Emerging from a cloud of smoke, leading cigar magazine Cigar Aficionado has revealed its list of the 25 best cigars from 2020. At the top of the list is the Ernesto Perez-Carrillo's Pledge Prequel, a stogie that slid under most people's radars but easily won over the publication's editors and judges.
The box-pressed cigar, released in September 2020, is wrapped in Connecticut Habano, a Cuban-seed varietal grown in, you guessed it, Connecticut. The filler is Nicaraguan, and as Cigar Aficionado describes in a press release, "is a delicious smoke that delivers flavor in bold, zesty parcels of spicy oak, licorice, black cherry and black pepper."At $11 a pop, Pledge is the perfect in-between for celebrations and everyday smoking. Boxes are going fast, so get one before the hype wipes out the entire inventory.
This is the second time Perez-Carillo has won the publication's Cigar of the Year award and the third time he's made the top 25 list; Encore Majestic won the highest honor in 2018, and La Historia E-III was the second-best cigar in 2014.
To compose its list for the best cigars of the year, Cigar Aficionado sorts through its highest-rated cigars from the year and subjects them to further testing. That means a lot of puffing and blind taste-testing. For 2020, its editors write, "the Pledge Prequel stood out as the most sublimely rich, structured and interesting cigar we smoked all year."