It’s that time again: time to raise a toast with Punch to the demise of weary old 2007, dozing like that gent with the stogie, and usher in a new year.
It was a good year for cigars. In fact, we found ourselves a bit stymied by our good fortune as we tried to winnow down our lists to the top ten of the year. A lot of really good smokes did not make the cut, either because we were blessed by a bounty of brilliant cigars or because we simply didn’t smoke them this year. Last year’s winner, the Padron Anniversary Imperial, didn’t even make a showing this year because… well… we were too busy smoking up every cigar from Jose “Don Pepin” Garcia we could lay our hands on. No time (or budget, really) for Padron Annis in 2007 — an error I for one will surely try to remedy in 2008.
A word about our selections: Lucky7’s taste tends toward the full-bodied end of the spectrum, while mine inclines toward the medium side. We both appreciate fine cigars of all persuasions, but like anyone we gravitate toward our particular preferences.
I suppose I’ve done enough yammering for one year, so onward and forward:
Lucky7’s Best Cigars of 2007
10. Ashton Estate Sun Grown 21 Year Salute
9. Padilla Signature 1932 Robusto
6. Tatuaje Cabinet (Brown Label) Regios
And Lucky7’s Number One cigar of 2007…
1. Arturo Fuente Añejo Reserva Shark #77 Cameroon
Cigarfan’s Best Cigars of 2007
and Cigarfan’s number one cigar of 2007…
Arturo Fuente Work of Art Maduro
Despite all the buzz (literally and figuratively) generated this year by El Rey de Los Habanos and Tabacalera Cubana, Arturo Fuente has shown up Don Pepin in the last leg of the race with a couple of special limited edition cigars. It is with some hesitancy that we narrow down our picks to ten from a field of dozens of great smokes, but it’s no accident that Fuente has taken the grand prize this year. These are truly some of the best cigars made anywhere.
Have a safe New Year’s Eve, and a Great 2008, everyone!