2015_Year_in_Review

The Cigar of the Year Countdown is a quantitative analysis of the best cigars of 2016. Other than the fact the cigar must be a box worthy cigar to qualify for the list, when it comes to price that is not factored into the Countdown. In this exercise, I take a look at the list from a value standpoint and see how the Top 30 would look.

The concept for the Value Ranking is simple – apply an equal weight for how the cigar rank versus how the price for the cigar was ranked. The rank part was already completed as a part of the Countdown. To look at how the price was ranked, the Top 30 list was simply sorted by pricing.

Points were then assigned for each of the two lists. 30 points for the top ranked cigar, 29 points for the second ranked cigar, etc. – all the way to 1 point for the 30th cigar. Points were then applied to the pricing. 30 points for the lowest priced cigar, 29 points for the 2nd lowest priced cigar, etc – all the way down to 1 point for the most expensive cigar on the list. The points were then added up. The cigar with the most points. If cigars were tied in price, the points were distributed evenly (thus the half points)

In the final rankings, if a cigar was tied with the same amount of points, the tiebreaker went to the lower priced cigar.

 1. Aladino Elegante (57) $8.00
 2. Crux du Connoisseur (53) $8.99
 3. Aganorsa Leaf TABSA Connecticut Toro by Casa Fernandez (48) $7.00
 4. Mi Querida Ancho Largo (45.5) $9.50
 5. BLTC Bishop’s Blend Robusto (42.5) $9.50
 6. Saga Short Tales – Tales of High Priming (41) $8.49
 7. Espinosa Crema Toro Grande (41) $8.90
 8. Bombay Tobak Gaaja Toro (36) $15.50
 9. Moya Ruiz Pickle Juice (34) $7.69
 10. Sobremesa Short Churchill by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust (33) $10.45
 11. Eastern Standard Dos Firmas (Caldwell Signature) Piramide by Caldwell Cigar Company (33) $11.00
 12. MBombay Vintage Reserve 1973 Lancero (33) $13.50
 13, Litto Gomez Small Batch No. 6 (32) $21.00
 14. Davidoff Nicaragua Box Pressed Toro (30) $17.90
 15. Paul Gamirian Connoisseur Toro (30) $19.00
 16. Crux Guild Toro Extra Marblehead BP (29.5) $9.95
 17. Regius Exclusivo U.S.A. Oscuro Especial Robusto (29) $8.95
 18.Flores y Rodriguez Connecticut Valley Reserve Gran Toro (29) $17.00
 19. Davidoff Chefs Edition (28) $30.00
 20. LH Maduro Lancero (27.5) $9.50
 21. Imperia Islero Pita by MLB Cigar Ventures (26) $8.95
 22. Black Works Studio Killer Bee Green Hornet Robusto (25.5) $9.95
 23. Nomad Martial Law Toro (22) $12.00
 24. H. Upmann Ingot TheBANKER Private Holding by Altadis USA (21.5) $9.50
 25. Protocol Lancero by Cubariqueño Cigar Company (21) $10.50
 26. 1502 XO Toro (21) $17.75
 27. Davidoff Yamasá Piramides (19) $23.00
 28. Dunhill Signed Range Selección Suprema (15) $20.00
 29. Quesada Reserva Privada Oscuro Toro (14) $13.95
 30. Davidoff Scorcard 2016 (13) $24.00

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Perhaps an interesting thing is that our #1 and #2 cigars also ranked very high in terms of being lower priced, thus both ended up still topping the rankings. In the end the Aladino Elegante coming in second in the rank and third lowest in price ended up topping the value rankings.

Below are the selections in the 2016 Cigar Coop Countdown sorted by rank (left) and price (right)


Top 30 Rankings

 1. Crux du Connoisseur
 2. Aladino Elegante
 3. Litto Gomez Small Batch No. 6
 4. Davidoff Chefs Edition
 5. Bombay Tobak Gaaja Toro
 6. Mi Querida Ancho Largo
 7. Paul Gamirian Connoisseur Toro
 8. Davidoff Nicaragua Box Pressed Toro
 9. BLTC Bishop’s Blend Robusto
 10. MBombay Vintage Reserve 1973 Lancero
 11. Flores y Rodriguez Connecticut Valley Reserve Gran Toro
 12. Eastern Standard Dos Firmas (Caldwell Signature) Piramide by Caldwell Cigar Company
 13. Aganorsa Leaf TABSA Connecticut Toro by Casa Fernandez
 14. Sobremesa Short Churchill by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust
 15. Davidoff Yamasá Piramides
 16. Espinosa Crema Toro Grande
 17. Saga Short Tales – Tales of High Priming
 18. 1502 XO Toro
 19.Crux Guild Toro Extra Marblehead BP
 20. Davidoff Scorcard 2016
 21. Dunhill Signed Range Selección Suprema
 22. Nomad Martial Law Toro
 23. Black Works Studio Killer Bee Green Hornet Robusto
 24. LH Maduro Lancero
 25. Protocol Lancero by Cubariqueño Cigar Company
 26. Moya Ruiz Pickle Juice
 27. Regius Exclusivo U.S.A. Oscuro Especial Robusto
 28. Quesada Reserva Privada Oscuro Toro
 29. Imperia Islero Pita by MLB Cigar Ventures
 30. H. Upmann Ingot TheBANKER Private Holding by Altadis USA

Top 30 By Price

 1. Aganorsa Leaf TABSA Connecticut Toro by Casa Fernandez $7.00
 2. Moya Ruiz Pickle Juice $7.69
 3. Aladino Elegante $8.00
 4. Saga Short Tales – Tales of High Priming $8.49
 5. Espinosa Crema Toro Grande $8.90
 6. Regius Exclusivo U.S.A. Oscuro Especial Robusto $8.95
 7. Imperia Islero Pita by MLB Cigar Ventures $8.95
 8. Crux du Connoisseur $8.99
 9. Mi Querida Ancho Largo $9.50
 10. BLTC Bishop’s Blend Robusto $9.50
 11. LH Maduro Lancero $9.50
 12. H. Upmann Ingot TheBANKER Private Holding by Altadis USA $9.50
 13. Crux Guild Toro Extra Marblehead BP $9.95
 14. Black Works Studio Killer Bee Green Hornet Robusto $9.95
 15. Sobremesa Short Churchill by Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust $10.45
 16. Protocol Lancero by Cubariqueño Cigar Company $10.50
 17. Eastern Standard Dos Firmas (Caldwell Signature) Piramide by Caldwell Cigar Company $11.00
 18.Nomad Martial Law Toro $12.00
 19. MBombay Vintage Reserve 1973 Lancero $13.50
 20. Quesada Reserva Privada Oscuro Toro $13.95
 21. Bombay Tobak Gaaja Toro $15.50
 22. Flores y Rodriguez Connecticut Valley Reserve Gran Toro $17.00
 23. 1502 XO Toro $17.75
 24. Davidoff Nicaragua Box Pressed Toro $17.90
 25. Paul Gamirian Connoisseur Toro $19.00
 26. Dunhill Signed Range Selección Suprema $20.00
 27. Litto Gomez Small Batch No. 6 $21.00
 28. Davidoff Yamasá Piramides $23.00
 29. Davidoff Scorcard 2016 $24.00
 30. Davidoff Chefs Edition $30.00