About CCR

The Certified Cigar Reviews website is a revolutionary platform, created by Tobacconist University (TU), where professionals and consumers document and evaluate cigars. Certified Cigar Reviews are organized by Cigar Specs, Component Data, Pre-Smoke, Smoke, and Post-Smoke. Reviewers rate the objective and subjective criteria of a cigar: including aesthetics, construction, flavor (taste+aroma), spice, strength, body, and smoking conditions. Facts, sensations, impressions, and opinions are documented, aggregated, evaluated, processed and displayed on a graphically rich webpage, which can also be shared, printed and/or saved by anyone in the world. Furthermore, the review data and criteria are hyperlinked with the TU academic curriculum to enhance the educational experience and establish fundamental definitions and facts. For example, if you don’t know what "strength", "spice", or "body" means, you just click on the word and learn.

Benchmark Cigars have their objective data and an image preloaded into our database, so reviews are quick and easy.  When reviewing a cigar from our Benchmark list, just start adding the Brand, Line, Line Ext., Vitola Name and the rest of the objective data will auto-populate for your convenience.  After the Benchmark Data populates, a review can be completed in seconds.  We can create a Benchmark Account for any company that wants to load our database with their cigars - just email info@tobacconistuniversity.org if you would like us to open you an account. 

Our Community

TU Certified Cigar Reviews is a community of the world’s most substantive premium cigar reviews and reviewers. Every review can be shared, linked and promoted through all of your social media and internet channels. Keep reading to find out how you can be a part of it.

Who Can Review?

Anybody and everybody can view, print and share Certified Cigar Reviews for free. But, only reviewers can create Certified Cigar Reviews using our website.

All Certified Tobacconists can create reviews for free as a benefit of their certification. Our homepage focuses on displaying Certified Retail Tobacconist (CRT) reviews since we consider these the most knowledgeable and important professionals in the luxury tobacco industry. Every review can be digitally shared and/or printed as a spec sheet and/or shelf talker, which also displays the CRT's credentials and promotes their authorship and business.

Consumers around the world can view, share, and print all Certified Cigar reviews for free. If you would like to use the platform to create your own reviews, you can become a Certified Consumer Tobacconist (CCT) and review at will, for free. Your reviews will be hosted on the CCR website and include all of the display, sharing, and printing functionality that professional tobacconists receive.

What Gets Reviewed?

The CCR website is a platform for reviewing premium cigars, defined as long filler, hand made, all natural products. Cigars Specs, Component Data, Flavor & Sensation Descriptors, Beverage & Food Pairings and personal comments can be added by the reviewer during the CCR input process [if the data is not already benchmarked/present in our database]. Ultimately, the CCR website exists for you to review what you want!