Every year the members of our tasting panel blind-taste hundreds of cigars. At the end of the year we take time to look back and compare the best of the cigars once again. The Top 25 are our absolute favourites from the 2013 tastings.
Hendrik Kelner is probably the most well-known tobacco expert in the world and a living legend. For more than 40 years he’s been cultivating the best tobaccos and, with his name vouches for, among other things, the quality of the luxury brand Davidoff.
Nestor Plasencia Sr. is one of the best known tobacco growers and cigar-makers in the cigar industry. When his Lifetime achievement Trophy was announced in Orlando, the entire room rose to their feet with applause.
This year, Carlos Toraño was honored for his life’s work. Over the years, he has worked for many well-known brands and today his own brand is counted among the best in the world.
With more than a half century in the business, Benjamin F. Menendez has been exalted to legendary status in the cigar industry. Born into a tobacco family in Havana, Cuba in 1936, Benjamin F. Menendez smiles when he says that tobacco is in his genes.
Rolando Reyes Sr. embodies the term “old school” and is known as a cigar legend by his peers and loyal customers around the world. This year, the “World’s most talented cigar maker” was awarded by Cigar Journal for his impressive life’s work.
Following the awards ceremony in New Orleans, twelve more honours were awarded during InterTabac 2009 in Dortmund. Heinrich Villiger earned heartly applause by the audience as he accepted the Cigar Trophy Lifetime Achievement 2009 for his impressive life’s work.
When José Orlando Padrón arrived in Miami in 1962 he had to live on the 60 dollars a month that the US government granted Cuban refugees. Today he employs more than 600 people and his cigars are amongst the best in the world. We bow to this lifetime achievement.
In recognition of what the Davidoff brand has come to stand for today throughout the world, this year’s Cigar Trophy for Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Dr. Ernst Schneider.
It would be impossible to imagine today’s international cigar market without the AVO brand: Avo Uvezian, musician and living legend of the cigar industry, was honored for his impressive life’s work with Cigar Journal’s newly introduced Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Cigar Trophy 2005 will for the first time introduce the category “Lifetime Achievement”. With this award Cigar Journal would like to pay homage to the great personalities in the world of cigars. This year, Carlos Fuente Sr. was honored for his impressive life’s work – an unparalleled history of success.