For the fifth time, halfwheel list its 25 best cigars of the year. This time the year is 2016 and the list is below.
You will likely notice that there are certain manufacturers with multiple cigars on this list, in fact there are a few with multiple cigars. That's the reality of what happens when a top 25 list is created as objectively as possible. We do not make any effort to maximize the number of manufacturers who make the list, we do not simply take the highest ranking from each brand or any other efforts to manipulate the list. It's a simple process, one that produces interesting results each and every year.
Any cigar that began formally shipping between Dec. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2016 was eligible for our top 25, though as noted here, there was a focus on cigars that shipped prior to Oct. 1, 2016.
Cigars that scored 91 points or higher were deemed a candidate and we combined the composite score from the original reviewer, i.e. their three samples, with three additional scores—one cigar each from our other reviews. Those scores were averaged with each reviewer getting equal weight and below our the top 25 of the 37 cigars that were eligible for the list.