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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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