It isn’t often that we are afforded the opportunity to look back at the progress achieved in the world of premium cigars over the course of a decade. From the perspective of many American cigar smokers—only actively concerning ourselves with handmade cigars since the great cigar boom of the ’90s—this is only the third such event where we can take a meaningful look back, examining the most impactful cigar releases from 2010 to 2019.

In addition to marking the industry’s reluctant transition from long-established customs into the digital era, the twenty-teens were punctuated by movements such as increasingly large ring gauges, amped-up smoking profiles (with an emphasis on the once-mild Connecticut), Mexican San Andrés-wrapped everything, high-profile collaborations, and a micro-batch movement on par with that of the craft beer industry, among others. Along the way, certain cigars stood out as being particularly impactful, whether it be on the industry as a whole, in cult circles, or marking the inception of some of the many companies that will lead the way into the next generation of premium cigars. This list consists of 50 such cigars that left a lasting impact.

The list below is not numbered, as it is not intended to highlight the best cigars, but rather a wide range of cigars that left an impact. Instead, it can be sorted in a number of ways by clicking each section’s header, allowing for alphabetical (and reverse) sorting of each category.
CompanyCigarCountryReleaseStatus
Aganorsa LeafGuardian of the FarmNicaragua2016Regular / Current
AJF Cigar Co.Bellas ArtesNicaragua2016Regular / Current
AJF Cigar Co.San Lotano HabanoNicaragua2010Regular / Current
Alec BradleyFine & Rare HJ10-IHonduras2011Limited / Semi-retired
Arturo FuenteFuente Fuente OpusX Angel’s ShareDominican Republic2012Limited / Current
Arturo FuenteDon Arturo Aniversario Destino al SigloDominican Republic2013Limited / Current
Arturo FuenteCasa CubaDominican Republic2014Regular / Current
AshtonLa Aroma de Cuba Mi AmorNicaragua2010Regular / Current
Asylum CigarsAsylum 13Nicaragua2012Regular / Current
AVO CigarsAVO Syncro NicaraguaDominican Republic2015Regular / Current
Caldwell Cigar Co.Eastern StandardDominican Republic2014Regular / Current
Camacho CigarsAmerican Barrel-AgedDominican Republic2015Regular / Current
CohibaBehike BHKCuba2010Limited / Current
Crowned HeadsFour KicksDominican Republic2011Regular / Current
Crowned HeadsLas Calaveras Edición Limitada 2014Nicaragua2014Limited / Retired
Davidoff CigarsDavidoff NicaraguaDominican Republic2013Regular / Current
Davidoff CigarsDavidoff YamasáDominican Republic2016Regular / Current
Davidoff Cigars702 SeriesDominican Republic2017Regular / Current
Davidoff CigarsOro BlancoDominican Republic2014Limited / Current
Drew EstateHerrera EsteliNicaragua2013Regular / Current
Drew EstateUndercrownNicaragua2011Regular / Current
Drew EstateLiga Privada Único Serie Dirty RatNicaragua2010Limited / Current
Dunbarton Tobacco & TrustSobremesaNicaragua2015Regular / Current
EPC Cigar Co.La HistoriaDominican Republic2014Regular / Current
Espinosa Premium CigarsEspinosa HabanoNicaragua2012Regular / Current
Espinosa Premium CigarsLaranja ReservaNicaragua2014Regular / Current
Foundation Cigar Co.El GüegüenseNicaragua2015Regular / Current
Illusione CigarsRothchildesNicaragua2013Regular / Current
Illusione CigarsSingularé PhantomsNicaragua2010Limited / Current
Illusione CigarsHaut 10Nicaragua2016Limited / Current
J.C. Newman Cigar Co.Diamond Crown Julius CaeserDominican Republic2010Regular / Current
Joya de NicaraguaCuatro Cinco Reserva EspecialNicaragua2015Regular / Current
Joya de NicaraguaNúmero UnoNicaragua2019Limited / Current
JRE Tobacco Co.AladinoHonduras2015Regular / Current
La Flor DominicanaAndalusian BullDominican Republic2016Regular / Current
La Flor DominicanaLFD 1994Dominican Republic2014Regular / Current
La Palina CigarsGoldie Laguito No. 2USA2012Limited / Retired
My Father CigarsFlor de Las AntillasNicaragua2012Regular / Current
Oliva Cigar Co.Serie V MelanioNicaragua2012Regular / Current
Padrón CigarsPadrón 50th Anniversary Limited EditionNicaragua2014Limited / Current
Perdomo CigarsPerdomo Double Aged 12-Year VintageNicaragua2014Regular / Current
Plasencia CigarsAlma FuerteNicaragua2016Regular / Current
RoMa Craft TobacCroMagnonNicaragua2011Regular / Current
RoMa Craft TobacNeanderthalNicaragua2015Regular / Current
Room101One Shot One KillHonduras2012Limited / Retired
Tatuaje CigarsTatuaje TAA 2011Nicaragua2011Limited / Retired
Tatuaje CigarsCQ1Nicaragua2013Limited / Retired
Tatuaje CigarsPork TenderloinNicaragua2010Limited / Retired
Viaje CigarsSkull and Bones Daisy CutterHonduras2010Limited / Retired
Warped CigarsDon ReynaldoUSA2014Regular / Current
It’s a challenging task picking only 50 cigars from the thousands released over the past decade, undoubtedly passing over many smokers’ top picks. Let us know in the comments and on social media your picks for cigars of the decade.
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