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A Dozen Fine Cigars

Love em or hate em, for centuries cigars have been the choice tobacco product for millions of smokers and like fine wine, has been universally recognized as a sophisticated vice of the well-heeled connoisseur.

The US spends more than $1 billion a year on the often sneered at stogie and its impact on popular culture has grown with celebrities such as James Gandolfini's character Tony Soprano who was rarely seen without one protruding from his face.

Whether you favor the lighter claro wrappers or the darker maduro, a giant-sized churchill or a less assuming panatela, click ahead to see what Cigar Aficionado's editors select as their choice sticks for this season.