What Cigars Are Eligible For Our Top 10 Guides?
We confess that using a somewhat click-bait title like “best cigars in the world” or referring to the best cigars “of all time” may be somewhat overzealous on our part. Indeed, it’s somewhat over-dramatic. However, we had to attract your attention somehow!
Nevertheless, we would like to take the time to justify ourselves and explain how we decided what cigars could be included as well as how they would be ranked.
Firstly, we set up some guidelines to prevent us from including preposterously unattainable cigars that are either impossible to find or outrageously expensive. Not only would we appear particularly pretentious but it would be pretty useless for you if we started reeling off pre-Revolution Cubans or other such rarities.
Therefore, we outlined a few parameters so that we would only include cigars that are:
- Readily available from major retailers.
- No more than 10 years-old if a limited edition release.
We also come back and update this list on a yearly basis at the very least. However, we actually pay it frequent visits on a regular basis in case the featured limited editions are no longer available or if there have been any new blends that have caught our eye.
As for the budget, we actually haven’t decided on a specific limit. Nevertheless, we do seriously consider a cigar’s value for money and how it’s in keeping with the context of the occasion.
Indeed, we have included a few cigars around the $100 mark but these tend only to be listed in guides to cigars for special occasions.
For instance, our guide to the best cigars for the New Year features the Davidoff 100th Anniversary Diademas. Yet given the celebratory occasion and its size, it seemed like a fitting option. Additionally, we always offer alternatives to cater to as many budgets as possible.
Our Other Top 10 Cigar Guides
If you enjoyed the guide above, then you may be happy to learn that we have invested a lot of time in compiling others for different occasions. As mentioned above, we have one for the New Year but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
From the time of day, such as the best cigars in the morning, to seasons and events like Christmas, we host a whole plethora of guides.
Furthermore, we don’t just explore various occasions and periods but we also explore different cigar pairings that may interest you. For instance, our guides to pairing cigars and coffee will look at a range of options depending on your preferred brew.
Finally, our guide to the best cigars for beginners may help you or a friend in choosing a cigar in the future. We have many more guides planned and currently being prepared that cover things like price points and territories so stay tuned for future updates!
How Did We Rank These Cigars?
Every one of these guides feature only cigars that we have fully reviewed or that we have had the opportunity to formally sample. However, this isn’t the only safeguard that we have introduced in order to provide you with objective and verified content.
In August 2019, we were very proud to roll out of Bespoke Unit Cigar Formula. When reading reviews from other publications, we becoming growingly frustrated by what occasionally appeared like arbitrary scoring.
Of course, we’re confident in our peers’ expertise and we respect their methodology. Nevertheless, some scoring systems appeared to be somewhat opaque and difficult to understand.
Furthermore, some appear to concentrate only on a 10-point scale between 85% and 95% with nothing ever being scored less. Although we like to be positive too, we sometimes found it a little too generous.
Therefore, we sought to develop a quantifiable scoring system that we could transparently share with our readers. The concept started development in 2017 and we consulted with a number of leading cigar industry professionals who were very encouraging.
After a little fine-tuning following some constructive feedback, we released the cigar formula with our review of the Avo Nicaragua. Since then, all of our reviews have included a copy of the cigar formula.
Today, we use the review matrix as a baseline for all our reviews as well as these top 10 guides. Therefore, you can be confident that we compiled them after putting in a lot of thought and conviction.
Firstly, did we miss anything out? Feel free to let us know in the comments below! Alternatively, why don’t you also check out our related guides below?