The highly anticipated Cigar Aficionado Top 25 Cigars list of 2017 reveals are underway. We'll announce them here according to their schedule.

Monday, December 18: Cigars No. 10, 9 and 8
Tuesday, December 19: Cigars No. 7, 6 and 5
Wednesday, December 20: Cigars No. 4, 3 and 2
Thursday, December 21: The Cigar of the Year
Friday, December 22: Cigars No. 11 through 25
January 10, 2018: The Best Bargain Cigars of 2017


#1 Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark

The Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark is Cigar Aficionado’s 2017 Cigar of the Year. This spectacular premium blend is a take on the original Don Carlos blend released in the 1970’s. Although the Fuente family is keeping the specifics a secret, it has been released that the Shark features a gorgeous Cameroon wrapper and a core of vintage tobaccos harvested from the Dominican Republic. The Shark melds innovative styles with classic cigar standards to create an unparalleled smoking experience. Demi-pressed to perfection, connoisseurs will be mesmerized by the box-pressed bottom, which tapers into a rounded Belicoso. Citrus zest, graham cracker, baker’s spice and vintage leather notes will envelop the taste buds. The Eye of the Shark is a glorious, premium tribute to Carlos Fuente Sr., who passed away earlier this year. 


#2 Padron Serie 1926 No. 2 (Natural)

This year, Padron Serie 1926 No. 2 makes another appearance in second place on Cigar Aficionado Magazine’s Top Cigars of the Year list. The opulent Nicaraguan puro is named after the birth year of the company’s founder, Jose Orlando Padron, who passed away in early December. Although it features a potent full strength, connoisseurs will be delighted by the perfect balance of flavors and textures, which do not overwhelm the palate. Elegant and sophisticated from the core to the pristine wrapper, there is no question as to why Padron Serie 1926 No. 2 is on this distinguished list. True cigar aficionados need Padron Serie 1926 No. 2 in their repertoire.  


#3 Oliva Serie V Belicoso

With the recent passing of legendary cigar master, Gilberto F. Oliva Sr., it seems quite fitting that one of his most renowned creations, Oliva Serie V Belicoso, was named third Top Cigar of the Year. Oliva Serie V is expertly hand-crafted at the famed Tabacalera Oliva S.A. in Nicaragua and features a gorgeous, sun-kissed Habano wrapper. The sweet, aromatic Jalapa Valley Ligero filler tobaccos add silky-smooth textures to this decadent masterpiece. Full in strength and flavor, Oliva Serie V Belicoso will be a treasured addition to any humidor it is showcased in.


#4 Bolivar Belicoso Fino

Hailing from Cuba, Bolivar Belicoso Fino takes the fourth spot on Cigar Aficionado Magazine’s prestigious list. Bolivar may not be the first Cuban brand that comes to mind, but it has a long and storied history, as well as a loyal following of full-bodied cigar enthusiasts. The Belicoso Fino flaunts pristine craftsmanship and an eye-catching tapered shape. Cigar connoisseurs will have their palates flooded with rich notes graham cracker, dried fruit, savory spice, cedar and pronounced earthy undercurrents. This hard to find smoke will leave mouths watering and fiending for more.


#5 Alec Bradley Tempus Natural Centuria

Seasoned aficionados equate the name Alec Bradley with mellower bodied premium smokes. The Alec Bradley Tempus Natural Centuria will change that stigma and the palates of any connoisseur who experiences the full bodied smoke. Owner, Alan Rubin fittingly named the cigar Tempus, which translates to time from Latin, since it took ten patient years to craft. Rubin spent most of that time focusing on furnishing the smoke with the perfect wrapper, which was eventually found in the Trojes growing region of Honduras. Tempus features the finest Honduran and Indonesian binder leaves and a decadent Nicaraguan and Honduran blended filler. Aficionados need to try the slimmer Centuria format, as it enables the wrapper to full accentuate its complex, well-balanced flavors.


#6 Ashton Symmetry Belicoso

Ashton Symmetry Belicoso is composed with the finest premium tobaccos at the renowned Tabacalera A. Fuente Y Cia Factory in the Dominican Republic. Once aficionados experience the first luxurious draw, they will understand why the name Symmetry is so fitting for this masterpiece. The immaculate construction enables the rich flavors and textures from the multi-national blend to envelop the palate. Symmetry is also the first Ashton cigar to feature Nicaraguan tobaccos, which is blended with Dominican leaves for the filler. A gorgeous, hand-selected Ecuadorian wrapper cloaks the smoke with an oily, zesty layer of flavor. Perfectly balanced and the epitome of luxury, Ashton Symmetry Belicoso is a humidor essential that aficionados can order online today!


#7 My Father The Judge Grand Robusto

Released in 2016, My Father The Judge Grand Robusto is a bold smoke not intended for the faint of heart. This box-pressed beauty made the list for its ability to saturate the palate with bold flavors, without being overwhelming or harsh. Short and stout, the Grand Robusto is composed with top-quality premium tobaccos, including a Nicaraguan Corojo and Criollo double binder. The Judge is flawlessly hand-rolled with filler tobaccos harvested from the legendary Garcia family farms and crowned with a zesty Ecuadorian Sumatra-seed wrapper. Aficionados can expect peppery spice, vintage leather, citrus, toasted nuts and dried fruit flavors to mesmerize their taste buds from the first crisp draw until the last. The verdict is out on The Judge and it is a dazzling smoke that needs to be experienced!


#8 Guardian of the Farm Apollo Seleccion de Warped

Aficionados need to experience the new and improved La Flor de Ynclan Robusto by Villiger Cigars. Owner Heinrich Villiger entrusted the overhaul of this premium blend to cigar master Jose Matias Maragoto and the result is nothing less than spectacular. Unlike the first release of this smoke, this luxurious iteration made the top ten for its refined flavor profile and flawless construction. Sophisticated notes of bitter-sweet chocolate, toasted nuts, espresso and citrus zest will envelop the taste buds from the first puff down to the nub. The finest premium tobaccos from four different countries and hand-selected for the best quality and expertly hand-rolled in this decadent 5 x 50 format. Cigar connoisseurs need to get their hands on this one-of-a-kind smoke!


#9 Plasencia Alma Fuerte Generacion V

The Plasencia Alma Fuerte Generacion V is a gorgeous tapered Figurado, which radiates with a superb flavor profile, complements of the premium tobaccos. Seasoned aficionados are familiar with the Plasencia name due to the family’s reputation for crafting exquisite cigars for other companies. The father and son duo flaunt their tobacco blending prowess by using the best vintage seeds from their special collection and cultivated the seedlings in Nicaragua’s four distinct growing regions. This full-bodied, slow-burning beauty lives up to its name, which translates to “strong soul.” Cigar connoisseurs will want to showcase this critically acclaimed and highly prized smoke in their humidors.


#10 Villiger La Flor de Ynclan Robsuto

Aficionados need to experience the new and improved La Flor de Ynclan Robusto by Villiger Cigars. Owner Heinrich Villiger entrusted the overhaul of this premium blend to cigar master Jose Matias Maragoto and the result is nothing less than spectacular. Unlike the first release of this smoke, this luxurious iteration made the top ten for its refined flavor profile and flawless construction. Sophisticated notes of bitter-sweet chocolate, toasted nuts, espresso and citrus zest will envelop the taste buds from the first puff down to the nub. The finest premium tobaccos from four different countries and hand-selected for the best quality and expertly hand-rolled in this decadent 5 x 50 format. Cigar connoisseurs need to get their hands on this one-of-a-kind smoke!

POSTED ON Dec 18, 2017

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