Paul’s Top 5 Cigars of 2012 Part 2

Paul’s Top 5 Cigars of 2012 Part 2

Paul’s Top 5 Cigars of 2012 Part 2

Well, it looks like I waited too long to finish my top 5 cigars of 2012. Those hacks over at CA stole my “dark-horse” pick and made it their #1 for 2012.

top 5 cigarsFlor De Las Antillas by My Father: (toro) came out early enough this year that I figured most people had forgotten about it so I could slip it into my top five and look like a genius. This soft-pressed, medium-bodied beauty has the My Father pedigree but is vastly different from everything else that they produce. At around $7.30 a stick this is an outrageous bargain! Combine that with exceptionally cool packaging (typical of My Father) and you’ve got a home run!

top 5 cigarsQ D’Etat “Daga” by Manuel Quesada: is the third and final installment of a series. It is also, by far, the best. This sleek, sexy, oily Salamon is a much more refined and elegant smoke than it’s predecessors. Cocoa, tea, nutmeg. joined by autumn leaves and a sweet caramel back-note are among the rich palette  of flavors in this wonderfully complex blend. If you can still find some, snap them up and enjoy them over time as I expect they will age quite nicely.

Well, that makes five, but there are many more I could have easily chosen. Read Anthony’s article for five more solid choices, a couple of which I may have used as well but chose not to repeat.

The best cigar that was supposed to come out in 2012 but didn’t goes to the Spider by Kurt Kendall. I managed to get my hands on a few of these at the IPCPR show and was anxiously awaiting their November release but sadly, it never came . Watch for this limited edition in 2013!

foundryCigar most likely to be mistaken for an alien anal probe goes to the Foundry “Cayley” by General Cigar. This is what happens when one of the worlds largest cigar makers tries to do boutique. Everything about this cigar screams “We’re trying way too hard to be edgy!”. One of my employees said it looks like a “Barbie’s leg”! (Image by

top 5 cigarsI already gave a nod to RoMa Craft Tobac for Intemperance but would also like to mention Aquitaine. I just love what these guys are doing and encourage you all to try everything they make including Cromagnon as well! This is boutique cigar making at a very high level.

top 5 cigarsEdicion De Familia Belicoso Fino by Jesus Fuego:  is one of three sizes in a limited run, filled with earth, leather, spice and  body. An immensely satisfying, complex end of the day smoke that just reeks of well aged tobacco and cigar making mastery. Get them while you still can and don’t be afraid to age them (although they are ready to go right now).

Adios 2012! I have a feeling that 2013 will see the introduction of many more fantastic new smokes so stay tunned to for all the news and reviews!



  1. Craig March 19, 2013 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Where is part 1? I even did a search on “Paul’s top 5” – nothing. How about a link in each part to the other? Comeon – I’m missing out on good stuff here!

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