My list of top cigars from 2018

I wasn’t going to do this, but Robert Holt said I had to, so here goes.

In no particuar order (except for the first three, which are all equally exceptional).

Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust – Sim Compromiso Intrepido

Southern Draw –  Cedrus Hogan

Mombacho –  Casa Favilli Robusto

Unfortunately, all three seem to be in short supply (I think it’s because they fly off the shelves), but given access, any of these three will absolutely make my night, especially when paired with a good drink, whatever you choose.

As for the rest of the list, all impressed me and all are solid additions to anyone’s humidor.

In no particular order:

Crowned Heads – CHC XVIII Robusto

Matt Booth, AJ Fernandez, Robert Caldwell – The T Maduro Robusto

Joya de Nicaragua – Cinco Decadas Pyramide

Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust – Todos las Dias Wide Lonsdale Extra Fuerte

Mombacho – Cosecha 2013

AJ Fernandez – Ramon Allonez Torpedo

Room 101 – Farce Lonsdale

Black Label Trading Company – Deliverance

Island Jim – Leaf by James

Placencia – 146 Robusto

EPC  – Encore Toro

Rocky Patel – Liberation by Hamlet Parades

Roma Craft – Weaselito

AH Fernandez – Enclave Broadleaf

Also worth mentioning is the Southern Draw 300 Hands/300 Manos project. The cigars by themselves are outstanding, and the concept of stories from the workers from field to factory is a stroke of genius.

I may have missed a few since I’m still not finished with all the IPCPR samples, but you can’t go wrong with any of the above.

*Reviews on most of the cigars listed are on this blog page or in the Cigar Reviews section on

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