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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...

Feb
06
2017

Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana 2017 Football Special Edition

La Flor Dominicana Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano and Connecticut Shade) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic Size: 6 1/2” x 52 x 60 Strength: medium Price: $15.00 Overall Rating: 8.6 Super Bowl LI is over, and once again the Patriots have won it all (despite no one telling the Falcons they were supposed to loose)....

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31
2017

Cigar Review: Fratello Oro “The Boxer”

Fratello Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut) Binder: Cameroon Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic Size: 6 1/4” x 52 Strength: mild-medium to medium Price: $9.50 Overall Rating: 9.2 Omar de Frias introduced his first Connecticut cigar at the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show. Teaming up with the Dominican’s storied La Aurora factory,...

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Dec
15
2016

Cigar Review: Montecristo Pilotico

Altadis USA Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 6 1/2” x 52 Strength: medium Price: $16.90 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 8.7 Last year, Altadis released the Montecristo 80th Anniversary that made use of special Pilotico from Pepe Mendez. This year, in a...

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Nov
18
2016

Cigar Review: Hiram & Solomon Shriner

Hiram & Solomon Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Dominican Republic & Brazil Size: 6” x 52 Strength: medium Price: $11.00 Overall Rating: 9.0 Hiram & Solomon Cigars is a Masonic themed boutique brand that has released some very good cigars. With cigars themed for the Blue Lodge degrees including the...

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Nov
16
2016

Cigar Review: Warped Guardian of the Farm Apollo

Warped Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Nicaragua (Jalapa Corojo 99) Binder: Nicaragua (Corojo 99) Filler: Nicaragua (Corojo 99 & Criollo 98) Size: 6” x 44 Strength: mild-medium to medium Price: $8.00 Overall Rating: 9.1 Warped Cigars has developed a cult following in recent years among avid cigar enthusiasts. With a string of hits like the La Colmena, El...

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