Can you believe that 2012 is almost over? I assume this would be the proper time to sit back and reflect on the positives, negatives and everything in between that we have all gone through over the past 12 months. This year has been one of those record breaking years – in my opinion – when it comes to new cigar companies, new blends and entirely new additions to portfolios. Many of the manufacturers have really embraced the online cigar community and have hosted contests, travel destinations and even donated ‘handsomely’ to many troops. One of my personal ‘favorite’ things about this year is that it seems that the smaller companies are really getting good exposure and producing exceptional cigars. No longer is the world of cigars produced by the select few ‘big’ companies – Cuban descendents and gringos alike now produce some of our favorite cigars.