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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...

Jul
24
2016

IPCPR 2016 Coverage – First Day In Sin City

It’s that time of year again. The annual IPCPR trade show, this year being held in Vegas. As I did last year, our coverage will be more of in the vein of a travel journal with plenty of news mixed in and my thoughts on some both the new products out there. I flew into Las Vegas, and just happened to be on the same plane as the crew from Stogies World Class...

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Jul
06
2016

Cigar Review: Southern Draw Kudzu Lancero (Pre-Release)

Southern Draw Cigars: Country: Nicaragua Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano Oscuro) Binder: Nicaragua Filler: Nicaragua Size: 6 1/2” x 40 Strength: full Price: $8.99 Overall Rating: 8.8 Southern Draw has been making some great cigars over the past two year, with Southern Draw Kudzu Gordo coming in 4th on our Top Ten Cigars of 2015 List. When owner, Robert Holt announced...

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Jul
04
2016

Cigar Review: Debonaire Belicoso

Debonaire Cigars Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Nicaragua (Habano) Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Dominican Republic & Nicaragua Size: 6” x 54 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $14.50 Overall Rating: 8.5 Debonaire Cigars was founded by Philip Zanghi (originally of Indian Tobac) and Daniel Sinclair. The core line features a Nicaraguan Habano...

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Jul
01
2016

Cigar Review: Schrader MMXIII by Nat Sherman

Nat Sherman International Country: Dominican Republic Wrapper: Dominican Republic Binder: Dominican Republic Filler: Nicaragua, Peru & Dominican Republic Size: 6” x 60 Strength: medium to medium-full Price: $14.00 Overall Rating: 9.3 Nappa winemaker Fred Schrader has partnered with Nat Sherman International to create a second Schrader “Sparky”...

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Jun
14
2016

Cigar Contest: Holt’s Cigar Company Father’s Day La Aroma/San Cristobal Sampler Contest

Holt’s Cigar Company has teamed up with us to bring you an excellent Father’s Day Cigar Contest. We’ll be giving away a La Aroma de Cuba/San Cristobal ’92-95’ Rated Sampler courtesy of our friends at Holt’s Cigar Company. I love smoking cigars with my old man. (I call him that mainly because he called his dad that, and I know it drives him nuts when I call him...

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