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Tony and Daniel’s Best Cigars of 2011

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Well, another year has came and went, with it, the cigar industry as a whole really stepped their game up producing some of the best cigars to date. As we take this time to scramble for last minute holiday gifts, spend time with out families, and drink way more than we probably should, we at Casas Fumando put together a quick list of our top 10 cigars for the year 2011. We added a few honorable mentions in there as well.  Without further adieu, here is our list:

#10 – Casa Miranda by Miami Cigar Co.


Miami Cigar was on a huge roll last year and turned out a bunch of good cigars, one of which made our #1 in 2010.  New releases slowed down a little bit in 2011 but the quality did not!  The Casa Miranda is a smooth medium bodied smoke that is wonderfully well balanced with flavors of coffee, cedar and a touch of spice with some added sweetness and tart flavors.  The creamy finish on this cigar is sure to impress all kinds of cigar enthusiasts.

#9 – Drew Estate Liga Privada Undercrown

It’s no secret that one of us here at Casas Fumando is a huge Liga Privada Fanboy. When word got out that Drew Estate was working on a new, affordable, non-exclusive version of the blend, we did whatever it took to track a few down. This cigar was actually created by workers at the Drew Estate factory when the company decided they needed to hold back consumption on more of the Liga Privada cigars in order to get more to the consumers. This sweet, complexed, and incredibly balanced blend has made huge waves amongst the cigar community this year. Affordable, easy to find, and tasty. What more could one ask for?

#8 – Camacho – Room 101 Namakubi

Camacho Room 101 Namakubi

Camacho has been relatively quite lately, with the exception of a little sleeper cigar that took this year’s IPCPR show by storm. Matt Booth and Camacho teamed up a while back in collaboration to release the Room 101 brand. One of this year’s Room 101 releases really caught the attention of not only the attendees at the release show, but us as well. The Namakubi is a very complex, and different style cigar that keeps you entertained from start to finish. It’s got some body, some unique flavors, and some interesting artwork. Hopefully we see more like this from both Camacho and Room 101 in the near future.

#7 – Quesada Oktoberfest

A blend created for the sole purpose of German beer pairing? It almost seems like Quesada was reading our minds when it created yet another masterpiece. This trophy of a cigar was introduced for the first time this year to accompany the german Oktoberfest celebration. To be honest, we celebrate each time we light one of these bad boys up. Strong, full body, with just enough flavor to marry in perfectly with your beer, without overpowering it. Needless to say  Quesada is on a roll this year and it will be interesting to see where they stand this time next year.

#6 – Tatuaje Wolfman – Monster Series #4

Tatuaje Wolfman
Pete Johnson of Tatuaje Cigars has another winner is his amazingly popular Monster Series of cigars that come out every Halloween.  In his 4th addition to the Series, Pete opted to wrap the Wolfman with a tasty Sumatra wrapper and leave an interesting shaggy foot on the cigar.  The cigar started off with lots of cedar and some spice you would expect from a Tatuaje cigar.  Interestingly though, the Wolfman turned out to be a smooth experience as the peppery spice tapered off and were replaced by cloves, nutmeg, leather and a touch of sweetness in the last half.

#5 – E.P. Carrillo New Wave Connecticut
E.P. Carillo New Wave Connecticut
There are tons of Connecticut cigars out on the market and it takes a special blender to make one that stands out amongst the rest.  Well, E.P. Carrillo turned out a winner with his New Wave Connecticut this year which made waves(pun intended!) in the cigar world.  Everything you would hope for in a Connecticut cigar can be found here and at a price that is easily digestible.  Smooth creamy notes with touches of sweetness such as coffee and caramel all wrapped together with a soft cedar blanket.  This is a fantastic cigar to gift to someone new to the cigar world or even someone looking for a smooth morning treat.

#4 – San Lotano Oval

San Lotano Oval

A.J. Fernandez is another name that has been tearing up the cigar streets as of late with his newly created, B&M exclusive San Lotano line. Amongst that line is a stand alone cigar that blew us away. The Oval is unique not only in blend, but in shape as well. This cigar packed some of the most complex, interesting, smooth, and enjoyable flavors into its strange, yet comfortable Oval formatted cigar. At a welcomed price point, we would be surprised if this cigar didn’t sneak into other’s top 10 list as well.

#3 – Tatuaje La Casita Criolla

Tatuaje La Casita Criolla

Connecticut Broadleaf, now that’s a term I wish we heard more often. As soon as Pete Johnson announced that he and Jaime Garcia of My Father Cigars would be creating a 100% Connecticut Broadleaf cigar, we jumped all over it. From the wrapper, to the filler, this complex yet smooth cigar aims to please. With a sweet, chocolate and cedar profile, this cigar really is the epitome of a perfect cigar. One other huge point that helped nudge this cigar so far up our list is the price point. One would think a Tatuaje, coming from My Father’s Factory, composed completely of expensive broadleaf would carry a hefty price tag. But the $7 range on these sticks just make them too hard to pass up.

#2 – Quesada Seleccion Espana

Quesada Seleccion Espana
Quesada threw out a few curve balls this year in the ways of tasty cigars, that is for sure.  The Seleccion Espana is definitely one of those.  It’s a rare treat and we are both glad we were able to try it.  The Seleccion Espana was actually created for the Spanish cigar market with a definite throwback to class Cuban cigars.  The cigar entertains your palate with a mix of cedar, tart sweetness and the classic saltiness you find on some Cuban cigars.  The flavors are rounded out by a touch of spice and nuttiness with a smooth medium finish.  If you manage to track a few of these down, buy them and enjoy their super slow burning goodness down to the nub!

#1 – Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2011

Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2011
Well what can we say, the number 1 cigar is definitely a tasty one and we both enjoyed each and every inch of them.  The My Father factory turns out some awesome cigars and the Limited Edition of the Jamie Garcia is no exception.  We both really enjoy the original Jamie Garcias so we got very excited when we heard about this cigar coming out.  Tony jumped at the chance for a box purchase and did not regret it one bit.  The price is a little bit high but it is a limited edition after all and neither of can say no to a wonderfully toothy Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper! haha.  So what can you expect form this cigar?  Well, you will get subtle nuances of spice, a thick chocolate coating on your palate and tons of espresso notes.  Add to that some pleasant cedar, a touch of berry sweetness and some nuts and you will be in cigar heaven!  Get your hands on these before they disappear, you will not be disappointed!

Honorable Mentions:

There were a TON of good cigars that came out this year and it’s extremely hard to make a top 10 list without have a few that were right on the edge of #9 or #10.  So to compensate, here’s a couple honorable mentions that just BARELY missed our list.

The Maldonado Dynasty – The Mogul
I’m sure you’ve seen this name around the site before, and just recently Paul Maldonado donated a box to Daniel’s Movember Campaign.  But aside from being an all-around nice guy Paul also has a tasty cigar on his hands.  From the attractive oily wrapper to the smooth cedar aroma, “The Mogul” is a cigar that does not disappoint.  In the flavor department, you can expect to find coffee, cedar, a touch of spice and some interesting dried fruit.  Make sure to grab a few of these and give them a try.

Illusione ~MK~ Ultra

I know, I know, there is no review for this cigar. There is a reason behind that, and probably the only reason why this cigar didn’t make our top ten. I had a hell of a time tracking down this cigar. Even when I did, I was only able to chase down one, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The MK Ultra is based on Dion’s first release of the ~MK~. It’s basically the same blend, on crack. Much stronger and more robust. I already liked the ~MK~ as is, but the added strength and body blew me away. If you are a fan of the ~MK~ or Dion’s stuff in general, then this cigar is for you. Let’s just hope future supplies will meet demand.

Tony Casas is a 32 year old Creative Managing/Webdesigning/Craft Beer Drinking Cigar smoker from El Paso, Texas. When he isn't loving his wife he is either sleepy, hungry, or suffering from a headache.

29 Comments

  1. Jake

    December 16, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Great list. I’ve only had a few of those (some thanks to CF!) but I agree with them making this list. Nice job, guys.

    • Tony Casas

      December 16, 2011 at 11:16 am

      Thanks Jake! Did you try the Jaime Garcia? Let us know what you think if you have!

      • Jake

        December 16, 2011 at 11:17 am

        Not yet, but will do as soon as I have.

        • Dalamscius

          December 16, 2011 at 11:31 am

          Definitely need to try one of those, so tasty…

  2. irratebass

    December 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Very good article, however I think the Undercrown should have been moved u a bit, but it’s not my blog.

    I’m kinda kicking myself though, I was at a TAT/DPG event at a local B&M a couple of weeks ago and I seen the Jaime Garcia Reserva Especial Limited Edition 2011, but I just didn’t have the extra $ to get this one….of course that would make your # 1 list…..ugh.

    However I did manage to pick up a Wolfman (thanks to a generous smoker that I had pleasure of meeting) and the La Casita Criolla.

    And in a couple months the same B&M is going to have Nestor Miranda there with a Nestor event, is your # 10 one of his lines? I will make sure to pick up the Jamie Garcia LE and that # 10.

    • Tony Casas

      December 16, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      The Casa Miranda sure is a Nestor Miranda! I have had nothing but GREAT experiences with just about every Nestor Mirand I have had, and I’ve had a ton. So I think you’re safe no matter what you pick up ;p

      I had a good feeling about the Jaime Garcia based on the original release of the Reserva Especial last year, which also made out top ten list after. I just got lucky ;p

      • irratebass

        December 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

        I am very excited about the Nestor event and to also actually meet the man.

  3. czerbe

    December 16, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Hey just wanted to thank you guys for running a Stand up Site this is my first really big year into cigars and bloggs and yours is one of my Favorites. I hope you all have a great Holiday and keep up the good work.

    • Tony Casas

      December 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm

      We appreciate you man! Hope you have a great one.

    • Dalamscius

      December 16, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks Czerbe! Enjoy your holidays too and make sure to smoke something good!

  4. Jeremy H.

    December 16, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Great top 10!! I have only smoked about half of the cigars listed but I couldn’t agree with you more. Now I will be on the look out for the ones I haven’t tried yet. The Oval was a super impressive smoke, and was probably my number 1 one of 2011(Thank you Tony for hooking me up with one)….but my mind may change once I smoke the Jaime Garcia. I currently have a La Casita Criolla resting in the humidor, I may have to light it up tonight since it may your top ten!

    • irratebass

      December 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

      What Jeremy said, I might smoke that tonight too.

      • Dalamscius

        December 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm

        Let us know how they smoke guys!

  5. jjo

    December 16, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Great list guys! I’ve been able to try some of these (a couple of them thanks to Tony), and really enjoyed them. I’ll keep looking for others as long as the bank account holds out lol.

    Thanks for all the great work, especially with your busy schedules, and have a Happy Holiday!

    • Dalamscius

      December 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      Thanks and same to you and your family Jeff!

  6. Ben Lee

    December 16, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    BORING! LOL 😉

    • Tony Casas

      December 16, 2011 at 11:56 pm

      ha ha ha ha!!! You’re boring!! I love you too Ben.

  7. Tadd

    December 17, 2011 at 6:46 am

    Interesting list…. I agree with some if we are only looking at releases this year. I have had 8 out of the ten on this list. I have yet to have your #10 or #1… I think you guys should also do a personal top ten of all time smokes… I definitely agree with the espana being up near the top. The octoberfest in the bavarian style for sure. I was unimpressed with the goober….I will need to look for the Jaime and the Miranda. Thanks for the list gents, as usual you guys are my go to for reading and enjoyment and the occasional needling. Have a great holiday season! Stay warm!

    • Tony Casas

      December 19, 2011 at 9:40 am

      I liked the Uber too, just not as much as the Bavarian. Quesada made some amazing sticks this year and I am really interested to see what they do next year.

  8. Dave

    December 17, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Nice list guys. Thanks for providing us with such quality reviews over the past year.

    • Tony Casas

      December 19, 2011 at 9:39 am

      Thanks for reading! That’s why we do what we do

  9. Lou Bozzelli

    December 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    What a fantastic way to wrap up 2011. You both do such a great job with the reviews and the pics are just top drawer. You are very creative. It’s like you two are brothers seperated by an unprotected border!
    Daniel, where can we get the Tatuaje’s around here??

    Seriously guys, I always enjoy and look forward to reading the reviews. Keep up the good work and all the best for 2012.

    • Daniel T.

      December 19, 2011 at 10:05 am

      Thanks Lou! Tony secretly wants to be Canadian, it’s in his blood, but shhh… don’t tell him!
      No one around here carries Tat’s, gotta get them from the US. If I can make it to the herf on Wednesday I’ll see if I have any left to let you try.

      • Lou Bozzelli

        December 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm

        Thanks a whole bunch Daniel T!! I hope to see you there. We can’t leave till 5pm so I hope you’re still there. Cheers till then.

  10. jjo

    December 18, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Just out of curiosity, where did the CroMagnon wind up on your list? I loved the one I’ve had so far.

    • Tony Casas

      December 19, 2011 at 9:37 am

      Daniel and I actually talked about that one for a while. It was a great stick, but it BARELY made the list. Had we done a top 15, it would have been on there for sure.

  11. @revjava

    December 18, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Tony and Daniel~Thanks to both of you for having the~ dare I say~ Best Cigar Blog in the Internet world…Because of your list~ I now need to go out an track down a Jamie Garcia LE 2011 along with one of Octoberfest.. No surprise about the undercrown making the list, but glad to see Room101 made it on. I played a Camacho Golf Tourney this year and got some Room 101s~ might nice and namabuki li desu yo…Thanks again gentlemen for all you do. Merry Christmas!!

    • Tony Casas

      December 19, 2011 at 9:39 am

      Woah, that’s huge compliments bro, really. The JG is amazing man, and well worth the coin. I really liked the Room 101! Thanks for everything.

  12. Dalamscius

    December 19, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Very kind of you Revjava! Thanks so much! I gotta agree with Tony here, the JG is a superb cigar and well worth trying! Hope you can find one and don’t forget to give us oyur thoughts when you do!

    Merry Christmas!!

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