Think of it like this: the previous awards are individual awards for specific cigars or for cigars within a particular category. But the Cigar of the Year is more like a team award, recognizing a cigar brand and vitola that has performed admirably for me consistently over the last 12 months. The criteria are:
- I’ve smoked at least 15 sticks over the year, not necessarily from the same box or box code
- Easily commercially available
- Been smoked over a variety of situations, environments, matched with different drinks and food
From my notes over the year, the following cigars meet the criteria:
- Ramon Allones Small Club Corona
- HDM Epicure No. 2
- Juan Lopez Seleccion No. 2
- Cohiba Robusto
- Partagas Serie D. No. 4
- Partagas Serie P. No. 2
- Cohiba Siglo 1
- Montecristo No. 2
- Diplomaticos No. 5
- Trinidad Coloniales
- Partagas Shorts
- H. Upmann 46
- H. Upmann 48 LE 2009
- Punch Punch
- Por Larranaga Petit Corona
It was a close contest, with the JL2, HDM Epi 2, PLPC and Monte 2 receiving honorable mentions.
However, the cigar that i’ve chosen as my cigar of the year, has proven itself the most consistent performer of the bunch. Every stick a delight, construction being spot on from boxes with codes from mid 2009, up to mid 2010. Just like James Suckling’s Cigar of the Year, mine was a definite go-to stick whenever i wanted something that i knew would be able to provide the experience and flavours that i was looking for. When i didn’t know what else to smoke, i turned to this cigar, and that in itself is a tremendous endorsement for me.
My Cigar of the Year 2010, is….
The Ramon Allones Small Club Corona!