So Cigar Aficionado’s list of 2009 top 25 cigars is out, and so is the on-line community jury. Out of curiosity I decided to take a few “top of 2009” lists published by bloggers, put them together and see how much the opinion of the blogging community differs from that of the established official press.
The lists I picked come from the cigar blogs I regularly visit and does not pretend to be exhaustive of the entire cigar blogsphere, but hopefully it is enough to be significant. Still, if you published a similar list on your blog and would like me to add it to the mix, let me know; I’ll be more than happy to do so.
The “top of 2009” lists I picked are the following: three from the Stogie Review (Don Cruz’ado’s, Walt’s and Brian’s), Cigar Inspector’s best non-Cubans, Smoking Stogie’s best Non-Cubans and Keeper of the Flame’s, StogieOne’s and A Cigar Smoker’s best of 2009. On each of these lists the top cigar got 10 points, the second 9 and so on till 1 for number 10 (A cigar smoker’s list has 15 places and I only took the first 10). I didn’t use the 2 Cuban Cigar’s lists available (from Cigar Inspector and Smoking Stogie) as none of the other blogs looked at Cubans. What came out of it? Is it a lot different from CA’s list? Let’s see the joint top 10:
Cigar Aficionado has slowly been trickling its top 25 cigars of 2009 on their website for the past five days, crowning the Padron Family Reserve No.45 Maduro as the best of the year. Now it is finally online in its entirety.
I’ll come clear straightaway: I am not a Cigar Aficionado fan, far from it. I find the magazine itself more an excuse for advertisement aimed at rich snobby guys than a real cigar publication, but it is undeniable that through the magazine and the online counterpart Cigar Insider these guys have a lot of influence on consumers (in the US mainly, but not only).It’s amusing (though I appreciate the idea) that a high-life magazine like CA has decided to also put a list of the best budget cigars on its website, though some might argue that 5-6$ is not exactly a bargain price, rather mid of the road instead… still if you live off expensive spirits playing golf all day long 5$ is nothing I guess. Continue reading
Just added a few links to websites that hold collections of cigar reviews in the sidebar. If I missed anything let me know.
No blogs in there; my cigar blog links will be up and running very soon.
I recently added a group of links to webpages that deal with information on cigars. I am sure that most of these are known to anyone interested in the cigar-related portion of the web and need no introduction. Instead I wanted to take this chance to talk about one of the links on that list, a great example of why the web – even with all the crap out there – is such a great place.
The website I am talking about is none other than Trevor’s Cuban Cigar Website.
If you think that the greeting “The best Cuban Cigar Reference Website available” that you find on the opening page sounds smug, you couldn’t be any further. Trevor’s page really IS the best source of Cuban Cigar information out there, way better than the Habanos site ever will be. The amount of information on brands, and their history is unsurpassed and the news section is probably the one I follow most. Some might not like the simple graphic interface, but I actually appreciate it as a sign that this is a website were facts are the important stuff, not packaging and fancy effects. But the thing that makes me appreciate this webpage even more is that it is not only non-commercial, but it does not even carry any adverts of sort, which is quite a rare find today.
And if Trevor ever drops by and reads this, there is just one thing to say: Thanks for the fantastic job mate!