Cigar Aficionado,  assigned the first three places of its Top 25 for 2021 to three cigars made in Nicaragua. The fourth place was obtained by a cigar of Cuban origin and the fifth position was for one made in the Dominican Republic.
Padrón 1964 Anniversary Series Torpedo (Natural) obtained the Cigar of the Year Award. This cigar, made in Nicaragua by Padrón Cigars Inc., obtained the high rating of 97 points.
This series of box-pressed cigars that was launched on the market in 1994, signified a change in the world of premium cigars, because its immense commercial and critical success inspired other tobacco companies to use this technique, which made them very popular. That year, the company celebrated its 30th anniversary and, to celebrate it, its owners decided to make a high-end cigar using exceptionally long-aged tobacco, reminiscent of the cigars they enjoyed in Cuba before going into exile. That was how, with Cuban seed tobacco grown in the sun in Nicaragua, they agreed to put into practice that old method whose product had disappeared from the market.
According to Cigar Aficionado, Padrón Cigars Inc. is the most consistent company that they identify in their records: it was the first to obtain the Cigar of the Year Award, when in 2004 they published their list of awards for the first time and, to date, it has conquered that award four times, which makes it the company that has done it the most times. In addition, for 16 of the 17 years that the rating has been carried out, Padron has occupied a position among the first five places.
Montecristo 1935 Anniversary Nicaragua No. 2, obtained second place. Rated 95 points, this cigar, with the most iconic size of Montecristo, was made entirely with Nicaraguan tobacco grown on the farms of A.J. Fernández, a prestigious cigar maker from that country, known as someone who likes to make bold and strong cigars.
In the opinion of Cigar Aficionado, this cigar is the best non-Cuban Montecristo they have ever tasted. The brand is owned by the company Altadis U.S.A. and, according to Cigar Aficionado, the best non-Cuban Montecristo they have ever tasted.
San Cristobal Quintessence Churchill qualified in third place. Like the entire San Cristobal Series, this cigar was made in Nicaragua by the prestigious firm My Father Cigars S.A., a Nicaraguan producer for Ashton Distributors, owned by the Levin family.
When Ashton decided to diversify his production, he sought the support of the García family, of My Father Cigars, some well-known cigar makers from Nicaragua. In 2007 they launched their first Nicaraguan cigar belonging to this series, which is made in five different lines, each with different wrappers and flavors. This award-winning cigar harmoniously and interestingly mixes various flavors including nuts, an earthy coffee base and baking spices.
Partagas Serie D Nº 4, a cigar made by Habanos S.A., at its factory in Cuba, ranked fourth with a rating of 93 points. This havano, the most popular cigar in the world, surpassed the other Cuban cigars in 2021, despite its high production figures.
This cigar belongs to the well-known Partagas Alphabet Series that began in 1930, with numerous sizes although, in the 1970s, the only line left was Series D No. 4. Starting in 2005, Habanos added four sizes and decided to pack them in tubes that are sold in packs of three, a packaging that has been part of its market success because it gives the brand an elegant appearance.
Casa Cuba Double Four ranked fifth in the Top 25 of 2021. It is made by the very famous Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia., from the Dominican Republic and, like the previous cigar, was rated with 93 points.
This cigar was created with the idea of ??evoking the early days of the company, then called Arturo Fuente Cigar Co., when the family produced cigars with Cuban tobacco at their home in Tampa, Florida.
Today this tobacco empire operates from the Dominican Republic and produces more than 30 million cigars a year.