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Cigar of the Year: Mil Días, Crowned Heads/Tabacalera Pichardo

Last July, Crowned Heads announced that it was teaming up with Tabacalera Pichardo on a new collaboration, Mil Días. This wasn’t the first cigar the two companies worked on—Juarez, a brand that came out in 2018, made waves in the cigar industry, so it’s no surprise Mil Días has also struck a chord with many cigar smokers.

Crowned Heads and Tabacalera Pichardo began working on Mil Días in the summer of 2017. Crowned Heads co-founder Jon Huber was presented with samples of the Mil Días blend by Don Radio Pichardo and Luciano Meirelles, who immediately felt it had potential. The sample was just the beginning as it launched the two companies into a three-year-long process of exploration and experimentation before the blend was finalized. Mil Días features a Nicaraguan binder, an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, and filler tobaccos from Nicaragua, Peru and Costa Rica. It’s a medium to full-bodied smoke full of flavor and complexity and the No. 1 cigar on Cigars & Leisure’s Top 20 Cigars of the Year list, powered by CigarClub.

Mil Días | Crowned Heads

1. Mil Días
Vitola: Corona Gorda
MSRP: $9.25
Brand/Manufacturer: Crowned Heads/Tabacalera Pichardo
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuador (Habano)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua, Peru, Costa Rica
Strength: Medium to Full

Cuevas Reserva Maduro | Casa Cuevas

2. Cuevas Reserva Maduro
Vitola: Toro
MSRP: $10.90
Brand/Manufacturer: Casa Cuevas Cigars/Las Lavas Cigar Factory
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
Binder: Dominican, Piloto Cubano binder
Filler: Dominican and Nicaraguan (Ometepe)
Strength: Medium to Full

War Witch | Black Star Line Cigars

3. War Witch
Vitola: Robusto
MSRP: $10.99
Brand/Manufacturer: Black Star Line Cigars/Aganorsa Leaf
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Connecticut Shade
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Strength: Medium to Full

Morphine (2020) | Black Label Trading Co.

4. Morphine (2020)
Vitola: Robusto
MSRP: $10.50
Brand/Manufacturer: Fabrica Oveja Negra
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés & Ecuador Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan Habano
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Full

Sir Robert Peel Natural | Protocol Cigars

5. Sir Robert Peel Natural
Vitola: Toro
MSRP: $11.95
Manufacturer: La Zona, S.A.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Rosado
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium

Series 84 Maduro | Rodriguez Cigars

6. Series 84 Maduro
Vitola: Gran Toro (6 x 56)
MSRP: $9.95
Manufacturer: Rodriguez Cigars and Tabacalera La Perla
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Habano Maduro
Binder: Nicaraguan and Ecuadorian
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium to Full

Deadwood Leather Rose | Drew Estate

7. Deadwood Leather Rose
Vitola: Belicoso
MSRP: $8.10
Manufacturer: Drew Estate
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Undisclosed
Binder: Undisclosed
Filler: Undisclosed
Strength: Mild to Medium

Room101 11th Anniversary | Room101 Cigars

8. Room101 11th Anniversary
Vitola: Torpedo
MSRP: $10
Brand/Manufacturer: Room101
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua (Maduro)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Full

Onyx Bold Nicaragua | Onyx Cigars

9. Onyx Bold Nicaragua
Vitola: Robusto
MSRP: $8.90
Brand/Manufacturer: Onyx Cigars/ A.J. Fernandez Cigars
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: San Andrés
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan and Dominican
Strength: Medium to Full

Alec Bradley Black Market | Alec Bradley Cigars

10. Alec Bradley Black Market
Vitola: Robusto
MSRP: $8.08
Brand/Manufacturer: Alec Bradley Cigars/Tobacos de Oriente
Country of Origin: Honduras
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Ecuador
Filler: Panama/Honduras
Strength: Medium to Full

Fratello Arlequín | Fratello Cigars

11. Fratello Arlequín
Vitola: Robusto
MSRP: $9.50
Brand/Manufacturer: Fratello Cigars/Joya De Nicaragua
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Mexican San Andrés
Binder: Ecuadorian Habano
Filler: Nicaragua, Peru
Strength: Mild to Medium

Avo Classic Maduro | AVO Cigars

12. Avo Classic Maduro
Vitola: Robusto
MSRP: $9.80
Brand/Manufacturer: Avo Cigars/ O.K. Cigars
Country of Origin: Dominican Republic
Wrapper: American Broadleaf
Binder: Dominican
Filler: Dominican
Strength: Medium

Jeremy Jack JJ15 | Jeremy Jack Cigars

13. Jeremy Jack JJ15
Vitola: Corona Gorda
MSRP: $9
Brand/Manufacturer: Jeremy Jack Cigars
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Corojo
Binder/Filler: Aganorsa Leaf tobaccos from Estelí and Jalapa
Strength: Medium

Padilla Miami 8 & 11 | Padilla Cigars

14. Padilla Miami 8 & 11
Vitola: Toro
MSRP: $16
Brand/Manufacturer: Padilla Cigars/El Titan de Bronze
Country of Origin: U.S.
Wrapper: Habano Ecuador
Binder: Habano Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaraguan Corojo
Strength: Medium

The American | J.C. Newman Cigars

15. The American
Vitola: Churchill
MSRP: $17.99
Brand/Manufacturer: J.C. Newman Cigar Co./El Reloj
Country of Origin: U.S.
Wrapper: Florida Sun Grown
Binder: Connecticut Broadleaf
Filler: Pennsylvania and Connecticut Habano
Strength: Medium to Full

Cavalier Geneve White Series | Cavalier Geneve/San Judas Tadeo

16. Cavalier Geneve White Series
Vitola: Toro
MSRP: $9.25
Brand/Manufacturer: Cavalier Geneve/San Judas Tadeo
Country of Origin: Honduras
Wrapper: Habano
Binder: Connecticut
Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Paraguay
Strength: Medium

Guardian of the Farm JJ | Aganorsa Cigars

17. Guardian of the Farm JJ
Vitola: Robusto (5 1/4 x 50)
MSRP: $9.26
Manufacturer: Aganorsa Leaf
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Medium

HVC Serie A Perlas | HVC Cigars

18. HVC Serie A Perlas
Vitola: Corona Gorda
MSRP: $8.50
Brand/Manufacturer: HVC Cigars/Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A.
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Corojo ’99 (Nicaragua)
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Full

The Wayfarer 109 | Serino Cigar Co.

19. The Wayfarer 109
Vitola: Toro
MSRP: $8.95
Brand/Manufacturer: Serino Cigars
Country of Origin: Nicaraguan
Wrapper: Ecuadorian Corojo ’99
Binder: Jalapa Corojo ’99
Filler: Jalapa Criollo ’98, Corojo ’99, Estelí Criollo ’98
Strength: Medium

Warped Corto | Warped Cigars

20. Warped Corto
Vitola: Corona Extra
MSRP: $9.01
Manufacturer: Warped Cigars/Aganorsa Leaf
Country of Origin: Nicaragua
Wrapper: Nicaragua
Binder: Nicaragua
Filler: Nicaragua
Strength: Full

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