JC Newman

December 22, 2012

2012 Cigars of the Year!

Well, it's that time of year again. Time to post my best of the best cigars for 2012. I always try to be fair when reviewing a cigar and give the best information I can so that the reader can decide if this cigar is something they want to try or not. I want them to be able to taste the cigar through my description before ever lighting it. That's the goal.

This year I reviewed a total of 96 cigars. 18 cigars had a score 93 or above! What was the top cigar that I reviewed? What cigars scored 90 or above? The results are shown below with the name, size, and date reviewed for each. Individual awards are shown in red. Links to the blog post are provided for the top cigars scoring 93 and above.

Video compilation of cigars scoring 93 or above can be seen HERE.

95 points; Best Cigar of 2012

6x54 (11/10/12)
(5 cigars rated 93 or higher)

94 Points

5.25x52 (1/8/12)


4 7/8x50 (3/13/12)




San Lotano Habano toro; 6x54 (1/7/12)

ArturoFuente 8-5-8 Rosado; 6x47 (2/4/12)

Camacho Room101 Namakubi Sucio; 7x48; (3/10/12) CHURCHILL OF THE YEAR

Liga PrivadaNo. 9 robusto; 5x52 (4/29/12)

E. P.Carrillo Inch no. 64 natural; 6 1/4x64 (7/21/12) LARGE RING OF THE YEAR

GraycliffEspresso PG; 5.2x50 (10/14/12)

Ortega SerieD Natural no. 10 Belicoso; 6x52 (11/17/12) 

Oliva V Melanio Torpedo; 6.5x52 (12/15/12)



Partagas Salamone LCDH Edition; 7.2x57 (12/31/11)

Oliva V Belicoso; 5x54 (1/15/12)

Alec Bradley Black Market Toro; 6x50 (1/29/12)

Partagas Serie D no. 4 [Oct 10]; 4.88x50 (3/3/12)

Oliva Inferno robusto; 5x50 (3/31/12) PRIVATE LABEL CIGAR OF THE YEAR (Famous Smoke Shop)

Nub Habano 466; 4x66 (5/19/12)

La Sirena Prince; 5x50 (6/9/12)

Espinosa robusto; 5x52 (8/12/12)

Toro Y Leon Famosos; 5x52 (8/19/12)

Perdomo Grand Cru 2006 Connecticut Grand Robusto; 5x60 (9/23/12)

Torano Salutem Robusto Extra; 5x52 (10/13/12)

Alec Bradley Maxx Brazil Robusto; 5x50 (10/28/12) 
La Palina El Diario Toro; 6x50 (12/8/12)



La Gloria Cubana Wavell natural robusto; 5x50 (2/18/12)

Arturo Fuente Hemingway Work of Art natural; 4 7/8x46/60 (2/22/12)

Drew Estate My Uzi Weighs a Ton; 5x60 (3/11/12)

Arturo Fuente Magnum R Vitola 52; 5x52; (3/17/12)

Padron Anniversary 64 maduro Exclusivo; 5.5x50 (4/7/12)

Torano Vault Torpedo; 6.1x52 (4/21/12)

Viaje Mother of all Bombs; 4 1/2x52 (4/22/12)

CAO Last Stick Standing “O”; 5 1/2x54 (5/28/12)

Dona Flor Selecao robusto; 5x52 (6/16/12)

Nestor Miranda Art Deco Coffee Break; 4 1/2x50 (7/8/12)

Torano Master Maduro robusto; 5x50 (7/22/12)

Xikar HC Habano2 robusto; 5x50 (8/5/12)

Ventura Cigar Co. Pura Sangre; 7x52 (8/11/12)

Perdomo 20th Anniversary Maduro Epicure; 6x56 (9/30/12)

Man O’ War Side Projects Little Devil; 5.5x44 (11/4/12)

Emilio Cigars 1502 Ruby Toro; 6x50 (12/1/12) 

Rocky Patel Edge Nicaragua; 6x52 (12/16/12)



Viaje Oro Torpedo; 6x52 (1/22/12)

Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill;  7x48 (1/28/12)

La Gloria Cubana Artesanos de Obelisco; 5 44/57 (3/18/12)

VegaFina Jose Seijas 2011 robusto; 5x56 (4/1/12)

Partagas 1845 robusto; 5 ½ x 49 (4/28/12)

Oliva O maduro robusto; 5x50 (5/6/12)

Dona Flor Puro Mata Fina robusto; 5x52 (6/17/12)

E. P. Carrillo Inch no. 64 maduro; 6 1/8x64 (7/28/12)

Vegas de Santiago Heritage torpedo; 6x52 (8/4/12)

CAO Concert Roadie; 5 ½ x 54 (9/16/12)

Montecristo Epic Premium Selection ’07 Toro; 6x52 (10/6/12)

Graycliff B-cuz Triple Robusto; 6x54 (10/7/12)
The remaining cigars and scores from 2012:
Camacho Havana Diadema; 8x60 (1/21/12)
H. Upmann 1844 Belicoso; 6 1/8x52 (2/18/12)
Room 101 213C; 5.5x44 (5/5/12)
Vindicator robusto; 5x50 (5/13/12)
Reinado El Emperador; 6x60 (7/29/12)
Tabacos Mundial Habano Rose Toro; 6x50 (8/26/12)
Punch Bare Knuckle Belicoso; 5x50 (10/27/12)
EL MEJOR robusto; 5x50 (11/3/12) 
Arturo Fuente 8-5-8 natural; 6x47 (2/26/12)
Casa Magna Colorado Diadema; 6.75x54 (5/20/12)
Romeo toro; 6x54; (6/2/12)
Rocky Patel Vintage 1990 churchill; 7x48 (6/30/12)
Flor de Las Antillas toro; 6x52 (8/25/12)
Genesis The Project robusto; 5x50 (10/21/12)
Emilio Cigars AF1 robusto; 5x50 (12/2/12) 
Casa Magna Colorado Pikito; 4.75x42 (3/4/12)
Punch Rare Corojo 2012 Magnum; 5.1x54 (3/25/12)
San Cristobal Elegancia; 7x50 (6/10/12)
Vegas de Santiago D8 Presidente; 7 ½ x 54 (7/14/12)
Ventura Cigar Co. Estilo Cubano Toraso; 5 3/4x54 (8/18/12) 
Iron Horse Churchill; 7x50 (2/16/12)
Macanudo Café Gigante; 6x60 (3/24/12)
CAO Last Stick Standing “A”; 5 1/2x54 (5/27/12)
Dona Flor Bahia Blend robusto; 5x52 (6/24/12)
Foundry Wells; 6x50 (9/15/12)
Emilio Cigars AF2 toro; 6x50 (11/23/12)
Emilio Cigars AF toro; 6x50 (11/24/12)
La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especiale no. 3; 6x50 (6/3/12)
Dona Flor Reserva Especial robusto; 5x52 (6/23/12)
Emilio Cigars H Series robusto; 5 1/2x50 (11/25/12) 
Esteban Carreras 187 maduro torpedo; 6 1/8x52 (1/14/12)
CAO Last Stick Standing “C”; 5 1/2 x54 (5/26/12) 
Alonso Menendez robusto; 5x50 (11/18/12) 

Alonso Menendez Connecticut robusto; 5x50 (12/9/12)
Dona Flor CC Bahia Blend robusto; 5x52 (7/1/12)
Thank you for your interest in the Tiny Tim Cigar Blog during the past year. I hope you enjoyed the reviews as much as I did doing them.
Hopefully the YouTube reviews added something positive to the review process.
Thanks go out to the companies who supplied cigars for review.
If any company would like their cigars reviewed simply contact me and we'll set it up.
Here's looking forward to 2013 and another year of great cigars!


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