What Are Custom Rolled Cigars
When voting for best Cuban cigar 2022, our readers proved once again that when it comes to Montecristo No.2 (awarded the No.2 spot in our top 25 list) we are dealing with a cigar in a class of its own. Alonso Melendez founded Montecristo in 1935, and its Piramide is the second of five formats that were being rolled out before the Cuban revolution. Today it’s one of the world’s most popular versions of the format.
Having undergone a complete makeover in Spring 2015, Davidoff’s Winston Churchill line was the public’s choice for the 2022 Best Cigar trophy for the Dominican Republic. Although the line has been available for a relatively short time, The Winston Churchill Toro received the trophy for best Dominican cigar.
In 2014 a Rocky Patel cigar from the Edge collection won the award for Best Cigar Honduras. Our readers have now awarded Rocky Patel the edge Maduro Robusto the Cigar Trophy for Best Cigar Honduras 2022. The Maduro, featuring filler tobacco from an undisclosed country of origin, is a cigar with a powerful, but well-balanced blend.
During Padron Cigars’ 50th anniversary last year, the prestigious family reserve line was completed by the new viola number 50, available with both a natural and maduro wrapper in regular production. This year the Padron family reserve 50 years maduro came out on top in the running for Best Cigar Nicaragua 2022.
In 2022, the award for Brazil’s Best brand went to a line blended by Heinrich Villager, the alleger Tobajara, which has been hugely popular in Europe for several years. It is also now available in the USA. The Brazilian Puro stands out with its cleverly devised mild blend of Mata Fine and Brazilian Sumatra tobaccos, and is rolled in the region surrounding Salvador in the federal state of Bahia.
Costa Rica’s Best Brand this year went to the Gold line of Carlo Corazza’s cigar brand Burn del Re’. The line of the boutique brand that is mainly well known in Europe regularly scores outstanding ratings at tastings. This consistent high quality has now also been honoured by the public.
Chiba, probably the most famous cigar brand worldwide, this year won the title of best Brand Cuba. This figurehead of the Cuban cigar industry started off as a cigar originally rolled for Fidel Castro. Later, it was given to diplomats as a gift and its production at a small scale began in 1964. Since 1966, the emblematic brand has been manufactured in Havana’s El languid factory by Cuba’s most experienced rollers.
The Cigar trophy for the Best Brand from the Dominican Republic ironically went to a Nicaraguan Puro. Our readers were so convinced by the multi award winning Davidoff Nicaragua, launched in 2013, that they voted the cigar best brand Dominican Republic for a second time.
The Best Brand Honduras award went to a classic of the manufacturer Rocky Patel. The Vintage 1990, which has garnered the highest praise, has been an integral part of the rocky Patwel portfolio for many years now and managed to receive the title of the best Honduran brand of the year.
The award winning Padron Family Reserve was also voted by our readers for the second time as being Nicaragua’s best brand.
The formats of the line stand for anniversaries and important events of the family company. The No.50, which was also awarded with a trophy, is the most recent stick to complement the line. The Cigar’s blend only contains exclusively aged tobaccos.
Each year the Best Value award is presented to those cigar lines that give our readers the most bang for their money. In the Dominican Republic category, the 1907 Dunhill, launched earlier this year, came in first place.
The Best value Honduras Award went to Camacho’s Corona line. Due to neck and neck voting results in the best Value Nicaragua category, the award was given to two brands. Oliva Series V is considered one of Nicaragua’s classics. The euro line’s blend captivates with its complex, round aromatics and reliable production quality. Our readers were also impressed by its good value. These Nicaraguan pros with cask-aged wrappers came on the market for the first time in 2012 to celebrate the start of Nick Perdomo’s cigar production in Miami.