Cigar Aficionado #1 Cigars of the Year Sampler

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Each year Cigar Aficionado magazine puts out a great list of the top cigars of the year. The problem with these sorts of lists from any publication is that they are highly subjective. While we may put the cigars in a different order in our personal groupings, we can guarantee one thing; each and every one of these is a fabulous smoke.

Tastes change from time to time, and even from year to year, so we've put together a sampler for you to see what CA rated as the number one cigar from years past. Starting off the sampler is the E.P. Carrillo Pledge Prequel, the 98-rated 2020 #1 Cigar of the Year - a medium-full bodied smoke that kicks things off with pepper and spice and settles into a smooth smoke with notes of cocoa and creamy cedar. The highly popular Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Maestro is next, and it's the 96-Rated 2019 #1 Cigar of the Year - a full-bodied Nicaraguan puro with notes of chocolate and coffee, with a spicy kick. 2018's 96-Rated top pick is the E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic, a medium to full-bodied Nicaraguan puro that is crisp and complex. 2014's #1, the 96-rated Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado, is an extremely flavorful full-bodied cigar that never overpowers. And the Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill, hailed as cigar Numero Uno for all of 2011, the 96-rated Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill continues to amaze and astound a worldwide array of aficionados to this very day.

Each cigar deserves all the accolades they receive, but how do they stack up against each other? With this perfect sampler, you can find out!

The #1 Cigars of the Year Sampler includes:

1 x E.P. Carrillo Pledge Prequel (5" x 50, ●●●●○ Medium-Full, 98-Rated). Selected by Cigar Aficionado 2020 #1 Cigar Of The Year. Pledge contains ultra-premium tobaccos from 3 different countries. The filler blend is Nicaraguan, the binder from Ecuador, and the dark, oily wrapper is a unique Connecticut Habano leaf grown right here in the U.S.A. This exquisitely crafted cigar begins with a surprising amount of spice and pepper that will command your attention. Soon after, it settles into a smooth, delectable smoke with notes of cocoa and creamy cedar. A hint of caramel sweetness and cinnamon keep things interesting along the way. The finish is noted with an increased sweetness, along with creamy oak, cocoa, topped with a touch of spice. This stick definitely earns its 98 rating.

1 x Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Maestro (6" x 52, ●●●●● Full, 96-Rated). Selected by Cigar Aficionado's 2019 #1 Cigar of the Year. A collaboration between Boutique Blends and master blender AJ Fernandez. Boutique Blends' Quattro line is their most successful project to date. This Nicaraguan puro begins with notes of chocolate, coffee, red pepper, and earth. Halfway through, the pepper subsides, and the chocolate and earth notes take center stage. By the end of the smoke, the pepper returns along with a hint of sweet cedar. The fine balance of sweet, spice and earth notes, along with an ideal burn rate and temperature, all make for a highly pleasurable and harmonious smoke.

1 x E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic (5 3/8" x 52, ●●●●○ Medium-Full, 96-Rated). Selected by Cigar Aficionado 2018 #1 Cigar Of The Year. Treating tobacco blending as much an art as a science, Carrillo sourced a wide variety of fine Nicaraguan longleaf aged in tercios, meaning tied into bundles within royal palm leaves, resulting in a smooth yet powerful smoke. The toothy, oily wrapper contains the aroma of rich tobacco and crisp fresh hay, thrilling the nose while the tongue detects a flourish of pepper during the cold draw test. Beginning dry and with deep notes of turned earth and charred oak, when first lit, the cigar's flavor soon brightens and expands to include black tea and sweet cream.

1 x Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado (6 1/2" x 52, ●●●●● Full, 96-Rated). Selected by Cigar Aficionado as the 2014 #1 Cigar Of The Year. This amazing smoke uses all ligero binder and filler tobacco from Nicaragua and an amazing Ecuadorian sun grown wrapper. The first light gives off billows of blue smoke, slathering the palate with a massive dose of ligero spice. The earthy introduction soon turns sweet as hints of coffee and dark chocolate become apparent and the spice and cedar notes further intensify. A smooth and highly satisfying smoke down to the nub.

1 x Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill  (7” x 48, ●●●●● Full, 96-Rated). Selected by Cigar Aficionado as the 2011 #1 Cigar Of The Year. This cigar is an incredible feat indeed. It has Nicaraguan and Honduran longleaf filler and complimentary Trojes-grown Corojo wrapper crucial to the Prensado’s success. The Corojo which hugs the gently box-pressed vitola has been aged to the color of roasted coffee beans and sparkles with oil while carrying some veining and a touch of tooth. The palate will thrill to discover a deep, earthy flavor punctuated with spice and cedar. Remaining medium-full strength throughout, the smoke will evolve to include the tastes of leather, marzipan, espresso, and dulce de leche.

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