Top 10 NEW Cigars of 2015
The world of premium cigars is vast and at times very confusing, especially today with so many new brands flooding the market. Quality and flavor is at an all-time high, and with the steady growth of the small-batch, and boutique segment, it’s almost tough to find a bad one. Just about every cigar released in 2015 was a winner, and we could have easily picked a top 20 or 30, but in our humble (yet expert) opinions, these were OUR top 10. These cigars are not listed in order of greatness; they are all (in our opinion) of equal quality, with expert artisanship and outstanding flavor. Since taste is very subjective, you have the task of either creating your own list, or rate these according to individual preference -and that my friends is the beauty of this wonderful hobby!
1. Davidoff Winston Churchill Chuchill · 6.87 × 48
Davidoff has once again raised the bar on super-premium smokes with a cigar that is as big and bold as its famous namesake’s persona. A gorgeous Ecuador Habano wrapper snuggles choice aged long fillers from the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Toasted almonds, cream, and smooth caramel flavors, will have your palate come alive with every fragrant puff. Simply put, Davidoff Winston Churchill, the Churchill, is a must-try for true aficionados in search of the finest luxury taste and supreme quality.
2. Perdomo Special Craft Series Stout Gordo · 6 × 60
According to famous cigar maker Nick Perdomo, this is the year of the beer, when it comes to pairing your smokes. To remove all of the guesswork, Nick has created a series of super premiums that blend beautifully with different types of brew. If you love hearty beer and big maduro cigars, the Perdomo Special Craft Series Stout Gordo, is the smoke for you! A rich, and zesty Nicaraguan binder from the Condega Valley, and robust, earthy Cuban-seed Nicaraguan fillers from the Estelí Valley are dressed up with a dark, oily Cuban- seed Nicaraguan Maduro wrapper from the Jalapa Valley. Your favorite Stout, Porter, Brown Ale, Bock, Dunkel, or Imperial Stout never tasted so delicious then when paired with this medium to full bodied beauty.
3. Rocky Patel Fire Torpedo · 6.12 × 52
One of the founding fathers of the now famous boutique market, Rocky Patel has been satisfying smokers with one highly rated cigar after another. With the budget conscious smoker in mind, Rocky created his most powerful cigar to date with the Rocky Patel Fire. This top-quality JR exclusive has a triple-fermented Ecuador Habano wrapper leaf covering the finest aged long-filler tobaccos from Honduras, Nicaragua, and Mexico. Don’t be intimidated be its full-bodied strength, because this is a very refined, well-balanced smoke brimming with lush notes of buttery toast, leather, cinnamon, exotic spice, and sweet molasses.
4. Montecristo White Vintage Connecticut No. 2 Belicoso
Proudly made by Altadis USA, this follow-up to the popular Montecristo White Series shows off a silky-smooth USA-grown 2008 wrapper leaf that conceals a wonderful blending of long fillers from the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Peru. The expertly shaped figurado delivers fragrant and compelling notes of vanilla, hazelnut, and espresso, all accented by a light savory spice. Easygoing, yet highly complex, the No.2 offers the smoker a luxury premium-cigar experience like no other, and the perfect smoke for just about any time of the day.
5. Avo Syncro Nicaragua Short Robusto · 4 × 52
A new Avo brand has crossed the border into Nicaragua for the very first time in their famous career to create the Avo Syncro Nicaragua. Since history is being made, this is also the company’s first box pressed premium cigar. Why the move, you ask? To take advantage of the fertile, volcanic soils of the Ometepe region in Nicaragua – and make a truly special cigar. Joining this rich leaf are additional filler tobaccos from the Dominican Republic and Peru, and a thick Dominican binder. Using only the very best ingredients, this mixture is crowned with a seamless chestnut brown Ecuador Connecticut wrapper.
Upon lighting, this medium to full bodied smoke awakens the palate with spice and pepper notes that soon give way to its core elements of sweet cream, cedar, roasted nuts, and leather. Complex, and beautifully balanced, Syncro Series by Avo is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.
6. Padron Damaso No. 12 · 5 × 50
For the first time ever, fans of mild cigars can enjoy that famous Padron quality and superior taste. Usually known for their powerful Nicaraguan cigars, this new blend comes dressed in a silky, smooth Connecticut-seed wrapper covering a blend of the finest proprietary Nicaraguan binder and filler leaves, exclusively grown on the family farm. Vibrant flavors of pepper and sweet spice work in harmony with a subtle core of cocoa, cream, caramel, and cedar notes to supercharge your palate, while a warm and sweet toasty aroma soothes the soul. Would you expect anything less than perfection from a brand as luxurious as Padron?
7. Quesada Oktoberfest 2015 Das Boots · 6 × 52
Fashioned once a year by cigar legend Manuel Quesada, this Limited Edition, premium, small batch cigar pays homage to the festive fall season. Every release brings a new and delightful blend to the (rolling) table. Made with the imported beer drinker in mind, Quesada Oktoberfest 2015 Das Boots is a hearty smoke with a Dominican Cibao wrapper that is thick, dark, and oily. This beautiful leaf embraces an all-Dominican recipe of well-aged long-filler tobaccos. Medium to full-bodied in strength this expertly crafted 6 x 52 pyramid is teeming with seductive notes of cedar, earth, hay, and dark chocolate. These opulent flavors simply explode on your palate when paired with your favorite brew.
8. Macanudo Estate Reserve Jamaica Belicoso · 6 × 57
After a decade’s long hiatus, Macanudo has returned to its Jamaican roots with the limited edition Macanudo Estate Reserve series cigars. This perfectly crafted stick is fashioned with a private reserve blend of super-aged Jamaican long filler tobaccos, a flavorful binder, and a stunning golden brown Connecticut wrapper that was expertly aged for 10 years. This time-honored beauty is smooth, nutty, savory, mild, and mellow. The mouthwatering flavors and fragrant aroma is a testament as to why this is one of the most beloved cigar brands in the world.
Seasoned aficionados will find the popular Macanudo Estate Reserve Jamaica Belicoso a most flavorful trip down memory lane, while younger smokers will take delight in its extraordinary quality and incomparable taste.
9. Tatuaje Havana VI Nobles-Robusto
Cigar legends Pete Johnson and José “Pepín” Garcia have teamed up once again to create yet another masterpiece! Unlike the potent profile typically associated with this popular brand, the Havana VI Nobles-Robusto is a bit lighter in body. Nonetheless, the distinct flavor and multi-layered complexity will satisfy mellow and full-bodied smokers alike. This medium-bodied premium cigar is hand-rolled in Estelí with Cuban-seed filler tobaccos, a Nicaraguan binder, and a seamless Ecuador Habano wrapper that emanates a deliciously dark and peppery taste. Additional notes of coffee, earth, leather, and sweet spice further compliment this savory blend.
10. Dunhill Heritage Robusto (Box Pressed) · 5 × 50
Attention medium to full-bodied smokers, it’s time to set aside some real estate in your favorite humidor, because for the first time ever, the legendary Dunhill brand has rolled a premium cigar in Honduras!
Hailing from the General Cigar Company’s factory in Danli, the Dunhill Heritage Robusto is a well packed, flawlessly built stick featuring a robust Ecuador Sumatra wrapper, and hearty binder and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras. In the classic Dunhill tradition of excellence, this box pressed beauty delivers alluring flavors of sweet coffee, cocoa, cinnamon, and caramel, with a warm fragrant aroma. Although more stout in stature, Dunhill Heritage is so incredibly smooth and delicious, that even fans of its mild Dominican cousin will find it tantalizingly tasty.