Top 5 Cigars of 2023: A Connoisseur’s Guide

Welcome cigar enthusiasts! This post dives into the world of premium cigars, unveiling the top 5 picks of 2023 according to Cigar Journal. Whether you’re a seasoned smoker or just starting your journey, this guide will introduce you to some exceptional smokes.

Unveiling the Top 5

Let’s explore the cigars that made Cigar Journal’s coveted list, each offering a unique and flavorful experience:

  • #5: Plasencia Alma Fuerte Eduardo

    • Complex and rich profile with notes of cocoa, almonds, nutmeg, cedar, dark chocolate, plum, cinnamon, oak, molasses, black pepper, and earth.
    • Medium-bodied with a Colorado Claro wrapper.
  • #4: Rocky Patel Disciple Robusto

    • Medium to full-bodied with a Mexican San Andrés wrapper and Nicaraguan fillers and binder.
    • Offers a blend of oak, earth, spice, black pepper, toasted cedar, mocha, chocolate, coffee, and espresso flavors.
  • #3: Liga Privada Unico Serie Year of the Rabbit

    • Complex and evolving profile with notes of earthiness, barnyard, leather, and toast.
    • Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut Habano wrapper, Mexican San Andres binder, and Nicaraguan and Brazilian fillers.
  • #2: J.C. Newman El Baton Belicoso

    • Rich history dating back to 1914.
    • Robust pyramid shape with a 5 to 5 1/2 inch length and 50 to 54 ring gauge.
    • Bold flavors of coffee, spice, and raisins.
  • #1: E.P. Carrillo Allegiance Confidant (Cigar of the Year)

    • Notable addition to the portfolio of cigar legend Ernesto Perez-Carrillo.
    • Collaboration with Oliva Cigar Co., rolled in Estelí, Nicaragua.
    • Medium to full-bodied with an Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and filler.
    • Offers a complex profile of cedar, espresso, earthy tones, and spices.
    • Flavor journey includes notes of pepper, caramel, cream, vanilla, mushroom, burnt wood, gingerbread spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

Thinking about trying these cigars? This list provides a starting point for your exploration. Remember, every cigar connoisseur has their own preferences. Consider your preferred flavor profile, body strength, and size when making your choices.