When picking the best cigars of 2012, it depends on what criteria one is looking for as to which ones make the list. For this particular list, those that are named are the ones that are on the favorites list of most of the prominent websites online. These are the sticks that sell the most and that have received the most favorable reviews and ratings by those that offered them.

It seems that throughout the first half of this year, the biggest thing that each of these top sellers have in common is the Maduro wrapper. This is a partial list of some of the biggest sellers, which includes but is not limited to:

Romeo y Julieta Vintage

Romeo y Julieta 1875 Reserve

Oliva Serie O Maduro

• Romeo y Julieta Vintage

Partagas Serie S

The maduro wrapper seems to be the biggest common denominator between all of the best cigars of 2012. The first thing that would be pertinent would be to explain what the word Maduro means in Spanish. It means “ripe.” Many people often have the misconception that this wrapper automatically means that the tobacco product is strong, and that is simply not the case.

Another common misconception about the maduro wrapper is that because it is aged, it is quite strong. The opposite is actually true. The longer a tobacco leaf remains in the fermentation stage, the darker it gets but the milder in strength it becomes.

The best cigars of 2012 also win out because they are sweet. This flavor profile seems to reign supreme with aficionados this year. This particular type of wrapper receives a lot of sunlight, and the more light it receives the more sugar and oil the leaf possesses, and this accounts for the sweetness of the smokes that are wrapped in them. Even though the top two thirds of the leaves are used for these wrappers, it is also possible to get a spicy pepper taste if the leaf is cured correctly.

What is true is that the best cigars of 2012 and every year are those that are hand rolled and made with quality tobacco. This is something that the top rated smokes each year all have in common. The craftsmanship that is dedicated to producing a quality stick comes through, and these are usually the offerings that the general public choose to continue to buy.

Of course, there are other variables that can be used to determine the best cigars of 2012. Each site has a different way of deciding which makes the cut and which ones do not. However, it would be safe to say that those that have the highest sales volume are usually going to be the ones that are rated the highest. Another way that sites generate ratings for various smokes is through the ratings that are given by the individuals who smoke them and then offer their review along with a ranking. These numbers are averaged together to get the one solid ranking for each one.

POSTED ON Oct 14, 2017


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