How stressful it must be!
What am I talking about? I’m saying it must be very stressful to agonize over which one of the many tasty cigars you smoked in 2014 that should be designated as #1.
Cigar reviewers trying to build trust among their readers are telling their audience this specific cigar is the very best. Nothing is better. During the cigar reviewer’s research process, if two cigars sit at the #2 spot and a decision must be made as to which is #1, the reviewer must dig deeper in their analysis to find some difference that the #1 cigar can hang its hat on. The difference may be imperceptible at first and maybe subconscious, but it must be a relevant difference. How stressful.
At least that’s how I imagine the cigar reviewer’s process looks like. Perhaps most reviewers just flip a coin to decide which of the top 2 cigars deserve the #1 spot. I don’t know. Either way, reviewers must make a final decision as to which cigar is better than all the rest and this is likely stress-inducing.
Here at Northwoods Humidors, we couldn’t bare the stress ourselves. So, instead of delivering you our own list of top cigars, we’re bringing you a roundup of all the hard work put in by others (P.S. thank you!). The cigars below are all those cigars that made it to the coveted #1 spot.
Perhaps you won't have the time to buy and smoke all top 20 cigars from the best 10 review sites, but we think you should have the time to at least try out all the #1's. That's where this list below comes in. We've cut to the chase and delivered you the best of the best from 2014.
Note: If I missed your review please contact me here to have it added to this list.
#1 La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse (Toasted Foot)
From our friends Jonathan and Willy at Toasted Foot comes their number 1, the La Aroma d Cuba Noblesse.
Apparently for Jonathan and Willy, there was absolutely no contest as to which cigar was #1 for them in 2014. This is however a limited edition release from Ashton with only 3,000 boxes produced in total. So, you may want to grab this one sooner than later if it appeals to you. Made at the My Father Cigar Factory, the reviewers comment that “the Noblesse is medium bodied and full of sweetness.”
#1 Oliva Serie V Melanio Figurado (Cigar Aficionado)
The guys at Cigar Aficionado have finally ranked an Oliva cigar as #1. Oliva’s cigars have appeared on their Top 25 list nine times in a row.
#1 Nat Sherman Epoca (Cigar Dojo)
Nat Sherman decided to create an homage to an Epoca originally created in 1929 that can no longer be created because it used Cuban tobacco leaves. Apparently Nat Sherman came through and developed a delicious cigar that provides a “ a jaw-dropping smoking experience every time”.
#1 Joel Sherman 75th Celebration by Nat Sherman (Cigar Coop)
Another Nat Sherman cigar makes the coveted #1 spot. The cigar commemorates Joel Sherman's 75th birthday. Joel is the current CEO of Nat Sherman. According to the reviews it “provides a great mix of sweetness and spice. The flavors include orange cream, cedar, pepper, honey, and baker's spice.”
#1 Habano Cesar No. 3 (Cigar & Spirits Magazine)
Cigar & Spirit Magazine has a list of 20 top cigars from 2014 rated by their expert ratings panel consisting of eight members with a combined 100 years of cigar-smoking expertise.” The reviewers inform us that this cigar is “spicy, followed by creamy and toasty, to a peppery end.”
#1 Fuente Fuente OpusX Angel’s Share (Cigar Snob Magazine)
Another magazine, Cigar Snob, provides us this recommendation.
Apparently the idea for the Fuente Fuente Opus X Angel’s Share was “born out of a fire ravaged two of the Fuente family’s tobacco warehouses setting ablaze an untold amount of aging Fuente tobacco. As Carlos Fuente Jr. watched his prized tobacco go up in smoke, he took solace in the idea that his ancestor’s (his angel’s) were smoking his best tobacco. “
The reviewers provide that this cigar is similar to the very famous Opus X but with a little less power.
And that's it from 2014.