Expert Picks: Year of the Favorites

Every year, the experts at have the privilege of enjoying and reviewing a range of premiums, and then showcasing only their favorite selections in our Expert Picks. To open 2018, the panel decided to compile a list of five memorable blends from 2017 which thoroughly impressed each member. Each selection boasts great flavor, consistency, and range in strength and character. This sophisticated assortment of handmades puts our experts' exceptional tastes on full display.

CAO Flathead

This is not only one of my top picks for 2017, it's also one of my go-to cigars. This '95' rated box-pressed beauty sports a well-aged Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper with Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers beneath. Its notes of cocoa, black pepper, and earth are always an absolute pleasure.
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Ave Maria Divinia

Truly a work of divine inspiration. I love anything AJ Fernandez makes, and this is no exception. Made primarily with Nicaraguan tobacco, this medium to full-bodied cigar opens with heavy spice, which mellow to notes of leather and earth. This blend will carry you on angel's wings until the end.
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The Signature Habano cigar is a great medium to full-bodied gem that AJ Fernandez helped create. The Habano wrapper drapes Italian, Nicaraguan, and Peruvian long-fillers. The result is a rich, smooth, aromatic experience with a slight sweetness. A great premium for pairing with a nice cocktail.
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Rocky Patel Flor de San Andres

It's official! I'm in love with the Flor de San Andres by Rocky Patel. Its solid construction, dark Mexican San Andrés wrapper, and sugar skull band caught my attention right away. Not to mention the notes of cedar, dark chocolate, leather, and hints of nutmeg leading to an enjoyable experience.
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Oliva Serie 'G' Maduro

Before this review, I enjoyed Oliva cigars on occasion, but now I find myself in love with the Oliva Serie 'G' Maduro. Its dark, oily Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper and Nicaraguan long-fillers reward my palate with a slightly nutty profile and notes of earthiness, fruit, cocoa, and coffee!
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