Winston's Personal Cigar Picks 2016


Winston’s owners and staff are all pretty big cigar fans. It follows that we smoke a lot of cigars. Being that it is the end of the year we decided to look back on what we smoked in 2016 and pick out our favorites. These picks are purely based on personal preference with absolutely no attempt at objectivity. What follows are our personal picks for the best cigars from the Winston’s humidor in 2016.


Sammy (Owner, Tobacconist)

Sammy loves bold cigars. He is an admitted LFD fanboy. His favorite beverage pairing for cigars is Coke Zero.  

La Nox, Ashton Symmetry, LFD Chisel, Casa Cuba, Warped La Hacienda
  1. La Flor Dominicana La Nox (6 ½ x 50)
  2. Ashton Symmetry Robusto (5 x 50)
  3. La Flor Dominicana Chisel Maduro
  4. Arturo Fuente Casa Cuba Doble Cinco (5 x 50)
  5. Warped La Hacienda Gran Robusto (5 ½ x 52)

Sam T. (Owner, Tobacconist)

Sam's tastes run more medium than Sammy's. He has a special fondness for the Arturo Fuente 858 Sun Grown even though it doesn't appear on this list. He prefers Mexican Coca-Cola from a glass bottle. 

Partagas Ramon y Ramon, Casa Cuba, Padron 1964, Avo Fogata, Sublime Double Robusto

Partagas Ramon y Ramon Robusto (5 ½ x 50)

Arturo Fuente Casa Cuba Doble Tres (5 ½ x 44)

Padron 1964 Anniversary Superior Maduro (6 ½ x 42)

Avo Syncro Nicaragua Fogata Robusto (5 x 50)

Sublime Double Robusto (5.7 x 52)


Sam F. (Owner)

Sam believes that Ashton Cigars can do no wrong. He sticks mostly to mild cigars but his tastes are broader than even he realizes. Coke preference unknown. 

Ashton ESG 24, Classic Churchill, Aged Maduro 60, Leaf Connecticut, Hemmingway Short Story
  1. Ashton ESG 24 Year Salute (6.6 x 48)
  2. Ashton Classic Churchill (7 ½ x 52)
  3. Ashton Aged Maduro 60 (7 ½ x 52)
  4. Leaf by Oscar Connecticut Toro (6 x 50)
  5. Arturo Fuente Hemmingway Short Story (4 x 49)

Dave (Owner)

Dave feels that all cigars should be welcome in the kingdom of Winston's. His philosophy is that every cigar has its own place and purpose. Drinks Coke Zero to avoid the sugar.

Ashton VSG, La Nox, Casa Cuba, Partagas Ramon y Ramon, Perdomo Small Batch
  1. Ashton VSG Robusto (5 ½ x 50)
  2. La Flor Dominicana La Nox (6 ½ x 50)
  3. Arturo Fuente Casa Cuba (all of them)
  4. Partagas Ramon y Ramon Robusto (5 ½ x 50)
  5. Perdomo Small Batch Connecticut Half Corona (4 x 46)

Andrew (Senior Tobacconist)

Andrew likes cigars to be interesting and good. He has no use for boring cigars. Mixes Coke with red wine to make Calimocho. 

La Nox, Padron 1964, Leaf Sumatra, Warped Maestro del Tiempo, Casa Cuba
  1. La Flor Dominicana La Nox (6 ½ x 50)
  2. Padron 1964 Anniversary Exclusivo Maduro (5 ½ x 50)
  3. Leaf by Oscar Sumatra Lancero (7 x 38)
  4. Warped Maestro del Tiempo 6102R (5 ½ x 48)
  5. Arturo Fuente Casa Cuba Doble Tres (5 ½ x 44)

Tim (Junior Tobacconist)

Tim hates more cigars than he likes. Very picky about the draw of a cigar. Tim doesn't like Coke. He must be a Communist.  

Ashton Symmetry, Leaf Sumatra, Tatujuaje Black Label, Illusione Epernay, Arturo Fuente Rosado King T
  1. Ashton Symmetry Belicoso (5 ¼ x 52)
  2. Leaf by Oscar Sumatra Toro (6 x 50)
  3. Tatujuaje Black Label Corona Gorda (5 ⅝ x 46)
  4. Illusione Epernay Le Taureau (5 ½ x 56)
  5. Arturo Fuente Chateau Fuente Rosado King T (7 x 49)

Garen (Sophomore Tobacconist)

Garen is the most junior member of the Winston's family. His palette has yet to develop fully. He likes Coca-Cola with peanuts in it. 

Ashton VSG, Tatujuaje Cojonu 2012, La Nox, Double Chateau Fuente, Warped Flor de Valle
  1. Ashton VSG Robusto (5 ½ x 50)
  2. Tatujuaje Cojonu 2012 Habano (6 ½ x 52)
  3. La Flor Dominicana La Nox (6 ½ x 50)
  4. Arturo Fuente Double Chateau Fuente Natural (6 ¾ x 50)
  5. Warped Flor del Valle Las Brumas (4 ½ x 48)

Stay tuned to the Winston's cigar blog for the rest of this week as we will be revealing the Winston's shop picks and Winston's top ten cigars of the year. No more talk about Coke I swear. 


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