For what was a below par year by most standards, in 2020 the Premium Cigar industry absolutely excelled! E.P. Carrillo Pledge was an absolute highlight of the year, taking top spot on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 AND Cigar Dojo’s Top 10, truly showcasing how incredible of a Premium Cigar this is. Other highlights from this year’s top cigars include the Perdomo Reserve 10th Anniversary Sun Grown, #2 for Cigar Dojo, as well as Joya de Nicaragua Numero Uno L’Ambassadeur coming in at No. 6 on Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 of 2020 and incidentally No. 1 on Cigar Dojo’s Top 10 of 2019. Find the rest of the 2019 Cigars of the Year here.
Q: What is the 2020 Cigar of the Year?
A: Cigar Aficionado AND Cigar Dojo picked E.P. Carrillo Pledge as the #1 Cigar of the Year.
Q: How often does the same cigar win #1 Cigar of the Year for two different publications?
A: Considering how Cigar Dojo only considers new releases for that year and Cigar Aficionado considers ALL cigars they reviewed in a year, this is incredibly rare. The E.P. Carrillo Pledge, and specifically the Pledge Prequel which received an incredible 98 rating from Cigar Aficionado, one of their top-rated cigars in the publication’s history.
Q: How are the Top Cigars of the Year chosen?
A: Cigar Publications such as Halfwheel, Cigar Dojo, and Cigar Afficionado conduct a series of tastings, reviews, and rankings, then repeating the process until they have finalized their ranking. Some, like Cigar Aficionado, utilize blind tastes tests in their process in order to remove any potential bias. While Cigar Dojo limits the possible candidate to releases from that specific year.