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Friday, 23 November 2007

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top 25 overlooked cigars
The top 25 overlooked cigars as the editor of Top25Cigar sees them.

Most familiar to the cigar industry understand the role marketing plays in getting a cigar lover to buy that cigar on the tobacconist’s shelf. I fall for it as well…add a second band, slap the word “Anniversary” on it, and my eyes seem to gravitate like Pam Anderson to bad husbands. But where are those good cigars that aren’t getting the “hype” or “buzz”?

Personally enjoying cigars, editing Top25Cigar and its database of almost 40,000 public cigar reviews, along with moderating and participating in Club Stogie have given me a unique perspective of the publics’ view of cigars. So while Top25Cigar is primarily about the public’s view of cigars, we’ll stray from that for this article and sprinkle in my completely irrelevant opinions. Since this is the 10 year anniversary of Top25Cigar and Club Stogie, below is a list of 25 cigars I find consistent, enjoyable, reasonably priced and most importantly…flying under the radar.

Cigars I ruled out: Remember this list is not just about great cigars; it’s about great cigars that are not getting the buzz of some of the more common or heavily marketed brands. Obviously the previous sentence precludes many popular cigars, and from a “hype” perspective…most Cubans.

If for some reason you find yourself violently disagreeing with this list to the point that you feel you must take some action, please click here first!

Paul Shoberg – Editor Top25Cigar

The Top 5

5. Punch Gran Puro Sierra

This all Honduran puro is a great example of a stunning medium bodied cigar.  Some may claim it is on the stronger side of medium, but I think it is lighter, either way you’ll enjoy it.  Fantastic construction with a perfect white/grey ash makes this beautiful to smoke as well.

4. Juan Lopez Selection No. 2

This grassy Cuban never gets the adulation reserved for the “big time” Cuban robustos.  Often overlooked, the reasonably priced Selection No. 2 contains a rich collection of tobaccos from the Vuelta Abajo region of Cuba.  Quiet and unassuming in its bandless state, the Juan Lopez Selection No. 2 is not to be overlooked.

3. El Rey Del Mundo Robusto Larga

You could almost put this whole series in here, but there is something special about the larger ring gauge smokes in the line.  Ecuadorian wrapped with Honduran filler and binder, these spicy devils give you a sense of how cigars tasted long ago. 

2. Romeo Y Julieta Reserva Real No. 2

Throw out every other Romeo y Julieta line from Altadis as far as I am concerned.  This is the cream of the RyJ crop.  With a flawless Ecuadorian wrapper, this light colored cigar delivers an abundance of medium bodied flavor with near perfect burn and construction.  From a mass production standpoint, this cigar continues to amaze me with it's consistency.

1. La Tradicion Cubana Churchill

From the hands of the “The Mad Scientist” at La Tradicion, Luis Sanchez, comes our #1 underrated cigar.  This cigar may fly under the radar due to its relatively small production, but wow what a solid smoke.  Time after time this cigar is lauded by the smoker.  If you glance at the public’s rankings in the Review Database at Top25Cigar, you’ll see the respect this cigar garners. 

So there you have it.  Best case scenario you find a couple new cigars to try out of the above list.  Worst case, well, there really isn't a worse case scenario when it comes to cigars is there.  Happy Holidays and happy smoking.

Thanks for reading. - T25C

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