Illusione Cruzado Cigar
Cigar Review: Illusione Cruzado (2017) Churchill

Over the years, Dion Giolito’s Illusione Cigars has released several cigars bearing the Cruzado name. These cigars variations on the original Illusione core line. Giolito gave the new Cruzado blend an updated look. The Illusione Cruzado is a flavorful medium bodied cigar that is a Nicaraguan puro, making use of a Corojo Rosado wrapper with a mix of Criollo and Corojo filler.

Caldwell Cigars the T
Cigar Review: The T. Toro by Caldwell

Matt Booth, Robert Caldwell and AJ Fernandez are all accomplished cigar makers on their own. Bringing the three of them together is similar to bringing together the 1992 Olympic Basketball “Dream Team,” and the result is definitely a winner. The cigar that comes from this collaboration bears the name The Truth or simply “The T.”, and is truly a great medium bodied cigar coming from AJ Fernandez’s factory in Esteli, Nicaragua.

Top Ten Connecticut Cigars
Toasted Foot's Top Ten Connecticut Cigars

The last few years, many new cigars have been released that have brought new life to the Connecticut shade category of cigars. Instead of simply being mild cigars lacking in flavor that are primarily for novice cigar enthusiasts, these new cigars are complex mild to medium bodied cigars that can be enjoyed by both the novice and the seasoned cigar enthusiast. Many of these new breed of Connecticut cigars are coming from boutique companies that have, until now, been know for fuller bodied cigars.

Southern Draw Jacob\
Cigar Review: Southern Draw Jacob's Ladder Toro

Southern Draw Cigars has been making some great cigars over the past few years, including the Kudzu and Rose of Sharon, but now this veteran owned boutique brand’s newest cigar may be its best. Featuring a Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper from Lancaster County, the Southern Draw Jacobs Ladder pay tribute to owner Robert Holt’s son Jacob, while keeping with the flowering plants theme among the core line of cigars. This full bodied cigar is sure to be one of the company’s most sought after cigars.

Toasted Foot\
Toasted Foot's Top Ten Cigars of 2017

Like last year, this Top Ten is wholly a solo endeavor on my part. These are simply my opinion of what are the best cigars that were reviewed on the site in 2016. Only cigars with published reviews on the site within the last year were eligible to make the list. As always, it’s important to rememberer that this list is entirely subjective, and is based on my own personal palate and preferences.


Cigar Review: Southern Draw Jacob’s Ladder Lancero

Southern Draw Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: USA (Pennsylvania Broadleaf) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6 1/2 x 40 Strength: medium-full to full Price: $9.35 Overall Rating: 9.3 Our 2017 Cigar of the Year, the Southern Draw Jacob’s Ladder, is now available as a lancero! Just like the toro vitola that earned the top spot on our Top Ten...

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Cigar Review: Cornelius & Anthony Ariel Robusto

Cornelius & Anthony Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Connecticut) Binder: USA (undisclosed) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 5” x 50 Strength: mild to medium Price: $9.25 Overall Rating: 9.2 In just two short years, Steven Bailey’s Cornelius & Anthony Cigars has had a string of impressive releases, even making appearances on our Top Ten Cigars of 2016 and...

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Cigar Review: Monte by Montecristo AJ Fernandez Toro

Montecristo / Altadis USA Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano 2000) Binder: Nicaragua (Corojo 98) Filler: Nicaragua (Crillo 98) & Dominican Republic (Piloto Cubano) Size: 6” x 55 Strength: full to very full Price: $10.95 Overall Rating: 9.1 Many people hear the name Montecristo they think of mild Dominican cigars, but over the last several years...

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Cigar Review: My Father La Opulencia Toro

My Father Cigars Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Mexico (Rosado Oscuro) Binder: Nicaragua x2 (Criollo, Corojo) Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6” x 54 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $11.95 Click here to buy it now. Overall Rating: 9.3 The Garcia Family’s My Father Cigars has been making great Nicaraguan cigars for over a decade now, earning some great press and...

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Cigar Review: David P. Ehrlich Tremont Churchill

MLB Cigar Ventures Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Ecuador (Sumatra) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua & Dominican Republic Size: 7” x 47 Strength: medium Price: $10.95 Overall Rating: 9.3 The David P. Ehrlich cigar takes its name from a historic Boston area tobacconist. To create the David P. Ehrlich Tremont Mike Bellody’s MLB Cigar Ventures teamed...

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