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  • Diamond Crown

    Bella Expert Picks: Must-Have Maduros Expert Pick
    Expertly crafted with a multiple-fermented Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper. The blend is comprised of long-leaf fillers from 5 different regions and makes for a complex yet well-balanced smoke! I really enjoyed the waves of subtle sweetness with hints of chocolate throughout. It was delicious and unexpected—in my Top 5 for sure!…
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  • Diesel Unlimited

    Kelly Expert Picks: Summer Starters Expert Pick
    Hearty filler tobaccos from Nicaragua and long-leaf from the San Andrès Valley, along with a Cuban-seed Ligero wrapper offers one heck of a cigar which packs robust notes of earth, leather, and oak...all with a spicy kick. This is one premium from Diesel that delivers optimum flavor and performance—a limitless experience!…
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  • CAO Gold

    Tim Expert Picks: Summer Starters Expert Pick
    Ah, the Shade-wrapped blend that changed the way the industry looked at mellow. CAO Gold is a mellow blend, no doubt about it. But with its Nicaraguan long-leaf recipe underneath its Connecticut-seed wrapper, the results are a bit more rich and well-rounded than most of its kind. Stay gold with this stunner from CAO!…
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  • Punch

    Kelly Expert Picks: All-Time Greats Expert Pick
    There was no doubt the #12 Cigar of 2018 had to make it in this lineup! Robust and full-flavored, this Ecuadorian-wrapped premium contains a tri-country blend of fillers that produce earthy aromas with underlying hints of spice. Strong but not overpowering, this cigar lives up to its name, packing a punch in all the right ways!…
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  • CAO America

    Bella Expert Picks: Spring Favorites Expert Pick
     *Please Note Padilla Habano Artisano is sold out, and CAO America has been selected for this Expert Pick. We apologize for any inconvenience. Choosing another premium due to the immediate popularity of my first pick, I was proud to share with you this dual-wrapped gem from CAO. CAO Americana displays a beautiful maduro and Connecticut barber-pole style wrapper with a blend of Nicaraguan, …
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  • Camacho Ecuador

    Kelly Expert Picks: Spring Favorites Expert Pick
    As a fan of full-bodied cigars, I sampled Camacho Ecuador and realized I made a huge mistake by not trying one sooner! Medium to full-bodied, the electric blue bands aren't the only thing bold about this blend. Expect big flavors of coffee and chocolate with a rich, bready aroma—this cigar is more than good, it's great!…
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  • Espinosa Crema

    Tim Expert Picks: Silver & Gold Expert Pick
    Crema is everything you'd expect from Erik Espinosa—high-quality construction and a fully-nuanced profile with finesse. "But this is a Connecticut blend, and Connecticut-wrapped premiums shouldn't be this flavorful," complained no one ever! Stop with the Shade charade, and grab the Cremas of the crop, today!…
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  • CAO Brazilia

    Michael Expert Picks: Absolute All-Stars Expert Pick
    I've come to love CAO Brazilia Gol! for its rich nuances and enticing aroma. The blend features a unique Brazilian wrapper with Nicaraguan long-fillers at the center—a combination that leads to notes of chocolate, pepper, earth, and a long spicy finish. This cigar's rich aroma and complex profile makes Brazilia a winner every time.…
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  • REO

    Tim Expert Picks: A Summer to Savor Expert Pick
    This maduro is made with a blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran long-fillers, wrapped with a Connecticut Broadleaf. With an impressive flavor profile, REO has a chewy, savory quality. You can expect semi-sweet notes of cocoa, fruit, and a hint of cinnamon. Great construction at an affordable price, this cigar is REOlly good!…
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  • Brick House

    Michael Expert Picks: Father's Favorites Expert Pick
    This '93' rated masterpiece from Nicaragua expels a rich character with balanced flavor. With its Habano wrapper and Nicaraguan long-leaf tobacco, this cigar will please the most complex of palates with enjoyable flavors and an oily feel. After a few draws, you will understand why this cigar is indeed Mighty Mighty.…
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  • Enclave Broadleaf by AJ Fernandez

    John AJ's Innovation on Full Display
    AJ Fernandez is a very busy man–and that may be putting it lightly. Recently, he’s collaborated with some of the biggest names in the business to make some absolute gems, and he’s somehow found the time to craft some new premiums to add to his own illustrious portfolio.Among the brand new additions is an extension to his Enclave line. AJ created the original Habano-wrapped beauty with the help …
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  • CAO Fuma em Corda

    John Exotic Flavors From CAO
    CAO may be one of the most adventurous cigar brands in the business. Its blends take enthusiasts off the beaten path with tobaccos procured in regions not often utilized by most cigar brands. A prime example of this is CAO’s Fuma Em Corda, literally translated to “smoke on a rope.” Named for a process native to Brazil, part of Fuma Em Corda’s blend of long fillers consists of Brazilian Arapiraca …
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  • Macanudo Inspirado Black

    John A Bold Blend From Macanudo
    You’d be hard pressed to find an enthusiast who hasn’t sampled one of Macanudo’s many blends. You’d be even more hard pressed to find one who hasn’t at least heard of the brand during its nearly 50 year run. The brand started out in Jamaica in the late 60s, but moved to the Dominican Republic a few years later where it set down permanent roots. At first, the cigars were mellow and packed with …
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  • Brick House Connecticut

    John A Mellower Brick House
    Easily one of J.C. Newman’s most popular cigar lines, Brick House has cornered the market on top notch cigars at an unbeatable price. Each blend is beautifully balanced with a pleasing aromas, and a throng of satisfying tasting notes. The original Brick House cigar was well-received by both fans and critics, and earned a well-deserved spot in Cigar Aficionado’s top 25 cigars of 2010. The maduro …
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  • Perla del Mar

    John Expert Picks: Hip to be Squared Expert Pick
    A gorgeous offering from JC Newman. Perla del Mar’s golden brown wrapper is pristine. An Ecuadorian Connecticut leaf masks long-fillers from three growing regions in Nicaragua, bringing about decadent notes of cedar, caramel, and cream. Without a doubt, Perla del Mar is one of my favorite mellow-bodied cigars.…
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  • Gispert Intenso

    Tim Not Your Grandfather's Gispert
    For those of you familiar with Gispert, you know that its original blend is on the mellow to medium side. It’s a great cigar that’s well made and has elegant notes of cream and leather, but it’s not exactly the most complex cigar you’ll ever enjoy, and while I appreciate this cigar’s accessibility, I like something with a little more oomph. Apparently others feel the same, and Gispert heard the …
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  • Gurkha Symphony

    Dave Expert Picks: Connecticut Summer Expert Pick
    While I don’t find myself reaching for Gurkha cigars all too often these days, it’s impossible to forget how good this ‘91’ rated gem is. Symphony has become one of the most popular Connecticut-wrapped cigars in our inventory. Superb construction and every smooth puff makes Gurkha Symphony a must-try for every aficionado.…
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  • Hoyo Excalibur

    Andrew Expert Picks: Connecticut Summer Expert Pick
    Hoyo de Monterrey offers a solid lineup of cigars, including one of my standbys: Hoyo Excalibur. A Connecticut leaf surrounds Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers for a combination that gives this blend a medium body. Notes of spice and wood which are complemented by a satisfying creaminess, this is a cigar that will never disappoint.…
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  • Romeo 505 Nicaragua

    Tim Rome 505: A Bolder Departure
    Romeo y Julieta is a brand that needs no introduction. It’s had staying power in a crowded field, simply because its cigars are timeless blends that enthusiasts have flocked to for over 130 years. The brand wanted to appeal to enthusiasts who prefer bolder flavors, so it branched out a few years ago with its Romeo line-up. Which brings us to its newest release: Romeo 505Named for Nicaragua’s …
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  • CAO Italia

    Daniel Expert Picks: Gilded Gifts Expert Pick
    This 90+ rated CAO is a one-of-a-kind blend packed with Italian, Nicaraguan, and Peruvian long-fillers. It's wrapped with a dark chocolate, oily Habano leaf. This first draw surprised me when strong notes of pepper hit my palate, but then opened up with dark chocolate, earth, peat, leather, and spice. All of these flavors melded together beautifully. …
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  • 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 …
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  • La Gran Llave Maduro by AJ Fernandez

    Tim You'll Love the Llave.
    Why did I find myself surprised, after the first dozen or so puffs, at how much I was enjoying La Gran Llave Maduro when right there in the name, it’s clearly stated “BY AJ FERNANDEZ?" Knowing full well what Fernandez is capable of with tobacco and time, I should have expected this all along. La Gran Llave Maduro is fantastic, with a concerted creaminess throughout the whole experience that’s …
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  • Oliva Saison

    Dave Expert Picks: Spring Break Expert Pick
    This Oliva everyday premium delivers each and every time. Reliable and unbeatable for the price, the impeccable construction is evident as soon as you pick it up. A gorgeous, Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is perfectly applied around a robust blend of Nicaraguan fillers creating a smooth character mixed with zesty notes of cedar and spice.…
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  • Ave Maria Divinia

    Andrew Expert Picks: Spring Break Expert Pick
    Crafted by AJ Fernandez, Divinia takes things to another level. this Cubanesque premium features a hefty amount of Nicaragua tobacco. It opens up with a full hit of spice that mellows gradually into notes of leather, earth, and a mix of woody notes. Certainly full-bodied but heavenly smooth, Divinia is a blessing to have in your humidor. …
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  • Padilla Habano

    Michael Expert Picks: Spring Break Expert Pick
    Padilla Habano offers excellence from the very first draw. A tantalizing blend of Cuban-seed tobaccos are draped in an oily, Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Offering subtle hints of spice and chocolate with a nice little kick of pepper on the finish to keep your taste buds fully awake, this is the must-have cigar to relax with at the end of your day.…
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  • Alec Bradley Coyol

    Tim A Lancero to long for.
    Alan Rubin is no stranger to using Honduran tobaccos in his blends to award winning results. His Coyol is no exception to this strategy, as the Honduran and Nicaraguan tobaccos used in this recipe combine to create one of my new favorites. Grabbed one out of the humidor for two reasons: #1 – the brand… I have loved the Tempus and Prensado for years, and have really enjoyed the few Mundials I’ve …
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  • Erin Go Bragh

    Dave Expert Picks: Supreme Infusions Expert Pick
    Grab yourself a Guinness or an Irish coffee for this one. Erin Go Bragh is an exceptional choice for aficionados looking for a well-made, flavored premium. The infusion of Irish whiskey melds perfectly with the Dominican fillers and a silky smooth Connecticut wrapper, finished with a lightly-sweetened cap. …
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  • Room 101 Uncle Lee

    Tim An Uncle you'll like!
    With an oily, dark chocolate brown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper, Uncle Lee is handsome. Pre-light, the cedar and sweet hay aroma is intoxicating. Inside each you find a hearty blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran Corojos combined with Dominican ligeros. Light up and discover creamy nuances of chocolate, almond, and malt initially dominate the palate, eventually making room for heavier notes of espresso …
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  • La Flor Dominicana Suave

    Tim Interesting to the nub...
    Sporting a silky Connecticut wrapper, as soon as I lit this up any preconceived notions I had about La Flor Dominicana were smashed. Smooth with hardly any spice at all, this was clearly going to be a great choice for that first cigar of the day. Pairing exceptionally well with my morning coffee, I picked up notes of sweet hay, earth, and cream. Very little spice if any, this is not a bad thing …
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  • Rocky Patel Flor de San Andres

    Dave Chock-full of flavor...
    Rocky Patel is back with an exciting new release in the form of a hearty maduro featuring a San Andres wrapper and a carefully selected blend of Nicaraguan long fillers. Despite its bold packaging, this one has a rather tamed and refined character. To me, that’s a good thing. Right off the bat, this well-balanced cigar is incredibly smooth with rich notes of coffee and chocolate. To be …
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  • Romeo y Julieta 1875

    Tim Expert Picks: Christmas Lights Expert Pick
    The original Dominican Romeo, the 1875 Bully performs like a true tobacco “cafe con leche” as nuances of coffee bean and sweet cream give way perfectly to its subtle sugarcane finish, creating a modern day classic. This best-seller is also a regular in my personal humidor. Mellow enough for the masses yet possessed with a surprising WOW factor. …
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  • CAO Brazilia

    Dave Expert Picks: Christmas Lights Expert Pick
    This classic has introduced so many to Brazilian tobacco, including myself. A top-seller within CAO’s illustrious ‘world cigar’ lineup, CAO Brazilia is a bold, full-bodied blend featuring a dark and lustrous wrapper and perfectly aged Nicaragua fillers. Rich notes of chocolate and spice are pleasant with a slight sweetness on the finish that marry together perfectly …
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  • Ramon Bueso Genesis Habano

    Dean Expert Picks: Christmas Lights Expert Pick
    Genesis makes for a great cigar to enjoy this holiday season. At first glance, you’ll notice a beautiful Ecuadorian Habano wrapper encasing a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan long-fillers. Full-bodied to the core, this premium offers flavors of black pepper and leather with some earthy tones. If you are looking for a cigar to keep you warm during the winter months then look no further. …
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  • Black Ops Berserker

    Tim Let Your Palate Run Wild
    Black Ops has won fans over with their clever packaging, rugged theme and, more importantly, their outstanding premiums all at an attractive price point. When Black Ops Berserker was in the works, I couldn’t help but scout around the office, trying to find first-hand information—and by first-hand information I mean when the cigar was going to hit our shelves. When I had the …
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  • Macanudo Cafe

    Dave Expert Picks: Fall Classics Expert Pick
    This Dominican blend is a classic and one of the world’s best-selling cigars. If you thought mellow-bodied cigars weren’t your thing, there’s a good chance Macanudo Café will prove you wrong. It’s one of the most consistent cigars ever made and delivers an ultra-smooth experience from start to finish. Perfect for any occasion, Macanudo Café offers creamy notes of almonds, cedar, and vanilla.…
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  • Trinidad Reserve

    Michael Expert Picks: Fall Classics Expert Pick
    You can taste the Cuban tradition in this Honduras blended Trinidad Reserve. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper encases a robust blend of Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers that make this full-bodied cigar smooth and complex with a hint of sweetness. This is a great cigar for after lunch. Just break off the pigtail, light it up and enjoy. …
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  • Punch

    Tim Expert Picks: Fall Classics Expert Pick
    I know a thing or two about getting punched, let’s just say I have one of those faces.  That said, this Bareknuckle blend from Punch is enjoyable through and through. Featuring an oily and redolent sungrown Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and aged ligero long-leaf fillers, Punch Bareknuckle provides layers of spicy nuances and a strong yet pleasant aroma. You’ll be glad you got in …
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  • CAO Italia

    Andrew Expert Picks: Fall Classics Expert Pick
    A favorite from CAO’s popular world collection, Italia utilizes a habano seed that was brought to Italy from Cuba nearly fifty years ago. Featuring a complex blend of Italian, Nicaraguan, and Peruvian fillers topped off with a Honduran binder and wrapper, this full-bodied blend offers a unique aroma and flavor you won’t get anywhere else. I often find myself pairing this classic …
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  • Rocky Patel Vintage '03 Cameroon

    Dean Expert Picks: Fall Classics Expert Pick
    Vintage 2003 begins with a perfectly balanced blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers that offer a wonderful aroma and flavor. The icing on the cake is a Cameroon wrapper, aged for eight years, which adds a nice hint of sweetness with some lighter notes of pepper and cedar. Enjoying this cigar with your favorite Octoberfest style lager will make for a great evening on any fall day. …
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  • Hoyo La Amistad Gold

    Dave An Intriguing Collaboration
    Developed by the Cuban cigar maker, AJ Fernandez, who has produced some of the finest cigars in Nicaragua, Hoyo La Amistad is a bold move for the legendary Hoyo de Monterrey brand. I have to admit, when I first heard that AJ Fernandez was teaming up with Hoyo for a release, it had me scratching my head, but at the same time I couldn’t wait to light one up. After hearing that AJ Fernandez …
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  • Latitude Zero Excursion

    Dave Your Lucky Find
    A bit of a hidden gem within the cigar industry, Latitude Zero is crafted in Nicaragua by the world’s most premier tobacco growers and broke out onto the scene last year with an exquisite blend featuring a top-grade Habano Ecuador wrapper. This time around they turn their focus to a maduro leaf and simply nailed it out of the park. Dressed in a dark and toothy US Connecticut …
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  • Ramon Bueso Olancho Vintage

    Dave Expert Picks: Ligero-Laced Expert Pick
    Featuring an oily, Sun Grown Ligero wrapper, purposely under-fermented to create a unique flavor, the latest from Ramón Bueso will instantly grab your attention. It begins with a blast of pepper. As it settles down, notes of chocolate and spice appear with slight hints of raisin. This medium to full-bodied cigar has an aroma that sets it apart from any other cigar I’ve had.…
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  • CAO Extreme

    Dean Expert Picks: Ligero-Laced Expert Pick
    CAO Extreme became a mainstay in my humidor immediately following the first one I lit up. This flavorful premium features four different doses of ligero tobaccos and a beautiful Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. You’re met with a potent spice, hints of espresso, and a leathery finish making this a perfect full-bodied, after-dinner treat.…
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  • Montecristo Classic

    Dave Expert Picks: Summer Shade Expert Pick
    When it comes to name recognition, few trump Montecristo, and this smooth blend has been living up to the hype since its grand debut in 1995. While it’s on the mellower side of the spectrum, there is still plenty of flavor and complexity to go around. Rich notes of cedar and spice lead the pack while a select Connecticut Shade wrapper provides a creamy finish.…
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  • 5 Vegas Gold

    Tim Expert Picks: Summer Shade Expert Pick
    Gold is an old favorite of mine. Real old, like back when the Mets were bad and Zima was flowing like water. In fact, I’m enjoying yet another one this evening at my desk, and I have to say this fantastic cigar has only gotten better over time. This chunky Connecticut is creamy and rich, with a hint of spice. 5 Vegas Gold has enough flavor and character to …
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  • Punch Grand Cru

    Dean Expert Picks: Summer Shade Expert Pick
    Punch Grand Cru has always been a mainstay in my humidor. This carefully aged and masterfully blended cigar from the iconic Punch brand presents hints of vanilla and cedar, with a slight spice on the finish. When I’m looking for a great blend to start off the day, Grand Cru is always top of mind!…
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  • Camacho Powerband

    Dave
    After enjoying Camacho American Barrel-Aged, I was very eager to try this latest release within the Master Build Series. In typical Camacho fashion, Powerband caters to their core base of full-bodied fanatics. What sets this one apart though is a propriety bunching process which helps to maximize airflow without sacrificing the amount of tobaccos used. The very smooth and easy draw once lit was …
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  • Ramon Bueso Olancho Vintage

    Dave
    Ramon Bueso has worked behind the scenes on blends with industry legends such as Estelo Padron and Frank Llaneza. Today he is reaching stardom with his own line of premium cigars, and his fourth installment is by far the most unique offering within his portfolio. Featuring an oily, Sun Grown Ligero wrapper, purposely under-fermented to create a unique flavor, the latest from Ramon Bueso will …
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  • Oliva Serie 'G'

    Michael Expert Picks: Cameroon Craze Expert Pick
    The Oliva Serie ‘G’ is one of those cigars you really have to have in your humidor. It’s a great everyday smoke that has a consistent flavor throughout. The African Cameroon wrapper really sets off the Nicaraguan filler with notes of rich coffee and a slight spice. And like a fine wine, it only gets better with age.…
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  • La Perla Habana Black Pearl Morado

    Dave Expert Picks: Cameroon Craze Expert Pick
    Morado is the highest-rated La Perla Habana blend, and rightfully so. The toothy African Cameroon wrapper is rolled to perfection around a solid core of Nicaraguan long-fillers. This well-balanced, medium-bodied blend has a ton of flavor without all the kick. Smooth flavors of cedar, earth, and light spices mingle throughout, followed by a semi-sweet finish. …
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  • Rocky Patel Decade Cameroon

    Tim Expert Picks: Cameroon Craze Expert Pick
    Decade is one of my all-time favorites, so I had to try Rocky’s newer Cameroon version.  After enjoying dozens since its release, I can tell you this blend delivers and frankly is as good, if not better than the original.  There’s a nice sweetness to the smoke throughout and some serious complexity with hints of caramel, coconut, and peanut.  Another KO from Rocky! …
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  • Cohiba Red Dot

    Dean Expert Picks: Cameroon Craze Expert Pick
    One of the first big-name brands to utilize Cameroon tobacco as wrapper leaf, Cohiba is still one of the best. Carefully selected and patiently-aged Dominican ligeros are part of the secret that gives the Red Dot its world renowned, richly nuanced flavor. Its West African Cameroon wrapper imparts a mellow, sweet spice and bready aroma. If you are a fan of Cameroon wrappers, this blend is a must.…
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  • Alec Bradley Post Embargo

    Dave The Future Cigar Landscape
    Unveiled as a pre-release at the 2015 IPCPR Trade Show, Alec Bradley Post Embargo pays homage to cigar history in the aftermath of the Cuban embargo and symbolizes a future landscape where Cuban and non-Cuban brands can compete on a level playing field. A dark brown Corojo wrapper grown in Honduras is seamlessly applied and gently box pressed to perfection around a core of Nicaraguan and Honduran …
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  • Padilla 1932

    Andrew Expert Picks: Masterfully Balanced Expert Pick
    Ernesto Padilla is back, and he’s brought his best recipes with him. Topped with a Habano leaf grown in Ecuador, this full-bodied Nicaraguan blend features notes of cedar and pepper up front with creamy, spicy notes and some pepper in the background. Padilla 1932 is very complex but not too strong that it will have you staggering.…
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  • Man O' War Legend

    Dean Expert Picks: Masterfully Balanced Expert Pick
    Man O’ War Legend is another amazing blend from legendary cigar maker, AJ Fernandez. Nicaraguan long-fillers are tucked beneath a beautiful Habano wrapper that adds just the right level of spice to this medium-bodied blend. If you’re looking for a well-balanced Man O’ War blend that is perfect for any time of the day, Legend will not disappoint. …
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  • The Griffin's Nicaragua

    Dave A More Powerful Creature
    I’ve always been a fan of The Griffin’s. When you’re in the mood for a reliable morning or mid-day mellow cigar, they never let you down. So when I heard that Davidoff was releasing The Griffin’s Nicaragua, I knew I had to try one. True to Nicaraguan form, it is a complete departure from the original Connecticut offering. In fact, the only thing they have in common was the superior construction. …
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  • Ave Maria Argentum

    Dave Morning Star gets a maduro makeover
    This stout, 5.0”x58, figurado offers up a unique experience. You may have had a chance to visit this limited edition size dubbed ‘Morning Star' when it was released under the original Ave Maria line featuring an Ecuador Habano wrapper. Argentum, on the other hand, is topped with a thick and flavorful Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper which boosts the strength up a notch, offering …
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  • Punch Signature

    Michael Expert Picks: Powerhouse Puros Expert Pick
    Punch is back with a vengeance. Punch Signature harkens back to its original blend with a dark, oily Ecuadorian Corojo wrapper that gives you a nice shot of pepper upfront. As you get into this full-bodied smoke, notes of leather and an earthy spice please the palate. The smoke is thick and creamy leaving your taste buds wanting more. …
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  • Diesel Unlimited

    Dave Expert Picks: Powerhouse Puros Expert Pick
    Diesel is well known for their potent, full-bodied cigars and the brands sophomore release is still one of my favorites. Crafted by AJ Fernandez in Nicaragua, Diesel Unlimited sports a Cuban-seed ligero wrapper and long-fillers from Nicaragua and Mexico. The flawless construction and enticing notes of cedar, spice, and pepper will keep you coming back for more. …
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  • Camacho Corojo

    Tim Expert Picks: Powerhouse Puros Expert Pick
    Everyone at the office knows this has been one of my favorites simply by looking in my humidors and ashtrays. Recently, the brand went through a facelift. I've smoked dozens since, and let me say, she's still got it! Honduran ligeros require some endurance on your part as this can get quite intense. Camacho is like a big Italian feast, with the Corojo being the after-dinner espresso. …
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  • Padilla Dominus

    Dean Expert Picks: Powerhouse Puros Expert Pick
    If you are looking for a full-bodied powerhouse, then look no further. Padilla Dominus opens up with a blast of spice and pepper with hints of leather on the retro hale. As you enjoy this cigar you will notice the pepper subsides a bit, and it balances out nicely. From the first time I lit one up, it became a regular within my full-bodied rotation. …
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  • Hammer + Sickle Hermitage

    Sean G ...the best of Hammer & Sickle
    92
    Hammer & Sickle has always been a brand that’s been on my radar but one that I never tried. So when we got a large shipment in recently, I was pumped to go through the line and see what all the fuss was about. And after burning through a few sticks, I have to admit I was a little disappointed. They weren’t bad but I didn’t think they were worth the lofty rating that one of …
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  • La Perla Habana Black Pearl Original

    Michael Expert Picks: Brazilian Safari Expert Pick
    Perfect any time of day, Black Pearl’s smooth subtleties work well as a morning cigar while its full-flavored character is more than worthy as an after dinner indulgence. The Arapiraca wrapper adds some nice complexities without increasing the overall strength. It is a medium-bodied blend with an earthy core and notes of toast and cedar throughout.…
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  • CAO Brazilia

    Dave Expert Picks: Brazilian Safari Expert Pick
    One of the most popular cigars featuring a Brazilian wrapper, CAO Brazilia offers up rich nuances of chocolate and spice along with a sweet aftertaste and fantastic aroma. This complex, full-bodied blend is an absolute must-try for enthusiasts looking to check out the rich flavors of Brazilian tobacco.…
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  • La Palina Classic

    Tim Expert Picks: Brazilian Safari Expert Pick
    Brazil may have lost the World Cup, but they’re winning my humidor space with some great blends using healthy doses of top-notch Brazilian tobacco.  La Palina Classic may be the finest example.  An oily, Brazilian Habano wrapper leaf is an awesome reason this cigar is included in this sampler.  Buy this and if you don’t enjoy, mail them back to me – I’ll …
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  • Brick House Maduro

    Andrew Expert Picks: Brazilian Safari Expert Pick
    Brickhouse is a classic yet affordable top notch maduro from the folks at the JC Newman. Featuring a Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper around a Nicaraguan core you can expect some decent strength that is offset by its smoothness with notes of spice and bittersweet chocolate with a few woody hints. This brick house will certainly stand up to any wolf and goes great with any pig… Did somebody say …
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  • Obsidian

    Dean Expert Picks: Brazilian Safari Expert Pick
    Pinar del Rio has released some extraordinary cigars, but the Obsidian would have to be their coup de grace. The secret here is the dark and oily Brazilian Habano ligero wrapper. This exterior leaf offers ample complexity with sweet, spicy, and hearty notes. It’s rich, balanced, and highly approachable.…
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  • Gurkha Yakuza

    Sean G ...actually worth the price.
    93
    Gurkha’s Yakuza is stunning. Yes, even for the brand known for their extravagant packaging, they’re actually outdone themselves with an elaborate, unrivaled, hand-carved box. Even though the most hardened enthusiast’s jaw would still drop upon first sight of this beauty. But you know the old adage, “You can’t smoke the packaging…” We’ve seen this …
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  • Caldwell Blind Man's Bluff

    Sean G ...a well made cigar
    89
    My first impression of Caldwell’s Blind Man’s Bluff is how beautiful the cigar looks. The Ecuadorian Habano wrapper is simply stunning. A little rough to the touch but rolled seamlessly and dripping with natural oils. It’s easy to see why there’s so much hype surrounding this brand. And that hype is almost justified when I first fire one up. Smooth, crisp notes of pepper, …
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  • Dunhill Heritage

    Alex Expert Picks: Santa's List Expert Pick
    Known for mellower 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

    Dave Expert Picks: Santa's List Expert Pick
    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

    Tim Expert Picks: Santa's List Expert Pick
    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 …
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  • Rocky Patel Vintage '90

    Sean L Expert Picks: Santa's List Expert Pick
    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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  • Padilla Hybrid

    Sean G A perfect everyday blend.
    93
    Full disclosure, I used to love Padilla Hybrid. I’d fire one up most mornings when I got into the office and pair it with a nice, dark espresso. Needless to say, when I saw these hit our docks again, I rushed to stock up. SPOILER ALERT: They’re still delicious. Hey, knock me for being biased but I’d be hard-pressed to find a cigar this good starting at $1.99 each. The mellow to medium-bodied …
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  • La Palina Red Label

    Sean G You'll love this lady in red
    90
    La Palina Red Label hails from the PDR factory in the Dominican Republic and appears to be flawlessly constructed with no soft spots and a beautifully applied triple cap. On the cold draw there are hints of sweetness and some readily apparent pepper. This cigar has a gorgeous reddish-hued Ecuador Habano wrapper, and upon lighting I am greeted with a not so subtle blast of red pepper. As the …
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  • CAO Pilon

    Sean G CAO turns back the dial
    90
    Pilon is a new release from CAO that utilizes a 19th century fermentation technique called the circular pilon. Using this method, the wrapper leaf is fermented at a lower temperature and at a slower rate and thus making it much more flavorful. At least that’s what they want you to believe, the real test is in smoking the cigar. With all this information swimming in my head, I …
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  • Ave Maria Immaculata

    Tim Connecticut Elegance Expert Pick
    Ave Maria Immaculata is the smooth blend made for the enthusiast who usually goes full. Even if you consider your weathered and leathered palate to be too experienced for mellower smokes, don’t pass on this AJ Fernandez made masterpiece. Immaculata is a winner and I dare you not to like it!  Tons of flavor, super creamy, and irresistibly enjoyable.…
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  • Dunhill Aged Dominican

    Sean L Connecticut Elegance Expert Pick
    Like a fine wine, the Dunhill Aged Dominican is matured to perfection.  Cloaked with a U.S grown Connecticut wrapper this blend is smooth and rich with decadent notes of vanilla, fresh grass, and butter.  Whether you are a devotee to the full bodied blends or just starting out in the hobby, this Dominican beauty can be enjoyed by one and all.…
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  • Gurkha Symphony

    Alex Connecticut Elegance Expert Pick
    I have to say, this blend caught me totally off-guard. Symphony is an extraordinary Connecticut. On first light, notes of white pepper are dominant which transitions into cedar and cream. The real complexity is on the finish where I pick up dark chocolate and roasted nuts. This is by far my favorite Gurkha blend, and I think you will agree. …
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  • Graycliff 'G2' Maduro

    Dave Graycliff G2 Maduro
    The addition of a dark and oily, Pennsylvania broadleaf wrapper to this affordable line from Graycliff really kick things up a notch. The blend is a hearty, medium body and is superbly constructed. Graycliff G2 Maduro offers a highly aromatic flavor profile of rich chocolate, spice, leather, and some sweetness on the finish. Fans of the original G2 blend should give this a try for a heartier, …
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  • Gurkha Black Ops Rubicon

    Dave
    As Black Ops most premium release to date, this bold looking torpedo features a large, gold foot band to mimic a .50 caliber bullet. It is a bit soft to the touch but no major construction issues. Right off the bat there is an onslaught of dark chocolate notes mixed with some espresso and black pepper. Housed in genuine ammo cans, the bar has just been raised. Black Ops Rubicon is an …
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  • Alec Bradley American Classic Blend

    Dave
    Covered in a dark brown Connecticut seed wrapper, this cigar could easily be mistaken as a Habano. The construction is great except for some minor discoloration and a soft spot down by the foot. On the low side of medium-bodied this Connecticut blend was a nice change of pace and impressive for the price. It delivers smooth and creamy flavors. It’s not overly complex but works nicely as an …
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  • CAO Brazilia

    Sean L Expert Picks: Maduro Mayhem Expert Pick
    After the great cigar boom, CAO had a premonition to create the ultimate cigar, using some of the most coveted Brazilian tobacco from the Bahia growing region.  The secret to the success of the CAO Brazilia can be contributed to its wrapper.  Sweet and spicy, earthy and chocolaty, it’s like desert and dinner all in one.  …
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  • Aganorsa Leaf Maduro

    Tim Expert Picks: Maduro Mayhem Expert Pick
    After years of providing other cigar manufacturers with the finest leaf for numerous award winning blends, Casa Fernandez is finally making their own outstanding cigars. This medium-bodied American-made maduro has notable cocoa, coffee, and vanilla bean flavors. Aganorsa is the holy grail of growing, the titan of tobacco, the president of pilones, and not to mention one of my new favorites.…
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  • Cohiba Black

    Kirsten Expert Picks: Maduro Mayhem Expert Pick
    Anyone who knows me knows I love my coffee and chocolate so when I had my first Cohiba Black, I was floored.  Rolled by Cohiba’s best torcedors, the Black features a potent blend of Dominican and Mexican fillers encased in a beautiful Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper.  I experienced wonderful cocoa, espresso, and cedar flavors with a nice hint of spice to the palate.…
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  • Davidoff Winston Churchill

    Sean G A lack of complexity
    88
    Anytime the boss drops off a pack of 4 cigars that retail at $16.90 per stick, I tend to perk up and put those spreadsheets on hold. Even though I work in this business, I tend to avoid a high priced cigar like this but I’m always happy to give one a go. And since this is being billed as one of Davidoff’s strongest blends, I was excited to say the least. The cigar delivered in the …
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  • Gurkha Black Ops Rubicon

    Sean G Perfect end-of-the-day blend
    91
    Look, I’ll admit it. I totally got sucked into the packaging of this beauty. An ammo can? A sleek beanie? Shiny foil?! Ok, none of that means anything when it comes down to the cigar itself but I still like to be romanced from time to time. So what is the blend like? Rubicon is made in Nicaragua with Dominican tobaccos and finished with Pennsylvania Broadleaf maduro. The blend starts off …
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  • HC Series Criollo

    Kirsten All Summer Long Expert Pick
    90
    Any given Friday, you can find my father and I standing under the oven hood sharing a cigar and perhaps a few whiskeys. Blowing clouds of smoke into the exhaust, refilling our whiskey glasses here and there, and recommending each other whatever smokes the other hasn't sampled yet. Recently he handed me an HC Series Criollo and told me that he could not believe how well-crafted and flavorful …
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  • Daniel Marshall Red Label

    Sean L All Summer Long Expert Pick
    95
    When we hear the name Daniel Marshall, we automatically think of the world’s most beautifully crafted humidors. The craftsmanship, dedication, and creativity are endless and reverberate through these works of Art. His humidors have been used in films, rest in the homes of stars such as Al Pacino and Arnold Schwarzenegger and have been given to notable heads of state, such as George W. Bush. …
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  • Diesel Uncut

    Andrew All Summer Long Expert Pick
    91
    If you read through more than three issues of our catalog you know I have a rather large affinity for anything AJ Fernandez makes. One of his newest releases the Diesel uncut is one of my newest everyday smokes but they do pack a punch so I tend to leave these for my last smoke of the evening. As the name might infer the uncut has an unfinished foot resembling something like a turtle neck …
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  • Oliva Serie 'V'

    Alex All Summer Long Expert Pick
    93
    If you are like me, you seem to have a new favorite cigar every month.  No matter my favorite at the time, I do tend to have that mainstay list of five or so brands that I just find myself always reaching for.  This month, I am deviating away from my “flavor of the week” picks to a mainstay in my rotation and a long time favorite, Oliva Serie V.  This cigar debuted in …
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  • Nica Libre Silver 25th Anniversary

    Tim All Summer Long Expert Pick
    93
    Nica Libre or Free Nicaragua is a brand that not only celebrates the people’s emancipation but also the amazing tobaccos that are grown and imported into the Central American country.  The latest installment of Nica Libre is called the Silver 25th Anniversary in honor of Violeta Chamorro’s victory in the 1990 Nicaraguan general election.  While my teacher friends could …
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  • Gurkha Hudson Bay

    Alex Great Everyday Option
    89
    Maybe it’s just me but I’m really into this packaging. The crisp, clean design and the elegant logo caught my eye right away amongst a sea of new products in our conference room. But great packaging usually doesn’t translate into a good cigar. The blend is combination of hand-selected Nicaraguan Cuban-seed long-fillers. It’s then finished with a San Andres wrapper that is …
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  • AVO XO

    Dave
    AVO XO was one of the first premium cigars I ever had. They began selling in New York in 1988 following a relationship between master cigar maker Hendrik Kelner in the Dominican Republic and the musician and cigar aficionado, Avo Uvezian. A smooth and seamless Connecticut wrapper is rolled flawlessly around a complex, five country long filler blend. The strength is on the lighter side of medium …
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  • E.P. Carrillo Cardinal Maduro

    Dave
    This cigar features immaculate construction and a dark, oily wrapper. Zero soft spots were detected throughout and the wrapper was applied seamlessly. Once lit, powerful notes of espresso and spice swarm the palate along with a slight sweetness from the wrapper. The performance of this cigar in terms of draw and burn were highly manageable. It produces thick clouds of intense smoke that filled …
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  • Man O' War Armada

    Sean L Savory Sumatrans Expert Pick
    94
    The Man O' War Armada is arguably one of the finest cigars to leave Tabacalera Fernandez. The secret to its success can be contributed to the elusive and coveted ligero sun grown wrapper. Rich notes of almond, cedar, and leather abound making this one of the most decadent and appealing cigars to hold the Man O’ War name. …
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  • La Gloria Cubana Serie R

    Alex Savory Sumatrans Expert Pick
    91
    In this industry, so often it is all about the next best thing. On the contrary, I enjoy classic blends that have stood the test of time, and few have maintained a loyal following quite like Serie R. This Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapped beauty from La Gloria Cubana is bold and rich, yet refined and smooth. It’s time to take a much closer look at Serie R. …
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  • La Aroma de Cuba Noblesse

    Bryan
    93
    La Aroma de Cuba’s Noblesse is pretty legit. This blend was definitely filed under “office favorite” after we got a couple of samples from IPCPR. But what surprised me about the cigar was how lackluster the dull, Ecuadorian Habano Rosado wrapper looked when I took the cello off. There are some blends that look so appealing I start to fumbling around with my lighter and cutter …
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  • Don Tomas Clasico Maduro

    Bryan Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover
    90
    Talk about a cigar I never thought I would purchase. Don Tomas may have been an industry giant at one point in time, but in the 10+ years I’ve been enjoying cigars, ‘The Don’ has remained pretty quiet. Maybe it’s the band that reads ‘Don Tomas’ or is it ‘Don’t Omas?’ My subconscious has always replied, ‘Ok, ok, I won’t.’ Until two weeks ago anyway, when I was offered one Don Tomas Clasico free …
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  • Diesel Uncut

    Dave
    It’s no secret we love Diesel around the office. And when we look at sales numbers, we can see you agree with us. So naturally, when Diesel Uncut hit the docks, they moved out pretty quickly. So now that the dust has settled a bit, it’s time to fire one up for a review. Diesel Uncut wasn’t what I expected. It’s got a rich cedary core that gives off a semi-sweet …
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  • Oliva Serie 'O'

    Alex Must Have Habanos Expert Pick
    The flagship blend from one of the most renowned families in the cigar business, this Nicaraguan puro exhibits top-notch construction with a Cuban-esque flavor profile of spice and rich cedar. Its oily habano wrapper is always impressive and meshes perfectly with a hearty blend of fillers grown in Esteli, Condega, and the Jalapa Valley. …
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  • Tatuaje Tattoo

    Kirsten Must Have Habanos Expert Pick
    Hailing from Estelí, Nicaragua, Tatuaje Tattoo was created with the everyday enthusiast in mind. The construction, body, and flavor is what you’d expect from Pete Johnson and Don Pepín along with a welcomed attribute of value rarely mentioned in the same breath. This approachable Tatuaje blend hits the spot every time. …
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  • Diesel Unlimited

    Tim Must Have Habanos Expert Pick
    With so many limited edition releases clogging up the sales chute these days, it’s refreshing to have a reliable, everyday cigar that is always available. Dressed in a stunning Ecuadorian habano wrapper, this gem from AJ Fernandez is my ‘go-to’ blend when I need a stogie break and might be the best damn cigar you can get.…
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  • Brick House

    Sean L Must Have Habanos Expert Pick
    J.C. Newman is America’s oldest cigar company and with age comes wisdom. One of their very first releases, Brick House remains strong with a ‘92’ rating from Cigar Aficionado. Bursting with Nicaraguan long fillers and draped with a propriety Havana Subido wrapper, this medium to full-bodied cigar is always consistent and oozing with complexity. …
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  • Ave Maria Divinia

    Sean G Nothing Short of Perfection
    95
    I really loved Ave Maria's Reconquista when it came out a few years back. I mean, it's not something I enjoy everyday after work, but the blend was excellent for a special occasion. And looking at Divinia's price tag, tells me this will only be enjoyed on special occasions as well. So what are you paying all that money for? A really damn good cigar. Divinia is near flawless. The blend starts …
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  • Warped Cigars Flor Del Valle

    Bryan Flor del Valle by Warped Cigars
    It’s easy to get wrapped up with how good these cigars look. The packaging and bands are top notch and the cigars show off an impeccable construction. But like most seasoned enthusiasts, I’ve been burned by all these attributes before only to fall victim to a lackluster blend. This is not the case Flor del Valle. Produced at the Casa Fernandez factory in Nicaragua, this blend …
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  • Alec Bradley White Gold

    Sean G I Can't Believe It
    88
    This guy has a whole warehouse full of cigars to review and he picks one of the cheap ones?! At least, I imagine that’s what you’re saying now. But, seriously, there’s a place for inexpensive cigars in all our humidors and you know that. Of course, what struck me about this blend was the Alec Bradley name attached to it. That alone is worth a try. In a nutshell, Alec …
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  • Sons of Anarchy Clubhouse Edition Chapel

    Sean G This Is No Gimmick
    93
    When Black Crown released the original Sons of Anarchy blend, I was skeptical. Popular show, boutique blend; seemed like a gimmick. That thought quickly washed away once I tried the first cigar. The blend was legit and enthusiasts everywhere seemed to agree as the cigars started to fly off our shelves. Now that the Clubhouse Edition Chapel has hit our docks, any fear of this cigar being a …
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  • Latitude Zero

    Andrew All I Want For Christmas Expert Pick
    This may be the best cigar of 2014. Latitude Zero utilizes the top 1% of the tobacco harvested and comes across medium to full-bodied. Notes of earth, leather, and cedar with hints of espresso migrate from puff to puff. Pair it with something subtle so you don’t miss out on the wondrous complexity. …
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  • Diesel Wicked

    Alex All I Want For Christmas Expert Pick
    Diesel Wicked is my favorite Diesel blend of all-time. The only problem was that this limited release was snapped up quick by any enthusiast with a pulse. Well, it’s back for a second run and I’m not missing my chance to stock up. The ligero-laced gem is bursting with flavor and is the perfect late night treat. …
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  • Oliva Serie 'V'

    Tim All I Want For Christmas Expert Pick
    Oliva Serie ‘V’ changed the way the industry and enthusiasts looked at full-bodied cigars.  It was the first to specially ferment a ligero-heavy blend to provide a robust flavor that remained smooth and balanced.  Fast forward more than 5 years later, the Serie V still wears the crown. This is what a true classic tastes like…
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  • E.P. Carrillo La Historia

    Sean G Box-Pressed Maduro - Sign Me Up
    92
    The first thing that popped in my head while enjoying these was how smooth they were. There’s absolutely no spice to the blend. The cigar has an oaky core with a rich espresso finish and has absolutely no complexity. Of course, I say that as a complement. There are a ton of cigars out there that boast a world of complexity but end up falling flat in muddled confusing mess. La Historia shows …
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  • Cohiba Black

    Alex Broadleaf Beauties
    There are a lot of great Broadleaf-wrapped cigars out there but how can I resist a Cohiba? The storied Cuban brand is a full-blown legend and Cohiba Black proves it. Comprised of luscious, well-aged tobaccos, Cohiba Black is finished with a dark Connecticut Broadleaf that is ripe with notes of dark, chocolate, espresso, and cashews.…
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  • Montecristo Media Noche

    Sean G Broadleaf Beauties
    Montecristo Media Noche has been a mainstay in my humidor for years. The complex blend of Nicaraguan, Peruvian, and Dominican tobaccos make for a perfect end-of-day cigar ripe with notes of cedar, espresso and spice. Definitely on par with the lofty expectations that come with a name like Montecristo. …
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  • Diesel Unlimited Maduro

    Andrew Broadleaf Beauties
    Of course, I had to pick the latest from AJ Fernandez. Diesel’s Unlimited Maduro is another full-bodied winner. The spice kicks things off but mellows into a unique cinnamon-type base which is slightly hidden by the earthy and espresso notes. For any maduro lover looking for something new, this one is sure to fit the bill. …
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  • Ramon Bueso Genesis The Project

    Sean L Broadleaf Beauties
    Ramon Bueso is a master of his craft. Draped in a thick, toothy Connecticut Broadleaf maduro, Genesis has rich nuances of dark chocolate, earth, and espresso complimented with a slight cherry note.  If you are a maduro hound like me, you will want to pick up more than one of these beauties. …
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  • H. Upmann The Banker

    Sean G It's A Love, Hate Relationship
    90
    I hated this cigar; seriously hated it after trying it for the first time. And I even like the folks who make it and the packaging of the cigar. You’d think some of that would have swayed me subconsciously but it didn’t. I swore to never try this again…until I ran into a meeting where The Beard and our boss were puffing away on them. I was shocked. These two were talking about …
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  • Montecristo Classic

    Tim Summer Slow Burners Expert Pick
    Even though 60-rings are the latest craze, nothing rivals the Churchill size when you have time on your hands to kick back. And when it comes to smooth, mellow Churchills, few do it better than Montecristo. mellow to medium in strength, ‘Monte’ offers notes of cedar and cream backed by a crisp finish. In fact, the hardest part about enjoying this blend is trying to put it down to grab another …
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  • Brick House Maduro

    Alex Summer Slow Burners Expert Pick
    It’s no coincidence Brick House has been rated Cigar Aficionado’s Best Bargain 5 years running. The Mighty Mighty Maduro is heavy in hand containing bold Nicaraguan long leaves inside a Nicaraguan binder. The star of the show is the Brazilian wrapper offering up chocolaty sweetness that pairs well with the spicy Nicaraguan leaves. If you’re like me, you’ll be coming back …
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  • HC Series Criollo

    Sean G Summer Slow Burners Expert Pick
    If you’re looking for a thick, meaty Habano-wrapped cigar look no further. HC Series Criollo is a blend that caught me off guard, nowhere on the packaging did it say it would be this delicious. Notes of leather, earth, and a hint of coffee intermingle for a very enjoyable experience. The construction and burn are top-notch and most impressively it’s perfectly balanced.…
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  • Padron

    Alex Father & Son Duos Expert Pick
    Why He Likes It: What more is there to say about Padron? The Nicaraguan puros have been immensely popular, and the brand churns our delicious cigars at an alarmingly consistent rate. This ‘90’ rated beauty is no exception. Loaded with toasty notes of coffee, cedar, and hints of caramel, this is the perfect Father’s Day blend. …
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  • Oliva Serie 'V'

    Andrew Father & Son Duos Expert Pick
    Why He Likes It: This Oliva blend is the apex of strength and beauty. Serie ‘V’ is a potent cigar, but never over-powering, with cascading, savory notes of cedar and leather and a commanding, spicy finish. The ‘94’ rating only adds to the allure of this legendary blend. Passing this one over would be a crying shame, although it would leave some more for me. …
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  • CAO Extreme

    Sean G Four Times The Ligero
    93
    CAO is one of my favorite brands out there. In fact, CAO Brazilia was the first cigar I’ve ever had and still one I go back to from time to time. The problem has been that their most recent releases haven’t lived up to my expectations. So when CAO Extreme hit our docks, I was a little skeptical. But the brand has done me enough good over the years to warrant me picking up a 5 pack to …
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  • Macanudo Cafe

    Alex Smooth & Mellow Expert Pick
    We all know that a mellow-bodied cigar isn’t normally my thing, yet, I still find myself coming back to a Macanudo Hyde Park. The ultra-smooth blend is perfect for any occasion. The smooth Dominican blend is a classic and loaded with notes of almonds, cedar, and vanilla. You can see why this is the best-selling cigar in the world……
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  • Rocky Patel Signature Series

    Sean G Smooth & Mellow Expert Pick
    Rocky Patel’s other Connecticut-wrapped blends get all the notoriety but RP Signature is the true gem. This well-balanced cigar is loaded with Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers then topped off with a smooth Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper. Rich plumes of smoke offer notes of cedar, cashews, and vanilla that top off one of the most satisfying cigars you’ve ever had. …
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  • Ave Maria Immaculata

    Sean L Smooth & Mellow Expert Pick
    Ave Maria has been one of the most exquisite and well-known blends to come out of Tabacalera Fernandez within the last decade.  The Ave Maria Immaculata comes draped in a flawless Nicaraguan Connecticut, lending to this blend’s creamy nuances.  With an extraordinary amount of depth and flavor, no other Connecticut compares. …
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  • Montecristo Media Noche

    Alex Full-Bodied Fanatics Expert Pick
    With so many exciting boutique blends on the market, Montecristo can often get overlooked. The brand is a classic that can never be replaced and blends like Media Noche prove that. Comprised of Nicaraguan, Dominican, and Peruvian tobaccos, Media Noche delivers notes of cedar and cashews with a rich espresso finish. A truly balanced blend. …
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  • Man O' War Ruination

    Sean G Full-Bodied Fanatics Expert Pick
    I don’t consider myself an enthusiast who only enjoys full-bodied blends. I enjoy all types of flavor profiles especially since its part of my job. And even after firing up a myriad of cigars on a daily basis, I find myself coming back to Man O’ War Ruination. One of the finest full-bodied cigars out there, AJ’s blend is teeming with rich flavors of cedar, spice, and hints of …
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  • Gurkha Warpig

    Andrew Full-Bodied Fanatics Expert Pick
    With a name like Warpig, I expected huge flavor right out of the gate. Instead, Warpig sneaks up on you with a slow, deceptive build. Smooth notes of a dark espresso hit you up front while more potent notes of black pepper, oak, and hints of cocoa are apparent through the finish. Truly a well-balanced blend, I like to battle this pig with a nice red wine as a complement.…
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  • Partagas Black Label

    Sean L Full-Bodied Fanatics Expert Pick
    Being a maduro hound, I couldn’t think of a better selection than the Partagas Black Label. This full-bodied blend from a classic brand has been a favorite of mine for years and each time is like visiting an old friend. The crown jewel of this blend is the Medio Tiempo Sun Grown wrapper by; it’s dark, oily, toothy, and simply put: amazing. …
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  • Spectre

    Dave Spectre by AJ Fernandez
    92
    Overview: When the blend was launched, the contents of the cigar were unknown. Of course now that enthusiasts have got their hands on it, we’ve figured out that the fillers have a dose of Latakia tobaccos from Turkey. These smoky tobaccos are usually used with pipes and only very few blends use them for cigars. Easily one of AJ’s most unique blends to date, this is one that I’ve …
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  • Spectre

    Sean G
    When the blend was launched, the contents of the cigar were unknown. Of course now that enthusiasts have got their hands on it, we’ve figured out that the fillers have a dose of Latakia tobaccos from Turkey. These smoky tobaccos are usually used with pipes and only very few blends use them for cigars. Easily one of AJ’s most unique blends to date, this is one that I’ve been …
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  • Alec Bradley Mundial

    Sean G
    Yes, this is that cigar. The blend garnered a lot of attention at this year’s IPCPR for being the first cigar shot into space. And unless you can tell me that shooting a cigar into space makes the blend better, I could really care less. Regardless, I still felt the need to try the cigar because of all the goodwill the brand has built up with all of their legendary blends. The blend is …
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  • My Father

    Sean G Taste Of Cuba Expert Pick
    Anyone yearning for the old days of Cuba simply hasn’t tried anything from the My Father factory. This ‘94’ rated gem was blended by a legend (Don Pepin Garcia)who started rolling cigars in Cuba when he was just 11 years old. All-Nicaraguan fillers are nestled within a choice Ecuadorian Habano leaf that is packed with notes of cedar, earth, and hints of spice. …
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  • Torano Exodus Gold 1959

    Tim Taste Of Cuba Expert Pick
    One of the first cigars I ever enjoyed and I remember the experience like it was yesterday. Box-pressed, this thing looks like a chocolate bar and it doesn’t taste that much different. This rich, exciting blend of diverse tobaccos serves to commemorate the Exodus of expert Cuban cigar families and their impact on the industry following nationalization in 1959. …
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  • Ave Maria Cigars

    Sean L Taste Of Cuba Expert Pick
    If you like a complex, yet smooth cigar, this one is for you.  With its flawless Ecuadorian Habano wrapper and delicious well-aged Nicaraguan fillers, this cigar will please even the most scrupulous veteran cigar enthusiasts.  With notes of toast, cedar and leather, along with the billowing plumes of white smoke, I just couldn’t put this masterpiece down.…
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  • Alec Bradley Mundial

    Sean G
    90
    Yes, this is that cigar. The blend garnered a lot of attention at this year’s IPCPR for being the first cigar shot into space. And unless you can tell me that shooting a cigar into space makes the blend better, I could really care less. Regardless, I still felt the need to try the cigar because of all the goodwill the brand has built up with all of their legendary blends. PL#5 …
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  • Rocky Patel Royale

    Dave Royale Status
    90
    Robusto (5.0”x52): Naturally the best size to start with any cigar line, the robusto comes out of the gates flawlessly. A rich aroma mirrors the almond and espresso notes up front and I’m thinking this could be my new favorite Rocky blend. After about an inch, however, the cigar starts to burn hot and the rich flavors of before are replaced by an unbalanced harsh smoke. What happened? …
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  • E.P. Carrillo New Wave

    Josh New Age Connecticuts
    I'm a medium to full-bodied Habano/maduro guy. When I reach for a Connecticut blend, I find myself leaning towards E.P. Carrillo's New Wave. It's not overly strong, but offers a full-flavor profile while its chestnut brown Connecticut wrapper is quite rich and enchanting. A thoroughly satisfying morning blend! …
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  • Tatuaje 10 Year Anniversary

    Bryan Tatuaje 10 Year
    93
    Belle Encre (5.4”x48, Perfecto): Full disclosure: I’m not a big Tatuaje fan. Don’t get me wrong, the cigars are made with supreme tobaccos, construction, and an incredible attention to detail. After going through a big Tatuaje phase two years ago, it’s hard for me to get excited about another blend from this brand. With Tatuaje 10th Anniversary, I was peer-pressured into …
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  • San Lotano Requiem Connecticut

    Tim New Age Connecticuts
    Leav it to AJ Fernandez to make a Connecticut that will make you pause, sit, and enjoy like the world has stopped around you. Commanding your attention from first puff, San Lotano Connecticut starts with some light spice and builds in strength and flavor while maintaining a creamy, velvety essence. …
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  • Camacho Triple Maduro

    Dave
    93
    Corona (5.5”x44): I always like to start a blend off with the corona size if possible. Even with all the “you-can-taste-the-components-better” argument, I think the coronas offer an enthusiast a nice appetizer of what’s to come from the blend. The corona size doesn’t disappoint. Wafting waves of spice and rich espresso sweetness, this size offers a nice kick start to …
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  • Oliva Saison

    Sean G
    90
    Robusto (5.0"x50): Simply delicious. You're met with a toasty flavor of earth up front while the blend maintains a smooth, creamy character throughout. Expels a solid medium and although the blend isn't too complex, it's straight forward profile keeps your interest from head to foot. This is a cigar you get lost in and at the end, you'll find yourself enjoying the creamy finish while …
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  • Ramon Bueso Genesis The Project

    Alex Mouthwatering Maduros
    I met Ramón Bueso a few years back and was thoroughly impressed with his achievements at that time. So in 2012, when Ramón finally released his own maduro blend, I was stoked. I’m more of a Habano guy, but the well-fermented Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper caught my eye and its rich flavor put the nail in the coffin; my favorite maduro. …
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  • Camacho Triple Maduro

    Sean G Mouthwatering Maduros
    Back in ’07, I was lucky enough to visit the Camacho factory in Honduras.  Already home to my favorite cigar at the time (Camacho Diploma), Christian Eiroa had a batch of his new project, the Triple Maduro, rolled up for myself and Alex to try.  Long story short, it kicked my ass and blew my mind.  Every maduro fan MUST try this cigar. …
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  • 5 Vegas Series 'A'

    Andrew Mouthwatering Maduros
    Series ‘A’ is a classic stand by for me and one I often have in my humidor. Featuring a Costa Rican maduro wrapper, this stogie is very rich in the 5.5”x55 box-pressed frame, coming in with a nice light sweetness and notes of coffee and chocolate with a good bit of creaminess. All to boot with a pretty-looking price tag, this one is a must-try. …
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  • General Grant

    Dave Great For The Price
    For an inexpensive handmade, General Grant does the job. Don't expect a well-balanced, super-premium character here. Instead, you'll be met with complexity, some sweetness, but mostly a gritty earthiness that is far from refined. And this is a good thing. For being rolled freehand without the use of molds, the construction holds up and the cigar burns quite nicely. The blend does present some …
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  • General Grant

    Dave
    88
    Corona (5.0"x42): For an inexpensive handmade, General Grant does the job. Don't expect a well-balanced, super-premium character here. Instead, you'll be met with complexity, some sweetness, but mostly a gritty earthiness that is far from refined. And this is a good thing. For being rolled freehand without the use of molds, the construction holds up and the cigar burns quite nicely. The …
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  • Sam Leccia Black

    Bryan
    89
    Toro (6.0"x50): A complex flavor profile shines through the well-blended, well-aged blend. With a smoky, toasty character throughout, this stick is simply unique and delicous. Perfectly constructed, there's so much to experience here that you'll never tire of burning this stick.Impressive. 91/100 [Buy Now] XO (6.0"x60): Looking for an even more complex experience? The XO will serve …
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  • Gurkha Black Ops Maduro

    Dave Black Ops Dark Side
    Robusto (5.0"x52): Really creamy and smooth for a semi-hearty maduro. Easily medium-bodied with a touch of extra strength when cycling the smoke through your nostrils. Well-balanced, the blend remains consistent in flavor from head to foot with a mellow finish. A pleasure to burn. Toro (6.0"x50): Maintains that smooth, creamy character while adding a bit more strength to the finish. …
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  • Cohiba Red Dot

    Josh Can't Go Wrong
    I’m not a huge Cohiba fan and I typically dislike Cameroon wrapper, but this is one Cameroon-wrapped cigar I actually enjoy. It’s bold and slightly spicy but well-balanced and incredibly smooth. And if my discerning palate likes it, then that means you might just like it as well. Medium to full-bodied but with a mellow character. Very good. …
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  • AVO Classic

    Alex Can't Go Wrong
    I’m a premium cigar guru. I don’t usually enjoy "run of the mill" cigars. I love blends that hail from boutique cigar factories and I don’t focus on price. That said, AVO hails from the Davidoff factory and is simply one of the best tasting, Connecticut-wrapped cigars I’ve ever had. It offers full flavors but remains incredibly smooth. Truly perfect for anyone, …
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  • Man O' War Puro Authentico

    Tim Can't Go Wrong
    Full-bodied and full of spice, Puro Authentico is the perfect blend in the perfect size for me. This may be AJ’s personal cigar, but it is now my evening cigar. Every evening. I hope AJ’s OK with me taking a chunk out of his stash. Tasting notes: Tastes good … real good. Buy the sampler and try this cigar, it’s the right thing to do. …
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  • Nica Libre

    Andrew Can't Go Wrong
    Padrón is nice and all, but hard to come by. Enter Nica Libre by AJ. Of course we all know the love I hold for his blends. This one being incredibly smooth and exhibiting rich coffee and chocolate notes with a bit of cedar and spice make for a perfectly rounded taste. Free yourself and your wallet from overpriced stogies with this jewel. …
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  • 601 La Bomba

    Andrew New, New, New
    601 La Bomba is the newest addition to the 601 line. Produced by Don Pepín García, this stogie is quite literally “the bomb.” Lots of ligero produces strong spice with a good measure of cedar along with some muddy espresso notes. Be warned, only experienced aficionados can diffuse this full-bodied vitola; beginners may need rescuing.…
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  • Don Sixto by Nestor Plasencia

    Josh New, New, New
    I’ve always enjoyed Nestor Plasencia’s cigars. The guy knows how to grow tobacco, what can I say? But his Don Sixto blend is more than just another well-made premium. Thick plumes of creamy smoke waft from the Connecticut wrapper as cedar, nuts, and earth overwhelm your senses. The kicker? A Nicaraguan Habano binder that amps up the strength! …
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  • Man O' War Side Projects

    Tina New, New, New
    Since I know this cigar is full-bodied with pepper and spice, I handed it over to my Italian sweetie since he’s fond of the occasional robust cigar. Some say food is the way to a man’s heart, but I’m going to have to disagree. This Pennsylvania Broadleaf masterpiece had him singing, “That’s Amore” after just a few puffs. It’s safe to say this one is a …
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  • Gurkha Beauty

    Tim Favorable Figurados
    "Schwee Schwoo!" Heads will turn when this Beauty is out and about. Tall and curvy, this is the cigar equivalent to a super model! A silky Connecticut wrapper covers the aged Dominican long leaf that packs this figurado full. Mellow to medium in body, super rich and creamy – you’ll thoroughly enjoy this 2½ hour treat. …
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  • Diesel Wicked

    Alex Favorable Figurados
    My favorite figurado? My top 10 list constantly changes on a regular basis so I couldn’t help but recommend the new Diesel Wicked. Expect a fantastic, complex array of bold, deep flavors throughout. Laced with ligeros, you’ll find strong notes of pepper and spice with some relief from the blend’s Pennsylvania Broadleaf wrapper. …
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  • Man O' War Ruination

    Andrew Favorable Figurados
    Ruination Belicoso is my all-time favorite cigar. I always have a mass of these in my humidor. Full-bodied yet not over bearing, notes of cedar and leather mix well with earthy tones backed up with just enough spice to keep things interesting and enjoyable. Try it yourself but be warned, you might fall in love with it as well. …
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  • Gurkha Red Witch

    Dave Season Of The Witch
    Rothchild (6.0”x54): Medium-bodied with more earth presented than spice. A touch of espresso reveals itself on the exhale while the blend burns even and true from head to foot due to its box-pressed shape. A great blend for any enthusiast. 89/100 [Buy Now] Robusto (5.0”x52): Quite similar to the late Gurkha Regent if you're familiar with that blend. Offers a smoother charater than …
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  • ACID Ltd. by Drew Estate Opulence 3

    Josh Infused Cigars
    I'm not a big fan of "infused" cigars but when Jonathan Drew first handed me a box of Opulence 3 down in Nicaragua, two days later I found myself with 6 sticks left. I was shocked with the blend's fantastic balance between natural tobacco flavors and sweetness. It also contains tobaccos cultivated in 2005, 2006 and 2007. …
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  • CAO Flavours

    Tina Infused Cigars
    This cigar is the true definition of paradise: Bourbon vanilla, Hawaiian white honey, Virginian tobaccos. Not only does it taste like you're on a tropical vacation when you close your eyes and exhale, but it also gets the seal of approval from the nonsmokers around you (who usually give you the evil eye when you puff in their presence). …
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  • Erin Go Bragh

    Alex Infused Cigars
    I won't sugarcoat it; I love whiskey. I also love cigars. Combine the two and in my mind, you have the perfect storm in blending. However, Erin Go Bragh offers only a subtle note of whiskey with sweetness throughout and a light tobacco finish. This is a good starting point for those looking to get into the infused lane. Perfectly balanced. …
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  • Drew Estate Tabak Especial

    Tim Infused Cigars
    I never do this, but I reached for an "infused" cigar the other day; Tabak Especial Red Eye, a shot of espresso in a cigar. I paired it with a Pumpkin beer called "Pumking." I can't believe it, but it was an excellent combo! Red Eye has a light sweetness that quickly fades as the bittersweet coffee-chocolate combo intensifies on the finish. …
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  • Drew Estate Natural

    Andrew Infused Cigars
    Calling this cigar "Dirt" is more akin to calling a blonde bombshell "homely." She's dark but still light on her feet and incredible sweet; she's the kind of gal you can smoke in front of your mother as she'll like the aroma. Heavy with coffee and just a hint of earth make Dirt perfect for dessert. Instead of some decaf as a night cap, try Dirt instead. …
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  • Varina Farms Breakfast Blend

    Dave Wake Up With This Breakfast Blend
    Toro (6.0”x52): The toro really allows for the flavors to open up. The fatter ring gauge allows for a cooler burn and emits a smoother smoke than the robusto. Not overly complex, the blend is perfect as a cigar to pass the time but flavorful enough to really focus on the depth of the flavor. Pair this with a nice cup of coffee and you’ll be in heaven. Churchill (7.2”x54): Jumping up a ring …
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  • Varina Farms Breakfast Blend

    Sean G
    Toro (6.0”x52): The toro really allows for the flavors to open up. The fatter ring gauge allows for a cooler burn and emits a smoother smoke than the robusto. Not overly complex, the blend is perfect as a cigar to pass the time but flavorful enough to really focus on the depth of the flavor. Pair this with a nice cup of coffee and you’ll be in heaven. Churchill (7.2”x54): Jumping up a ring …
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  • Las Cabrillas

    Dave Las Cabrillas Returns
    Cortez (4.7”x50): Medium-bodied from start to finish with light complexities throughout. Expect a creamy finish from the Connecticut wrapper with some hints of black pepper and cedar in the aroma. Robust yet balanced. DeSoto (6.8”x50): The draw remains a bit tight as this size expels light puffs of smoke. Much more robust than the Cortez, greatly building in heartiness as you …
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  • Las Cabrillas

    Dave
    Cortez (4.7”x50): Medium-bodied from start to finish with light complexities throughout. Expect a creamy finish from the Connecticut wrapper with some hints of black pepper and cedar in the aroma. Robust yet balanced. DeSoto (6.8”x50): The draw remains a bit tight as this size expels light puffs of smoke. Much more robust than the Cortez, greatly building in heartiness as you …
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  • Ramon Bueso Genesis The Project

    Sean G Only the Beginning
    Toro (6.0”x50): Simply stunning. We barely hand out 95 ratings. In fact, this is one of the only blends we've ranked so high but we're proud to do so because we've never tasted something so consistent, flavorful, yet mellow. All of our experts agree here too. This is a cigar you can enjoy one right after the other. It doesn't destroy your palate but it constantly keeps your interest. Mellow, …
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  • Rocky Patel 15th Anniversary

    Alex Rich Robustos
    I don't burn many of Rocky Patel's cigars. There's so much out there right now it's hard to keep to my original staples. I loved the Vintage blends so I must say, RP 15th met my expectations. The richness and complex flavors are bold and exciting. Definitely rolled for the experienced. …
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  • Ramon Bueso Genesis The Project

    Andrew Rich Robustos
    The best new cigar of 2012. A Connecticut-grown Oscuro wrapper, Jamasatran binder, with masterfully chosen Nicaraguan and Honduran fillers melt perfectly together. Rich in oak and heavy enough on the bittersweet espresso notes that it's chewy with a good measure of spice to hold up to anything with which you'd pair it. …
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  • Punch Bareknuckle

    Dave The Gloves Are Off
    Potent, spicy, but incredibly smooth on the finish, this is one of the best Punch cigars we've ever experienced. From the packaging to the bands to the blend, everything is top notch here. Expect a massive complexity that builds and builds into a finale of epic earthiness followed by pepper and a hearty aroma. …
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  • Fighting Cock

    Dave
    Toro (6.0"x50): Consistent in flavor from head to foot with a smooth, clean finish. Creamy notes of spice and pepper swirl about while the well-balanced character creates an enjoyable aroma. For the price, this blend really impressed us. Well-constructed. Torpedo (6.2"x52): Slightly more complex than the toro size but the draw remains quite tight. We suggest cutting the head down a …
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  • Fighting Cock

    Sean G Delicious Nicaraguan Handmade
    Toro (6.0"x50): Consistent in flavor from head to foot with a smooth, clean finish. Creamy notes of spice and pepper swirl about while the well-balanced character creates an enjoyable aroma. For the price, this blend really impressed us. Well-constructed. Torpedo (6.2"x52): Slightly more complex than the toro size but the draw remains quite tight. We suggest cutting the head down a …
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  • Man O' War Puro Authentico

    Sean G AJ's Personal Cigar
    Corona (5.0”x42): Wow. That’s all we have to say... Ok, we can’t leave it like that. As AJ’s go to blend, you know this sucker is good. The small 5.0”x42 packs a flavor that you’d expect from a bigger cigar and will leave you more than satisfied after your last puff. It’s like ordering a Happy Meal and getting a Big Mac instead. The blend leads in with …
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  • CAO OSA Sol

    Sean G OSA Sol
    Lot 50 (5.0”x50): Unique and satisfying from start to finish. The flavor is slightly complex but maintains itself for the majority of the burn. An effortless draw adds to the allure and the box presentation is exception. Overall, a good blend by CAO but you must decide if the special tobaccos featuring in this stick are worth the high price. Lot 58 (6.5”x58): Wow. Impressive burn …
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  • Gurkha Genghis Khan

    Sean G Genghis Khan
    Churchill (7.5”x52): It's been a while since we touched base with this blend so we wanted to go ahead and give it another review. By this point in time, the cigars have been aging for a few years due to the lack of new production, and this churchill is tasty. Definitely not as potent as it originally was, but the super smooth and creamy flavors you receive are worth the exchange. The …
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  • Rocky Patel Vintage '03 Cameroon

    Dave
    Robusto (5.5”x50): A really great start to testing the blend. The size is very conducive to the blend and the rich, semi-sweet Cameroon wrapper shines the most here. Churchill (7.0”x48): Definitely the surprise of the bunch. The 48 ring gauge allowed for a ton of flavor and it only got stronger as the cigar burned. While it’s a long smoke, you’ll enjoy it right down to …
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  • Mark Twain

    Alex Mellow Monsters
    Value, value, value. Connecticut wrapper leaf isn't cheap and finding a great value can prove quite difficult. Mark Twain caught my attention due to its delicious appearance and its economy-balanced price point. As soon as I fired one up I found an awarding, premium experience for a fantastic value. I've lit up more expensive cigars that haven't treated me this well. …
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  • CAO Gold

    Tim Mellow Monsters
    I met a CAO rep a few years ago. Asked about his favorite CAO, without hesitation he replied, "CAO Gold." I thought he was just trying to move a slow seller to a gullible, albeit handsome salesman like myself. However, I've since smoked scores of these and he wasn't lying. One of the best mellow cigars I've ever had! Call and I'll set you up with one of these samplers today. …
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  • 5 Vegas Gold

    Andrew Mellow Monsters
    A great new size! The fat 60-ring lends a subtle yet discernable and smooth, almost creamy characteristic. This lovely Connecticut brings in woody, nutty notes mixed with just a hint of pepper that balances perfectly on your palate. Certainly worth its weight in gold, pick up some Bullions today and I promise they won't depreciate in value.…
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  • Oliva Connecticut Reserve

    Josh Mellow Monsters
    Connecticut wrappers are delicate leaves. If not properly applied, they'll easily burn uneven or split due to improper humidity. You won't find these problems with Oliva-made cigars, especially Connecticut Reserve. Construction is key. You'll get all those earthy, subtle flavors you love but you're guaranteed a proper burn and draw. 'Nuff said. …
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  • Rocky Patel Connecticut

    Tina Mellow Monsters
    We're in the final stretch of our frigid days in PA, and only a Guinness in one hand and a Rocky Patel Connecticut in the other will get me through. This smooth and crisp handmade was one of my first cigars, and remains one of my favorite go-to. If you haven't tried this yet, you're missing out! …
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  • San Lotano Requiem

    Bryan San Lotano Habano
    Robusto (5.0"x54): A great size to start this line off with. A nice mixture of cream and spice right up front will instantly get your palate’s attention. The size is good for about 45 minutes of enjoyment; just enough for a nice break in your day. Toro (6.0"x54): The Toro builds on what the Robusto started. This size is definitely one of the best cigars that have come out …
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  • La Aroma de Cuba Mi Amor

    Bryan
    Belicoso (5.5"x54) In our opinion, this is the best size of the blend. The maduro wrapper and the zesty fillers blend harmoniously to form a well-balanced cigar with mixtures of chocolate and a spice that lingers on your palate. Magnifico (6.0"x52) Similar to the Belicoso, this blend features a well-balanced smoke with excellent construction. The smaller ring gauge, however, makes …
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  • San Cristobal

    Josh Cuban-esque Coronas
    I love maduros and I'm a big fan of Don Pepin Garcia. In fact, the Don gave me a personal cigar rolling lesson once. Anyway, put the two together, add in a sprinkling of the Ashton brand and you walk away with a stunning premium that's worth the extra coin. All-Nicaraguan, all-maduro, full-bodied, complex, super smooth, and rated '93.' …
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  • CAO L'Anniversaire Cameroon

    Tina Cuban-esque Coronas
    I snagged on of these from Tim's humidor a while back (sorry, Tim!), and have been loving them ever since. If you're looking for a ton of flavor without the kick, this is your cigar. Its nutty, earthy character adds a smooth complexity that can be enjoyed either in the morning or after dinner. …
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  • Alec Bradley American Classic Blend

    Alex Cuban-Esque Coronas
    America, F-Yeah! Besides the fact that I love the name, I set my sights on Alec Bradley American Classic due to its unbelieveable price. I've finally found a corona focused around value. Top-notch, premium Nicaraguan tobaccos make up the filler and binder while a Connecticut leaf masks the ourside - all under $5. Insert '90' rating here. …
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  • Man O' War Puro Authentico

    Tim Cuban-Esque Coronas
    Full-bodied and full of spice, Puro Authentico is the perfect blend in the perfect size for me. This my be AJ's personal cigar, but it's now my evening cigar. Every evening. I hope AJ's OK with me taking a chunk out of his stash. Tasting notes: tastes good...real good. Buy our sampler and try this cigar, it's the right thing to do. …
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  • Diesel Cigars

    Andrew Cuban-Esque Coronas
    Who said bigger is better? I'll tell ya what, this is where it's at, people. Diesel corona: just like its big brother but pint sized. Offering notes of leather and spice on an earthy background yet still smooth, this little guy will last you the better part of an hour if you smoke it properly. Give one a shot and see the greatness these fine coronas have to offer. …
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  • La Aurora

    Alex Christmas Wish List
    Super-premium all the way baby. La Aurora is one of the oldest brands in the Dominican and their Preferidos blends are some of the best to leave the country. They’re handmade by La Aurora’s best rollers, in a separate room, heck, a separate building for that matter, making Preferidos La Aurora’s finest gem. If you hand this cigar to someone and they don’t like it, tell …
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  • Obsidian

    Andrew Christmas Wish List
    Obsidian, for those who don’t know, is a type of black volcanic glass whose shards can be sharper that most any blade. The name suits this great perfecto as it’s draped in a deep, dark maduro with ash that falls as if it were cut with a knife. Starting off smooth and building in flavor, the strength is deceptive with minimal spice and mixed notes of peat, coffee, and leather. Light up …
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  • Java Mint by Drew Estate

    Bryan Java Mint
    Just when you thought Java couldn't get any better! Enter Java Mint, a sweet treat from the Drew Estate team that combines the pleasantly rich cocoa flavors from Java with a unique touch of mint and sweet vanilla. Drew Estate is certainly one of the most unique cigar makers and Rocky Patel remains one of the top enforcers of quality control. Together, Drew Estate and Rocky Patel collaborated …
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  • Punisher

    Dave Cu Avana Punisher
    You'll either love or hate this cigar with no middle ground inbetween. If you enjoy ridiculous amounts of hearty, heavy spices, full-throttled flavor, and a tingly sensation on your lips then you'll love Punisher. Bold is an understatement here. As soon as the cigar touches your lips you'll feel the power of this magnificent but super powerful blend. No exaggeration here, this is quite possibly …
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  • El Triunfador

    Alex Smooth Summer Stogies
    El Triunfador caught my palate, amazingly enough, due to its natural sweet character. The stick looks amazing; oily, toothy, nearly seamlessly wrapped...just begs you to light it up. Once you do, you're met with a mellow to medium body that brings an earthy core of premium tobacco flavors to your palate. On the finish, Triunfador's naturally sweet nuance brings a smile to your face as you realize …
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  • Perdomo Reserve Champagne 10th Anniversary

    Andrew Smooth Summer Stogies
    Light on the feet and sure to please. This lovely Connie was once rated cigar of the year by the prestigious Robb Report. The supple Connecticut and delectable long fillers add up to a cigar that's mellow and supremely smooth, offering notes of wood, hints of nuts, and just a touch of earthiness. Crack open the Champagne when you need a little tobacco intoxication - its ok to tie one off before …
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  • Man O' War Virtue

    Matt Smooth Summer Stogies
    I'll admit, when I first heard about a mellower Man O' War hitting the market, I was a little skeptical. I should have known better than to doubt AJ and less than a minute after lighting up Man O' War Virtue, all my doubts were washed away. Virtue is incredibly smooth and creamy with just enough Nicaraguan ligero to add a feint touch of pepper and keep it in the mellow-medium category. Even you …
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  • Gurkha Beauty

    Josh Smooth Summer Stogies
    This one's a monster that takes at least an hour to properly enjoy so be sure to carve out some time before lighting up this Beauty. I love medium to full-bodied cigars but Beauty is a fantastic departure. Its wrapper comes aged seven years and its filler no less than five. This means you get a full-flavored but super smooth experience. The massive 58 gauge keeps a cool, even burn and releases …
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  • Cain Daytona by Oliva

    Tim Father's Day Favorites
    "What the hell is this?" My father asked as I handed him the new Cain Daytona. I explained it's the newest offering from Oliva — a mellower version of their original Cain Habano. "Daytona? Like the race track and the beach where the girls go wild?" he said. Yes sir, pop — that's co'rect. Except this girl is a bit more mellow than wild. "Not bad, kiddo. Not bad at all. Now when are you going to …
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  • CAO America

    Matt Father's Day Favorites
    CAO America tastes just as unique as it looks. This medium to full-bodied Honduran is held together with a Brazilian binder and topped off with two beautiful, oily wrappers; a Connecticut-shade and a Connecticut Broadleaf maduro leaf that spiral around the cigar in pinstripe fashion. Expect tons of rich, creamy smoke with a nice woody undertone. The perfect memorable cigar for you and dad this …
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  • La Gloria Cubana Serie N

    Josh Father's Day Favorites
     I'm a huge maduro fan so when I heard LGC was working on a special cigar featuring a limited Oscuro wrapper, I could barely contain my excitement. My new favorite maduro, this stick is gorgeous. The wrapper looks so oily and rich your mouth will instantly water. The smoke? So thick you can basically chew it. A full-bodied core of rich tobacco will overwhelm your senses with only a hint of …
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  • Man O' War Puro Authentico

    Andrew Father's Day Favorites
    Another winner from the man with the golden touch. This corona brings in similar flavors to Ruination — all in a nice little package. You'll find some extra spice in this lil' firecracker as the blend of earthy, peaty notes mixes perfectly with the leathery, cedar tones. The stronger, thicker tobaccos used for this flavorful blend also lend it a nice slow burn so it smokes like a robusto. …
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  • Ave Maria Reconquista

    Bryan
    An elegant, super premium that competes with OpusX, God of Fire, and even Graycliff's most expensive sticks, Ave Maria Reconquista will change your perception of super premium cigars - we guarantee it. Ave Maria Reconquista is simply the real deal packed in beautiful boxes of 12, each cigar in an individual coffin for the ultimate experience in quality, presentation, flavor, and aging. Only …
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  • Diesel Cigars

    Matt Rothschild Extras
    Diesel rocketed up the charts to become one of our best-selling brands. For good reason: the Nicaraguan long fillers covered by a silky PA Broadleaf maduro wrapper produce amazing flavors with a complex spiciness, a testament to the skill of AJ Fernandez. If you haven't tried Diesel yet, now's your chance. I promise you won't be disappointed. …
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  • Cuba Libre

    Josh Rothschild Extras
    Cuban-seed Nicaraguan and Honduran long-leaf tobacco – that's all I need to say. This stick comes packed to the brim with full-flavored goodness while the 60-ring gauge produces ample flavor and allows for an effortless draw. If you're like me and enjoy thick, creamy smoke with tons of peppery aromas, you'll love Cuba Libre. Don't be afraid of it: you'll find a smooth, enjoyable finish from …
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  • Cain 'F' Nub

    Alex Rothschild Extras
    I'm a big fan of corona-sized, full-bodied cigars. I find the small ring-gauge produces a heartier flavor and a stronger body than what you would find in a bigger gauge of the same blend. While Cain 'F' Nub doesn't have a small ring gauge, it's so well blended that is creates the same sensation, flavor and character I get from my corona-sized, full-bodied sticks. Bold, powerful while elegant and …
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  • Ave Maria Cigars

    Tim Rothschild Extras
    What a name. What a band. What a BOX. WHAT A BRAND! Light up this stout stick – a slow, slow burn and a full wallop of flavor. This is not JUST a cigar. This is elegant, refined, something special. Medium-bodied, true tobacco flavor. I bet this is what cigars tasted like back in the good ol' days. Ave Maria is my new favorite - the new standard upon which I judge all others. Now judge it …
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  • Nub by Oliva

    Andrew Rothschild Extras
    Loads of flavor in a little package. This guy is the pit bull of the cigar world and must not be underestimated! Great Cuban-esque flavor that yields a medium to full-bodied smoke with notes of leather, spice and wood. For as short as it is, it will last you the better part of an hour if not longer. Give this stubby lovely a try – it's more than worth the sticker price. …
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  • Man O' War Armada

    Sean G
    Fantastic. Easily AJ's best cigar to date. Incredibly similar to Cuban cigars from flavor to construction and releases thick, creamy smoke with a complex aroma. Full-bodied. You will burn this one down to the nub, guaranteed.…
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  • Cuba Libre One

    Dave
    Robusto (5.0"x52) Very nice cigar. Full-flavored and full-bodied but it doesn't overwhelm your senses. You'll notice ample spicy characters and a semi-sweet finish for a well-balanced experience. Churchill (7.0"x52) Due to the 7-inch length, you'll find the power of this cigar continues to increase as the blend burns. By the time you reach the fourth inch, you're palate will be …
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  • Diesel Cigars

    Matt Maduros
    Diesel rocketed up the ranks to quickly become one of our best-selling brands. For good reason too; the Nicaraguan long fillers covered by a silky PA Broadleaf Maduro wrapper produce amazing flavors with a complex spiciness. A true testament to the skill of AJ Fernandez, if you haven't tried the Diesel yet, now's your chance. I promise you won't be disappointed. …
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  • Punch Deluxe

    Josh Maduros
    I'm a big fan of consistency. There is nothing worse than finding that special cigar you thoroughly enjoy, only to realize that every time you stock up, you're met with a different flavor. For this reason, Punch Deluxe Maduro is one of my top 5 favorite maduros. I first tried this blend over four years ago and it still tastes the same today – no matter where I find them. Medium-bodied, …
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  • Alec Bradley Tempus

    Alex Maduros
    I love the feel of this cigar, the box-pressed shape lends to a perfect draw of heavy, sweet smoke. Alec Bradley is one of the most underrated brands out there with production at the world's top factories. The new Tempus Maduro has become a staple for me. I find this cigar pairs very well at the beginning of a heavy meal with a medium-bodied red wine. …
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  • Montecristo Media Noche

    Tim Maduros
    May be the perfect Maduro. Heavy in hand, beautiful to the eye, and dark as night – Media Noche draws you in and makes you a believer even before you light it. Flame to foot creates clouds of blueish grey smoke. A little spice reminds you this is a medium to full-bodied blend, but it's the subtle nuances of chocolate, coffee, and berries that really make this a special cigar. Perfect …
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  • La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte

    Andrew Maduros
    This is one of AJ's finest. I know I say that about everything the man makes but it's so true – every one is a gem. This dark and gorgeous cigar showcases a light sheen on its PA broadleaf wrapper, offering up sweet chocolate and cedar notes with just a hint of leather. This one is a beauty and for the price, it can't be beat. Give Oscuro Fuerte a shot today. You will not be disappointed. …
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  • 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 …
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  • La Diferencia Cubana

    Sean G
    Toro (6.0"x50) Mellow in body but thoroughly complex. The flavor builds and builds while the blend burns, leaving you with a fantastic, long-lasting yet smooth finish. Creamy and finished with light spices. Robusto (5.0"x50) If you're looking for a medium-bodied La Diferencia, this size is it. The size allows for a hearty character that presents itself after one inch, while the ring gauge …
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  • La Aurora

    Tim Test of Time
    From the oldest factory in the Dominican comes this classic Cameroon wrapped cigar. Long before Fuente, there was La Aurora. If I had to pick one cigar to smoke for the rest of my life, this very well may be it. Close to perfect - mellow to medium in body, flawless construction, and a consistent nutty/sweet character. This cigar is an old stand by for me, and possibly a new favorite for you! …
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  • Joya de Nicaragua Antaño 1970

    Matt Test Of Time
    When in the mood for a full-bodied cigar, I usually think of Antano first. Honestly, I enjoy this blend's finish the most - It's smooth and creamy with a spicy feel that coats your palate with oily goodness. With an all-Nicaraguan filler and binder masked by a spicy Nicaraguan-grown Habano wrapper, this is one blend you'll never get sick of. Be warned, if you light this up in the morning you may …
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  • Montecristo Media Noche

    Matt Test Of Time
    An amazingly complex cigar, with notes ranging from vanilla cream to peppery-leathery nuances and even coffee; any cigar lover will enjoy this delight. This roll is firm, but draws very well and is very consistent. Media Noche is one of my favorite maduros. It is a bit on the higher end of hip national bank, however if you want the "goodness" of a blend made with luxury in mind, then …
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  • 5 Vegas Classic

    Alex Test of Time
    With over a century of exposure, 5 Vegas Classic still remains a staple in my wheelhouse. The blend carries a '90' rating so how could you complain? With an exceptional earthy flavor masked by many hints of pepper and spices, this is a great morning blend for all you full-bodied fans. I enjoy 5 Vegas Classic as it's well-constructed, carries a heavy ash and pleasantly shocks my palate. …
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  • Partagas Cigars

    Andrew Test Of Time
    One of the oldest but still one of the greatest in the industry. This classic blend is more reliable than Ole Faithful and never fails to disappoint. When I have some time to relax on a Sunday morning I love to enjoy these after a nice breakfast and a hair of the dog from the night prior. This subtle blend is nice and smooth, slightly woody with a just a few notes of black pepper. For the price …
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  • Graycliff Espresso Series

    Bryan Graycliff Double Espresso
    Easily the best tasting Graycliff cigar made to date. This short, hearty blend tantalizes your palate with its intense, strong and robust flavors. Black pepper and a multitude of spices will swirl around your mouth while the finish is bold with notes of cedar that stay with you far after the cigar is extinguished. Excellent but especially enjoyable after a hearty meal…
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  • Pioneer Valley Connecticut

    Dave Pioneer Valley
    Robusto (5.0"x50) A smooth blend from head to foot with little left for the imagination. Sports a fantastic looking Connecticut wrapper leaf and releases tons of flavor. Perfectly constructed, this is an excellent way to start your day. Great with coffee. Torpedo (6.2"x52) Torpedo shape added a ton of complex flavors. You'll easily pick up cedar, earth and light pepper from head to toe. Based …
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  • My Father

    Bryan
    No. 2 (5.2"x54) Easily the best size in the line. The head of this torpedo only tapers slightly, allowing for an easy, consistent cut. Its length and ring guage perfectly compliment one another, creating an effortless draw while releasing thick, aromatic smoke with many competing spicy complexities. No. 4 (7.5"x38) Truly impressive for a long lancero. Surprisingly, the stick burned …
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  • Diesel Unlimited

    Dave
    d.5 (5.5"x54) This size stands out the most due to its amazing balance. The 54 gauge provides an effortless draw, creating thick clouds of hearty, chewy smoke while the length allows for a stead burn and a ton of complexity. Expect a punch of pepper upon first light and then a bold rush of competing earthy flavors throughout the finish. Strong, hearty and smooth. Excellent. d.7 …
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  • Cain Nub by Oliva

    Sean G Cain Nub
    464 Torpedo (4.0"x64) Potent and hearty from head to foot with an incredibly smooth finish. The Habano offers spicy nuances throughout that surround a core of earth while the maduro maintains a sweetness that lasts throughout the finish. Both versions are quite complex and will perfectly complement your favorite meal. 460 (4.0"x60) Expect a burst of earth and red pepper from the …
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  • Man O' War Virtue

    Dave
    Toro (6.0"x50) Incredibly smooth and full-flavored from start to finish. Offers a great balance between earth and cedar with a semi-sweet note on the finish. Churchill (7.5"x52) Produces thick, creamy smoke and maintains a cool, even draw. The complexities are unique as the blend changes in flavor from inch to inch while slowly building in strength. Keeps a bold finish with a rich …
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  • My Father Le Bijou 1922

    Dave My Father Le Bijou
    Petit Robusto (4.5"x50) What a flavor bomb! If you're searching for that hearty, full-bodied maduro that gives off a rich character with little sweetness, then pick up this size. The short and stout 4.5"x50 frame allows for an effortless draw that exudes tons of thick smoke with many competing complexities that swirl around your palate. Many peppery, spicy flavors are present from head …
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  • Joya de Nicaragua Antaño Dark Corojo

    Dave Joyo De Nicaragua Antano Dark Corojo
    Poderoso (6.0"x54) This torpedo is super smooth yet maintains that robust character you're searching for when picking up an Antano. You'll get ample notes of spice and pepper but a semi-sweet finish leaves your palate feeling crisp. Azarosa (4.5"x52) Recommended for those trying this blend for the first time. Spicy and robust with a clean finish. Expect a true, even burn with an …
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  • Cain 'F' Nub

    Dave Cain F
    Robusto (5.7"x50) Perfectly balanced which makes this size a real treat. The initial flavor presents a bouquet of earth and black pepper while drastically building in strength from start to finish. The finish offers no sweetness as its hearty, thick smoke engulfs your palate. Great stick. Torpedo (6.0"x54) Complex and robust from the start. Intense notes of spice and pepper mask any …
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  • Diesel Cigars

    Sean G Diesel Shorty
    If you're looking for the full-bodied, spicy counterpart to Diesel, this is it. The flavor changed drastically from the original Diesel blend due to the 4.5"x60 parejo frame. You're immediately met with potent spices and notes of pepper from the start while the strength slowly builds. Still maintaining the same filler blend and wrapper as the original Diesel, Shorty Ltd. Edition also has a …
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  • La Herencia Cubana Oscuro Fuerte

    Sean G La Herenica Cubana Oscuro Fuerte
    Toro (6.5"x50) Great burn and draw. Created thick, creamy smoke and a ton of complex earthy nuances with a rich, flavorful after taste. Maintained a medium finish with a medium body and can be enjoyed any time of day. Belicoso (5.0"x56) Burned slightly uneven but corrected itself immediately. Produces a ton of smoke while burning cool from the start. Offers an effortless draw and …
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  • El Mejor Espresso

    Bryan
    Torpedo (6.5"x54) Potent and supremely rich from the start. This size keeps the sweet-characters to a minimum while producing a hearty, yet mellow earthy flavor with a touch of pepper that rests on the back of the palate. You'll experience many competing espresso notes that keep your interest from the start. Impressive. Robusto (5.5"x50) Smooth and mellow with soothing full flavors. …
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  • Drew Estate Liga Privada T52

    Bryan Liga Privada T52
    Toro (6.0"x52) Packed full of flavor from the first puff to the last. Pepper hits your palate up front as cedar and earth take over after an inch. The Habano wrapper provides ample hearty nuances that keeps your palate entertained for an hour. Perfectly constructed with no soft spots, this beautiful cigar offers little in terms of sweetness but packs a robust, incredibly flavorful punch. …
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  • 5 Vegas Triple-A

    Dave
    The wrapper is incredibly oily with light veins and a smooth, seamless appearance. Very attractive. Upon lighting, light earthy nuances exist as thick smoke engulfs your palate. Cycle the smoke through your nose and you'll find sweet, coffee-like flavors on the finish. Expect a cool burn and effortless draw due to the thick ring gauge as the strength increases from medium to full as the blend …
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  • Tatuaje Havana VI

    Dave
    Artistas (6.2"x52) This torpedo features a sturdy frame and exudes a ton of thick, creamy smoke. You'll taste a good amount of pepper during the initial light but the blend only slightly builds in strength, providing a great balance between body and flavor. Hermosos (5.6"x46) Great after dinner. The length creates full flavors and allows for a slightly stronger body, making this …
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  • Diesel Cigars

    Sean G Diesel
    The first puff overwhelms the palate with rich smoke as earth and sweet cocoa intermingle for a great flavor. The cigar becomes robust as it flawlessly burns from inch to inch but still maintains a perfect balance with underlying hints of black pepper. The finish is relatively long but enjoyable as espresso lingers on the palate. Excellent. …
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  • CAO Brazilia

    Dave Brazilia
    Gol! (5.0"x56) The big ring allows for a cool,even and effortless burn and draw. The complexities of this size overwhelm the palate with rich nuances and a sweet aftertaste. Enjoyable. Amazon (6.0"x60) A little longer than the Gol!, this size really opens up after an inch and continues to build in complexity as the cigar burns. Very rich with full flavors. Lambada (6.0"x50) …
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  • Rocky Patel Vintage '92

    Bryan Rocky Patel Vintage 1992
    Toro (6.5"x50) Construction was top notch as the cigar burned perfectly even from start to finish. The ash still refused to fall after two inches and the aroma offered many flavorful notes of cedar. Much spice is noticeable out the nose but this size still remains smooth with a mellow yet flavorful finish. Torpedo (6.1"x52) Excellent blend with perfect balance. The cigar switched …
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  • Oliva Connecticut Reserve

    Dave
    Torpedo (6.5"x52) Smooth with cedar and earth throughout. Draw was a bit tight at first but drastically opened up within less than half an inch. The aroma is excellent and non-offensive as the strength slowly builds from start to finish but still maintains a smooth, refined flavor. Lonsdale (6.5"x44) The skinny ring gauge creates a well-rounded but more robust character allowing …
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  • Man O' War Ruination

    Sean G Ruination
    Robusto No. 1 (5.5" x 54) There is no contest, this size fully portrays all Ruination has to offer. Intense spice overwhelms the palate from the first puff as oaky flavors and earthy mask its hearty, spicy undertones. The thick gauge allows for a smooth, even burn as the blend produces copious amounts of thick smoke. The aroma has notes of pepper with a touch of cedar. …
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  • Torano Dominico

    Bryan
    Toro (6" x 50) Burned evenly from start to finish with an effortless draw that burned cool and slow. Many earthy nuances were abundant as the flavor and strength slowly build as the cigar burns. Torpedo (6.2" x 52) The head needed to be cut a bit further than anticipated but the blend really opened up, releasing a slew of complexities ranging from pepper and toast to espresso with a …
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  • Man O' War Ruination

    Bryan
    Belicoso (5.7" x 56) Full-bodied with black pepper and spice noticeable upon first light. Draw was perfect, although the cut to the head of the cigar had to be deeper than most other figurados. The complexities of cedar, earth, and pepper were enjoyable and interesting throughout as most of the strength is felt in the gut, not the head. Excellent! Robusto No. 1 (5.5" x 54) This size …
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  • Rocky Patel Royal Vintage

    Sean G Royal Vintage
    Robusto (5.5" x 50) A perfect burn and draw confirmed this was a Rocky made blend as its rich, robust notes of spice build from start to finish. Maintains an earthy finish with a cool smoke and slightly sweet nuance in the aftertaste. Torpedo (6.1" x 52) Construction was flawless as the complex flavors between earth and pepper fought for dominance. The smoke emitted could have been …
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  • Nica Libre

    Sean G
    Imperial (6.0"x54) Burned slow and even but still maintained a great draw. Earthy nuances were abundant with a light sweet character. Easily will last 70 minutes. Strength increased towards the head. Torpedo (6.0"x52) Complexities between coffee and cocoa exist throughout with a unique earthy note that remained on the palate once extinguished. Incredibly smooth. Exclusivo …
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  • ACID Ltd. by Drew Estate Opulence 3

    Dave Opulence 3
    Torpedo (6" x 54) The torpedo really emphasized all of the characteristics of the infused tobaccos. Complex with notes of cocoa, coffee, and sweet fruity nuances, this was a rare treat. The aroma is amazingly inviting. Robusto (5" x 54) The draw was perfect as no "double puffing" was needed. Although a bit less complex than the torpedo, many thick notes of espresso …
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  • Gurkha Park Avenue

    Sean G Park Avenue
    Torpedo (6.2" x 52) An enormous amount of smoke was created with the first couple of puffs, showcasing an easy draw and perfect burn. Cedar overwhelmed my nostrils, which was an excellent experience as the blend's complexities slowly build as the cigar burns. Notes of nuts are easily noticeable in the aftertaste, as the cigar burns cool. Although incredibly smooth and mellow, this stick emits a …
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  • Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ

    Dave Pepin Garcia Serie JJ
    Belicoso (5.7" x 52) Great burn and offered a perfect draw. Many competing nuances of earth and pepper were noticeable throughout. Slight hint of sugar existed in the finish. Selectos (5" x 50) Robust flavors were present from the start but the cigar seemed a bit mellow for the blend. Burned slightly uneven but it corrected itself quickly. Noticed more earthy sensations over pepper. …
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  • La Aroma de Cuba Edicion Especial

    Bryan La Aroma de Cuba Edition Especial
    No. 2 (4.8" x 48) Easy draw with tons of different aromas. Burned perfectly even from start to finish and was incredibly complex. The smoke produced a ton of cedar-like nuances with a definitive cinnamon flavor in the aftertaste. Did not notice many sweet flavors. No. 5 (5.5" x 52) Great size with a cool and even burn. Noticeably complex with cedar, earth, white pepper, and spicy …
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  • Tatuaje La Riqueza

    Dave La Riqueza
    #2 Torpedo (5.5" x 52) Excellent. Offered earthy nuances at first, then more robust flavors of spice became noticeable throughout. Maintained an even burn with an easy draw and emitted a milky smoke that had a leathery, cedar-like character. Very rich. #3 (5.6" x 46) Initial light was very smooth, with the blend drastically increasing in power within a half inch of enjoyment. The …
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  • Rocky Patel The Edge Connecticut

    Dave Edge Lite
    Toro (6" x 52) Complex and smooth, this size was very enjoyable. It offered ample spice but remained smooth, with a very creamy smoke. The aroma was earthy and the sweet notes were subtle. Torpedo (6" x 52) Very complex in comparison to the other sizes and burned incredibly cool. The initial flavor consisted of pepper, which then dissipated into an earthy core before transforming …
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  • Nub by Oliva

    Sean G Nub Habano
    Habano: 460 (4" x 60) Oily wrapper offering a complexity that seems more potent than other Habano leaves. Much spice noticeable on the palate with a hint of sweetness in the finish. Average burn time is about 60 minutes. 464 Torpedo (4" x 64) Burned slightly uneven but still produced rich, toasty flavors with peppery nuances. Draw was a bit tight for the size and shape but this …
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  • La Herencia Cubana

    Sean G
    Robusto (5.0"x50) Complex right from the start with a sweetness on the lips and earthy nuances on the palate. Spice was noticeable but not overwhelming. Allowed for a medium finish, cool burn, and produced a ton of creamy smoke. Torpedo (6.5"x52) Great size – very complex. Offered nuances of pepper, peat, earth, cedar, sugar cane and a hint of vanilla with a robust finish. …
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  • CAO America

    Sean G
    Monument (6.2"x54) Complex with layers of spice and earth masked by an enjoyable underlying sweetness. The draw was a bit tighter than expected but the cigar burned even and true throughout. Strong, robust finish. Constitution (6.0"x50) Burned even, true, and cool throughout. Offered competeing notes of earth and sweetness from start to finish without ever becoming too strong. Great …
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  • Man O' War Cigars

    Dave Man O War
    Torpedo (6.1"x54) Smooth, even draw with a great burn and perfect construction. The wrapper was very oily, offering more in terms of sweetness. Noticeable coffee flavors blended well with an array of spices, for at least 130 minutes of enjoyment. Double Corona (7.5"x52) Initial flavors were incredibly robust, but mellowed towards the center. Complex, with hints of vanilla masking …
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  • 601 Green Oscuro

    Sean G 601 Green
    La Punta (5.5"x52) Perfect size. The ring gauge allows for an easy draw, without sacrificing the slow burn. Many cocoa nuances noticeable on the palate with much pepper and spice through the nose. Produced almost a 3-inch ash. Tronco (5.0"x52) Started off robust and heavy with ample spice but refused to mellow out. In addition, the after taste was definitely sweet making this size …
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  • 5 Vegas Series 'A'

    Bryan
    Alpha (6.0"x52) Robust during the first 2 inches, but mellows to become richer in flavor towards the band. Produced many hints of pepper, which blended well with the chocolaty aftertaste. Also offered an easy draw, slow burn, and thick smoke. Artisan (5.0"x52) Great size. Well blended and extremely complex offering nuances of earth, peat, and cocoa. The initial light was not as …
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  • Cuba Libre

    Dave
    Epicure (6.0"x50) Excellent burn. The cigar is relatively mellow for the first inch and then explodes with flavor as it burns towards the head. Sweet nuances are noticeable and the finish seems to last longer than expected. The complexities are greatly noticeable from inch to inch. Preferred size. Unico (torpedo) (6.2"x54) Perfectly constructed and offers more complexities than the …
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  • Graycliff Espresso Series

    Bryan Graycliff Double Espresso
    From the first puff, the palate is engulfed with rich, earthy flavors that continue to build as the cigar burns. The wrapper appears to be flawless, showing some tooth and veins, while burning evenly throughout. The strength cannot be under estimated. By the third inch, the cigar is very robust and does give off some slightly sweet nuances. However, these are carefully masked by the intense …
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  • Hoyo de Tradicion

    Bryan
    Corona (5.7"x45) Preferred size. Burns very smooth and even, but the draw is not too tight for a 45 ring gauge. The flavor seemed a bit more consistent from start to finish and there were very few hints of sweetness in the aftertaste. Toro (6.0"x52) Excellent burn, even from start to finish. Wrapper had no imperfections and the ash held on for almost two full inches. This size …
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  • Oliva Serie 'V'

    Bryan Oliva Serie V
    Torpedo (6.0"x56) This is the most preferred size in this blend. The stick is very easy to light and draw. It burns cool and the strength is very consistent from start to finish. The ligero qualities are not noticeably dominant until the last three inches. The finish contains many hints of pepper, but is very rich as well. Perfect balance. Churchill Extra (7.0"x52) Again, very easy …
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  • Rocky Patel R4

    Dave
    Robusto (5.0"x50) Maduro: Rich from start to finish and burns very evenly. This smoke is very easy to draw and contains rich notes of coffee in which the flavor is consistent throughout. Corojo: Very spicy with many nuances of pepper. The aroma has few hints of spice and the cigar is surprisingly smooth for its strength. Toro (6.0"x52) Maduro: Contains some acidic flavors and becomes …
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  • Oliva Serie 'O' Maduro

    Dave Oliva Serie O Maduro
    Perfecto (5.0"x55) An exquisite perfecto that showcases deep, damp and earthy notes of peat with exceptional balance and complexity. Double Toro (6.0"x60) This big ring cigar burns cool with a slight sweetness and full flavor that includes leathery espresso notes. Robusto (5.0"x50) Medium to full bodied with a robust and earthy flavor, this robusto is complex and balanced with …
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  • Montecristo Media Noche

    Dave Montecristo Goes Dark
    Edmundo (5.0"x55) This fat robusto has a cool burn that slowly roasts its oily maduro wrapper. Sweet notes of cedar are on the palate with caramel and espresso undertones. Very nice burn. No. 2 (6.1"x54) This torpedo brings some complexity to the palate with flavors that change over the course of the smoke which include notes of peat, wood and a short sugary finish. No. 3 …
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  • 5 Vegas Classic

    Dave
    Torpedo (6.0"x54) Beautiful figurado with an oily wrapper. The draw on this cigar is generous, yielding copious amounts of smoke that bring wood and nut flavors to the palate with hints of spiciness. Corona (5.5"x44) This petit cigar has the most flavor relative to the other sizes offered in 5 Vegas Classic line. Well made with cedary flavors and a moderate finish. Medium …
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  • Romeo y Julieta Viejo

    Sean G
    'B' (Torpedo) (6.1"x52) Beautiful box pressed torpedo with a dark and oily wrapper. This cigar boasts some bready caramel notes with a sweet finish. Excellent burn and draw. 'R' (5.0"x54) This fat robusto is well filled and heavy in the hand. Strong notes of wood and bread on the palate with a moderate finish. 'C' (7.0"x54) This cigar is a monster. Nice oily wrapper with firm …
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  • Torano Exodus Silver

    Bryan Exodus Silver
    Corona Grande (6.0"x46) Beautiful brown wrapper and pleasant aroma, this medium to full bodied cigar has earthy notes of cocoa. Well balanced with a moderate finish. Torpedo (6.5"x54) This spicy medium to full bodied cigar has a luscious wrapper and great flavor that is accompanied by some minor burn issues. Notes of leather and cocoa on the palate. Robusto Corto (4.7"x52) …
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  • Camacho Pre-Embargo

    Sean G
    A truly excellent cigar with great aging potential. This cigar is medium bodied with a rich full flavor and is very well balanced and well rounded. The Camacho Pre-Embargo 1962 is the perfect cigar, complex yet very smooth. …
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  • Cuesta-Rey Centro Fino

    Sean G Centro Fino
    Pyramid No. 9 (6.2"x52) Damp with a very light and subtle sweetnss. Notes of peat with a moderate finish and balance. Medium to full bodied with a full flavor. Robusto No. 7 (4.5"x54) Smoky and earthy cigar. Medium bodied with a moderate flavor and short finish. Some minor burn issues but the flavor was pleasant. Belicoso No. 11 (4.8"x50) This short torpedo came out of the gate …
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  • Perdomo Lot 23

    Bryan Lot 23
    Toro (6.0"x50) Well-balanced with dry toast on the palate with some sweetness that develops over the course of the smoke. Medium bodied with a moderate finish. Robusto (5.0"x50) Extremely well-balanced. Dry and toasty aroma with hints of cinnamon and a moderate finish. Medium bodied with a medium to full flavor. Churchill (7.0"x50) A meatier cigar compared to the other sizes. …
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  • Arturo Fuente Hemingway

    Sean G Hemmingway Maduro
    Untold Story Maduro (7.5"x53) Dark and oily wrapper on this large perfecto. A fair draw and even burn. This cigar boasts a rich chocolate aroma with strong earthy undertones. Dry finish with hints of cherry. Short Story Maduro (4.5"x49) Dark and toothy wrapper. The smoke is damp and very well refined with hints of sweetness and peat and a surprisingly short finish. Mellow to medium bodied with a …
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  • Don Pepin Garcia Series JJ

    Bryan Don Pepin Garcia Serie JJ
    Belicoso (5.7"x52) Creamy brown and silky wrapper. Effortless draw with a ton of earthy flavors and spice off the bat. Full-bodied and complex with three major changes in character. Good to the nub with excellent construction the whole way through. Salomon (7.2"x57) Beautiful looking and smelling cigar. Some minor burn issues but great construction. A lot of full, earthy flavors with …
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  • CAO Black

    Dave
    Mosaic (6.0"x42) Creamy brown, silky wrapper. Very attractive cigar. Pre-light flavors of cedar and light tobacco. Excellent construction with cedar, earthy aromas and some notes of honey. Salty on the palate but well balanced. Spice present through the nose and on the finish. Attractive cigar in a very classic size. Medium to full flavored and bodied with a delicious, long finish. Storm …
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  • Gurkha Titan

    Bryan Titan
    Dark, smooth wrapper with a pungent nose. Easy draw with plenty of thick, rich smoke. Medium bodied and wet on the palate. A good amount of spice on the palate and through the nose. Slightly sweet with a long finish. Became harsh with minor burn issues.…
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  • CAO Gold

    Bryan Solid Gold
    Churchill (7.0"x48) Rich aroma right off the bat. Thick creamy smoke with spicy notes of wood and nuts. Great burn with a long dense ash. Well balanced and complex. Consistent the whole way through. Torpedo (6.2"x52) Silky, slightly rough wrapper. Great draw which delivered plenty of full flavored smoke. Nut and wood tones with spice on finish and through nose. Balanced and consistent …
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  • Arturo Fuente Don Carlos

    Bryan Don Carlos
    Don Carlos Presidente (6.5"x50): Silky smooth, oily and toothy with a dark aromatic wrapper. Amazing pull with a burst of flavor and lots of smoke. Subtle sweetness with a very tight flake-less ash, very smooth flavor. Very consistent, slightly bitter 2nd half but faded away. Medium to full flavor with a smooth body. Solid cigar. Don Carlos Double Robusto (5.75"x52): Toothy, oily, with a …
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  • Punch Rare Corojo (2017)

    Sean G Punch Rare Corojo
    Rothschild (4.5"x50): Smooth oily wrapper with cedar pre-light aroma. Slow pull with some burn issues throughout. Gradual build in body and aroma finishing medium to full. Wood and nut flavors, slightly too much work but yielded excellent flavors. Pita (6.1"x50): Dark and toothy wrapper. Slightly tighter draw but produced a lot of smoke. Spice through nose and on palate. Rich aroma …
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