Background & Perspective: Cigar Aficionado has published about 15,000 cigar ratings since 1992. On average a cigar that gets rated 95 or higher (out of 100) is in a rare class. Here are the key facts: (1) Only 1 in every 250 rated cigars scores a 95 or higher; (2) Only 1 in every 1000 rated cigars scores a 96 or higher; (3) Only 1 in every 2,500 rated cigars scores a 97 or higher; (4) Only 1 in every 7,500 rated cigars scores a 98 or higher. Only twice has a cigar scored higher than 97, once this year and once in 1992!
Sampler-9X: All 9 cigars rated 95 and higher by CIGAR AFICIONADO in the Jan/Feb-2021 issue (legal for sale).
98, E.P. Carrillo Pledge, D
97, Fuente Fuente OpusX, D
97, Padron 1964 Anniversario, N
96, La Mission L’Atelier 1959, N
95, Alec Bradley Gatekeeper, D
95, Henry Clay War Hawk, H
95, Joya de Nicaragua Numero Uno, N
95, Oliva V Melanio, N
95, Rocky Patel #6, H
Price $177, including tax
Sampler 6A: Five 97 rated + the only 98 rated cigar
This sampler contains each of the ONLY six cigars ever rated above 96 by CIGAR AFICIONADO (legal for sale). $174 including tax.
Sampler-6B: Six 96-rated cigars
This sampler contains the six most recently 96 rated cigars by CIGAR AFICIONADO. A total of nine cigars have been rated 96 in the last 30 years that are legal for sale. $113, includes tax.
Sampler 6C: Three 96-rated + three 95-rated cigars
This sampler contains the three 96-rated cigars not in sampler 6B plus three 95-rated cigars from this year. Price $107, includes tax.
Sampler 6X: 98, 97 & 96 Rated 6-Pack
This sampler contains the six cigars rated 96 and higher by CIGAR AFICIONADO (legal for sale), including the 98 and 97 rated cigars of 2020/2021. $132 including tax.
Sampler 10X: The last 10 cigars rated 95
This sampler contains the last 10 cigars rated 95 by CIGAR AFICIONADO (legal for sale). $164 including tax.
The following samplers contain 6 different brands with two cigars each. Prices include tax.
12-Robusto Sampler: Alec Bradley Prensado, CAO America, Fuente, Kentucky Fire Cured, Oliva V, Padron. Price $129
12-Corona Sampler: CAO Gold, Macanudo, Montecristo White, Rocky Patel No. 6, Romeo Julieta, Sancho Panza Fuerte. Price $125
12-Churchill: Alec Bradley Prensado, Ashton VSG, Fuente Hemingway Classic, Macanudo, Montecristo, Padron 1964 Aniversario. Price $199
12-Double Toro (60-ring) Sampler: Alec Bradley Prensado, CAO Flathead, La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero, Oliva V, Padron, Rocky Patel Vintage 1990. Price $172
12-Torpedo Sampler: Fuente King B, Kristoff Limitada, Oliva G, Oliva V, Rocky Patel Edge Corojo, Romeo Julieta. Price $152
12-ACID Sampler: Acid Blondie Corona, Acid Blondie Belicoso, Kuba Kuba, Cold Tea Infusion, Roam, Ronin. Price $119
Accessory Option 1: Cigar Cutter and triple jet lighter. $20
Accessory Option 2: Cigar minder. $12
Accessory Option 1 + 2: $30