It’s December, which means it’s time to see the annual lists of what people thought were the best cigars of 2020.

Every list is unique, but there’s no list quite like The Consensus.

As the name implies, The Consensus aims to see if there’s any commonality between the dozens of lists published by various blogs, magazines, podcasts and YouTubers. It’s a project that has been published by halfwheel every year since 2011, meaning this year is the 10th anniversary of The Consensus.

The way it works is that I take all of the various lists published by cigar media, put them into an Excel spreadsheet, and tabulate the results.

This year, The Consensus will be published on Jan. 25, 2021.

Every year, my goal is to include as many lists as possible on The Consensus and this post is aimed at trying to see if there are any that I might miss. For starters, any list that was used last year will be looked at for 2020.

If you don’t see a list on there you think should be included, please leave a comment below. There are some basic qualifications, so it doesn’t mean that the list will be included. In general, if the list can meet the following rules, it will be included.

  1. You Have to Review Cigars — Or at least a cigar. You need to at least review one cigar in 2020. 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-Driven List — For the same reasons above, these lists aren’t what I am looking for.
  4. Lists must be published by Jan. 22, 2021 11:59 p.m. — The Consensus gets published that Monday, any list that comes out after Friday night cannot be included for logistical reasons.

If you would prefer to send me an email, you may do that as well.

Charlie Minato

I am an editor and co-founder of Media, LLC. I previously co-founded and published TheCigarFeed, one of the two predecessors of halfwheel. I handle the editing of our written content, the majority of the technical aspects of the site and work with the rest of our staff on content management, business development and more. I’ve lived in most corners of the country and now entering my second stint in Dallas, Texas. I enjoy boxing, headphones, the Le Mans 24-hour, wearing sweatshirts year-round and gyros. echte liebe.