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We asked, and you all responded. Cigars & Leisure held its first Readers’ Choice Awards, asking you the readers to choose the best of the best for the past year. What was your favorite cigar? The best beer you downed? How about your favorite international travel destination or the best airport to spend a layover in? The best critics are often people you know and trust, and we relied on all of you cigar enthusiasts to help us award the best out there. Check out the results of our Readers’ Choice Awards below.





Favorite U.S. City

International Travel

Family Travel

Cruise Lines

Hotels and Resorts


Favorite Airports


Category: Cigars

1. Undercrown Shade
Drew Estate

2. Nomad Estelí Lot 8613
Nomad Cigar Company

3. Gurkha Ghost
Gurkha Cigars

4. AVO Syncro Nicaragua
AVO Cigars

5. CAO Flathead V770
CAO Cigars

6. Montecristo White Vintage Connecticut
Altadis U.S.A.

7. Twentieth Anniversary
Rocky Patel Cigars

8. PSyKo Seven
Ventura Cigar Company

9. Cuatro Cinco
Joya de Nicaragua

10. El Güegüense
Foundation Cigar Company


Category: Spirits

1. Angel’s Envy

2. Crown Royal Regal Apple

3. Johnnie Walker Double Black Whiskey

4. Glenfiddich 15 Year Old Scotch Whisky

5. Macallan Scotch 18 Year

6. Woodford Reserve Whiskey

7. Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

8. Bulleit 95 Rye Small Batch Whiskey

9. Flor de Caña Rum

10. Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon


Category: Beer

1. Sam Adams Boston Lager

2. Stella Artois Cidre

3. Guinness Blonde American Lager

4. Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

5. Not Your Father’s Root Beer

6. Founders CBS Imperial Stout

7. Blue Moon Brewing Co. Belgian White

8. Devils Backbone Brewing Co. Vienna Lager

9. Left Hand Brewing Milk Stout Nitro

10. Innis & Gunn Original


Category: Favorite U.S. City

1. New York, New York

2. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

3. Miami, Florida

4. Las Vegas, Nevada

5. New Orleans, Louisiana

6. Phoenix, Arizona

7. Seattle, Washington

8. Chicago, Illinois

9. San Diego, California

10. San Francisco, California


Category: International Travel

1. Nicaragua

2. Dominican Republic

3. Mexico

4. Amsterdam, Netherlands

5. Jamaica

6. Italy

7. Scotland

8. Paris, France

9. Aruba

10. Belize


Category: Family Travel

1. Orlando, Florida

2. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

3. Las Vegas, Nevada

4. Puerto Rico

5. Miami, Florida

6. Cancun, Mexico

7. Charleston, South Carolina

8. Washington, D.C.

9. California (unspecified)

10. Cabo San Lucas, Mexico


Category: Cruise Lines

1. Carnival Cruise Line

2. Norwegian Cruise Line

3. Princess Cruises

4. Royal Caribbean International

5. Viking River Cruises

6. Disney Cruise Line

7. Celebrity Cruises

8. Holland America Line

9. Seabourn Cruise Line

10. Oceania Cruises


Category: Hotels and Resorts

1. The Mirage Hotel & Casino Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada

2. Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge in Orlando, Florida

3. Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

4. The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado

5. Grand Hotel Huis ter Duin in Noordwijk, Netherlands

6. Hotel Adler Thermae Spa & Relax Resort in San Quirico d’Orcia, Italy

7. Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia

8. Hotel Indigo Shanghai in Shanghai, China

9. Peppermill Resort Hotel in Reno, Nevada

10. Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana


Category: Airlines

1. Southwest Airlines

2. Delta Air Lines

3. American Airlines

4. United Airlines

5. Alaska Airlines

6. JetBlue Airways

7. Virgin America

8. Spirit Airlines

9. KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

10. Lufthansa



Category: Favorite Airports

1. Denver International Airport (DEN)

2. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL)

3. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)

4. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)

5. John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

6. McCarran International Airport (LAS)

7. Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)

8. Orlando International Airport (MCO)

9. Miami International Airport (MIA)

10. Dubai International Airport (DXB)

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