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Top Ten Cigars of 2016
Toasted Foot's Top Ten Cigars of 2016



Once again, it’s the time of the year when lists of all kinds appear, and amount them is our annual Top Ten Cigars list. It has been a very interesting year for the cigar industry. The FDA regulations seem to loom large over everything. Many new cigars were released this year, owing a lot to manufacturers trying to meet deadlines, and so there was an unusually high number of impressive releases this year. This made putting together this year’s Top Ten List harder to put together than in years past...

Top Ten Cigars of 2016 - Honorable Mention List
Toasted Foot's Top Ten Cigars of 2016 - Honorable Mention List



So many great cigars were released this year, and unfortunately not all of them can make our Top Ten List, but are nonetheless stand out enough to be acknowledged and shared with our readers. Our annual Honorable Mentions list serves as a place to tip our hat to the cigars that were in the running for the Top Ten, but did not quite make the cut for one reason or another.

Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua
Cigar Review: Viaje Exclusivo Nicaragua



The Viaje Exclusivo began life as a personal blend for brand owner Andre Farkas, but since 2009 has become a staple in the Viaje line, with all kind of various sizes being released over the years. Now the Viaje Exclusivo gets a new Nicaraguan puro, manufactured at Casa Fernandez’s TABSA factory in Nicaragua, which sets it apart from the original line which is made in Honduras. This new medium-full to full bodied addition to the Viaje Exclusivo line surpasses its original version, and sure to become a favorite of Viaje fans.

Andalino by JRE Tobacco
Cigar Review: Andalino by JRE Tobacco


Julio R. Eiroa (father of Christian) released several new cigars at this year’s IPCPR, but the one that really stands out is the Aladino. Julio is also a legend in the tobacco industry, having grown tobacco in Honduras since 1963 and being famous for his original Corojo tobacco that formed the basis for Camacho’s success. With JRE Tobacco, it is being called a “crop to shop” operation, with every step in the process from farming, production and distribution being controlled by JRE Tobacco.

Caldwell Eastern Standard Midnight Express
Cigar Review: Caldwell Eastern Standard Midnight Express



Once again, the Caldwell Cigar Company booth was one of the busiest at the IPCPR. It’s a testament to Robert Caldwell and the following that his cigars have gained over the past few years. One of the new cigar from Caldwell that keeps coming up in conversation is the Eastern Standard Midnight Express. (Mostly because my friend Lauren won’t shut up about it.) While not a standard “maduro version” of the Eastern Standard, since it is it’s own unique blend...

Dec
17
2016

Cigar Review: Padrón 1926 Serie No. 90 Maduro

Padron Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Maduro) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5 1/2” x 52 Strength: full Price: $19.50 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.1 To celebrate the 90th birthday of José Orlando Padrón, there are two new releases this year from Padrón Cigars, the 1926 Serie No. 90 with both Natural and Maduro wrappers....

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Dec
13
2016

Cigar Review: Serino Royale Maduro XX

Serino Cigar Co.  Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000 Maduro Oscuro) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium-full Price: $10.50 Overall Rating: 9.1 The Serino Royale Maduro XX, though from a brand that is new, is technically a  20th Anniversary cigar, due to the fact it is owned by people behind APS Distributors, which...

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Dec
05
2016

Cigar Review: Protocol Lancero from Cubariqueño Cigar Company

Cubariqueño Cigar Company Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Oscuro) Binder: Nicaragua (Habano) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 7 1/2” x 38 Strength: full Price: $10.50 Overall Rating: 9.2 When Juan Cancel and Bill Ive’s Cubariqueño Cigar Company launched with the Protocol it was one of the surprises of last year’s trade show. This year the boutique brand adds...

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Nov
25
2016

Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull

La Flor Dominicana Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Corojo) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 6 1/2” x 52/64 Strength: full Price: $15.00 Overall Rating: 9.0 Paying tribute to the cattle breed that is used in bullfighting that is popular in the Andalusian region of Southern Spain, the La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull is...

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Nov
23
2016

Cigar Review: Viaje Zombie Farmer Bill Hatchet (2016)

Viaje Cigar Company Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Undisclosed Binder: Undisclosed Filler: Undisclosed Size: 5 1/4” x 54 Strength: medium Price: $11.00 Overall Rating: 6.9 It’s that time of year when Viaje releases it’s Thanksgiving themed cigars. This year the company is releasing a different take on the Farmer Bill Hatchet with a zombie story behind...

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