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Cigar Aficionado CA's Top 25 Cigars - 10 Cigar Sampler

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Cigar Aficionados Top 25 list has become one of the highlights of the cigar calendar, and is always much anticipated by those excited to get hold of as many of the 25 selections as they can.  With this sampler you get a selection of 10 cigars from Cigar Aficionados Top 25 Cigars list, which is announced  every year in December. What we're going to do this year is keep this sampler fluid, meaning the exact cigars included will vary, based on currently availability, but you'll get one each of 10 cigars from the Top 25 list over the last few years. 

These are the best-of-the-best as picked by the selectors at Cigar Aficionado.  Enjoy these terrific cigars!

Country of Origin : Dominican Republic
Cigar length: Various Ring Gauge: Various Size: Various Strength: Mild-Full

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Cigar Aficionado magazine rolled out its first issue in the fall of 1992 when it was launched in New York City by Marvin Shanken, the longtime publisher of Wine Spectator Magazine. Shanken launched the puiblication as a large format glossy magazine targeting a higher end reader and advertisers of products targeted that demographic.

Cigar Aficionado started as a lifestyle magazine, including coverage of fine wines and spirits, as well as travel, gambling, and antiques, plus in-depth interviews with leading personalities in the cigar world and articles about the cigar industry itself. The current format of the magazine is a blend of luxury lifestyle reports and cigar ratings and stories. It has been widely credited with contributing significantly to resurgent 1990s cigar boom.

Cigar Aficionado's Annual Top 25 Cigars List

"It’s one thing to make a good cigar. It’s something else to make a great cigar. But it’s something else entirely to make a great cigar over and over again. And that kind of consistency is precisely what is required to make Cigar Aficionado’s list of Top 25 cigars.

The process is neither pageant nor popularity contest. Rather, it’s best characterized as a tournament, as the highest-scoring cigars of 2015 are pitted against one another and required to perform at the same high level repeatedly.

To establish candidates, we first looked back upon the 744 cigars we reviewed in the pages of Cigar Aficionado and Cigar Insider in a calendar year. We mined the list for cigars that earned 91 points or higher, our minimal criteria for entry. Then, we examined the list of potential candidates and eliminated duplicates, keeping the highest-scoring cigars for each brand. We also disqualified any cigars that are no longer on the market, or those that were made in such small quantities that they were no longer available. Once the candidate cigars were in place, the smoking began.

Like every year, our tasting coordinator purchased the cigars at retail, stripped them of their bands, replaced them with generic number-coded labels and passed them out to a panel of senior tasters. This blind tasting process is the same method used during normal Cigar Aficionado evaluations during the year, only the competition for Top 25 is much fiercer—all the cigars vying for placement are excellent.

After smoking through a cadre of very impressive cigars, only the best were able to make it through elimination. It’s a long, exacting process, and one that requires our panel of tasters to scrutinize every dimension of the cigar, from combustion and complexity to structure and resonance.

The Top 25 list here is the result of our analysis and a report of our findings. While styles range from subtle to bold, all 25 of these cigars consistently showed excellence in their own unique way, and every last one is worth a smoke."

- Cigar Aficionado


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