MIAMI, June 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With Father's Day practically right around the corner, members of the International Cigar Association recently gathered to conduct a private cigar tasting. Dozens of the world's finest cigars were smoked and each cigar aficionado rated his or her favorites. Below is the combined result of that event; the list of the 10 highest rated cigars in the world, each of these, a must-have for the serious collector.
1. Gurkha Cigars Cellar Reserve 15-Year. Rated 99
The Gurkha Cellar Reserve is an absolutely flawless cigar. It uses the finest quality 15-year-aged tobacco comprised of an oily Criollo 1998 wrapper that combines an aged Dominican olor binder with a 15-year-old Dominican filler. Housed in unique wooden boxes that aesthetically evoke a maturing wine barrel, the Cellar Reserve is a delicious medium- to full-bodied cigar that is full of flavor and complexity. It is incredibly worth the demand it commands. Another masterpiece created by Kaizad Hansotia.
Rated the #1 Cigar of the Year!
2. Davidoff Nicaragua Toro. Rated 96
The Davidoff Nicaragua Toro is a 100% puro Nicaraguan blend that combines a 10-year aged Habana Seed Nicaragua Rosado wrapper with a Jalapa binder and a blend of filler tobaccos from Esteli, Condega and Ometepe. It is one of the most exciting cigars from Davidoff in many years. It is intriguing and elegant.
3. La Flor Dominicana Coronado Corona Especial. Rated 95
The La Flor Dominicana Coronado Corona Especial has a thick core of Dominican Sumatra and Piloto Cubano long-fillers bound in a Dominican Corojo leaf with a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper. The flavor profile is rich with overtones of coffee, wood, cocoa, and toffee.
4. Sindicato Affinity. Rated 94
The Sindicato Affinity cigar is a medium bodied cigar with a flawless Connecticut seed wrapper grown in Ecuador. It's masterfully blended with superior-aged Dominican and Nicaraguan tobaccos and delivers a rich, flavorful, and complex taste profile.
5. Hoyo De Monterrey. Double Corona. Rated 94
This Hoyo De Monterrey Double Corona is a shining example of aesthetic beauty and artisan's labor. Complex, rich and balanced, the smoke of these Double Coronas will seduce you and take you on a journey of delicate taste.
6. Padron 1964. Rated 94
The Padron 1964 comes in a natural or dark Maduro wrapper and offers up a complex flavor profile consisting of coffee bean, cocoa, earth and hazelnut. Super smooth and complex, it is box-pressed and aged four years. Originally crafted to commemorate Padron's 30th anniversary, these cigars have all the signature traits of a great Padron.
7. Gurkha Cigars Heritage. Rated 94
The new Gurkha Heritage cigar has a Rosado Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Nicaraguan binder and Dominican, Pennsylvanian and Nicaraguan fillers. It's medium bodied and comes in three sizes: Robusto, Toro and XO. It's hand rolled in Nicaragua. This flavorful blend has rich coffee and dark chocolate tones with a subtle and well-balanced spice present throughout.
8. Diamond Crown Maximus. Rated 93
The Diamond Crown Maximus cigar has specially aged Dominican filler combined with a rare Ecuadorian tobacco wrapper from the El Bajo region of Ecuador. The blend gives this cigar full-bodied yet smooth flavors of earth, coffee bean and cedar spice with notes of espresso in the finish.
9. Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro Corona Grande. Rated 92
The Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro Corona Grande cigar is a box-pressed Nicaraguan puro handcrafted with Cuban seed, Nicaraguan long fillers, binders and bold Maduro wrappers. It is gracefully bold and complex; rich with toasty notes of cocoa, coffee, leather and hints of sweet pepper and earth.
10. Monticristo Espada. Rated 91
The Monticristo Espada is a Nicaragua Habano wrapper with Nicaragua binder and filler.
It has just enough spice with notes of maple, oak, earth, raisins and roasted coffee. It's balanced and complex that develops into an extremely enjoyable smoke.
You can find some of these cigars at your local cigar shop or you can buy them online exclusively at www.cubracigars.com.
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SOURCE International Cigar Association