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Spotlight Brand: E.P. Carrillo Seleccion Oscuro

E.P. Carrillo’s first Oscuro.

E.P. Carrillo has established himself as a true artist with the tobacco leaf with a long list of top rated brands under his belt including La Gloria Cubana, Dark Rituals, and Cigar Aficionado’s #2 cigar of 2014—La Historia. Continuing the trend of rich, flavorful cigars is his latest release, E.P. Carrillo Seleccion Oscuro.

E.P. Carrillo Seleccion Oscuro is the first cigar in the brand’s portfolio to use a San Andrés Oscuro wrapper. The blend is completed with an Ecuadoran binder and Nicaraguan long-leaves for a medium to full-bodied cigar with a complex flavor profile. Seleccion Oscuro is perfectly constructed with an even burn and exudes notes of pepper, spice, cedar with some sweetness on the finish. This is a very enjoyable experience, and is a prime example of a master at the top of his game.

#4 Cigar of 2016 – '94' Rated by Cigar Aficionado

Q & A: Cigar Performance Solutions

I’ve recently run into a problem where my cigars will consistently crack about a third of the way through. Why is this happening and how can I stop it?

4/30/17 | by JB in Portland, OR


What you have here may be a case of too much moisture inside your humidor. This can happen to anyone, especially during the summer months. Simply putting your cigars inside a dry cigar box for a day or two should remedy the problem. As for your humidor, you can absorb some of the moisture inside by adding a couple of pieces of cedar. Just make sure you remove them when you reach the 68%-70% mark. Also, if you’re using an analog hygrometer, be sure to recalibrate it every six months using the salt test. Simply put salt in a bottle cap, dampen the salt with water, place it in a ziplock bag and seal it well. After about eight hours, you should get a 75% reading.

by John

Review: Viaje Full Moon Collector's Edition

Tim Viaje Full Moon Collector’s Edition

I’ve been a Viaje fan for some time now. The brand’s Exclusivo is among my favorite cigars on store shelves right now. Despite my affinity for Viaje, Full Moon Collector’s Edition somehow went under my radar. Yes, I know this is a Halloween-themed cigar, so call me late to the party but, I just wanted to share my delight in finally giving this cigar a go. Let’s start with aesthetics - the cigar is wrapped in a gorgeous deep brown Nicaraguan Corojo wrapper that has an earthy and spicy aroma. The pigtail cap is a nice detail that I’m a total sucker for, so this experience is already off to an amazing start. Upon first light, Full Moon has a ton of flavor. Thick mouthfuls of pillowy smoke exude intense flavors of spice, earth, and cocoa. I was expecting an extraordinary cigar and somehow my expectations were blown out of the water throughout the burn. Full Moon is fantastic from top to tail, with a beautiful creaminess reserved for the very best cigars. Is it a surprise that I enjoyed this cigar as much as I did? Not really. The only surprise here is that spring has sprung and it somehow took me this long to sample Full Moon Collector’s Edition.

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Article: Expert Tip: Cigar Selection Guide

Not sure what you want, or do you want to try something different? Well, whether you're indecisive or uncertain,'s Cigar Selection Guide is sure to help get you in the right direction with blends ranging from nice and mellow, to perfectly balanced, and bold and strong. 

Let's start off with a nice and mellow cigar with a golden Connecticut wrapper. If you're looking for something made in the Dominican, a safe bet is with none other than Macanudo Café. This distinctively smooth blend will capture your taste buds in no time. Want that same gorgeous Connecticut wrapper but with a cigar from Honduras? Try Rocky Patel Vintage '99 Connecticut. As the source for many 90+ ratings, Rocky Patel is known for delivering perfection.

If you're a fan of maduro wrappers, but still want to take it easy when it comes to profile, Dominican-made Ashton Aged Maduro is just the cigar you're looking for with a dark and oily wrapper that endures extra aging and fermentation to capture its unique flavor. Another premium that will do the job is 5 Vegas Gold Maduro, this beauty hails from Nicaragua with smooth and crisp flavors, and certainly fits the bill for taste and affordability. 

Searching for something just right or perfectly balanced with a Cameroon wrapper? Get your taste buds ready for Hoyo Excalibur Cameroon. Originating from Honduras, this is one cigar that is full of flavor and provides a rich finish. Or you can opt for La Perla Habana Black Pearl Morado, with its Nicaraguan origin and '93' rating!

If a Cameroon wrapper is not what you desire, these Sumatra-wrapped beauties will be the ideal fit to your perfectly balanced stogie. Made in the Dominican is Aging Room Quattro F55 that took home the number 2 spot on the 25 Best Cigars of the Year list in 2013, and a '95' rating. Also, originating from Honduras is the popular Punch Rare Corojo that brims with rich, full flavors and a character that will leave you and your palate satisfied. 

Moving on to our bold and strong blends, a fiesty Habano wrapper is sure to do the trick. And, with Ramón Bueso Genesis Habano, this premium made in Honduras is sure to kick it up a notch with its full body and powerful ligero. Hailing from Nicaragua is the full-bodied powerhouse Diesel Unlimited. The robust, spicy, and fiesty nature of this wrapper is further enhanced by the hearty filler tobaccos that make this cigar a true, bold statement.

Last but certainly not least, we continue with bold and strong. This time, with a hearty maduro wrapper. Let's begin with one of CAO's best-selling blends, CAO Brazilia. This cigar hails from Nicaragua and features a gorgeous Brazilian wrapper leaf that exudes rich flavors with a long and spicy finish. Next in line is Camacho Triple Maduro. This premium is made in Honduras, and comes packed with serious power. Bold, strong, hearty undertones of spice and earth take to the palate without overpowering. This is one blend sure to satisfy.

Although there are a plethora of cigars at your fingertips, there are none quite like these nice and mellow to perfectly balanced, and bold and strong premiums. And, with the Selection Guide, we're sure you'll find the perfect stogie to your day. 

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