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Stogie News: Cigar Aficionado’s Top Cigars of 2007

7 Jan 2008

Cigar Aficionado has released its top ten cigars of 2007. readers will see many familiar names, and perhaps some you aren’t so familiar with.

All ten received a score of 92 or higher (out of a possible 100). Of note is a revamped Dunhill brand, new lines from CAO and Cohiba, and the relatively unknown brand called Illusione. Here’s the list, with special attention given to the top five:

10. Dunhill Signed Range Toro (Nicaragua)
9. CAO Vision Prana (Dominican Republic)
8. Hoyo de Monterrey Excalibur Maduro Epicure (Honduras)
7. Illusione CG4 (Honduras)
6. Cohiba Maduro 5 Secretos (Cuba)

Cigar Aficionado Top 105. Ashton Virgin Sun Grown Torpedo – This line has also fared well here at, scoring an impressive four and 1/2 rating. It has a tremendous, full, earthy flavors. Personally, I think the Churchill-sized Sorcerer is a better vitola than the torpedo, but you can’t go wrong with any of the VSGs.

4. Oliva Serie V Torpedo – This new cigar received a lot of praise. It is the same excellent quality that you’ve come to expect from Oliva, but in a more powerful format. Particularly of note in this line is the seven inch by 38 ring gauge Lancero size.

3. Montecristo No. 2 (Cuba) – The Montecristo No. 2 is perhaps the single most famous cigar in the world, and for good reason. I recently enjoyed one and found the same delicate, yet medium-full flavored, combination of wood, earth, and spice (not unlike the Montecristo Petit Edmundo). This cigar has been wowing smokers for years, and in all likelihood it will continue to for many more.

2. Fuente Fuente OpusX PerfecXion No. 2 – OpusX has been one of America’s most sought after cigars since its introduction in 1995. Like the previous three selections, this is a torpedo of generous proportions. Its balanced, full-flavored spiciness make this the Fuente flagship.

1. Padrón Serie 1926 No. 9 – This Nicaraguan puro’s smaller brother, the No. 6, scored a rare five out of five rating here at way back in December 2006. The No. 9 (rated 97 by CA) has a thick ring gauge of 56, a 5 and 1/4 inch length, and interestingly is the only non-torpedo in the top five. Like the No. 6, the Padrón Serie 1926 No. 9 is a perfectly balanced cigar with tons of earth and chocolate, but not a hint of harshness.

Patrick S

photo credit: Cigar Aficionado

4 Responses to “Stogie News: Cigar Aficionado’s Top Cigars of 2007”

  1. padronnie Tuesday, January 8, 2008 at 6:58 am #

    Has anyone tried the Dunhill? I'm only familiar with the old cuban line.

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