As we enter 2012 in earnest, the availability of 2011 Cubans are catching up with us; this is normal — cigars hotstamped in 2011 only become widely available for consumption the following year. Therefore, this past whole month has seen me smoking quite a number of 2011 regular production cigars. All brands, a mix of my favourite vitolas, different box codes (but all from 2011).

After my latest cigar from 2011, a Montecristo Edmundo from ABR2011, i came to the conclusion that 2011 will be an excellent year for the Cuban cigar. The last time i was able to enjoy such a wide range of consistency, and “true” blends to classic flavour profiles of brands was 5 years ago in 2007. Back then, it seemed like nearly every stick i picked up was a cracker, clean flavours and very well rolled. It’s not that other years have not had their great sticks, but for me, it’s the consistency that matters.

It might be early days still, but the signs are evident. It’s going to be a wonderful year, a Year of the Cubans.