For the same reasons I enjoy top wine lists, I enjoy reading top cigar lists. Here's what stood out to me this past year (I smoked a minimum of two sticks of everything that made the top list).
Cohiba Behike 52: while it almost feels like cheating to give the #1 spot to a stick that costs 2 to 3 times as much as any other stick on the list, I can't imagine not naming this the best for me. So complex and smooth, voluptuous yet sleek, utterly sexy, like Sophia Loren in a corset (especially since she left the hat on!).
Cohiba Siglo VI: starts out understated and subtle but crescendos to a magnificent hay, honey and spiced banana bread coming into the last third. So alluring! In many ways, this is exactly what a cigar ought to be IMHO, showing well even when rather young.
Liga Privada Dirty Rat: not the most elegant name, but this corona packs in so much complexity - sweet spices, cinnamon, dark chocolate. Some variance in quality; the lightest wrappers have been the best.
Cohiba Maduro 5 Genios: in some ways the best of both worlds - the reserved elegance of a Cohiba with the rich, autumnal flavors and aromas of a great maduro. These were all '08 codes.
My Father LE 2011: at 6.5 x 52, a majestic stick that never fails to combine pepper, spice, cream, and dry wheat cereal with consistently flawless construction.
Fuente Añejo No.77 "Shark": this stick displays an amazing agility and "lightness" to its rich, sweet, raisin and coffee notes. So far, I actually prefer this to the young Opus Xs in my humidor.
Montecristo Grand Edmundo: this always delivers such savory, sophisticated aromas and flavors; if it more consistently delivered a care-free burn, I would rank it even higher.
H. Upmann Magnum 46: this is fairly bold and spicy, but a hint of citrus keeps it clean and mouth-watering. I'm a bit sentimental about this stick, as it was the first Cuban I tried that really captured my imagination.
Padron 45th Anniversary Natural: the maduro is actually too powerful IMHO, but I love the savory, leathery, earthiness of this stick. Not wildly complex, but the construction is absolutely second-to-none.
Tatuaje L'Esprit de Verite 2009: also shy on complexity, but the "iron fist in a velvet glove" analogy is appropriate, and it shows every sign of having legs to improve with age. Much better than the 2008 version IMHO.
A few honorable mentions:
My Father El Hijo: a late arrival, I've only smoked one, so I don't think it's fair to put it on my official list, but if the subsequent sticks show anywhere near as well, it will surely be on my top-10 list next year. Like a MF Robusto, but less peppery on the start, and denser, more flavorful throughout, which is saying a lot IMO.
Opus X Lost City Toro: the absolutely scrumptious raisin/cherry and cooking spices of the first stick I smoked would likely put this in my top 5, but subsequent sticks have not performed nearly as well. Always a 1st-rate burn.
Tatuaje Federal 90th 109 Rosado: thanks to the godfather for getting me in touch with this - very elegant, cool burn with a subtle floral character. Perhaps the most 'Cuban' non-CC I've ever had.
Man o' War Puro Authentico: lots of character to this great little corona that, through repeated discounts, gets my nod for best QPR of the year at ~$4.