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 halfwheel.com/Rueda 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.