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Expert Picks: Santa's List

Santa’s been a long-time client of When it comes to his personal stash, Mr. Claus wants quality cigars from recognizable brands. Not to mention, it gets cold at the North Pole, the blends need to be rich, complex, and worthy of an hour in the frigid cold. Lucky for you, we’ve hand-assembled five selections that will leave you begging for a box of each this Christmas. From the latest blend in the luxurious Dunhill portfolio to a classic vintage from Rocky Patel, the list is most definitely nice! The only thing you’ll have to check twice is the phenomenal price.

Dunhill Heritage

Known for milder blends, Dunhill switches gears and pays tribute to Cuban heritage with this release. More full-bodied, this blend features an Ecuadorian Habano ligero wrapper, a Nicaraguan Jalapa binder, and a mix of long-fillers from Ometepe and Estelí, Nicaragua and the Jamastran Valley in Honduras. This potent new Dunhill is up my alley with plenty of spice and pepper.
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E.P. Carrillo Dark Rituals

Dark Rituals was a limited release years back and sold out virtually overnight. Back and better than ever, this rich, full-bodied blend from E.P. Carrillo features an extra-fermented Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper and a bold mix of Nicaraguan long-fillers. Its complex character is evident with each draw as delicious notes of coffee, leather, and spice entice the palate.
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Brick House

She’s a BRICK… HOUSE!  From the makers of Diamond Crown comes the wildly popular Brick House brand.  Under an oily Havana Subido wrapper leaf, the all Nicaraguan filler blend provides some power yet remains balanced and smooth with a slightly sweet finish.  Well deserving of a ‘92’ rating and Cigar Aficionado “Best Buy” honors. Santa will be wrapping a lot of these this year.
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Ramon Bueso Genesis Habano

Who is Ramón Bueso? Well if you don’t know, you must be new to this catalog. This is the latest blend from Ramón, featuring an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper with a mix of Nicaraguan and Honduran ligero. The blend is strong but smooth with notes of oak, pepper, earth and bits of leather. This sleeper of a smoke is sure to wake you up and put some pep in your step.
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Rocky Patel Vintage '90

Vintage 1990 is the perfect medium-bodied blend. Draped in a 12-year-aged Honduran Broadleaf Maduro wrapper and brimming with 5-year-aged long leaf fillers, this cigar maintains a perfect balance of flavor, complexity and richness, offering strong earthy notes with a subtle espresso and dark chocolate undertone.  A sweet finish allows for a thick and milky smoke throughout.
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