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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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