Cigar Aficionado Magazine is a big name in the cigar world, and many cigar lovers will have been waiting eagerly to discover which special cigar has been named ‘Cigar of the Year’ for 2019. The wait is now over, and we can reveal that the chosen cigar is the luxurious Ageing Room Quattro Nicaraguan Maestro.
The Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Maestro is this year’s winning cigar. Made by A.J. Fernandez in Nicaragua, the Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Maestro uses only Nicaraguan tobacco to form the distinctive taste of this smoke. The flavour is complex and develops throughout the smoke, turning from rich and heavy with notes of wood and dark chocolate, to subtle and sweet hints of caramel and almonds. A box-pressed torpedo cigar, the Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Maestro, is the first Quattro cigar to be made outside of the Dominican Republic. This decision was well worth it though, as the complex blend of Nicaraguan tobacco has created a wonderful full-bodied cigar, with an excellent draw and burn, as well as a delicious taste and aroma.
Of course, plenty more cigars were tried and tested this year, so here are a few exceptional smokes that were just shy of gaining that top spot!
The Padrón Serie 1926 No. 6 gained second place this year. Since the top 25 list from Cigar Aficionado was created, Padrón has never failed to make the top ten, and has even made it to the coveted Cigar of the Year three times! The Serie 1926 No. 6 is a rich cigar, with the smoke offering great consistency and balance. Each puff provides notes of cocoa, coffee and cherry – a truly delicious blend!
Warped Serie Gran Reserva 1988 Robusto takes third place in 2019. The Serie Gran Reserva is only available as a Robusto, and offers notes of malted chocolate and coffee, with hints of earthiness.
One of the most recognised cigar brands in the world, Cohiba’s Cohiba Robusto is one of the most in-demand cigars out there. A powerful cigar with hints of vanilla, oak and almonds, these smokes are delicious and sophisticated.
From Rocky Patel’s new Aged Limited and Rare brand, the A.L.R. Second Edition Toro is aged for two years after it is rolled, and is only released in small batches. The Toro is a box-pressed cigar that provides sweet hints of vanilla, coconut and malted chocolate.
What do you think about this year’s winner? Have you already tried it or is it on your ‘to smoke’ list for next year? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below or getting in touch via our social media channels.