The Finest Cigars of 2017

January 18, 2018

When something exudes as much elegance as premium cigars do, it’s understandable that smokers would passionately seek out the finest cigars released each year. The search for the best-of-the-best is an ambitious quest, one which tobacconists are most likely turned to for guidance in each day. Whether the shopper is a seasoned connoisseur, or an eager smoker looking to jump to the top of the mountain, smokers continually strive to obtain the finest cigar selections available. But with the premium cigar industry seeing countless new releases each year, it’s not always easy to sift out the finest cigars of the bunch. Luckily, we’re here to help!


Since narrowing down just a few of the finest cigars of 2017 was no simple task, we turned to the select few cigars (or 25, to be exact), recognized by the much-admired gurus over at Cigar Aficionado, in the publications annual ‘Top 25 Cigars’ list. If you’re looking for a great smoke, these “buzz” cigars are usually a good place to start. But there’s a few sophisticated offerings within that stood above the rest. So without further ado, here are a handful of the finest cigars of 2017, each of which display ultra-premium characteristics in flavor, construction, and presentation:



Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark:

When considering today’s finest cigar, one should turn to the top-rated champion of 2017. This 97-rated, premium smoke is a modification of the brand’s original Don Carlos cigar. It comes presented  a  unique demi-press shape, and uses a delectable Cameroon wrapper, along with a binder, and quality blend of premium fillers, both from fertile regions of the Dominican Republic. This extraordinary cigar is one of the finest you can experience, will undoubtedly be one of the most enjoyable smoking sessions of your life.


Ashton Symmetry Belicoso:

Also honored by the publication, was this 94-rated collaboration between Ashton and Arturo Fuente. This handmade, premium smoke boasts a perfectly refined Ecuadoran wrapper, and a binder and filler mix of Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos. This exceptional stogie lives up to its namesake with its unparalleled balance, or what the brand has labeled ‘symmetry.’ This is a stellar, medium-to-full bodied smoke, which earns the distinction of being one of 2017’s finest cigars, by achieving what may be a pinnacle in balanced flavor.


Romeo By Romeo y Julieta Aging Room Small Batch F25 Cantaor

When master blender Rafael Nodal collaborated with Altadis U.S.A. to release the first Aging Room Romeo, the seeds were planted for a partnership that would which new heights in 2017. Not only did Nodal’s Boutique Blends join Altadis’ portfolio, but one of the finest cigars of 2017 saw release: the Romeo By Romeo y Julieta Aging Room Small Batch F25 Cantaor. In true boutique fashion, this luxurious gem is strictly made in small quantities, using high-quality, Cuban-seed tobacco from the Dominican Republic’s Cibao Valley. This is by-far one of the year’s finest cigars, and is a true showcase of elegance and sophistication.


Plasencia Alma Fuerte Generacion V:

This cigar physically looks like it’s one of 2017’s finest cigars, screaming top-shelf luxury. The industry’s longtime provider of high-quality tobaccos has been releasing some of the finest smokes on the market under their own distribution label, and the newest Alma here, is no exception. This stunning cigar uses 100% Nicaraguan tobaccos from four of the nation’s best growing regions, and features vintage Criollo ’98 filler tobaccos, a Jalapa Shade Grown wrapper, and comes presented in a special box-pressed Salomon size. These full-flavored gems have received universal acclaim from both critics and smokers alike, earning a distinction as one of finest cigars released in 2017.



So there you have it. Remember— price, a fancy wrapper, or a “swanky” backstory don’t always make for a fine smoke. The finest cigars are usually a fine-tuned combination of critical variables, quality components, and are symbolically filled with culture and spirit. And don’t fret if your favorite cigar wasn’t mentioned here. This was just a top-line list of some of the year’s finest cigars, and is by no means the end-all-be-all on what’s makes a fine cigar. There are still plenty of other exceptional varieties out there, so keep checking back as we continue to highlight some the finest cigars in the industry, all throughout 2018!



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