CI's Top Cigars of 2018 Build-Your-Own Sampler


Compiling these lists is no easy task. There are mountains of cigars to burn through, late nights at the office, pots of coffee to drink, and a few bottles of booze to finish the night. But after all the ashtrays have been filled, we came out with our picks for the top 20 cigars to pass through the sunny shores of camp CI this year, and we're here to share the results with you in typical CI fashion - a jaw-dropping BYO sampler with fat discounts up to 78% off retail. So how does this all work? We broke our top 20 Cigars out into 4 tiers. #1-5 are in tier 1, #6-10 are in tier 2, and so on. You'll get to grab one 5-pack from each tier to create your own Top 20 Cigar Sampler for just $69.99. That's just $3.50 apiece for some of the best blends on the market. Where else can you get the years best blends at the industries biggest discounts?

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AVO Syncro Nicaragua Robusto (5.0"x50) Pack of 5

AVO goes flat and hits a high note.

AVO cigars are the brainchild of composer Avo Uvezian and the master blender of Davidoff cigars, Henke Kelner. Usually known for their mellow to medium-bodied Dominican flavor profile, AVO cigars​​ have embarked on a new journey with the Avo Syncro, seeking to incorporate the diverse flavors from tobaccos sourced from Nicaragua, Peru, and the Dominican Republic.

AVO Syncro Nicaragua is AVO​’s first box-pressed cigar, and the first in its portfolio to use nutrient-rich tobacco from the revered black volcanic soils of Ometepe, Nicaragua. Coming dressed in a gorgeous, oily, dark, Ecuador Habano wrapper concealing a Dominican binder and Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Peruvian Olancho long-fillers, AVO Syncro Nicaragua makes its presence known immediately.

Medium to full-bodied, and with spot-on construction, expect a flavorful kick of spice and pepper before the cigar settles into notes of cream, leather, and cedar. Complex and boasting wonderful balance that AVO consistently delivers, Syncro will have you chomping at the bit for another go 'round.

AVO Syncro Nicaragua received Top 25 honors for 2015 and a well-deserved 93-rating noting: "blocky dimensions and smart blending allow each tobacco to express itself, showing notes of leather, minerals and a dried apricot sweetness."


CAO Nicaragua Granada (Toro) (6.0"x50) Pack of 5

All around the world… and back to Nicaragua

Since Rick Rodriguez has taken over CAO, they’ve released winner after winner after winner. From the uber-contemporary design and blend of CAO Flathead, to the experimental, innovative releases featuring Brazilian tobaccos like the Fuma em Corda, to more traditional cigars like CAO Pilon… it seems like Ricky can do no wrong. Today, that win streak continues with the newest entry in the “world-famous” World Series – CAO Nicaragua. 

Yes, though they’ve visited Italy, Colombia, and America on their tour of tobacco dominance, CAO has never released a blend specifically designed to highlight Nicaraguan tobaccos until now. At the core of this cigar you’ll find plenty of lush, extensively aged Nicaraguan long-fillers from the Jalapa Valley, Esteli, and Condega. Clad in a Honduran Jamastran wrapper leaf, this CAO booms out with a full-bodied blast of pepper with a core of nuts and toasty tobacco backing it up. Sure to become a best-seller like Brazilia and Italia before it, CAO Nicaragua is destined for greatness. Get in now.  


Comfortably Numb by Espinosa Vol. 1 Toro (6.0"x52) Pack of 5


Nub Studio Tobac Sumatra 460 (Gordo) (4.0"x60) Pack of 5

Nub’s Small Batch Beauties! 

You’d be hard pressed to find a series of cigars with more success than NUB. Originally invented to capture the “sweet spot” of a cigar throughout its entire duration, this line of short and stout lovelies is clearly at the top of the game. That’s why we were grinning from ear to ear when boxes of the new Nub Studio Tobac creations started arriving. Studio Tobac refers to the small-batch releases from the NUB masterminds. Each cigar in this series is unique in the tobaccos included, or in the skill needed to create that vitola. Give one a whirl today and I guarantee you’ll find something to love. And keep your eye out for more blends in the future… something tells me this one’s gonna catch on most ricky-tick. 

Sumatra: A unique new offering on the NUB line, the Nub Sumatra utilizes the same wrapper leaf as the famed Serie ‘V’ Melanio to craft an absolute winner of a blend. A real heavy-hitter, with a naturally sweet finish. 


Rocky Patel Olde World Reserve Robusto Corojo (5.5"x54) Pack of 5

A decade old best-seller

Ten years after its original release, Olde World Reserve returns to the world of premium cigars… and we can’t wait to greet it. One of the blends most responsible for Rocky Patel’s success, why this cigar ever disappeared is a mystery to all of us. But we don’t need to reminiscence or wonder why here, we can just soak in the goodness that is Olde World Reserve and rejoice. 

Offered up in two distinct wrappers, first up is the Maduro. Handrolled at Rocky’s Tavicusa factory in Esteli, Nicaragua, this bold and powerful blend weighs in around a medium to full-bodied profile, delivering classic Nicaraguan flavors of pepper, earth, and natural tobacco sweetness. 

For the Corojo, Rocky’s producing the cigar in the Paraiso factory in Danil, Honduras. The stick is more of a medium-bodied beast, with a lot more sweetness than spice. Toasting the foot, you’ll find a rich, woodsy core, complemented by the natural sweetness of the Corojo leaf. 

Whichever wrapper you go for, you’re in for a winner here — so what are you waiting for? Welcome Olde World to the new world today, and secure yourself a handful most ricky-tick. 



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