When it comes to picking the Company of the Year Award, there is both a singular question—which company had the best and/or most impressive year—and then many factors that aren’t as standardized. The cigars that hit store shelves certainly factor into the decision, particularly if they are new, but as we saw last year, it could also be awarded to a massive company for how it managed to offload its cigar operations into seemingly capable hands.

This year, a total of 10 companies were nominated by halfwheel staff, and each certainly had its merits, but when it came down to the final vote, the job of getting impactful cigars and cigar products to shelves won out for this year’s winner.

2021 COMPANY OF THE YEAR — Davidoff

Take your pick among the Year of the Tiger, Chefs Edition 2021 and the Urban Architecture humidor for the most impressive new product from Davidoff this year; it would be hard to pick a wrong answer, particularly when factoring in the Year of the Tiger accessories.

And the cigars themselves were no slouch either, earning a 92, a 91, two 90s and an 89 on 2021 releases. That’s before even taking into account the number of cigars that were released: 17 new cigars for the Exclusive Series, three Vault releases, a store exclusive for JR Cigar, and the aforementioned Year of the Tiger and Chef’s Edition, as well as the Davidoff Dominicana.

To put it simply, Davidoff put out several very impressive cigars, an impressive breadth of releases overall, as well as some remarkable accessories, all of which contributed to a year when the company was seemingly never out of the conversation and had consumers and the industry interested in seeing what it would come up with next.

The company delivered with both flash and substance in 2021, a combination that earned it the 2021 Company of the Year award.

Honorable mentions: RoMa Craft Tobac and Ferio Tego.

Patrick Lagreid

I strive to capture the essence of a cigar and the people behind them in my work – every cigar you light up is the culmination of the work of countless people and often represents generations of struggle and stories. For me, it’s about so much more than the cigar – it’s about the story behind it, the experience of enjoying the work of artisans and the way that a good cigar can bring people together. In addition to my work with halfwheel, I’m the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training, as well as for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Football League. I also work in a number of roles for MLB.com, plus I'm a voice over artist. I previously covered the Phoenix and national cigar scene for Examiner.com, and was an editor for Cigar Snob magazine.