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

SMOKING EXPERIENCE
For most cigars, we follow the traditional 'thirds' approach - noting and scoring flavor, draw and burn for each portion.  
> Max. Score:   6.90

OTHER FACTORS
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


ARTURO FUENTE


BLACK LABEL TRADING COMPANY


CALDWELL


CAO


CIGAR FEDERATION


CAMACHO


CROWNED HEADS


DAPPER CIGAR COMPANY


DAVIDOFF


DREW ESTATE


DUNBARTON TOBACCO & TRUST


EZRA ZION


FABLE


FAMOUS SMOKE


JAIME GARCIA


L'ATELIER


LA FLOR DOMINICANA


LEAF


MOMBACHO


MONTECRISTO (CUBAN)


OLIVA


TATUAJE


TRAFICANTE CIGAR COMPANY


VEGUEROS