Celebrating Excellence: 2023 Cigar Trophy Winners Unveiled

Every year, passionate cigar enthusiasts from all corners of the globe gather to celebrate the finest brands, the most exquisite cigars, and the establishments that cater to their love for the leaf. The Cigar Journal Cigar Trophy Awards have become an essential part of this celebration, allowing cigar lovers to voice their preferences and honor those who have excelled in the industry.

This year, cigar smokers from all over the world casted their votes to determine the best of the best in various categories. From Best Brand to Best Lounge, the winners of the 2023 Cigar Trophy Awards have been revealed, and they represent the pinnacle of quality and craftsmanship in the world of cigars.

Best Brand Cuba 2023: Partagás
Best Brand Dom. Rep. 2023: Fuente Fuente OpusX 20th Anniversary
Best Brand Honduras 2023: Leaf by Oscar Valladares
Best Brand Nicaragua 2023: Oliva Serie V
Best Brand Other Countries 2023: Toscano Master Aged, Italy

Best Cigar Cuba 2023: Partagás Serie E No.2
Best Cigar Dom. Rep. 2023: Davidoff Signature No.1 Limited Edition
Best Cigar Honduras 2023: Plasencia Cosecha 149 La Vega
Best Cigar Nicaragua 2023: Perdomo Double Aged 12 Year Vintage Maduro Robusto
Best Cigar Other Countries 2023: Casa 1910 Cuchillo Parado, Mexico

Best Value Dom. Rep. 2023: La Aurora 107 Nicaragua
Best Value Honduras 2023: Rocky Patel Vintage 1990
Best Value Nicaragua 2023: Joya de Nicaragua Clásico Original

Best Boutique Brand Costa Rica 2023: Casdagli Villa Casdagli
Best Boutique Brand Dom. Rep.: Principle Aviator
Best Boutique Brand Honduras 2023: Villa Zamorano Reserva Collection
Best Boutique Brand Nicaragua 2023: Black Label Trading Company Royalty


The cigar world is built on relationships and shared experiences. Marvin Samel, iMordecai, was celebrated as the Ambassador of 2023 for his dedication to fostering camaraderie among cigar enthusiasts. The Cigar Authority previously received this award in 2016.


In the world of cigars, there are legends who have left an indelible mark. Eric M. Newman and Robert C. Newman of J.C. Newman Cigar Company were honored with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award in 2023, recognizing their enduring contributions to the industry.

The 2023 Cigar Trophy Awards have once again highlighted the excellence, innovation, and camaraderie that define the world of cigars.  Congratulations to all the winners, and here’s to another year of savoring the finer things in life, one puff at a time.

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