All-Time Best/Highest-Rated Brands

CIGAR AFICIONADO has been publishing cigar ratings since 1992.  Prior to the year 2000, every cigar that received a rating of 95 or higher was made in Cuba.  Post 2000, however, only 16% of 95 and higher rated cigars are made in Cuba.  Only four brands have racked up four or more 95 or higher ratings: Padron (11, Nicaragua), Cohiba (6, Cuba), Fuente (5, Dominican Republic), and My Father (4, Nicaragua).

The following brands have three 95 or higher ratings: Oliva V and Rocky Patel. If you would like a detailed chronological listing of every cigar ever rated 95 and higher stop by our shop for a complimentary detailed listing.

About Our High Rated Cigars

We have about 600 different premium cigars in stock, including all 15 cigars EVER rated 96 and higher by CIGAR AFICIONADO (legal for sale).  We stock a large selection of humidors and cigar accessories.  [We also offer a wide range of quality pipe tobacco, pipes and pipe accessories.  (We do NOT sell cigarettes, chew, or e-cigarettes.)]

Cuban cigars can not be sold within the USA due to copyright infringement law.  But it is noteworthy that the last seven '#1 Cigar-of-the-Year' chosen by CIGAR AFICIONADO are NOT Cubans!  In fact since 2001, on 16% of 95 and higher rated cigars are Cuban; we have the rest!!
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More History & Perspective

1.  We have the last seven "#1 Cigar-of-the-Year" in stock
2.  We have the last 35 cigars in stock rated 95 and higher (legal for sale)
3.  We have 44 of the 46 cigars EVER rated 95 and higher in stock (legal for sale).  The other two haven't been made for ten years or longer.
4.  Perspective & History:  Since the year 2001 a Cuban cigar has received a 95 or higher rating 9 times, while since 2006 non-Cuban cigars have done so 46 times!  [2006 is the first year that a non-Cuban cigar was rated 95 or higher.]
5.  More Perspective:  Since 2001 a Cuban cigar has been rated 96 twice and 97 once, none higher.  Since 2006 a non-Cuban cigar has been rated 96 nine times, 97 five times, and 98 once!


Just rated 95 or higher in Jan/Feb-2021
Cigar Aficionado:

Rated 98, EP Carrillo Pledge [in stock]
Rated 97, Fuente Fuente OpusX [in stock]
Rated 97, Padron 1964 Anniversario [in stock]
Rated 96, La Mission L'Atelier 1959 [in stock]
Rated 95, Alec Bradley Gatekeeper [in stock]
Rated 95, Henry Clay War Hawk [in stock]
Rated 95, Joya de Nic Numero Uno [in stock]
Rated 95, Oliva V Melanio [in stock]
Rated 95, Punch Short de Punch [Cuban, unavailable]
Rated 95, Rocky Patel #6 [in stock]


Our 95-Rated Cigars
Aging Room Quattro F55 $15
Alec Bradley Gatekeeper $15, $17
CAO Flathead V660 $14
Davidoff Nicaraguan $25, $29
E. P. Carrillo La Historia E-III $15
Fuente Fuente OpusX $29, $39, $45
Henry Clay War Hawk $14, $16
Illusion Fume d'Amor $15
Joya de Nicaragua Numero Uno $19
La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amour $15
La Mission L'Atelier $16
My Father La Opulencia $16, $18
Oliva V $14, $15, $16
Oliva V Melanio $15, $17
Padron Family Reserve #44 $35
Padron Family Reserve #44 Maduro $35
Padron Family Reserve #45 $32
Padron Family Reserve #45 Maduro $32
Padron Serie 1926 No. 6 $25
Rocky Patel #6 $15, $17
Rocky Patel Decade $16
Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro $14, $16
The Wise Man Maduro $16
Warped Serie Gran Res. 1988 $16

95-Rated Cigars Available for Purchase

{Posted cigar prices include all taxes.}
Aging Room Quattro F55 $15
Alec Bradley Gatekeeper $15, $17
CAO Flathead V660 $14
Davidoff Nicaraguan $25, $29
E. P. Carrillo La Historia E-III $15
Fuente Fuente OpusX $36, $38, $40, $48
Henry Clay War Hawk $12
Illusion Fume d'Amor $15
Joya de Nicaragua Numero Uno $20
La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amour $15
La Mission L'Atelier $16
My Father La Opulencia $16, $18
Oliva V $14, $15, $16
Oliva V Melanio $15, $17
Padron Family Reserve #44 $35
Padron Family Reserve #44 Maduro $35
Padron Family Reserve #45 $32
Padron Family Reserve #45 Maduro $32
Padron Serie 1926 No. 6 $25
Rocky Patel #6 $15, $17
Rocky Patel Decade $16
Rocky Patel Sun Grown Maduro $14, $16
The Wise Man Maduro $16
Warped Serie Gran Res. 1988 $16

96 Rated Cigars Available for Purchase

Aging Room Quattro Nicaraguan $16
Alec Bradley Prensado Churchill $12, 13, 16
E. P. Carrillo Encore $17
Flor de las Antillas Toro $13
La Flor Dominicana Andalusian Bull $20
La Mission L'Atelier 1959 $17
Oliva V Melanio $15, $17
Padron Serie 1926 No. 2 $27
Padron Serie 1926 80-Year Maduro $35

97 Rated Cigars Available for Purchase

Fuente Don Carlos ed. de. Aniversario $45
Fuente Fuente Opus X $29, $44, $48
My Father Le Bijou 1922 $17
Padron 1964 Anniversario $13, $18, $20
Padron Serie 1926 $25, $27, $29, $35

98 Rated Cigar Available for Purchase

E.P. Carrillo Pledge $16, $18

98-Rated Cigar: 1-stick limit with a catch

In order to allow as many regular customers as possible an opportunity to try the new 98-rated cigar, we have put into effect the following strict rule:  You may purchase only one stick with an additional $75 minimum purchase (per household per 10-days).  Supplies of the 98-rated cigar are virtually nonexistent everywhere.  The $75 threshold was chosen to favor our regular customers, because most spend this much or more with each visit.  Our objective is to provide them the greatest opportunity to try this new classic cigar, while still allowing new customers a reasonable opportunity as well.  In an imperfect world, we decided this policy is relatively fair to all.