It’s the final part of our Awards Week, although it’s not really “our award.”

The Consensus is a Top 25 list unlike any other. It combines roughly 35 lists from cigar blogs, magazines, podcasts and YouTube channels. All of those lists are placed into a single spreadsheet with the aim of trying to find if there’s a consensus amongst cigar media. This is the 12th iteration of The Consensus and like I’ve said for the last decade, I believe this is best viewed as a way to understand the relationship between cigar manufacturers and the media that covers them.

While it’s daunting at times, the process of constructing The Consensus is pretty simple:

  • Up to 25 entries were accepted per list. The best cigar was awarded 25 points, the second best 24 points, etc. Each publication can only award a maximum of 325 total points.
  • Once all lists have been entered, the vitolas for each line nominated were combined into a singular entry.
  • Publications that published multiple lists had their points of a singular entry split amongst them.

This live show will be different than the two from last week. First, it will just be me on video. Second, this is a Q&A style show. So if you have a question about The Consensus, the cigars on it, halfwheel’s Top 25 or other things—please ask on Facebook or YouTube.

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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 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.