Before this goes any further. Take time to remember what halfwheel is when it comes to reviews. We represent a minuscule piece of the pie that in the cigar world. We review rare, hard-to-find, limited edition, prerelease, preproduction or otherwise unavailable cigars. It’s a niche, one that we stick to with a strictness that at times becomes frustrating, but it’s what we do. It was developed prior to halfwheel out of an idea that this segment of the market was not being covered well. While we think it’s an important and vibrant part of the industry, it really is hard to say this segment is representative of the industry as a whole.
That being said, this is a list of the top cigars we reviewed that debuted in 2012. It is not to be misconstrued as anything else. It is by no means with any authority a proclamation that these were the best 25 cigars of the year, or even the best 25 we smoked this past year. The Consensus List, something that does attempt to capture the spirit of a large picture, will be published by halfwheel on Wednesday.