HBTC – 2022 Cigar of the Year Criteria

Based on the outcome of all cigar reviews on HBTC during 2022, we ranked the top 10 finishers by total score, and then looked at how often we came back to that cigar throughout the year to simply enjoy it. There were some ties in scoring, but those are covered in the rules written below. The official announcement of the whole list will be broadcast on HBTC Live via our Facebook page and YouTube Channel on January 2nd, 2023.

In the selected review period, we had scores ranging from 72 to 94. Our lowest MSRP cigar scored 90. Our highest MSRP cigar also scored 90. Total points awarded=1,757, average of 87.85 (average for 2021 list was 90.19). Most commonly awarded score was 91 (4), followed by 90 (3). Highest PAD was +2.5 (Crux Du Connoisseur) and lowest was -3.0 (Cohiba Seie M). Most common PAD was 0.0 (10).

A large majority were Nicaraguan factories (14). Rounding out the countries of origin were Dominican Republic (5), and USA (1). Toro was the most common size (10) followed by Corona Gorda (5). Prices ranged from $6.99 to $40.00, with an average price of $16.05. Winning cigar MSRP was only $9.99.

Only 1 brand had more than one cigar reviewed, all other brands only one. Most common wrapper leaves were Habano (4), and San Andres (3). Of all cigars reviewed, 12 were purchased by HBTC, while 8 were provided by the brand. Average score of purchased cigars was 89.16 while the average for provided cigars was 85.87.

  • For this list, the product review must have been published on HBTC between 01/01/2022 and 12/31/2022.
  • Flashback reviews are not eligible for the main list (separate category).
  • To be considered for the best of the year list, the reviewed product must be readily available at a variety of US retailers, or readily available to order and have shipped from a retailer outside the US. Ultra small run, store exclusive, and other such limited releases can be reviewed by HBTC and may be considered for this list, but overall availability will be included as a deciding factor.
  • In the event of a tie, HBTC reviewers will determine a higher finish through either through another sampling of the products in question, or if unavailable, a simple vote based upon frequency in personal rotation and other criteria.
  • We will strive to maintain an unbiased evaluation process. Scores are issued solely on the merits of the product, and the overall experience of the reviewer(s). No special treatment will be granted to cigars provided to HBTC by a company, or to companies who have sponsorship partner agreements with HBTC.
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