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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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