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Old 12-18-2017, 10:59 AM   #1
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Let the Reindeer games begin! Here's 10, 9 and 8...

#10 • 2017 • Villiger La Flor de Ynclan Robusto
Rank: 10

Made By: ABAM Cigars S.R.L.

Factory Location: Dom. Rep.

Wrapper: Ecuador

Binder: Indonesia

Filler: Nicaragua, Dom. Rep.

Dimensions: 5" By 50 Ring Gauge

Price: $11.00

Rating: 93


#9 • 2017 • Plasencia Alma Fuerte Generacion V
Rank: 9

Made By: Plasencia Cigars S.A.

Factory Location: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Dimensions: 7" By 58 Ring Gauge

Price: $22.00

Rating: 93


#8 • 2017 • Guardian Of The Farm Apollo Selección de Warped
Rank: 8

Made By: Tabacos Valle De Jalapa S.A. (TABSA)

Factory Location: Nicaragua

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Filler: Nicaragua

Dimensions: 6" By 44 Ring Gauge

Price: $8.00

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Old 12-18-2017, 06:45 PM   #2
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Default Re: Cigar Aficionado Top 10 (of 25) of 2017 Countdown..

I'm 0 f0r 3 so far.
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Old 12-19-2017, 11:04 AM   #3
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#7 • 2017 • My Father The Judge Grand Robusto

Rank: 7

Made By: My Father Cigars S.A.

Factory Location: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Ecuador

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Dimensions: 5" By 60 Ring Gauge

#6 • 2017 • Ashton Symmetry Belicoso

Rank: 6

Made By: Tabacalera A. Fuente Y Cia.

Factory Location: Dom. Rep.

Wrapper: Ecuador

Binder: Dom. Rep.

Filler: Nicaragua, Dom. Rep.

Dimensions: 5 1/4" By 52 Ring Gauge

Price: $12.25

Rating: 94

#5 • 2017 • Alec Bradley Tempus Natural Centuria

Rank: 5

Made By: Fabrica De Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. De R.L.

Factory Location: Honduras

Wrapper: Honduras

Binder: Honduras, Indonesia

Filler: Nicaragua, Honduras

Dimensions: 7" By 49 Ring Gauge

Price: $8.55

Rating: 94
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Old 12-19-2017, 03:26 PM   #4
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Old 12-19-2017, 06:10 PM   #5
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Wow! Someone must be ponying up some serious coin to make these cigars in the top 25, much less the top 10.
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Old 12-19-2017, 06:25 PM   #6
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#5 sounds like a tent peg. Like all the Alec Bradley offerings.
The all Nicaraguan offerings sound decent. I don't know, I haven't tried them.
I will say that a $22 Nicaraguan cigar is just, well, silly.
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Old 12-19-2017, 09:47 PM   #7
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The Warped cigar sounds interesting as I like some of the Warped cigars. But I'll pass on the rest so far.
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Old 12-20-2017, 12:54 PM   #8
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Numbers 4,3 and 2....

#4 • 2017 • Bolivar Belicoso Fino
Rank: 4

Made By: Habanos S.A.

Factory Location: Cuba

Wrapper: Cuba

Binder: Cuba

Filler: Cuba

Dimensions: 5 1/2" By 52 Ring Gauge

Price: £21.60

Rating: 94

#3 • 2017 • Oliva Serie V Belicoso
Rank: 3

Made By: Tabacalera Oliva S.A.

Factory Location: Nicaragua

Wrapper: Nicaragua

Binder: Nicaragua

Filler: Nicaragua

Dimensions: 5" By 54 Ring Gauge

Price: $8.36

Rating: 95

#2 • 2017 • Padrón Serie 1926 No. 2 (Natural)
Rank: 2

Made By: Tabacos Cubanica S.A.

Factory Location: Nicaragua

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Dimensions: 5 1/2" By 52 Ring Gauge

Price: $17.70

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4, 3, and 2.
But I'd like a maduro in the Padron.
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Old 12-20-2017, 02:04 PM   #10
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The Warped cigar sounds interesting as I like some of the Warped cigars. But I'll pass on the rest so far.
I’ve had a different size in the Guardian family. It was a good cigar, not unlike the Casa Fernandez Aganorsa leaf cigars. I recently got CF cigars on Cbid for $3 each, so...
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Flip #2-4 and I'd be happy. Smoked through most of a slb of the '17 BBFs, they are freaking great. I've had the Oliva V, and that's a good cigar as well. And I'm a fan of the 1926 Natties, I just prefer the vitolas with a smaller RG. But at least we're rocking compared to #5-10.
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Nothing bigger than a 60 rg ??? Bah!
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Not sure if everyone wants to play the waiting game, but the full list is available already if people are interested.
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4, 3, and 2.
But I'd like a maduro in the Padron.
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#1 • 2017 • Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark

Occasionally, a cigar comes along that is unique in every way—interesting blend, innovative shape, intriguing story—and, at the same time, can still maintain the classic standards of excellence. This is the case with the Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Shark, Cigar Aficionado’s 2017 Cigar of the Year.

The blend is based on the original Don Carlos cigar (which was released in 1976), but altered a bit for this particular release. If you want to know exactly what makes the Eye of the Shark different from the regular Don Carlos line, you’re going to have to use your imagination. The Fuentes are quite guarded as to the particulars of the blend. It’s enough to know that the wrapper is from Cameroon and the interior tobaccos are well aged and grown in the Dominican Republic, which is the basic recipe for most Don Carlos cigars.

One puff of the Eye of the Shark, however, and you’ll know you’re smoking an elevated blend—something comfortingly familiar to many Fuente fans, but with a slight twist. People who are familiar with brand owner (and now, company patriarch) Carlos Fuente Jr. know that he blends instinctively rather than by strict formula, especially when creating unorthodox cigars like this one.

The shape adds to the intrigue. Eye of the Shark is neither box-pressed nor conventional. Rather, the bottom half is pressed and the upper half tapers into a regular, rounded belicoso—a demi-press. Fuente has used the shape before, so as quirky as it may seem, it’s recurred in other lines, but only in limited quantities. As for why it’s called the Eye of the Shark, it’s most likely due to the overall form. If you look at the cigar horizontally, it resembles the body of great white shark.

Once the four corners of the box-pressed foot are fully lit, the Shark begins to express itself immediately. In addition to the range of baking spices and citrus notes found in most Don Carlos cigars, each puff communicates additional layers of complexity, kind of like a bonus track to a favorite album or an unexpected epilogue at the end of a classic novel. More intonations of nuts and leather unfold before a warm, lingering finish of cedar and cider. Simply put: we did not want this cigar to end.

In 2016, Fuente’s father, Carlos Fuente Sr., passed away. He was the Don Carlos, and active with the company until the very end. You’ll find the words “The Man’s 80th” printed lovingly on the side and on the lid of each bright red box. Eye of the Shark was released in 2016 as a tribute to Sr. and his contributions over the years to the cigar world. The Eye of the Shark is Cigar Aficionado’s No. 1 cigar of 2017. Sadly, Sr. is not here to see or receive the accolade, but his spirit is definitely alive in the smoke.

Rank: 1

Made By: Tabacalera A. Fuente Y Cia.

Factory Location: Dom. Rep.

Wrapper: Cameroon

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Filler: Dom. Rep.

Dimensions: 5 3/4" By 52 Ring Gauge

Price: $12.25

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Anybody see any gems in the Best Buys ratings? The AF short story is great but I was wondering if there are any fans of the others listed. The Joya looks good.
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