The man responsible for the blend of Gurkha Cigars’ Heritage line, which debuted at IPCPR 2015, is none other than the company’s sales director, Juan Lopez. The Heritage line’s intriguing blend hooked us right away, and in 2016 the cigars finally made their way to Europe.
Launched in early 2016 for the Swiss market, the Punch Supremos is an Edición Regional 2015 that was commissioned by Swiss Habanos importer Intertabak. The Edición Regional Suiza 2015 was produced in a limited run of 50,000 pieces in Cuba.
Released in 2016, Dunhill Aged Maduro is the newly arrived Maduro version of Dunhill’s long-established “Aged” series. This new line from the BAT producer won over our tasting panel and earned itself a place in Cigar Journal’s Top 25.
As the name suggests, Hamlet Paredes was responsible for Rocky Patel’s Tabaquero by Hamlet Paredes line, which debuted in the US in mid-2015. The line is rolled at Rocky Patel’s TAVICUSA factory in Nicaragua and has been available in Europe since early 2016.
In fall 2015, three Villiger San’Doro variations were introduced in Toro formats. In 2016, the blends became available in Robusto and Churchill formats. The San’Doro Colorado Robusto our tasting panel smoked for the winter issue of Cigar Journal has lingered on our minds.
Newly released in 2016 by La Aurora, the Dominican Republic’s most time-honored cigar manufacturer, the Black Lion line kicks off Cigar Journal’s list of the best cigars of 2016. In particular, the La Aurora Black Lion Cameroon Toro won over the tasting panel.
Very soon, we’ll be releasing our much-anticipated list of the best cigars of 2016. Our Top 25 is the shortlist of newly released cigars reviewed in the previous tastings that have remained on our editors’ minds and are among our all-time favorites.
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 2015 tastings.
In 2015, Christian Luis Eiroa undertook his first endeavor to also establish his new brands across the globe. Our cigar of the year is a classic, box-pressed Corona, which impresses even the most fastidious palate. Tasting notes: Espresso and woody aromas, in addition, gingerbread and a gingery spiciness …
The Family Reserve No. 50 was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Padrón Cigars and was launched in the USA at the end of 2014, and worldwide in 2015. Tasting notes: Fine honey and chocolate sweetness, underlaid by espresso, woody and roasted aromas …
The My Father line Don Pepín García Black Label (known as Cuban Classic in the USA) is the first blend from Pepín that was produced in the then newly opened Tabacalera Cubana in Estelí, Nicaragua. We took another look at this milestone from the career of this industry great and were utterly impressed …
This year we decided to dedicate ourselves to the Cohiba Maduro 5 again. Also because the brand Cohiba is soon to celebrate its 50th jubilee. The Secretos totally convinced us in the tasting. It’s a true milestone in the Habanos portfolio.