Every year, as we approach the end of December, we know that Santa is not coming empty handed. In his wake we will get the list of the cigar aficionado Best Cigar of the Year winners. This year the best cigar from Nicaragua is the one and only Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro. Last year it was the My Father Le Bijou and the year before it was Oliva V Melanio. NOW, you can get all these plus the winners from the two previous years in one great package: The Cigar Aficionado Best of The Year Cigar Sampler includes these top cigars for you to try and compare at a great discount.
Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado (6 1/2 x 52) One look at the sharply pressed corners and carefully curved head and foot of the Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado tells you this is no ordinary cigar. The Nicaraguan smoke represents the pinnacle of achievement for Oliva Cigar Co. The Oliva Cigar story began in the late 1800s, when Melanio Oliva started growing cigar tobacco in Cuba. His heirs carried on the family tradition in the fields, but it was his grandson Gilberto Oliva Sr. who began making cigars.
Aging Room Quattro F55 Maestro (6 x 52) Aging Room Quattro F55 cigars are box pressed small-batch cigars sporting an obscure Sumatra wrapper aged nine years. This vitola is the smaller of the Quattro collection. Expect full-bodied robust flavors orchestrated by this particular wrapper. Here is a rich and meaty smoke with earthy notes, some pepper, cream and a sweet caramel finish worthy of an ovation.
Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Toro (6 1/2 x 52) Cigar Aficionado said, "More than 10 years ago Rocky Patel put out a line called the Rocky Patel Sun Grown. Since then, it’s become one of his staple brands, but it wasn’t until last year that he decided to create a maduro version. This new interpretation was dubbed the Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro, and the Robusto is a great representation of the full-bodied blends coming out of Nicaragua today.
Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill (7 x 48) World Number One cigar for 2011, the Prensado Churchill from Alec Bradley was built around a new wrapper, the Corojo dos mil, seis (Corojo 2006). The wrapper was grown in late 2006 on the farm in Trojes Honduras and was in fermentation and aging through mid 2008. The Corojo 2006 possesses an abundance of strength and natural sweetness as well as adding a tremendous amount of complexity to the blend. In addition, the cigar has a beautiful reddish brown "cubanesque" look and feel. Prensado is Alec Bradley’s first traditional pressed line of cigars and the most full bodied blend to date.
My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo (6 1/8 x 52) French for "the Jewel", Le Bijou is a rich, full-bodied release from Pepin Garcia and surely will not disappoint. My Father 1922 Le Bijou cigars are handmade in Nicaragua. Featuring an Ecuadorian-grown Habano Oscuro wrapper and a potent mix of Nicaraguan long-fillers, Le Bijou 1922 exudes a robust array of flavors delivered in a remarkably agreeable fashion. Three caps are applied to the head of this cigar in true Cuban fashion. Complex, rewarding and pleasurable - Pepin’s new gem. The cigars have an all-Nicaraguan long filler blend that has been patiently aged to perfection, bringing an exceedingly elegant smoke to the palate. Le Bijou lives up to its billing!
Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado 6 1/2 x 52
Aging Room Quattro F55 Maestro 6 x 52
Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro Toro 6 1/2 x 52
Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill 7 x 48
My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo 6 1/8 x 52