We’re passionate and serious cigar enthusiasts at Bespoke Unit, which can be seen in our detailed guides and frequent reviews. Therefore, if you’re looking for a reliable top 10 guide to the best cigars on the market right now, you’ve come to the best place.
In this guide, you will discover the ultimate list of the Top 10 Best Cigars On The Market:
- Davidoff Winston Churchill The Traveller
- JC Newman The American
- Ramon Allones Superiores LCDH
- Davidoff Yamasá
- Nub Sumatra
- Avo Improvisation 30th Anniversary
- La Aurora 1903 Emerald
- Romeo y Julieta Añejados
- Montecristo Línea 1935
- E.P. Carrillo Encore Majestic
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What Are The Best Cigars In The World?
Before you continue reading, please note that this guide only features the best cigars on the mainstream market today. While we do include some older blends and limited editions, they are still easily purchased from major cigar retailers.
Similarly, feel free to leave a comment if you have any personal favourites that you believe should be considered in future updates!
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Released in early 2019, The Traveller is an homage to Winston Churchill’s adventurous spirit. The Traveller features tobaccos from three different regions of the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Nicaragua.
Its filler is composed of Dominican Piloto Mejorado Visus, Criollo Seco, San Vicente Mejorado Visus as well as Nicaraguan Estelí and Seilla A Visus. This is all bound together by a Dominican leaf under a Mexican Negro San Andrés wrapper.
The result is a spicy symphony of earthy notes with nuances of cream, coffee, and a salted caramel finish. The cigar alone is a complex and immersive experience but we were also very impressed by its beautifully-design and functional travel humidor box that came equipped with a Boveda pack.
- Filler: Havana Seed, Mennonite
- Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
- Wrapper: Florida Sun Grown
- Preferred Vitola: 6⅛ x 52 Torpedo
- Assembly: El Reloj [Tampa, Florida]
- Handmade: Yes
- Body: Medium – Full
- Smoking Time: 70 Minutes
- Pricing: $16 / Single
The American was a high-anticipated release that was launched to much well-deserved fanfare. Not only is the cigar crafted in the USA with tobaccos sourced throughout the country but everything from the box and its hinges to the accompanying booklet was made in America.
It’s also the first cigar blend to ever feature Jeff Borysiewicz’s Florida Sun Grown wrapper leaf and the filler includes Pennsylvanian Mennonite, which is also a rarity.
Drew Newman’s passion project is a tribute to his great-grandfather’s heritage but also a testament of the USA’s passionate cigar culture. If you’re looking for a homegrown gourmand experience of molasses and dark chocolate that crescendos to a finale of wood and leather, check out The American.
"A testament to the USA's tobacco heritage and contemporary craftsmanship, The American is the only 100% American-made cigar on the market and well worth sampling."
A La Casa del Habano exclusive, the Ramon Allones Superiores was launched in 2010 and has since become a cult classic. Its tableau of flavours reflect Cuba’s archetypal flavour profile while still offering a particularly unique experience.
Opening on a backdrop of those evocative musty terracotta nuances, it offers a rich tableau of bitter citrus and aromatics with a smooth spice cabinet finish. Additionally, these are cigars that age wonderfully in the right conditions and are well worth stocking for the future.
Davidoff’s Yamasá is the fruit of over 20 years of meticulous cultivation and agronomy. Both its wrapper and binder are made from leaves sourced from the Kelner family’s farm in the Dominican Republic’s Yamasá municipality.
Thanks to its low altitude and nearby swampland from the Rio Ozama, its unique soil is rich in mineral deposits that produce lavish and earthy tobaccos. We were lucky to sample the Yamasá when shooting our Davidoff documentary in the Dominican Republic and have continued to enjoy it ever since.
- Filler: Nicaragua
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sumatra
- Preferred Vitola: 4 x 60 Gordito
- Assembly: Oliva Cigars [Estelí]
- Handmade: Yes
- Body: Medium
- Smoking Time: 50 Minutes
- Pricing: $8 / Single
An enigmatic 2016 from through Oliva’s creative department, Studio Tobac, the Nub Sumatra actually features the same wrapper as the Oliva Serie V Melanio. This cigar very nearly made it on this years list but it was craftily sNubbed by Nub.
Its beautifully-crafted and stout Gordito vitola offers a rich harmony of complex flavours, which climax with a molasses and honey finish. While it doesn’t quite have the same luxury appeal compared to the Oliva Serie V Melanio, it’s a much more affordable alternative.
During 2018, Avo celebrated the brand’s 30th Anniversary with a variety of special releases. For us, the one that truly stood out was the Improvision 30th Anniversary and its beautiful panama hat texture box.
An improvised blend of the Avo Classic No. 3, the 30th Anniversary is a cigar that we continue to cherish a year on. Its bouquet of flavour leans remarkably on the citrus side, which are supplemented by notes of butterscotch and sweet spices.
While the Improvisation 30 can be challenging to find these, there are still a few retailers that still have it in stock.
- Filler: Barrel-aged Dominican Cibao Valley, Peru, Brazil, Nicaragua
- Binder: Barrel-aged Dominican Cibao Valley
- Wrapper: Ecuadorian Sun Grown Sumatra
- Preferred Vitola: 5 x 54 Perfecto
- Assembly: La Aurora [Dominican Republic]
- Handmade: Yes
- Body: Medium
- Smoking Time: 50 Minutes
- Pricing: $21 / Single [Buy Now]
A rich and deep experience that showcases the qualities of the Dominican Republic’s Cibao Valley, the 1903 Emerald is an exquisite cigar from La Aurora. It features an Ecuadorian Sumatra sun-grown wrapper as well as Peruvian, Brazilian, and Nicaraguan tobacco in the filler.
The 1903 is a reimagination of the factory’s original “Preferidos”, which was first created in the early 20th century. Its harmonious profile offers a broad spectrum of tasting notes from mild cinnamon spice to oily leather.
While it also has a focus on mineral earth and oak notes, the cigar maintains a medium body, which allows the nuances to properly express themselves.
Rumour has it that Habanos S.A.’s Añejados project was originally destined for the American market when relations were beginning to thaw. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite turn out as hoped but it released the cigars regardless.
Aged between 5 and 8 years in cedar boxes, the Romeo y Julieta Añejados is a mellow and smooth cigar blend that offers compellingly complex aromas from start to finish. Admittedly, it is on the pricey side. Nevertheless, it’s an experience worth sampling if you have the opportunity.
In 2017, Montecristo proudly released their Línea 1935 range, which they touted as their fullest-bodied cigar ever. Ironically, it’s not particularly full-bodied compared to some of the blends from outside of Cuba. Nevertheless, this is still a notable release from the iconic Cuban brand.
Available in three vitolas, we prefer the Maltés Toro, which boasts flavours of grapefruit, bay leaf, smoked beech, and lapsang soucong tea.
- Filler: Estelí, Condega, Jalapa
- Binder: Nicaragua
- Wrapper: Nicaragua
- Preferred Vitola: 5 3/8 x 52 Majestic
- Assembly: Tabacalera La Alianza [DR]
- Handmade: Yes
- Body: Medium
- Smoking Time: 60 Minutes
- Pricing: $11.60 / Single
The Encore is a cigar that garnered extensive critical acclaim throughout 2018 when it received numerous awards from several well-known publications. Its namesake stems from Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s return after his cult classic La Historia from 2014.
Interestingly, this blend is a Nicaraguan puro despite having being assembled in the Dominican Republic. The result is a delicately balanced smoking experience reveals candied citrus fruit and salted caramel.
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.
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.
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