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  • Drew Estate Natural

    Dean Expert Picks: Supreme Infusions
    Natural Root is a bit more of a traditionalist approach to flavored cigars. Utilizing rare tobaccos from across the globe and finished with a Connecticut Broadleaf maduro wrapper, this medium-bodied blend is rich and aromatic with hints of mocha. Mix things up today with a cigar that is unlike any other. …
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  • Ramon Bueso Genesis Habano

    Dean Expert Picks: Christmas Lights
    Genesis makes for a great cigar to enjoy this holiday season. At first glance, you’ll notice a beautiful Ecuadorian Habano wrapper encasing a blend of Honduran and Nicaraguan long-fillers. Full-bodied to the core, this premium offers flavors of black pepper and leather with some earthy tones. If you are looking for a cigar to keep you warm during the winter months then look no further. …
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  • Rocky Patel Vintage '03 Cameroon

    Dean Expert Picks: Fall Classics
    Vintage 2003 begins with a perfectly balanced blend of Nicaraguan and Dominican long-fillers that offer a wonderful aroma and flavor. The icing on the cake is a Cameroon wrapper, aged for eight years, which adds a nice hint of sweetness with some lighter notes of pepper and cedar. Enjoying this cigar with your favorite Octoberfest style lager will make for a great evening on any fall day. …
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  • CAO Extreme

    Dean Expert Picks: Ligero-Laced
    CAO Extreme became a mainstay in my humidor immediately following the first one I lit up. This flavorful premium features four different doses of ligero tobaccos and a beautiful Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. You’re met with a potent spice, hints of espresso, and a leathery finish making this a perfect full-bodied, after-dinner treat.…
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  • Punch Grand Cru

    Dean Expert Picks: Summer Shade
    Punch Grand Cru has always been a mainstay in my humidor. This carefully aged and masterfully blended cigar from the iconic Punch brand presents hints of vanilla and cedar, with a slight spice on the finish. When I’m looking for a great blend to start off the day, Grand Cru is always top of mind!…
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  • Cohiba Red Dot

    Dean Expert Picks: Cameroon Craze
    One of the first big-name brands to utilize Cameroon tobacco as wrapper leaf, Cohiba is still one of the best. Carefully selected and patiently-aged Dominican ligeros are part of the secret that gives the Red Dot its world renowned, richly nuanced flavor. Its West African Cameroon wrapper imparts a mellow, sweet spice and bready aroma. If you are a fan of Cameroon wrappers, this blend is a must.…
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  • Man O' War Legend

    Dean Expert Picks: Masterfully Balanced
    Man O’ War Legend is another amazing blend from legendary cigar maker, AJ Fernandez. Nicaraguan long-fillers are tucked beneath a beautiful Habano wrapper that adds just the right level of spice to this medium-bodied blend. If you’re looking for a well-balanced Man O’ War blend that is perfect for any time of the day, Legend will not disappoint. …
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  • Padilla Dominus

    Dean Expert Picks: Powerhouse Puros
    If you are looking for a full-bodied powerhouse, then look no further. Padilla Dominus opens up with a blast of spice and pepper with hints of leather on the retro hale. As you enjoy this cigar you will notice the pepper subsides a bit, and it balances out nicely. From the first time I lit one up, it became a regular within my full-bodied rotation. …
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  • Obsidian

    Dean Expert Picks: Brazilian Safari
    Pinar del Rio has released some extraordinary cigars, but the Obsidian would have to be their coup de grace. The secret here is the dark and oily Brazilian Habano ligero wrapper. This exterior leaf offers ample complexity with sweet, spicy, and hearty notes. It’s rich, balanced, and highly approachable.…
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