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My Favorite Cigars

Posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 in World of CO

I get several requests for ‘what are your favorites’ each week, so I’ve gone ahead and created a short list (2nd revision). This is by no means a ‘Top’ list, simply what MY personal taste favs happen to be at the moment. If you find yourself agreeing with the flavors I tend to get from sticks, I would suggest you try all of these!

In no particular order:

Cielo Poseidon

Torres Candela Churchill 

Cuban Crafters Cupido Tuxedo Churchill Maduro

Thompson Timbuctoo Maduro Toro

Tatuaje Anarchy

Gurkha Special Ops Maduro Churchill

San Cristobal Lancero

Label Your Cigar Pedro Estevez Barberpole Toro

Padron 1926 Anniversary No. 6

My Father El Hijo


  • vscarpine

    My current favs are the Man O War Ruination and the Diesel Wicked…both have great body and taste great and that is what I try to look for in a cigar

  • Kace

    I don’t know if your favorites are hard to find or I’m just not hitting the right places. By reviews, I have hit some of the finer cigar shops with not much luck.

    • JJO

      About half of them are exclusive to specific retailers. The Anarchy and My Father El Hijo, for example, were limited editions made for Smoke Inn and are no longer available. The list hasn’t been updated for about a year and a half, and lines come and go.

  • Kace

    That Timbuctoo being the most rare!! Must be an $80 stick. Lmao. J/K

  • dj_piddy


    Could you discuss how it is possible to get every cigar in each box to taste exactly the same? It seems to me there are way too many variables involved in such an organic process to have each cigar have the exact same flavor transitions as you smoke the cigar. Thanks for explaining :)

    • AL

      Put just one cigar in the box. Boom. Problem solved.

  • pinot45

    Hey Bryan, I know you appreciate a good lancero like I do. It’s been a while since you’ve reviewed one. Any chance you’ll review the Cubao Lancero any time soon? I had one a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it.

    Best cigar site on the web. You should be extremely proud of what you’ve accomplished. I’ve been with you for around 2 1/2 years and watched the site grow to what it is today. Truly amazing! Thanks for providing this excellent content.

    • JJO

      pinot45 – He did review it last year:

      Love the Cubaos, although I have yet to try the lancero.

      • pinot45

        Thanks, JJO. I missed it in the reviews because he called it E.O. Cubao.

        • JJO

          No problem. I knew I’d seen a review of it, but the list is so long, it can take a bit of digging to find some of them, and you never know if it’s going to be under Cubao, E.O., or Espinosa y Ortega. ;)

  • Xavier4753

    Any preference on a box of Padrons for the cheapest price? I’d really like to have a nice box of them for whenever a special occasion presents itself.

  • Xavier4753

    Last night I bought my friends and I the Drew Estate Tobak Especial Dolce in Toro. They aren’t as big on cigars as I am but they were definitely impressed with the sweetness and just perfect mildness. This is a stick I would strongly recommend for for people with friends who aren’t too big on cigars. It’s even a great smoke for those with more and developing taste.

    Any other thoughts on this stick? How do you guys feel about it? Any sticks around this category you guys would recommend? As long as its not the Acids, I’m not fond of them at all.

  • Xavier4753

    Sittin back and enjoying 1964 Padrons with great friends after walking the graduation stage. Life is good!

  • madmurdoc

    Diesel Hair of the Dog and Macanudo Cru Royale

  • johnga

    I wish there was a sampler for all of these. Hey Bryan, does this list still hold up as of today? Or has it changed at all?

  • Galin.Swigart

    The gurkha spec ops is probably my favorite.. They’re hard to keep in my humidor though.. cant leave them alone. I had some burn problems with one but the aroma and flavors are perfect

  • cigarraider

    Got all excited about Thompson Timbuctoo Maduro Toro being on your “favorite” list. Found out how cheap it was. Then I saw your “Not!” joke after clicking on it. That’s just mean, brother. Bring a man down after getting his hopes up, why don’t cha? :(

  • Justin

    Come on Bryan, it’s time for an updated Favorite’s list….I mean, it’s not like you’re doing anything else right? Anyway, this guy is interested in what your favs are now that it is coming up on 4 (FOUR!!!) years later :)

  • Tazzgolfer

    Maybe you could setup a voting list where people could enter their Top 10 and have it list the Top 10 Most Listed????

  • Geobain

    Good one. I was perusing the list and I was like, “Isn’t that the garbage cigar he busted up?” LOL

  • Brian