Smoking Syndicate 2023 Performance
Today, we look at Performance Data from The Smoking Syndicate for 2023. The Performance Rankings are a statistical analysis based on the average numerical score of all cigars assessed on Cigar Coop and The Smoking Syndicate. It is meant to be a barometer regarding how well companies scored overall for the year.

As we did last year, we took a look at the data from The Smoking Syndicate and sliced it in different ways. This is not meant to be an award, but a look at how scoring went and what we can learn from it.

We used the following criteria to implement the rankings

  1. The cigar must have its score published during the 2022 adjusted Cigar Year on The Smoking Syndicate – 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.

The Smoking Syndicate Scoring 2022-23

The following is a summary of all of the reviews from The Smoking Syndicate sorted from highest score to lowest score.

Cigar Score Country of Origin Factory
Avo Cigars Seasons Fall (10/30/23) 92 Dominican Republic OK Cigars
Espinosa 10 Years Anniversary (11/9/22) 92 Nicaragua San Lotano
Foundation Cigars Olmec Corona Gorda Claro (2/14/23) 92 Nicaragua Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua SA
Aganorsa Leaf Supreme Leaf Toro 2023 (6/27/23) 91 Nicaragua TABSA
Arturo Fuente Don Carlos Eye of the Bull (9/16/23) 91 Dominican Republic Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia
Powstanie Connecticut Toro (9/22/23) 91 Nicaragua Fabrica de Tabacos NicaSueño
Aging Room Quattro Nicaragua Sonata Vibrato (9/1/23) 90 Nicaragua Tabacalera A.J. Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A.
AJ Fernandez New World Dorado Robusto (3/31/23) 90 Nicaragua San Lotano
Casa Cuevas Sangre Nueva Toro (5/20/23) 90 Dominican Republic Las Lavas
Crowned Heads Four Kicks Mule Kick 2022 (2/21/23) 90 Dominican Republic Tabacalera La Alianza, S.A.
JRE Aladino Limited Edition (10/13/23) 90 Honduras Fabrica de Puros Aladino S.A.
Tatuaje Avion 13 Tuxtla * (6/20/23) 89.5 Nicaragua My Father Cigas S.A.
Crowned Heads Azul y Oro (4/19/23) 89 Nicaragua Nicaraguan American Cigars S.A. (NACSA)
Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust Mi Querida Black SakaKhan (6/30/23) 89 Nicaragua Nicaraguan American Cigars S.A. (NACSA)
Los Statos Deluxe Robusto (3/8/23) 87 Honduras HATSA
Forged Cigars Shady Moose Toro (10/6/23) 82 Honduras HATSA


A summary of average scores by year:

Year Average Cigars Reviewed
2022-23 89.72 16
2021-22 89.22 18

Country of Origin

There was data from the three countries. Consistent with how the scoring went on Cigar Coop, the order was 1) Dominican Republic, 2) Nicaragua, and 3) Honduras in terms of average score. Like the rest of Cigar Coop, cigars originating from Nicaragua made up the most reviews

Country Average Cigars Reviewed
Dominican Republic 90.75 4
Nicaragua 90.38 9
Honduras 86.33 3

Price Range

The median price point used for this analysis was $13.00. Both price ranges were close in terms of average score and cigars reviewed. Overall, the average price for a cigar assessed on The Smoking Syndicate was $12.62 – just under the median.

Price Range Average Cigar Reviewed
Under $13.00 89.06 9
$13.00 and Over 90.57 7


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

Factory Average Cigars Reviewed
Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua SA 91.50 2
San Lotano 91.00 2
Nicaraguan American Cigars S.A. (NACSA) 89.00 2
HATSA 84.50 2


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

Company Average Cigars Reviewed
Crowned Heads 89.5 2
STG 84.5 2