From the thousands of nominations of outstanding cigars, accessories and lounges that were sent to us this year, our readers selected the best via online voting. In September, the winners of the public votes were announced and the Cigar Trophy Awards were thus awarded for the sixteenth time since 1998. Not all of the nomination categories made it through to the voting period. Due to the lack of nominations, this year, no prizes were awarded for the countries of origin Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico and Europe.
In total, 15 categories were voted on. Four awards were not decided by the public but by a jury. These included the Ambassador prize, which went to the Cigar Authority, the Charity & Community award for charitable projects (Plasencia Cigars), as well as the award for Lifetime Achievement, which was given to Manuel Quesada.
Kristoff Ligero Maduro
The Ligero Maduro produced by Kristoff Cigars won Best Value for a Dominican cigar. Like much of Glen Case’s blend portfolio, the cigar is rolled at the Charles Fairmorn factory and distinguishes itself through a Brazilian wrapper, a Dominican binder, and filler from the Dominican Republic and Honduras.
Rocky Patel The Edge
Over the years, Rocky Patel’s The Edge line has been available with various wrappers, but one thing common to all Edge cigars is their reasonable cost and consistently high ratings. In both 2014 and 2015, Cigar Journal readers awarded individual cigars from The Edge lines the Best Cigar Honduras Cigar Trophies.
The launch of Joya Red in 2014 kicked off the effort by Nicaragua’s oldest cigar house, Joya de Nicaragua, to modernize its cigar lines. Joya Red’s puro blend does not feature the producer’s famous ligero tobaccos, but is presented with a balanced body and strength. The line was awarded this year’s Best Value trophy for a Nicaraguan cigar.
This article was published in the Cigar Journal Winter Edition 2016. Read more