The Performance Rankings were introduced in 2012 as a statistical analysis based on the average numerical score of all cigars assessed on Cigar Coop. It is meant to serve as a barometer in terms of how well companies scored overall for the year.
Today for the first time, we take a look at the data from The Smoking Syndicate and slice it different ways. This is not meant to be an award, but a look at how scoring went, and what we can learn from it. A total of 18 cigars were reviewed on The Smoking Syndicate, resulting in an average score of 89.22.
We used the following criteria to implement the rankings
- The cigar must have its score published during the 2022 adjusted Cigar Year on Cigar Coop – November 1, 2021, through October 31, 2022.
- All cigars scored were eligible regardless of release date. The goal here is to see how the factory performed during the Cigar Coop Cigar Year.
- Only data from The Smoking Syndicate reviews was considered. Data from The Smoking Syndicate Roundtable was not included, but we may add this in the future.
The following is a summary of all of the reviews from The Smoking Syndicate sorted from highest score to lowest score.
|Valacari The Messenger Robusto Extra (12/16/21)||93||n/a||Nicaragua|
|Black Works Studio Intergalactic Robusto (3/4/22)||92||Fabrica Oveja Negra||Nicaragua|
|Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust Mi Querida Triqui Traca No. 448 (5/6/22)||92||NACSA||Nicaragua|
|RoMa Craft Tobac CroMagnon Black Irish – Happy St. Patrick’s Day (3/17/22)||92||Fabrica de Tabacos Nica Sueño S.A.||Nicaragua|
|Aganorsa Leaf Aniversario Corojo Toro (10/19/22)||91||TABSA||Nicaragua|
|Drew Estate FSG 20 Acre Farm Robusto (4/15/22)||91||La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate||Nicaragua|
|Powstanie Wotjek 2021 (8/19/22)||91||Fabrica de Tabacos Nica Sueño S.A.||Nicaragua|
|Plasencia Cosecha 149 Santa Fe (2/10/22)||91||Tabacos de Oriente||Honduras|
|Dapper Cigars La Madrina Shade Robusto (6/8/22)||90||NACSA||Nicaragua|
|Dapper Cigar Company La Madrina Toro (2/25/22)||90||NACSA||Nicaragua|
|Alec & Bradley Kintsugi Corona Gorda (4/20/22)||89||Fabrica de Tabacos Raices Cubanas S. de R.L||Honduras|
|EP Carrillo Short Run Retro 2021 Short Play (7/6/22)||89||Tabacalera La Alianza||Dominican Republic|
|Southern Draw Jacob’s Ladder Ascension (3/11/22)||89||Tabacalera AJ Fernandez||Nicaragua|
|Bolivar Lost and Found Cofradia EMS Toro (4/27/22)||88||HATSA||Honduras|
|Punch The People’s Champ (6/29/22)||88||HATSA||Honduras|
|Freud Cigar Company Superego Lonsdale (9/23/22)||87||Tabacalera William Ventura||Dominican Republic|
|Aganorsa Guardian of the Farm Cerberus Lonsdale (6/23/22)||84||TABSA||Nicaragua|
|CAO Arcana Firewalker (5/10/22)||79||HATSA||Honduras|
Country of Origin
There was data from the three countries. Like the rest of Cigar Coop, the order was 1) Nicaragua; 2) Honduras; and 3) Honduras in terms of average score. Like the rest of Cigar Coop, Nicaraguan-made cigars led the way.
We simplified the pricing range to use $11.00 as the midpoint. Both price ranges were close in terms of average score and cigars reviewed.
|Price Range||Average||Cigar Reviewed|
|$11.00 and Over||89.10||10|
Due to a smaller data set, we only listed the factories that had multiple cigars that were reviewed.
|Fabrica de Tabacos Nica Sueño S.A.||91.50||2|
Due to a smaller data set, we only listed companies that had multiple cigars reviewed.
|Dapper Cigar Company||90||2|