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

  1. The cigar must have its score published during the 2022 adjusted Cigar Year on Cigar Coop – November 1, 2021, through October 31, 2022.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Cigar Score Factory Country
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.

Country Average Cigars Reviewed
Nicaragua 89.50 12
Honduras 89.00 4
Dominican Republic 88.00 2

Price Range

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
Under $11.00 89.38 8
$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.

Factory Average Cigars Reviewed
Fabrica de Tabacos Nica Sueño S.A. 91.50 2
NACSA 90.67 3
TABSA 87.50 2
HATSA 85.00 3


Due to a smaller data set, we only listed companies that had multiple cigars reviewed.

Company Average Cigars Reviewed
Dapper Cigar Company 90 2
Aganorsa Leaf 87.5 2
STG 85 3