What Is The Cigar Aficionado's 2013 Cigar of the Year?Cigar Aficionado’s (CA) 2013 Cigar of the Year is one of Altadis USA’s centerpieces and is considered by CA to be one of the best torpedo's in recent years. The two runner ups include a little known brand that uses Indonesian tobaccos and an iconic brand that landed on the list with a Nicaraguan puro. These three stogies represent the cream of the crop in the world of tobacco, each scoring high marks for flavor, construction, performance and concept.

Davidoff’s Nicaraguan Toro came in third, a stogie that has reignited Davidoff and put it back in the winner’s circle. Around since the early 1990s, Davidoff turned heads when it moved into making Nicaraguan tobacco. Instead of moving into Nicaragua, though, the company started importing Nicaraguan tobacco to its Dominican Republic factory, considered a strange maneuver at the time. It appears to have paid off, however, because this full bodied smoke produces an incredible mix of cream, earth, sweet, spice and floral notes.

The second place stogie comes from an unfamiliar brand to many aficionados. The Aging Room Quattro F55 Concerto is wrapped with Indonesian Sumatran tobaccos that are grown on the island of Sumatra, something that is uncommon for most stogie companies. According to the stogie’s makers, Rafael Nodal and Jochi Blanco, this stick came together after they discovered the tobacco just lying around in a German warehouse. There is skepticism on whether or not that story is true, but there is little doubt that this smoke’s blend of earth, coffee, spice and chocolate flavors makes it a top choice among enthusiasts.

CA’s 2013 cigar of the year is the Montecristo No. 2, a torpedo made at the famous H. Upmann Factory. It is an iconic torpedo, measured at 6 x 52 and made out of Cuban tobaccos. The name is derived from the Count of Monte Cristo, a classic piece of literature.

The Montecristo No. 2 is medium brown in color and has an oily feel and sheen. There is some veining present and has a slightly stretched appearance, but is firm and well-packed. The cold draw produces a mix of cocoa, cream, wood, hay and coffee flavors. Once lit, reviewers note a strong combination of cocoa and coffee rears up, with some wood, nuts, toast, earth and spice notes filling out the background. The first-third is highly complex and develops in several ways.

The second-third is similar to the first, with cream, coffee, hay, cocoa, leather and nutty flavors. In the final third, all of the same flavors are still present, with toast, wood and spice also thrown together. In all, reviewers said that it’s an incredibly dense smoke in terms of flavor and performs extremely well. There are no problems with the burn or draw, allowing the flavors to shine. Many reviewers believe it is even better when allowed to age, some even allowing the smokes to sit four years before lighting them up.

The Montecristo No. 2 is a medium bodied smoke and is not just CA’s 2013 cigar of the year. It received CA’s highest rating ever for a blind taste test with a 96. Few stogies are able to eclipse the 90 point threshold, so it’s clear that the Montecristo No. 2 is an all-time great.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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