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Spotlight Brand: Ave Maria Cigars

February 20, 2011 |

Simply better.

Ave Maria is one of the most exceptional premiums we've seen come out of Nicaragua. This phenomenal blend is truly one of the finest made by cigar master AJ Fernandez. Coming packed in beautiful handmade wooden boxes of 20, this premium is masterfully balanced and can be enjoyed morning, noon, or night. Its hearty, well-aged fillers establish a steady, medium to full body profile and combine with the oily Habano wrapper to create a ton of classic, enjoyable flavors.

Ave Maria contains a massive amount of thick, Nicaraguan long leaves all masked by a premium, Ecuadorian-grown Habano wrapper, fermented to perfection. The result creates a bold burst of leather and wood with light spices that perfectly round out the finish. With an earthy aroma and some cedar notes on the finish, Ave Maria will certainly satisfy.

Q & A: Get What You Pay For?

With cigars, do you get what you pay for? Is price always a good measure of quality?

2/14/11 | by AG of Baltimore, MD

​​Price will help determine the quality of a cigar but just like wine, it is not always a good measure of quality. There are individuals who will only purchase and enjoy high priced, rare, and ultra unique cigars. Yet, there are others who refuse to spend more than $2.50 per stick. It all comes down to personal preference. I've experienced cigars that retail over $100 apiece. Were they good? Sure. However, if you search through my humidor you won't find any of them as I've found many cigars retailing for less than $10 that are constructed just as well and taste just as good as those higher priced sticks. 

by Sean G

Review: Nica Libre

Bryan Nica Libre Potencia
Double Robusto (5.0"x54) Incredible. Super full and superiorly balanced. Burns cool while expelling thick smoke and maintains a fantastic aroma. Very complex with a ton of spice through the nostrils.

Torpedo (6.0"x56) Best way to describe this size compared to the others? Elegant. Instead of blasting your palate with robust flavors from head to foot, the blend seems to build in this 6"x56 frame. Past the 3-inch mark, you'll find a mellowing cedar flavor with an earthy finish. Perfect draw with a strong finish.

Double Toro (6.0"x60) We recommend this double toro for those who want to experience a true, well-balanced, full-bodied blend that could last 2 hours. This bulbous cigar releases an intoxicating aroma and a plethora of complexities. Definitely a jaw breaker, you may not be able to feel your lips when you're finished.

Churchill Extra (7.0"x52) Interested in strength, complete strength, and nothing but strength? If so, you'll love the churchill extra. This stick tastes about the same from head to foot: tons of pepper and tons of earth with light complexities throughout. Be warned, the last two inches may burn hot and create an incredibly hearty finish.

Belicoso (5.0"x54) Great 60-minute smoke in terms of flavor and balance. Not quite as strong as the churchill extra yet just as flavorful as the double toro. Don't cut too much off the head - you'll find yourself with a very loose draw and the stick could burn unevenly.
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