It's that time again. Our cigar panel has smoked hundreds of cigars, Cuban and non-cuban, and we have painstakingly narrowed it down to the following top 10. Let us say one thing: 2016 has been an immense year for Cuban cigars in particular. The quality coming out of Habanos has been second to none. Ladies and gentlemen, here are the Cigar Malaysia Top 10 Cigars of 2016:

1. La Gloria Cubana Revolution Asia Pacificio 2015

How befitting that in the year of Fidel Castro's death, the best cigar of the year is the Revolution by La Gloria Cubana. It's simply an incredible smoke. It was made especially for the Asian Pacific market. Although it is 2015, it didn't surface until 2016 hence its inclusion in our list. Our panel was impressed by its powerful but smoothness.

It starts gloriously (pun intended), right from the off you know you're in for something special. Copious amounts of smoke fill the air immediately. Pepper and cedar wood dominate. There's a slight tanginess in the after taste which is pleasant.

The burn lines clearly demonstrate that the tobacco is aged and of very high quality. The draw is perfect and the construction on all the sticks we've smoked is robust.

Into the second third it becomes creamy, the pepper subsides and there is a leathery and citrus after taste. It's a classic Cuban profile. Tremendous.

The tanginess dominates the last third, a grandstand finishh indeed.

2. H Upmann Connoisseur A

A cigar that is rarely stocked by other retailers. But we have them in stock, and boy they're good. Classic refined Upmann flavours: woody and pepper. Tons of smoke and perfect draw. They could have easily been the best cigar in the year, but have been pipped by La Gloria.

3. Cohiba Siglo IV Tubos

Mild creamy sweetness, medium bean flavours and also medium tobacco taste. 143mm of smoking pleasure. We chose the tubos version over the regular due to its higher quality. A gorgeous smoke which could have been a winner if it were not for lack of supply. 

4. Ramon Allones Specially Selected (from cabinets of 50)

Very good Robusto cigar, as good as those of the old times, maybe because we can still appreciate the perfectly balanced flavours of nuts, honey sweetness or herbal flavours. Go for the cabinets of 50- the cigars are superior to the boxes of 25. 

5. Hoyo de Monterrey Epicure no.2 (from cabinet of 50)

The classic Hoyo robusto is back. 2016 they've been smoking wonderfully. Classic robusto with an excellent burn. With a smooth strength, it has an intense tobacco taste, blended with cocoa, cinnamon and dried fruits.

6. Partagas Serie E no.2

The Serie E No.2's huge ring gauge has made it an instant hit among modern aficionados. The warm start quickly accelerates in the realm of intense, dark flavors. Leather, earth and rich wood are present in bucket loads. Watch out for a strong finale.

7. Bolivar Royal Coronas

Smooth robusto with balanced earthy and peppery flavours. Smooth tobacco taste is also present.

One very good thing about this smoke is that it does not need a long ageing, we do not have to wait to enjoy it.

8. Trinidad Coloniales

The greatest petit Corona in the world. It is finished with a "perilla", excelent quality, taste and aroma. Great smoke with subtleness and complexity for real connoseurs. Would benefit of maturing for a year.

9. Montecristo no.2

Dubbed “the undisputed king of torpedoes”, which has combined “commercial success with critical acclaim”. These are surely the best Montecristo's on the market today.

10. Partagas Maduro no.1

The Partagas Maduro No.1 is the latest addition to the Habanos Specialist Series. Presented in a semi boite nature of 25 cigars, these beautiful dark & oily double-banded Partagas size 130 mm in length with a 52 ring gauge.

This is a brand new size for Partagas and concept that reminds us of the Cohiba Maduro 5 Series. Still young, this full bodied cigar boasts peppery, spicy, and hot leathery flavours with a hint of coffee. The Maduro No.1 will most certainly become a grand classic in a few years time.