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Top 25 Cigars of the Year – 2018

Each of our panelists were given 10 votes to towards our Top 25 Cigars of the Year – 2018. As with previous years, the order of their votes mattered as their #1 vote is worth twice as much as their #10. Our list is made up of cigars that had a wide release this year. The cigars that are eligible do not have to have been reviewed on Blind Man’s Puff, but the reviewer must have smoke it at some point to vote for it.

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Blind Cigar Review: Cohiba | Spectre Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: Cohiba | Spectre

“This was a fairly straight forward smoke without many flavor frills. I found it a bit boring at times as most the flavors were basic and not very complex. It was definitely a reliable smoke with great construction, burn, and a slightly tighter draw than normal. Nothing inherently wrong, just a bit one note for me. ” -John A. (Bostoneo)

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Blind Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana | Ligero A Score 93%

Blind Cigar Review: La Flor Dominicana | Ligero A

“This was probably one of my most favorite reviews that I have done. I was dreading initially smoking this cigar only because of the vitola and amount of time I knew was required. However, as soon as the first third started and the flavor profile showed itself, I was hooked. Between the good balance of earth and barnyard, to the coffee and creamy finish, this cigar had an overall complexity that was second to none. You will need to block off a solid amount of time, but by no means will you be disappointed. This cigar will go well with coffee, libations, or a Pepsi. Enjoy these as much as possible.” -Steve (ThaGreatWazoo)

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Blind Cigar Review: Rocky Patel | A.L.R. (Aged Limited & Rare) Robusto Score 91%

Blind Cigar Review: Rocky Patel | A.L.R. (Aged Limited & Rare) Robusto

“This wasn’t the most progressive smoke in the world for me but it was very pleasant. I enjoyed the flavor notes and especially the last third where the smok tobacco came more into play. This cigar was very relaxing to me as it was smooth, minimal if at all pepper notes, cocoa, some floral and other earthy flavors were consistent and tasty.” -Diana (ArmyRN)

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Blind Cigar Review: La Barba | One and Only 2018 Score 91%

Blind Cigar Review: La Barba | One and Only 2018

“This was an amazing mild to medium bodied stick that worked very well with those larger size. Uddles of flavor that scream a quality smoke which is enjoyable anytime of the day which is very satisfying. The finale towards the end screams with a buttery richness to make an amazing ending. Stop what your doing and order these stat!” -John A. (Bostoneo)

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Blind Cigar Review: HVC | First Selection Limited Edition 2018 Broadleaf Short Robusto Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: HVC | First Selection Limited Edition 2018 Broadleaf Short Robusto

“I really enjoyed this cigar. It had just enough transitions to keep me interested and just kept getting better as I went along. There was a lot of creamy coco, brown sugar, leather, hay, and woodiness notes that all worked together in a really nice way. I would suggest trying one for yourself. ” -Jeff (ExpendableYouth)

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Quick Cigar Review: Atabey | Spiritus

This was a great cigar! I don’t get into the hype of $30, $50 or even $100 cigars, but this Atabey Spiritus was amazing! The draw was a bit snug, but I can’t blame that on the the cigar I don’t think. This was given to my by the BMP’s staff to review. The construction was spot on, but by the end of the second half the head started to come off a bit, again that might have been my user and I just got it too wet. Overall this cigar greeted me with lots and lots of sweetness with hay, and honey. It tipped the scales of medium, but just barely and only briefly. This was an elegant cigar that could be enjoyed at any time of the day, but I think in the morning would be the best or late at night as your last cigar of the day. They are not inexpensive, but if you get the chance I cannot recommend Atabey enough. 

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Blind Cigar Review: CAO | Nicaragua Granada Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: CAO | Nicaragua Granada

“This is a cigar I would smoke any day. If you are looking for a nicely flavored cigar without any pepper this would be a great smoke. The earthiness along with the smooth and creamy profile was very pleasant. There was a great blend of coffee, cocoa, hint of leather, baking spices and leafy floral. I really enjoyed this and recommend this cigar for any level of cigar smoker. ” -Diana (ArmyRN)

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Blind Cigar Review: Iconic Leaf | Recluse Amadeus Los Cabos Toro Score 90%

Blind Cigar Review: Iconic Leaf | Recluse Amadeus Los Cabos Toro

“As a guy who prefers a strong, full bodied cigar, I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this cigar. For being mild, it presented enough of a range of flavors and transition that I was engaged for the entirety of the smoke and wished that I had more to enjoy in the future. I’d be glad to recommend this to a friend, or new smoker, and will gladly smoke another in the future. ” -Jason H. (Jokey Smurf)

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