Perfection is rare, and here at Cigar Aficionado we seldom award 100-point scores to cigars. It has never happened for a current production smoke, and we’ve only given a relatively small number of such scores in this Connoisseur’s Corner section, where we light up well-aged cigars and taste them in a non-blind fashion, unlike our traditional tastings which are done blind. This tasting was extraordinary, giving us two 100-pointers. The younger of the two, a nearly 30-year-old Dunhill Estupendo, was perfect from start to finish. The tubed Churchill smoked virtually without effort. The second 100-point cigar also carries the Dunhill name, but it was decades older. Editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken named it one of his all-time best, no small compliment given the number of cigars he has enjoyed.
DUNHILL ESTUPENDO (1983)
Perfection is hard to describe until you hold it in your hand. This cigar was perfect. Perfect oily wrapper. Perfect burn and draw. And, a depth of flavors that belied its 29 years of age. Those flavors ranged from a dark cocoa powder note to leather and an unbelievably long finish with just the hint of light cedar. From a previously unopened box.
H. UPMANN DUNHILL SELECCIÓN SUPREMA NO. 222 (1958)
This pre-Castro cigar, known as the Flying Pig, proves that 50-year-old plus cigars can be incredibly great smokes. This cigar was pure, with a smooth easy draw, and a delicious texture that includes nutmeg notes on the palate. One of the greatest cigars I have ever smoked; even better than a previous one.
— Marvin R. Shanken