cotton Tail

Top 10 Cigars: Bespoke Cotton Tail

Oregon: Single

California: Box

Wisconsin: Box

Quote from the Review: “Anyone ever give a girl a Spider-Man kiss? Unless you have a set of monkey bars in your house, it's very difficult to accomplish. That's how I felt lighting this cigar. Awkward, but worth the payoff.”

Drink Recommendations: Rye, Sweet Cocktail, Hot Chocolate, Coffee

#3 P.G. 25th Anniversary

Top 10 Cigars: PG 25th Anniversary

Oregon: Box

California: Single

Wisconsin: Box

Quote from the Review:  “If you like this stick then you probably like hiking in a dark forest on a rainy day.  It had a real quality, down to earth feel to it.”

Drink Recommendations: Bourbon Barrel Stout, Rye, Bourbon

#4 Dapper El Borracho

Top 10 Cigars: Dapper El Borracho

Oregon: Fiver

California: Box

Wisconsin: Fiver

Quote from the Review: “The flavors are rustic yet colorful, like the ceilings of the Sistine Chapel.”

Drink Recommendations: Aged Rum, Coffee, Tea

#5 Bespoke Basilica A

Top 10 Cigars: Bespoke Basilica A

Oregon: Fiver

California: Fiver

Wisconsin: Box

Quote from the Review: “Imagine a little orange zest, some mild cinnamon, a dash of pepper all mixed with a teaspoon of cream...that was the profile early one.”

Drink Recommendations: Bourbon, Coffee, Root Beer, Iced Tea

#6 Davidoff Year of the Dog

Top 10 Cigars: Davidoff Year of the Dog

Oregon: Fiver

California: Fiver

Wisconsin: Box

Quote from the Review: “I smoked this lengthy cigar outside in Wisconsin in February, and at no point did I think, ‘I'd rather go inside than keep smoking this cigar.’”

Drink Recommendations: Rye, Rum, White Russian, Cream Soda

#7 Crowned Heads Las Calaveras 2017

Top 10 Cigars: Crowned Heads LC17

Oregon: Fiver

California: Fiver

Wisconsin: Box

Quote from the Review: “I smoked this one up until the tips of my fingers couldn’t take the heat.”

Drink Recommendations: Ivan Drago, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Café Latte

#8 Caldwell Long Live the King

Top 10 Cigars: Caldwell Long Live the King

Oregon: Fiver

California: Box

Wisconsin: Fiver

Quote from the Review: “All lit up and holy crap this is delicious. Banana and rose-like sweetness settle in behind wood, fresh bread, and nougat.”

Drink Recommendations: 80 proof Bourbon, Coffee

#9 Cornelius & Anthony House Blend Liga E

Top 10 Cigars: Cornelius & Anthony House Blend

Oregon: Fiver

California: Fiver

Wisconsin: Box

Quote from the Review: “Like complexity? Like cedar and/or nuts? Grab this cigar.”

Drink Recommendations: Highland Scotch, Irish Coffee

#10 La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor Reserva

Top 10 Cigars: Mi Amor Reserva

Oregon: Fiver

California: Box

Wisconsin: Fiver

Quote from the Review: “For any old timers out there: Ditch the blue pill and just smoke one of these because it’s touching me in all the right places.”

Drink Recommendations: Sweet Bourbon, Rum, Benevolent Czar, Peppermint Mocha

Observations

Looking at the list above, two things seem glaringly obvious. First, Davidoff and Bespoke both have cigars that each received doubled Box Purchase recommendations and high praises from the Panel.  They also make up four of our Top 10 Blind Reviews so far.  Secondly, the Kelner family has played a huge role in five of the ten cigars listed above to include Davidoff, Bespoke, and P.G. cigars.

Also, I think every cigar that scores well in a blind review deserves a fair chance at earning its way into your humidor.  But inexpensive cigars like the Cornelius and Anthony House Blend Liga E?  If a bundle stick receives high praise when the competition is stripped of the marketing, packaging, or high cost of entry... That's the sort of cigar that we should take note of!  It's always a good day when you can find a cigar that treats you above average for a fraction of the price.

It’ll be interesting to compare the Top Blind Reviews year over year against a larger sample size and see if the trend continues. For now, I think it’s safe to say that anything the Kelner family touches is worth picking up when you’ve got the chance!

 

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5/6/2018 6:09 AM
Good review thanks!