The Ambassador Award is given annually to people or organizations that have earned it through their special achievements in the promotion of cigar culture. This year, the jury chose The Cigar Authority.
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.
For our best cigar 2016 awards, readers chose individual cigars that are the cream of the crop.
Cigar Journal’s readers voted on the best brands and lines from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua and the United States.
The Kansas City accessory manufacturer, Xikar, won Best Accessory Cigar Trophies in both 2013 and 2014. Also 2016, the company achieves the first place.
Together with Heiko Poerz, Henk van de Mees developed the design line Henk Luxury Goods. For the demanding business traveler Henk produces pieces of luggage that are absolute masterpieces when it comes to technique, quality and optics.
For this year’s Best Cigar Lounge award, our readers chose a lounge in the US: Casa Fuente.
Readers award Best Value Cigar Trophies to cigar brands that provide excellent quality for a reasonable cost.
In the category of Best Medium Filler, this year for the first time cigars were honored that are not entirely manufactured using whole tobacco leaves.
This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Manolo Quesada, whose family has been in the cigar business for five generations.