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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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