Cigar Journal’s Cigar Trophy competition gets fiercer each year. The 2018 winners were decided – as always – by public votes from across the world and were announced at this year’s InterTabak tradeshow in Germany to packed audience of the great and the good of the cigar world.
The famous Cuban brand has long been synonymous with rich, powerful, leathery flavors and while many contend its core blend has grown lighter in recent years, it continues to delight.
DOM. REP.: DAVIDOFF, WINSTON CHURCHILL THE LATE HOUR
A cigar line dedicated to the great British prime minister’s habit of reading, writing and smoking long into the small hours, Late Hour blends tobacco aged for six months in Scotch whisky barrels and is blended by Davidoff’s “hit men” – Eladio Díaz and Henke Kelner.
HONDURAS: ALEC BRADLEY, PRENSADO LOST ART
he Prensado was the talk of the town on first release and the Lost Art aims, successfully, to recapture the magnificence of that early blend. A deep, fruity, intriguing cigar, which first put Alan Rubin’s company on the map.
NICARAGUA: PERDOMO, RESERVE 10TH ANNIVERSARY CONNECTICUT
Initially blended as a celebration of 10 years of Nicaraguan cigar production by the Perdomo family, the cigar is cloaked in an Ecuadorian Connecticut seed wrapper and boasts all-Nicaraguan fillers to offer a creamy, full-flavored, medium-bodied smoke.