So, I will state that this list is very subjective. It is based on an amalgam of factors such as ratings, sales, popularity and personal preference. Any best cigars list is always open to interpretation, but this is great starting point for people new to the cigar community or for someone looking to try cigars outside of their comfort zone. The Nicaraguan cigar industry has been booming the last decade and is responsible for some of the highest rated cigars we have seen, so narrowing it down to 10 was no easy task. Let us know what you think of our list and comment any additional Nicaraguans you feel should be on the list!

                                                                                                Padron 1926

 One of the most storied brands in the cigar industry Padron is the premium cigar of choice from Nicaragua. Unlike other high end expensive cigars, Padrons sell incredibly well, making it the rare combination of high ratings and high selling rate. The Padron 1926 is aged more than 5 years giving it a smooth yet robust aroma and a zesty, rich profile. It was named the #1 cigar of the year in 2007 and then #2 in 2017. Over a 10 year period, it was still ranked among the best cigars on the market which shows extraordinary consistency. They are available in both a maduro an natural version, which ever you prefer.

                                                                                                Oliva Serie V

 The Oliva Serie V is a combination of smooth luxury with raw power. While most highly rated cigars sit in the medium, maybe medium to full range, the Oliva Serie V is a straight full bodied powerhouse. Similar to the Padron, the Oliva V is known for its consistency, placing in the Top 25 Cigars of the year 3 times over the past decade. Its oily wrapper and aged Nicaraguan filler and binder offer up heavy notes of pepper, cedar and a sweet spice towards the end.

                                                                                    Liga Privada Unico UF 13

 While the Acid line made Drew Estate a household name, it was the Liga Privada line that made them legendary. While the No.9 and the T52 have always ranked high, the UF-13 is one of the fines products not just out of Drew Estate, but out of the whole nation of Nicaragua. The UF13 was reviewed twice by Halfwheel and both times received an almost unprecedented 95 rating. They are bold, yet elegant with rich notes of dark chocolate, espresso and a slight rich sweetness. While we do have them in stock, they are on the more rare side, so make sure to check them out before its too late.

                                                                                    Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder

 To the average cigar smoker, they may have not yet heard of Southern Draw, yet to the aficionado, this brand has become a new favorite. While they have been slowly building up their repertoire over the past few years, the release of the Jacobs Ladder in 2017 sky rocketed them to the top of the charts. It is one of the strongest cigars I have ever smoked, yet each flavor note is balanced and plays a certain role. The Jacobs Ladder was rated the #1 Cigar of the Year by Toasted Foot, #2 by HalfWheels Yearly Consensus, and #4 by Cigar Dojo. That is quite a resume if I do say so myself.

                                                                                              Flor de Las Antilles

 What can we say about the Flor de Las Antilles that hasn't been said time and time again. It is the epitome of the bold and the beautiful. A Solid medium to full bodied with zesty flavor and rich, subtle undertones. Within a few months of its release, it was named #1 Cigar of the Year and was given a 96 rating by Cigar Aficionado. Within a day of this announcement, stores around the country started to sell out. Its combination of quality, flavor, reliability and price has made it among the best-selling Nicaraguans ever since.

                                                                                               Espinosa Laranja

 From the moment he finished this blend, Erik Espinosa knew he had a winner on his hands. The Laranja has become his signature blend, with its unique combination of tobaccos, strange named, and retro color scheme. Its orange zesty stems from its stunning Brazilian wrapper, which is also where we get the name of the cigar. It was released in 2015 and was immediately put on the Top 25 Cigars of the Year list, landing at #13 while receiving a 94 rating. While many highly rated cigars tend to be hard to find, the beauty of the Laranja is its availability.

                                                                                                      Padron 85

 We couldn't make this list without including a Padron Family Reserve. While they are all up there in terms of ratings, we went with the Padron 85 year because it is also one of the best-selling of the Padron line, even with its higher price tag. The Family Reserve line always gets the special treatment from Padron, even more then their general releases. Its age adds an incredibly smoothness to the aroma, while its tobacco blend keeps it flavorful puff after puff. It was named the #4 Cigar of the year in 2012 and has received a 90 rating from halfwheel and a 94 from Cigar Aficionado.

                                                                                              My Father The Judge 

 Like the Jacobs Ladder, the My Father Judge is a relatively new release. However, that hasn't stopped it fro being named to many Best of lists this year. It was intended to be a bolder version of the original My Father line, which was pretty strong already. Although it remains one of the strongest My Father cigars available, it still maintains its signature smoothness and complexity. Among its many accolades in 2017, it was named the #7 Cigar of the Year and was given a 93 rating by Cigar Aficionado.

                                                                                             Roma Craft CroMagnon

 If I asked you which Nicaraguan manufacturer has climbed faster and higher in the past 10 years, everyone would say RoMa Craft. What makes the brand extra special is even though they have grown immensely in terms of popularity and availability, their quality and consistency has been solid from day one. The CroMagnon is amongst their most popular releases, with its dark maduro wrapper adding in rich, bold notes of dark chocolate and a dash of sweet coffee. In a truly underdog moment, RoMa Craft finally received the recognition it deserved with the CroMagnon earning the #15 cigar of the year in 2016 along with a 93 rating.

                                                                                           Warped Maestro del Tiempo

 Kyle Gellis strikes again. Amongst the youngest manufacturers in the industry, Kyle has established himself as a force to be reckoned with. The Warped brand is well known for its traditional Cuban style and intense flavor profiles. The Maestro de Tiempo has become among his most popular releases in terms of ratings and sales. It received an 89 rating from halfwheel and sells out in most brick and mortar stores. We have some in stock, but I wouldn't wait on them.

POSTED ON Feb 28, 2018


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