Paul’s Top 5 Cigars of 2012 Part 1
Well, it’s my turn to enter the discussion as to what were the top 5 cigars released in 2012. This task was made exceedingly difficult by the astonishing number of new cigars, line extensions and limited editions cranked out by the major players as well as the boutique producers that entered the fray in 2012. Some might see it as an exciting time in the business, a renaissance of the “craft” cigar industry if you will. Frankly, I think it’s a bit overwhelming if not just plain ridiculous!
Now as to the extremely scientific, highly analytical method by which I chose this year’s top 5 cigars.
First, I smoked a crap-load of new cigars, then I smoked some more. I continued this process for twelve months and only then did arbitrarily select the following five, simply because I liked them better than the others. Of course it is also possible that I forgot about some of the really great ones because there were just so damned many. I may also have considered value as a determining factor, availability may have played a role as well. Honestly, I don’t really feel the need to explain or justify my choices beyond that.
And here we go in no particular order.
Surrogates Bone Crusher by L’Atelier Imports: has been flying off the shelf in my store, often landing in my hand. This is $7.50 I never regret spending. Loaded with enough rich flavor and just the right amount of spice to balance the strength which it possesses, slow burning, never hot or harsh, the Bone Crusher is a winner every time!
Intemperance Industry ECXVIII by RoMa Craft Tobac: is a masterfully crafted cigar. Don’t let the beautiful, golden Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper fool you. This cigar has a gentle strength that slowly but surely satisfies without overwhelming. Unlike many attempts to pair a light wrapper with fuller bodied blend, the Industry nails it! At only $7.00, this is one of the best values out there. The tobaccos are impeccably fermented and slowly matured and exquisitely blended to bring you about 2 hours of ecstasy! Availability is somewhat scarce due to production limitations but trust me, they are worth finding!
Melanio V by Oliva: (any size but especially Churchill) is another solid release and well worth the $8-$14.00 price that they get for them. These box pressed beauties are fairly full bodied yet smooth with an outstanding aroma. A completely new blend from the original Oliva V so don’t erroneously think that they just pressed the old blend. I can hardly pass by them in the humidor without salivating!
Stay tuned for part two with a couple more picks and some honorable mentions.