Every January since this site started, we have published something called The Consensus.

The idea was to see what would happen if I took all of the various Top 25, Top 10, Top 14, etc. lists that cigar  media produces and then tabulate the results and publish a composite Top 25. That means every year I take halfwheel’s own Top 25 and combined it with lists from other blogs, magazines, podcasts, YouTubers, etc.

I’ve long said that The Consensus doesn’t represent the best 25 cigars of any given year, but rather, serves as an incredible insight into cigar companies and cigar media. It also can be useful in trying to provide some contextual data to narratives that people like to tell about the industry.

Last year The Consensus had 28 lists, which while better than some years, is also a lot fewer than the number in past. More importantly, I know that there are people starting cigar media outlets that I just don’t interact with.

I try to include as many lists as possible. However, there are some basic qualifications:

  1. You Have to Review Cigars — Or at least a cigar. You need to at least review one cigar in 2019. It doesn’t matter if you score the cigar, it doesn’t matter really how you did it, but if you don’t review cigars you probably shouldn’t be included alongside cigar reviewers.
  2. You Can’t Have an Obvious Conflict of Interest — If you also work, whether full- or part-time, for a cigar retailer, cigar manufacturer or distributor, your list will get excluded.
  3. It Can’t be a User-Drive List — For the same reasons above, these lists aren’t what I am looking for.
  4. Lists must be published by Jan. 17, 2019 11:59 p.m. — The Consensus gets published that Monday, any list that comes out after Friday night cannot be included for logistical reasons.

So, if your list has been featured on The Consensus before, it will once again get considered. However, if you don’t see a publication on this list and think it should be included, leave a comment or send me an email. And, even if the publication hasn’t published a list (particularly YouTubers and podcasts) just leave a comment below so I can try to keep tabs on them.

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Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of halfwheel.com/Rueda Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I have written about the cigar industry for more than a decade, covering everything from product launches to regulation to M&A. In addition, I handle a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff here at halfwheel. I enjoy playing tennis, watching boxing, falling asleep to the Le Mans 24, wearing sweatshirts year-round and eating gyros. echte liebe.