Cigar Aficionado - Best Cigars of 2012 Deciding which cigar isn't always an easy task, especially because there are so many great cigars on the market. Focus is on the top-scoring smokes, and from there begin the blind-tasting process all over again. The best cigars of the year were able to consistently reproduce high scores throughout each round. Quality and consistency were crucial. Those that could not perform consistently were out. What’s left are the cigars you see here.