HOW OUR REVIEW SCORING WORKS
We use a unique method of rating cigars based on the quality of experience observed during multiple phases of the smoke, with a maximum perfect score of 10.0. Each category is weighted to a specific ratio depending on how drastically it affects the experience. Here's a brief summary of the scoring methodology:
CONSTRUCTION & APPEARANCE
To coin the popular culinary phrase, "We eat first with our eyes." In the case of cigars, visual observations can denote much of the experience to come - the color of the wrapper, the quality of the roll, the level of craft in the cap. Since this is primarily an aesthetic approach, we don't weight it too heavily.
> Max. Score: 0.80
PRE-LIGHT & LIGHT UP EXPERIENCE
This category primarily notes the aromas of the foot and wrapper as well as evaluates the light-up experience - looking at initial flavors, ease and evenness of light, etc. We also note the cold draw flavors and degree of openness.
> Max. Score: 0.50
For most cigars, we follow the traditional 'thirds' approach - noting and scoring flavor, draw and burn for each portion.
> Max. Score: 6.90
Finally, we look at a handful of other miscellaneous factors - including smoke quality/production, burn rate, flavor progression and some other things. Also, there's a category for personal enjoyment - allowing some personal leeway to note how much we liked or disliked the overall experience.
> Max. Score: 1.30