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  • CAO Pilon

    Sean G CAO turns back the dial
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    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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