Top 10 Cigars of 2019
2019 was another great year of cigar releases. In what has become an annual tradition, we're excited to share our favorites from the year with you. Our list selected by the Cigar Consultants at Binny’s. After hours of deliberation, calculation (and smoking, of course) we're ready to present our Binny’s Top 10 Cigars of 2019.
"What can brown do for you? is the first thought that comes to mind when gazing at the familiar signature packaging from Asylum— shades of brown. The rich, oily, brown Mexican San Andrés wrapper is what sets this this cigar apart from other cigars from the brand. The dry pull is as pleasant as the presentation, with earthy yet subtle hints of chocolate. Once lit, leathery and cinnamon notes grounded by the taste of semisweet chocolate ignites the palate and holds steady for most of the smoke. Paired with a chocolate based stout or an aged rum for a match made in heaven. The Asylum 13 Medulla Maduro is a "no brainer" for value." -Allan, Binny's Hyde Park
"Christian Luis Eiroa became best known in the cigar industry for his wonderful and masterful work with Corojo tobacco. The Clark & Sheffield Corojo cigar is another beautiful example of an artist working his craft. He has blended for us, exclusively here at Binny’s, a smooth, medium-bodied cigar with lots of undeniable flavor. The cigar starts out with a creamy blend of cinnamon-forward baking spices, while at the same time a slight coriander taste hits the palate, and has a medium cedar-forward body to back it up. Retrohaling intensifies the baking spices and includes a little pepper, with more roasted creaminess pushing the rest of the smoke through. It's a perfect pairing with spirits, highlighting notes of orchid fruits in bourbon or citrus fruits in rum, balancing in intensity with either spirit." -Erik, Binny's St. Charles
"Don "Pepin" Garcia hit it out of the park with the La Oferta from My Father cigars out of Esteli, Nicaraqua. This cigar displays notes of black pepper and rich chocolate and delivers a medium-medium, full yummy cigar. Pair the La Oferta with Jefferson's Manhattan. It's an all in one, barrel aged and bottled premixed cocktail that has great flavor and balance to pair with this excellent smoke." -Rich, Binny's Algonquin
"I noted its rich, dark appearance and smelled the foot immediately thinking that this was going to be the most peppery stick I had ever smoked. I did a straight cut and lit up. The opening draw was everything I expected: pepper but so much more. The Volcanic soil of Ometepe island in Nicaragua had gives a spicy depth I hadn't experienced before in a cigar, and the sweetness from the wrapper balances it out well. Into the middle of the stick, the pepper fades in intensity and is replaced by citrus notes, nuts and hints of wood. I tore the ring off and smoked this beautiful down to a nub. It is medium to full in strength and pairs beautifully with Panamanian rum." -Quentin, Binny's Chicago - Grand Ave.
"The Killer Bee Petite Corona is a newer size of the original Killer Bee, which itself is among the three initial special releases from Black Label Trading Company, dubbed Black Works Studios. The Killer Bee is rich and delicious, but the sting of its strength doesn't exceed that of a medium cigar. It opens with light floral notes mixed with a sweet earth, before transitioning to a rich cocoa with white pepper on the back end. The small cigar finishes by tightening the flavor to smooth and savory wood notes. A fantastic example of a quality "boutique" cigar, the Killer Bee Petite Corona is definitely worth your time if you enjoy a complex, multi-faceted cigar!" -Josh, Binny's Niles
"There is no doubt that General Cigar and AJ Fernandez did an excellent job blending this cigar with tobaccos fermented in Spanish Pedro Ximenez Sherry cask barrels. Lots of espresso and chocolate notes with a hint of roasted vanilla beans and a touch of black pepper, a medium to full 5x52 Toro cigar that pairs perfect with Plantation XO Rum." -Pablo, Binny's Willowbrook
"The cigar presents with a dark chocolate colored Mexican San Andres wrapper and a closed foot. The wrapper aroma is a mixture of earth and dark chocolate with hints of ceder, mocha and dark fruits, complex and persistent across the even burn. The cigars burns evenly and the ash forms perfectly." -Jaime, Binny's Montgomery
"Right away, what caught my attention was the smell of coffee, spices and dry fruits --- and of course the big white skull on the band. This cigar is medium at the start and grows to full body after twenty minutes. It burns evenly, and the flavors are amazing. It still shows coffee and some spice, but towards the end, caramel flavor appears. I would highly recommend The Last Rites. It's full of flavors, smooth and packs a punch!" -Luis, Binny's Chicago - Portage Park
"The first time I smoked this cigar, I was at the place it was created. This power house from the oldest cigar factory in the Dominican Republic is definitely not one to sleep on. It offers notes of black pepper, cedar, leather and dark chocolate. The spiciness is well balanced with a creamy, rich smoke that won’t kill your palate. Whether you pair it with a fine bourbon or an aged rum, The La Aurora 115 will certainly be one to add into your rotation of fine cigars." -Frank, Binny's Oak Brook
"The wrapper leaf is chocolate brown with a oily slightly velvety touch. The cigar smells slightly of earth and a hint of coffee bean. The smoke starts with a hearty dose of black pepper, spice, leather, breakfast cereal, and a background of black cherry. Along the way, the pepper recedes, and the Robusto takes on a creamier taste with standout notes of roast peanuts. The burn is solid (the draw starts a bit tight but quickly opens up). This is my first experience with Spanish Press, though it certainly won’t be my last. I’m impressed, especially for the price. Don’t hesitate to pick up the new La Gloria Cubana Spanish Press. You won't be disappointed." -Keith, Binny's Arlington Heights