There are many awards, but only a few are conferred by you, the consumers. The greater the suspense on Friday evening, when the winners of the coveted public awards were announced in the presence of the biggest names of the industry.
To determine the shortlists our readers were asked to nominate their top-candidates in the categories Best Brand, Best Cigar, Best Value, Best Accessory, and Best Lounge and then to determine the winner from the top five. We are particularly pleased that the public awards are enjoying unwavering growth and popularity with cigar smokers from all over the world.
Best Brand 2018
Best Brand Cuba 2018: Bolívar
Best Brand Dom. Rep. 2018: Davidoff Winston Churchill Late Hour
Best Brand Honduras 2018: Alec Bradley Prensado Lost Art
Best Brand Nicaragua 2018: Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Connecticut
Best Brand USA 2018: Cornelius & Anthony Cornelius
Best Cigar 2018
Best Cigar Cuba 2018: Montecristo 80 Aniversario
Best Cigar Dom. Rep. 2018: La Flor Dominicana La Volcada
Best Cigar Honduras 2018: Plasencia Cosecha 146 Toro
Best Cigar Nicaragua 2018: Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Presidente Maduro
Best Value 2018
Best Value Dom. Rep. 2018: Kristoff Original Maduro
Best Value Honduras 2018: Asylum 13 Corojo
Best Value Nicaragua 2018: Oliva Serie O
Best Cigar Accessory 2018
Best Cigar Lounge 2018
BURN by Rocky Patel, Pittsburgh
Charity & Community 2018
The award for charitable and social projects went to Pronica. The project, initiated by Sasja van Horssen and Joya de Nicaragua, donates to charities a small amount per cigar sold.
Outstanding Art 2018
Subculture Studios, Estelí
Subculture Studios, the artists’ collective founded by Drew Estate, was distinguished for its aesthetic accentuation.
Tabakprojekt Stadt Lorsch
The award for the promotion of cigar culture went to the German city of Lorsch, whose tobacco project is bringing the cultivation and processing of tobacco back to the center of society.
Carlos Fuente Jr.