"I really couldn’t be happier with this cigar in regard to performance and the flavor profile. It was never overpowering but had the fuller flavor profile that I prefer. I paired this with a barrel-aged stout (2022 Black Tuesday) and it was a perfect match. I would gladly recommend it to any of my cigar-smoking friends, and I will absolutely seek out more when I find out what this is! Very good cigar!" -Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)
Fred Rewey has returned to the cigar industry. Illusione Cigars has hired him as their new Brand Strategist effective immediately. Rewey made his mark in the cigar industry as the founder and owner of Nomad Cigar Co. from 2012-2018. In 2018 he sold the company to Ezra Zion. He is also the co-founder an online marketing company, Exposure One.
A.C.E. PrimeAJ FernandezAlejandro Martinez CuencaAllBlack Label Trading CompanyCasdagliCrowned HeadsDion GiolitoDunbarton Tobacco & TrustEradio PichardoErik EspinosaFeaturedFoundation CigarGrupo de MaestrosHector Alfonso Sr.HVC CigarsIllusioneJames BrownJas Sum KralJon HuberJoya De NicaraguaJuan MartinezKyle GellisMontecristo (DR)Nestor PlasenciaNicholas MelilloPete JohnsonPlasenciaReiner LorenzoRiste RistevskiRobert HoltRoMa CraftSkip MartinSouthern DrawSteve SakaTatuajeTop 25Warped·
Every year we put together a list of our Top 25 Cigars of the Year. Our list is a bit different from some other lists, it is not simply a rehashing of our top scores from the year, or one person's opinion. We gave each of our panelists 10 votes to cast how they please for what they enjoyed the most in 2019. The order of their votes matter, so their #1 pick is worth twice as much as #10. The cigars do not have to have been reviewed by Blind Man's Puff, but the panelist must have smoked it.
ACMEAllBalmoralBill PaleyCaldwellCamachoCAOCrowned HeadsCubaCubariquenoDanny MoyaDavidoffDion GiolitoDominican RepublicDon Pepin GarciaDrew EstateDunbarton Tobacco & TrustEditorialFeaturedFoundation CigarFred ReweyH. Upmann (Cuba)Hendrik KelnerHondurasIllusioneIPCPRJon HuberJonathan DrewKyle GellisL'AtelierLa PalinaManuel QuesadaMax FernandezMoyaRuizNelson RuizNewsNicaraguaNicholas MelilloPartagasPete JohnsonQuesadaRick RodriguezRobert CaldwellRoMa CraftSkip MartinSteve SakaTatuajeTop 25USAWarpedWilly Herrera·
Voting Process Each of our 16 panelists were given 10 votes to cast. Our list is made up of cigars that were RELEASED in 2015. The cigars that are eligible do not have to have been reviewed on Blind Man's Puff, but the panelist must have smoke it at some point themselves.
AllBlind Cigar ReviewsDion GiolitoFeaturedIanIllusioneMaduroMexican San AndresMiltonMylesNicaraguaRothschildSandeepWill·
"This cigar, in my opinion, was nothing short of outstanding. I venture to say that it had a Cubanesque profile which is quickly becoming a favorite of mine." -Milton (mjohnsoniii)
STG, the parent company of General Cigar, has announced a new collaboration with none other than Dion Giolito of Illusione cigars. The collaboration will go under the Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur brand and called Illusione of Excalibur. This is a limited edition cigar and is the first Excalibur made in Nicaragua.
"Overall, this was a very very good medium bodied smoke that anyone could enjoy with an awesome first two thirds and a decent last third that wasn’t as impressive as the first two. The natural peanut butter flavor is what sold me on this cigar, who doesn’t like the great taste of a natural creamy peanut butter oozing with oils and deliciousness? While probably not the top tier of sticks I have had, it did make quite an impression with me and is deserving of more in the future." -John A. (Bostoneo)
5 VegasAJ FernandezAllDieselDion GiolitoE.P. CarrilloE.P. CarrilloEditorialFeaturedGeorge RicoGran HabanoIllusioneJ. FuegoJ. FuegoJesus FuegoJorge PadronNestor PlasenciaNick PerdomoPerdomoTips and TricksTony Alvarez·
This is a compilation of our favorite budget cigars, some we have reviewed, some we have not. We will try and get to reviewing all of these eventually and we will keep adding more bargains as we find them.