Date: December 2009
Author: Cigar Inspector

Tatuaje Noella Reserva 2009

Today we bring you the list of the best smokes of 2009. They are not necessarily released in 2009, it’s just the finest among the cigars we smoked this year. This list is a group project, based on opinions of several dozens of aficionados from different cigar forums and Twitter.

  1. Tatuaje Noella Reserva. With its extremely rich flavor profile, this beauty from Pete Johnson tops our 2009 list.
  2. Padron 1926. This great classic is the only blend that was among our top 5 cigars of 2008.
  3. Padron 45. Another Padron, this 2009 release encountered a great success despite its high price.
  4. La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial. Blended for Ashton by DPG, the Edicion Especial is clearly superior to the regular La Aroma de Cuba production.
  5. DPG My Father. This cigar uses Don Pepin’s own tobacco and seems to please a lot of aficionados this year.

Runners-up: El Triunfador, Ashton VSG, Padilla Miami.

5 thoughts on “Top Non-Cuban Cigars of 2009

  1. Well, here it is the end of 2010 and I still haven’t had the opportunity to try ANY of these cigars yet! I’ve bought a few, certainly, but have gifted them away before getting a chance to try them myself.

  2. Here is my list of top 2009 smokes:

    Nub Maduro

    It took awhile for this particular Nub to hit the local scene, but it has been popular since it did, especially in my house. As any who know me well enough, Nubs are a staple in my humidor, as I’m a fan of all of them. The Nub Maduro is no different. A rich, thick, mocha flavor but with a smooth maduro texture that makes it hard to put down. For a quicker maduro smoke, you can not go wrong.

    God of Fire

    The first time I saw this cigar was in Casa Fuente in Las Vegas. While I turned it down for various Opus X and house brand cigars, I ended up with a God of Fire. I tend to turn away from milder cigars, but the God of Fire really stood out in my mind, as it had the most pronounced cinnamon flavors of anything I have ever smoked. It ended up being a pleasant smoke that has always stayed in the back of my mind. The price doesn’t agree with me, but I love the cigar nevertheless.

    Room 101 by Camacho

    This is a fantastic cigar. Everything from how the overall persona of the brand is presented to the attention to detail on the band to the flawless construction and build of the cigar. And it just so happens that the cigar is a great smoke as well – medium body with a hit of slight pepper and earth. I often wonder if Matt, Dylan and the folks at Camacho put anything “extra” into this cigar because it has made waves this year. Whatever they are doing, please keep it up.

    Cain Maduro

    Another great maduro and another representation of Sam Leccia and the Oliva family. The Cain Maduro represents to me what a true full-bodied, maduro cigar should be like and it is certainly not a disappointment. Mocha, spice and leather all combine together a smooth smoking experience, which in my mind is difficult to pass up. I almost added the Cain Ligero to this list, but I ended up one night smoking two of them in a single night and they put me on my ass. Both are great, but I think I prefer the Maduro just a bit more.

    CAO La Traviata

    The combination of leather and wood hints and the oily Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, made for an enjoyable, medium to full bodied smoke. While some cigars grab the attention with the band or even the box, this one grabbed me with the oily wrapper. This is basically my new Brazilia; better stated, my new favorite from CAO. Just comes slightly under price from the Brazilia as well. All the more reason to purchase the La Traviata.

  3. Absolutely agree, beautiful list! the Noella Reserva is my personal favorite, delighted to see it high on the list.

  4. Yup yup, yum yum: Tat & Mi Papa…

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